4 Reasons To Holiday In Dordogne

4 Reasons To Holiday In Dordogne

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 !

Dordogne Strawberries L'Ancienne Ecole our self catering holiday accomodation near Bergerac in Dordogne SW of France

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!

Beaumont Night Market: excellent food & entertainment
Sample fresh local food cooked in front of you in Beaumont!

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

6 Things Your Boss Expects You To Bring Back From Your Holiday In The Dordogne Valley

6 Things Your Boss Expects You To Bring Back From Your Holiday In The Dordogne Valley

Here’s our Top 6 things to buy in the Dordogne!

1- WINE:

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

Perigord honey

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.

Website and online shop:http://www.ericsimonin.fr/

Alexandra and Jean-François Cesar from the pottery shop “La Salamandre” in Monpazier.

They make the most exquisite ceramic, stoneware and porcelain ware you’ve ever seen and at a reasanable price!
Website: hhttps://www.poterielasalamandre.com/#Accueil.E
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/poterie.la.salamandre/


Jellyfish blown glass: the making

6- FLEA MARKET or BROCANTE
The brocante is THE place where you can pick up a unique souvenir, some fantastic bargains and some real treasures to take home!

Flea market day in our village