|Le Noyer||Self Catering||Saturday||2||5||2|
Le Noyer is a beautiful house perched on a hill overlooking the charming village of Borrèze.
The ground floor consists of a large kitchen and an open plan sitting room and dining room with timber beams, large fireplace and ceramic stove. This leads out to a large patio to the west and south with stunning views over the valley below.
A beautiful wooden spiral staircase winds its way to the first floor which contains a large triple room and a double room with a balcony.
There is a bathroom on the first floor and utility room and shower room/wc on the ground floor.
Well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, oven, fridge, freezer.
Dining area opening onto living room.
A comfortable living room with wood burning stove, tv, dvd.
1 double room, 1 triple room.
Upstairs bathroom with half bath.
Downstairs bathroom with walk-in shower
Wood burning stove.
Tv, dvd, stereo.
large patio to the west and south with stunning views over the valley below. barbeque and garden furniture, parsol etc. Children's playhouse and paddling pool.
Parking for two cars.
Not suitable for wheelchair users.
The Dordogne region of France has literally hundreds of caves, many of them open for the public to visit. These caves ('grottes' in French) fall into two categories - caves that are famous for the prehistoric paintings that they contain; and caves that are more renowned for their rock formations - stalactites, stalagmites, and other curious shapes formed by the effects of water over thousands of years. Both types of cave are equally fascinating. It is not possible to view the cave paintings without feeling a strange connection with our ancestors that once stood in exactly the same place, or to stand in one of the great underground caverns without being overawed by the beauty of nature. Here are some of our favourites. In particular check out the breathtaking Font de Gaume at St. Eyzies, one of the last caves in France open to the public with polychromatic cave painting. Visitor numbers are restricted and like its more famous neighbour Lascaux, is expected to close completly in the coming years. Gouffre de Padirac Les Grottes de Lacave Font de Gaume La Roque Saint Christophe Grotte de Rouffignac
Chateau des Milandes is most unusual for a medieval castle in that it reached the height of its fame in the 1930's when the castle was bought by the famous American cabaret singer/dancer Josephine Baker. Josephine and her very colourful life now dominate the chateau - from her early days as a cabaret performer with the Folies Bergere to her wartime work helping the local French resistance fighters, and on to her subsequent adoption of numerous children from around the world - her 'rainbow tribe'.
Quercyland is located in Souillac, which is just 10km from Le Noyer. This is a large swimming complex consisting of 5 pools, 2 large slides and a 6-lane waterslide. In addition, you and your children can also enjoy mini golf, bouncy castles, jungle gyms, trampolines, paddle boating, a carousel with airplanes etc. In short, there’s so much to do here that your children may have to come back for more! Canoë Copeyre is also based at Quercyland - one of the many locations and companies along the Dordogne where you can start or finish a canoe trip. From Argenta to Beynac, you can pass through Corrèze, Lot and Dordogne with beautiful and various landscapes. From Argentat to Copeyre, you can follow the routes of the former gabariers and navigate through beautiful villages such as Beaulieu sur Dordogne or Carennac. From Copeyre to Souillac you can pass through breath taking legendary cliffs; and from Souillac to Beynac you’ll pass castles and the famous villages of Roque Gageac and Domme. All along the trip, you pass several well-known castles including Castelnau-Bretenoux, Belcatel, Treyne, Fénelon, Montfort, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Fayrac and Beynac. Foret des Singes (Monkey Forest) at Rocamadour is a must if you are travelling with children, where more than 100 monkeys live in relative freedom. Opened in 1974, the park aims to raise public awareness of the monkeys and assist in conservation programs. One hundred and thirty monkeys are allowed to roam freely within the confines of the 20 hectare park and amongst the visitors if they wish. The monkeys are very friendly and will not hesitate in coming up to you and grabing the popcorn distributed at the entrance.
La Roque Gageac is one of France's most beautiful villages. In a stunning position on the north bank of the Dordogne River, and backed by cliffs, with little to suggest that much has changed there in the last 300 years, La Roque-Gageac is truly the perfect picture postcard village. The golden yellow houses with their traditional perigord rooves, line the river and spread up the hill behind. While some of the properties in La Roque Gageac are quite modest, there is also an impressive number of grand houses among them. One of the grandest of these is near the road as you enter from Beynac - the 19th century Chateau de la Malartrie. The troglodyte fort set in the cliffs 40 metres above La Roque Gageac is fascinating, and significant vestiges of the 12th century construction are still standing. The strong defensive position of La Roque Gageac and the fortress whose defences continued to be elaborated up to the 17th century meant that it held an important strategic and defensive position in the area. La Roque Gageac has always been an important trading point on the Dordogne river with goods being carried by traditional boats called 'gabares'. Replicas of these boats are now used for hour long river cruises. These start from various points along the river dordogne with those at La Roque Gageac sailing past the Chateau de la Malartie, the Chateau de Lacoste, the Chateau de Marqueyssac and the Chateau de Castelnaud. Each boat has a guide describing the sights, nature and history of the area but free audioguides in English are provided.
This is a fabulous garden to visit and great for children. It is almost exclusively made up of clipped box but near the chateâu this is clipped into elaborate swirling designs and includes paths of clipped rosemary and santolina. There is also a much wilder walk in woodland and clipped box which meanders 130 metres above the river giving fabulous views. There is an area with swings and a picnic area and during the summer children 6+ can learn rock climbing on certain days. During the summer each Thursday evening the gardens are lit by candlelight and various musicians play in different locations around the garden. A magical experience not to be missed. The Gardens at Marqueyssac remain open all year round. They are located 9km south-west of Sarlat near Vézac.
Rocamadour is one of the Grand Sites of France. The extraordinary village is on the eastern edge of our selected towns, across the border from the Dordogne into the Lot department. Each year the small village of Rocamadour (population around 600), in the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy, receives more than a million visitors. Rocamadour orignal popularity stemmed from its role as an important pilgrimage destination for over 1000 years. Built on the site of a shrine to a Madonna, the shrine became famous for its healing powers, and soon became a stop on the pilgrimage path to Santiago de Campostela. The second reason is because of the beautiful and dramatic setting of the village, climbing up a cliff side. Rocamadour has several highlights well worth exploring, although it is the 'village as a perfect unity' which is really the big attraction. The village is essentially just one paved street, lined with medieval houses, several of which are notable and many of which are impressive, and passing through stone fortified gateways - the Porte du Figuier and the Porte Salmon are the two main gateways. The Grand Escalier (216 steps, once climbed by pilgrims on their knees) leads from the village to the sanctuaries above, and L'Hospitalet, with its views of the old town. If you can persuade your children to climb all the way up the Grand Escalier without complaining you are doing a fine job! The sanctuaries include the Chapelle Notre Dame - home to the Black Madonna - and the basilica Saint-Sauveur; the Saint-Michel chapel; the Palace of the Bishops (Palais des Eveques) and three chapels. If you still have some energy (or have taken the lift rather than walked) continue onwards and upwards along the shady path towards L'Hospitalet, final destination for the pilgrims and a great place for some stunning views across the region.
Sarlat is the most famous town in the region and one of the most renowned and visited in France. It is also one of the most attractive. Often called just Sarlat, the town is actually twinned with its less famous neighbour and is more correctly called Sarlat-la-Canéda. Destined to be besieged by tourists at almost all times of the year Sarlat is a beautiful, well restored town a few kilometres north of the River Dordogne. The old town, dating from both medieval and renaissance times is a pleasure to visit, especially during the spring and autumn, or early in the morning. If you can catch the early morning sunshine on the yellow sandstone buildings, so much the better. Broadly, the pedestrianised Rue de la Republique runs the length of the old town, with mazes of narrow streets either side. The cathedral is to the south-east of Sarlat, with the attractive Place de Payrou and Hotel de la Boétie. North east is the lovely Place de la Liberté and the wonderful winding street of the Rue des Consuls. At the jardin des Enfeus just above the cathedral is the ancient abbey cemetary and there are several sarcophagus and 'enfeus' (tombs that are built into the church wall). Up above the cathedral and the Jardin des Enfeus is an unusual structure -' La Lanterne des morts', lantern of the dead. Opposite the cathedral on the Place du Peyrou is the splendid 'Hôtel de La Boétie', birthplace of the philosopher and humanist Etienne de La Boétie. Crossing the Rue de la Republique to the west side of town take a look at the Hotel St Clar with its wonderful turret tower and see the Tour du Bourreau and the last remaining part of the ramparts. Wander northwards past the convent of Ste Claire and the Chapel of the Penitents Blancs with its huge Baroque doorway. Crossing back over the Rue de la Republique walk down the Rue des Consuls. This road is one of the highlights of Sarlat and contains a number of very impressive mansions. There is the 16th
Set in the middle of an oak forest just 6km from Le Noyer, Souillac Golf and Country Club is a delightful 18 hole course with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Acclaimed golf course architect Jeremy Pern cleverly used the natural contours of the land to create a challenging course with open fairways and deceptive greens, now acknowledged to be one of the best in South West France. A course for all levels of golfers, both challenging and scenically beautiful, it rewards accuracy, and has some holes which are a real test for any golfer. •18 hole golf course set in 60 hectares of woodland •10 covered booth practice range •Buggies, Trolleys and Clubs for hire •Undulating putting green (reflecting the actual greens) •Tuition for all levels Other facillities at the club •2 outdoor tennis courts (racquets available) •Table tennis •9 swimming pools •Childrens play area •Sports area •Wellnes centre •Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant (from April to October)
The Dordogne is at the heart of some of the finest vineyards in the world - Bordeaux, St Emilion, Monbazillac, Bergerac, Cahors and many others are all close to here. The Dordogne itself is surrounded by these regions, clearly including the Bordeaux and Bergerac regions immediately to the west and Cahors immediately to the south. Bordeaux is the most famous with some 120,000 hectares and 700 million bottles a year of which 89% are red including 54 appellations. Bergerac is still significant with 13,000 hectares and blends various grapes for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec whereas the Cahors wines are almost purely of the Malbec grape (commonly known as “Côt”). The latter are more similar to Bordeaux wines but benefit significantly from aging. The main wines in the Bergerac area are: Bergerac, Pecharmant, Monbazillac, Saussignac, Rosette and Montravel. The region is flooded with chateaux where you can conduct a spot of wine tasting. Monbazillac is a clear favorite a few miles south of Bergerac with 3500 hectares of vineyard in a stunning setting where you can try the local wines (including very good dessert wine) along with the Dordogne speciality of foie gras. In the same area is the UNESCO famous St Emilion, a very pretty village with a clear place on the world stage for best wines. The best vintages for St Emilion include 2005, 2003, 2000, 1998 and 1995, and there is a superb bus tour which can take you through the village. As for Cahors, favourites are Chateau Lamartine and Chateau de Chambert immediately west of Cahors. In any event the fantastic restaurants or the very well stocked shops all hold a fantastic variety of superb local wines for your consumption when lounging at Le Noyer gazing over the rolling French countryside and sunset in front of you.