The Dordogne

The Dordogne is one of the most beautiful regions of France and offers something for everyone.

These ancient lands were home to some of Europe’s earliest settlers and the region is dotted with the traces of their pre-historic lives here. In the middle ages came the great chateaux and castles and the Perigord has more officially recognised “Plus-Beaux village de France” than any other region of the country. Add to this the wine and food that the region is famed for and the host of sporting activities available and we think you’ve found the perfect holiday destination.

The Heart of the Perigord

Our holiday gites are ideally situated in a valley between the Dordogne and Vezere rivers and only a short walk (less than 400 metres) from the centre of the  pretty, medieval village of Meyrals. In the village you’ll find a boulangerie, post office, 2 restaurants & bar, a brocante, hair dresser, several galleries/ateliers and a small weekly, summer market.  We are 8.5 miles from Sarlat (see below) and only 3 miles from the small town of St. Cyprien which has a fantastic Sunday morning market.

Sports and Activities

Dordogne & Vezere: we are only 4 miles from these two beautiful rivers where there are plenty of opportunities for canoeing or for the less energetic, take a trip on a traditional Gabare (flat-bottomed boat).  There is also the chance of fishing either in the rivers or in local lakes.

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World-famous Sarlat-La-Canéda, 15k (9 miles) from us, is the capital of the Périgord Noir and the town boasts the highest density of listed buildings in Europe.

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Wine and Vineyards

Whilst maybe not as famous as its neighbour in Bordeaux, the Dordogne nonetheless has a number of world class wines and a visit to a local vineyard, including tour & tasting, is worth contemplating.

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Truffles are the ‘black gold’ of the Périgord and foie gras is also a regional speciality. Duck (magret or confit de canard) and goose are the traditional staples of most restaurants and oil pressed from locally grown walnuts is the basis of many local salads.

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Visit the gardens at the Chateau de Marqueyssac for wonderful views over the Dordogne valley.

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Meyrals has more than its fair share of excellent artists and sculptors drawn here by the relaxing beauty and underlying energy in the area.

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