New Free Bus Service Linking Bergerac Car parks to the City Centre: The “Navette Cœur de Ville”!

New Free Bus Service Linking Bergerac Car parks to the City Centre: The “Navette Cœur de Ville”!

From the 17th of june 2019, spot this new free bus service which runs daily from Bergerac main free car parks to the City Centre!

It’s the “Navette Coeur de Ville” recognizable with its bright orange logo!

Bergerac City Centre Free Shuttle Bus L'Ancienne Ecole our self catering holiday accomodation near Bergerac in Dordogne SW of France


Explore the map to view the new shuttle route

More infos:

  • Bus service operates from monday to saturday 7h30 to 19h15.
  • 7 stops from the Foirail, Railway, Picquecailloux car parks to City Centre with a bus every 13 mins.
  • 1 seat for people with reduced mobility
  • “Hail and Ride” service: this new bus can be hailed on the street.
  •  Bus lane will be marked in bright orange colour.

Looking for the best place to holiday and discover the Dordogne Valley?

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Bergerac airport is located 30 mins drive from our rental in Beaumont.

How Monpazier 11th Art and Craft Fair Could Get You on omg! Insider

How Monpazier 11th Art and Craft Fair Could Get You on omg! Insider

During 3 days, (from 31/5 to 2/6/2019), you’ll get the chance to meet face to face 50 talented local artists ready to show the best of their unique collections and to attend free workshops in the medieval village of Monpazier, 15-20 mins from our rental, L’Ancienne Ecole, in the heart of Beaumont du Périgord.


Created by le Pays du Grand Bergeracois in partnership with Monbazillac Wine Coop, in 2009, this event has been the must see for any craft addict!

Last year, the show was in the majestic Castle of Monbazillac.


Here’s some of the creations that caught my eyes:


Lea Pack Design (carpenter, cabinet maker): https://www.leapack-design.fr/
Myriam Moszkowicz (Jewelry Designer): http://www.bijoux-mz.fr/
Jean Pierre Tauzia (Plastic Sculptor): more infos and Facebook page
Xavier Batteux (Blacksmith): more infos
La Salamandre (Pottery in Monpazier): Website, Facebook and one of many articles I wrote.

Who and Where?

50 exhibitors: below, leaflet (2 pages) to help you to locate your favorite artist!

PROGRAMMATION-2019-à-télécharger

Practical info:

SALON METIERS ET ARTS
Address: Place des Cornières, 24540 MONPAZIER
Free entrance. 
Opening hours:
Friday 31 mai and Saturday 1st of June from 10h to 19h
Sunday 2 juin from 10h to 18h

Hard for me to resist so ll be there, are you coming along?

After the Fair, what to do?

After visiting the fair, take a break and visit our favorite and best coffee shop in Dordogne, L’Ecureuil

Looking for the best place to holiday and discover the Dordogne Valley?

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Monpazier is located 15-20 mins drive from our rental in Beaumont.

Easy Family Friendly River Walk From Bergerac Harbour

Easy Family Friendly River Walk From Bergerac Harbour

Yesterday, we went to the port in Bergerac and tested the river walk Pierre Loti, part of the Green Lane (from the harbour to the dam: 5 km return).

Perfect for the whole family, whether you prefer to walk or cycle, this walk is ideal and buggy friendly!

More Dordogne river walks outside Bergerac and the Green Lane (articles here, here, here, here and here).

Bergerac Harbour from the Pierre Loti Walk (Green Lane)


After the Pierre Loti Walk, sit down for a picnic and cool down by the dam!
My article about our 9 favorite picnic spots around Bergerac here

The Dam, 2,5km from Bergerac port

Our holiday rental, L’Ancienne Ecole, in the heart of the fortified village of Beaumont du Perigord is located 30 mins from Bergerac.

Will There Be A Deal For You At Beaumont Easter Brocante?

Will There Be A Deal For You At Beaumont Easter Brocante?

Our village is getting ready for monday Easter Brocante (22sd of April from 8am to 6pm).

Art deco frames and painting, vintage glassware, local crockery, old mirrors & clocks, jars and pottery, cutlery, candle holders, jewelry, vintage chairs, old dolls and vintage toys… you name it: this flea market is always a fun time for bargain hunters, tourists or just passersby!

So, don’t miss it!

More infos:
Location: on the square and the surrounding streets (from 8am to 6pm).

New Bridoire Easter Egg Hunt

New Bridoire Easter Egg Hunt

It’s impossible to talk about Easter without mentioning the great Egg Hunt in Bridoire! my articles here and here .

Bridoire ie the Castle of Games

Traditionally, this treasure hunt takes place in the castle or right outside, in the park.

This year, Bridoire has decided to open 2 sites for its epic treasure hunt: the castle and its 3km maze, The Mysterious Valley!

So, bookmark your Easter week end (20, 21 and 22sd of april 2019) for these Eggtastic Egg Hunts!

More infos (entrance fees….)

Book Online Your Tickets

Bridoire castle is 30 mins drive from our holiday home in the historic village of Beaumont du Perigord

Best Fun Way To Learn History With Kids: LascauxIV

Best Fun Way To Learn History With Kids: LascauxIV

Fancy learning about prehistoric art?

Come along with us and discover Lascaux IV, the International Centre for Cave Art in Montignac (1h20 drive from our holiday home in Beaumont du Perigord).

Lascaux caves, the original, were “found” by four Périgourdin young boys from Montignac in 1940. World Famous for its palaeolithic cave paintings, the site, victim of its success, was closed to the public in 1963 to ensure the art’s survival (humidity, germs, etc. brought in by visitors led to fungal infection threatened to destroy the art).

In 1983, near the original entrance, was built a facsimile with an exact copy of the 2 main halls of Lascaux : Lascaux II was born.

More recently, in decembre 2016, a bigger and better replica was open to the public.

It’s the complete replica of the original cave with its 2000 wall paintings left by Cro-Magnon men more than 18 000 years ago (you can see the hole used by Marcel Ravidat to enter the cave).

But more than a copy, Lascaux IV is a brilliant concept which not only faithfully reproduces the original cave paintings, but also offers extensive information about those primitive men, how they painted, hunted, and lived thanks to the use of interactive and digital screens. 

Lascaux IV

Lascaux was
“ found” by four Périgourdin young boys from Montignac in 1940

After the guided tour of the replica, wander around the “Lascaux Studio” and admire the reproduction of 8 main walls of the cave and learn more about cave art!


One of the eight main walls of Lascaux on show in the Studio

Create your own cave painting using the same tools and techniques used by our ancestors.

Fun with kids: Amelia, our daughter using one of the touch screens

Opening hours, entrance fees & practical details: https://www.lascaux.fr/en
To Book in advance your ticket (advised): https://goo.gl/WkEcjE
Guided tour available in your own language
Each visitor gets an interactive digital tablet combined with a camera (you can take up to 20 photos and send them for free to any email address of your choice).


My previous article about Lascaux: https://goo.gl/G6reJz

Looking for more Dordogne vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do!
Read our local guide full packed with in the know tips !

And if you’re looking for the perfect base, to explore the Dordogne from, L’Ancienne Ecole, our holiday home in the heart of the historic village of Beaumont du Perigord is perfect!

For more infos, visit our website: L’Ancienne Ecole

Announcing Our Sensational Summer Sale

Announcing Our Sensational Summer Sale

BOOK NOW your summer stay at l’Ancienne Ecole, 20mins from Bergerac airport and enjoy holidaying in the Dordogne Valley, right in the middle of a historic village, Beaumont du Perigord !

Don’t just take our word for it, see what our guests say: https://goo.gl/MMtXr7

Our Top 10 Things To Do and See: https://goo.gl/tevx9s

Reasons to holiday in our village,Beaumont du Perigord : http://mydordogneselfcatering.com/3-reasons-to-holiday-in-beaumont-du-perigord/

Reasons to holiday in Dordogne (SW of France): http://mydordogneselfcatering.com/4-reasons-to-holiday-in-dordogne/

How to get to our vacation rental:https://goo.gl/Ge5tTH

Visit before you book (Virtual Tour) :https://goo.gl/18ssQz

To book, simply contact us, via our chatline on our website ( lower right corner of your screen ) http://mydordogneselfcatering.com/
or via email: info@mydordogneselfcatering.com

Discover New Trendy, Unique and Sustainable Shop In Beaumont

Discover New Trendy, Unique and Sustainable Shop In Beaumont

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

Bargain Hunt in Beaumont: Easter Monday Flea Market

Bargain Hunt in Beaumont: Easter Monday Flea Market

Rooting and rummaging around a French brocante (car boot sale) is one of the best ways to spend Easter…. and you never know what treasure you can find and bring home!

Our village, Beaumont du Perigord, is getting ready for its Easter Brocante monday, 22sd of april 2019 from 6am to 6pm (200 stalls) at the main square and adjacents streets.

Art deco frames and painting, vintage glassware, local crockery, old mirrors & clocks, jars and pottery, cutlery, candle holders, jewelry, vintage chairs, old dolls and vintage toys… you name it: this flea market is always a fun time for bargain hunters, tourists or just passersby!

Come and join the fun!

Get the Perfect Curly Lashes Of Your Dreams Pain Free in Beaumont

Get the Perfect Curly Lashes Of Your Dreams Pain Free in Beaumont

Fancy giving your lashes that WOW factor during your holiday in the historic french village of Beaumont du Perigord (Dordogne, SW of France)?

What about if you could get that wide-eyed look, right out of bed, without using a medieval torture device ie a lash curler?

Well, you’re in luck!!!

The beauty salon, Estelle C, in Beaumont du Perigord has just launched a new way to beautify your lashes.

It’s a new type of eye lash treatment that doesn’t involve adding extensions! It’s an eye lash enhancement!

It targets not only the follicles but also the roots of your lashes….

It’s ideal for short lashes and the result is very natural.

Natural effect guaranteed!

The effect lasts 4 to 6 weeks and the process takes approx 1 hour, pain free!

To get these fluttery pair of lashes , simply, walk up to the main square (5mins from our holiday rental, L’Ancienne Ecole) and make an appointment with a pro at the beauty salon, Estelle C.

And if you’re want a bit more pampering, Estelle C, offers a complete range of treatments for both women and men: professional facial and body treatments, eye treatments, waxing, massage, nails, make-up and feet reflexology!

ESTELLE C.
Address: 10 Place Jean Moulin, 24440 Beaumont-du-Périgord
Opening hours: 9am to 7pm from tues to sat
Phone: +33 5 53 22 41 44
Site: 
http://www.estelle-c-institut.fr/
Organic Make Up Brand : Couleur Caramel and Skincare Brand: Yon-Ka


Only 5 mins walk from our holiday rental, L’Ancienne Ecole!