This little corner of south west France is rich with many different activities for the visitor to the Dordogne. From historic medieval towns and chateaux with spectacular gardens, the limestone caves of prehistoric civilisations, to a wide range of sporting activities such as canoeing, fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, cycling.
Cycling is a very popular pastime here in the Aquitaine, for those who like to take their site seeing slowly. There are plenty of routes available without big climbs but which still take you through some beautiful countryside and enable you to visit some of the lovely villages in the area.
We had this comment from one Canadian customer - Jim Miller, World Championship Triathlon competitor and four time IronMan participant: It’s always a bit of a risk choosing a place to stay from the internet, especially when you sign up for more than one or two days. In this instance we were extremely fortunate in finding Le Manoir des Granges and being able to take advantage of not only the fabulous region you live in but also the amenities provided within the complex itself. Having a place to ride from each morning into the hills was a real treat even for someone like me who has had the opportunity to ride in some of the best locations throughout the world. When you combine that along with all the local sites of prehistoric man, medieval castles and towns, along with the immediate locale of “one of the most beautiful villages in France” ,St Leon Sur Vezere, what can I say…PRETTY COOL SPOT…!
You can either bring your own bikes or they can be hired from one of the local companies:
For a perfect summers day, take a canoe at nearby Montignac down the Vezere River, slowly paddling downstream with the current you will arrive at the beautiful village of St Leon sur Vézère, which has an ancient church and a fairytale chateau built on the banks of the river itself. After a picnic lunch or perhaps a visit to one of the local restaurants you may continue your journey, with your next stop La Roque Saint-Christophe - actually opposite Les Granges. Your journey can continue down-stream visiting the little towns and villages on the way for as long as you wish. It is a tranquil and pleasant way to spend a day or even half a day.
Alternatively, there are many canoeing opportunities on the river Dordogne
How to keep the children entertained!
Apart from canoeing, walking and cycling what will the children enjoy on holiday in the Dordogne?
The walking around our area is endless and will suit all levels of physical fitness. There are gentle walks by the river, hill walks, walks with views and walks through the wooded areas in the shade.
There are too many chateaux and castles to mention but the first Chateaux in the Dordogne were constructed in the 10th Century.
The Chateau de Castelnaud is a fine example of the familiar, embellished style of chateau and houses a museum of medieval weaponry. Approximately 40 minutes drive this chateau is well worth a visit.
Chateau de Beynac is situated on top of a hill protecting the town of Beynac below. The path to the Chateau is very winding to ward off potential invaders but the view over the surrounding landscape is stunning. Approximately 30 minutes drive from Les Granges.
Closer to Les Granges is the 16th Century Chateau de Losse dominating the Vézère valley and only a 10 mins drive.
There are several lovely gardens in our area that are well worth a visit. There are gardens to suit everyone; from those with lots of colourful plants and garden ‘rooms’, to those with bamboo and grass, and those which are more like parkland with panoramic views of the Dordogne river.
The Centre of the Prehistoric World
The valley of the river Vézère is simply the country of mankind. In this valley the archaeological digs go back to ancient history. In the caves and grottoes you can gaze on drawings dating back to 35,000 years before our times. However it's the paintings of the Magdalenian era that we find the most fascinating. Bison, mammoth, reindeer, horses, wolves, elks, and rhinoceros, the list is long.
Sarlat has one of the best French markets people have ever been to. Extremely popular with both tourists and locals alike. The Saturday market is the biggest (and the busiest) where the Wednesday market is smaller and tends to be mainly local produce.
Montignac has a wonderful street market twice a week and nearby Rouffignac has a splendid Sunday morning market where you will generally see the local farmers exhibiting their freshly picked vegetables. Plump ducklings, fresh Foie Gras, unbelievable selections of cheese local to the Dordogne and don’t forget the walnuts which are very important to the region.
Why not enjoy our superb local cuisine in one of the local hotels or restaurants.
Les Granges is situated in the region of Aquitaine.
From Fishing in the Arcachon basin to picking peaches on the plains, checking out the cinnamon cake of Bordeaux to the famous Lamb of Pauillac, from the Basque games , to the thermal springs of Dax – there is never a shortage of things to see and do – remember to take some time off to rest!
Golden stone characterizes the wine growing areas in and around Bordeaux and Bergerac where a wealth of different Red, White, and Rose wines are produced at some of the world famous chateaux such as St Emillion, Pomerol, Medoc and Monbazillac.
It is in the Dordogne that the famous and delicious truffle is grown and 'hunted' by dogs and pigs whose trained and sensitive snouts detect the faint odour this 'underground mushroom' gives off.
The Dordogne is a popular place to study Buddhism and our property is just 1km away from the Dhagpo-Kagyu-Ling Buddhist centre. (For more information please click the link on the left). As we are open all year our accommodation is an ideal place to stay when visiting the centre at any time of the year.
Moroccan Hammam Bath and Massage
We are 10 minutes drive from a local spa which offers Moroccan Hammam steam bath and massage in a lovely setting. (For more information please click the link on the left).