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The old Périgord has been lived in since time immemorial – the Lascaux cave is not far from here.
This area is ideally suited for shorter or longer walks (randonnées). Walk the wooded valleys of the Dordogne or take a trip on a flat-bottomed ‘gabare’ up-river.
This is river country with old châteaux standing guard at each bend. The region is famous for its good cuisine – the Périgord kitchen is known for its truffles and foie gras. The Pécharmant is the wine of the area – ‘vignes’ are everywhere.

The nearest village Hautefort, famed for its ‘château’, lies on a hillside only 5 miles away. Sit in the old village square to have outdoor lunch and wonder at the ancient castle walls just beside you.

The nearest city is small but very old; Périgueux gave its name to the Périgord region. It is an old roman town with many interesting remains. The old quarter with its cobbled streets and renaissance houses is beautifully restored; here you can browse the sophisticated boutiques and dine outside in one of the many small cafes and restaurants.
Take one of the many signposted walks through the old town and revel in its history. The Saturday morning market takes over the entire old city-quarter with little stalls in all the old winding streets.
The Périgueux cathedral, the ‘St Front’ dominates the townscape from afar – why not join a service there or maybe just visit to marvel at its glorious architecture.