Once you've arrived in Bourdeilles and found a good parking space, the best way to get around is on foot. All of the attractions (most notably the Chateaux, the old church, shops, water mill and the river Dronne) are just a short walk away from the centre of the village, which can be crossed on foot in a matter of minutes. Parking tends to be at a premium in the summer or "high" season, but there is a large parking area near the uppermost entrance to the village and another one near the town hall, or "Mairie", both of which often have free spaces.
In order to get to the village and the surrounding area, a car or other vehicle is absolutely essential for all but the fittest of travellers who also have time on their hands. For the determined backpacker, there is about one daily bus from the closest major rail hub at Angoulême to the nearby small town of Brantôme which is about eight miles away. In Brantôme, it is possible to hire either a bicycle or a small scooter if the walk should seem off-putting, but the majority of visitors will probably want to hire a car or motor home from close to a major rail or air terminal. These are (in order of proximity):
Angoulême - Rail (Fast TGV from Lille/Paris) - 50 minutes' drive
Bergerac - Air (from UK) - 1 hour 20 minutes' drive
Limoges Rail (from Paris) or air (from UK) - 1 hour 15 minutes' drive
Paris - Air - 5 hours' drive
Motor homes ("camping cars") are well-catered for with a "dedicated" site near the village swimming pool. This can sometimes be a little busy with gypsies and other itinerant people, but is the cheapest place to stay in Bourdeilles.