The nearest airports are Brive-Souillac (26 km) and Bergerac (60 km), but Toulouse and Bordeaux are also both available 150km away.
The setting of the Chateau Cayrefour is simply breathtaking: expect tree-lined hills, valleys, vineyards, walnut groves, orchards, maize and sunflower fields, foie gras farms, imposing chateaux and ancient villages and towns. The locals here are warm-hearted and friendly and the buzzword is food – you’ll find a wealth of choice from chic gourmet to traditional family restaurants serving home-spun delicacies.
Cazoules is the closest village only a short walk away. It has a great boulangerie and bar restaurant. Souillac (3km) is a delightful town, only 5 minutes by car, with delightful streets, quaint little shops and its main draw, the twelfth-century church of Ste-Marie. Romanesque sculptures and carvings grace the interior of this massive domed structure. The mechanical doll museum is good for some light relief, and particularly suited for children.
The Saturday morning market in Sarlat’s market square is renowned for its vibrancy and buzz. Stunning medieval, Gothic, and 17th C architecture line the streets, and a gorgeous square in the front of the Cathedral is a fine vantage point to observe the various goings-on and is also host to some good restaurants. Concerts and plays are held here during the summer months. A stunning medieval fort tops the cliff above Beynac and the river (20 minutes by car). The village is nestled at the foot of the cliff and rises in stages up to the castle. In medieval times the only way to access the village would have been by river. On the other sides, a 200 drop and the fort’s double wall would have protected against any invaders.
The famous wine-growing centre of Bergerac is an hour by car from the chateau. The neighbouring areas of Pecharmant to the north and Monbazillac to the south make fine red and sweet white wines, respectively. The white is particularly recommended, and makes a fine accompaniment to foie gras, pastries, or simply by itself.
Top Ten Things To Do In The Dordogne: 1. Hire a canoe on the river. 2. Visit the caves at La Cave, Domme or Lascaux. The latter, situated near Montignac, contains 17,000 year-old Cro-Magnon animal paintings. 3. Stroll through the grounds and meet the donkeys and deer. Try your hand at horse riding, cycling, walking, climbing, caving or golf. Bounce on our trampoline! 4. Take a day-trip to Limoges, Brive, Cahors, Toulouse or even Paris. 5. Take a day-trip to Sarlat, La Roque Gageac – perhaps one of France’s prettiest villages, Rocamadour or Martel. 6. Visit Cordes, the jewel of the bastides. 7. Visit a vineyard in Bordeaux. 8. Relax beside the swimming pools and make a barbecue. 9. Visit the gardens of le Manoir D’Eyrignac. 10. Eat beside the river at Brantome.
Brive and Bergerac
(26km and 60 km )