Country holiday home with large garden: Fully equipped kitchen, large comfortable lounge, 3 double bedrooms, shower room and bathroom. 5 minutes drive from Bergerac airport and shops. 10 minutes drive to the centre of Bergerac. Close to the river Dordogne. There are many chateau's in the area for those who enjoy wine tasting. There are many activities in the area; canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, walking, fishing and boat trips up the river Dordogne, to name a few.
There is a beautiful local chateau (15mins drive) with a lake: amenities include; Bar, restaurant/snack bar, bouncy castle, lake for swimming and boating, fresh water slide and a sandy beach for sun bathing. Bergerac is a vibrant, pretty market town with some excellent restaurants and much live music in the summer. There is also a great Aqua Park in Bergerac for families with children.
Our holiday home is an ideal place to relax, but it can also be used as a base for your activities holiday. Everything you need is within touching distance, whether this be Canoeing down the Dordogne or visiting Chateau's, wine tasting.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 3 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Swing set|
Each area of Périgord(Dordogne) has been assigned a descriptive colour. The south-east around Sarlat is called Perigord Noir because of its dense oak forests; the limestone area around the River Isle and Périgueux, capital of the region, is called Perigord Blanc after the light colour of its rock; Périgord Poupre refers to the wine-growing area around Bergerac; and the very green wooded area and pasturelands to the north is Perigord Vert. The two largest towns, each with populations just over 50,000, are Périgueux known for its domed cathedral, and Bergerac an important wine centre.
The region of Dordogne, also called the Périgord, has already been inhabited by people since the prehistory. Consequently you find many prehistoric sights in this department, particularly in the valley of the Vézère. The climate in the Dordogne can differ much from place to place. The weather can differ considerably dependent of the situation of the hills in respect of the sun, the situation in respect of the sea, whether you are in a valley or on a mountain. In general the temperatures in the Dordogne are some 6 degrees higher than in Holland. The summers are lovely and warm with an average of about 30 degrees. In the Dordogne
thunderstorms can come up just like that; it is only of short duration though.
The Dordogne region is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the country. Visit this beautiful region of France and discover the chateaux, beautiful medieval towns and villages, unspoiled countryside and prehistoric caves.
Quiet and tranquil now, the Dordogne region has had a tumultuous past. This history has left its mark all over the region, so before any visit to the region it is useful to have a brief understanding of the history of the area, so that the caves and the castles, the culture and the heritage, are set in context.
There are several significant stages to the history of the Dordogne region:
Prehistory: Starting from the earliest inhabitants in the region almost 500,000 years ago, and continuing through to 2500 years ago, the period gave rise to the renowned artwork of the caves of the region...Dordogne prehistory
Invasion (1): there then followed centuries of invasion in the region. Firstly the celts streamed across the region, then soon after the Romans dislodged them and established their own settlements in the Dordogne...Celts and Roman invasions
Invasion (2): the Romans were eventually defeated by a series of further invasions from the east...vandal invasions
Middle Ages: The battles then became more internal to the region and to France (and endless wars with the English), and the middle ages in the Dordogne were racked by conflict - especially the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion...Middle ages in the Dordogne
Peasant revolts: The consequence of all these centuries of conflict and battles was that the region was racked by extreme poverty, giving rise to successive revolts during the 16th-18th centuries...peasant revolts
Revolution: The centuries of troubles, poverty and war reached an end with the period of the French revolution and the period of Napoleon...revolution
Bergerac is found on the northern bank of the Dordogne River, in the western part of the Dordogne department.
It is among the largest towns in the region .
The highlight of a trip to Bergerac is the old town - the area immediately north of the river, signposted 'vieille ville'. This part of the town has some lovely streets and squares to explore, and a variety of boutique type shops.
There are also several restaurants in 'old-town' Bergerac among the attractive medieval half-timbered streets, and some open-air cafes where you can pass a very pleasant hour just watching people going about their business.
Visit the Maison de Vins de Bergerac in the heart of the old town. It is a beautiful old cloister dating back to the 12th century. If you are a wine enthusiast there is an exhibition showing the history of Bergerac wines and its 13 appellations. During the summer there are occasional concerts which take place in the cloister. It is a lovely setting for them and worth going if you get the chance. In December there is usually a small but good quality Christmas Market here with products from local artisans, very useful if you are doing some Christmas shopping.
The National Tobacco Museum is based here in Bergerac, and is apparently very interesting. (Tobacco is still an important crop in the region, that you will probably see growing in the fields.)
Up from the old town, there is a newer, more modern part to Bergerac, with more conventional streets and a larger range of 'modern' shops.
The market, held on a Saturday, is at the higher end of the town.
After exploring Bergerac you can take an organised boat trip (gabarre) up the river (start from the car-park at the bottom end of the old-town) to see the town and the nearby countryside from a different perspective. (But be warned - several people we know have done this and said it was a waste of time because the boat didn't go far enough - I recommend you wait, and take a boat trip from one of the bases further upstream).
Note: Any statues of Cyrano de Bergerac can be ignored - he had nothing to do with the town, and quite possibly never even visited!
Bergerac is an important wine area with a selection of good wines. Particularly good Bergerac wines include Pecharmant, Monbazillac and Saussignac.
Cours de Pile:
The site of Cours de Pile has been inhabited since prehistoric times and flint tools have been uncovered in several places. Shards of axe-heads found at Castanet - some of which are estimated to be 300 000 years old and other, more recent ones, 7000 years old - are now in the National Museum of Prehistory at Les Eyzies .
It is not until 1365 that the commune, which was at the time still a parish, entered historical records with a written reference to Cors and Pilas. The names indicate the existence of two separate places which were doubtless separate parishes united only after the year 1000. ‘Cors’ comes from ‘Cohors’ meaning in Latin a farm courtyard or, more generally, simply a farm. ‘Pilae’ became ‘Pilas’ and then ‘Piles’. In Gallo-Roman times a villa is likely to have been at the origin of a possible parish when Christianity reached the area.
The name ‘Piles’ comes from the great burial towers constructed by rich Gallo-Romans in the family graveyard - high, square and compact, the towers stood on a base and finished in a mini-pyramid. These ‘piles’ were responsible for both the place name and the name of the château which was built on the site in the 14th century.
Just opposite the château, the Dordogne riverbed was littered with so many rocks that when the waters were high enough to be navigable the rocks caused the river to become a waterfall known as the Peyrat Falls. (Upstream from Pile another fall is called La Gratusse).
In 1804, the sub-prefect of Bergerac, Monsieur Prunis, managed to convince the Dordogne General Council to vote in the funding needed to remove this obstruction to navigation.
The rocks, however, had given rise to a lovely legend :
Children activities and things to do in the Dordogne
There are lots of things for children to do in the Dordogne, from prehistoric parks to paper making. Particular tourist attractions for children include:
Bergerac Aquapark, Bergerac
Bergerac Aquapark - on the road from Bergerac to Bordeaux, on the outskirts of Bergerac. Four swimming pools with water chutes and plenty of other 'young people' things to do.
Prehisto Parc, Les Eyzies
Prehisto Parc 6km north of Les Eyzies, no trip to the Vezere valley would be complete without the children playing at being prehistoric. Cavemen, mammoths and the like are recreated for your children's endless amusement.
Park archéologique de Beynac
Re-live the life of the first farmers and metal workers in this reconstructed Neolithic village.
Jacqou Park, Le Bugue
Jacquou Park near Le Bugue has three parcs: an animal parc, an aqua parc and and amusement parc. The animal parc has farm animals from around the world including llamas, highland cattle and angora goats. The aqua parc has two water slides, plus seperate pools for younger visitors. The attractions park has a bouncy castle and rides for young children. There is also a mini-golf and a snack area.
Le village du Bournat, Le Bugue
Le village du Bournat at Le Bugue is one of the most popular attractions for families in the Dordogne. A reconstructed village showing life in 1900. With animals on a working organic farm, crafts, and a working windmill (which makes flour for the local bread). There is also a funfair (included in the entrance price), picnic areas and restaurants.
Le parc Aquarium du Périgord Noir at Le Bugue/Vezere
More than 6000 fish to see at this aquarium at Le Bugue. With feeding shows and an underwater gallery there is plenty to amuse the children here. There is also a new insect zone with a glass-hive housing more than 80 000 bees. There is also a new Iguana Park set in an area of sub-tropical vegetation and .... new in 2011 - Anaconda, the snake god.
There are various feeding times that children can help with and you can watch a diver feeding fish in the bigger tanks.
La terre des oiseaux, Le Bugue sur Vézère
Ornithologic parc at Le Bugue.
Le Thot Espace Cro-Magnon
This centre of pre-history includes a reproduction of the largest of the Lascaux caves and scenes of daily life in pre-historic times.
Swimming and Paddling
It is possible to swim and paddle at many places along the Dordogne River. Limeuil is a particularly good spot with river beaches and shallow water at the edges.
Canoeing on the Dordogne River
Treetop Adventure Parks
If you haven't been to one of these treetop adventure parks with your children you must! My two girls are aged 12 and 9 and adored the one near us:
L'Appel de la Forêt, Thenon
This one at Thenon has various trails depending on the age, height and courage of you and your children.
Airparc Perigord, St-Vincent-de-Cosse
Situated between Beynac and St Cyprien. This treetop adventure parc is on the river and so offers another way to enjoy the beauty of the river dordogne. This site is one of my favourite canoe hire sites as well.