About the regionThis beautiful rolling agricultural region famous for its high quality produce is between the rivers of the Dordogne, the Lot and the Garonne and is so well placed for exploring these river valleys so rich in history and natural beauty.
The Dordogne region, dates back to medieval times and is a world unlike any other. With panoramic views of lush green valleys bordered by high riverside cliffs, tiny castles, winding country lanes, medieval villages, and stone roofed cottages, the Périgord scenery is second to none.
The surrounding countryside offers crystal clean air and fertile ground in which truffles, nuts and mushrooms flourish.
Many of the local vineyards produce globally acclaimed wines and a range of other regional tipples, like Vin d'Noix, while the local farmers breed geese and ducks for making the worlds most exquisite foie gras.
One of the most popular villages in the area is Eymet, just 5 minutes drive from us, making us a perfect location for enjoying this beautiful historic Bastide village.
As well as having some of the best restaurants in the area,Eymet hosts the famous night-time market throughout the months of July and August, along with the traditional market on a Thursday.
In fact there are markets for every day of the week spanning across all the local villages, each boasting their own specialities of fresh produce, wines, cheeses or traditional art.
Throughout the year, festivals and fêtes are held in and around Eymet and surrounding villages, reflecting the seasons and the traditions of French culture for all to enjoy.
Bergerac is only 30 minutes away, and the towns of Marmande and Villeneuve-sur-lot are also easily accessible. They all have beautiful old town centres with shops and markets and are well worth a visit. They also provide all the necessities of life with all the normal small shops and restaurants and superb spacious supermarkets where it is a pleasure to shop.
A day-trip to Bordeaux is a 90 minute drive away, with plenty of choices for stop off points before reaching the city where boutique shopping, sight-seeing and the culture can be enjoyed. Walking around the 18th century old town center (Quartier St.Pierre) helps you imagine the city's commercial and maritime past.
ActivitiesThere is a good 9 hole golf course just 7Km away in Tombebeouf, which is open to all, and the larger golf course of Villeneuve-sur-Lot at Castelnaud, with both 18 and 9 hole courses only 30 minutes drive , as is the superior course at Chateau Vigier.
There are many places of historical interest well worth a visit. All the local Bastide towns of Eymet, Monflanquin, Castillonnes, Villereal and the simply beautiful villages of Monpazier, Issigeac (with its beautiful medieval houses and bishops palace), Pujols and Penne d'Agenais with its winding streets and the church at the summit of the hill are all within easy drive
These Bastide towns, so characteristic of the area, were constructed by both the French and the English when this area was fought over during the 100 Years War and the towns frequently changed hands, in the case of Castillonnes having been divided down the middle for many years.
The Dropt, Dordogne and the Vizhre rivers offer either tranquil, or exciting canoeing and boating, with excellent fishing points in all directions.
There are masses of tracks for walking and cycling, and horse riding stables La Cavale can be found locally at Sadillac.
There are many interesting places for walkers and day trips. The renowned prehistoric sites of the eastern Dordogne, the famous cave paintings at Lascaux especially, the old cave dwellings including Roc St Christophe and many caves with wall paintings, etc. There are also the very pretty towns of Sarlat, Domme set on top of the hills, Roc Gageac on a cliff beside the river and the castles of Beynac and Biron.
The small wine growing town of St Emilion on the road to Bordeaux is not to be missed.