During 2 days (Friday 31 mai and saturday 1st of June 2019), The Bergerac & Duras Winemakers welcome you at the Bergerac Wine Fest VINETA, ready to share their passion and meet the wine lovers in the quest to find a really great wine!
Since the Bergerac Old Town part is getting a facelift (House of Wines, Harbour…) the Wine Fest will take place on the other side of the river, in the Madeleine area, Place Barbacane.
Ma Super Petite Boutique, is our new village shop in Beaumont du Perigord (only 5 mins walk from our rental, l’Ancienne Ecole).
Behind this small retail business “Ma Super Petite Boutique”, meet two women with a will power: Ariane Goumand and Sandrine Hutin !
After the closure of the convenience shop, Casino, and the move of the pharmacy outside the village, Ma Super Petite Boutique was born to bring essentials, local products and crafts to the village 7 days of the week.
In partnership with local producers (50kms around Beaumont), the shop is a local business with a twist. It stocks and sells fresh, local, seasonal products in bulk or not, organic or not, well known or not (fruit, veggies, cheese, beers, .. kombucha, shiitakee mushrooms, macaron stuffed with foie gras, ….) but also local crafts (soaps, jewelry, pottery, home decor & accessories .. ).
And for those who are stuck for basics on a sunday morning, trust Ma Super Petite Boutique to save the day !
More than a corner shop, Ma Super Petite Boutique, wants to grow up and become a buzzing hub where people can meet up and talk around a hot drink.
Last december, the shop celebrated its first anniversary and we, at l’Ancienne Ecole, wish its two owners successful and properous year ahead!
My favorite corner in the shop has to be the one dedicated to local talented artists! I keep drooling on Graines D’Art: delicate colourful jewelry creations made by Claire from Costa Rica seeds!
MA SUPER PETITE BOUTIQUE Address: 19 rue Romieu, 24440 Beaumont du Perigord Opening hours (open 7/7) mon.: 08:15 – 12:30 -15:30 – 19:00 tues to sat :09:30 – 12:30, 15:30 – 19:00 sund.:09:30 – 12:30
Fancy going on holiday but don’t know where to go? Here’s why you should consider the Dordogne Valley as your next destination!
1- Food Lovers Paradise:
Food is everywhere in The Dordogne: from foie gras, magret (duck), black truffle, cèpes (mushrooms), sermentine (bread), walnuts, trappe d’échourgnac (cheese), strawberries… The list goes on and on… So be sure to put in your suitcase some elastic waist pants !
Visit any french market and experience the variety and wealth of products … or better visit a night market to sample local food freshly cooked in front you and dance all night long!
And if you’re looking for a good restaurant, we recomment “La Table de Leo” in St Avit Senieur!
2- Quality and Cost Effective Wines
And how can we talk about food without mentioning wine?
Lonely Planet’s says, “Since [it’s] not as famous as Bordeaux and St-Émilion, the area around Bergerac is an essential, and affordable, stop for wine buffs.”
Need some help to learn about local wines and sample them? No problem! We can organise wine tours by taxi with local vineyards.
3- Plenty To Do and See
The Dordogne also called the Land of the 1000 Castles has plenty to do and see. Here’s our Top 10 things To Do in the area:https://goo.gl/kA4QxN
4- Location, location, location
Easily accessible by plane, train or by car, the Dordogne is a great destination. British Airways and low cost airlines like Ryanair, Jet2, Flybe… land everyday into Bergerac airport. More details about Bergerac airport: https://goo.gl/NqK9Cs
And if you’re looking to stay in a village and discover the area, we recommend Beaumont du Périgord, 20mins drive from Bergerac. Here’s why: https://goo.gl/ZT5Lfp
More infos: Rue du Tounet, 24100 Bergerac (On Bordeaux Road, just accross Ibis Hotel) Opening Hours: from Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 7.15pm FaceBook: https://goo.gl/rmbFmq
2- La Vie Claire
More infos: Address: 134, avenue de la Roque,ZA La Nauve, 24100 Creysse Opening Hours: everyday from mon to sat (9.30am to 7.30pm) Facebook: https://goo.gl/fY9z4d
More infos: Address: Avenue Paul Doumer Route de Marmande, 24100 Bergerac Opening Hours: everyday from mon to sat (9.30am to 7.30pm) Coordonnée GPS : 44,8373998792149 ° , 0,479094429638735 ° Facebook: https://goo.gl/kKRCiE
Each supermarket has a health food section. So if you’re looking for some basics, don’t forget to check out there!
As you plan your next trip to the Dordogne, you should consider eating at these three places nearby our rental in the historic village of Beaumont du Périgord.
1- Breakfast at Café Ecureuil (Monpazier)
Le coffee shop, Café Ecureuil, is the best one in Dordogne.
It’s located 15mins drive from our rental in the awesome village of Monpazier.
Reasonably priced establishment where the coffee is out of this world and the service is fast and friendly. Homemade cookies, pastries… made with organic ingredients sourced locally when possible like milk, apple juice
Enjoy a nice cup of sweet, deep, buttery chocolate flavor coffee from Rwanda ! I guarantee you’ll go home buzzing and hooked!
And if you want to bring some home, you can buy the beans (6,50€ for 250gr).
More infos: Facebook: https://goo.gl/eBc4eV Open every day except on friday Address: Place des Cornieres, Monpazier
2- Lunch Chez Claudette (Beaumont)
It’s our favorite place for lunch! Delicious food, reasonably priced, with excellent service in a cosy corner off a side street only 5 mins walk from our rental!
Address: Bistrot Chez Claudette : 29 Rue Foussal, Beaumont-du-Perigord, Beaumontois-en-Perigord
Credit Photo: La Cuillière en bois (https://goo.gl/1TT7Di )
3- Dinner at La Table de Léo (St Avit Senieur)
For dinner, drive 15 mins from Beaumont and visit the quaint village of Saint Avit Senieur!
Right next to the late 11th Century church built in romanesque style and its abbey inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage, you’ll find the restaurant: La Table de Léo.
If you want to go for something other than the standard foie gras and duck menu, give this place a try, you won’t regret it!
The Dordogne is the perfect place to sample sweet treats with lots of bakeries/pastries shops to choose from!
And if you wonder, where to buy your croissant, baguette and pastry near Bergerac, here’s our 2 favorite places :
1- Boulangerie L’Epi beaumontois (Beaumont du Perigord)
Our village has a few bakeries but our favorite has to be L’Epis beaumontois.
5 mins walk from our rental, drop in, for fresh , out of the oven croissants and some delicious “sarmentine” bread for your breakfast. The “sarmentine” is a typical local bread with sesame, easily recognisable by its shape (split ends to illustrate the vine shoots from the vineyard ).
If you get a chance, try the walnut pie, it’s the house specialty!
Location: L’Epi beaumontois : n°15 Rue Romieu in Beaumont-du-Perigord,
2- Boulangerie Patisserie Deli “A La Gloire de Mon Père” (Creysse, Saint Sauveur) (UPDATE 04/19: CLOSED)
A la Gloire de Mon Père is our latest find!
There are in two locations: Creysse (Main St) and St Souveur (Main St)
Everything is fresh, colourful and to die for!
Bonus: you can grab a table and treat yourself to a cup of coffee with one their oh so yummy pastries (try some “chouquette”!) before going for a walk along the river Dordogne!
Opening hours: Creysse (closed on mon) open from tues to sat from 6.30am to 2pm and 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Sun from 6.30am to 1pm. Saint Sauveur (closed on mon) open from tues to sat from 6.30am to 1pm and 3.30pm to 7pm. Sun from 6.30am to 1pm .
There are so many bakeries/pastries shops in the area and at the end of the day, it’s a matter of taste! So, what’s your favorite place to buy croissant, baguette & pastry from? Let us know in the comments below!
We work in partnership with local vineyards for wine tasting tours by taxi. But if you don’t wish to spend a couple of hours in a vineyard, you can buy directly from a shop/vineyard. Our favorite one is : The Domaine de L’Ancienne Cure (shop & vineyard run by organic winegrower, Christian Roche), 15 mins drive from our rental and on the way to Bergerac airport. More details: https://goo.gl/dXtPdU
2- CHEESE: Trappe d’Echourgnac
This is one of my all time favorite cheese and we call it here, in our house, “Nuns Cheese”…. why???? Simply because it’s been produced by nuns since 1868 at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Bonne Espérance (our Lady of Good Hope), near Double in Dordogne. La Trappe d’Echourgnac is made from pasteurized cow’s milk. The Abbey produces two versions of the cheese; a traditional recipe based on Port Salut and a newer version of the same cheese but washed with walnut liqueur (the exterior rind is a dark, rich brown). It’s a mild cheese with a nutty flavour so it will appeals to a lot of people.
You can purchase them from the Abbey shop or in any good local supermarkets. Location: Abbaye Notre-Dame de Bonne Espérance Directions : 1,5 km west from Échourgnac via the D8 going to Saint-Aulaye. GPS : Longitude 45.127753° N – Latitude 0.213363° E. Google Map : https://goo.gl/maps/Wk4DiBMK8WE2. Site : http://www.abbaye-echourgnac.org/ For info: Vacuum-packed cheese for an easy transport : 18€/kg (photo: 0,840kg for 15,25€)
3- CEPES, TRUFFLES, FOIE GRAS…...: our one stop shop in Bergerac: La Truffe Perigourdine Address, opening hours…: https://goo.gl/dNqvxA)
4- HONEY(directly from the beekeeper):
5 mins drive right outside Beaumont du Perigord, our village, Jean-Michel and Claire Borie, honey farmers, sell an outstanding honey! My favorite one, is the creamy version, perfect for spreading on homemade bread! Price: 9€/kg Other honey available: chesnut, lime tree, all flowers, acacia… GPS : Lon : 0.7578379999999925 Lat : 44.724718 Addresse : Videpot 24440 NOJALS ET CLOTTE Phone : +33 5 53223730 Directions and map: https://goo.gl/1Moesu
5- CRAFTS FROM TALENTED LOCAL ARTISTS:
If I had to pick only 2, it would be:
– Eric Simonin, Glass blower in Brantome
Eric Simonin chose Brantome, the “Venise du Perigord”, to set up his workshop. A true artist, he creates amazing and unique glass art sculptures inspired from Mother Nature: jellyfish, anemone, mushrooms, stones… and turns them into lamps, plates, jewellery and even chrismas balls. They are all breathtaking and no wonder they were in the nationalTV a few times.
Summer in the Dordogne is always busy and there are always plenty of things to see and do !
One of our favorite is the Summer Night Market or Foodie Market (“Marche Gourmand”). If you’re in the area, it’s the best way to spend a brillant evening feasting on local food, freshly cooked in front of you and dance to your heart’s content.
It’s a very popular event and it’s no wonder it’s one of the highlight of our village, Beaumont du Périgord (Dordogne, SW of France) !
Every monday at 6.30pm, simply walk up the street from our vacation rental home to the market square, the beating heart of our village, to mingle with the locals and share an fantastic evening. Grab one of the tables which are set up and walk around the market stalls to buy directly from the local producers whatever you fancy for supper. Market traders provide everything from wine, starters, cooked meals (Lamb kebabs, duck sausages, mussels, black pudding, lamb chops.simple sausages or steaks, with chips naturally..). and deserts (yummy freshly picked strawberries….)and each supply the appropriate plastic cups or cutlery. There is something for all tastes. So you can choose your meal and take it back to the table and enjoy dining under the stars, al frescoe with music by a local band.
The Riding School CEPB is also present at the square to delight little ones with its pony rides! It’s a fun way to discover the cobbled streets of our village!
You’ll find similar Night Markets all around The Dordogne. Here’s a list of the villages (Note: the list below may be subject to change so please do check with the local Office de Tourisme – Source: https://goo.gl/ZP7zsn)
Monday Beaumont-du-Perigord, Couse et St Front, Bergerac, Montignac, Saint-Alvere, Saint-Estephe, Villefranche-du-Perigord
Tuesday Bouzic, Champniers et Reilhac, Coux et Bigaroque, Eymet, Le Pizou, Saint-Amand-de-Coly, Saint-Astier, Saint Alvere, Thenon, Tourtoirac, Tremolat Varaignes
Are you suffering from the winter blues also called the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) ? Here’s 3 tips for boosting your energy, mood, and outlook on life!
1- Walking: It’s no secret, walking is good to lift the mood! In Dordogne, you’ll find lots of easy family friendly walks. The latest walk we did was in Mescoules, a 4,4km trail (“Boucle De Grand Champ) using the free app randogps. This hike has everything you want: easy enough for the whole family, lots of open spaces with woods, vineyards, family lands… and if you’re lucky like us, you’ll spot 7 deers running accross the fields! More details: Tuto (french) how to download on your android phone & use the free app randogps: https://goo.gl/65nMu3 Mescoules hike (4,4km) : https://goo.gl/t59oss
2- Fitness & Fun: What about exercise that isn’t exercise? If like me you’re not a big fan of fitness…. at all….pop in Pombonne Park in Bergerac and try the brand new fitness trail which features 8 fitness stations (270m long)! Available for free use all year round … it’s a great way to stay in good shape, try new exercises without having to go to a gym or enjoy fitness challenges between families and friends. More details: https://goo.gl/dnGZxj
3- Treating Yourself To A Warm Healthy Hot Drink: What better way to enjoy winter than cozying up with a nice, hot cup of something delicious and healthy? A trip to our favorite coffee shop in Monpazier, Café Ecureuil, is garanteed to bring a spring in your step! They are now launching 3 new hot drinks to keep you warm and healthy: j matcha latte (green: detoxifies and calms the mind) beetroot latte (pink: improves blood flow and lower blood pressure) and tumeric latte (yellow: fights inflammation and protects the heart)! More details: Open every day except on friday Address: Place des Cornieres, Monpazier Facebook: https://goo.gl/D5bVQA
4- Plan Your Summer Vacation In Dordogne: What better way to fight the winter blues than to plan and look forward your next family/friends getaway in Dordogne. Need help? We’ll be happy to welcome you at L’Ancienne Ecole, our holiday rental in the heart of the historic village of Beaumont du Perigord.