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We are situated on the C301 just off the N21 National road between the cities of Perigueux and Bergerac. Our address is Chalagnac, which is a village about 5k away but we are just a 2k walk from the hamlet of Creyssensac where there is a church and a handful of houses. From here there are numerous walks in lovely countryside. There are a few houses near Chanteloube, we do have neighbours, so the house is not isolated but is very tranquil.
Vergt 7k, below left, is our nearest market town. Here you will find banks, supermarkets, butchers, a post office, newsagents, dentist, bakers, patisserie, hardware store, hairdressers, confectioners, cafes, restaurants, the police, tourist information office and the hotel Du Parc. There are doctors in the town but should you have a minor ailment the chemists are very helpful and informative, plus they do speak some English. The weekly market is on Friday mornings, this is well worth a visit, if only to observe the French, who come from far and wide to buy or sell their local produce.
Perigueux is 15k to the North and is on the river Isle. It is a beautiful city. The magnificent imposing Cathedral St Front, above right, with its 18 towers looks wonderful by day but lit up at night is an amazing sight. It towers over a maze of cobbled streets with wine bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. There are also ruins of the old fortified town to visit and several museums. Markets are held on Saturdays, Wednesdays and Sunday mornings, look out for evening markets during summer months too. There is a hospital and numerous sporting facilities within the city, including golf, rugby, tennis, swimming etc. Lecerc and Auchan supermarkets are on either side of the city. On route to Perigueux, on the N21, about 7 minutes away from the house, there is also a Super U Supermarket, which is very handy. Perigueux is a fantastic place to eat out by day or night.
Bergerac is located approximately 35k to the south and lies on the banks of the river Dordogne, which has many bridges spanning its width. Once again there are many shops, restaurants, museums, historical sites and half-timbered houses in cobbled streets. It is home to 2 statues of Cyrano De Bergerac the hero of Edmond Rostand’s comedy, despite the fact that he never set foot in the place. There is also a tobacco museum. Bergerac quayside was once thriving with the traffic of wines, coal, coffee, fish and timber plus much more. Merchants and craftsmen loaded their wares onto boats called gabares, for delivery up and down stream. Markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Bergerac also has a hospital and is home to our nearest airport which is about a 35 minute drive from the house.
The Dordogne is the third largest department in France, the department is split into 4 areas, Perigord Noir (black), Blanc (White), Vert (green) and Pourpre (purple). Perigord Blanc is central, it is so called because of the white limestone that is the nature of the land. Perigueux is its capital and was founded by the Romans many years ago. Perigord Vert stretches to the north and takes its name from the luscious green valleys, the area is hilly with many streams and rivers and is always green even in the driest of summers. Perigord Noir is famous for its prehistoric history and is centered round Sarlat, above left, with its wonderful 17th century buildings with steeply pitched roofs and narrow streets. This area has high hills and dense woodlands. The Vezere river flows through villages such as Sergeac and Les Eyzies until it merges with the Dordogne river beyond Le Bugue at Limeuil. The Dordogne then continues through Beynac, Domme and La Roque Gageac, above right, where over its banks tower cliffs where you will find houses built into the rock face. Perigord Poupre denotes the grapes which are grown in the many vineyards which line the banks of the Dordogne throughout this area. Here you will also find Bastide towns, such as Eymet, Monpazier and Domme, whose history are associated with the 100 year and religious wars.
The Dordogne river, seen above, meanders majestically through the valley's of the Dordogne region and there are more chateaux and castles in the area than anywhere in France. Many were built during the 100 year’s war, some by the French some by the English. You will also find prehistoric cave paintings at places like Lascaux and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac.
The Dordogne in the south west of France is like everywhere else, the weather trends are changing. However the climate is temperate and is generally governed by the Atlantic, it brings in some rain which makes this area greener than the south but the sun is warmer than the north so spring starts earlier and it stays warmer well into autumn. Summers can be hot with temperatures at times reaching over 30°c.