Holiday Cottage in the Dordogne France


Bouteille is in the Dordogne, on the border of the Charente. Pretty drives along quiet roads will bring you to many fine old cities such as:

Riberac is a traditional town and boasts the biggest market in the Dordogne. Held every Friday morning in the main square, you’ll find everything from wild strawberries and the freshest fish from the Ile d’Oleron to hand-made soaps and beautifully printed linens.
Take your camera and you’ll get some fantastic shots. At just 15 minutes from home, you’ll find several large supermarkets here plus all the shops and services such as garages, pharmacy, gendarmerie and dentist.

Aubeterre listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this is an unmissable stop on your journey and just 30 minutes from Manoir Beausejour. With its picturesque square full of café tables under shady plane trees, a monolithic church cut into a cliff and even a beach on the banks of the river that winds along below, it is a real gem.

Perigueux this vibrant medieval city is around 15 minutes from Manoir Beausejour. With little lanes of timber-framed shops, hidden squares with bars and restaurants and a huge array of shops, this is where to get your retail fix. The bustling markets on Wednesday and Saturday are an absolute must and a visit to the magnificent Cathedral de St. Front is highly recommended, particularly in the heat of the afternoon!

Brantôme known locally as the 'Venice of the Périgord', this ancient and historic town sits on a loop of the River Dronne. Visit the stunning Abbey which dates back to the 11th century, get tickets for one of the concerts that take place in the caves behind, or just take a seat in the sun and watch the world go by. There are several outstanding restaurants here including Le Moulin de Roc and the Fréres Charbonnel (our favourite). The town also offers fishing, canoeing, cycle hire. Visit the lively market on Fridays where you'll find local produce in abundance and occasionally you may pick up a seasonal bargain at one of the many stalls!

Each with tiny ancient streets filled with interesting shops, cafés and a 1000 yrs of fascinating history.

Saint Severin is situated just 3km away; you will find all the usual village shops, butchers and bakers, as well as grocers, bank, chemist, newsagents, Post Office, doctors etc - not forgetting 3 bars/cafés and small family hotel with restaurant.

Montignac Le Coq nearby, is the medieval route the Pilgrim fathers took from Holland to Santiago de Compostella in North West Spain back in the 13th century and to this day people enjoy discovering local sections of this lovely walk. Randonnée Walking routes are all around the Charente and Dordogne, making it perfect countryside for avid ramblers!


Fabulous beaches with surfing waves are within an hour and half drive, and nearby rivers make peaceful picnic locations. River beaches: Aubeterre has a lovely river beach with grassed play area, cafe and restaurant. St Aulaye has the same, together with water slides! Water park: 40 mins away in Augouleme, Nautilus water park with 50m indoor pools, diving pools, outdoor and indoor slides, wave machines. Large lake for fishing & watersports.

Drift lazily down the Dronne river in a canoe
or take a tailor made pony trek through the quiet countryside along with local tennis courts.

18 hole golf courses within 40 minute drive, many other activities are also readily available.

Autumn in South West France

Wonderful autumnal colours and the smell of burning oak from the wood fires makes for a truly memorable stay at L'Erable. After the rush of summer, a quiet spell enjoying the warm sunny September/October days sampling the wonderful regional foods, combined with nights in front of the fire with a good bottle of wine, really is the very best of both worlds!

Other Activities: visiting wine caves, rare wild flowers, migration of birds.