Self-catering beautifully presented gite available for rental throughout the year. Situated in the romantic town of Brantome known as the 'Venice of Perigord'. It is liberally appointed with cafes and highly recommended restaurants including the Chabrol, Moulin de l'Abbaye and nearby Moulin du Roc reported to be the finest restaurant in the Dordorgne. The 11th Century Abbey with the oldest bell tower in France dominates the town and overlooks the River Dronne. The area has many attractions to offer including the nearby villages of Bourdeilles and Villars boasting the Chateau de Puyguilhem, and the prehistoric caves Grotte de Villars. Many Chateaux can be found around Brantome, a visit to Google earth highlights the delights of this area of France. Brantome holds its own street market on Fridays offering local cheeses, wines and fresh veg etc, the largest market in the Dordogne can be found at Piegut Pluviers. A day trip to the vineyards of Bordeaux is well worth the effort.
BRANTOME: Brantome boasts some 22 cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes from the french traditional 12 euro lunch to the 150 euro lunch at the Moulin d'Abbaye. Canoeing can be enjoyed on the river Dronne, either by taking a trip around the island of Brantome or by canoeing down to Bourdeilles. One can also travel upstream and canoe back to Brantome at one's leisure. There are numerous walks around the area, from 3 kms to 15 kms which take you through the beautiful countryside surrounding Brantome. Most amenities are available in Brantome and Brantome boats probably the best Bounlangerie and Boucherie in the Dordogne. The caves behind the 11th century Abbey are worth a visit where you can find the 'Cave of the Last Judgement'. The area was occupied by the troglydites and evidence of their existence can be found here. Brantome holds water jousting contests every Friday evening during the months of July and August. The Bastille Day celebrations are held on the evening of 13 or 14 July.
PERIGUEUX: Perigueux, the capital of the Dordorgne can be found on the Isle River. The town has been in existence since the Neolithic times and became an important Roman centre. Perigueux suffered thro' the middle ages and 100 year war, each of these periods left its mark on the town. Much of the construction started in the 16th century. You can see the Roman Versone Tower and remains of the Ampitheatre. The Chateau Barriere dates from the early middle ages. Saint Etienne (formerly a cathedral) was reconstructed in the 16th Century and parts of the earlier church is evident in the grounds. Perigueux boasts a medieval and renaissance centre with streets lined with medieval houses, all concentrated around the Cathedral Saint Front. In the old quarter of Perigueux one finds the sqaure where there are in the order of 15 restaurants with tables and chairs set out in the square. For those not wishing to see the sites on foot, Perigueux offers a road train to take you around the wonderful sites.
SARLAT: Sarlat, correctly called Sarlat le Caneda, along with Brantome is one of the most renowned towns in the Dordogne. Sarlat is a beautifully well restored town north of the River Dronne. The old town dating from the medieval and renaissance times. It is a must to be visited especially the streets around the cathedral and those north of the old town. You will get lost in the maze of narrow lanes with something new to see around every corner. Before setting off for your walk around Sarlat, visit the Tourist Office for a suggested walking tour taking in all the key attractions. Don't forget to glance up from time to time as you explore the medieval cobbled streets as the roofs of buildings in medieval Sarlat are often in 'lauze' carefully cut stone which are unusual elsewhere. Market day is Saturday when the medieval square becomes bustling with the wares of the stallholders. Good restaurants can be found in Sarlat and the ice cream parlour in the medieval square is superb in summer.