The Wild Heather — aFarmhouse in the Dordogne
The Village of Loubes Bernac
La Bruyere is the hamlet of Brisseaux and is surrounded by vineyards, cornfields, with a lovely small chateau in the distance. Nearby is the tiny village of Loubes Bernac where you will find Chez Nellie restaurant and a small épicerie offering a selection of essential foods and of course, daily bread. Nearby are two of our favorite towns with a wide array of food and shops; Eymet and Duras. Don’t get me started! The markets in the area are out of this world…
Here is how one of our owners described this part of France:
“The area is wonderful for day trips along the Dordogne and daily trips to different markets, which is our favorite thing to do; Eymet on Thursdays, St. Foy la Grande on Saturdays, and Issigeac on Sundays. This region is rich in history and, of course, there is the wine and the food. We don’t speak French, but have managed to get along. We have been fortunate to meet lovely people along the way as well who now comprise a group of friends we always see when we’re at La Bruyere.”
- Open plan kitchen, recently refurbished
We gathered with friends and Francophiles in our Willamette Valley farmhouse in May 1998, shortly after my husband and I determined that we wanted to find a creative and affordable way to own property in France. A lovely old stone farmhouse had been found nestled amongst the vineyards and sunflowers of the Dordogne region, about 75 miles East of Bordeaux, France.
Light-filled rooms, high beamed ceilings, even a chicken’s footprint in one of the ancient tiles… how could we resist? With 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, a gorgeous open plan kitchen and recently refurbished, I knew this was the “one” when my heart began to sing. We then set about finding others who shared our fond dream of a second home in France.
Over the next 6 months or so, our membership of 9 owners was complete and we began to decorate, visit, and manage our jointly owned property. Along the way, deep friendships were formed, creative ideas explored, and most importantly, we had a lot of fun. La Bruyere — a place to call “Home”.
A 1/9th share entitles you to 3+ weeks of high season use each year. La Bruyere does not have central heating throughout and the booking season typically runs from April to October. Annual dues average around 1200 euros/year. The owners use a rotational calendar for their high season booking system.