What our guests say

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Rachel - Holland - Gite

After a long car journey we were welcomed by Neil and David with drinks under a beautiful old tree in the charming garden of La Banne. Chairs were set up in a circle and we got acquainted while carefully maintaining social distancing. 

Our fear of travelling in the first week of the post-confinement era was quickly dissipated when we were shown our accommodation.  Neil and David keep everything spotless and make following the covid-protocol sound easy.  

This was our first time in the Dordogne region and we had put together a rather packed schedule for ourselves - from visiting cities with names that take you straight back to the Middle Ages like Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Monpazier, Beynac and La Roque-Gageac to kayaking down the Dordogne river, hot air ballooning and hiking. We quickly found ourselves having to fight the urge to just stay in and enjoy the garden and the pool. On a few occasions we indulged ourselves and lost pre-ordered tickets just for the pleasure of 'doing absolutely nothing' at La Banne.

Time goes by slowly and peacefully at La Banne and yet when it was time to leave (after 7 full days) we felt it had all gone by too quickly and could not resolve ourselves to leave the magic behind. We would have certainly stayed longer just to continue to enjoy a cup on tea on the balcony which overlooks the garden and the pool and from which, if we rose early, we could sometimes see a wandering deer and a few rabbits. La Banne means birds chirping, starry nights that simply don’t exist in cities, siestas in the shade of a tree, drinks by the pool, meals with fresh local produce, time to dream and re-connect, amazingly caring hosts and much more. And if after a day of ‘dolce far niente’ we fancied a nice meal out, there were plenty of simple and more upscale restaurants within a 5 to 30-minute driving range. 

We found La Banne to be the perfect type of accommodation for a family of 4 with two young adults. My husband and I stayed in the very comfortable and independent en-suite room on the ground floor. Each of our sons had their own en-suite bedroom in the top-floor apartment and could also enjoy the spacious and extremely well-equipped kitchen/living/dining room area. The balcony of the top floor apartment is wonderful. From top to bottom, left and right, everything was sparkling clean and very well-organized with an eye for detail! Bravo!!!

Thank you Neil and David for a fantastic week which was definitely too brief! We hope to return again next year!

Jackie - United Kingdom - Gite

We stayed in the Gite at Domaine LaBanne for 3 months from March to June, and had a wonderful time. The Gite is extremely comfortable and has everything you need for a longer stay. The kitchen has every type of implement you might need. There are also some good board games which we often used.

During the chiller weeks in March, it was always warm enough with plenty of radiators, and in the hotter spells it was great to sit out on the terrace. We also made good use of the owners pool, and the grounds with lots of places to sit, or just wander around.

Neil and David are there when you need them, and always ready to chat or have a drink with, but they are not obtrusive and will leave you alone if that is what you prefer.

There are lots of pleasant walks you can do from the Gite, through the woods and along the country lanes. Belves is a 25 minute uphill walk and has some nice restaurants, shops and a market. The main tourist sites of the Dordogne are all within an easy drive.

Saarein - France - Chambre d'Hotes

Great place to stay, in a beautiful region for walking or biking. From the house you can see the beatiful mediëval village of Belves. Large spacious and clean room, with a good bed and a private seating area. The breakfast was excellent. Neil and David are very friendly hostst that made us feel at very welcome and at home. I would definitely recommand this accomodation!

Adrian - United Kingdom - Chambre d'Hotes

I stayed at the beautiful La Banne with my daughter and we had a fantastic and varied few days. A quiet, private, comfortable, well appointed and spacious room which was immaculately clean. A delicious high quality breakfast served al fresco on a private patio with views in all directions led to a calm and relaxed start to the day. The salt water pool with views in every direction allowed us to soak up the sunshine and relax with our books. The pool is wonderful to swim in and the exclusive use of it at perfect times of the day is a really huge bonus to this property. We did the short (20 minute) walk up into the beautiful Bastide village of Belves on both evenings - firstly for the local gourmand evening which was buzzing - fantastic local food and lots of friendly chatter and then the next night to go to an open air Shakespeare production (in English) which was a high quality production and excellent fun. It was another massive bonus having such an attractive town with such high quality entertainment just a short walk away. The walk whilst hilly is very pretty, safe and easy. We also had a long canoe on the Dordogne. All of these recommendations came from our hosts when they invited us to join them for a glass of wine. Neil & David struck the perfect balance as ideal hosts, thoroughly helpful through the booking process, very welcoming and generous and yet otherwise respectful and unobtrusive.

Seamus - United Kingdom - Chambre d'Hotes

We cannot overstate how much we enjoyed our stay in this beautiful place! Neil and David's home is set in the most beautiful countryside and from the moment we arrived we felt relaxed, comfortable and well taken care of. Neil and David are excellent hosts, warm and welcoming but always respectful and keen to give you the space and privacy to fully relax. It seems that nothing is too much trouble for these two charming chaps and we gratefully received several recommendations for things to do in the area, places to eat etc as well as various unexpected and thoughtful extras, such as a lift in to town and a little delivery of fresh milk each day for our coffee. It is clear how much they love their home and the surrounding area and their enthusiasm is contagious! Belvés, whilst seemingly quite a little town, has lots to offer and is a lovely (if rather uphill!) twenty minute stroll away. There's plenty to keep you busy further afield, too (wandering around Sarlat is a must as is a visit to nearby Monpazier on market day) and you'll be full of energy to explore after starting the day with a delicious and generous breakfast which offered us something new to look forward to each day. Finally, don't forget to leave yourself at least a little time to simply sit and breathe in the views over a glass of wine in this little piece of paradise - you won't regret it!

Doreen - United Kingdom - Chambre d'Hotes

I stayed for one night at La Banne and found it to be a very pleasant and comfortable place to stay. Neil and Dave the hosts were very welcoming and had a great knowledge of the surrounding areas which I found extremely helpful as I've never been to this part of France before. The local village of Belves is a 20 minute walk away and is lovely. La Banne had everything that I could expect to have including tea & coffee making facilities, a fridge, hairdryer, toilet rolls, clean towels which were lovely a soft, a TV and wifi. There was even a travel plug with USB ports which I found very useful. The room was very clean and extremely comfortable. The continental breakfast was amazing with croissants and a selection of jams, yoghurts, fruit, a choice of tea/coffee and fruit juices which set me up for the day. I would definitely recommend La Banne to my friends and family for either a few days stay or longer. I will certainly be returning.

Romain - France - Chambre d'Hotes

Neil's place is a perfect one to spend a few quiet and peaceful days in the countryside. The house is very nice, beautiful point of view from there, good breakfast. We appreciated our refreshing swim in the swimming pool. Neil gave us good advices for our trip. I truly recommend that place.

Julian - France - Chambre d'Hotes

An exceptional experience in every respect from the warm welcome, impeccable cleanliness and attention to detail. The converted farmhouse is lovely. It is calm and secluded but also conveniently located near the medieval town of Belves. It was a real pleasure to use the pool after a long day’s drive and we also appreciated the personalised breakfast and Neil and David’s suggestions for things to do in the region. We hope we’ll have the opportunity to return someday.

Emma - United Kingdom - Chambre d'Hotes

My husband and I stayed at La Banne. We were made so comfortable by Neil and David who were superb hosts. The B and B room is very spacious and is extremely private with its own entrance. Small but perfectly formed bathroom, a seating area with coffee etc. A number of lovely windows from which you have perfect uninterrupted views across the countryside. You have a lot of your own private space. Belves is very walkable (uphill on the way there) and it had some great bars and restaurants and proper French market. Hugely recommend it for a tranquil break with the choice for utter peace or a walk to the village for lunch with wine and a easy 15 walk back.

Shahidul - United Kingdom - Chambre d'Hotes

What a beautiful spot for a week - or weekend - away. A beautiful room and charming hosts in gorgeous countryside with charismatic villages and wonderful restaurants nestling in the hills nearby. Thank you Neil and Dave for being such great hosts. Nothing was too much trouble.

Kate - United Kingdom - Chambre d'Hotes

This is the perfect place to come for a peaceful, relaxing getaway. The setting is just beautiful - gorgeous old farm house in the middle of the countryside, huge garden and a very inviting pool - and the room itself is lovely. The room is set aside from the main house so you have complete privacy, and I can’t fault it for the ‘little touches’ and cleanliness. My husband and I stayed here as part of our “baby-moon” and two things were particularly welcome as a pregnant woman: 1. the huge bed, and 2. the fact that the room stayed lovely and cool in the summer heat! The hosts were really welcoming, very responsive and happy to help with local tips. Lots of lovely local towns and countryside to explore on the doorstep. Oh, and the breakfast! What a treat to start the day, especially when eating it at a secluded table overlooking the rolling fields, bliss! I wish we’d booked to stay more nights!! Will definitely be back.

Sheila - United Kingdom - Chambre d'Hotes

My husband and I stayed at this farmhouse and found it to be excellent in all aspects. It is in a very good location, handy for sight seeing the area but is also situated in quiet and relaxing surroundings. Neil and David are very helpful and attentive respecting your privacy at the same time.

The use of their pool is certainly a bonus. Everything is exceptionally clean and breakfasts are always fresh. Also having a private place to sit in the evening with a glass of wine after a hard days sightseeing, is great.

Kate - United Kingdom - Gite

La Banne is a delightful gite. The rooms are beautifully decorated, very comfortable and look out over beautiful countryside. There is ample room in the large living space and on the terrace and the heated salt water pool is wonderful for swimming and relaxing. Lots of scenic walks in the vicinity and the nearby medieval village of Belves is fantastic for enjoying a coffee, meals and local festivals.

Neil and Dave are fantastic hosts, warm, friendly and always there to help. La Banne is lovely and a brilliant base to discover the Dordogne from, can't recommend it highly enough.

Rhys - United Kingdom - Gite

You can expect a very high standard of accommodation in this very new first floor apartment in a barn conversion. No detail is spared and great thought has been put into making the stay very comfortable. Before we arrived, we had extremely detailed and helpful email communication giving us all the information we needed to help plan our stay in this beautiful part of the Dordogne. The warm welcome we received from the owners was outstanding and they remained really helpful throughout our stay. We were a family of four staying in "la Banne", including two older teenage boys. We all appreciated use of the amazing swimming pool.

An added feature is the outside bbq and eating area that has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The place is a short drive to the medieval town of Belves (and about 25 minutes to walk) where there are some lovely places to eat. A most delightful addition was eating out in the Night food market and sampling some tasty local produce. It really isn't far to drive to other popular areas of the Dordogne e.g. Sarlat, Beynac and Castelnaud (where we set off with our canoeing). We really do not have any negative comments to make about our holiday other than we wished we could have stayed longer as it was so restful and relaxing!

Christian - Belgium - Gite

A super stay in a wonderful setting, with nice touches like a welcoming basket making us feel immediately at home. As we had discussed, as the first guests at your gîte, i was amazed at how thoughtfully you had set up the place! Neil and David did their best to be helpful and welcoming.

And the gite: Better than a 5 star hotel suite!. The vast quiet grounds and the beautiful salt water pool (no chlorine ; so comfortable) gave a very positive 10 day vacation. Again, many thanks!

What our guests say:

    I stayed for one night at La Banne and found it to be a very pleasant and comfortable place to stay. Neil and Dave the hosts were very welcoming and had a great knowledge of the surrounding areas which I found extremely helpful as I've never been to this part of France before. The local village of...

    Doreen - United Kingdom

Contact information

Neil Walker and David Higgins

Lieu-dit La Banne
24170 Sagelat

+33 (0)5 53 29 78 85

+33 (0)6 78 79 25 79 (Neil)

+33 (0)6 78 79 09 46 (David)


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