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Everything French Travel MAGAZINE



Dordogne Special





Edition 2 November 2013





CONTENTS 6. The Dordogne 8. Sarlat About Things to See Getting There

12. Holiday Sarlat Sarlat Holiday Accommodation Special

22. 5 Tips for Renting a Villa in France 24. Real Estate Special How to Buy a House in France Australians Buying A House in France

30. Beautiful Villages Discover the Beautiful Villages of the Dordogne

42. Boutique Tours Discover our range of boutique tours and courses

54. Reception Venue The perfect place for a wedding, special event or conference in the heart of the Dordogne

56. Rocamadour A famour pilgrim town hanginf from the side of a cliff

58. Les Eyzies Les Eyzies de Taynac-Sirueil is the home of the National Pre-History Museum.


CONTENTS 59. Cave & Grottes Pre-historic Caves and Grottes of the Vezere Valley

62. Chateaux Chateaux of The Dordogne

68. Markets 69. Food & Recipes 70. Paris Top tips for renting an apartment in Paris.

72. Paris Accommodation Find beautiful accommodation in Paris

74. Things To Do in The Dordogne Top 10 things to do in the Dordogne

Š Alexander Petrovic Everything Dordogne / Premium Property Managers ABN 48 725 466 199 SIRET 749 968 608 000 10 Disclaimer: We believe the contents of this magazine to be true and accurate. Refer to our website disclaimer.

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The Dordogne


The Dordogne  With  fortified  chateaux,  bastide  towns,  pretty  villages    &  pre­historic  sites  at  every turn this lovely part of France is a  must  see.  The Dordogne is a department within the region of Aquitaine and is situated between Paris and the Pyrenees and within an easy drive from Bordeaux.

Perigord Noir is covered with dark forests, hills and rivers and is where the Perigord Black truffle is found. The famous and well preserved medieval town of Sarlat can be found in Perigord Noir. In the SE is Perigord Poupre the wine growing region of the Dordogne with Bergerac as the main town. Food

The rolling countryside is packed with history and incredible scenery including over 1000 medieval Chateaux, Bastide towns, Caves and Grottes complete with 10,000 year old paintings and magnificent gardens.

Food lovers thrive in the SW with fresh produce markets to be found across the departments and restaurants showcasing the specialties of the region such as foie gras ,truffles, walnuts and of course wine from the vineyards that abound in the SW.

There are more “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” in the Dordorgne” (Designated “Beatuiful Villages”) than any other department of France.

A huge range of recipes can be found on the Everything Dordogne website.

The houses and buildings of the area are built with yellow stone that was quarried locally offering picture perfect scenery. The department of the Dordogne corresponds to the old province of Perigord and is broken into 4 distinct regions. In the north east is Perigord Vert a green haven of small villages and streams. In the centre is Perigord Blanc characterized by wide valleys and limestone cliffs and moors. It is the home to the departments’ capital Perigueux, a delightful town with a medieval centre.


Sarlat A Medieval Gem in the  Heart of the Dordogne 8

Sarlat Sarlat is a beautifully preserved medieval town in the heart of the Dordogne in South West France. The town developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin around 840. The medieval Sarlat Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos the bishop of Limoges. Before the introduction of trains and a road system Sarlat was very remote and access was difficult. Due to this Sarlat has remained preserved and is one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. It owes its current status on France's Tentative List for future nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site to writer, resistance fighter and politician AndrÊ Malraux, who, as Minister of Culture (1960–1969), restored the town and many other sites of historic significance throughout France. The centre of the old town consists of impeccably restored stone buildings and is largely car-free. The old town of Sarlat is quite small and very easy to navigate. The town is divided roughly in the middle by Rue de la Republique which was cut through the town in the 19th century. Rue de la Republique is the main shopping street in the old town with a variety of shops, restaurants and patisseries dotted along it. The best way to explore Sarlat is to simply start at one end of the town and wander through the labyrinth of laneways and tiny streets. There is something to see at every turn. Sarlat has a number of events and festivals throughout the year. More information can be found on the Everything Dordogne Website or click here.


Sarlat | Things To See St Sacerdos Cathedral Originally part of the church of a Benedictine Abbey built in the 12th C by the monks of Calabre abbey who transported the relics of the cathederals namesake, St Sacerdos, the bishop of Limoges to the site. The building was modified in the 14th, 16th & 17th centuries however still retains some of its original Romanesque style. The large entrance was added in the 17th century and the statues seen in the entrance are of unknown origin and date. The Fountains Courtyard – The Canon Courtyard In this courtyard you will find two public fountains used by the abbey and where the water still runs freely. Chapel of St Benoit or Blue Penitents A small 12th century Romanesque chapel which was restored in the 17th century. Jardin des Enfeus This is a sloping garden behind the Cathedral with tombstones from the monastic cemetery with arched insets containing sarcophagi from the 14th & 16th centuries of the distinguished gentry of Sarlat. La Lanterne des Morts This is a conical shaped monument that was built in 1147 to honour a visit to the town by Saint Bernard who performed the famous miracle of the "loaves which cured". During its time the tower has served as a chapel, a charnel-house, then in the 17th century as a place for electing the consuls and during the French Revolution it was a powder magazine. Le Presidial The seat of the Royal Justice under King Henri II in the 16th century. This building has an unusual facade and is set in a beautiful garden. It has a large central arch supporting a loggia, topped by a campanile lantern, a structure of wooden props supporting the lantern to light the vast interior staircase. The building now houses a popular restaurant.


Hotel de Gerard Has a splendid renaissance gallery. In the courtyard there are exhibition rooms for art works and a large room decorated in the 17th century style. La Boetie Residence The birthplace of Etienne de la Boetie, a noted judge, writer and it is said the founder of modern political philosophy, in the 15 th century. This is one of the finest homes in Sarlat and is characterized by an Italian Renaissance style façade. This property is on Place de la Liberte, the town's main square. Place de la Liberte This is the main public square of Sarlat and is bordered by traditional houses from the 16th & 17th centuries and has a number of restored passageways running from it. There are number of cafes and restaurants in the square. Hotel de Gisson Situated on Place de la Liberte it was built in the 17th century. It features a hexagonal stone-roofed tower, providing a spectacular backdrop. Plamon House or Consuls' House This is one of Sarlat's most remarkable houses. Opposite is Vassal House from the 15th century, Saint Mary's Fountain, Mirandol House and nearby is Tapinois de Betou House from the 15th century with a magnificent 17th century wooden staircase. Chapelle des Recollets This building dating from the 17th century and was formerly the chapel of the Friars convent, it now houses a school. Ramparts – The Hangman's Tower High arched gateway leads to the outer boulevard which was once a dry moat. The Hangman's Tower dates from the 16th century and is one of the last two remaining out of the eighteen which once protected the city.

Sarlat | Things To See St Mary's Church St Marys dominates Place de la Liberte and was formerly the Sarlat parish church. Built in the 14th & 15th centuries in Meridian Gothic style it remained intact until the Revolution. It was badly damaged by successive pillages and sold in 1815. All that remains today are the two bays under a ribbed vault and the bell-tower with its steeple missing but features several interesting gargoyles. Renovated by the well known architect Jean Nouvel it is now a market. There is an elevator that will take you to the top of the building which affords a stunning view across Sarlat. Passage Henri de Segoggne, Impasse des Violettes, Place Andre Malraux. This ancient quarter was restored after the Malraux law on the Protection of Historical Towns was passed on 4th August 1962. Several houses dating from the 13th, 15th and 16th century with half timber corbels and stone roofs can be found in this area of Sarlat.

Getting There


Trains run from Paris to Sarlat via either Bordeaux or Soulliac.

The famous Sarlat market is held twice a week in the old town. Wednesday mornings are dedicated to food with the local produce providers setting up their stalls in and around Place de la Liberte.

The route via Bordeaux is on a TGV from Gare Montparnasse Paris to either Libourne or Bordeaux. Then change trains for the local TER train that runs from Bordeaux/Libourne to Sarlat. This takes about 6 hours.

On a Saturday the food producers are back in and around Place de la Liberte in the morning until around 1pm. General traders with a variety of goods can be found along Rue de la Republique for the entire day.

On some days you can get a bus from Souliiac train station to Sarlat. The train that this bus meets departs Paris Gare Austerlitz and goes via Brive.

Gardens The gardeners of Sarlat take great pride in the gardens that come under their care - even the round-abouts within the town are a work of art. The Public Gardens are a delightful place to visit for a picnic or a just a stroll. They can be found on Boulevard Henri Arlet.

One other option is to get the above train to Brive and collect a hire car there and drive the rest of the way (about 50km). It is recommended that you have a car while in the Dordogne as the public transport is very limited.


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The Studio @ Villa La Peyriere Studio Apartment | Sarlat Sleeps 2 Renovated self catering studio apartment with pool. Suited to couples. Walk to Everthing Sarlat has to Offer. The Studio is part of the large old stone house. This beautiful studio has been designed as a private retreat for couples. Renovated to the highest standards The Studio boasts polished floor boards and lovely light filled rooms with a view over the tree tops to Sarlat. Facilities include a kitchenette with mini fridge crockery and cutlery, dining table for tow, queen size bed, ensuite bathroom, private gas BBQ plus full use of the pool and gardens. There is private parking on site. If you are visiting the Dordogne go to the Everything Dordogne website for information on things to see and do, all about Sarlat, the beautiful towns and villages of the area, the chateaux and lots lots more.

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Villa La Peyriere Holiday Rental Sarlat

Lovely stone villa with private swimming pool set in 2100 sqm of established gardens. Only 600 metres to medieval quarter of Sarlat.

3 Bedrooms 2 Bathroom Private Pool Walk to Sarlat

Villa La Peyriere started its life long ago as two stone barns and has been painstaking restored and converted into one large home. The renovation has maintained the original character of the property while adding modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.

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In the garden there is a swimming pool (7 x 4 m) with sun lounges to laze away the days, along with a BBQ and outdoor furniture for al fresco dining. There is private parking on the property. The house is surrounded by just over 2100 square metres of established gardens with magnificent views over the valley while being just 900 metres from the town square of Sarlat. If you are visiting the Dordogne go to the Everything Dordogne website for information on things to see and do, all about Sarlat, the beautiful towns and villages of the area, the chateaux and lots lots more.


You enter the Villa into a stone sitting room, off the sitting room to one side is the kitchen which has stone walls and a large fireplace. To the other side of the sitting room is a large lounge / dining room with french doors leading to the garden. All 3 bedrooms are upstairs and consist of 2 double bedrooms and a twin bedroom all of which have been recently renovated. There are two bathrooms one an en-suite to the master bedroom. Outside there are several different garden 'rooms' including a herb garden and walnut grove. The pool sits in the lower garden which is surrounded by lavender garden beds.. There are two BBQ's, one wood and one gas and outdoor tables and chairs.


Le Presbytere Luxury Holiday Property Sainte Mondane Le Village Sur Le Roc Dordogne 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms Private Heated Pool Le Presbytere is a beautiful restored country property which features 4 large double bedrooms each with an en-suite and air conditioning, large living and dining areas, two modern kitchens, a heated swimming pool set on a terrace with stunning views of the valley, outdoor dining areas and its very own chapel which is now an area to relax in. Set in the rolling countryside of Perigord Noir close to Sarlat this lovely country retreat has amazing views and offers a perfect relaxing luxury holiday. View On Line Everything Dordogne / ID 2020


Catering is available including a private chef who will prepare a special gourmet dinner showcasing the local cuisine. La Maison de Jacquou (P 19) can be rented in co-junction with Le Presbytere.


La Maison Breuil Holiday Rental | Sarlat 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathroom Private Pool | Walk to Sarlat La Maison Breuil is a lovely period stone town house centrally located in Sarlat. In traditional town house style the house has 3 floors, on the first floor is the fully equipped kitchen, entrance hall, cloakroom and lounge room with fireplace. On the first level is the master bedroom with ensuite and a twin bedroom. On the second floor is the third bedroom and the family bathroom.

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Outside there is a charcoal BBQ, teak dining setting for alfresco dining and on the front veranda in a stone setting for 6. The pool has sun umbrellas and sun loungers.

La Maison de Jacquou Dorodgne Holiday Cottage Sainte Mondane Le Village Sur Le Roc 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom Private Parking | Air Conditioning Wifi | Sleeps 2-4 People La Maison de Jacquou is a pretty two storey cottage set in the Dordogne countryside not far from the medieval town of Sarlat and the majestic Dordogne River. Inside the cottage you will find the bedroom and bathroom upstairs and the kitchen and living area downstairs. From the bedroom there are magnificent views across the valley toward the Dordogne river. The kitchen is modern and well designed while the lounge / dining area has a couch that pulls out to a bed and has satellite TV and WIFI. A private garden with outside dining table, chairs and parasol is for the exclusive use of guests in the cottage.

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Bed & Breakfast | Sarlat Terri is proud to offer a warm welcome to her beautiful home set in the heart of the evocative medieval Town of Sarlat, in the Dordogne and Perigord region of France. Dating back to 1503 this stone built property with its shady courtyard nestles in the heart of the Medieval town.

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The most centrally situated Bed & Breakfast in Sarlat, La Lanterne is a quiet oasis in the jumbled weave of alleys and passageways that gives Sarlat its world famous charm. Sarlat boasts of the highest concentration of medieval buildings in the whole of Europe‌.. and it's all on your doorstep!

Les Trois Jardins Bed & Breakfast | Sarlat Steve and Jo welcome you to their gorgeous bed and breakfast in Sarlat. Les Trois Jardins is a 19th century golden stone villa surrounded by three gardens including woodland and Koi fishpond. The house is only a stone’s throw from the medieval town centre of Sarlat, where one can escape the hustle and bustle in the peak of summer. Relax in the gardens of this villa with its comfortable refurbished rooms each having en-suite facilities, TV and Wi-fi access on request. Enjoy a delightful breakfast in the main dining room or the covered terrace. The villa boasts accommodation ranging from elegant bedrooms for two and two studio apartments.

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Tips For Renting A Villa In France

Are you dreaming of villa in the countryside of Burgundy? Or maybe you’re thinking about an old farmhouse in the hills of Provence. Increasing numbers of Australians are discovering the joys of self catering holiday houses in destinations like France but increasing numbers are also experiencing the frustration of finding the right property! So here’s our 5 top tips on ensuring your villa getaway is a truly memorable occasion (for all the right reasons!)


1. Know what to expect Whilst there are many virtues and benefits of renting a villa, you need to remember that one of the main disadvantages is that there will not be room service. You will need to shop and prepare your own meals (which is for many part of the appeal); wash your own dishes, do your own washing – you will still experience those everyday chores that the need to be undertaken. Ask lots of questions to make sure you know what to expect – for example – how far is the closest village/shop; are sheets and towels provided/what other fees are there (e.g. cleaning & security) 2. Know what you want Be clear about your wish list and what’s not negotiable. Where you want to be based? Do you want to be village based or to be situated in the countryside? How many bedrooms do you need but also what configuration do you need. Double or Twin? Do you want a pool (is this negotiable?). 3. Know who you’re travelling with Many travellers will plan to stay with family or friends to share the costs of a villa, making it possible to rent a somewhat more luxurious or larger villa with better amenities. In situations like this it is important to have very clear communication about how arrangements will work. Have a travel planning session to work through the villa stay – for example who will get the main bedroom with balcony and ensuite – how will the bedroom selections be made?

Agree how you want to travel together during the villa stay – will each couple/family go about their own explorations or will you all explore together? What are the things you want to see, do and experience during your stay? Remember to allocate someone to be the main contact for the villa booking and arrangements so that there is no confusion and that all communication is centralised. 4. Book Early Yes, perhaps booking last minute may mean you grab a bargain, but your choice of dream villas will be a lot less and perhaps non existent if you are focused on a specific area. We’d recommend booking at least 6 months in advance, even more if you’re planning to travel in high season (e.g European summer) Allow yourself sufficient time to research and book the right villa and be prepared to book straight away when you find the right one. 5. Buy Travel Insurance We all want the dream holiday to live up to our expectations but sometimes things go wrong. Make sure you book travel insurance as soon as you make your first holiday booking (whether that’s flights or accommodation) to ensure you’re protected. Talk to the insurer about what’s covered to ensure you have the correct coverage for your holiday. Written by the Getaway Guru


Real Estate Special 24

Everything French Real Estate Your Australian Agent based in South-West France

Town House in Montignac Dordogne

Stone Village House in the Lot

4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms Charming town house renovated to the highest standards in the centre of the popular market town of Montignac. This property would suit a multiple of uses including a bed and breakfast, holiday rental or a lovely home. 224,500€ FAI View This Property

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms Attractive stone 17th century village house sympathetically renovated to the highest standards in the centre of the quiet, attractive village of Dégagnac in the Lot. Close to Salviac, Cazals and the Dordogne Valley. 195,500€ FAI View This Property

Pretty Village House in Domme

Beautiful Stone Village House

2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms Beautifully restored cottage on three floors with a walled garden in a quiet corner of the pretty fortified Bastide Village of Domme, one of the designated “Most Beautiful Villages of France”. Currently a successful holiday gite. 220,000€ FAI View This Property

2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms This former bakery has been sympathetically restored to the highest standard while retaining many original features to offer wonderful French living in the centre of the popular market village of Cazals SW France. Just a short drive s property offers exceptional value. 189,000€ FAI View This Property

How To Buy A House in France “We live in a stone house in a popular regulated and a fairly straight forward process,

however it is different to buying property in Australia and buyers need to be aware of their legal obligations as well as rights. It is also extremely important that buyers understand that while Australians can legally purchase property in France to live in the country on a permanent basis they will need either a visa or The above quote is from an Australian who is be an EU citizen. now living in South West France. She like many others are living the French dream of Everything French Real Estate is a business owning a stone house or cottage in a French owned and run by Australians living in South Village and living a French lifestyle of markets West France. and fresh produce, a life that is perhaps a little Everything French Real Estate offers a Buyers slower. Agent Service that is affordable and helps Many Australians dream of about buying bridge the gap between France & Australia, property in France and now due to the high potentially saving the buyer thousands of Australian dollar many Aussies are now dollars. realising their dreams and it is easier than you Everything French Real Estate has might think. information and guides available at The real estate process in France is well medieval village in SW France. No one knows how old our house is, but its old. I think the kitchen was was a sheppard's hut. We have a kitchen garden full of herbs, geraniums in the window boxes and I do my weekly shopping at the market in our village�


“Can An Australian Own A House In France?� This is one of the questions we are most frequently asked. Here we answer that question and also show you how you can not only own a house in France but own a house that can potentially earn an income AND facilitate you holidaying all over the world. Can an Australian buy a house in France? In a word YES! France has no laws that prohibit foreign ownership of property. The property market in France is well regulated and controlled, and whilst being very different to the process in Australia it is a very straight forward process. In saying that we do strongly suggest before entering into the French property market potential owners do their homework and gain some understanding how it all works and that buyers take all the same precautions they would take in Australian such as building and pest inspections.

How? Rent the property during the European holiday season and holiday there in the Spring and Autumn.

Can an Australian live in France? Many Australians are of English or European decent and therefore either hold a EU passport or are eligible for one. If this is the case they can live in France on a permanent basis. If not and are Australian passport holders they can spend 90 days in every 180 days, in the EU or Schengen states, that is approximately 3 months in every 6 months. Alternately they can apply for a long stay visa via the French Consulate in Australia.

House swaps House swapping is a fantastic low cost way to see the world and so many people around the world are very keen to house swap to France. When managed well house swaps can open a whole new world of travelling. Visit our website or contact us for more information.

By buying in an area that is a popular holiday destination the house can be rented to holiday makers during the peak holiday season of July and August. Holiday Rentals in highly touristed areas such as Sarlat and Perigord Noir can attracted premium rent. By doing this the house will potentially not only pay for its self but could earn an income for the next holiday.

We advise you to consult the French Embassy or Consulate for legal information on living in France. For an Australian owning a house in France is an excellent opportunity to live part- time in France, earn an income from their property and holiday all over the world.



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Unlike Real Estate Agents who work for the vendor we work with your best interest in mind. As a Buyers Agent we will help you find the property you want and link you with English speaking French Property Experts ensuring the buying process goes smoothly. In France often property is sold privately. Engaging a Buyers Agent gives you access to properties otherwise not accessible. How it Works Step 1. We will ask you lots of questions to find our exactly what you are looking for, whether it's a town house, a country cottage or a farmhouse to renovate. Step 2. Once we have your brief we search the area talking to our local contacts to develop a short list of suitable properties. Step 3. We visit each property short listed and then provide you with a complete report including detailed photographs. Step 4. Once you have viewed the report we arrange suitable viewing times and accompany you on visits. Step 5. We will assist you to negotiate the best price.

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Property Buying Tours Are you looking for that perfect French property but not sure where to start? Everything French Real Estate conducts small personalised property tours through SW France that are tailored to suit your needs. The Dordogne is a popular area in SW Buying Tour Overview France to both live and holiday, with a thriving expat population, stunning historic 6 Nights/ 6 Days scenery and markets full of fresh produce, Our tours are flexible and can be this is a great part of France in which live. adapted to suit different clients Our property buying tours have been needs – below is a sample tour and carefully designed to introduce you to the the one we recommend as it allows different areas of the Dordogne as well as enough time to explore both the the nearby Lot and Correze. property market as well as some of this beautiful part of France. Conducted by real estate professionals who are licensed to sell real estate in France we Day 1: Collected at either Brive will take you to a variety of properties so station/airport or Sarlat station and you gain an understanding of what is taken to Sarlat where you will settle available in the market. into your accommodation. Later we will meet for a drink in the medieval As your hosts both live and work in France centre. they are in the perfect position to guide you through the real estate market, give advise Day 2: Property viewings in the SW and introduce you notaires etc. Dordogne and Lot departments with a registered real estate agent. The tours also take some time to explore some of the historic sites of the area and Day 3: Sightseeing in the region sample some great food and wine. with lunch at La Roque Gageac. Guests will be based in Sarlat in quality Day 4: Property viewing in the accommodation. Northern Lot and Corezze and a visit and lunch at Collonges-la-Rouge Whats included; Day 5: Property Viewing in the ● Welcome Aperitif Northern Dordogne and some ● Six nights accommodation with breakfast sightseeing. ●

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Day 6: Market Day in afternoon free time. Dinner


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Beautiful Villages of the Dordogne Les Plus Beaux Villages de France or in English The Most Beautiful Villages of France is an independent association that was created in 1982 to promote small French villages that have quality heritage. To be awarded a Les Plus Beaux Village de France the village must meet the following criteria: the population of the village must not exceed 2,000 inhabitants, there must be at least 2 protected areas (picturesque or legendary sites, or sites of scientific, artistic or historic interest), and the decision to apply must be taken by the town council. The Dordogne boasts more designated Beautiful Villages than any other department in France with ten of these lovely villages across the area.


The nearby Lot department also has its share of Beautiful Villages all of which are within easy reach of the Dordogne.

Belves | Beautiful Village of France Belves is a pretty medieval town that sits high above the Nauze Valley in the Dordogne. The town lies 34 km SW of Sarlat. The town has 7 bell towers and withstood wars and invasion to have a wonderfully preserved old town centre and a lovely market square. History Historians believe that the Celts first settle here in 250BC. Due to its safe position high on a rocky spur it became a Roman market town. The Visigoths settled in the area after the downfall of the Roman empire and then after a brutal war the Franks. In 848 the town was destroyed by the Normans and Vikings who plundered many towns in their sweep across the country.

The town and most of the surrounding area was devastated in the 10th and 11th centuries by the plague which killed tens of thousands of people. After the marriage of Helen of Aquitaine to Henry Plantagenet the town came under English rule and the area was one of the major battlegrounds of the 100 years war and the town suffered much damaged. The town also suffered greatly through the war of religions and for a time was held by the Protestants. Belves was the capital of the region in the 18th century and now is a delightful town to visit with a typical bastide layout and centre.

Things to See and Do Covered Market Dating from the 15th century. Note the pilori chain on one of the pillars. This was put round the neck of wrong-doers and they were held there for two or three days. Le Castrum The old town originates from the 11/12th century and was originally surrounded by ramparts. The Belfry was built in the 11th century and was originally a defensive tower overhanging a deep moat in which people lived in caves. Troglodyte Dwellings At the bottom of the moat the troglodytes lived and a visit to the "Habitations troglodytiques" is interesting.

Tour de l'Auditeur This tower dates from the 11th century. Guards would enter by ladder and then pull it up to prevent intruders. La Tour du Guet This is another watch tower that dates from the middle ages and overlooks the valley and so could warn when the enemy approached. Hotel Bontemps This building dates to the 12th century and was renovated in 1520 in the Italian Renaissance style.


Beynac-et-Cazenac | Beautiful Village of France Beynac-et-Cazenac or as it is known by the locals Beynac is on the banks of the River Dordogne, to the south-west of Sarlat. The village spreads along the northern bank of the Dordogne river, and up the hill behind, reaching the chateau that stands above the village and river. The narrow lanes wind up through the village and the houses are made from the traditional Dordogne yellow stone. History The area has been occupied since the bronze age and was sacked by both barbarians and the Normans. The fist recorded Lord was HĂŠlie de Beynac who built the first fortress in 1050.

Things to See and Do Chateau de Beynac Dating from the 10th century this grand fortress sits high on a rocky outcrop and commands stunning views of the valley. Once a major influence in the area the chateau featured heavily in the 100 years war. The chateau has been restored and is well worth a visit. Canoes Beynac is one of the many spots along the river you can pick up a canoe. This is great way to experience the river and the valley. The trip is generally one way (going with the current) and tour operators collect you at the other end and return you to where you started.


The chateau and village was seized by Richard the Lion Heart in 1197 but was regained by the French in 1199. During the 13th and 14th centuries Beynac played an influential role in the area and featured significantly in the 100 years war fought between the English and the French. During the 17th century the population of Beynac joined with the rebellious peasants from Saint-Vincent and BĂŠzenac to march on Sarlat, this was the beginning of the civil war. Beynac and its Chateau are now both medieval treasures which allows one a small glimpse of history.

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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle | Beautiful Village of France Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a picturesque medieval village that sits on a rocky promontory where the Dordogne and Cerou rivers meet. It is dominated by the Chateau Castelnaud which rises up over the small village. The chateau offers stunning views of the Dordogne river and across the valley to the once arch enemy Chateau de Beynac. History Its rich past goes back to the 12th century and while the feudal fortress was considered impregnable, it was conquered by Simon de Montfort in 1214, during the crusade against the Albigensiens.

remained loyal to the king of France during the 100 years war. Considered as the strongest rampart of Perigord Chateau Castelnaud was involved in all of the religious battles. From the 17th century on however this austere citadel was abandoned in favour of more welcoming dwellings and gradually fell to ruin. It is presently being restored. Nearby there is a small river beach from which you can swim. There are also canoes that can be hired just by the bridge.

Situated in English territory, the castle and village were rival to Beynac castle, which

Things to See and Do Chateau de Castelnaud Once considered the strongest fortress in the region Castenaud has played a major role in all the wars of the area. It was an English stronghold during the 100 year war. The chateau has now been restored and gives visitors an insight into the history of the times.

Canoes Castelnaud is one of the many spots along the river you can pick up a canoe. This is great way to experience the river and the valley. The trip is generally one way (going with the current) and tour operators collect you at the other end and return you to where you started.

Defensive Equipment The chateau houses an extensive collection of arms and medieval war machinery. In the upper courtyard are a collection of catapults and trebuchets which are interesting to view.

River Beach Near the chateau is a pleasant river beach which is a good place for a picnic or swim on a hot day.


Domme | Beautiful Village of France The bastide village of Domme sits high above the Dordogne Valley, 150 metres above the Dordogne river which meanders peacefully below. From Belvedere de la Barre there are stunning views across the Dordogne valley. History Situated on an exceptional site, at the crossroads of main regional routes, a Feudal castle marked the spot until 1280. King of France, Philippe the Bold had a fortified village constructed in 1280, following his campaign along the Dordogne river, asserting its strength over the wealthy lords of the area. Domme obtained the privilege of minting its own currency. In 1307 a number of Knight Templars were

imprisoned in the Porte des Tours during the trial against them. The Templar graffiti that bear witness to this time can still be seen today. During the Hundred Years' War, the bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and it repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again. The most damaging invasion was during the Religious wars when it was taken by Huguenots under the command of the famous Protestant captain, Geoffroy de Vivans. A majority of its medieval edifices were destroyed during this time. Today Domme is a popular destination in the Dordogne for locals and visitors alike.

Things to See and Do Templar Knights Graffiti

Visit the Porte des Tours and the graffiti of the Knight Templar’s held captive here. Caves / Grotte The Grotte of Domme is the largest natural cave in the Périgord Noir, featuring colonnades, stalactites and stalagmites. The entrance to the caves is found in the market place. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes. Museum Paul Reclus Musée Paul Reclus is housed in a beautiful building that is part of the cultural heritage of Domme. The museum showcases an interesting collection of items with a focus on Archaeology, Ethnology and History.


The L’ Oustal du Perigord Is home to a large collection of antiques and traditional items from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection tells of peasant life in the region, providing other valuable evidence of their art and their history. The Petit Train Take a guided tour of Domme in a petit train with audio commentary or a guide.

The Order of the Knight Templar “A Templar Knight is truly secure on every side, for by the armour of faith, protected by the armour doubly armed, and need nor men."

a fearless knight, and his soul is protected just as his body is of steel. He is thus fear neither demons

Bernard de Clairvaux, c. 1135, De Laude Novae Militae—In Praise of the New Knighthood

After the First Crusade recaptured Jerusalem in 1099, many Christian pilgrims travelled to visit what they referred to as the Holy Places. However, though the city of Jerusalem was under relatively secure control, the rest of Outremer was not. Bandits abounded, and pilgrims were routinely slaughtered, sometimes by the hundreds, as they attempted to make the journey from the coastline at Jaffa into the Holy Land. The Knight Templars were formed In 1120, at the request a French Knight to King of Jerusalem who inturn created a monastic order for the protection of the pilgrims. The king granted the Templars a headquarters in a wing of the royal palace on the Temple Mount in the captured Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Temple Mount is above what is believed to be the ruins of the Temple of Solomon. The Crusaders therefore referred to the Al Aqsa Mosque as Solomon's Temple, and it was from this location that the new Order took the name of Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, or "Templar" knights. In the beginning The Order, with about nine knights had few financial resources and relied on donations to survive. Their emblem was of two knights riding on a single horse, emphasising the Order's poverty. The Templars' impoverished status did not last long. They quickly gained powerful allies and in 1139, Pope Innocent II's declared exempted the Order from obedience to local laws. This ruling meant that the Templars could pass freely through all borders, were not required to pay any taxes, and were exempt from all authority except that of the Pope. With this formal blessing, the Templars became a favoured charity throughout Christendom, receiving money, land, businesses, and noble-born sons from families.

Templars were often the advance force in key battles of the Crusades, as the heavily armoured knights on their warhorses would set out to charge at the enemy, in an attempt to break opposition lines. One of their most famous victories was in 1177 during the Battle of Montgisard, where some 500 Templar knights helped several thousand infantry to defeat Saladin's army of more than 26,000 soldiers. As time progressed the Templars became more powerful and wealthy acquiring vast large tracts of land, both in Europe and the Middle East. They owned farms and vineyards, built churches and castles, were involved in manufacturing, import and export and they had their own fleet of ships,. A one point they even owned the entire island of Cyprus. The power of the Knight Templars began to decline in the mid-12th century when the Muslim world became more organized under Saladin and the Holy Lands were lost. Decades of feuds with the Knights Hospitaller and the Teutonic Knights also weakened the Order. The Order also made many powerful and dangerous enemies such as King Philip IV who was deeply in debt to the Templars. On Friday 13th October 1307 he had them arrested and tried. The Knight Templars were tried under papal order and the Pope, under pressure from King Philip, disbanded the Order. The lands and buildings of the Templars were granted to the Knight Hospitaliers who had led a quieter, less political existence and in fact exist to this very day.

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La Roque – Gageac | Beautiful Village of France La Roque-Gageac is a picturesque village that is wedged between the Dordogne River and towering limestone cliffs about 10 km from Sarlat. The village is designated as one of France's Le Plus Beaux Villages de France and is simply a delight. Cobbled paths wind their way between yellow stone houses that nestle below the cliff face, while gabarres, reminiscent of the old trading barges that once plied the river, cruise past. History Historians believe that the village has been occupied since pre-historic times and have found many flit axe-heads and other stone tools in the fields. A troglodyte fort set in the cliffs 40 metres above the town gives

evidence to its earliest settlers. To defend against invaders including Viking armies in long boats in the 12th century fortifications were built high in the cliffs, these fortifications continued to be built right through until the 17th century making the town impregnable. The Hundred Years War, and then France’s bitter “Wars of Religion”, turned La Roque-Gageac into a key stronghold, impregnable and densely populated. In the Middle Ages La Roque-Gageac became an important trading town and port and boasted a population of 1500 people. Today you can take a sightseeing tour along the river in a gabarre that has been sympathetically reproduced.

Things to See and Do Manoir de Tarde This Renaissance grand manoir was built for the Tarde family nobility JeanTarde (1562-1636), who was an historian, as well as a cartographer, mathematician, astronomer, theologian, philosopher, and a friend of Galileo. This building consists of two main sections, with pointed gables and enchanting mullioned windows. Romanesque Church Halfway up the cliff sits the pretty Romanesque Church, the views down the valley and along the river from the courtyard of the church are stunning.


Sub Tropical Garden These gardens are alongside the church, halfway up the cliff, and boast luxuriant sub-tropical and Mediterranean plants It is thought that these plants do well here due to an unique micro-climate. Chateau de la Malartrie Once the home of nobiltiy the chateau became a leper hospital in th 12th century. The building has been since transformed several times.

Monpazier | Beautiful Village of France Monpazier is a bastide town in the southern Dordogne. The town square sits in the middle of the bastide and is home to a beautifully restored covered market.

History Monpazier was founded on January 7, 1284, on behalf of King Edward I of England, by his steward John Grailly.

When built the town was considered to be a perfect design and became a great influence to some of Frances greatest Architects.

Monpazier was an important stronghold during the Hundred Years War and it was not until the reign of Charles V, King of France from 1366 to 1380, that the town came under French rule.

Monpazier has not been damaged by the passing of time and the wars that have been fought around it and remains a stunning example of a Medieval Bastide Town. Monpazier is a Grand National Site of France and a Le Plus Beaux de Villages de France. It has 32 buildings and sites that are protected as Historic Monuments.

The town was also a centre of peasant rebellion twice in 1594 and the again 1637 provoked by the misery brought about by the War of Religions. Both uprisings were brutally suppressed. Now Monpazier is a quite village with a popular Saturday market and is well worth a visit.

Things to See and Do Place de Cornieres The town square with beautifully intact covered market surrounded by arcades and arches. Dine at one of the restaurants that dot the square in the warm summer months. Saint-Dominique Church A fortified church dating from the 15th century. Maison Chaitre The finest example of a medieval house occupying 2 building blocks. Opposite St Dominique Church.

Recollects Convent behind the church which once cared for the poor and educated girls. Now a permanent and temporary art exhibition space. Flower Festival On the 3rd Sunday of May Monpazier hosts a flower festival which is famous throughout the region.


Beautiful Villages of the Dordogne Saint Amand-de-Coly Saint Amand de Coly is a pretty town in the Southern Dordogne not far from Montignac. In the centre of Saint Amand is its fortified church which is reputed to be the most beautiful fortified church in the Dordogne. The village is named after Saint Amand who was a hermit living in a cave in the hillside in the 6th century. The abbey church dates back to the 12th century and next to the church are the abbey remains. In the 14th century the church was converted into a fortress but despite its additional defences it remains a beautiful Romanesque church.

Saint Leon – sur - Vezere Saint Leon-sur-Vezere is in the southern Dordogne 25 km from Sarlat. The church in St Leon sur Vezere is on the site of an ancient Gallo-Roman villa and you can see some traces of this on the side of the church next to the river. It is on the pilgrim route that led from the Abbey of Vezelay in Burgundy and on towards the abbeys at Cadouin and Saint Avit Senieur.

Saint - Jean - de - Cole Saint Jean-de-Cole is in the Northern Dordogne near Thivers. The village square is flanked on one side by the Chateau de la Marthonie which was built over a period of time and represents different design periods. On another side of the square is the Romanesque Byzantine church of St Jean Baptist built in the 12th century. The other sides of the square have traditonal cottage-style houses.

LImmeuil Limeuil holds a stunning location where the Rivers Dordogne and Vézère meet. The two rivers are graced by stoned arched bridges which make an excellent photo opportunity. Like many towns and villages of the area this once fortified town was pillaged by the Vikings and suffered greatly during the Hundred Year War. You can still see three of the old fortified gates that stand testament to the town’s history. Limeuil is a pretty place to stop for a picnic by the river and for a wander through the village.


More Beautiful Villages The Dordogne and nearby Lot are absolutely full of quaint villages where history abounds, they may not be on the “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” list however they are fascinating to explore and often a little quieter than the more famous “Beautiful Villages” There are also a number of towns throughout the area that are historically and culturally significant and well worth a visit many of them host wonderful food and local produce markets and in the season you will find special markets such as truffle markets, chestnuts markets and fresh flower. Find more towns and villages of historic significance in the Dordorgne and Lot plus loads of other useful information about the area on the Everything Dordogne website.

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Mas la Monaque Holiday Rental Provence

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Le Foury Normandy 19th C Holiday Rental

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Tours Everything Dordogne is proud to bring you a range of specially selected boutique tours aimed at travellers who are looking for something different than the stereotypical group tour.


Our hand-picked tours include; tailor made tours across the most popular sections of France with a private driver, tours for the wine lover tasting wonderful wines and sampling gourmet food, cycling tours across the Dordogne and Lot and Art and Painting Holidays in the Lot Valley.

Everything Dordogne Tours Dordogne Tours Tour with a private driver destinations include: Chateaux, Caves, Villages, Sarlat, Oradour-sur-Glane, Vineyards plus more.. SW France Tours Tour with a private driver destinations include: Midi-Pyrenees, Basque County, Carcassone, Villages plus more.. NW France & D-Day Beaches Tour with a private driver destinations include: Normandy D – Day Beaches, Mont St Michel. Loire Valley Chateaux plus more.. Paris Day Tours Tour with a private driver destinations include: main sights of Paris, Giverny, Monets Garden, Palace of Versailles plus more.. Wine Lovers Tour This boutique tour has been designed for small groups with a passion for beautiful wines and gourmet regional food. Cycling Tours Cycling holidays throughout the beautiful Lot and Dordogne departments of France. Art & Painting Holidays Paint, draw and relax at a beautifully renovated farmhouse with fully equipped studio and experienced tutor in the Lot SW France.

Immersion Tours Become immersed in French language & culture on this tour. Three destinations to choose from. 17 Days/16 nights

Dordogne Tours Private Tours Dordogne Chateaux

Private Tours

Dordogne Chateaux Depart Sarlat From *158€ pp

Dordogne Caves and Grottes Depart Sarlat From *158€ pp

It is claimed the Dordogne has over 1000 chateaux or castles - there is everything from defensive chateaux from which the 100 years war was fought to stately homes.

The pre-historic caves and grottes of the Dordogne play a significant role in the history of both the area and Cro-Magnon man - the first early modern humans who lived 20,000 to 40,000 years ago. There are hundreds of caves and grottes across the Dordogne region.

The Dordogne Valley is often referred to the as the 'Valley of the 5 Chateaux'. This tour takes you to the most famous Chateaux of the area, and the tour can be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days. Price: 789€ (8 Hours) Depart Sarlat, Bergerac, Perigueux. 915€ (9 Hours) Depart Bordeaux, Toulouse, Poitiers. *Price based on groups of 5 passengers. * Prices include fees and charges

Dordogne Pre-historic Caves

This tour takes you to the most famous caves of the area, and the tour can be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days*. Price: 789€ (8 Hours) Depart Sarlat, Bergerac, Perigueux. 915€ (9 Hours) Depart Bordeaux, Toulouse, Poitiers. *Price based on groups of 5 passengers. * Prices include fees and charges

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S.W France Tours Private Tours Oradour-sur-Glane

Private Tours Midi-Pyrenees

Oradour-sur-Glane Depart Sarlat From *158€ pp

Midi-Pyrenees Depart Toulouse From *172€ pp

The original population was destroyed in 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. On the orders of the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, the original has been maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.

The Midi-Pyrenees is a diverse lovely region in south west France. Bordered by the Pyrenees to the South and the Aquitaine (Dordogne) to the North this lovely unspoiled region is worth exploring.

This tour visits the moving site of Oradour and can be combined with a visit to a chateau or village in the area. Tours can also be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days. Price: 789€ (8 Hours) Depart Sarlat, Bergerac, Perigueux. 915€ (9 Hours) Depart Bordeaux, Toulouse, Poitiers. *Price based on groups of 5 passengers. * Prices include fees and charges Contact us for rates for more than one day. View details here or go to

Destinations that can be covered in this tour are the wine area of Cahors, the castle at Carcassonne, the Mediterranean towns of Perpignan and Coullioure or Andorra and Lourdes. The tour can also be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days. Price: 860€ (8 Hours) Toulouse * Price based on groups of 5 passengers. *Prices include fees and charges Contact us for rates for more than one day. View details here or go to


S.W France Tours Private Tours Bordeaux Wineries

Private Tours Basque Country

Bordeaux Wineries Depart Bordeaux From *172€ pp

Basque Country

Bordeaux has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble".

Basque Country is incredibly beautiful and covers a area that extends from south west France through to north west Spain. The Basque people have a very distinct and lively culture with there own food and sports.

Depart Bordeaux From *146€ pp

After driving through the cosmopolitan city of Bordeaux the tour head to Bordeaux wine country where guests can choose from hundreds of wineries to visit and wines to taste, including: Médoc, St Emilion, Margaux, Côte de Bourg, Sauterne.

Destinations that can be covered in this tour are Pyrenees, Lourdes, Biarritz, St. Sebastien, Pamplona, Bilbao, the tour can also be adapted to suit personal taste or interests and can be extended to cover up to 3 days.



860€ (8 Hours) Depart Bordeaux * Price based on groups of passengers. * Prices include fees and charges


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730€ (8 Hours) Depart Bordeaux / Biarritz * Price based on groups of 5 passengers. * Prices include fees and charges Contact us for rates for more than one day. View details here or go to

N.W France Tours Private Tours Mont St Michel

Private Tours Normandy D-Day Beaches

Mont St Michel Tour Depart Paris From *260€ pp

Normandy D-Day Beaches Depart Paris From *260€ pp

Mont St Michel is UNESCO world heritage site that welcomes more than three million visitors a year. It is an island during high tide, and can be reached via the isthmus which links to the mainland during low tide.

In June 1944 the Western Allies landed on the Norman beaches initiating an effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II. The landings took place along a 80 km stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

For over 1000 a years men, women and children travelled there by roads called "paths to paradise” along the route of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. Tours can also be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days. Price: 1299€ (12 Hours) Depart Paris *Prices based on groups of 5 Passengers *Prices include fees and charges Contact us for rates for more than one day. View details here or go to

This tour takes you to the key areas of the D-Day Beaches including the American Cemetery, Museums and landing beaches. Tours can also be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days. Price: 1299€ Depart Paris (10 hours) * Prices based on groups of 5 Passengers *Prices include fees and charges Contact us for rates for more than one day. View details here or go to


Chateaux Tours Private Tours Loire Chateaux

Private Tours Palace of Versailles

Loire Valley Chateaux Depart Tours From *182€ pp

Palace of Versailles Depart Paris From *196€ pp

Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural landscapes the Chateaux of the Loire Valley are stunning castles that were once the home and play ground of French royalty and the wealthy during the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment.

A symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the ‘Ancien Régime’ Versailles Palace is famous for its fabulous architecture, its immense gardens, and the Glory of King Louis XIV – The Sun King.

Departing from Paris or Tours this tour visits 3 to 5 chateaux with guests choosing the chateaux to visit.

Departing from Paris this tour takes you to the Palace of Versialles.

Tours can also be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days.

Tours can also be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days.

Price: 1299€ (12 Hours) Depart Paris 909€ (8 Hours) Depart Amboise or Tours *Prices based on groups of 5 Passengers *Prices include fees and charges

Price: Depart Paris 979€ (8 Hours) *Prices based on groups of 5 passengers *Prices include fees and charges

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Paris Tours Private Tours Giverny & Monets Garden

Private Tours Paris Day Tours

Giverny & Monets Garden Depart Paris From *196€ pp

Paris City Tour From *178€ pp

Monet was inspired to paint perhaps his most famous works – the Water Lillies while residing in Giverny; and here you can visit the actual pond where he found that inspiration.

Paris is known as the city of light and romance, sits majestically on the Seine river and offers art, culture, history and great cuisine.

Departing from Paris, this tour takes you to Monets house and garden through the Val d’Oise and stops for lunch at the lovely Moulin de Fourges with options to visit Van Goughs houses and grave. Tours can also be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days. Price: Depart Paris 979€ ( 8 Hours) *Prices based on groups of passengers. *Prices include fees and charges


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The Paris city tour will provide you with an all-encompassing general overview of everything that the city of Paris has to offer, this tour takes you to all of the well-known monuments, allowing enough time to stop to take photos, etc along the way. Tours can also be adapted to suit personal taste or interest and can be extended to cover up to 3 days. Price: 889€ (8 Hours) *Prices based on groups of passengers. *Prices include fees and charges


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Cycling Holidays in S.W France Lot & Dordogne Cycling Tour Price: *1860â‚Ź 7 days/6 nights

Lot Valley Cycling Tour Price: *1860â‚Ź | 7 days/6 nights

On the Lot and Dordogne Cycling Tour you stay with your hosts for the entire week returning to their lovely restored barn each evening - so you can relax, unpack and unwind from the moment you arrive.

On this tour you stay with your hosts for the entire week returning to their lovely restored barn each evening - so you can relax, unpack and unwind from the moment you arrive.

This tour takes you to visit Rocamadour the Chateaux of Beynac and Castelnaud and St Cirq Lapopie as well as the medieval town of Sarlat.

The cycling is fairly gentle with plenty of long, quiet stretches along valley roads. There are some hills, but these are well worth the climb for the amazing panoramic views.

The cycling has some fairly gentle stretches along the valley roads but there are some Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness more challenging routes with a few more should be able to complete the routes hills to climb. comfortably. All distances can be reduced or lengthened according to your What's Included preferences and you can always opt to take Accommodation: Accommodation is in a a day off and have a rest from cycling if you double en-suite bedroom. wish - the beauty of a single-base holiday. Food: Six continental breakfasts and six Contact us for more information or go to 4-course dinners, wine and pre-dinner drinks, beverages and snacks. Cycling: Giant hybrid leisure touring bike, rear clip-on bag and handlebar bag, water bottles, detailed route maps and notes, Transfers to and from Gourdon rail station, Bergerac or Brive airports as required. Please note that prices do not include lunches/drinks while out cycling.

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Wine Appreciation Tours Wine Appreciation Week Price: *2349€ 7 days/ 7 nights Day One: Bordeaux and Medoc Wine region. Visit Chateau Maucaillou for wine tasting and a visit to the Museum of Wine. Day Two: Oeneology Course and visit to the Caves of Lascaux plus a visit to the local market. Day Three: Collonges-la-Rouge & Gouffre de Padriac. Visit to Coteaux du Saillant Allassac vineyard for wine tastings. Day Four: St Emilion private tour and a visit to the Cordeliers cellar. Day Five: Sarlat and Domme. Private tour of Sarlat, vsisit to Bastide town of Domme and Domme vineyards.

What's Included; ✔

Transport with a guide and driver

7 nights accommodation at la Bastide

Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 7 lunches at restaurants or picnic, 7 dinners table d'hote with matching wines (table of the host)

All visits to sites and attractions

All wine tastings

Bordeaux Train / Airport transfers to venue and return.

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Day Six: Rocamadour & Vineyards of Cahors. Wine tastings at two Cahors vineyards. Day Seven: Vineyards of Bergerac, lunch at the renowned La Tour des Vents and a visit to the abbey Buisson. Day Eight: Au Revoir. Transfers to Bordeaux Train station / airport *Prices include fees and charges View details here or go to View details here or go to


French Immersion & Language Tours Dordogne, Aquitaine 17 Days/ 16 Nights (Dates TBC) The Autumn French Immersion Program will be hosted, near Bordeaux Tour combines a visit to some of the most spectacular locations in the Dordogne Region: Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion, Cap-Ferret/Arcachon, Perigueux, Sarlat with an extension to Paris. Agenda French Immersion School, near Bordeaux 7 nights Bordeaux boutique hotel - Le Chartrons, historic centre Paris boutique hotel - Le Marais 4 nights

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French Riviera & Provence 20 September - 6 October 2014 17 Days/ 16 Nights The French Immersion Program will be hosted in a charming château near Nice (Côte D’Azur) walking distance to the Picasso Museum. Visit some of the most beautiful medieval villages in the French Riviera, as part of your Immersion afternoon program. This tour combines a visit to Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Remy, Avignon, Arles with an extension to Paris. Agenda French Immersion School, near Nice 8 nights Cannes boutique hotel - Le Suquet, historic centre Paris boutique hotel - Le Marais 4 nights

4 nights

Loire, Rhône-Alpes Region 26 April - 12 May 2014 18 Oct - 3 Nov 2014 17 Days/ 16 Nights The Spring French Immersion Program will be hosted in South-East France, near the Loire River. The famous Burgundy and Beaujolais wine areas are close by as is Lyon, the Gastronomic capital of France. Agenda French Immersion School, near Lyon 8 nights Cannes boutique hotel - Le Suquet, historic centre 4 nights Paris boutique hotel - Le Marais 4 nights For More Information View Here or at


Art Classes & Painting Holidays Art Classes and Holidays in the Lot Price: 1045€* | 6 days tuition/5 nights accommodation Paint, draw and relax at a beautifully renovated farmhouse with fully equipped studio and experienced tutor in the Lot SW France. Set in the beautiful countryside of the Lot not far from Sarlat and the famous Dordogne this delighful property is surrounded by stunning views that allows guests to spend quality time painting and drawing in the extensive grounds around the house. The fully equipped studio is always available for guests and courses also include visits to some of the charming villages and local sites nearby. Relax after a day’s painting in the swimming pool or take a pleasant stroll around the surrounding countryside. The tutored groups are designed for mixed abilities and formally structured with your tutor & host on hand to provide guidance and advice. Also offered are less formal workshops which are designed to enable you to work alongside - and interact with - like minded people. Courses are designed so that guests arrive during Sunday and get to know each other over an evening meal before the group work starts on Monday morning. They will then run through to Friday evening, with guests departing during Saturday (6 nights accommodation/5 days tuition). What’s included The Art holidays include full board and lodging with Continental Breakfast, a light lunch, refreshments and a delicious home cooked evening meal with wine. On one evening the group will visit a local restaurant for dinner, for which there will be a small additional cost (around €25 per head). Use of the beautiful and well equipped studio at anytime during your stay. All basic materials and equipment will be provided within the cost of the holiday, however if you have particular favourite brushes or media please bring them along. Additional materials (such as specialist pastel and water colour papers, acrylic boards, canvas boards etc) will be available to purchase during your stay with us if needed. A gift of a small sketching pack which includes a sketching pad, pencils and a small watercolour set.

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Boutique Dordogne Reception Venue Weddings • Birthdays • Anniversaries • Conferences

Situated in the beautiful Dordogne countryside of Le Perigord Noir this historic property is surrounded by rolling fields and ancient chateaux Once a presbytery the property has been restored to luxury standards. The owners have retained & restored the original chapel which offers a wonderful space for any type of gathering. Outside the large terrace surrounding the pool is the perfect place for an outdoor celebration with views across the valley that are breathtaking. This lovely property also makes an ideal venue for work conferences, business retreats and immersion classes for language schools. Contact Us For More Information or view on the website





Rocamadour Rocamadour is a town perched high on a rocky plateau overlooking the Alzou Valley. It is estimated that the town receives 1.5 million visitors each year and is a major point on the religious pilgrimage route. For pilgrims Rocamadour's is important for The Shrine of Our Lady of Rocamadour or Sanctuaries which is, a complex of religious structures that are set halfway down the cliff and centred on a statue of the Virgin Mary (Black Madonna) and the tomb of an ancient saint, St. Amadour. History According to the legend, Rocamadour is named after the founder of the ancient sanctuary, Saint Amator the tax collector of Jericho mentioned in Luke 19:1-10, and the husband of St. Veronica, who wiped Jesus' face on the way to Calvary. This legend has been disputed by historians, however it is known that Rocamadour was first mentioned in the texts of Pope Gregory VII as one of the four main pilgrimage sites in the Middle Ages along with Rome, Jerusalem and Compostela. In 1160 the construction of the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna commenced, it is reputed that the statue of the Black Madonna was carved by St Amadour. The Discovery of St. Amadour, perfectly preserved body was discovered in 1166 and as a result thousands of pilgrims flock to the shrine to worship the saint. The 13th century was a golden age for Rocamadour with Kings and Nobility visiting the site on pilgrimage. The body of St. Amadour was burned by the Huguenots during the religious wars in 1562 and Rocamadour slipped into recline. After the French Revolution in the late 1700’s Rocamadour was left in ruins and deserted. Restored in modern times Rocamadour is now the spiritual centre of the diocese of Cahors and, once again, is a significant town on the pilgrim route. Rocamadour is also a major tourist destination in France.

Things to See and Do Sanctuaries

These are a series of 12th to 14th century chapels that are halfway down the cliff. The Sanctuaries hold the town’s most important relics. There are 216 steps leading down the Grand Escalier, stairway, which pilgrims climb on their knees. Black Madonna (Vierge Noir) The famous Black Madonna is one of the two most significant relics in Rocamadour. The statue is housed in the Chapelle Notre Dame which is part of the Sanctuaries. Chapelle Miraculese The Chapelle Miraculeuse contains the Tomb of St. Amadour, who is said to have carved out of an hermitage in the rock. Hanging from the roof is one of the oldest known clocks, which dates to the 8th century. Basilique St-Sauveur The Basilique St-Sauveur was built in the Romanesque-Gothic style from the 11th to the 13th centuries. It's decorated with paintings and inscriptions recalling visits of celebrated persons, including Philippe the Handsome. Chapelle St-Michel A 12th-century Romanesque chapel is sheltered by an overhanging rock; inside are well-preserved frescoes dating from the 12th century. Outside there is a courtyard where there is a broken sword said to be a fragment of Durandal, once wielded by the hero Roland, one of Charlemagne great warriors.

Rocamadour Goats Cheese Rocamadour Goats Cheese is produced in this area and is a delighful cheese that comes in small discs. Named Cabécous it has an AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée) designation. Rocamadour is usually sold very young after just 12-15 days of aging and is customarily consumed on hot toast or in salads.


Les Eyzies de Taynac-Sirueil Les Eyzies de Taynac-Sirueil (known as Les Eyzies) is a pretty town in the Perigord Noir region of the Dordogne that is famous for its pre-history, grottes, caves and troglodyte dwellings.


The pre-history site was discovered during construction for a railroad went through Les Eyzies in 1868, when a rock shelter in a limestone cliff was uncovered. In and around Les Eyzies are a series of prehistoric rock dwellings, the caves include some of the most significant archaeological finds of the Upper Palaeolithic (from about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago) and Middle Paaeolithic (200,000 to 40,000 years ago) periods; they are especially noted for their extensive wall drawings. Situated in the VÊzère Valley the Les Eyzies caves are among a series of decorated grottoes in the area that were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

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National Pre-History Museum

Caves and Grottes of Les Eyzies

over one million pre-historic objects. It is the most visited museum of pre-history in France.

There are many Caves and Grottes to be discovered in Les Eyzies and the surrounding area. The most famous being Font du Guame on the outskirts of the town.

By the wealth of its collection the Museum comes second in the world, preceded only by the museum at St Germain-en-Laye.

The Museum of Eyzies-de-Taynac

The National Pre-History Museum houses

The museum is closed on Tuesdays.



The national prehistory museum brings together the biggest Palaeolithic collection in France and second largest in Europe and is one of the great things to see and do in the area. Pole International de la History Les Eyzies Free centre for information on all prehistoric sites in the area. Bilingual staff to answer questions, such as hours of operation, maps to get there, times for tours. Chateau du Commarque Les Eyzies A 12th century chateau in a valley where the Beune runs with pre-historic caves below. Les Eyzies Market The Les Eyzies market is on every Monday morning and is packed with fresh regional produce and crafts.


Caves and Grottes of the Dordogne

The pre-historic caves and grottes of the Dordogne play a significant role in the history of both the area and Cro-Magnon man - the first early modern humans who lived 20,000 to 40,000 years ago. The first sample of Cro-Magnon man was discovered in the town of Les Eyzies – de - Taynac (or just Les Eyzies) in the heart of the Dordogne. There are hundreds of caves and grottes across the Dordogne region, here we have listed the most important ones and have given the caves of Les Eyzies their own section as there are so many in this area. While visiting the pre-historic caves and grottes in Les Eyzies make sure you take time to visit the National Pre-History Museum - it is a fascinating glimpse in to man's past. 59

Caves and Grottes of the Dordogne

Lascaux II Caves at Montignac

Les Grottes de Maxange

The most important pre-historic grottes or caves in France, the Lascaux caves, are one of the highlights of a trip to the Dordogne. Discovered in 1940 by four boys search for their dog these caves are the highlight of a visit to the area.

Discovered in 2000, these pre-historic caves and grottes at Le Buisson de Cadouin are now open to the public.

The original caves were damaged by the number of visitors and closed in 1963 to stop further damage. In 1983 Lascaux II was open which is an exact copy of the original. It is so realistic you unless you were told it was a reproduction you simply would not know. The paintings are almost all of animals and the colour and detail used is amazing. La Roque Saint Christophe About halfway between Le Bugue and Montignac is the pre-historic troglodyte town of La Roque Saint Christophe which sits 90 metres above the River Vezere. These pre-historic shelters and grottes and were once home to an entire village and as you walk along it you can see remains of the forge, the church and other buildings. Gouffre de Proumeyssac Near Le Bugue, the pre-historic caves and grottes at Proumeyssac are highly renowned. The main feature is the enormous 'Cathedral of Crystal' - a stunning, huge and beautifully lit cavern. You can pay extra and enter by a the same method as the original visitors - a suspended basket, now motorised but originally lowered by a horse. The caves and grottes are expertly lit to highlight the spectacular rock formations.


Gouffre de Padirac Lot The Gouffre de Padirac is the favourite pre-historic caves and grottes of many in the Dordogne area. The cave is entered by boat. Grotte de Villars A great spectacle of lighting and water bring these caves and grottes to life, and truly show the various rock formations at their best. There are also renowned pre-historic paintings, including an unusual pre-historic painting of a person (usually only animals were painted in prehistoric paintings) to see. Grotte de Cougnac at Payrignac This has both a natural cave with a ceiling of very fine stalactites and a cave with prehistoric paintings. It is 18km from Sarlat. Grotte de Domme Dordogne These caves are underneath the village of Domme allowing you to visit the caves and visit one of France's most beautiful villages at the same time. Troglodyte houses at Belves Underneath the main square of Belves there is a pre-historic troglodyte village in grottes which is very interesting to visit. Belves is also one of France's most beautiful villages. Troglodyte Fort at La Roque Gageac These are cliff side dwellings, dating from the 12th century, rather than underground caverns, and are found 40 metres up the cliffs at La Roque-Gageac on the Dordogne River.

Caves and Grottes of Les Eyzies

L'abri Pataud Les Eyzies L'abri Pataud cave is in the centre of Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac and was lived in by pre-historic Cro-Magnon between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago. Many of the items found during archaeological digs can be seen in the neighbouring museum of pre-history which show-cases many pre-historic artefacts. Grotte de Font de Gaume Les Eyzies The Font de Gaume cave, just over 1km east of Les Eyzies on the D47 has a superb collection of pre-historic paintings. To protect the pre-historic paintings visitor numbers in the cave are limited and in peak season it is best to make a reservation before visiting these caves. It is advisable to book ahead if you wish to visit this cave. L'abri du Cap Blanc near Les Eyzies 9km east of Les Eyzies this pre-historic natural rock shelter contains frieze of pre-historic horses and bison. It is considered to be the best example of sculpture of the Middle Magdalenian period in France. Grotte de Combarelles near Les Eyzies This pre-historic cave, 3km north-east of Les Eyzies contains engravings of pre-historic animals and some human figures . Les Grottes du Roc de Cazelle Les Eyzies Also to the east of Les Eyzies are caves of Les Grottes du roc de Cazelle which were lived in by pre-historic man and then turned into a fortified house in the Middle Ages.

Grotte de Rouffignac An electric train takes you into a pre-historic cavern where you will find engravings of mammoths, rhinoceros, horses and bison.

South of Les Eyzies Grotte de Bara Bahau near Les Eyzies Pre-Historic Cave system 2km north of Le Bugue, with lots of animal pictures carved into the walls. Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac Les Eyzies A wonderful natural cave full of stalactites and stalagmites.

North of Les Eyzies Grotte du Grand Roc Les Eyzies A few kilometres north-west of Les Eyzies the pre-historic Grottes du Grand Roc caves contain amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Laugerie-Basse NW Les Eyzies North-west of Les-Eyzies and adjacent to the Grottes du Grand Roc, Laugerie Basse is a pre-historic cave type shelter used by Cro-Magnon man. Les Abris de Castel-Merle near Les Eyzies There are several pre-historic shelters, some containing engravings and sculptures. There is also a museum on-site. Le Conquil Le Conquil is a park with troglodyte dwellings. It also has a dinosaur park for children and a tree adventure course.

La Grotte de Bernifal Les Eyzies This pre-historic cave is home to both pre-historic paintings and stalactites and stalagmites. It is only open from July to September.


Dordogne Chateaux It is claimed the Dordogne has over 1000 chateaux. There is everything from defensive chateaux or castles from which the 100 years war was fought to stately homes. The chateaux are famous throughout France and it is worth visiting more than one of the Chateaux of the Dordogne as they all have something different to offer. I

The Dordogne Valley is often referred to the as the 'Valley of the 5 Chateaux' due to the five very historic chateaux dating from the 100 years wars. The two most impressive chateaux are the famous Chateau de Beynac and Chateau de Castelnaud. These chateaux are reputed to be the most visited chateaux in France.


Chateaux of the Dordogne Valley of the 5 Chateaux Le Chateau de Castelnaud

Les Chateau Milandes

Chateau Castelnaud is the most visited chateau in the South of France and dominates the picturesque village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle on the left bank of the Dordogne River. During the Middle-Ages, the mighty English chateau commanded the strategic position at the meeting of the Dordogne and the CĂŠou Rivers, opposite the rival French castle of Beynac. This castle is truly magnificent and transport one back i time.

The castle was built in 1489 by François de

Chateau de Beynac

From the Revolution throughout the entire 19th century, the castle was inhabited, though was barely maintained, before it suffered a serious fire.

This impressive chateau was destroyed and rebuilt many times. It includes features of many ages, including some rare frescoes of the 15th century. It played a significant role in the 100 years war when the castle was in French hands and battled the English across the river in their strong hold of Chateau Castelnaud. Chateau Monfort This castle is privately owned and not open to the public. Chateau Fayac This castle is privately owned and not open to the public.

Caumont, Lord of Castelnaud at the request of his wife, Claude de Cardaillac who wished to live in a more comfortable castle than the feudal castle of Castelnaud. He retained various architectural elements from the Middle-Ages, including turrets, newel staircases, and gargoyles.

From 1900 to 1908, a rich industrialist, Charles de Claverie restored the castle. Josephine Baker purchased Les Milandes in 1947 and transformed the interior of the castle, adding all the contemporary comforts: central heating, running water and electricity. Baker’s massive expenses led her into bankruptcy and the castle was sold in 1968 for a tenth of its value. The gardens of the chateau are beautiful and well worth a visit.

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Chateaux of the Dordogne Other Notable Chateaux Le Chateau de Commarque, Les Eyzies The chateau was founded during the 12th century on the request of the abbots of Sarlat. Initially the Ch창teau de Commarque was only a wooden tower, its primary function was to discourage the ambitions of the Beynac family and to insure the safety of the valley. During the Hundred Year War, the chateau was captured by the English. During the War of Religion, the chateau was taken by the Catholics, due to the Beynacs being Protestant partisans. The chateau has been undergoing restoration since 1994. It has been listed since 1943 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. There is a prehistoric cave under the chateau. Chateau Bourdeilles, Brantome The Chateau de Bourdeilles was designed by a woman, Jacquet Montbron. There are two parts to this chateau, a fortress dating from the 13th century, dominated by an octagonal living area and a Renaissance castle with richly furnished rooms such as the golden lounge with a beautiful painted ceiling. There is a prestigious collection of furniture including the bed of Spanish Charles V. Chateau Biron Dordogne The Chateau Biron was privately owned by the same family for 24 generations when it was lost in the early 20th century to gambling debts of the then baron. Biron is smaller than many of the big defensive chateaux of the area and you can get a really good sense of what life was like in medieval times. This lovely castle is currently being painstakingly restored. Chateau Biron is close to the Bastide town of Monpazier. Chateau de Hautefort, Hautefort 40km east of Perigueux, Hautefort is one of the most prestigious castles in the Dordogne and is a historical monument. This elegant castle contains paintings and tapestries from the 17th century and is surrounded by formal French gardens and parkland.


Chateau de Fenelon, Sainte Mondane It's a beautiful castle surrounded by a triple wall and located above the village of Saint Mondane. The castle has a collection of armour, weapons and furniture dating back to 15, 16 17 and 18th centuries. Chateau de Jumilhac, Thiviers If you go as far as possible in the northeast corner of the department of Dordogne, you will find the magnificent Chateau de Jumilhac. The remarkable feature of this castle is the roof - an extravaganza of towers and turrets that led to Jumilhac being described as having the most romantic rooftops in France. Chateau de Montreal, Isaac A nice little chateau and formal gardens.


Chateau de Beynac Chateau Beynac is built on a plateau with a

sheer cliff to one side on the banks of the Dordogne River. With the cliff acting as a natural defense. The defences were built up on the plateau: double crenulated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, and double barbican. In 1050 HÊlie de Beynac, the first known and recorded lord, installed the first fortified presence Castrum. During the 13th and 14th centuries, the power of Beynac permitted it to become an important influence within the region. The Lords of Beynac contributed greatly to the anti-English wars, while all the while expanding their territory. In the 15th century, Beynac was designated as a Barony and became very prosperous. The religious wars also brought new sufferings to the population, in particular in the 16th century. This combined with new taxes, brutal winters and no food saw great unrest amongst the people. Gatherings were organised in the forests, the peasant uprising, the "croquants", had started. This was the start of the French Revolution. In 1761, the last heiress of the Lords and Barons of Beynac, Marie-Claude, married Christophe de Beaumont. When Marie-Claud died in 1811, after eight centuries of history, the line of the Beynacs disappeared. The castle was bought in 1962 by Lucien Grosso who has restored it. At the chateau you can view beautiful rich tapestries showing hunting and other scenes from the lives of the lords of the period. The Château de Beynac has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1944. The Chapel As with numerous chapels in the middle ages, this one was dedicated to the mother of Christ: Marie, but locally, for the Inhabitants it is: Notre-Dame de Beynac. The origin of the first building dates back to the 12th and 13 centuries. The major part of the modifications and changes coming during the 14th and 15th centuries.


Chateau de Castelnaud Chateau de Castelnaud sits high above the Dordogne River in the Dordogne region of Perigord Noir. Castelnaud - or Castelnau, meaning the “new castle” - was founded in the 12th century as a defensive fortress and faces its once arch enemy Chateau Beynac across the Dordogne river. Castelnaud was a major defensive fortress through the 100 Year War and came under English rule during this period. Chateau Beynac across the river was a major foe of Castelnaud. Abandoned in the 17th century the chateau fell into disrepair and in the 19 th century it was used as a stone quarry. In 1966, it was listed officially as an Historic Site and has since been brought back to life through a series of outstanding restoration projects. Its “Museum of Medieval Warfare” was founded in 1985. Things to See The Museum of Medieval Weapons contains a collection of 200 items of arms and armour (weapons for cutting and thrusting, missile weapons, artillery pieces), as well as furniture of the period. War Machines At Castelnaud you will find a reconstruction of medieval war machines, in full size. Tower-positioned giant crossbow: This giant crossbow was used by the defenders of a stronghold from a fixed position. The Pedrero and the Bricole: Both were forms of catapult: men pulled on ropes to bend back the arm and then fire stones. The Trebuchet: Also using the counterweight principle, this machine was in use up to the 16th century. Despite its low rate of fire only one or two per hour - it was the most powerful machine used in the Middle Ages. The Bombard: The first forms of artillery using gunpowder appeared in the 14th century. Handling them was a delicate matter. Before reloading, the gunners had to wait for them to cool down. Result: their best rate of fire was only once an hour.


Markets of the Dordogne

Markets The Markets are an important part of daily life in France, it is a chance for locals to meet and exchange gossip and to buy the best possible produce available. If you are in France during cherry or strawberry season buy some. They will be the best fruit you have ever eaten! The Dordogne is renowned for duck and goose products, walnuts and Rocamadour cheese which is produced nearby. When shopping in markets in the Dordogne pick up some confit de canard to cook when you get back to your holiday gite. If you are visiting the markets in the Dordogne in the peak of summer it is advisable to get there early as it can get very busy.

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Food and Recipes

Recipes & Food Food is a very serious business in France. In fact in 2010 UNESCO added French cuisine to the list of cultural objects that are called ‘intangible cultural heritage. The food of each region is quite different with each region having its own specialties which have traditionally come from what is available on the land or sea. The Dordogne is famous for foie gras and other duck products such as confit de canard and margret de canard, cabacous the small goats cheese from Rocamadour and walnuts from which gateaux noix and vin de noix are produced. The French people consistently vote the Dordogne as the #1 food region in France.

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