La Cloche

Dordogne & Gironde

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Accommodation

  • Lower ground floor: Double bedroom with door to garden and en suite shower room.  Laundry room (washing machine).   
  • Ground floor: Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher)/dining room with door to terrace.  Steps up to: Living room (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi).  Double bedroom.  Shower room (no WC).  Cloakroom.     
  • First floor: Bedroom (sloping ceiling) with four single beds and en suite WC and basin. 
  • Outside: Garden mainly laid to lawn. Open and covered terraces. Barbecue.  Table tennis.  Private parking.
  • Private heated and fenced swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps.

Surrounded by a patchwork of fields and forests in the picturesque Périgord Noir area, the charming village of Prats-du-Périgord, with its honey coloured stone buildings topped with pitched roofs of deep red tiles, is most typical of the region. Follow the lane from the village square and you arrive at La Cloche, a pretty stone cottage, lovingly restored, and now complete with a private pool.

Stylishly decorated and furnished in harmonious natural shades, the interior has a contemporary feel with traditional elements: a modern bathroom sink sits atop a hewn piece of wood, steel coloured kitchen appliances contrast with a retro sideboard. And with a bedroom on each floor, there is space for everyone. The lower ground floor double room benefits from direct access to the garden, whilst teenagers and children will enjoy the bedroom under the eaves.

Outdoor living at La Cloche is easy. Directly accessed from the kitchen, the dining terrace overlooks both the pool and garden, allowing easy supervision. Step down to the garden where the lawn wraps itself around three sides of the pool area. This enclosed space encompasses the heated pool, a sunbathing terrace and covered seating area, a spot for everyone whether you prefer the sun or shade!    

The village has a traditional bar. The delightful bastide towns of Villefranche-du-Périgord (10km), Belvès (15km) and Monpazier (16km) are all within a 20 minute radius of La Cloche. All offer amenities, restaurants, a weekly market, with evening gourmet markets during the summer (July & August). The meandering Dordogne river is also a 20min drive away. Enjoy the stunning scenery from a different perspective by spending an hour or two canoeing down the river or taking a trip on one of the traditionnal 'gabarre' boats. Along this stretch of the river you will also find a number of magnificent châteaux, towering above the villages and visible from afar. They are well worth a visit for a glimpse into times gone by.

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Great Things to Do Near La Cloche

The 13th century bastide towns

were mostly built around the Lot valley and the Dordogne. They are generally buzzing places, with lively markets and little cafes, excellent restaurants and pretty shops all around. You will find many bastides near La Cloche, including Villefranche-du-Périgord, Monpazier and Belvès.

Boat and horse drawn-carriage trips

Just 7km away, at Mazeyrolles, you can take a day trip on a coach pulled by horses, visit the Dordogne, stop for a gastronomical picnic in the woods, or enjoy a wine and foie gras tasting. There are also trips on a boat on the Dordogne river, combined with a lovely lunch in a restaurant and an afternoon with the coach and horses - magnifique!

Impressive Chateaux

There are plenty of these to visit along the Dordogne river, including the Chateau de Beynac, the Fortress of Castelnau and its medieval war museum, the garden of the Chateau de Marqueyssac that overlooks Laroque-Gageac and the Dordogne valley and the nearby Chateau de Biron, set in a beautiful village.

The famous town of Sarlat,

jewel of the Dordogne is about 45 minutes' drive away. If you like a bustling atmosphere head there on Saturday morning when the market is in full swing. Perhaps combine with a visit to the Lascaux caves a little further north to see the famous paintings?

The fortress of Bonaguil (24km)

Elevated above the oak woods it appears to have no strategic reason for being there except for our magical pleasure. You can enjoy a tasty meal followed by a long walk in the surrounding countryside. In summer this chateau is a venue for Theatre festivals and classical music concerts.

Go canoeing or kayaking

on either the Lot or the Dordogne. Usually you will get dropped off upstream and can enjoy a downstream paddle back to base. The gradients are generally very low here and suitable for all ages.

Children will love Parc-en-Ciel

in Lacapelle-Biron (25km) - 14 hectares of trees and fields where you'll find mini golf, a farm of baby animals, a snail museum, and an adventure playground through the trees with different courses suited to the age of the children.

Enjoy a day at Le Bugue

This small and attractive market town with little winding lanes and some lovely houses is about 40 minutes from the house by car. It has two specific attractions: an aquarium; and the 'Village du Bournat', a reconstitution of a 19th century village.

Visit the vineyards

around Puy l'Eveque (30km) and try the dark Cahors wine, a largely undiscovered great wine of the region. You will see many 'caves' selling the wine and most will offer the chance to taste it first. Don't forget to stop in the little villages en route as well - there are many dotted along the River Lot down to Cahors (50km)

Golfers

can enjoy a game at 2 courses in Siorac (20km).

Views from the sky

The aeroclub in Belvès (20 minutes drive) offers plane trips above the famous sites and chateaux of the Dordogne.

Not to be missed

is a visit to the remote hamlet of Les Arques (30 minutes) in the Lot. Visit the Zadkine Museum, with exhibitions by the Russian sculptor who made this tiny village his home. Whilst there you must enjoy a delicious meal in the much-acclaimed 'La Recreation' restaurant converted from the old school house.

Belvès Markets

On Saturday morning, a farmers’ market is held on the top square of the medieval Bastide of Belvès, around and under the 15th century covered Halle. There, you can find many local and seasonal fruit and vegetables – strawberries, apricots, peaches, melons, grapes, etc..depending on the season. Asparagus, artichokes, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and aubergines, green beans, etc. Everything grows well in south-west France. There are also local cheeses, honey, beers, wines and many other more local specialities. Markets like this with lovely food and atmosphere can be found in most villages around, and one could visit a different market in a different village every day. No need for supermarkets except for bananas! Also, on Wednesdays in July and August (up to first week of Sept really), there is a 'marché nocturne' or 'marché gourmand'. This is an evening affair (starting around 18:00) and it is a chance to go and eat alongside the locals and other tourists. Local producers will be there, cooking their products for you and also others cooking different dishes. The locals normally cook magret, foie gras, chips, snails, salads, cakes, fruit but there is also wine, beer, bread, cheese. Others will cook pizzas, quiches, curries, mussels. Tables, benches and chairs are set up for you, all you need to do is bring your plate, glass and cutlery to avoid wasting plastic disposable items. Choose your meal and find a seat, then enjoy the summer evening, food and atmosphere. In July and August, you can find an evening market somewhere in the area every day of the week.

Game set match!

There is a tennis court in the village, in walking distance, for budding tennis players to hone their skills.

Prats-du-Périgord

Take a stroll around the centre of the village to admire the church, Eglise Saint Maurice, with its unusual flat bell-tower (known as a ‘bell-wall’ in French) over 20 metres in height. Inside the church is a beautiful and unusual wooden carving of Christ whose clothes are painted in vibrant red and gold colours. Or head just outside the village to the special 'Nordic walking' park which was created in 2009, which has marked routes of differing lengths to follow.

Nearby

Towns

Villefranche-du-Périgord 12 mins
Monpazier 16 mins
Belvès 20 mins
Sarlat-la-Canéda 45 mins

Airports

Bergerac 55 mins
Brive 85 mins
Toulouse 120 mins
Bordeaux 140 mins
Times are approximate

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