Inspire Me

Out of season is early November to Easter. Enjoy the tranquility and curl up with a glass of wine, a good book or DVD in front of the wood burning stoves. If you wish to explore the area then there are many speciality Autumn and Winter markets to visit along with other activities such as golf, walking and cycling. 

Short breaks

Short breaks are a great way to break up the long winter. Tracey can arrange these breaks on your behalf for whatever your interest are; wine tasting, golf, cycling, walking. Our Team can do your grocery shop for you and even visit daily for house keeping. Our great chefs can provide all your meals for you.

Autumn is considered by locals the most beautiful time of year in the Dordogne, being tranquil, richly colourful, with warm days and cool nights. A vendange (harvesting of the vines) is underway in the vineyards and preserving pots are bubbling in kitchens, readying for the winter. This is a season of bounty in the Dordogne: wild cepe mushrooms, pumpkins, chestnuts, quinces. Late Autumn heralds the start of La Chasse - the hunting season - so expect to see venison and wild boar on local menus.

The Dordogne region of South West France is rich in both natural beauty and historic treasures.  Our distant ancestors lived in the region 20,000 years ago and left amazing cave paintings as a testament to their spirit and creativity. Thousands of years later, medieval pilgrims and noblemen built some of the most beautiful abbeys and castles in all of Europe.  Even today, the Dordogne has more castles per square mile than any other area of France!

Explore these villages, castles, traditions and history of the Dordogne. Walk along meandering rivers, through lush forests, and softly undulating countryside dotted with ancient farms and stone hamlets. Also walk to better enjoy the region’s fabulous food & wine.


The local Chateau des Vigiers has a great course where visitors are warmly welcomed and no handicap is needed. All golf equipment is available for guests at the villas if requested in advance.

Wine tasting

Visit the award winning Chateau Feely  where Caro and Sean will share their passion of Organic Biodynamic wine with you. 

Dog walking

Explore the network of quiet lanes and tracks through the vines and woodland. Your dogs will love their holiday as much as you do.


The local lanes are perfect for cycling as they are single track and very quiet with no hedges. Why not cycle to lunch at one of the traditional village cafes, with delicious, locally sourced food.

Visiting medieval villages and chateau

It is such a pleasure to wind your way through the beautiful countryside, stop at one of the many medieval villages and enjoy a long French lunch.

Sample the wonderful range of local restaurants

Please visit the Gastronomy page for full details. Two Michelin Star restaurants within 20 minutes, one of which you can cycle to.

Truffle markets 

Sainte-Alvère - Monday mornings, December through February

Brantome - December to February on Fridays

Sarlat - December to February on Saturdays

Bergerac- December to end of Feb on Saturdays

Fois gras markets

Perigeaux - fois gras and truffles Wednesday and Saturday mid-November to mid-March  Around the corner on Place St-Louis, the November-to-March duck market sees gourmets and grandmothers furtively hand over cash in exchange for goose hearts, duck livers, every imaginable part of the duck – dried-blood pancakes called sanguettes included. Come December, the heady aroma of black truffles heightens the foodie excitement.

Riberac - November to March

Sarlat - December to February on Saturdays

Chestnut market

Mid-September to November on Saturdays at Villefranche-du-Perigord: September and October mornings in Place de Villefranche 

Cepes market (local mushroom)

A renowned “cèpes” market is held every Autumn in Monpazier’s bastide hall in the centre of the village

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