LA BLANQUETTE GÎTES & GLAMPING

Self-catering holiday rentals in the Dordogne Valley. Gîtes and glamping nestled in 12 acres of woodland only 5km away from Sarlat-La-Canéda and a luxury apartment in the very heart of the town itself.

Category: Our story

New Year, New La Blanquette!

At the end of 2016 Frank and Julie retired from La Blanquette and we closed the B&B to enable Nik and Jason to focus on running the gîtes, glamping and City Pad apartment.

To mark this new era we have launched a brand new website… we hope that you like it!

We are also very excited to announce that dogs are now welcome in some of the accommodation at La Blanquette. Two of our our gîtes (Vine Cottage and Le Petit Gîte) and one of our glamping tents (Truffe Noire) are now dog-friendly. We have created a large fully fenced off-lead exercise area in the heart of our shady woodland so that visiting dogs can get the exercise that they need in a safe and secure environment.

We would like to take this opportunity say a big thank you to all of our B&B guests that have stayed with us since 2012 and we hope to see you back at La Blanquette staying in our self-catering accommodation.

We are very much looking forward to meeting all guests, new and returning, in this coming season. Thank you for your support!

La Blanquette – Bed & Breakfast

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After five successful years at La Blanquette, co-owners Mr & Mrs Dolman (a.k.a head-chef Julie and wild-woodsman Frank!) have decided to enjoy full retirement and spend more time with their three pugs, campervan and in their local village pub back in the UK.

Therefore the B&B has now closed so that Nik and Jason can focus on running the Gites, Glamping and City Pad accommodation.

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We would all like to say a big thank you to all the B&B guests that have supported us and that we have welcomed and hosted at La Blanquette since 2012.

Although the B&B is now closed, we’d love to welcome our past B&B guests again to the Dordogne to stay in our lovely Gites, Glamping and City Pad accommodation.

We will shortly be announcing some new exciting developments that will complement the fantastic accommodation we offer here in the stunning Dordogne Valley… watch this space!

1 Place de la Liberté

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New for the Summer season 2016, also available to rent, is our town apartment ‘1 Place de la Liberté’. Set in the heart of the celebrated old town of Sarlat, as its address suggests it is located on the main square with direct access to the many restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques.

If you prefer the hustle and bustle of the thriving medieval city and its market rather than retiring of an evening to the rural calm of nearby La Blanquette, then this accommodation is for you!

The apartment has 1 bedroom and a spacious open plan living area to accommodate 2 people in luxurious comfort. Unusually for a Sarlat apartment it has outside space in the form of a courtyard garden.

For more information and to check availability visit our new ‘City Pad’ page, or contact us.

The Marvélos – Devizes to Dordogne Dash!

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The team here at La Blanquette are delighted to support ‘The Marvélos’ in their epic fund raising effort!

The Marvélos are riding their bicycles 750km from Devizes in Wiltshire to the Dorodgne region in France, in order to raise money for four chosen charities.

The Marvélos team is made up of riders Nik, Jas (La Blanquette hosts!), Shelly, Stuart F, Andy, Mark, and Stuart B with support team Tamasin, Lisa, Shannon and Cheryl who will be driving the backup vehicles.

The four great charities that the team are riding for are:

Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Bath Cats and Dogs Home, The Royal British Legion and the Dordogne’s own Phoenix Association.

 Being rugger fans, they will be starting the epic bike ride on Saturday 24th October 2015 (arriving in Portsmouth to watch the first Rugby World Cup semi-final!) and aim to reach their destination in South West France on Saturday 31st October 2015 in time for the final!

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see their training updates and get the latest news while they are riding!

If you would like to support even more, please click below to donate however much you want to. Any amount that you can donate is very much appreciated. All payments are secure and every penny that is received in sponsorship will go to the four charities above.

 Click here for ‘The Marvélos’ fundraising page

The Marvélos would like to sincerely thank their corporate sponsors:

Why are we called ‘La Blanquette’ ?

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The simple answer is that the house and grounds were actually called ‘La Blanquette’ when we bought it in 2011!

However, initially we couldn’t find a direct French to English translation (other than guessing at ‘the whiteness’ or ‘white-ish-thing’) that didn’t reference ‘stew’ as in ‘blanquette de veau’ – veal stew.

Not wanting the business to be called after a stew, we started to think of other names for the house, until we happened to stumble on another ‘La Blanquette’… La Blanquette de Limoux!

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It’s no secret among our friends that all of us here like a nice tipple, and one of our favourites is a good glass of sparkling wine or champagne, so we immediately sought a bottle of La Blanquette de Limoux, and it really is a delicious sparkling wine. We then were led to believe from reading some online articles that this wine was originally produced by Dom Pérignon, prior to him producing the first champagne.

So… we decided to keep the name ‘La Blanquette’ as it is a sparkling wine that we all enjoy and as the historical fore-runner to champagne, is something that is close to our hearts (and palates!) Hence the ‘La Blanquette’ house name remained and we built our brand around it.

However, as we should all know, ‘don’t believe all you read on t’internet’ !

Caryl Panman, owner of the Rives-Blanques vineyard in Cépie, near to Limoux, helped us by providing us with the following history of La Blanquette de Limoux :

“Whether by happy accident, or divine intervention, the world’s first sparkling brut was discovered by the Benedictine monks in Limoux around 1531, in the vicinity of this vineyard. Although described as “the least known, well-made sparkling wine in France” by Robert Parker, it enjoyed great popularity in the 19th century, and was a favourite of Thomas Jefferson and the Czars of Russia alike. Today it features as a central figure in the much-loved films and novels of the popular French writer Nicole de Buron.

It is said (but unconfirmed) that Dom Pérignon, being a Benedictine himself, reputedly came to Limoux in the 17th century to work with his brothers at the Saint Hilaire monastery, and there learned how to put the bubbles in his wine.  He went up to Champagne with the secret and … the rest is history.

Blanquette is one of the first appellations in France, and the oldest in Languedoc-Roussillon.It has the lowest permitted maximum yield of any sparkling wine in France. Mauzac is an indigenous grape with an acidity ideal for sparkling wines. (“Blanquette” is the Occitan word for the fine white down which forms on the underside of the mauzac leaves, and is the traditional name for the mauzac grape.)”

Caryl also provided an image snapshot of “an early 16th century manuscript housed in the archives of Carcassonne, which shows that Blanquette was twice the price of a non-sparkling wine at that time. This is the earliest written reference to any sparkling wine in the world.”

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Limoux Manuscript

Many thanks to Caryl at Rives-Blanques for this fascinating insight into the early development of sparkling wine and Champagne. Although it’s not exactly the history we initially thought, it is still a very apt one for the team here and we continue to love ‘La Blanquette’ – both the bottled variety and our own!

For more information about Rives-Blanques and all the delicious wines they produce in the Limoux region, visit their website at www.rives-blanques.com

We have a logo!

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Designed by David Beswick at Sound Marketing Group, the logo reflects one of the recognisable architectural and historical elements at La Blanquette, a rustic ‘Borie’ (a structure where a shepherd used to shelter with his animals) and our love of the grape (or truthfully le vin) !

Sound Marketing Group’s website is at  : http://www.soundm.com/

The fab team at Sound Marketing specialise in Signage & Design, Audio Marketing, Workwear and IT Services and are providing design and signage services to La Blanquette!

La Blanquette Gîtes Open for Business

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The renovations are complete and the gîtes are now available to rent!

The team have worked non-stop to get them ready for the start of the Spring/Summer season at Easter and the accommodation can now be booked online.

FOR FULL AVAILABILITY, RENTAL RATES AND TO BOOK, PLEASE VISIT OUR PAGES :

VINE COTTAGE : GRAPE COTTAGE : RENT BOTH : CONTACT US

Why did we choose La Blanquette?

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With a property in the centre of Sarlat-la-Canéda, La Juin Juette, and knowing the area pretty well for a number of years it was felt that it was time to explore the opportunity of renting holiday accommodation in the region. Wanting to focus more in a rural area and offer additional activities but still be fairly close to the beautiful town of Sarlat we looked for additional property a little further afield.

With a large house perfect for conversion to Bed & Breakfast suites, a couple of gîtes already in place needing renovation work and 12 acres of grounds and woodland La Blanquette proved the best find.

Ideally situated in a tranquil hamlet in the heart of the Dordogne region, the property is surrounded by countryside walks and bike trails and has the advantage of stunning valley and woodland views. Although set in a rural location La Blanquette is only a few minutes drive away from beautiful market towns and villages, historical sites, the Dordogne River and many other areas of interest.

Some of the best restaurants in Perigord Noir are on the doorstep and the town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, which is just a 5 minute drive away (or a longer downhill walk or cycle), has many cafes, bars and tourist attractions.

The Dordogne itself is only a short distance away and offers kayaking, fishing, beautiful picnic areas and stunning views of the Chateaux which prevail all over the region.

The gîtes themselves are set within the grounds of La Blanquette which cover more than 12 acres and are made up of lawned areas with a chlorine free heated pool and woodland full of indigenous flora and fauna.

We really felt that La Blanquette was the perfect base for anyone wishing to stay in the Dordogne and explore the area, so moved in at the end of January 2012 to start the ‘La Blanquette’ project!

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