The Dordogne Valley region of South West France, where our self catering holiday homes are located, is an area of
exquisite natural beauty with lots to offer its visitors all year round.
The pleasant climate, with
warm sunny days in Summer ( 25° to 35° C ) and crisp bright days in Winter, provides the perfect atmosphere for enjoying the varied delights of the region.
Situated inland from Bordeaux and north of Toulouse the area is easily accessed, being well serviced by rail, motorways, and airports with daily connections to many British and European destinations, and worldwide via Paris.
The river Dordogne and its tributary the
Vézère meander lazily through the landscape of widely
varying and spectacular scenery, ranging from lush Oak-
wooded hillsides to softer undulating countryside rich
with walnut groves, vineyards, and fields of corn and
The rivers provide opportunities for
canoeing, boat trips, fishing and bathing.
The countryside is punctuated by picture-postcard villages with golden-ochre stone houses and flower-festooned squares. Buildings in Sarlat, Domme, Gourdon, St. Geniès and La Roque Gageac with their richely ornate façades, mullioned windows and lauze-covered roofs provide fine examples of medieval architecture.
The many chateaux in the area, ranging
from fairytale ( like Chateau des Milandes, Chateau Losse
) to flambuoyant ( like Hautfort) to medieval
fortifications ( like Beynac and Castlenaud), rival those
of the Loire Valley.
Where prehistory is concerned, the
Dordogne and Vézère valleys are in a league of their
own. Exceptional sites at Lascaux, known as the
"Sistine chapel of prehistory" because of its
cave paintings of bulls, horses and stags, and at Le
Moustier and Les Eyzies provide evidence of human
settlement here some 50,000 years ago!
The region boasts many gastronomic delights including Foie gras (rich goose liver), truffles (exquisite black mushrooms), confit de canard (preserved duck), Cabecou (goats cheese), walnuts and strawberries. All these can be savoured with locally produced wines, in the many restaurants or purchased in the village markets.
Sarlat has been described as "the jewel in the crown" of the Dordogne region. From the amazingly well preserved medieval centre with its honey-coloured stone houses hugging narrow streets to the majestic architecture of its Romanesque cathedral, La Boetie mansion, Le Presidial former royal court, or the Lantern of the Dead, Sarlat is a delight to visit at any time of year.
Its Saturday market is famous for the quality of the regional produce and the street entertainment in Summer provides the perfect atmosphere
for a leisurely meal in one of Sarlats many restaurants.
Within a 10km radius there are opportunities to enjoy a range of activities
canoeing and boat trips on the river
paragliding and hot air balloon trips through the valley
horse riding, walking, cycling in the countryside
or golfing on several top class courses.
So, whether you are a lover of history and architecture, outdoor pursuits and natural beauty, or
just prefer a relaxing holiday with good food and wine, its time to discover the Dordogne and
you won't be disappointed!
Our Properties : Locations around the Dordogne Region
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