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Great Things to Do Near Le Manoir du Vignoble
It is the first wine growing area listed by UNESCO and 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.
Saint-Emilion is not too far from Bordeaux,
a beautiful city and home to good wine and food and, with so many things to see and do, it's a trip not to be missed.
Visit the Château of Monbazillac
(10 mins drive away) with its fine collection of XVIIth century furniture, vineyards and a wine museum. Discover the wonderful wines that are grown in this area by tasting them at the Château.
Visit the medieval Bastide towns of the Dordogne,
such as Beaumont-du-Périgord, Eymet, Monpazier, Issigeac....as well as Villeréal and Monflanquin in the Lot-et-Garonne. The best time to go is on market days when these towns are really buzzing.
Spend a morning at one of the markets
for example, Bergerac on a Wednesday and a Saturday, Issigeac on the Sunday or Eymet on Thursdays and see how the French shop for food. Every market has stalls teeming with produce - the best way to shop for lunch!
Step back in time and see how the gentry lived during the Renaissance at the Chateau de Lanquais,
one of the jewels of the Dordogne, with its fully furnished apartments (28 km)
Enjoy a glass of local wine on the terrace
and admire the view across the vineyards that stretch out in front of you.
Visit the owner's wine cellar.
The owner of Le Manoir du Vignoble makes some excellent wine - call in to his cellar for a 'dégustation', just a short walk from the house.
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.
The famous golf course of Château des Vigiers (18 hole)
is not too far away, about 12 km. Have a game of golf and then come back and relax by the pool.
Take a drive in the surrounding area
to see all the vineyards and chateaux which offer tastings of the local wine. The gentle countryside is dotted with little villages too - stop off for a coffee or some lunch.
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 (20 km).
Whilst in the area around Creysse,
visit the Pécharmant vineyards and the wonderful Château de Tiregard in the heart of a working vineyard - visit the cellar and the formal gardens and, of course, taste the wine.
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 10.00 to 01.00 the following morning - floodlit at night!
A boat trip
In the pretty town of Lalinde is a canal that used to be very busy in the 19th century with working boats travelling up and down. The sleeping beauty has been inscribed as a historical monument and has now awoken to offer trips up to Limeuil on a gabarre. Embarkation takes place in Bergerac.
Less than an hour away, near the pretty town of Cadouin, visit the Bamboo garden of Planbuisson and a step further the Gardens of the Chateau de Limeuil with its 60 different species of trees and its old mill. Or, a little closer, at Vélines, is the garden of Sardy, an English and Florentine inspired garden around an XVIIIth century building.
A Gallo-Roman villa
In the little village of Montcaret, 37km west of Pomport, a Gallo-Roman villa has been discovered. Classified as a Monument Historique, excavations have revealed two mosaic-floored rooms that span more than 400m ², thermal baths and swimming pool mosaics. Its remains are dated between the first and fourth centuries BC. This set is one of the finest Roman sites in the Southwest. There is also a museum.
Bowling and mini golf
Enjoy a family game of bowling or mini golf at Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes. Open every day from afternoon until 2am!
Visit Beynac and Sarlat
The architecture of these medieval towns is fascinating. Climb through the village at Beynac to the castle and church perched high on the cliff then enjoy the Menu du jour beside the river. In Sarlat, wander the narrow streets of the old town and visit the cathedral.