The House

A riverside house with specialised
sports-training facilities

Located in a quiet cul-de-sac on the north bank of the Dordogne on the eastern edge of Bergerac, this is a very unusual house. It belongs to Edward (Ali) Boileau, a London-based teacher, who bought it in 2016 and spent the following year redesigning, modifying and equipping it as a base for his sports-training work.drg_facadenw_cr-custom

An experienced rowing coach, Ali is also a qualified Yoga teacher and a keen cyclist. Rowing, Yoga and Cycling are three activities which are, he believes, mutually reinforcing: combine them correctly, and your overall performance can be transformed, whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, young or old.

TdF (12) (Custom)One of Ali’s particular interests is injury avoidance: this means his technical training often focuses on finding more efficient ways to deploy existing power levels, rather than on increasing the power itself. The older we get, the more sense this makes, as those competing at Masters events in their 70s know well.

Now Ali is putting his theories into practice – and he’s been chronicling his progress from the early days in his Blog.

How to get involved
If you like what you see, there are two ways you might participate: you could either sign up as a member of a course; or you could rent the house as a weekly tenant.RowPerfect_700w

Joining a course. 
For around 10 weeks each year, Ali and various of his associates will be hosting a variety of courses, events and retreats in Bergerac. He will be joined by other coaches and teachers to provide intensive tuition programs for small groups.  Read More

Renting the house. 
When it’s not being used for Ali’s own courses, Ali will be offering the house for weekly rental to suitably-qualified tenants. Tenants will generally be coaches themselves, or members of club groups who know how to look after the equipment and facilities which go with it. The house is designed for serious training and coaching activity, but is at the same time suitable for informal family holiday use.

The facilities

Front view_CR (Custom)Living Accommodation:
4 bedrooms – 1 double, 3 twin. Up to 9 occupants. (Additional bedrooms may be available nearby for larger parties.)
Large living / kitchen area. 3 shower rooms, 1 bathroom. Utility room. 

Teaching area:
Large top floor yoga studio. Meeting room with projector & whiteboard for video analysis etc. Changing and fitness-training area. 

Boat & bike storage:
Lower-ground floor boat storage area and cycle workshop. For details of the equipment available to visitors, see here.

River access: 
With its 40 metres of private frontage to the River Dordogne, the garden provides ready access to 14 Km of good navigable water. Read more

Cycling: Extensive local network of small uncrowded roads through historic and picturesque scenery, with well-documented routes for cyclists of all standards. Read more

The Town


A 15 minute walk downriver takes you to Bergerac’s town centre, with its selection of shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment establishments. Read more.