What people say about their stay at Belle Surprise

Feedback is really important to us, so we always welcome comments from our guests. We aim to offer a first service in every respect and are happy to take suggestions on board as to how we could make your time with us even more complete. We encourage all our guests to add a review to our Trip Advisor page or to email us directly. Here are some of the heart-warming comments we’ve received so far.

Real gem of a find

We needed a rest and this gite was perfect us. The hosts were wonderful and catered to all needs. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The quality of the accommodation was first class. Local amenities easily within reach either by foot or car. Nearby lake great for a swim or use of free canoes with beach side restaurant. Good links to larger towns. Right in the heart of an excellent wine region with many fantastic vineyards. We would definitely stay here again.

Guest from Yorkshire, UK, 2019


A really nice stay alongside our very welcoming hosts. The cottage is very well furnished and comfortable. A barbecue area and a well-functioning pool area. The surroundings are beautiful. We recommend this address!

Guest from Monistrol-sur-Loire, France, 2018

Wonderful retreat in a beautiful setting for couples or families.

Set in a beautiful small village easily accessible from Bergerac and Bordeaux airports. Fab local amenities – beach, vinyards, patisserie all within walking distance and with St Emilion and other bigger towns just a short drive away. Greg and Marina could not have been more welcoming or helpful hosts for our stay in this stunning gite complete with a proper pool-with-a-view to relax by. The accommodation was scrupulously clean with everything we could have needed to hand and there are plenty spaces to relax inside or outdoors, in sunshine or shade. We loved it!

Guest from Fife, UK, 2018

A truly lovely surprise!
A lovely peaceful setting in rural France. The cottage was clean and comfortable and Greg and Marina were perfect hosts. A secluded pool to enjoy the sunshine and for the kids to enjoy. Plenty of places to visit, Bergarac and St. Emillion a must. If you wish to leave the tranquility of the pool behind the local lake is a must, with free canoeing and amenities.

Guest, 2017

Peaceful countryside

If you want a very relaxed, remote, tranquil opportunity to down tools and reduce the heartbeat I can think of no place better than Carsac de Gurson and the Belle Surprise is a great hideaway with its own secluded private pool, ample living accommodation and two large sofas with access to British TV…which was essential during the World Cup!! Carsac itself is a sleepy hamlet atop a hill with great views and stunning little church which plays music as you enter and lights up. Magical. The nearest pub is a 20 minute stroll into St Martin de Gurson. The bar there does excellent food and there was a music festival in the village in late June which we attended where they shut the road. It was a fantastic night. Situated where Carsac de Gurson is makes it great to drive East to where the Dordogne is most glorious, without having to live within its touristy bustle. It also means you can drive west to the Dordogne’s other great jewel, St Emillion, which is stunning but very busy. Local to the house is the lac de Gurson which we discovered too late in the holiday. Don’t make that mistake. It’s a great beach by a wonderful lake, with food and drinks on site too. Enjoy the Dordogne!

Guest from Hitchin, UK, 2019

Fabulous family stay

We have just returned after a wonderful 6 night stay with our 2 children. We had a warm welcome from Greg and found wine, fresh fruit, local cheese, milk, eggs, bread etc all waiting for us. The gite was immaculate with a very well equipped kitchen. There was a lovely private pool and the surrounding area was so peaceful. It’s a great base for visiting St Emilion, Bergerac & Bourdoux. There is a fab lake 5 mins drive away which is all free, including free canoeing and a nice cafe. Lots of nice places to eat a short drive away. Supermarkets nearby. Friendly neighbours. Found both Greg and Marina to be very nice people, who welcomed us into their home and we wish them every success with their future ventures x

Guest from Watford, UK, 2018

Perfect location, beautiful views

Belle Surprise is a great surprise. The location is perfect – between Bergerac and St Emilion so if you are interested in wine then it is a great place to stay. Totally quiet with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and within minutes of the beachside facility at Lac de Gurson – perfect for families. There is a lovely pool and area to sit in the sun and the house was clean and well equipped with a comfortable bed.

Guest from Charlbury, UK, 2016

Hidden gem in heart of French countryside

Spacious accommodation with the best appointed kitchen I have ever experienced, ideal for families and couples alike. Super clean bed very comfortable also bath towels lovely and thick. Pool is ideally situated in the sun all day and very private; nearby lake offers amenities for children’s entertainment (5 minute drive away).

Guest from Sheffield, UK, 2016