France 2017

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Chateau de Bardouly
Dordogne, France
September 30-October 7, 2017

Join Melanie for an incredible yoga retreat in the glorious south of France!  Enjoy a splendid balance of nourishing meditation, yummy yoga, and delicious food and wine during your week-long stay in a gorgeous 17th century chateau.  Roam the countryside, explore historic castles, shop local markets, and lounge by the heated pool – you know it’s EXACTLY what your soul needs.


*This retreat is currently sold out but we are looking for one female roommate in a Twin Room.  Please email to be placed on the waiting list.


From the Chateau de Bardouly website:Bardouly-House-Front
Situated in South-West France, Chateau de Bardouly is located between Bordeaux and Toulouse in the Dordogne Purple region which makes it the perfect central location from which to explore the region, also known as the ‘Pays de Bergerac’.  Chateau de Bardouly is centered in a region rich in vineyards and fortified ‘bastide’ towns, an extraordinary range of natural and historical heritage sites; fabulous, protected countryside; the beauty of the Dordogne River; the renowned gastronomy and wines of Bordeaux and Bergerac; a rich cultural life and numerous leisure and sporting activities.

beynac, dordogne river, france

From Chateau de Bardouly, benefit from easy access to the entire region.  The Chateau is located between the market towns of Eymet and Issegeac.  You will be staying less than forty minutes from the wineries of Bordeaux and the tourist sites around Sarlat and other historic towns.  From the base of Bardouly a large choice of outings, visits, and activities is open to you; a concentration of pleasures to be enjoyed without delay.


Bardouly was built in the reign of Henry IV and is situated halfway up a limestone hill above the Dropt River. This Bardouly Kitchen (JC Le Goater's conflicted copy 2015-11-24)Perigordian Chateau brims with the charm and nobility of its 400 years of existence. The house maintains its original features including a panelled dining room that was installed by the same artisan that completed the state rooms at Versailles. Michel de Montaigne’s historic estate is nearby and is the place where he wrote extensively about the area and other topics in his famous ‘Essays’. Many illustrious visitors spent time at Bardouly throughout the 20th century such as Charles de Gaulle and John D Rockefeller.

BARDOULY Drawing RoomThe house brims with antiques but maintains the atmosphere of a comfortable family home. Enjoy the absolute privacy in the meticulously maintained house and park. The estate includes a heated swimming pool and hard surface tennis court as well as a lake surrounded by ancient oaks. Hike through the close to 100 acres of exquisite wooded hills and fields. See our activities pages for the plethora of sporting and cultural past times and excursions that abound at Bardouly and the immediate vicinity.

Bardouly Pool


Chateau grounds include a heated swimming pool with sun loungers, tables, and umbrellas; hard surface tennis court with spectator benches; orchard with loads of cherry, plum, apricot, peach, apple, walnut and pear trees; and an enclosed rock garden with bubbling fountain behind the pool area; a magnificent sun trap and perfect for reading and relaxing under the mature trees.



Chateau de Bardouly offers 10 en-suite bedrooms.  They all have a unique interior design comprisingBARDOULY Bakers Room a mix of modern  amenities, antiques, and elegant fabrics.  The rooms are equipped  with clocks, iPad/iPhone docking stations, armoires, chest of drawers, writing desk, and comfy chairs for reading.

**All prices are in EUR (€)

Double Occupancy €1425 per person
Single Occupancy €1725

Your room choices:

The Queen’s Room – SOLD OUT!BARDOULY Bleue Room
(1 super king bed, shower, and bathroom)

The Blue Room – SOLD OUT!
(1 king bed, shower, and bathroom)

The Yellow Room – SOLD OUT!
(1 king bed, shower, and bathroom)

The Butterfly Room – SOLD OUT
(1 king bed, bath with hand held shower, & bathroom)BARDOULY Green Room

The Baker’s Room – SOLD OUT!
(2 small double beds, shower, and bathroom)

The Owl’s Room – SOLD OUT!
(2 small double beds, shower, and bathroom)

The Green Room – SOLD OUT!
(2 single beds, bath, shower, and bathroom)

The Balloon Room – SOLD OUT!
(2 single beds, shower, and bathroom)BARDOULY Red Room

The Driver’s Room – SOLD OUT!
(options: 2 single beds, 1 large single bed, or 1 king bed, bath, shower, and bathroom)

The Red Room – SOLD OUT!
(options: 2 single beds or 1 king bed, bath with hand held shower, and bathroom)


-Daily Meditation + PranayamaBardouly Yoga studio
-2 yoga classes a day with Melanie
-1 optional yoga workshop
-3 delicious, healthy, farm to table meals per day
-Evening wine tasting with a local sommelier
-Ground transportation from Bergerac airport or train station (one scheduled pickup and drop off on arrival and departure days only)
-All taxes/HST included


NOT INCLUDED Bardouly Drawing Room 2
-Alcohol (local wine available for purchase at the Chateau)
-Travel insurance (required)
-Airport/train station transfers outside the scheduled pick-up and drop-off



  • The Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssacis one of the most beautiful romantic gardens of France and today marqueyssac_smallthe most visited garden in Périgord. Listed as a national historical monument thanks to its 54 acres of park, Marqueyssac’s gardens offer more than 6 kilometres of shaded paths in a maze of 150,000 hand-pruned boxwoods. From the belvedere, at 130 meters above the Dordogne river, you will see the most spectacular panorama in Périgord. This is the testimony of a rich bygone history and a gorgeous natural heritage. It’s also the most exceptional view of the Dordogne valley  you will see its most beautiful villages : Domme, Castelnaud, Beynac, Fayrac, La Roque-Gageac and its castles.
  • Historic Castles and VillagesThe castles and villages of the Perigord have survived and the ancient stones tell their story. View meticulously maintained architectural examples from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as splendid 18th and 19th century properties. Ten local villages have had the honour of being ranked among the most beautiful villages of France for their historic importance and exceptional preservation.  As you explore these castles and villages, experience the medieval in the heart of Périgord: mazes of small streets and alleys, Romanesque and Gothic sculptures of the abbeys, and the original dungeons that exist to this day.
  • The Caves of Lascaux – these caves are adorned with some of the most beautiful and important human and animal images dating from the Palaeolithic area.  In addition there are more than 50 additional caves and shelters, habitat plots and burial sites than can be visited.
  • Wine Testing, Bergerac and Bordeaux wineriesThe local ‘Route des Vins’, is a vital accessory for your visit; choose from 140 estates (‘domaines’, ‘clos’ and ‘châteaux’) of wine makers united under a charter of quality.
  • Castle of Michel de MontaigneThis fortified castle dates to the 14th century and was the family residence of the Renaissance philosopher and thinker Michel de Montaigne from 1571 until his death in 1592, Michel de Montaigne wrote his famous Essays and major works of humanism which were the fruits of a lifetime of reflection and reading.Serlat_Dordogne
  • Sarlat  –  is one of the most famous market towns in the Perigord.  It dates from the 14th century and has many sites of historical and architectural importance.  The shopping is fantastic and you might even be cast as an extra in one of the many major studio films that are shot in the city and surrounding area!
  • Weekly markets – in various local villages (including Eymet and Issigeac) are the best place to find fresh, local produce, and the many regional delicacies and ingredients required in Périgourdin gourmet meals…
  • GolfingThe local area boasts no fewer than four golf courses with 18 holes and three 9-hole courses, ensuring that golfers of all levels can enjoy their passion for the little white ball!
  • Cycling Use our bicycles or hire more to cycle along one of the many hilly country lanes including part of the Tour de France route.
  • HikingTake a randonnée (ramble) on one of the many established and marked walking tracks that??????????criss-cross the area.  Enjoy a picnic lunch while observing the beautiful wildlife around several protected lakes.
  • Horseback ridingOur local stables offer lessons, rides across the countryside on horses and ponies suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • CanoeingThe two great rivers of the area are the Dordogne, which the department takes its name from, andthe Vezere.  Canoe past historic villages and medieval castles on the Dordogne; discover some of the most beautiful countryside in rural France on journeys down the Verzere. 



-Morning Yoga
-Free Time/Relaxation/Optional Excursions
-Free Time/Relaxation/Optional Excursions
-Evening Yoga




Bergerac Airport (EGC) is 20 minutes away from Chateau de Bardouly.

Bordeaux Airport (BOD) is 1.5 hrs away from Chateau de Bardouly.

Arrival Day (Saturday, September 30)
Pick-up: Check-in time at Chateau de Bardouly is 4:00pm.  On the day of arrival, there will be one scheduled FREE pick-up from Bergerac airport or Bergerac train station.  Airport transfers or other transfers outside of the scheduled drop-off will be at you own expense.

Departure Day (Saturday, October 7)
Drop-off: Check-out time from Chateau de Bardouly is 10:00am. On the day of departure, there will be one scheduled FREE drop off to Bergerac airport or Bergerac train station.  Airport transfers or other transfers outside of the scheduled drop-off will be at you own expense.



Click HERE to pay the nonrefundable €400 deposit (PER PERSON) required to hold your spot.



-A €400 nonrefundable deposit (PER PERSON) is required to reserve your spot (ie, a double room must have 2 deposits).

-50% of balance is due April 30
-Remaining balance is due June 30

-All payments after the deposit must be made in euros (€) via certified cheque/bank draft or cash.

-If cancellation is made by June 1 all payment (LESS DEPOSIT) will be refunded.  There will be no refunds after this date.  Please note that the €400 initial deposit is not refundable under any circumstances.

-Travel Insurance is required for this trip; participants must have trip cancellation & trip interruption insurance and be able to show proof of coverage.

-Participants must have a regular yoga practice and should be comfortable with a level 2 class.  Participants should be confident modifying when they need to and be open to exploring and adventuring on the mat.


Email or call (709) 743-8303.


1. Do I need a passport?

Yes you are required to have a passport.

2. I don’t have anyone to go with and I don’t want to pay for single occupancy – can you find me a roommate?

Yes I can try to match you up with another solo traveller.  You can pay your deposit and if a match cannot be made your deposit will be refunded.

3. I have dietary restrictions – is the retreat able to accommodate me?

Yes certainly; once you have reserved your spot please pass on any allergies, restrictions, or requests.

4. Do I need to be an advanced yogi to join this retreat?

Participants must have a regular yoga practice and should be comfortable with a level 2 class.  Participants should be confident modifying when they need to and be open to exploring and adventuring on the mat.

5. Can I bring my kids?

This retreat will be an adult-only vacation.