You do need a car to get out & about to make the most of being there ideally.
Mark Pope on 06 49 49 92 13 has 6 seater based in Duras. Mark knows our place well so do give him a call. It's about 25 Euros into Eymet and 35 Euros into Bergerac.
There is a huge hypermarket (8 miles) near the airport in Bergerac, click on this link for the address: http://www.e-leclerc.com/bergerac
For day to day top up food there is a co-op type shop and a boulangerie in Bouniagues which is just 3 miles away.
The co-op (called Proxi ) is open Mon to Sat 07:30 to 19:30 and Sunday 08:30 to 12:30) The boulangerie is similar but closes for lunch.
The butchers counter in the Carrefour in Eymet (8 miles) is amazing, clink on this link for address and map: http://www.carrefour.fr/magasin/contact-eymet
However, it's the peace and quiet which attracted us here and we think our surrounding area is the prettiest part of the Dogdogne, away from the forests we are amid the rolling countryside of vineyards and sunflower fields. The area is bright and open and gives a feeling of space and relaxation.
One of things which attracted us to the area is the abundance of birds and wildlife, with lovely walks directly from the property.
Published in The Times on the 9th April was the Essential guide to the Dordogne
In deepest France, Anthony Peregrine knows where to go for castles, cave art and lunch...click below for the whole guide.
We highly recommend a wine tasting trip to the local Vineyards and the Domaine Du Siorac is a must to visit and just round the corner !
Click here: THE DOMAINE DU SIORAC
If you fancy exploring the local area, then you are in the best location to reach the wonderful Bastide villages and a good guide to exploring the local area is here:
The local French markets are a must see during your stay. After a trip to the local market in the morning, what not spend the afternoon stuck into a good book by the pool.
Eymet is our local town, and it has been featured in the UK press many times as it is so popular and just a short drive away. Here is a short video of market day in the summer:
Eymet is a pretty bastide town 12km away with a good number of ancient houses and monuments to remind us of its history. It is an attractive and unspoiled town with a thriving central square, and it is in a pretty location on the banks of the Dropt river. There is a weekly market on Thursday
Here is a really useful guide to the area mostly near us and to the east side of the Dordogne:
Wine and Gastronomy:
The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Caves and Chateau who offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.
Not to be missed is the world famous St Emilion, just a short drive away. A designated world heritage site and is truly stunning. Explore characteristic narrow lanes lined with wine merchants, cafes, restaurants and interesting independent shops. A guided tour of the monolithic church is highly recommended.
Follow Rick Steins French Odyssey (Bordeaux to Bazas) trail across this region and encounter some of the best culinary experiences France has to offer.
The village centre is well worth exploring, with the straight streets lined with medieval houses in stone and colombage. Some of the houses bear fascinating ancient carvings and engravings, and many of the houses in the central square, called the Place Gambetta, still have the medieval arcades at ground floor level that once provided shelter to the market traders.
Lauzun is a small town in the northern Lot-et-Garonne between Eymet and Castillones (south of Bergerac), where it is one of several towns spread along the Dropt Valley. Although small, Lauzun is a pleasant town to explore, with some attractive medieval houses to admire in the centre and the surrounding streets before strolling up to the castle.
The most interesting house is perhaps is the 'House of the Caryatids' with four statues behind a wrought-iron balcony and an ornate roof line. Lauzun market is on Sunday mornings.
Bergerac is a town on the northern bank of the Dordogne River and in the western part of the Dordogne department. It is one of the largest, most important towns in the region and has several highlights including an extensive medieval centre and a visit is highly recommended.
The first highlight of a trip to Bergerac is the chance to explore the old town - the area immediately north of the river - follow the signs to 'vieille ville' or just walk straight up from the main riverside car park. This part of the town has some lovely streets and squares to explore, and a good selection of boutiques.
There are a number of museums to visit such as the Tobacco museum and the National Wine and River Navigation Museum. There are organised boat trips up the river (start from the car-park at the bottom end of the old-town) to see the town and the nearby countryside from a different perspective.
About 3km north of the town centre and on the edge of Bergerac there is a large area called Pombonne Park. Here you will find trees and nature trails as well as a lake with a small sandy beach.
A pleasant town, Duras has one main sight that attracts visitors: the Chateau de Duras. There is also a medieval clock-tower, and a sprinkling of attractive houses to enjoy while exploring, and the impressive Maison des Vins commemorating the highly regarded wines of the region. The chocolate factory has a shop there and it packed full of delights from shabby chic accessories to delicious treats !
Duras castle was originally built in the 12th century, the chateau de Duras was fortified in the early 14th century, then subsequently transformed in the 17th century into accommodation more suited to residential use, with many luxurious touches being added in the process. As with many French castles it suffered important damage at the time of the revolution, but the second half of the 20th century has seen the castle substantially renovated.
Issigeac is in the southern part of the Dordogne department to the east of Eymet and south-east of Bergerac. Until a few years ago Issigeac was one of the great undiscovered villages of the Dordogne region, truly a village that time forgot. That is no longer the case, and the weekly market each Sunday morning now attracts very many people, but the village has retained a great deal of its charm despite the arrival of tourism. Outside high season for tourists, the village is still very much a sleepy quiet little town. The Issigeac market is a popular place to buy and try many of the delicacies produced in the region
Markets in and around Eymet
Miramont-de-Guyenne: Friday - seasonal market only
Castillonnes: Friday - seasonal market only
Villereal: Wednesday - seasonal market only
Duras: Thursday - seasonal market only (23km)
Attractions near Eymet
Chateau de Bridoire, 24240 Ribagnac
Bowling de Bergerac- open throughout the year. There is a bar and mini golf
Les P’tits Castors- Indoor soft play for children (12 months -12 years)
Bergerac Aqua Park Junior Land- Open 15th May until 30th Sept 11.00am -7pm July/Aug 10am-9pm 10 minutes from Bergerac four 1,000 square metre swimming pools with water slides and direct access to the river for canoeing activities. Mountain biking, mini-motorbiking, quad biking, beach volleyball, table tennis and archery are all available on site. Solarium, bar, snack bar and evening entertainment. Ten-pin bowling and crazy golf nearby. Open from May to September, 10am to 10pm (pools are lit in the evenings). Tel / Fax : 05 53 58 33 00
Canoe Kayak on the Dordogne
Parc-en-Ciel- 14 hectares set amongst woodlands, with play area, snail museum, mini golf and forest trails. For the more adventurous there are rope and walkways set at differing heights amongst the trees. Minimum height limit 1,20 m. Booking is recommended during peak season. Laser ball shooting. Open every day in July and august 9.00-20.00
Cinema- Bergerac MULTIPLEX 7 Screens
The area has a temperate climate, and enjoys relatively mild winters with long spring and autumn seasons. The summers here can be very hot and dry, ideal for sun lovers. Out of high season the weather is often pleasantly warm, making the area an excellent choice for a relaxing holiday in or out of season.
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