16 Fun Activities To Do With Your Family In Dordogne

16 Fun Activities To Do With Your Family In Dordogne

Looking for some fun things to do with your family…. here’s some ideas!!!!

1- Feeding Koi carps : Les Jardins D’Eau (Carsac-Aillac )

8km from Sarlat, in Carsac-Aillac, you will be mesmerized by The Water Gardens, Les Jardins d’Eau, with its amazing display of 55 different types of water lilies, 30 Lotus plants and other aquatic plants!

Boardwalk maze, japanese inspired cascade and bridge walk, tame Koi carp you can feed, stroke and have them nibble your finger!

More details:
Website: http://www.jardinsdeau.com/
Location: Les Jardins d’Eau – Saint Rome – 24200 Carsac-Aillac
Each child gets some food for the karp at the entrance.

Feed the tame koi carps

2 -Admire extraordinary stalactites: Maxange Caves

We have now seen several caves in Dordogne and overseas and I must say, Maxange is our number one with its eccentric concretions! It’s a display of rare quality which form bouquets that decorate the roof and walls of the caves.

6km from Cadouin, in Le Buisson de Cadouin, Maxange caves were discovered recently (in 2000) and classified in 2013. They are trully amazing and a must-see!

More details:
Website: http://lesgrottesdemaxange.com/
Location: Lieu dit Mestreguiral, Le Buisson de Cadouin.
Tour takes 40 mins
French and english spoken
Not suitable for wheelchair and buggy
Only photos without flash are allowed in the cave (no video, no flash)

3- Discover the history of our fortified village at night time (Beaumont)

This summer, join a guided torchlight walk through our village to learn more about the history, architecture and tales behind its stone walls.

More details:
Meeting Point: outside the Tourism Office (Place Jean Moulin in Beaumont)
Dates: Every thrusday from 9.30pm
Entrance fees:
6€ per adult (bonus: 1 free torch per family)
free for under 8 years old children
Extra torch: 2€

4- Easy & fun canoeing (Brantome)

Want to give caneing a try but don’t want to go on a tiring journey?

Brantome also called the “Venise du Perigord” is a fabulous place very picturesque with nice relaxed places to eat, beautiful gardens…. and the perfect location to go for an 1 hour of canoe round the town.

The river is often very shallow and feels safe for novice or nervous canoeists with two wiers thrown in for a bit of fun!

More details: http://brantomecanoe.com/english/

5- Become the captain for the day (Bergerac)

Sail one of electric boats: tug, trawler, ferry, steam Mississippi barges in Bergerac.

Miniature port, Pond Campréal, Pablo Picasso St, 24100 BERGERAC
GPS 44.849014,0.501981
Price and opening hours: http://bit.ly/2pBWy3Y

6- Fun on tracks: The Velorail (Corgnac sur l’Isle)

This is great if you are looking for a fun day to see some Dordogne countryside with all the family or all your friends or both. Like a land version of a Jules Vernes contraption, let me introduce you to the Velorail. You will be pedaling all the way to a family fun day out guaranteed on an old railway system over bridges, through stations of an older bygone age.
Bring a picnic basket to have along the way or wait to have a refreshment at the train station terminal. Then let off the brakes and roll all the way back down woohoo!!!!!

The track starts at the railway station of Corgnac sur l’Isle (1H45mins from our villa in Beaumont)
Each Velorail has 2 sets of pedals and can take up till 5 people (adults and children all ages)
Price: 27euros per Velorail (11km ie 2 hours of fun)
Reservations are required by phone (tél.: +33 5 53 52 42 93)

In July and August, every thrusday, departure at 7.30pm just before dark for a thrill descent!

– arrive early to purchase the tickets and fill in the paperwork, then you can come back later on for the ride without the hassle to queue.
– The extra tener for the electric assistance is wellll  worth it!. You still have to pedal but it is a more enjoyable experience since you don’t break a sweat!!!
– Don’t look for the toilets at the departure, there is none (only at the arrival). So drive up to the village of Corgnac, and use the spotless and free public toilet located next to the post office.
– During the week, you can’t have a pic nic at the arrival  (only at the week end) but in the village, we found a lovely& quiet spot near the river for our lunch.
– Try to be last in the queue so you leave first and arrive at the top for the toilets first. It can get a bit crazy the toilets that is.

For more details:

7-Glide on a 18th c replica wooden barge to discover the Dordogne (Bergerac)

Tired of walking around trying to discover the treasures and beauties of the Dordogne? Here’s another way to put your feet up and take a short & sweet break!
Comfortably settled on board on one of these 18th c replica barge, let yourself lazily drift on the water, a river once used to transport wood, wine and spices. Learn about the history of the area linked to the 100 years war, admire the splendid views and glide past some of Périgord’s most beautiful castles. The time flies very quickly but you’ll be glad of the experience.

Best to book in advance during the summer months

Different departure ports: 
Bergerac: On the quays (Quai Salvette), Phone: 05 53 24 58 80
Beynac: http://www.gabarre-beynac.com/
La Roque Gageac: http://www.gabarres.com/

8- On the top of the world: Panoramic Gardens (Limeuil)

Classified as “One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France” in 1990, the extraordinary medieval village of Limeuil proudly takes its place as one of the jewels of the Périgord.

Standing on its rocky promontary at the confluence of the two rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère, Limeuil is well worth a visit. After exploring the village, carry on to the very top to discover The Panoramic Gardens with its exceptional views across the Dordogne Valley.

The gardens are more an educational attraction for kids rather than a formal garden and older visitors will enjoy the identification of plants and herbs. The setting and views are what makes the place unmissable.

For more info: http://jardins-panoramiques-limeuil.com/
Children’s activities available

9-Up up and away, Les Montgolfières du Périgord (La Roque Gageac)

Take advantage of clear day to take off from their base, just accross the village of La Roque Gageac in Dordogne for a breathtaking trip in the air. Open all year, this very professional team offers different types of rides but the most popular is Périgord 360° (1hour flight) where you can enjoy the views of different castles like Beynac, Puymartin, Castelnaud, the gardens of Marqueyssac..

Meeting point in La Roque Gageac
Website https://goo.gl/sF7xj6

10-Spy on the fish in Aquarium du Périgord Noir (Le Bugue)

Watch some wonderful, well-kept soft water creatures like koi carp,mirror carp,common carp, ghost carp, snakes,crocs ..And, if you stay around the carp till around lunch time you can feed them with mussels from one of the parks attendents.

Website: http:// www.aquariumperigordnoir.com

11- Play “Hide and Seek” in The Overhanging Gardens of Marqueyssac (Vezac)

It’s no more than 6 kilometers of shaded paths, edged with 150 000 boxwoods, aged over hundred years  and carefully trimmed twice a year in symmetrical riot of whirls and swirls of curvaceous patterns.

 A real treat for the eyes and a familly day out with plenty of hidding spots, playgrounds, huts and animations for children!

And if you’re feeling peckish, you can always stop by the restaurant/Tea Room inside the castle of Marqueyssac for some refreshments.

For more info:

12- Imagine what roman life was like in Vesunna museum (Perigueux)

This glass atrium hosts a stunning exhibit built over a dig site of a roman villa. It offers a glimpse into the past and brings to life what roman life was like. It includes stone buildings, plaster walls and.displays many original artefacts from the era.
So in all, a must visit if you are in the area. But make sure you purchase the audio guide, it was only a euro and essential as all the signage is in French.

For more info, visit their website: 

13- Visit a troglodyte dwellings (Belves)

Built on a rock outcrop, Belvès boasts a breathtaking view of the Nauze Valley. It’s a fortified village dated back from the 11th century with a typical bastide layout and centre, and a preserved 15th century covered market hall. Despite the invasions and the wars, it has kept numerous vestiges of its heritages.

One of them are the troglodyte dwellings. Unique in Périgord, these 8 houses carved in the rock were the peasants’s refuge from the 13th to the 18th century are quite fascinating. The 45 mins tour guided will give you an insight of what was life like during medieval time and brings to life the history of this place.

For more details: https://goo.gl/DwE2ua

Tickets sold in the Tourism Office and meeting point at the square
Entrance fees : adults (5,50euros) children (2,50 euros)
No pushchairs or buggies
Tours start at 11am, 3pm and 4pm for a minimum of 4 people and max of 18.

14- Learn about our ancestors: Lascaux 4 caves (Montignac)

The International Centre for Cave Art (Lascaux IV) opened in December 2016 at the foot of the Lascaux hill is a must see if you’re visiting the Dordogne.

Book online your english tour: https://goo.gl/uJS23e
Entrance Fees: 17€ for over 13, 11€ for children 5-12

15- Canoe past picturesque villages

Travel along the majestic Dordogne river and enjoy spectacular views (gorges, towering chateaux, fields of sunflowers, kingfishers, martins, and much more).

16- Revisit your childhood in Bridoire Castle (Ribagnac)

Not like any other castle, this place is nicknamed “The Castle of the Games” because numerous games from the Medieval period have been meticulously researched and brought together for the amusement of the visitors (archery, giant chess game, costume tent where one can get dressed as a typical knight….).

Website: http://www.chateaudebridoire.com/en/
Chateau de Bridoire, 24240 Ribagnac

Race your best friend!

8 Amazing Picnic Spots Near Bergerac Pictures

8 Amazing Picnic Spots Near Bergerac Pictures

Fancy taking advantage of the sunny weather of the Dordogne valley to have a picnic but don’t know where to go?.. Follow the guide!

For more details, visit our page:https://goo.gl/quM



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!

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!

For more infos, visit their website http://www.latabledeleo.fr/en/
Bonus: you can book your table online!
Address: Le Bourg, St Avit Senieur
Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/BQXbzKE8YYp

It’s no surprise the place has 87 five stars reviews!!!

Bon appetit!

How Not Knowing These Secret Picnics Spots Makes You A Rookie

How Not Knowing These Secret Picnics Spots Makes You A Rookie

“Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic”

Here’s our favorite secret spots for family picnic around Bergerac!

1- On the top of the hill: Beaumont du Périgord, our village
Bring your basket and enjoy the view from the top of the hill!

2- Along a stream: Couze Saint Front

Next to the paper mill de la Rouzique 
Moulin de la Rouzique: https://goo.gl/6EQ9ER

La Promenade du Caudeau in Lembras
Location: Lembras Carpark “Des Dayets” (free parking) – Entrance: just opposite the Church of Lembras (green sign post “Promenade du Caudeau”)

3- Along the Dordogne River

With a view of the Bergerac dam

With a view of the Tuillières dam

With the river at your feet (Mouleydier)

The Dordogne river at your feet

4- In a park: Pombonne Park, Bergerac

5- Next to a lake: Singleyrac (Le Peyrichoux lake)

Insider’s Guide To Family Friendly Walk Around Bergerac

Insider’s Guide To Family Friendly Walk Around Bergerac

List of our favorite family friendly waks around Bergerac (not an exhaustive list)

I/LEMBRAS : The Caudeau Walk (“Promenade du Caudeau”)
2,8 km along the river Le Caudeau.
Location: Lembras Carpark “Des Dayets” (free parking) – Entrance: just opposite the Church of Lembras (green sign post “Promenade du Caudeau”)

II/ POMBONNE PARK (55 Ha park in Bergerac)
3,3km, wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Location: Route de Podestat, 24100 Bergerac
More details: https://goo.gl/oPVZbn

III/THE GREEN LANE also called The V91 Green Lane
From Mouleydier to Gardonne via Bergerac harbour
– more than 30km of path along the river Dordogne for an easy walk or a long bike trail
– due to be finished in 2021 (more details: https://goo.gl/b2sPDD)

1- Bergerac- Creysse:
Fancy going for an easy walk ie 2km of flat tarmac away from the noise of the traffic and buggy friendly ??? No problem!!!!
Just park your car in the ZAE Portes de la Dordogne (Next to “Piscine Desjoyaux”). There is no signpost for this footpath, just go left towards Creysse.


2- Creysse-Mouleydier:
The footpath is flat with tarmac all the way to the back of the soccer pitch and turns into a nature walk towards Mouleydier.
Away from the noisy traffic, it’s only you and the river Dordogne. Perfect for all ages, try it, you won’t regret it!

3- Mouleydier-Tuillières:
Fancy going for a family friendly walk from Mouleydier to Tuillières with an exquisite view of the Dordogne River?
Just park your car in Mouleydier (Avenue des Martyrs de la Resistance) and head down to the river. There is no signpost for this footpath, just turn left towards the next village,Tuilières.
It’s a tarmarced and traffic-free route for pedestrians and bicycles only, (with an exception of 100m dirt track near Tuillières)

RandoGPS is a french hiking phone app with lots of walks.
Free, handy and easy to use, it’s a little gem!
Tutorial (french): https://goo.gl/om3Rqz

We tried a few trails around Bergerac!

1- Bosset (woods)
The forest of the Double near the village of Bosset is 15km from Bergerac and offers the perfect trail for the whole family!
4,7km with a departure at the village hall carpark
Well marked path.

2- Port Sainte Foy (vineyard)
“Le Chemin de la Peyrute” is 5,2 km walk with a starting point outside the museum of the Batellerie in Port Sainte Foy along the river and up the hills in the vineyards.
Well marked path with a great point of view from the Windmill of the Ferraille!

3-Monbazillac (vineyard)
Trail: “Boucle de Monbazillac” is 5,7 km walk with a starting point in the public carpark behind the Monbazillac Castle.
Very well marked path.
The path goes through the Monbazillac vineyards and around the castle with a brillant view of Bergerac at your feet.

4- Saussignac (countryside, vineyard)
6,57 km walk with a starting point in the public carpark in the main street of the village of Saussignac.
After doing Monbazillac, we could not skip this place, famous for its sweet white dessert wines, similar to Monbazillac but a little drier.

5- Sainte Foy Des Vignes (wood)
Sainte Foy Des Vignes is a hamlet part of The Bergerac wine-growing region.
Trail is 5,8 km walk with a starting point from the public carpark next to the cemetery of Sainte Foy Des Vignes.

Ste Foy Des Vignes

6- Razac d’Eymet (countryside, wood, vineyard)
Walk is 6,9 km walk with a starting point from the tiny square (Place du Chateau) behind the church of Razac d’Eymet.
What I loved about this walk: discovered a hazelnut plantation. Woods, vineyard, countryside, this walk has it all!

7- Singleyrac (countryside, wood, vineyard)
Trail called “Boucle de l’Ayguessou” is 7,2 km walk with a starting point from the square in Singleyrac.

8-Nastringues (countryside, wood, vineyard)
Nastringues is another small village part of the Bergerac wine-growing region. It produces the “Haut-Montravel” wine (sweet white wine).
Trail called “Boucle de Nastringues” is 7,2 km walk with a starting point from the carpark next to the roman church.

Around Nastringues

9-Mescoules (countryside, wood, vineyard)
Trail called “Boucle De Grand Champ ” is 4,4 km with a starting point at the church carpark.
What I loved about this walk:
Very easy walk for the whole family: open spaces with woods, vineyards, farm lands. Bonus: we spotted 7 deers running accross the fields!

January walk around Mescoules

10 Cause de Clérans (wood)
Trail called “Trou de l’Ane ” is 4,4 km with a starting point at the village carpark (more details: https://goo.gl/MqH4C6.)

From the restaurant Le Bistrot du Presbytère (http://www.bistrot-presbytere-queyssac.fr/) carpark starts 2 footpaths:
“La Boucle des Hameaux” (8km: 2h) and “Le Chemin des Orchidées” (9km: 2h15) Practical infos:
Map: https://goo.gl/9zaAA2
More infos: http://www.queyssac.com/sentiers-de-randonnee
Difficulty: Easy (Marked walking tracks:Yellow)

4 Easy Ways To Beat The Winter Blues In The Dordogne

4 Easy Ways To Beat The Winter Blues In The Dordogne

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

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.

L’Ancienne Ecole look forward to welcoming you!

7 Reasons Why You Should Book Your Next Vacation Rental Directly With The Owner

7 Reasons Why You Should Book Your Next Vacation Rental Directly With The Owner

Announcing #BookDirect Day: 06/02/19

Did you know that Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add hundreds of dollars of fees to your booking total?

When booking a vacation rental, peace of mind is important. Want to know if there is a grill, a kayak, 24/7 service, a grocery store close by? When you book direct, you can find out many of these important questions and more before you commit to booking.

Unlike hotels, OTAs and aggregators (like Airbnb, Expedia, Booking.com, VRBO.com, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and FlipKey) don’t have the best price for travelers. In fact, you can save hundreds by booking direct and booking local.

Because of the cost of using the big sites, the best vacation homes with the highest demand cannot be found on the big websites. Along North Carolina’s beaches, alone, only 30 percent of the homes for rent can be found on the big websites. By limiting your search to the aggregating websites, you might be missing out on the best vacation home for your family or group.

They can direct you the best rental for your needs and send you to the best activities, restaurants, and area service providers.

Looking for help with your family’s special needs or help with pets? A manager or owner can work with you directly to help with any of your individual needs and give you these assurances before you commit to a booking.

During non-peak travel times, managers and owners have special offers available: From events and activities to special rates to onsite services, with direct communication with managers and owners, you get insider knowledge and the best offers.

#BookDirect with Us and and Enjoy your stay at l'Ancienne Ecole, our holiday manor house in the heart of historic french village!

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A Unique Shopping Experience In Beaumont: The Bariat Hardware Shop

A Unique Shopping Experience In Beaumont: The Bariat Hardware Shop


If you're looking to skip the big shopping malls and outlets to find an inflatable lounger for the pool, a luggage strap for your suitcase, the perfect hand crafted French market basket to name a few…. there is only one place to go in our village: The Bariat family run hardware shop!

No wonder, it's one of our guests favorite places to visit in Beaumont! This place is an institution since 1846!

More details:
Website and opening hours: http://bariatetfils.business.site/

Credit Photo: Joris Cheyrou

For more info about Beaumont & Around, please visit my Collection: https://goo.gl/yxvNix

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4 Easy Hacks To Save Money On Holiday

4 Easy Hacks To Save Money On Holiday

Choose To Stay In A Vacation Rental
You can slash food costs by cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and cut luggage space since the washing machine is included.

Book Directly With The Owner
Travelers have the choice of booking on multiple different platforms. But did you know booking a vacation rental on a travel agent site is costing you 20% more on hidden fees?

Choose A Vacation Rental With Flexible Arrival Day
The price of flights can vary considerably depending on the day you travel, so do your research and select a holiday home with flexible check-in dates to save on airfare.

Rent Outside The Peak Season
High Season means higher prices. So, if possible, consider the shoulder seasons: April to June and September.

#BookDirect with Us and and Enjoy your stay at l'Ancienne Ecole, our holiday manor house in the heart of historic french village –

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