Self-catering holiday rentals in the Dordogne Valley. Gîtes and glamping nestled in 12 acres of woodland only 5km away from Sarlat-La-Canéda

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La Blanquette – Bed & Breakfast


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.


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!

Sarlat Rugby


With the relegation of C.A.Brive last season from the French Top 14 the nearest top-flight rugby teams are now Bordeaux, Toulouse or Agen, sadly all are about two hours drive away.

However, locally the Sarlat team (CASPN – Club  Athlétique  Sarlat  Périgord  Noir) are doing very well, and were promoted last season to Federale 2 in the French Rugby Federation and are consolidating their position very well in the top half of the table.

The stadium (Stade de Madrazes) is very close to La Blanquette, a few minutes drive or about 45 minutes walk and is on our side of the town. Home games are generally played on a Sunday, and adult tickets are about 7 Euros. It’s 2 Euros for a beer from the bar underneath the main stand.

There’s always a good family atmosphere at the matches and at the game we watched today the hosts beat Angouleme (who are currently the league leaders), it was a great effort by the Sarlat team.

More information and news on fixtures can be found on the rugby club’s website : CASPN

Allez Sarlat!

La Blanquette Glamping Open for Business!


Our luxurious Glamping sites with bell tents are now available to book for next year!

The La Blanquette Forestry team(!) have worked non-stop to get them ready for the start of the warmer season and the accommodation can now be booked online through this site.

Enjoy picturesque woodland camping without the hassle of bringing your own equipment! Just bring yourselves and relax, enjoy the 12 acres of La Blanquette with pool, gardens, woodland, canoe and bike hire.

We have two pitches with large bell tents, canopies, solar night lighting and a fully equipped kitchen hut! There is also a deluxe shower hut with toilet and laundry facilities.

Enjoy picturesque woodland camping without the hassle of bringing your own equipment! Just bring yourselves and relax!

Christmas Market in Sarlat


It’s just under a month before the Christmas Market opens in Sarlat!

From Saturday 8 to Saturday 29 December 2012, a big Christmas market is organised with themed timber chalets, offering all sorts of goodies and Christmas fare. (We’re looking forward to some nice warm mulled wine and roasted chestnuts!)

For kids and adults, many free events are planned for the three weekends: a toy library, Christmas tales, Christmas cookery courses, magic shows, skating rink (also looking forward to having a go on this!) and concerts.

So if you’re planning a Winter break visit to Sarlat to browse around the market, to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas we are offering a 12% discount on our accommodation rates for those wishing to stay in the Gites.

Just mention ‘Christmas Market Discount’ when making your booking enquiry!

21st Sarlat Film Festival


Tickets went on sale yesterday at Cine Rex in Sarlat for the 21st Sarlat Film Festival which runs from Tuesday 13th until Saturday 17th November.

The Sarlat Film Festival is one of the major festivals of French film and immerses visitors into the heart of French and world cinema, with screenings of many specially selected national and international films.

This Festival is well known to film personalities, who come each year to present their movies. Walking the streets of Sarlat will be some of the greatest French directors and actors of the last twenty years.

The Festival was also created with an educational objective as it brings together 600 students of cinema each year from from all over France.

The Sarlat Film Festival offers those staying in Sarlat and the region to attend premieres of some of the year’s best cinematic productions.

To celebrate the 21st Film Festival the team at La Blanquette are pleased to offer a 10% discount to visitors looking for accommodation during the month of November, staying at either La Blanquette Gîtes or La Blanquette Glamping .

To enjoy this discount simply mention ‘Sarlat Film Festival’ in your booking enquiry!

More information on the festival and the films being shown can be found here – 21st Festival du Film de Sarlat

Sarlat – Guided Walking Tour


An ideal way to enjoy the architecture and understand some of the history of the town of Sarlat is to join one of the Office de Tourisme’s guided walking tours.

During the Summer months (May to October) these start from the Tourist Office on Wednesdays at 11am and are conducted in many different languages. We joined one at the end of May on a very warm day (although the guide seemed to be wrapped up in her Winter coat!). After picking up a ticket the tour starts and you are taken on a relaxed one hour walk through the cobbled streets of Sarlat and the guide talks knowledgeably through many of the features and architectural history of the town.

Wednesday is also the mid-week market day, and in Summer this can be quite busy with tourists generally. However, the walking tour doesn’t feel crowded and is a good way to get around and see Sarlat’s great buildings without getting overwhelmed by the market throngs.

Although the Wednesday tour is one you can just turn up and join on the day, the Office de Tourisme also organises tours for larger groups. More information can be found on their website : Sarlat Office de Tourisme.


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