Perfect for Two - La Ruche

Meyrals, Dordogne

Wander the sun-drenched cobbled streets of this quiet village in the Dordogne to an ancient house full of peace and history


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Unless you know the Dordogne well, you may never have heard of the tiny clutch of terracotta rooves, on a hillside near Sarlat, called Meyrals. It’s a truly unspoilt medieval village and the darling of artists who call it the ‘Terre des Arts’.Cooking in the big kitchen with its inset copper sink will make you feel very French. Gather all you need from the bustling local market on Thursdays in the village – bunches of the freshest herbs, gleaming tomatoes, olive oil and regional sausages. Up worn stone steps find the romantic salon with open fire and French windows to a small balcony, perfect for morning coffee or an evening drink.Idle through the Dordogne to picnic spots by the river, people-watch at pavement cafes in sleepy squares, or stay in little Meyrals, dining at a choice of two restaurants and picking up great bread and cheese at the small épicerie for lunch. Sarlat is a 20-minute drive.

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We think you'll love

  • Feeling part of history in the ancient house
  • Coming home through narrow cobbled streets
  • Being so remote in the heart of the Dordogne
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Home truths

  • There are steep stairs in the house
  • Residents parking is 100m away downhill from the house
  • There's only one bathroom


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • 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
  • Cot available


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights; 7 nights in high season.
Restaurants 3km.


Nightly price
from £80
Weekly price
from £555
Damage deposit
1 House for 4
From £802 beds2 bedrooms


We’ve had an amazing week, from first arriving and exploring this incredible cottage, to our last trip to the boulangerie for croissants and pain au chocolat! The location is perfect for exploring all the delights of the Dordogne...evenings were spent by a roaring fire...Belinda was extremely helpful throughout and even brought us extra logs – we really did enjoy that fire! We would definitely visit again and La Ruche would be our first choice!

Andy & jenny, London

La Ruche is not only charming, it is extremely well equipped and beautifully furnished. The local residents were welcoming and the house is perfectly placed for exploring this area of rural France....if something is recommended in the ‘Green House Book’, it is worth doing! We had a lovely relaxing week.

Gapi & gkwi

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The neighbourhood

Meyrals is in the centre of the Perigord, a natural region roughly corresponding to the modern Dordogne. Just to the west of Meyrals is the famous wine region of Bergerac, which encompasses around 100 villages. The area is also known for producing fabulous strawberries, walnuts and truffles, as well the delicious but deadly local custom of replacing butter with goose fat in many dishes. If the extensive list of things to eat doesn't take up your whole stay and you somehow tire of the gorgeous above-ground scenery, the cave paintings at nearby Rouffignac make an atmospheric day out and the replica of the Lascaux Caves is only an hour away.

Local points of interest from Belinda Patterson

  • La Ruche is reputedly the oldest house in the village, dating from the 12th century - take a step back in time in this house full of character and charm, and which is also a real home from home. I hope you love it as much as I do!
  • One of the best local markets is just a short drive away in St Cyprien - spend Sunday morning selecting from the fabulous array of fruit and veg, saucisson and pâte, pick up a baguette, & come home to a real French lunch with a bottle of something chilled!
  • Walk from the door onto well marked country paths......or hire a bike and explore further afield. The Dordogne river is minutes away for canoeing or kayaking......take a picnic and spend a day messing about on the river.......just go with the flow!
  • You're in the 'Cradle of Man' - the splendour of the new Lascaux IV awaits, along with a wealth of prehistory, cave paintings and World Heritage Sites. A week won't be enough to discover the treasures this region has to offer.
  • The pearl of the Dordogne, the Renaissance town of Sarlat, is only 20 minutes away. Wander its narrow streets, and marvel at the 'stage set' architecture at every turn - breathtaking! The weekly market is not to be missed.
  • Meyrals itself is a 'real' village - a bit off the tourist track but still in the heart of the Dordogne and its treasures. A magnet for artists, you can visit several galleries in and around the village.


Belinda Patterson

Belinda has the incredible luck to roam the Dordogne as owner and keeper of several beautiful, individual properties. She also teaches music.