Extra info Writers retreats

Contact Information


David and Michèle Lambert, Veau le Coteau, 24270 Savignac-Lédrier, Dordogne, France


Tel France +33 553 52 71 26

Mobile for text messages: 07751 644 912


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Number in UK  +44 (0)1223  316539


Your Retreat


The retreat is designed to give you as much time and space as you require to write in conducive surroundings. We encourage you to come to Le Verger (the orchard) with a firm idea of what you will be working on so that you can get stuck in immediately and be assured a productive stay. Everyone writes to a different schedule (or none), so we leave this entirely up to you.




You’ll be accommodated in your own simple but comfortable room with a desk and lamp. The Piggery, a separate gite in the grounds, is suitable for two writers: it has a large open mezzanine space upstairs (4m x 6m) with further accommodation below (5m x 6m) separated by curtains. There is wifi in the main house. Two Writer’s Cabins (3 x 3.5m and 3 x 3 m) each provide rustic but comfortable individual accommodation (occupant uses main house bathroom). Subject to availability, there is a reduction of £50 for retreaters wishing to share accommodation in the main house, and for accompanying partners.


*While we do our best to satisfy your accommodation request, please note that in the event that this is not possible you will be offered the alternative at the advertised price.




Breakfast is on a help yourself basis and can be from as early (or late) as you equire it. A simple buffet lunch will be laid out in the kitchen from 12:30-1:30. Tea- and coffee-making facilities are available whenever you require. A sit-down dinner with wine is served from 8 pm and we encourage all retreaters to join the group for this (please let us know beforehand of any dietary needs or other intolerances).


Feedback on your writing


After dinner, retreaters help clear and wash up. On two evenings, you are invited to share your work-in-progress with the group and receive constructive feedback.


When you are not writing


You are free to join the couple of trips we make to a local market, or (in summer) to the local lake. Or you can just take yourself off on well signposted walks to Le Puy des Ages (2 km), the chateau-forge of Savignac-Lédrier, or the village bar (1.5km)


Getting there 


It is important you are all on the same outward and return Ryanair flight to Limoges to facilitate transfers to and from Le Verger. We’ll let you know when to go ahead and book your flight. Travellers by train can be picked up / dropped off at Limoges-Benedictins or *Brive rail station. Group airport / rail station transfer is included, but please note there is a 50 euro charge for individual pick up or drop off (Limoges). This applies to all pickups from Brive station.


What to bring


We recommend you travel light with a small cabin hold-all (no more than 10 kg). Limoges airport is very strict about weight on the return. A warm jumper is recommended in all seasons -- at the highest point in the Dordogne (410 m), even hot days can have cool evenings. All bedding and bath towels are provided (but please bring your own towel for swimming if you can fit it in). You will have the chance to buy toiletries on arrival. The nearest pharmacie is 7 km away (and costly) so please bring supplies of any personal medication you know you will need. There are power packs and British to European plug adapters provided in each room.




To secure your place on your Retreat please send a £100 non-refundable deposit.


By bank transfer: Sort code: 08-93-00 Account No: 07129081 - BIC CPBK GB22

IBAN: GB95 CPBK 0893 0007 1290 81 


Please identify the transfer with your family name


International transfers: IBAN GB95 CPBK 0893 0007 1290 81 (please ensure you cover any bank charges incurred so that the correct amount arrives).


By cheque: made out to DJ Lambert. Address: 89 Roseford Road, Cambridge CB4 2HB.


All balances must be paid no later than 8 weeks before the retreat. You can choose to simplify and pay the full fee as a one off payment (*see terms below).


* In case of cancellation 8 weeks or fewer before the retreat, the balance will be 50% refundable. In case of cancellation 4 weeks or fewer before the retreat the balance will be 25% refundable.


All group transfers are included in the price.


* Individual pick up or drop off from Limoges airport/ rail station: extra 50 euro.


* Individual pick up rate from St Yrieix rail station: extra 25 euro



We look forward to seeing you at Le Verger!

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At Le Verger in beautiful South-West France we offer:


· Writers and Artists retreats


· French courses


· English courses


· Sing! in the Dordogne


· Holiday rentals


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