Places To Visit During Your Stay
A beautiful town surrounded by the River Dronne and known as the Venice of the Perigord, You can explore museums, caves, the Abbey and also climb to the top of the oldest Clock Tower in France, Enjoy a boat trip down the River Dronne, or hire a canoe. If that sounds to energetic you have a choice of some superb restaurants and there are several picnic spots along the riverbanks.
This sleepy little riverside village looks like the medieval era never left. The town’s major attraction is its chateau, a complex of two buildings, one a thirteenth-century fortress, the other a residence inspired by the Medici family. Inside, the chateau houses an impressive collection of furniture bequeathed to the state by the former tenants.
There are several lovely places to eat or drink, or simply picnic by the riverside. We strongly recommend taking a canoe trip from Brantome, the scenery is stunning and it is really good fun.
Chalus is famous for the Chateau where Richard the Lion Heart met his demise. In the summer time, there are many pageants and a street market every Friday. The Chateau of Chalus-Chabrol is open from 1st April-30th September.
St-Jean-de-Cole is one of the loveliest villages in the Dordogne. Its main square is surrounded by half-timbered houses, a covered marketplace, a 12th-century church and the Chateau de la Marthonie.
This is the capital of Perigord, and is located on the Isle River. The town is divided into three sections, the Cite (old Roman influence), Le Puy St-Front (the medieval section), and the more modern part of town. History buffs will want to visit the Musee de Perigord, in Puy St-Front. This museum is built on the site of a Augustinian monastery, and houses an impressive collection of prehistoric relics, sculptures, and Gallo-Roman mosaics. Many of the artefacts were found locally, which is rich in prehistoric remains. There are many charming narrow streets with shops, restaurants and bars.
The capital of Perigord Noir with elegant merchants houses and pretty cottages streets in mellow, honey-coloured stone. The Saturday market is reputed to be the largest in France where you can sample local produced Fois Gras, truffles and cheeses.
Aubeterre sur Dronne
A listed riverside village built in the shape of amphitheatre this former stronghold is classified as one of France’s prettiest villages. The charming square with bustling cafes and restaurants, quaint shops and ancient buildings, riverside beach and leisure facilities make this an attractive place to visit.
The fortified citadel town of Angouleme boasts a long history and is home to the national comic strip centre, fine arts museum and a local archaeology museum. It also hosts the world famous “circuit des ramparts” every September – hundreds of vintage cars displayed, paraded and raced around the city walls.
This town’s old quarter is based around the hilltop cathedral, with superb views from the ramparts, and old streets full of interesting buildings and shops. There is also a golf course and recreational lake with sailing and swimming, and on the outskirts of the town there are a new state of the art outdoor and indoor swimming pool with an ice- rink, and a multi-plex cinema. It is also a good town for shopping.
Situated on the banks of the river Charente this town is home to the famous Martell and Hennessy distilleries. A day out visiting and sampling the produce can be combined with shopping, interesting eating places, and a river boat trips.
Oradour Sur Glane
The site of a Second World War massacre, this village has been left as it stood after the tragic events of June 1944. It is a moving experience walking through the village of the martyrs.
Grotte de Villars
The Villars caves were only discovered in 1953 and is one of the largest caves systems in the Dordogne. Tours can be booked at the visitor centre, and allow access to over 600 meters of stunning caves with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. One of the only caves with original paintings – the little blue horse, and man with a bison being the most famous, which have been dated to 17 – 18,000 years old. Also scratch marks left by bears thousands of years ago can be seen on the walls. There is also an outdoor park with activities for children – a great place to visit, and only a 30 minutes drive from Lacourarie.
Other close places to visit
Atlantic beaches – 2 hours
Futurescope at Poitiers – 2 hours
La Rochelle – 2 hours
Bordeaux – 2 hours
La Grange Étable is perfectly located to explore the best that the Dordogne offers!