La Périgourdine

Lot-et-Garonne

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, washing machine). Dining/living room (fireplace). TV area (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to garden. Bathroom. Double/twin bedroom (double bed and single bed). WiFi.
  • First floor: Double/twin bedroom (double bed and single bed). Double bedroom. Shower room. There are electric radiators in all bedrooms and bathrooms (payable locally).
  • Outside: Large open grounds of garden and fields (a stream runs through the garden approx 150m from the house). Dining terrace. Barbecue. Private parking.
  • Fenced private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner steps.

The undulating green countryside between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers is liberally sprinkled with fruit orchards, vineyards and impressive bastides that remain untouched by time. It was close to the bastide of Castillonnès that we came across La Périgourdine, dating back to 1776 and built using the local materials of cream coloured stone, topped by a pitched tiled roof. It is now a charming cottage set in open grounds of garden, woodland and fields.

The country feel continues inside, with exposed stone and colour-washed walls creating a pleasing backdrop to the wood furniture painted in soft pastel hues. In the kitchen, one wall has large picture windows allowing you to prepare dinner with a view over the dining terrace and pool. To one side, the ancient round bread oven has been renovated and is now a utility/storage area. A spacious living and dining room opens out onto the gardens, whilst a double bedroom complete with en suite bathroom on the ground floor is perfect for those wanting an extra degree of privacy. A traditional staircase leads up to a further two spacious bedrooms and shower room on the first floor.

Outside, step across the dining terrace to the fenced pool, framed prettily by an array of cottage flowers and plants. There is plenty of space for children to play and adults to relax with a book in the shade of the trees.

Beyond the field and woodland which form the property’s boundary lies the road to Castillonnès (3km) and Bergerac (23km). Dominating the green Dropt valley, Castillonnès has a number of shops and restaurants, as well as a weekly market (Tuesdays) which still takes place in the main square. To the north, Bergerac is a picturesque town on the banks of the River Dordogne. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets lined with timber framed buildings, followed by a trip on one of the old fashioned ‘gabarre’ boats. On the way home, stop off at one of the many vineyards near Monbazillac to purchase a bottle or two of the local wine.

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Great Things to Do Near La Périgourdine

Walking

Pick up a walking itinerary/map from the tourist office in Castillonnès and discover the local area from a different perspective. There is a range of walks and bike rides to suit all.

More vineyards and châteaux

Visit the château of Monbazillac (16km) with its fine collection of XVIIth century furniture, and a museum of wine and its vineyards. Discover the wonderful wines in the area by tasting them at the château.

Saint-Emilion

Do not miss a wander around the famous wine town of Saint-Emilion (80km). It is the first wine growing area listed by UNESCO so it is definitely worth a visit. There is also a huge monolithic church carved out of limestone rock, as well as miles of underground tunnels and caves.

The city of Bordeaux

Saint-Emilion is not too far from Bordeaux, a beautiful city and home to good wine and food. This beautiful city sits on the banks of the Garonne and teems with culture and history, much of which is focused on wine! The lovely streets lead to squares where you can happily sit awhile and watch the world go by.

Le Cinema

The French love the cinema and produce some great films. There is a cinema in Castillonnès (Place Jasmin), which shows both French and English films (look for Version anglaise sous-titrée if you want to watch the English version).

Medieval Bastides

Visit the medieval Bastides of the Lot et Garonne and Dordogne such as Villeréal, Monflanquin, Beaumont-du-Périgord, Monpazier, Issigeac, Miramont-de-Guyenne......

Water park for the children

Take the children to Aqua Park Junior Land, 10 mins from Bergerac in the direction of Bordeaux. There are four pools, with a water slide and direct access to the river for canoeing. Mountain biking, quad bikes, beach volleyball, table tennis are always on offer. The park is open daily from May to September from 1000 to 0100 the following morning – floodlit at night!

Delicious food from the markets

Don't miss all the great food markets. The area is well known for its food so head to Castillonnès on a Tuesday, Bergerac on Wednesday and Saturday, Eymet on a Thursday, Villeréal on Saturdays.

A spa day

If you wish to relax even more, visit Les Bains de Casteljaloux (just over 1hr drive) where you will find thermal spas, massages, Japanese baths, and outdoor pools.

Garden lovers

will enjoy the fabulous collection of waterlilies at La Tour-Marliac in Le Temple-sur-Lot (45min drive).

The Dropt Valley

Go for a drive along the Dropt Valley, starting at Duras, through Allemans du Dropt, Lauzun and finishing in Villeréal. Or visit each town on a different day – there is plenty to see and do in each one.

Extraordinary frescos

In Allemans du Dropt, visit the church to see the 15th century frescos – they depict lively devils and gruesome goings-on!

Relax

Enjoy a relaxing dinner on the terrace at La Périgourdine and plan what to do the following day, in full knowledge you do not have to do anything at all- you are on holiday!

Castillonnès

Have a coffee in the main square in Castillonnès and admire the arcades and the stonework. Take a guided tour around the town and learn a bit more about its history and architecture. The guided tour in English takes place every Tuesday, leaving the Tourist Office at 5.30pm.

A trip to Bergerac is a must

– the old centre is a beautiful jumble of cobbled streets, timbered houses, little shops and cafes overlooking the squares. Sit on the riverbank and watch the boats go by.

Lake at Lougratte

The village of Lougratte, about 12km away (south of Castillonnès), has a great lake where you can go swimming, hire pedalos, go fishing or canoeing. On the lakeside, you can play table tennis, volleyball, and just relax and have a picnic. Open mid June to end August.

Golf

The famous golf course of Château des Vigiers (18 hole) is about 30km away. Have a game of golf and then come back and relax by the pool.

Take a boat trip

Sail up and down the Dordogne River on a traditional barge, discovering the wonderful landscape as seen from a boatman’s view. Lunch and dinner are served on the barge. Departure from Creysse (30 km), east of Bergerac.

Vineyards and châteaux

Whilst in the area around Creysse, visit the Pécharmant vineyards and the wonderful Château de Tiregard at the heart of a working vineyard – visit the barrel hall and the formal gardens and of course, taste the wine.

Nearby

Towns

Castillonnès 5 mins
Villeréal 15 mins
Eymet 20 mins
Bergerac 20 mins
Monflanquin 30 mins
Villeneuve-sur-Lot 35 mins

Airports

Bergerac 20 mins
Bordeaux 120 mins
Toulouse 135 mins
Limoges 150 mins
Times are approximate

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