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
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
What better way to enjoy winter than cozying up with a nice, hot cup of something delicious and healthy? Our favorite coffee shop in Monpazier, Le Café Ecureuil, is now launching 3 new hot drinks to keep you warm and healthy:
– TUMERIC LATTE (yellow): fights inflammation and protects the heart
– MATCHA LATTE (green): detoxifies and calms the mind
Drop in our favorite bakery in our village, 5 mins walk from our rental 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 – see photo).
Location: L'Epi beaumontois : n°15 Rue Romieu in Beaumont-du-Perigord,
Our rental is equipped with a charcaol built in Bbq to make the best of the french summer weather. Next to it, we grow a herb garden for BBQ (rosemary, thyme…) or for seasoning your salads and spice up your cocktails (peppermint)! So, all you need to do, is to buy some steaks! and guess what? You don't have to go far! Right at the square, 2 mins walk from our holiday home, you'll find the Deli/Butcher Delpech with the best selection of quality meat: fresh meat, paté, cured meat… all sure to “meat" your expectations!
Location: Boucherie Charcuterie Delpech Daniel : 11 Place Jean Moulin, 24440 Beaumont-du-Périgord Virtual Tour of the shop: https://goo.gl/dk9EsU
I don't know about you, but usually when we arrive at a holiday rental, we just want to unpack, relax and not to do too much cooking…. so a takeway is a good solution!
In Beaumont, at the square, you'll find the Pizzeria Restaurant "La Braise". It's a great place for takeaway pizza with a friendly atmosphere. Place your order and sit in the square with a drink while you wait. The wood fired oven makes very good pizza which you can take back to our holiday house, only 2 mins walk down the road. Enjoy the beginning of a stress free holiday!
Location: La Braise : 4 Place Jean Moulin, 24440 Beaumont du Périgord. Restaurant & Pizzeria Dine in or Takeway English spoken
Here's our Top 6 things to buy in the Dordogne (list non exhaustive)
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 wine grower, Christian Roche), 15 mins drive from our rental and on the way to Bergerac airport. More details: https://goo.gl/1exxJF
5- Crafts from talented local artists: If I had to pick only 2, it would be Eric Simonin, Glass blower in Brantome (more infos https://goo.gl/A1xQ1F ) and Alexandra and Jean-François Cesar from the pottery La Salamandre in Monpazier (more infos: https://goo.gl/QBzKep)
6-Brocante (flea market): Our vacation rental, L'Ancienne Ecole, is located in the heart of the historic village of Beaumont du Périgord, only 2 mins walk from the main square where flea markets and antique fairs will take place especially during the summer months. The brocante is THE place where you can pick up a unique souvenir, some fantastic bargains and some real treasures to take home!(more details: https://goo.gl/NLpKZo)