Lovingly restored boutique hotel style apartments set in a quiet street of a charming, yet lively 13th century bastide village called Eymet: for sale

Lovingly restored boutique hotel style apartments set in a quiet street of a charming, yet lively 13th century bastide village called Eymet

Eymet, Dordogne, France


325 000 EUR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Type: Bed and Breakfast
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Showers: 3
Parking: 4
Yield: Not Disclosed
TGCSA Rating: 5 Star


Eymet is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.

It is notable as a popular location amongst English speaking immigrants, who account for ten per cent of the local population.


Eymet is situated in the Périgord region, on the river Dropt.

The Bastide was founded in 1270, by Alphonse de PoitiersCount of Toulouse and brother of Louis IX of France. The village is situated at the extreme south of the Department of Dordogne on the CD933 between Bergerac and Marmande, around 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Bergerac, and around 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of Bordeaux.

Popular culture

During the summer of 2011, a TV production company filmed a series of reality TV programmes describing the life of various British expatriates now living in the Dordogne, with an emphasis on Eymet. The series was first shown in autumn 2011, on Monday evenings on ITV1, as twelve 30-minute episodes under the title Little England. Although it explored much of the region, some commentators found it less than exciting. Despite that, a second series was filmed in summer 2012, mainly in the area north of the Dordogne river and shown in autumn 2012 on UK's ITV.


Dordogne is a large rural department in Southwestern France, with its prefecture in Périgueux. Located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region roughly half-way between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees, it is named after the river Dordogne, which runs through it. It corresponds roughly to the ancient county of Périgord. In January 2019, Dordogne had a population of 413,223.


The county of Périgord dates back to when the area was inhabited by the Gauls. It was originally home to four tribes. The name for "four tribes" in the Gaulish language was "Petrocore". The area eventually became known as the county of Le Périgord and its inhabitants became known as the Périgordins (or Périgourdins). There are four Périgords in the Dordogne.

  • The "Périgord Vert" (Green Périgord), with its main town of Nontron, consists of verdant valleys in a region crossed by many rivers and streams;.
  • The "Périgord Blanc" (White Périgord), situated around the department's capital of Périgueux, is a region of limestone plateaux, wide valleys, and meadows.
  • The "Périgord Pourpre" (Purple Périgord) with its capital of Bergerac, is a wine region.
  • The "Périgord Noir" (Black Périgord) surrounding the administrative center of Sarlat, overlooks the valleys of the Vézère and the Dordogne, where the woods of oak and pine give it its name.

The Petrocores took part in the resistance against Rome. Concentrated in a few major sites are the vestiges of the Gallo-Roman period-–the gigantic ruined tower and arenas in Périgueux (formerly Vesone), the Périgord museum's archaeological collections, villa remains in Montcaret, and the Roman tower of La Rigale Castle in Villetoureix. The earliest cluzeaux (artificial caves either above or below ground) can be found throughout the Dordogne. These subterranean refuges and lookout huts were large enough to shelter entire local populations. According to Julius Caesar, the Gauls took refuge in these caves during the resistance.

After Guienne province was transferred to the English Crown under the Plantagenets following the remarriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152, Périgord passed by right to English suzerainty. Being situated at the boundaries of influence of the monarchies of France and England, it oscillated between the two dynasties for more than three hundred years of struggle until the end of the Hundred Years' War in 1453. The county had been torn apart and, as a consequence, that modeled its physiognomy.

During the calmer periods of the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the Castillon plain on the banks of the Dordogne saw a development in urban architecture. The finest Gothic and Renaissance residences were built in Périgueux, Bergerac, and Sarlat. In the countryside, the nobility erected the majority of the more than 1200 chateaux, manors and country houses. In the second half of the 16th century, however, the terrors of war again visited the area, as the attacks, pillaging, and fires of the Wars of Religion reached a rare degree of violence in Périgord. At the time, Bergerac was one of the most powerful Huguenot strongholds, along with La Rochelle. Following these wars, Périgord, fief of Henry of Navarre, was to return to the Crown for good and would continue to suffer from the sudden political changes of the French nation, from the Revolution to the tragic hours of the Resistance.

We also encounter the memory of the region's most important literary figures: Arnaut DanielBertran de BornMichel de MontaigneÉtienne de La BoétieBrantômeFenelonMaine de Biran, Eugene Le Roy, and André Maurois; its great captains: TalleyrandSaint-ExupéryBiron; and even entertainer and activist Josephine Baker. A number of ruins (La Chapelle-Faucher, I'Herm) have retained the memory of the tragedies that took place within their walls. Several of the castles and châteaux are open to visitors; some of them, such as Bourdeilles and Mareuil, house noteworthy collections.

In addition to its castles, chateaux, churches, bastides, and cave fortresses, the Périgord region has preserved since centuries past a number of villages that still have their market halls, dovecotes, bories (stone huts)Les bories du Périgord, churches, abbeys, and castles. Saint-Léon-sur-VézèreConnezacSaint-Jean-de-CôleLa Roque-Gageac, and many others contain important and visually interesting architectural examples. The old quarters of Périgueux or Bergerac have been restored and developed into pedestrian areas. A number of small towns, such as BrantômeIssigeacEymet and Mareuil, have withstood the changes of modern times. A special mention should be made in this respect to Sarlat and its Black Périgord area.

Dordogne is one of the original 83 departments created on 4 March 1790 during the French Revolution. It was created from the former province of Périgord, the county of Périgord. Its borders continued to change over subsequent decades.

In 1793 the communes of BoisseuilhCoubjoursGénisPayzacSaint-Cyr-les-ChampagnesSaint-MesminSalagnacSavignacSaint-Trié and Teillots were transferred from Corrèze to Dordogne.

In 1794 Dordogne ceded Cavarc to Lot-et-Garonne. Later in 1794 (albeit during the subsequent year under the Republican Calendar in use at the time), Dordogne gained Parcoul from Charente-Inférieure.

Following the restoration, in 1819, the commune of Bonrepos was suppressed and merged with the adjacent commune of Souillac in Lot.


The population peaked at 505,789 in 1851 according to that year's census. After that the population declined to 373,000 by 1975. This reflected the long term population decline observed in many of the rural departments resulting from changes in agriculture and the lure of higher industrial wages available in more urbanized regions. Between 1975 and 2010, the population increased again, reaching 415,000.

Dordogne has a British immigrant community. The region has between 5,000 and 10,000 British residents and 800 British entrepreneurs, drawn by the French lifestyle, warm climate, and lower cost of living. The village of Eymet is at the heart of the trend, with 200 British families among 2,600 inhabitants.

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Key features

Description of the business by the owner

This is an amazing business opportunity, a beautiful property, fully renovated on three floors with 3 independent fully-equipped apartments all furnished to the highest quality - all the furniture and fittings included in the sale.

There are proven booking records and the website reviews are excellent – all to pass to the new owner.

A Sawdays special and unique place to stay - a business ready to go.

You can live in one and rent the other 2 apartments. 

About our B&B

Our apartments are situated in a quiet street of Eymet, a  charming 13th century bastide village, about a 90 minute drive south east of Bordeaux and 20 minutes from Bergerac.

Eymet is a dynamic village with many shops, bars and restaurants, all of which are only a couple of minutes walk away.

The village boasts some impressive architecture, including La Place de la Bastide with its fountain and extensive pedestrian zone, the 14th and 15th century houses dotted around the centre and the ruins of a medieval chateau.

Thursday is market day in Eymet where a large range of local produce can be bought and you will find a shopping basket in your apartment.

There are markets, on other days, in most of the other towns in the area. In the summer there is a night market on a Tuesday night which is always lively. The Dordogne region is famous for its wine and food.

There are many widely known vineyards in the region including Graves, Medoc, Monbazillac, Sauternes and Sainte-Emilion.  The local wines are Bergerac and Duras and these are available at very reasonable prices.

Within a 30-minute drive

  • Visit stunning Chateau de Monbazillac or the very interesting Chateau de Bridoire which offers medieval games, fun for all ages.
  • Bergerac – wine museum – Learn about the 13 regional appellations before heading out to the vineyards for tastings. Visit the tabacco museum, take a ride on the river in an old trading boat.
  • Visit Duras Chateau and tour a local chocolate factory.
  • Go-karting, bowling and crazy golf are just 20 minutes drive away.
  • Lake and beach at Lougratte, 30 minutes drive.
  • Spend the day at a Health & Beauty Spa in Chateau de Vigiers.
  • For avid golfers, enjoy the Championship course at Chateau de Vigiers or the challenging 9 hole course at Chateau Les Merles.
  • Enjoy a meal at a michelin starred restaurant in Monbazillac or at Chateau Vigiers.

Venture a little further and see what you can find no more than an hour away

  • Visit the ancient and truly gastronomic city of Périgueux.
  • The beautiful town of St. Emilion is 45 mins drive away.
  • Visit the Bastide Villages of Villereal, Issigeac and – Monpazier + Chateau Biron.
  • Visit the Waterlily gardens where Claude Monet purchased his plants for Giverny.

Further afield

  • Visit the classified villages of Beynac and Domme.
  • Visit the prehistoric caves at Les Eyzies.
  • Chateau de Montaigne
  • Visit Lascaux cave paintings.
  • Spend the day in the UNESCO classified city of Bordeaux.
  • Wine Tasting around Bordeaux include world famous chateaux including Chateau Margaux, Chateau d’Yquem, Chateau, Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Chateau Lafite Rothschild.


Apartment un is ideally suited for a couple or couple with a small child. It occupies the whole of the top floor of the building and offers you a bird’s eye view of the neighbouring houses. Wake to the sun streaming through the chateau style slated shutters which provide dappled light. 

It consists of:

  • Bedroom complete with reading area and stylish ensuite bathroom. All bedlinen is 100% cotton and you will find  luxury toiletries and hair dryer in the bathroom. The bedroom has airconditioning and is useful for when we experience those rare and often unexpected heatwaves.
  • Living/Dining room offering fully equipped kitchen, dining table for 4, flat screen TV, DVD player.
  • Additional bed situated in the entrance perfect for an additional person.

WiFi internet access available throughout the apartment.

Apartment deux sleeps 4 adults + 1 child. This apartment is located on the first floor of what was previously 2 buildings and has now been combined to form one apartment. It is perfect for a family or two couples as the bedrooms are very separate as the bedrooms are divided by 2 solid exterior walls. It is made up of:

Bedroom 1: two single beds which can be joined two form a king size bed with ensuite bathroom containing luxury toiletries and hair dryer.

Bedroom 2: large 180 x 200 bed complete with plus 1 single bed, with ensuite bathroom containing luxury toiletries and hair dryer.

Living/Dining room offering fully equipped kitchen, dining table for 6, flat screen TV,DVD player and two sofas.


For all reservations made via this site, a daily breakfast basket is included in the room rate.

This is delivered daily and left near your apartment front door.

Special occasions

If you are celebrating a special occasion and would like to enjoy a bottle of Champagne in your apartment or perhaps a beautiful bouquet of seasonal, locally sourced flowers or a celebration cake,   please contact  us and we will arrange this for you.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283


Skype: cliff.jacobs

Web: https://www.exquisitehotelconsultants.com

C/o Sybelstrasse 69

10629 Berlin


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