of France is a haven for wild birds. We regularly see a wide variety,
from great buzzards to golden orioles, and at the right time of
year the migration of thousands of storks overhead. Bring your
binoculars with you! The fields around the house are full of wild
flowers, orchids and butterflies, and, at night, glow-worms.
The area is very popular with cyclists as there are lots of quiet
roads (to the door bicycle hire can be arranged). There are also popular 1 to 3 day canoeing trips down the
Dordogne with camping provided. Golf at Chateau de Vigiers is
only a few miles away and may be followed by an excellent lunch
or dinner in their restaurant. Tennis and horse riding are among
the many other sports locally available.
The towns of Bergerac (15km) and Sainte Foy La Grande (10 km)
are wonderful medieval market towns on the Dordogne and both have
fine local markets and restaurants. There are many other places
to visit, from St Emilion to the Lascaux caves and Roc Gageac
where the Dordogne carves its way through a canyon and houses
are built into the vast rock face. Historic castles and chateaux
abound some with superb gardens including the famous 11th century
chateau at Monbazillac. Nearly all the vineyards in the region
will be only too pleased to welcome you into their ‘cave’
for a free wine tasting. Apart from the different local open markets
there is a large Leclerc supermarket near Bergerac which has all
you may need.
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Arrivals and Departures
The house is available from 4.00pm to 6.00 pm on the first day
of your holiday and you are requested to leave by 10.00 am on
the departure day to allow time to prepare the house for the next
The nearest airport is Bergerac some 20 minutes away from which
Ryanair and Flybe operate as well as internal French flights.
Cars are available at the airport but early booking is recommended.
Taxis are also at the airport. Bordeaux Airport is about an hour
and a half by road.
Calais takes about 8 hours and St Malo about 6 hours, both on
The TGV train runs to Libourne from Paris and there is a good
regular local train from Libourne to Gardonne, a small local village
5 minutes away.