Our local region

Age and glasses of wine should never be counted

The Dordogne region rightly has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful and picturesque regions of France.

Whether you want to spend your time relaxing by your own private pool or fancy something a little more active then there is something for everyone.  You can enjoy horse riding, golf, amazing cycling and walking and a canoe along the beautiful Dordogne river is a must-do.

You are surrounded by some of the best food and produce in France and can easily while away a morning wandering around the bustling village markets picking up amazing cheeses, foie gras, canard (in all sorts of variations), bread, cakes and the freshest fruit and vegetables. Fill your basket and then go back home and enjoy lunch on the terrace.

If you aren’t into cooking then there are lots of local restaurants and bars for you to enjoy.  In the local village of Saint Avit Senieur we are lucky to have the brilliant Table de Leo.  You can eat some of the freshest and most imaginatively prepared produce in the whole of the Dordogne, all sitting under the wisteria and in the shade of the medieval Abbey.  Within a twenty minute drive you will find a plethora of beautiful villages where you can dine and drink with the locals.  Monday nights in the Summer are not to be missed in Beaumont du Perigord where there is a fantastic night market.

We can arrange visits to local vineyards for you and your party, as well as private wine tastings.  There are the world famous vineyards at Saint Emillion and Bordeaux within an hour and a half.

For history buffs there are prehistoric caves and in Saint Avit Senieur and Cadouin there are medieval, UNESCO listed Abbeys.

We want to make your stay here relaxing and hassle-free.  We can, therefore, arrange and book your activities before you arrive.  We strongly recommend booking our fantastic caterers, TroisMetsVins, as soon as possible as they get very busy in the Summer months.

Here is a taster of what we can arrange for you:

Private chef and wine tasting

In the comfort of your own holiday home you can have a gourmet five course dinner prepared for you, or simply ask for a quiche, lasagnes and a cheeseboard to be delivered.  If you are celebrating a special occasion then let our chefs know and they will cater to your every whim.

Vineyard tours

Chateau Feely is a 25 minute drive away and is a small, family run vineyard that is organic and biodynamic.  You can do anything from an hour long tour to a whole day winemaker experience.  Caro Feely is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic host and will happily ship any wines that you inevitably end up buying back home for you.

Canoeing

We have connections with a super, family run business based in Limeuil where the Dordogne meets the Vezere river.  Take a canoe for an hour or a whole day, they will pick you up at the end of your trip when you can return to the medieval village and enjoy a glass of wine in a local bar.

Horse riding

Take a hack through the woods or try something completely different….horseback archery!  We can arrange for an evening just for your party to try your skills at shooting targets while on a horse.  Spectators are welcome too, take a picnic (and don’t forget the polos for Rebecca’s horse, Midnight).

Yoga

We can arrange for private yoga lessons – try yoga by the pool or in the shade of the trees.

Beauty/massage

Our therapist, Karen, will come to Fontalbe and cater to your every beauty desire.  She gets very busy during the summer months so we recommend booking her as soon as possible.

Bike hire

We can arrange for a local company to bring bikes, helmets etc to Fontalbe for you to explore the region.  Greg is a keen cyclist and is always happy to recommend routes – as long or as short, as tough or as easy as you would like.

There is always something going on, particularly during the Summer months.

If you would like, we can email you before your visit with a personalised list of attractions and things that we think that you would like to do.    In the house there is always an up to date list of all the best restaurants and bars, we know some of the owners personally so can always try to recommend something special for your stay.

Fontalbe location

Availability

Please check your preferred dates for availability using the calendar and then email us using the form below.

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