Beautiful small towns and villages abound in the area.
Nearby lies the historic, market town of Brantome, the Venice of the Dordogne. Its river is crossed by ancient bridges and is overlooked by an imposing white abbey which emerges from limestone rocks and caves. The town offers the setting for numerous bars and restaurants with views over the river . When you are ready to be more active canoes can be hired or join an instructors and try your hand at climbing.
Classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France is St Jean de Cole with its lovely church and castle. In the town square you can enjoy a gourmet meal or a coffee under the shade of a parasol.
The towns of the region have colourful markets which sell delicious local produce. Most weekends there are country fetes, many with bric-a-brac and antique stalls, and a communal meal of local specialties.
The Dordogne region offers the opportunity to see the world famous Lascaux cave with its amazing prehistoric art . Lascaux is a stunning copy of the original but there are numerous other caves where you can still see the real paintings and engravings. Amongst these are nearby caves of Villars and Teyjat.
For the lovers of medieval history there is the Richard the Lionheart trail which takes you to the castles where Richard’s mother lived and where he died. Within easy reach are the chateaux of Puyguilhem , Bourdeilles, Varaignes, and Chalus, where Lawrence of Arabia visited and Richard I received his fatal wound.
Within one hour’s drive are the ancient and beautiful cities of Limoges with its potteries Angouleme with its vintage car racing and national comic strip museum and Perigueux with the international mime festival in early August.
On most weekends during the summer there are villages festivals combining car boots sales with traditional country crafts and customs.
And since this is the Dordogne, there is always the chance to wander around markets, unspoiled towns or just sit and enjoy the traditional local cuisine.