La Petite Auberge
For those who bear to tear themselves away from the pool and sun terraces, there is a lot to do locally.
We can arrange for bike hire for you and your family with our cycle partners, BikeHireDirect, or, for the serious cyclists, feel free to bring your own bikes - we have secure storage facilities to keep them safe. The French roads are some of the best to cycle on, and we are certainly spoilt for choice here. Even the Tour de France agree and Stage 11 leaves Eymet on 12 July 2017. You can set off from your Gite or we can drive you out to various starting points for you to cycle back at your leisure. Picnics are also available on request.
Through our Riding School partner, Equitrekfrance, you can receive on site riding lessons, as well as enjoy guided hacks through the picturesque Dordogne countryside.
There are a number of courses within a 40-minute drive. They range from a 9-hole course to a par 72, championship course only 30 minutes away at Les Vigiers.
Approximately 1 hour away are the Thermal baths at Casteljaloux. The facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna, as well as pre-bookable
treatments e.g. massage.
Pre-history & History:
The Perigord calls itself the Pays de L'homme as the oldest remains of early man were found
here and the Lascaux cave paintings are thought to be the most remarkable in the world.
There are a number of caves to choose from for exploration.....Padirac is well worth a trip
and has its own underground river.
This area was fought over by the French and the English during the Middle Ages which has
left numerous Chateaux to explore such as Chateau de Duras and Museum;
It is also near the routes the Pilgrims followed to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.
Other attractions include a farm dedicated to old crafts, wine barge trips on the Dordogne, a Wine Museum at Bergerac and even the largest sand dune in Europe just south of Bordeaux.
Wine & Food:
There is a fantastic variety of local fine wines. Bergerac is famous for its great red wine,
often at a fraction of the cost of the neighbouring Bordeaux region. The sweet, golden
AOC Monbazillac wines are enjoyed throughout the world both as an aperitif and as a
desert wine. Monbazillac wine is particularly associated with the regions other speciality,
foie gras. The famous medieval hilltop village of St Emillion and the Bordeaux district are
only 50 Kms away. The renowned Sigoules wines fair, which takes place every year in July,
is only 10 minutes away, and is extremely popular with locals and visitors.
The local food is part of the joy of the region. Local restaurants vary from those frequented on a daily basis by workers and lorry drivers, to the grander Michelin rated restaurants. Why not try foie gras poached in Monbazillac with apples, confit de canard (duck) with glazed shallots, juicy sweet tomatoes, succulent artichokes, six different types of lettuce, dozens of different cheeses, wild fruits especially strawberries, freshly baked bread, walnut tart …… The mouth-watering list goes on and on!
There are many local festivals and fetes, which are always a good way to experience the French style of life. Sharing the experience with local people is part of the overall holiday experience.
For those who need retail therapy, there are many local markets, practically one every day of the week including Sunday. For shops, Bergerac is only 25 mins away and Bordeaux is about 90 mins away.
Arcachon is approximately 100kms. This triangular basin has a deep bay and contains an inland sea where oysters are farmed. There are several good swimming sites, excellent restaurants, fishing and boat hire is available. 7.5kms south of Arcachon is "La Dune du Pilat", which is the highest sand dune in Europe. The dune, 2.5kms long, is hard work to get to the top (390ft/117m) but the view is well worth the climb.
Historic Bastide Towns:
There are lots in the surrounding area. Eymet is the closest and lots of nice restaurants, cafes and bars.
There are quite a few good walks around the area. A good guide books is "Le Pays du Dropt a Pied Duras - Guyenne". It is in french, but quite easy to follow.
Canoeing on the Dordogne and the Dropt
Balloon trips from St Jean de Duras
Lac du Saut du Loup, Miramont
Tennis courts are available for hire in Eymet
Fishing is available on site in our own private fishing lake