The two largest rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère dominate the area and are central to most visits within the départment. Picturesque towns and villages border the rivers, teaming with castles and chateaux – a spectacular reminder of times gone by. Going further back into history, ancient caves and rock shelters conceal many of Europe’s finest prehistoric art treasures.
There are so many things to do and see in the area that it would be impossible to list them all here. However, split between active and not so active, here is a sample to consider...
The immediate area around the house lends itself to cycling and walking, with a great number of quiet country roads and footpaths to explore. The rivers cater for canoeing, safe and exhilarating wild swimming and fishing (in season).
Specific attractions such as castles, chateaux and gardens can be visited all over the region with Beynac, Castlenaud and Marqueyssac close by.
Towns and villages abound, each highlighting the charm and beauty of the area Périgeuex, Bergerac, Sarlat, Montignac, Beynac; further afield, Rocamadour, Conques and Collanges la Rouge. A wander through any of these, stopping for a coffee, glass of wine, lunch or dinner will enhance any day. Alternatively, the caves and surrounding prehistoric sites could easily form the basis of a week’s exploration within the area.
The region is famous for its gastronomy and fine wines. Local specialities include foie gras, cèpes, truffles and walnuts; the regular markets near La Bourelie supply fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits. Wines are predominately from Bergerac, Bordeaux and Cahors – the selection is endless.
Restaurants local to La Bourelie can be found in Plazac, Thonac, Saint Léon and Montignac, catering for all tastes and specialising in regional fare.
More details about regional food, fine wine and local restaurants can be found on our Food + Drink page.
There are stores selling groceries, fresh baked bread and local wine in Plazac, St.Leon and Thonac (opening times vary); there is a large supermarket in Montignac.
Additional services are available at extra cost, to make your stay even more memorable and relaxing. Fancy starting your day with fresh baked bread or hiring push bikes to explore the area? Treat yourself, you’re on holiday!
With so many paths to walk and cycle around La Bourelie we’d love to say you don’t need a car to get here but in reality you do; there are just too many unmissable places to explore only a short drive from your doorstep when you stay here. You can hire a car from a nearby town, station or airport, or you may choose to bring your own vehicle – whatever you choose we will email you driving instructions and there is plenty of parking space.