Beaux Souvenirs

Mialet, Dordogne
Self-catering
+44 (0)7736 066768
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From
£127 - £278
per night
From
£890 - £2050
per week

In a quaint village with a bakery and shops, a handsome gîte with a wonderful pool and fashion museum

Bed

2 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

£127 - £278 per night

£890 - £2050 per week

The Experience

Relax on the patio enclosed by high hedges and shaded by trees. You can bask by the pool, lunch on the terrace and have a barbecue in the evening with provisions from the good local boucherie. You stay in the gîte adjacent to the 19th-century coach-house, recently revived by William and Vanessa.

Inside feels warm, convivial and cosy – an open-plan design for plenty of space and with huge rustic beams overhead. Take a tour of Vanessa’s wonderful vintage fashion collection in the little museum; stroll down to the village and its lovely square for shops, a bar and boulangerie.

This is the northern reach of the Dordogne, the aptly named Perigord Vert, with a verdant landscape of forests, valleys and hills. Stock up at Piégut-Pluviers market (26km), discover prehistoric cave paintings at the Grotte de Villars (19km) and visit the Château de Jumilhac and its gardens (18km), topped with turrets and towers. 

Beaux Souvenirs - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Meeting William and Vanessa, who are very knowledgeable about the area
  • Visiting the on-site vintage museum of 20th century fashion and curios
  • Strolling into the village for your morning croissants
Beaux Souvenirs - Gallery

You should know

  • The owners live right next door
  • The bathroom is downstairs

Essentials

  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Pricing

Nightly price
from £127
Weekly price
from £890
Damage deposit
£250
Surcharges
Tourist Tax: €1.10 per adult per night.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1272 beds2 bedrooms

Information

Special offer: Experience a one-of-a-kind stay at our gite, the sole destination in France offering this exceptional feature. New in 2024, you will also have the opportunity to purchase quality vintage fashion too.

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
By 10am
Other details
Short breaks available out of high season. Onsite gym & vintage fashion store.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants within 10 minute walk.

Reviews

Thank you for an absolutely lovely time. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Beaux Souvenirs. Vanessa & William were fantastic hosts. The villages, chateaux in the area were very beautiful. And the food and drink was great!

Bob & Michelle, Garstang, Lancashire

We have had a lovely week here. The gite, garden and pool were fabulous. The area is great for bike rides and certainly did quite a few miles to make up for the food we have enjoyed. We loved the suggestions of places to visit, going to have to return as we still have a few places we didn't make it to. Many thanks

Jo and Harry, Kent

A wonderfully comfortable gite. Had a relaxing time here, despite the "aseasonal weather". Lots to do and see. Exceptionally dedicated hosts-thanks to Vanessa & William. The museum is an absolute gem!

Claire and Barry, St Ouen, Jersey

We have had a super time here, really enjoyed visiting the local villages and restaurants! Museum talk was superb Vanessa! Thanks William for being our chauffeur!!!

Sue and David, Knutsford, Cheshire

A lovely, private & quiet gite which we have truly appreciated. Yet, near enough to the village to walk for a coffee, bread and the Tuesday market. The pool was beautiful and for our sole use. The area is truly interesting, abundant chateaux, lovely towns such as Brantome, abundant walks. Our hosts Vanessa & William are a font of knowledge and a wonderful & warm couple. Thank you for everything!

Gladys & John, Wales

A wonderful week at your comfortable gite. Very quiet and relaxed – but plenty of places to explore & visit in the local area. Vanessa & William – you are perfect hosts. Thank you & hope to come back one day soon.

Sarah & Phil, UK

Our week here was exactly what we needed – relaxing combined with tourism & great food. Thank you Vanessa & William – you are the best & have thought of everything.

Maire & Paul, Oslo, Norway

Beaux Souvenirs has been just the retreat we all needed - post lockdown. We'll miss our daily morning amble to the boulangerie through the pretty village. The fresh bread and coffee in this serene location will bring us back. We've also enjoyed just chilling around the pool, to the sound of those elusive owls. We've loved our various excursions to the points of interest that are just a short drive from this quiet village. Thank you Vanessa & William you were warm, knowledgeable and very welcoming. Thank you for a special and memorable break.

Eloise, Yvonne & Dave, London

What an amazing place! The gite was perfect in every way and had absolutely everything we needed. The outdoor space in particular was great, good spot for star watching. Vanessa and William have been great hosts and Vanessa's knowledge of local attractions to visit was invaluable. We hope to stay longer next time!

Nick & Julie, Lincolnshire

Four years on from our first visit and what treat! The gite is as beautiful as the first time we came.

Ken and Suzie, Suffolk

We have spent a wonderful 2 weeks in this beautiful gite, relaxing by the pool, exploring the local area, (David by bike) and are now thoroughly relaxed! Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable - you are perfect hosts! We hope to return.

David & Jackie, Hebburn-on-Tyne

An amazing place to stay, clean tidy well-designed and laid out, with quality furnishings throughout. The pool and garden area are fantastic, with lots of places to sit and enjoy the sun. The good-sized pool is cleaned every morning. The village is only a 6-minute walk and has a fantastic quality butcher, a good bakery and an organic veg etc shop. There is also a bar and small grocers. We had a lovely, relaxing week there, a standard far above most gîtes in the area. Lots of places to visit locally, all in Vanessa's file at the gîte. Grateful thanks to Vanessa and William

Don, Alyson & Abbie, Lough

Thank you Will and Vanessa for a fantastic gite and pool. We loved the pool, garden and setting so much. It was hard to leave. It was really great to have a salt maintained pool which was expertly maintained. Great info and recommendations. A delight to spend time learning about the museum with you Vanessa and thanks for a warm, friendly greeting. Would love to come back.

Steve, Julie, Imogen & Laura, Rugby

What a disappointment! To have to leave after 1 week. It was perfect. Thanks Vanessa & William

Ingrid & Marco, Baarie-Nassau, Holland

We very much enjoyed our 12 days' stay in this comfortably well equipped and tastefully decorated gite. We loved the quietness and peacefulness of the house, the garden and the whole area. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the Perigord Vert, Vanessa and William proved to be very friendly and warm in their welcome and very helpful all kinds of things; much appreciated! All in all, an unforgettable stay in a wonderful environment!

Joost & Anja, Ysselsbein, Holland

What a great two weeks! The perfect balance of relaxation and activity. Vanessa and William were exceptional hosts with a wealth of local information and hidden gem recommendations. Thank you so much - We hope to return!

Joseph & Imogen, London

What a great two weeks! The perfect balance of relaxation and activity. Vanessa & William were exceptional hosts with a wealth of local information and hidden gem recommendations. Thank you so much - we hope to return!

Joseph & Imogen, London

Our 3rd visit, yet again a lovely relaxing time and lots of interesting places to visit. Vanessa and William are great hosts. We strongly recommend a visit!

Tony, Wendy & Tim, Skipton

The welcome was so warm and lovely in this beautiful house, garden etc. We loved out stay here for our late honeymoon. The pool, the garden, everything was perfect. Also, it was very clean. We loved the privacy but also the good tips from Vanessa and William.

Tromp, Netherlands

We had a very warm welcome from Vanessa and William when we arrived. We enjoyed our stay in the gite very much. Thank you for the wonderful holiday and the tour in the museum on the last evening.

Yvon and Richard, New Zealand

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Location

The neighbourhood

You're in the Perigord National Park so numerous châteaux are within easy reach. Drive to Château de Puyguilhem in 25 minutes, or Bourdeilles and Hautefort in under an hour. Closer to home stroll to the man-made lake in Mialet, or hike, cycle, canoe, fish and play golf nearby. Foodies can head for the local brewery and honey producer or the Foie Gras and Truffle Museum (20 minutes). Perigordian cuisine is gorgeous and there are many restaurants within a short drive (some with Michelin stars). Explore pretty villages St Jean de Cole (20km) and Brantome, or Périgueux and Limoges are under an hour's drive. The train station is a ten-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Vanessa Jane Howard

  • This region is rich in tourist attractions from chateaux and prehistoric cave art to exceptional Roman remains. Explore the medieval cities of Limoges and Perigueux and beautiful villages. Here you can also golf, walk, cycle, horse ride, canoe and zip wire
  • The Barrage de Mialet features a 9km easy circular walk around a stunning tree-lined reservoir and bird reserve from which you can fish too. The village is surrounded by country walks with fields, woods and hedgerows brimming with wildlife and flowers.
  • Visit nearby the Chalus Chabrol castle where Richard the Lionheart met his fatal end. Discover the haunting story of the WW2 Memorial village, Oradour sur Glane. Or try out the unique Velorail, and view the bucolic countryside from an old railway track.
  • Brantome is just half an hour away and is a photographer's dream. Known as the Venice of the Perigord, its stunning abbey nestles on an island surrounded by boat-filled waterways. Close by, lunch at one of the beautiful villages of France, St Jean de Cole.
  • This area is a food lover’s paradise and is famed for its Black truffles, Foie Gras, Duck, Walnuts, Chestnuts, Madeleine cakes and Limousin Beef. With 7 Michelin-star restaurants (within an hour's drive) to summer night markets, eating here is a dream!
  • There is plenty here for Bargain hunters from antique fairs, flea markets and car boot sales to factory outlets for designer leatherwear and Limoges porcelain. Your hosts have a minefield of local knowledge and arm the gite with all you need to plan your stay.

Introducing

Vanessa Jane Howard

In the main house live a delightful pair: William, a Scot, and English Vanessa. William, who was in the Royal Navy in the 1980s, is a keen amateur historian and could discuss Napoleon for hours; Vanessa loves fashion and worked in marketing. They are really knowledgeable about the area so ask them for recommendations - they'll even make bookings for you.