Wildlife

La Borde Basse is set on a gentle hillside in countryside covered in box, juniper, wild honeysuckle and the small oak trees (quercus) from which the local area of Quercy gets its name.  There are nine acres of garden , meadow orchard and woodland with wonderful views over the valley of the Grande Barguelonne.

Over the years many of our visitors have remarked on the rich variety of wild flowers and animals they have seen at La Borde Basse.  These have included various rare species of wild orchid and hellebore, different types of woodpecker, wagtail and bunting and many other birds, butterflies, hares, lizards, deer and even (if you’re very lucky) wild boar. We are grateful to one particular family for the following pictures from a wide selection taken at La Borde Basse.

“The views from the house are spectacular and we loved watching the wildlife especially deer from the beautiful terrace where we ate most of our meals.”

Adonis Blue
Early morning breakfast

“Our first three week holiday in France and we were greeted by an Adonis! These lovely butterflies were abundant when we arrived and others appeared during our stay including the scarce swallowtail. We saw over 50 species of birds on or from the property. When we arrived the early orchids were still around and these were replaced with hellebores.”