The Area

The countryside in the the Dordogne and its neighbouring departments is full of beautiful and historic villages. Chateaux appear on almost every hill - of which two of the finest are at Jumilhac le Grande and Hautfort - both giving guided tours in English. St Jean de Cole is one of the 'prettiest villages in France' and the historic town of Brantome is known as 'Perigord's Venice' and is a genuine 'must see'. It is celebrated by visitors and archeologists alike for its museum of prehistory, prehistorical and megalithical sites, and troglodyte houses carved into cliff faces. Its belfry is said to be the oldest in France and its Benedictine abbey was founded by Charlemagne.

There are many other superb small villages - La Chapelle Faucher with a magnificent castle, Saint Pierre de Cole with the remains of Bruzac Castle and the church of Saint Romain. In Villars you will find Puyguilhem castle , Villars cave , and the 12th century Boshaud Abbey. In the village of Sorges, the Maison de la Truffe (Truffle House) has guided tours of the Truffières Path and the Ecomusée de la Truffe (Truffle Ecomuseum) and offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysteries of truffle cultivation.

Thiviers , a former feudal city built around its castles and church, is the region's commercial and agricultural centre. Gourmet lovers everywhere are attracted to its Goose and Duck museum and the Maison du foie gras (foie gras house). Périgueux , Perigord's capital, has all the shops and services you expect of a modern town, whilst retaining it's ancient houses, squares and alleyways.

The site of Beynac and its castle is undoubtedly one of the finest in France. The village was featured in the film 'Chocolat' and the castle was feaatured in the film Joan of Arc. The medieval castle, which stands high on a rocky outcrop and overlooks the Dordogne river, remains as it was in the middle ages, and is very atmospheric! You can also take a guided  boat trip on the Dordogne river or kayak if you’re feeling adventurous.  Take a picnic on the shores of the river or enjoy a meal in one of the riverside restaurants and watch the world go by.  The town of Beynac also has some interesting shops and all in all a wonderful days outing.

 

sarlat

Sarlat is the capital of Black Périgord with architecture of over one thousand years old in this well preserved city. Here you will find many interesting old cobbled lanes with medieval roofs and stone walls. http://www.sarlat.com/

french market

During the summer months there are many markets, brocantes, and antique fairs to visit.