Cenac et St Julien is found in the heart of the Perigord Noir, an area of French Dordogne which could have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale, with its stunning chateaux and cobblestone streets running through quaint little villages. A cottage in Cenac et St Julien offers a perfect rural retreat for couples looking for a romantic getaway, while at the same time making an excellent base for an action-packed family holiday.
The expanses of countryside in the Dordogne region lend themselves to outdoor pursuits, and there are lots of great activities on offer around Cenac et St Julien. Walking, cycling and horseback riding are probably the best methods to get out, explore the area, and really appreciate the tranquil, peaceful surroundings. Alternatively, you could take a ride in a hot air balloon for an even more spectacular overview of the valley and a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Dordogne River runs close to Cenac et St Julien, with great opportunities for swimming and fishing. A canoe trip along the river is also considered one of the region’s “must do” activities, with tonnes of small beaches along the river bank to stop along the way and enjoy a picnic or a spot of sunbathing.
Cenac et St Julien itself has plenty of choice when it comes to restaurants, and sampling the local cuisine is definitely recommended, with many traditional French favourites on offer as well as local delicacies including various cheeses and wines. The 14th of July is an especially great time to visit, when the village centre really comes alive to celebrate Bastille Day.
Cenac et St Julien is less than a 10-minute drive from the beautiful medieval town of Sarlat, home to a fantastic bi-weekly market and lots of places to spend a lively evening. The medieval fortified town of Domme is also very close by, with several places to learn about the area’s heritage and beautiful gardens suspended above the town.
Cenac et St Julien has a temperate climate, with quite hot summers and relatively mild winters. The hottest months are in July and August, when average temperatures reach up to 26C, while winters rarely dip to freezing. This then offers great conditions at any time of the year to enjoy the many outdoor pursuits available in the Dordogne region.
The most convenient way to reach your Cenac et St Julien self-catering accommodation is via Bergerac Airport (EGC), 70km west of the village. Flights operated by Ryanair and Flybe land here several times weekly. Alternatively, British Airways, Air France and easyJet flights land at Toulouse Airport (TLS) and Bordeaux Airport (BOD), both of which are around a two-hour drive from Cenac et St Julien.