Go canoeing on the Vézère
At Cherveix Cubas, Vert'Auvézère. Also possible to do climbing or speleology.
Walk to the baker and the local café-restaurant
The little village is only 1.6km from the house, and to the little bakery that also has an emergency selection of groceries and to the little café-restaurant l'Ansamble. www.restaurant-l-ansemble-ste-eulalie-ans.fr/
Enjoy the secluded and enclosed garden at La Ferme Margot, with its pool.
Plenty of shade under the large tree, or for sun lovers, there is the large terrace.
Go for a walk along the country lanes in the area.
You will go through some lovely countryside. Take a wander down to the little village of St Eulalie d'Ans, only 2 km away, to pick up the croissants for a late breakfast.
The town of Hautefort is 11 km away and here you will find the most amazing and impressive Château of Hautefort which has beautiful formal gardens.
Go on a guided tour around the castle and its gardens. During the summer, it is open for evening visits on Wednesdays.
Do not miss out on a trip to Périgueux
(27km) - the beautiful old centre with its Cathedral St Front, the Vésone Tower, picturesque streets and squares and all the liveliness of a large French town.
Grottes de Villars
Visit the caves at Villars - fantastic stalagtites and stalagmites with large picnic area and children's play area. Then head to nearby Brantôme for a stroll in this beautiful town.
This delightful small town on the banks of the River Dronne is known locally as the 'Venice of the Périgord'. On a walk you can see various examples of medieval and renaissance architecture; Brantôme also boasts a selection of good restaurants including the Michelin-starred Moulin de l'Abbaye.
There is a big theatre festival called 'Mimos'
which takes places in the streets of Périgueux at the end of July/ beginning of August.
For anyone who enjoys a game of golf,
there is a course at Domaine de Saltgourde near Périgueux (29 km).
The little market town of Thiviers (32 km) has a museum dedicated to the speciality of the south west of France - 'foie gras'. Not everyone likes it or approves of it but it is an important part of life in rural south west France. Visit the Musée du Foie Gras to learn more about it.
Take the children for a day out at the Parc Jacquou
near Le Bugue (57 km) - waterslides, fun fair, a small farm.
Le Bugue itself is nice to wander around with plenty to do.
Visit the caves and the Aquarium as well as the 'Village du Bournat' which is a model of a traditional Périgord village. Go a little further and explore Limeuil, officially classified as on of the 'most beautiful villages in France'. Take a walk in the Park Limeuil, hire a canoe or simply enjoy a picnic on the river beach.
Spend a day near Thenon
(18 km) in the park called L'Appel de la Fôret - a huge forest where you can climb trees, swing on the zipwires and walk along bridges that are suspended from ancient oak to ancient oak. Picnic areas are provided under the trees for a spot of lunch afterwards.
Go shopping at one of the local markets and see why the French love their food.
All the produce is carefully displayed and you are encouraged to ask questions about the quality, and even smell and pinch the veg to make sure! Take your lunch back to La Ferme Margot and eat it 'al fresco' on the terrace.
Evening markets are an excellent way to escape the heat of the day.
Shop for local produce, then sit down with the locals to enjoy freshly cooked food and drink, music and perhaps even a bit of dancing! There are good ones at Thiviers, at the Farm 'La Jalovie' in Nailhac (17 km) on 11th & 25th July & 8th August, and at 'La Ferme du Cochon Gourmand in Hautefort on 18th July and 1st & 15th August.
Visit the famous caves of Lascaux (32 km),
where you can see excellent reproductions of pre-historic paintings on the walls of the caves.
Take in beautiful Sarlat
the most famous town in the region and one of the most renowned and visited in France. It is also one of the prettiest; restored restaurants and cafés housed within stone archways and 15th century turrets everywhere you look. The old town, dating from both medieval and renaissance times, is a pleasure to visit and a sunny walk down its maze of cobbled streets is the perfect way to take in the baroque chapels, tiny squares and the ancient cathedral.
The Dordogne is home to 1001 châteaux
- pick up details from the local tourist office and see how many you can visit!
The Château de Puyguilhem at Villars is a delightful looking castle.
After spending some time there, visit the Grottes de Villars -10km of caves adorned with white stalactites and prehistoric paintings!
Spend the summer's evening at La Ferme Margot
- a glass of wine, some good food, and listen to the sounds of the birds and cigales. As night falls, watch the sky become full of stars.
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