Places To Explore


what you can visit


Chateau de Puyguilhem

This incredible Chateau was built during the sixteenth century by a courtier of Francois I. It was built to the great Loire Chateaux, and and designed in a similar style. It is today the best preserved Chateau in the Perigord.

Le Grotte de Villars

The caves here at Villars are a maze of some 13 kms of tunnels and form the largest underground network in the Périgord. Inhabited in prehistoric times, with fine examples of Aurignacian paintings such as bison, antelope, witches and the famous Magdalenian white horse. In addition, the stalactites and stalagmites are spectacular.  The intimacy of the caves make the Grottes de Villars a special place to visit.


Boschaud Abbey

Boschaud Abbey

The Cistercian monastery, founded in 1145, is a ruin in the hollow of a small valley between woods and meadow - romantically charming in the fields that surround it. Mass is still held here once a year on August 15 under the superb overhanging cupula, and the site is often used for music and other events. An annual Jazz concert is organised annually in June. Most of the old stones went to build the adjoining farming community of Boschaud many centuries ago.


Brantôme is known as the Venice of the Perigord. Due to the convergence of two rivers, an Island was formed. Brantôme occupies this island and is undoubtedly a highlight of the area. Friday morning is market day and stalls fill the town. Brantôme is truly picturesque and has many interesting shops, the Abbey with the oldest bell tower in France, troglodyte caves and much more.




Bourdeilles is an incredibly quaint village set on the banks of the river Dronne. An ancient bridge crosses the river past the water mill, built in the shape of a boat. The village clusters on the hillside with its castle compound at the summit. The compound consists of a medieval castle and a beautiful renaissance Chateau. The Chateau is full of remarkable furniture and tapestries.

St. Jean de Côle

St. Jean de Côle

Classified as one of the most Beautiful Villages in France, St Jean de Cole is justly proud of its 11th Century Byzantine church, the Chateau de la Marthonie, the cloisters, stone bridges and charming houses. In May it hosts a renowned flower show and during the summer months there are musical concerts and recitals held in the church. It’s a lovely place to browse around, with craft and gift shops and good restaurants.



The present Chateau was built in the 17th century and impressively dominates the Auvezere Valley below. It is surrounded by formal French gardens and an English style park. It has been extensively restored. Nevertheless, a visit to Hautefort is a ‘must’. Below in the town, the ancient hospice hosts a museum of medicine. The tours are self-guided.


Perigueux is the capital of the Dordogne. The city has been a major centre since Roman times. Hence, Roman ruins are scattered throughout and a new museum highlights the best of them. After the Hundred Years War the city enjoyed prosperity brought about by the many rich merchants who lived here. The beautifully preserved Medieval old town is full of charm. Narrow alleys packed with boutiques, bars and cafes lead onto many attractive squares where one can observe local daily life. There is a market on most days but those on Saturday and Wednesday are the largest. 



Grand Jumilhac

The Chateau dates from the 13th century. It stands in the centre of the village, dominating the Vezere valley below. Its roofline attests to the interest its first count had in Alchemy in the 16th century. It has remained in the same family since that time. The extensive tour is guided and informative.

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Our selection of the best places to eat in the area

Terrace  chateaux de Villars


Villars : Le Pas de Chat
Brantome: Coté Rivière, Les Saveurs, Charbonnel
Champagnac de Belair: Moulin de Roc
Saint Pardoux de la Rivière: Hôtel de France
Agonac: St.Martin
Périgueux: L'Essentiel, Chateau Reynats (Restaurant and Bistro), L'Atelier 

Bourdeilles : L'Atelier des Sens 

St jean de Cole: Le Temps des mets , La Perla Cafe , Restaurant Le St Jean 

Colourful markets take place weekly in:


 Brantome (Friday),  Thiviers (Saturday),  Piegut-Pluviers (Wednesday)  and Perigueux (Wednesday and Saturday).

From 9am - lunchtime, you can pick up local specialities and fresh fruit and vegetables as well as souvenirs or sit and have a coffee and watch the world go by.