We will help your plan your perfect holiday stay!

Hi, we are Vanessa & William your hosts and this is our story...

Back in the UK in 2016, we were itching for a new challenge in a new land. With my expertise in marketing and some knowledge of the French language, along with William's skills at carpentry and renovations, and our shared love of antiques, we decided that we would start a new business together. 

So, we left our Suffolk base with a view to moving lock, stock and barrel to the Dordogne.

Among the criteria, we used when searching for a home was a place to house both my lifelong collection of vintage fashion and William's growing assortment of all things Napoleonic and Tin-Tin.

We wanted a home where we could put our personal touch on it. A place with lots of character, with amenities close by, including the all-important village bakery.  In a location where we could enjoy country life, while still having access to city opportunities and plenty of sightseeing. This combination we believed would make a fantastic basis to establish a holiday accommodation business.

In the end, we found the perfect place in a village called Mialet, a former coach house offering just enough space for everything, including two gites. The first which we renovated for guests and named Beaux Souvenirs (beautiful memories).   

Creating "Beaux Souvenirs" has taken a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, for this is not your average gite. We aimed to provide real luxury to our guests with a bespoke holiday let that offered all the comforts of home.  “It’s even better than the photos!” – we were told!

We invite you, dear guests, to imagine walking down the lane to the village each morning to get freshly baked croissants. Perhaps spending the evening relaxing at the nearby bistro. Afterwards, restful sleep on sprung mattresses, and then a day of exploring the Dordogne. This is where we can be of very great help, as we have visited most places within a couple of hours' drive. No matter what your interests are, we can tell you what, where, and when to visit so that you don't miss out! 

There is a lot of competition in the gite world, and we realised that we would have to stand out with a real point of difference. Thus, we developed our fashion museum, a perfect place for us to showcase a selection of our vintage treasures. William and I are immensely proud of what we have created. As a result, we aim to make sure guests have a wonderful holiday experience and return home refreshed with many happy memories.

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

Vanessa & William

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