The Old Bakery

Montpon Menesterol, Dordogne
Bed & Breakfast

Laid-back style in bucolic surroundings, a train ride from Bordeaux and Bergerac. Gardens are gorgeous, eggs organic, Louis a charming host


1 room


Rooms sleep 2


A place of rest for weary travellers in the Dordogne, simple and green with a wood stove in the snug and full English or continental breakfast each morning. Owner Louis has opened up this old baker’s building, so that the sitting room and kitchen flow into one – and out through terrace doors to the lush garden. You can wander among the fruit trees or lie in the shade of an old pine, soaking up the peace of this hamlet near the market town of Montpon Ménestérol. Artworks, vintage furniture and objets will keep you intrigued, and you wake on a handmade mattress to see the sun rise over the vegetable patch.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
2 night min stay at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner & picnics available.


Nightly price
from €65
1 Double
From €65


This place is a little oasis, complimented by the owner Lou and his gorgeous moggie Bertie. Lou is an excellent host and is very generous with his hospitality which extends to full cooked breakfasts, access to a well stocked fridge and use of kitchen. A very enjoyable stay.


I cannot tell you how much staying here exceeded my expectations. I came to write and Lou seemed to instinctively know when to keep me company and when to leave me alone but what struck me most was his kindness, warmth and attention to detail. He organised a bicycle for me because I arrived by train, depending on the time of day I returned there was either a tea tray ready or a bottle of wine with a glass. A bottle of chilled water appeared at my bedroom door each evening. He has an instinct for looking after people most five star hotels could only dream of. An inspirational, tranquil place.


The Old Bakery is a quiet gem and Louis made our 4 days a complete delight. Thank you!


Lou the owner is key to this destination. He makes you very welcome and is very open and approachable. It became apparent very quickly that he wanted us to feel at home and was available to help in any way to enable us to enjoy a relaxed and enjoyable stay. The house is cosy, furnished with a mixture of contemporary and classic pieces with an added sense of Lou's eclectic taste. He went out of his way to provide the breakfast of our choice presented beautifully with crisp napkins and tablecloth decorated with flowers from the lovely garden. We stayed for three nights and loved it.


On a quiet winding lane SE of Montpon, the Old Bakey is a beautifully restored little property in a spacious garden. Louis is continuing to improve its elegant interior with his thoughtful touches. His breakfasts with their fresh fruit and local bread are well presented with home made preserves. Comfortable beds and a tastefully designed bathroom. Do ask for directions as the flag is not exactly placed on the map in Montpon.


A charming host, could not do enough for you, an excellent cook, attention to detail, as with the delightful cottage. If in this area of France again, we would certainly stay with Louis again. We are late putting this comment on the web site, as we only arrived back in Australia two days ago. We can only wish Louis all the very best.


Lou was extremely welcoming. The accommodation was quirky, spotless and very comfortable. We particularly enjoyed our English breakfast with a French twist on the patio overlooking the garden. We stayed for 2 nights and on the second night Lou cooked us a lovely 3 course dinner using produce from his garden. The meal for 2 and wine was only 30 euros. A bargain and again served on the patio. Would highly recommend the Old Bakehouse.


Such a warm and genuine welcome from Lou. Lovely, calming decor. Thoughtful touches, great breakfast and interesting tour of the garden. Lovely quirky oasis of calm.


A charming host, could not do enough for you, an excellent cook, attention to detail, as with the delightful cottage. If in this area of France again, we would certainly stay with Louis again.


We stayed at The Old Bakery for 3 nights. The Old Bakery is a lovely place with a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Lou was a fantastic host. Good location to see Bordeaux,St Emilion and the Dordorgne. Would thoroughly recommend a visit


We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay at the Old Bakery - Lou has a lovely home, the atmosphere is very relaxed and the breakfasts were a real treat. And what could be nicer than drinking wine on the terrace under the stars? It's a short drive to St Emilion and Bordeaux - although you may not want to leave at all!


Our stay in the Old Bakery was the highlight of our holiday. Lou is a warm and laid back host who genuinely wants his guests to feel at home. Breakfast was delicious with a selection of home made jams to try as well as freshly squeezed orange juice, crispy bacon and roasted home grown tomatoes. The Old Bakery has been beautifully restored with the same care and attention to detail Lou takes in looking after his guests - the pictures do not do it justice. A true home from home.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Lou O’Leary

  • Saint Emilion is a Unesco world heritage site, where Romans planted the first vines in the second century. Today it is one of the largest wine producing regions in Bordeaux with nearly six thousand hectares under vines.
  • Les Jardins de Sardy is one of the most atmospheric gardens in the Dordogne, situated at Velines near Sainte -Foy-la Grande on the road between Bergerac and Bordeaux
  • Brantome known as the Venice of the Dordogne. The Benedictine abbey on the rivers edge, the weir the mill.....breath taking.
  • Issigeac with its ancient buildings and Marche nocturne where you can buy all you need for your evening meal and sit out under the stars at long trestle tables and listen to local bands and drink the wonderful wine of the area.
  • Beynac, one of the most beautiful villages in France perched high on a cliff looking down into the river...incredibly lovley.
  • Here are some of the towns and villages within 50 kilometers of Montpon. Eyemet, Duras, Sainte-Foy -la grande,Eynesse, Villambard, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Pellegrue, Riberac, Castilonnes, Sarlat, Libourne. All amazingly beautiful.