Guest house near Rocamadour and Padirac in Dordogne valley
Situated in Colonjac, on the site of an ancient Roman colony, La Bruyle is a long stone construction consisting of three buildings joined on to each other: they comprise the main house, the barn-cum-stable and a vaulted space, the only one of its type in the village, produced by the combination of two large bread ovens.
Since we acquired the property in 2008, we have undertaken to restore it with the help of experienced craftsmen and to reinvent it as a characterful guest house. The building works were carried out with a view to highlighting its imposing style and authenticity and to preserving the nobility of the original wood and stone materials. We are absolutely sure that you will be attracted by a number of its fine architectural features, such as the wide blue-stone staircase leading to the guest rooms, the Cantou – ‘fireside’ in the Occitan language – where you can warm yourselves up at the first onset of wintry weather, the original flagstone flooring (of a type often seen in churches) in the sitting room, the stone roof tiles of the double bread oven and its interior arch, and the low dry-stone walls in the enclosed garden…
Lying near the Château de Blanat, just outside the market town of Saint Michel de Bannières, the house looks out onto a panorama as far as the eye can see and in particular onto the occasionally misty hills of La Tourmente. The house itself opens onto a garden terrace shaded by centuries-old lime trees and then to a wooded meadow of half a hectare where the swimming pool will offer you cool relaxation before or after long excursions in the area. Depending on the season, you may pick and enjoy greengages, figs and many types of apple full of the sun.
The first signs of winter cold can be offset by the wood-fired stove in the hearth where the logs provide a ‘green’ warmth, which our guests can enjoy in the dining and sitting rooms.
What a guest house really means
Choosing to stay in a guest house gives you privileged access to a personalized welcome, human exchange, meeting nice people and conviviality in a spirit of mutual respect. We bid you welcome to our house, hoping that you will be won over by its charm and warmth and that you will be able to enjoy a period of time in its authentic surroundings.
The swimming pool
For your pleasure and relaxation, you are welcome to use our private swimming pool. It is unsupervised, and children must be accompanied by parents at all times.
Steps lead gently down into the pool. It’s dimensions are 9x4m with a maximum depth of 1.80m. It is protected by a cover fit for purpose.