Chateaux, castles and other tourist sites:
Chateau de Beynac: only 5 minutes drive from La Baronnie Gîtes, this wonderful 12th century castle is worth a visit. Drive up to the top and admire the views along the Dordogne valley. Beynac was held by Richard the Lionheart from 1189 until his death in 1199.
Chateau de Castelnaud: a stunning 13th century castle used by Simon de Montfort. There are daily demonstrations of the trébuchets in action. This castle was used in the 100 years war as a English stronghold against the French castle of Beynac across the valley.
Chateau des Milandes: Built in 1489, the castle is famous for its outdoor sculptures. This pretty chateau is also a museum dedicated to its former owner, Josephine Baker, an American singer and dancer who lived there from 1947 to 1968. There are daily birds of prey shows and beautifully tended gardens.
Le Jardin de Marqueyssac: 10 minutes drive from La Baronnie Gîtes, the gardens provide interesting walks and fabulous view points towards Domme and La Roque Gageac.
St Cyprien: our local town just 3km away has a pretty medieval town centre and a large Sunday morning market. A large Carrefour supermarket caters for the majority of your food shopping needs.
Sarlat-la-Canèda: A charming medieval town with the oldest part around a central market place lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. The main shopping area is along the Rue de la République. There are very popular markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays with many local specialities such as foie gras, confit de canard and walnut-based products for sale.
Domme: A royal bastide town dating from the 13thcentury. Knights Templar graffiti can be seen in the entrance gate. A building in the centre of the town provides access to caves beneath. There are magnificent views across the Dordogne valley from various viewpoints.
Lascaux IV: The latest facsimile of the famous cave paintings of Lascaux near Montignac opened in December 2016.
There are several river beaches within 10 minutes drive from our property, along with several canoe hire companies.
Balloon flights take place locally most evenings during the summer and light aircraft pleasure flights are available from Bergerac airport.
There are two pay-and-play golf clubs in nearby Siorac-en-Périgord and Saint-Germain-de-Belvès.
For more ideas on where to go in the Dordogne area, see the "Comfort Explore" website (opens in a new window).
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