Within walking distance is the village of Castelnaud la Chapelle, just below the Chateau. The bakery is one of the finest in the area. There is a post office, butchers and a general store. A hairdressers, two restaurant/bars one of which has a take away service. In the same village there is also a canoe station for your get away trip down the river valley.

The area is well used to tourists from all over the world. Walking, cycling and canoeing. Horseback riding and hot air ballooning. There seem to be chateaux on every cliff top and prehistoric caves with some of Europe’s most important cave paintings. Medieval villages and towns all are providing a back drop for a rural French life style, evident in the weekly markets. A delightful array of home produced fruit and vegetables. Locally produced duck and goose, foie gras, confit and magret. Delicious walnut products, oils and aperitifs. The many local restaurants offer both the daily ‘menu’ and a la carte.

Along the river’s edge past the camping sites and beaches the pretty village of Beynac, completely overshadowed by the colossal fortress on the cliff top. Fought over for generations of English and French during the ‘hundred years war”. This atmospheric village has been chosen by film makers including ‘chocolat’ and ‘Joan of Arc’. The steep cobbled roads wind up to the top of the cliff. Little shops and restaurants cluster about the Chateau entrance.

La Roque Gageac is within walking distance in the other direction, along the river. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Franc, the village is set into the south facing cliff, absorbing the suns warmth and sheltering many subtropical plants. The little paths that meander through the gardens attract and delight the whole world. The ancient river boat the Gabarre has been given a new life. Narrated river tours both from Beynac and La Roque Gageac, just sit back and enjoy!

Sarlat is a beautiful, well restored town a few kilometres north of the River Dordogne. The old town, dating from both medieval and renaissance times is a pleasure to visit, especially during the spring and autumn, or early in the morning. Try not to miss the streets around the cathedral and to the north of the old town when you visit. You will soon become lost in the maze of narrow lanes, with something new to see around every corner. The market is famous in the region and one of the most renowned and visited in France.

Domme is a marvellous example of a walled Bastide town with several fortified gateways in the town walls. It is situated high above the river with outstanding views of the Dordogne and the main châteaux in the area. Underneath the market square there is a cave with stalagmites and stalactites. There are a lot of tourist shops to browse!

Local activities

Canoeing and kayaking

Canoe rentals give you a chance to see the scenery during a memorable passage along the Dordogne river. The nearest one is at Castelnaud a walk away. There are others all along the valley, some will transport you to the start place so that you can paddle back to your car at leisure . The river is calm, but with a swift current to carry you along with hardly any elbow work .

Cycling

Cycling is very popular in this area and a great stress free way to see the sights. Bike rental is the most popular route, for by-the-hour or by-the-day rentals. You will need to or you may arrange in advance for a bike to be delivered contact www.bike-bus.com

Walking and hiking

There are some wonderful walks in this area and we have maps in the house for your to use. Look at www.franceonfoot.com for more information

From the air

The local airport will rent you a light aircraft or arrange trips and what about hot air ballooning? Try www.perigord-dordogne-montgolfieres.com or www.montgolfiere-du-perigord.com

Horse riding

The nearest stable is just a 5 minute drive away, there are details in the house.

Visiting Chateaux and castles

We keep a huge range of leaflets and guide books in the house with maps to help you choose the places that you would like to visit, three of the most popular are within walking distance Beynac, Marquissac and Castelnaud; all three are floodlit at night to add to the magical atmosphere.

Wine tasting

The famous regions of Cahours, Bordeaux and Bergerac are within a days drive. Local wine tasting near Domme, with St Emilion just over 2 hours away by car.

Antique hunting

Flea markets, antique and collectable fairs; called ; Brocantes-Antiquités Marché aux puces or Vide-Greniers; look up www.vide-greniers.org

Caves and Grottes

The Dordogne region of France has literally hundreds of caves, many of them open for the public to visit. These caves ('grottes' in French) fall into two categories - caves that are famous for the prehistoric paintings that they contain; and caves that are more renowned for their rock formations - stalactites, stalagmites, and other curious shapes formed by the effects of water over thousands of years. Both types of cave are equally fascinating. It is not possible to view the cave paintings without feeling a strange connection with our ancestors that once stood in exactly the same place, or to stand in one of the great underground caverns without being overawed by the beauty of nature.

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