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South Dordogne and Plaisance

Whether the aim of your holidays be to relax, to tour around the area by car or visit on foot or bicycle, to discover our numerous historical sites, to participate in various sporting activities or sample the food and wine for which the Périgord is reputed, you will have an embarrassing choice to choose from.

The old ‘bastide’ towns of Eymet, Beaumont, Monflanquin, Monpazier (probably the best preserved) are all within close reach. Some of them were founded by the English and were much disputed over in the struggles of the Hundred Years War. Other medieval towns such as Bergerac and Issigeac charm the visitor with their little squares, half-timbered and stone houses and narrow streets.

Not to be forgotten are the numerous ‘châteaux’, be they castles, fortified houses or renaissance residences, which have so heavily marked our local history: Monbazillac, Lanquais, Duras, Lauzun, Beynac, Castelnau, Bonaguil, Biron amongst others.

For the children (and adults too!) there are a wide range of ‘bases de loisirs’, often situated by a lake, offering swimming, sporting and leisure activities for the whole family. Other sporting facilities and activities include canoeing, golf (Chateau de Vigiers, Castelnau, Tombeboeuf and Issigeac), rambling and cycling, ballooning, go-karting. In Plaisance there is the well-known, friendly riding stables ‘La Cavaille’.

Summer in this part of the Dordogne means village fairs and festivals: wine fairs, medieval festivals, village and barn fairs, antique and bric-a-brac fairs. A warm welcome is reserved for visitors.

Other beautiful sites, further afield in the Perigord, are nonetheless accessible in one or two hours’ drive: the underground caverns (grottes) of the Périgord Noir (such as Lascaux) home for Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man, the enchanting medieval town of Sarlat, the wild country of the ‘causses’, the wine-famous town of St. Emilion, the industrious and historical Périgueux.

Written by David Welling - Owner of Property 54615 in Plaisance, France

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                                                                                                      A great spot to stay with extra touches not often found in other places.

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                                                                                                      Jane and Martin made us feel very welcome. The accomodation was very tidy, warm and comfortable. Jane had a welcome basket as well as bread in the freezer, some fresh baking on the bench and a bottle of wine all sitting ready for us. Both Jane and Martin were very helpful and had many maps and tourist ideas in the house. The book of comments was worthwhile looking thru just to read what other people did as well. The house is 5 mins form Bergerac and close to many wonderful villages. We recommend this place to anyone considering this area. Thanks Jane and Martin. Rob & Stu New Zealand.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

                                                                                                      Extremely comfortable gite with heated pool and welcoming cats

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                                                                                                      We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Les Chenes. The property was even better than promised on the website with comfortable sofas and beds and a well-equipped kitchen. The setting is lovely with deer seen in the garden a couple of times. Although the weather was a little mixed, we swam in the pool when the sun shone through even at the end of September. A car is necessary but traffic is light and it is easy to get around. We loved the Bastide towns of Beaumont and Monpazier, both within 10 minutes drive. It is well worth the drive to the Sunday market at Issigeac which is a beautiful medieval village in its own right. There are also many other beautiful places to visit on the Dordogne a little further away. It goes without saying that the food was excellent and advice from David and Amanda was 'spot on' including the clear instructions for getting there. All in all, an excellent holiday and we would recommend Les Chenes as a base for visiting the Perigord region.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017