IN THE AREA

Drive no more than 30-40 minutes in any direction, and you'll find something extraordinary. It's not called "Land of 1001 Chateaux" for nothing....the striking Chateau de Biron is only 8km south, the majestic Chateau Monbazillac is 25km west, and Chateau Beynac is 25km northeast.  This area is dotted with even more ancient Chateaux and beautifully preserved medieval villages: Belves, Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Villereal, Issigeac or Monflanquin...perfect for a wander on market days. Only 15 minutes north of Monpazier are striking Cadouin Abbey and Eglise Saint-Avit-Senieur - known for centuries as stops along the Pilgrims Trail to Santiago de Compostela, and now renowned for their imposing churches and cloisters.

A little further north is the majestic Dordogne River, where you'll find breathtaking villages such as Limeuil, Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle and Domme. In this area there are several wonderful gardens to explore, including the spectacular hanging gardens of Marqueyssac (pictured above), the Jardins d'Eyrignac, or Cadiot. If prehistoric caves are your thing, visit the Font-de-Gaume, Les Combarelles, or Grottes de Maxange or the Gouffre de Proumeyssac. Nearby Belves has an entire troglodyte village underneath its central square.

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There's so much to see & do in this part of the Dordogne, it's hard to be brief! But here's a sample of activities within 30-45 mins drive:

Chateaux:  Chateau de Biron (8km south); Chateau des Milandes (20km northeast); Chateau Beynac (25km northeast); Chateau Castelnaud (26km northeast); Monbazillac (25km west);  Chateau Bonaguil (19km southwest); Puymartin (48km north)
Gardens: Marquessac or Eyrignac (both 35 & 50 mins drive north);
Caves:  Grottes de Maxange (15km northwest) Gouffre de Proumeyssac (25km north); Grotte de Font-de-Gaume and Les Combarelles (38km north); Lascaux II (64km north)
Horseriding near Belves (16km north) or Issigeac (20km west);
Treetop adventure park for children:  Lacapelle de Biron (9km southeast);
Canoeing, river beach or gabarre cruises: Limeuil, Bergerac, La Roque Gageac, Tremolat.
Nearby"Plus Beaux" Villages: Sarlat, Domme, Castelnaud-la-Chappelle, Limeuil, Monflanquin, Belves, La Roque Gageac, St Leon-sur-Vezere

Great village markets: Monpazier each Thursday, Villereal on Saturday, Sarlat on Wednesday & Saturday, Issigeac on Sunday, St Cyprien on Sunday, Le Buisson de Cadouin on Friday, Beaumont-du-Perigord on Tuesday, Bergerac on Wednesday and Saturday

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 This is the heartland of soaring chateaux, secret caves and majestic gardens... too much to list here...but whatever your interests, there's always something amazing around the bend. A comprehensive Welcome Kit is provided in the house to help you plan your adventures.

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For lots more ideas & inspiration, investigate www.pays-des-bastides.com or www.bergerac-tourisme.com or find useful info about many Dordogne villages at www.francethisway.com/regions/dordogne.php

For some action, choose from horse riding, ballooning, canoeing, fishing, forest walks, swimming in the nearby freshwater lake or local river beaches, as well as Bergerac Aquaparc, go-karting in Bergerac and a children's treetop adventure park in nearby Biron.  

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For more travel inspiration, take a look at our Boards on Pinterest:

https://www.pinterest.com/dordognevilla/dordogne-holiday-dreaming/

For a little taste of what you can see and do in our area, here's a couple of short films which will definitely inspire you to book that flight!  Featuring Bergerac, Chateau Biron, Cadouin Abbey, Chateau Monbazillac, Issigeac, Monpazier, Lascaux II, Chateau de Losse and much more...

Click here to view this Pays de Bergerac clip or this Grands Sites du Perigord clip