: River swimming in Tremolat and many towns
: Vieux Logis & Bistrot d'en Face & a pizza place
Just half an hour from Bergerac Airport (Ryanair), we are situated directly on the Dordogne River in the tiny, friendly village of Calès, just across the bridge from Trémolat, halfway between Sarlat and Bergerac, at the very heart of this fabled part of the Aquitaine. A leisurely 30 or 40 minute drive to either city takes you to through all the tourist attractions of this justly-famous region -- pastoral farm scenes of sunflowers, corn and wheat, cliff-top castles on the riverbank, roadside foie gras shops, the amazing farmers' markets, bakeries, vinyards and wine shops. Stunningly beautiful bends and cliffs along the river, pre-historic caves and caverns, tranquil canoeing on the river, hot air ballooning, it's all here. An easy walk to Trémolat village brings you the glorious Michelin-starred, Relais-et-Chateaux inn, Le Vieux Logis, and its popular Bistrot d'en Face. And just down the road you can rent canoes, pedalos and bicycles, or board the train to Bordeaux and Paris.
Other Activities: Chat with our French, English and Dutch neighbors. Play petanque in any village square. Picture the troglodytes who hunted in our fields. Fish!
Golf: There are a dozen golf courses within a 40-minute drive. Many will rent clubs if you haven't brought your own. Though we prefer picking the wild flowers along the quiet country lanes, you will also find places for quad biking and go-carts if you really need to! Or enjoy your own golfing holiday and send the others off to one of the many canoe hire places or equestrian centres. Fishing (pike and perch, in particular) and horseback riding are a treat here, and public tennis courts are everywhere. The more sedate of you can take in the historic towns and villages, including the fortified bastide towns which still bear the scars of the 14th-Century Hundred Years' War, or see Europe's earliest art treasures, the cave paintings of early man at Lascaux. Or visit Les Milandes, where Josephine Baker raised her rainbow tribe of orphans, or gape at the stunning natural rock formations in the region's many spectacular caverns. Or cross from our Perigord Noir over to the Perigord Pourpre, where you can visit the vinyards of Bergerac and Bordeaux. Or stay home by the pool and enjoy all the modern conveniences of your home-from-home, 'Le Chabrol'.
To 'faire le chabrol' by the way, is to swirl your last drops of wine across your plate at the end of dinner, then slurp up the 'soup'. Leave it to the French to find a socially-acceptable way to lick your plate!