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Dordogne and Lot

The Dordogne is located in south west France inland from the Gironde estuary and has long been a prized holiday destination for British holiday makers. They come here for its slow, relaxed pace of life, pretty country towns and old villages, ancient castles and utterly beautiful and varied rural scenery. We have a fine selection of villas in the Dordogne that will provide the perfect holiday base for exploring the region.

The Dordogne is home to a number of fortified medieval towns. Perched on rocky outcrops, the ‘bastide’ towns (Of medieval origin) of Rocamadour, Domme and Monpazier give stunning glimpses into the history of the region and are perfect for exploring. The regional capital Sarlat has a wealth of tradition and history faithfully restored to its 17th century magnificence. Wander around its twice weekly market where you will find an array of local produce.

The region is known for its hundreds of prehistoric attractions including cave paintings, spectacular rock formations and underground rivers. Visit Les Eyzies and Lascaux II where you can see magnificent cave paintings and view the artefacts dating back 400,000 years.

Take a boat trip on a flat bottomed gabarre to explore pretty riverside villages, or if you fancy something more adventurous, you can hire a kayak at the pretty town of Brantôme and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the river Dronne at your own pace.

The department of Lot with its limestone countryside is a lovely slice of rural France; its capital, the small city of Cahors, has charming medieval streets and a unique 14th century bridge, the Pont de Valentre.

Enjoy the tranquil French countryside by car, foot or bike. Here there are miles of quiet country roads, walking trails and cycling paths. Visit the town markets or hire a canoe for a leisurely day on the river. Horse riding is also a popular past time in the Dordogne.

The Dordogne, like much of France, is a food lover’s delight which you can find at the region’s many local markets. From rich confit de canard to more adventurous escargots, it’s a feast for all the senses. Don’t leave the Dordogne without sampling truffles and clafoutis, a traditional baked desert of plums and cherries. All these are perfectly complimented by the region’s many fine wines. Enjoy a red Bergerac or a Montbazillac sweet wine which makes a perfect accompaniment for deserts.

With all this on offer, it’s no wonder the Dordogne is one of France most popular summer holiday destinations. Browse our selection of Dordogne holiday cottages today and find a holiday destination that will give you a real taste of rural French life.
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  • Cendrieux, Dordogne, Dordogne and Lot
    Cendrieux, Dordogne, Dordogne and Lot×

    Les Perdrix

    Cendrieux, Dordogne, Dordogne and Lot

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    Ref: F24433
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    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    This beautiful farmhouse is set in the heart of the Dordogne, a short drive from Le Bugue
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    This beautiful farmhouse is set in the heart of the Dordogne, a short drive from Le Bugue. It comprises two separate detached buildings making it ideal for large families having a self-catering holiday. This périgourdin-style property has a large private swimming pool with mature trees in a south-facing spot with extensive grassy gardens. It is a practical, peaceful holiday location for a relaxing break. Close to the major prehistoric sites of Lascaux and Les Eyzies, it is near...

  • Birac-sur-Trec, Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne and Lot
    Birac-sur-Trec, Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne and Lot×

    Château de Birac

    Birac-sur-Trec, Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne and Lot

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    Ref: F47182
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Family owned for over 200 years, this château is a superb example of 13th-century architecture set in 2 hectares of gardens and woods
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    Family owned for over 200 years, this château is a superb example of 13th-century architecture set in 2 hectares of gardens and woods. The château has been lavishly renovated and restored to provide impressive accommodation. Original features have been retained and all of the spacious rooms boast pale stone walls, gothic fireplaces, beams and leaded or stained glass windows with polished stone floors and woodwork throughout. Furnished to a very good standard, and with a mixture...

  • Mussidan, Dordogne, Dordogne and Lot
    Mussidan, Dordogne, Dordogne and Lot×

    Le Bastit

    Mussidan, Dordogne, Dordogne and Lot

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    Ref: F24181
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Overlooking the winding River Isle, by the church in the small village of Saint Médard, this elegant property is set in superb gardens, with mature trees
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    Overlooking the winding River Isle, by the church in the small village of Saint Médard, this elegant property is set in superb gardens, with mature trees. It enjoys a large swimming pool. At the edge of the gardens and terraces is the river itself, and there is private use of a discreet cove. Close by is the town of Mussidan which has weekly morning markets offering superb poultry, wines and fresh seafood. The famous vineyards of Saint Emilion are less than half an hour’s...

  • Saint Médard de Mussidan, Dordogne and Lot
    Saint Médard de Mussidan, Dordogne and Lot×

    La Plantation

    Saint Médard de Mussidan, Dordogne and Lot

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    Ref: FAD349
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    With more than enough space for everyone this elegant manor house and cottage is ideal for a family get together or special celebration.
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    This elegant Manor House and Garden Cottage was originally part of a tobacco plantation in the 1830’s, and stands in mature gardens alongside the River Isle in the small village of Saint-Médard-de-Mussidan. Superbly converted by its English owners, the ‘sechoir’ (tobacco drying barn), is an ideal property for larger groups of holiday makers, business conventions or those simply wishing for extra space to unwind when visiting this renowned area of south west...

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