Welcome to the wonderful Dordogne
Wondering about the area have a look at The Telegraph article about the Dordogne. The article only scratches the surface. Every place mentioned is within 10 minutes to about an hour from us. We are situated in the middle of the map. What could be better eh?
There is so much to do – many visit0rs come back time & again. One family have stayed with us five times & are still finding new things to do.
The Dordogne offers something for everyone
For the energetic
Boundless opportunities for walking, horse-riding, cycling, canoeing and fishing or simply relaxing by the pool or on the shores of the many lakes and rivers.
Canoeing – 15 mins – is a must do activity on either the Dordogne or Vezere rivers
Superb walking country, with detailed maps available from Tourist Information Office showing marked routes.
Golf – 5 mins (5 kms) from 18 hole golf courses at Golf de la Marterie. We describe it as “millionaires golf” as there is hardly anyone on the course. With another 18 hole course in Golf de Perigueux (35 kms). Equipment available. www.guidesdesgolfs.fr
Fishing – 5 mins Fishing Equipment available – day ticket and half day ticket fishing available at several local lakes. These lakes also have supervised swimming from sandy beaches, together with catering and toilet facilities. A day out for the whole family. You’ll be amazed to see what we’ve caught in the local lakes & rivers (just 15 minutes from the gites)
Beach – 15mins – a supervised beach, with canoe hire and a restaurant and ice-cream kiosk. There are two water-sports centres, both less than 30 minutes away.
Pony trekking – 10mins (7kms)
Quad bikes – 25 mins
Air parks – 35mins – zip through the trees & test your head for heights www.appel-de-la-foret.com
Too numerous to mention in detail they include: Gardens of Eyrignac & the Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac
Hundreds of years of history
Prehistoric Caves, Châteaux, Vineyards, fortified villages.
Enjoy shopping the local way at one of the many local markets, which are held every day of the week throughout the summer.
There are also many night markets which combine shopping and eating. For your day to day requirements there also numerous shopping opportunities in Le Bugue, Vergt, and the regional capital Perigueux. Not to mention within Cendrieux itself which has Jean-Francois (or Jeff to the locals) and his mini supermarket which is open 7 days a week – supplying all the essentials including fresh bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and wine and beer.
Beautiful towns and villages
Perigord Noir is the heart of the Dordogne offering a variety of landscapes, flamboyant chateaux and the centre of prehistoric history. All the main attractions are within easy reach – of which these are just a taster:-
Sarlat – capital of the Perigord Noir, the classic Dordogne. A beautiful medieval town.
Perigueux – in Perigord Blanc, the departmental capital has a beautiful old town, roman remains, shopping, daily market and fine dining
La Roque – Gageac – considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France
Beynac & Castelnaud Castles – fine examples originally dating back to the 100 years war between France & England
Les Eyzies – commonly known as the world’s prehistoric capital, with numerous painted caves. World Heritage site.
Lascaux Caves (near Montignac) – the world famous caves discovered in 1940.
Le Bugue – aquarium, re-created village, canoeing, caves
Limeuil – confluence of the Dordogne & Vezere rivers, overlooked by a beautiful village. Considered along with La Roque to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. Only 15 minutes from Le Monjat ! We have 8 of the 150 most beautiful villages in France on our doorstep. See Les plus Beaux Villages de France.
Bastide towns – Lalinde, Monpazier, Eymet. Lalinde offers numerous evening activities during August. Lanquais – Chateau and lake offering swimming and fishing (see above).
Food & Wine
The Dordogne is famed for it’s cuisine – truffles, foie gras, duck, walnuts and strawberries. There are many restaurants within 20 minutes of Le Monjat, ranging from a humble auberge right through to Michelin Star dining. We’re happy to make recommendations & bookings for you.
Night Markets known as “marche nocturne” occur on most evenings of the week during high season & are located in some of the most picturesque locations. A marche nocture is a evening of food, drink & often live music.
The vineyards of Bergerac, Bordeaux and St Emilion are within easy reach. Perigord Purple and beyond – known as the purple region because of the vast number of vineyards.
Bergerac vineyards including Pecharmant, Montbazillac
We can direct you towards what we consider (after much research) some of the finest wines in the area, for tastings & buying direct.
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