Looking for somewhere unusual to stay? Meet the hosts and find out more!
Who are we?
A luxury holiday accommodation business with a vintage twist, located in the North Dordogne, South West France.
What is a gite?
A gite is a rural self-catering holiday rental, frequently found in the grounds of or part of a renovated traditional country cottage, house or barn conversion - in a village or in the countryside.
Why are we different?
Imagine not having to revise up on what there is to do and see. We provide you with first-hand information on what not to miss and the more advantageous days to visit locations. We can also tell you where to find the best markets, the juiciest bargains and give advice on how to indulge in favourite interests and pastimes.
Plus a big bonus for lovers of vintage is the on-site private vintage museum, where we can indulge you in the lace, silk and fripperies of yesteryear.
Who do we appeal to and why?
Our typical guests are mainly couples looking forward to a complete de-stress from work. Indulging in local food and wine is top of their priority as is not having to drive too far for things to do and see.
To offer exceptional service ensuring our guests have the very best holiday experience so they go home refreshed with long-lasting happy memories.
Introducing your hosts
William. Originally from Glasgow served 9 years in the Royal Navy as a radar operator. He’s a good listener with empathy, understanding, and a broad smile, especially when talking about his favourite subjects The Battle of Waterloo and Tintin!
Vanessa is a Geordie, a term of affection for those who hail from the northeast of England. An ex-food marketeer and avid vintage collector. As a lover of beautiful things, often bought at bargain prices, she has an excellent nose for knowing exactly where to find them. Tarry a while and she might share some of her secrets!
Now happily settled in France, we both love exploring, learning the unique history of the area, discovering local dishes, restaurants, eateries, and artisans. This together with our personal passions and love of meeting people creates a unique mix for great guest experience at Beaux Souvenirs.
FAQs from our guests
Why did we start this business?
"William and I have been intrepid travellers in our past and know what we like to see for accommodation, comfort and finishing touches,” said Vanessa "and when it comes to exploring the area, you simply can't beat local knowledge."
"A move to the Dordogne and the purchase of a large old stone coach house with space to spare gave us the idea to create our own gite business. One where we could give our guests the kind of experience we love, from quality, originality and detail to being able to share our local knowledge and personal passions."
How long has it taken to become established?
Here are some of the markers along the way since the adventure first began -
- June 2017 - Move-in, and start renovations
- February 2018 – Featured in Connexions magazine
- May 2018 – Website live
- June 2018 – Launch gite, and first guests arrive
- July – Gite is visited by prominent artist McAlpine Miller
- September 2018 – Burlesque Stage artist ‘Le Pustra’ stays
- October 2018 – Signed up by ‘Sawdays’ and ‘Olivers Travels’
- November 2018 – Development starts on a fashion museum
- May 2019 - The fashion museum opens
- June 2019 - Featured in the Goodlife France Blog
- December 2019 - Featured in Connexions & Perigord & Quercy Journal
- January 2020 - Featured in Living France & French Property News
- January 2020 - First vintage talk held
- April 2020 - Added a herb garden in front of the gite
- June 2020 - Established a secret garden
We make it clear to all our guests that we are happy to go that extra mile in any way possible to ensure their stay is both enjoyable and memorable. It’s such a pleasure for us to contribute towards the enjoyment of their holiday, and we appreciate the comments they leave behind in our Guestbook, such as -
“We were wowed from the moment we walked in, beautifully presented modern rustic gite with the host’s interests shining through. We used the fabulous saltwater pool and a stunning, peaceful garden every day. Vanessa and William are fantastic hosts, are extremely knowledgeable of the area and have provided a folder full of things to do and see in the region. Thank you so much for making our week. Highly recommended the stay and we hope to be back in the future.”
Read more guest reviews on Beaux Souvenirs
What are your plans for 2020/21?
Asked on may occasion if we could accommodate a party of five or six, late 2019, we will be renovating our second one bed gite just for this purpose. It's envisaged that the second gite may be rented out on its own out of season when the main gite isn't occupied.
There are also plans to start a small potager and a herb garden. Guests then will be able to take advantage of what’s fresh in the garden to accompany their home cooking.
We look forward to meeting and sharing our place with you!