I've got 2 weeks planned in SW france in September - one week on the coast (all booked), and I'd like to spend a week inland somewhere, in the vast region that is the Dordogne! I'm struggling to narrow it down, so any hints or recommendations would be welcome. My criteria are: Ideally no more than 2 hours from Bordeaux Small town (essentially somewhere with restaurants for eating out and shops (bakery!) for breakfast goods
We plan to do a bit of sightseeing (which could involve walking etc) and a bit of chilling out/relaxing. There are just the 2 of us.
Any thoughts, hints, tips would be amazing! Thanks
Brantome is very nice (although quite a lot further north than the actual Dordogne river) we stayed just outside a couple of years ago. There are several lovely restaurants down by the river & you are close to lots of things to do & see.
St Emillion is a lovely old town (with lots of wine tasting possibilities) although just did a day trip there so not sure what it's like to stay.
There are also nice places round Bergerac as well.
Beaumont-du-Perigord is a beautiful town, as is Monpazier, although the latter might be a little over 2 hours from Bordeaux. There's an amazing village just east of Beaumont called St Avit Senieur with an incredible medieval church and ruined abbey, and a lovely restaurant and cafe/shop - perfect for a couple of hours exploration and lunch! And if you need to find somewhere to stay this gite right in the heart of the village is perfect for two people. Have a look at the photos, it's really lovely, the people who own it are lovely too (I call them mum and dad!). I've no idea if it's booked up in September, but you can just email them to check. Tell them I recommended it
Thanks for all the recommendations! It's really helped focus my search area.
Your (parents') gite looks lovely Songbird, but sadly it's booked when we're going. I've found a lovely gite in Belves, so hopefully they can fit us in. And we've got a night booked in Saint Emilion too