Where We Are

Château de Gurson by JGS25 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Perfectly placed to make the most of south-west Dordogne

Belle Surprise is an ideal base from which to explore the Dordogne’s Perigord Pourpre region. The gite is situated about a 35-minute drive from Bergerac and 25 minutes from Saint Emilion.

Our local village and neighbourhood

Carsac de Gurson is a small hilltop village with a rural community of around 200 inhabitants. The most notable local landmarks are the mairie (town hall), the church, variously reported as dating from the 11th, 12th or 13th century and the ruins of the castle that stood until its destruction on the king’s orders in 1254 and again in 1377. If you don’t mind the climb, you’ll be rewarded from the chateau’s elevated position with a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside.

Villefranche de Lonchat

Just a 6-minute drive away is the bastide town of Villefranche de Lonchat, which can trace its origins back to Edward I of England. In fact, prehistoric man settled here too, as the regular finds of Gallo-Roman artefacts on local farmland testify.

You’ll find shops, restaurants and a post office here. Market day is Tuesday.

Vineyards and winery tours

As you’d expect with the wine-producing powerhouses such as Bordeaux and Saint Emilion in close proximity, this is a region with vineyards cloaking the landscape for miles around. Carsac de Gurson even has a small vineyard of its own.

If you fancy a winery tour, several are on offer in the area, including Château Coutet (22km), Château Grand Corbin Manuel (22km) and Château Vieux Mougnac (13km).

More info on winery tours near Carsac de Gurson

Bergerac 36km, Saint-Emilion 25km, Bordeaux 74km, Perigueux 68km



Carsac de Gurson, France

Travel info


35 mins away

  • Flybe from Birmingham, Southampton, Exeter, Edinburgh
  • Jet2.com from Manchester, Leeds Bradford
  • Ryanair from London Stansted, East Midlands, Bristol, Liverpool

1 hour 10 mins away

  • Aer Lingus from Dublin
  • Air France from London Heathrow
  • British Airways from London Gatwick
  • EasyJet from Liverpool, London Gatwick and London Luton
  • Flybe from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Southampton
  • Ryanair from Edinburgh

90 mins away

  • Ryanair from Edinburgh, London Stansted

Car ferry


5½ – 6 hours

575 / 648km

5¾ to 6 hours

693 / 735km

7 hours


8 to 8½ hours

Nearest TGV station

  • Libourne, 32km