Local Guest Activities
From Lacourarie you are ideally positioned for walks of varying distance and time on the Chemin Rurals on which the property is sited. You can decide on the route in the knowledge that you will find beautiful scenery, wildlife and fauna, and also villages with great places to stop for food and drink. All walks are clearly signed and maps are available in your gites.
This part of the Northern Dordogne is largely unknown as a fantastic area for road cycling. The roads are very well kept, are virtually traffic-free, and as you would expect in the home of the Tour de France, drivers are very respectful of cyclists.
Route maps can be provided to any guests that would like to do something more challenging, but it really is a wonderful area to combine a bit of cycling with a beautiful environment.
Click here to find out more about road cycling holidays in the Dordogne.
There are large leisure lake at St. Estephe and St. Mathieu – both around 10 minutes from La Grange Etable, which provide safe swimming with lifeguard assistance, free canoes, windsurfing, boating and fishing. There is another lake at Nontron (15 minutes), which has a fantastic zip-wire network in the woods – ideal for adventurers both young and old. All the lakes have very good restaurants serving snacks and meals, excellent signposted walks to enjoy and are very child-friendly in every respect. As is usual, parking is free – a real bonus. If you want to take a picnic for the day, there are tables and chairs in shaded areas or you can find your own space in the grassy areas.
From the beautiful town of Brantome, you can have some real fun hiring canoes where you can choose between a leisurely paddle with a picnic en-route to Bordeilles or a quick splash around the town, the choice is yours!! It is great family fun at a reasonable cost. It is advisable to pre-book in the Summer season Visit www.brantomecanoe.com or www.allocanoes.com to find out more. To the West of Lacourarie, Maison du canoe at Montbron (20 minutes), is also great fun. Visit www.tardoireck.fr for details
What better way to spend an evening in France, than to go somewhere where you can choose what to eat and have it cooked for? The stalls are run by local farmers and producers, sell a variety of food and drinks, including meat, fish, cheese, salads, chips, omelettes, small meals, wine, bread – some have the meals pre-cooked,and others will have a barbeque where any meat or fish can be cooked. There will also be somewhere to buy beer and soft drinks, and some also have live music – all in all, a lovely way to pass a summer evening.The nearest Marche de Producteurs is at Champniers Reilhac – a 3 minutes drive, a 20 minute bike ride or a 45 minute walk. There are many others in the area during July and August, a full list of which will be in our holiday information guide in your gite
Festivals & Concerts
The summer months bring numerous musical events to the area, from the classical at Piegut to Friday Night Jazz at the Castle of Montbrun. There are several festivals in the surrounding towns and villages throughout July and August, most of which include fairground rides& fireworks.
In the cities of Limoges and Angouleme, the major theatres present their programmes of comedy, music, dance and drama throughout the year. In Perigeaux there is an annual international summer mime festival, with players performing in the medieval city streets as well as in the theatre. More importantly, the French National Conker Championships is held at the nearby village of Abjat in September!
There is a fantastic karting track just 20 minutes from us for anyone looking for a real speed experience. Starter karts for youngsters, and 2 types of karts for adults to use on the Brands Hatch style track. A real adrenaline experience on our doorstep.
Visit www.circuit-karting-perigord.fr for details
Mountain biking is known as VTT in French (Velo a Tout Terrain). This area offers a great variety with marked tracks to follow running through the forests – one track runs by our door and gives a choice of routes from 5 km to 45 km. There are also regular organised VTT meetings in the summer months, where you can turn up and join in the fun – the nearby town of Piegut is often a starting point.
This is a popular activity in the area and there are numerous lakes for both fly-fishing and coarse fishing. You will need a temporary licence for public fishing and we can give you the details before your stay.
We have a newly opened 9-hole course in the village – Golf du Genet, with club & buggy hire available. A great facility just a 3 minute drive away means you can pop down for a round without taking too much out of you family holiday time. Tel : 06 01 71 07 42
There are several other courses with all abilities catered for.
Golf International de la Preze at Ecuras
Tel: 05 45 23 24 74 – 18 holes and driving range – 30 minutes
Golf de Saint Junien at St Junien
Tel; 05 55 02 96 96 – 18 holes and 9 hole par 3 – 40 minutes
Golf Club de Perigueux at Marsac
Tel: 05 53 53 02 35 – 18 holes and a driving range – 50 minutes
Golf de L’Hirandelle South of Angouleme
Tel: 05 45 61 16 64 – 9 holes – 50 minutes
La Grange Étable is close to a wide range of holiday activities for couples and families