At a glance.......
Style: Boutique holiday apartment, owned and run by a Kiwi/French couple who live on site.
Setting: Quiet street in a 14th century medieval village in the Dordogne.
Good for: Lovebirds, family, 2 couples.
Stay: as little or as long as you want.
Highlights: Self contained, large comfortable beds, luxury toiletries, fluffy towels, bathrobes, WiFi access, walking distance to variety of shops, restaurants and bars, perfect for walking and cycling.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 en suites|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 20 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The Dordogne département is for many people the picture-perfect image of the French countryside, a gentle landscape of patchwork fields, hilltop towns, turreted mansions and jade-green woods.
Named after the most important of the region's seven rivers, the Dordogne is better-known to the French as Périgord, spiritual home to two of the country's enduring culinary passions – foie gras and the black truffle. The Dordogne is famous for its stunning cave paintings, as well as for its many fortified chateaux and bastide towns – reminders of the bloody battles waged here during the Middle Ages and the Hundred Years' War.
The historic town of Eymet is situated in the south west of France, about a 90 minute drive south east of Bordeaux and 20 minutes from Bergerac.
It sits on the banks of the Dropt at the convergence of differing but yet complimentary landscapes, architectures and economic activities.
Eymet was founded in 1270 and is situated in a region that was the centre of historic rivalry between the English and the French and as a result the countryside is still rich with fortified towns, Bastides, chateaux and Romanesque chapels.
The town boasts some impressive architecture, including La Place de la Bastide with its fountain (pictured below) and extensive pedestrian zone, the 14th and 15th century houses dotted around the centre and the towers of the medieval castle, recently restored as part of the Station Bastide competition, of which Eymet was a prizewinner.
Thursday is market day in Eymet where a large range of local produce can be bought.
There are markets, on other days, in most of the other towns in the area. In the summer there is a night market on a Tuesday night which is always lively.
The Dordogne region is famous for its wine and food. There are many widely known vineyards in the region including Graves, Medoc, Monbazillac, Sauternes and Sainte-Emilion.
The local wines are Bergerac and Duras and these are available at very reasonable prices.
There are numerous restaurants in Eymet and the surrounding villages. Most of these provide excellent value for money.
In addition to its stunning architecture, Eymet also has a number of amenities for the holiday maker.
It has a first class swimming pool, which is only a 10 minute walk from Maison No. 20. There are also several lakes with sandy foreshores, suitable for swimming, which also have seaside type facilities.
Golfers have a choice of four courses within easy reach of the properties. There is a par-27 course at Sadillac, an interesting 9 hole course at Tombaboeuf, 9 hole course at Chateau Les Merles and a top class 27 hole complex at ChÃ¢teau des Vigiers.