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 If you need a break from relaxing by the pool, then there is lots to do in the area for all age groups:  

Bicycle Hire

Cycling is the French National sport and there are a number of places locally to hire bicyles.If you would like to organise bike hire for all of part of your stay then we have contacts with two companies who will deliver your cycles to the property, along with all neccesary safety equipment.  If you think you would like to have access to cycles during your stay we suggest that you contact them at least 4 weeks in advance of your arrival in order to avoid disappointment.


Canoeing on the Dordogne and the Vereze is a great way to see the best of the scenary of the Dordogne and its tributaries.  Its also a great way to occupy energetic teenagers.



We have formed a partnership with "Emily cooks for you". Use this link to see her website Emily cooks for you. Bilingual french cook Emily Bobrie offers cookery courses either in our gites or in her kitchen in Belves.  You get to eat/keep your creations. She also provides meals delivered to your door. 


You can fish in the many local rivers and the dordogne as well as a number of nearby lakes – a “carte de peche de tourisme” is valid for two weeks and can be purchased from the local “Quincalliere” (Hardware shop) in Beaumont.


There are 7 golf courses in the Dordogne with four of these within easy driving distance.


A need for speed??  Go-karting is very popular with our guests.  Prices start from 12euros per session and you can find more information at: http://www.bergerac-karting.com/ (This site is in French)


There are equstrian centres in both Beaumont and Monpazier offering rides, trekking and even accompanied horse and carriage outings (1/2 day)

Parc en Ciel

This 45 acre wooded site has something for everyone with restaurants, pool, bar and activities for all ages, but the star is the treetop walkways.  Its a great day out for all the family.  Find more information at: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1856959-d2044275-Reviews-Parc_En_Ciel-Lacapelle_Biron_Lot_et_Garonne_Aquitaine.html

Dark sky Photography


With the nearest connurbation several miles away and the nearest street light over 2 miles away we are ideally placed for anyone with an interest in Dark sky photography.  Nic St John is a talented photographer who has taken some stunning dark sky pictures at our property and will be available to offer photographers the opportunity to learn these skills in May and October, contact us for more details and follow the link below to see examples of Nic's work. Nics dark sky pictures





This is fabulous walking country and the local office de tourisme have recently established an array of walks in the local area in the country side around the property, routes are marked and vary in length and terrain.


Wine tasting


The Bergerac area wines are not well known outside of France, but the area produces some outstanding red, white, rose and dessert wines.  One of most spectacular sites where you can indulge your tastebuds is at Chateau Monbazillac (see photo below).  There are 6 appellations in the surrounding area each with their own individual characteristics and many of the Chateaux provide free tastings.  For something a little different you can visit another local winery, Chateau Verdots, where you can collect a picnic lunch with wine and then take an unsupervised stroll among the vines themselves.  Verdots also offer a tour of their underground cellar followed by a tasting, which allows you to try their wines with different food.  We re happy to book this for you but can't guarantee it will always be available in English.



Further Afield

For those who want to venture further – many of the sites and flavours of this famous French region are within an hour or so drive, and include:

• Sarlat – one of the Dordognes prettiest and most famous towns.
• La Roque Gageac – which hangs onto the cliff side of the Dordogne valley
• Domme – one of the most imposing Bastides in the Dordogne
• Les Eyzies-de-Tayac - with the national museum of pre-history
• The caves of Lascaux – with the world famous cave paintings and now the international centre of prehistory Lascaux IV
• St. Emillion – a beautiful village and home to some of the worlds best red wines
• Cahors – with its imposing medieval architecture
• Bordeaux – the regional city with its beautiful old town


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