Sight-seeing ideas while staying at the house.

You will find many of France’s most beautiful villages within an hour’s drive of the house. The best villages in the area are Turenne, Rocamadour, Carrenac, Creysse, Loubressac, Autoire, Martel, Collonges la Rouge, Curemonte, La Cave for canoeing & magnificent caves, La Roque Gageac, Beaulieu sur Dordogne, Castelnau-Bretonoux, Sarlat, Gourdon, St Cirq la Popie.

The tourist train trip in Martel is worth doing, it travels along the cliffs of the Dordogne. The steam train is great fun for kids! If you like seeing pre-historic sites, there are the Grotte Lascaux, Grotte du Fond de Gaume, Gouffre de Padirac & Grotte du Pech Merle. A wonderful day trip, & please leave early, is to travel south to St Cirq la Popie. Rated by some as the most beautiful village in France, & don’t forget to stop & see the Grotte du Pech Merle on the way. There are also lots of other sights & activities including castles, gardens, & canoeing on the Dordogne, Ouysse, Vezere & Lot Rivers. There are also lots of kids’ activities including water slide parks, pre-historic parks, kid’s farms, adventure parks challenging climbing frames & more.

Another wonderful day trip is to drive to Creysse, hire a canoe & paddle down the Ouysse River to Lacave, where there is a dinosaur park & a wonderful Michelin- starred restaurant with outdoor tables on the river overlooking the chateau & ruins of a roman bridge. They even have high chairs for kids.

Here are other areas of interest a bit further afield.

Dordogne (45 mins-1hr west)
, Sarlat is the capital & a beautiful medieval town with many great restaurants. The Dordogne is full of magnificent chateaux, even more than the Loire & many prehistoric caves.

Massif Central (1.5-2 hrs north east) Salers is a superb village with some great restaurants & artisan shops, Mont Dore (nearest ski resort), Route de fromages includes many pretty cheese producing villages such as St Nectaire.

Aveyron (2-3 hrs south east)
, includes the magnificent classified village Conques & the village of Laguiole, where the famous knife factory & 3 Michelin-starred Michel Bras restaurant & hotel are located. Pont de Millau (3 hrs south east) one of the biggest & most spectacular bridges in the world, regarded internationally as an engineering marvel.

Bordeaux (2 hrs west)
worth visiting both the city & the wine growing areas.
St Emilion is especially beautiful, produces great wines & is the closest to the house). Arcachon is the closest coastal area with nice beaches.
Toulouse (2 hrs south) a lovely city with great architecture, food & shopping. There are many spectacular villages in the Pyrenees to the south.

Michelin-starred restaurants in our region.

The food in the area is out of this world with fresh food markets rotating through the local villages every day & with some awesome Michelin-starred restaurants in stunning settings. Below are but a few. We can provide you with a longer list with phone numbers & addresses.

*Pont de l'Ouysse (la Cave) Michelin star! Lovely terrace overlooking the river & old bridge. Perfect for lunch on a sunny day. A beautiful drive from our house along the cliffs of the Dordogne & Ouysse Rivers through Creysse. Well worth the trip. 

*Chateau de la Treyne (near La Cave) Magnificent chateau with views over the   Dordogne river. Superb Michelin-starred restaurant.

*Maison des Chanoines & Vicompté
in Turenne.

*Les Arums
is the best in Brive (Interior design by our architect Didier Chassary).

*Hotel restaurant La Bonne Famille
in Sarrazac.

*Le Pourquoi Pas
. Belgian beer bar with terrace in Floirac.

We provide our guests with an extensive facts sheet on sight-seeing & restaurants in the areas surrounding the house.

bon appetit

les arums la maison des chanoines chateau de la treyne le pont de louysse la bonne famille le pourquoi pas