The Area




Within 1/4 kilometre is the historic village of Payzac which is situated 1200 feet above sea level. Every first and third Tuesday of the month there is a small market in the village square and dominating the scene is the historic 12th century church. Payzac also has two cafes, two bars, one restaurant, an antique shop, bank (with cashpoint), pharmacy, newsagents, hairdressers and a large supermarket plus several other individual shops.

You can have a coffee in the village café on the square and watch the world go by or join the locals in 'Michel's Bar'. You will be most welcome there and Michel is keen to practise his English!!

savignac ledrier

The Forge and chateau at Savignac Ledrier

Just a few kilometres away - on the banks of the River Auvezere is the old Forge of Savignac Ledrier with the fairytale chateau in the background. The oldForge is an historic monument and an interesting place to look around. This beautiful and peaceful setting is a good place to have a picnic on the grass by the river.


Local Markets

There are many farmers markets, antique fairs and brocantes to discover locally and during the summer months, the area is alive with activities. The nearby market at Objat which is held every Sunday Morning is one not to miss where traders from all over France come to sell their goods and produce.


Segur le Chateau

A beautiful medieval village (voted as one of the most beautiful villages in France) Every Monday evening (July and August) they have a giant barbecue on the village green (starts around 7pm) with music and dancing. You choose your own meat from the local butchers stall and fresh salads from other local producers. Just take it to the barbecue and they cook it for you. If you want to try a taste of ‘real’ France – it’s well worth a visit.



This area of the Dordogne is renowned for its lakes and rivers and is, therefore, excellent for fishing. Within walking distance is the River Auvezere - a popular spot with local fishermen. There are also many large lakes in the area where one can fish for carp.


Within a 10 minute drive is the Golf Course at the Domaine d'Essendieras. For more information on their facilities - please click on the following link:

Saint Yrieix la Perche

The lively market town of Saint Yrieix la Perche is only a 20 minute drive away where you can explore the many interesting shops and cobbled side streets. The famous Limoges pottery originates from here and you can buy these in one of the many factory outlet shops.



On the route of Richard the Lionheart. Ten kilomtres away is the historic town of Pompadour. Its magnificent Chateau was once the home of Madame de Pompadour - favourite mistress to Louis XV. Pompadour also has regular horse racing events and is an international equestrian eventing centre.


Lake Rouffiac

Within 15 kilometres is the 40 hectare Lake Rouffiac. On the shores of the lake there is a sandy beach where one can swim or take a pedelo ride. For the more adventurous, there is teleski-ing, canoeing and kayaking. Surrounding the shores there is another 60 hectares of woodland walks.


Hautefort Castle

Hautefort castle is one of the most prestigious castles in the south-west of France and is classified as an historic Monument.You will be enchanted whilst strolling through the beautifully maintained English style park and French gardens. It was built on an old Roman camp and in 1588 the fort was modified.  Between 1630 and 1670 the castle’s appearence was altered thanks to the architect Nicolas Rambourg for the Marquis of Hautefort.

Oradour sur Glane

Oradour-sur-Glane is 25 kilometres north-west of Limoges and is not a place to stay, but a place to visit in quiet contemplation. Oradour-sur-Glane was a village that was completely destroyed by the SS in June 1944, after killing all the inhabitants, as retribution for the activities of the local resistance, during World War 2. The men of the village were all shot, and the women and children burned to death in the church, before the village was razed to the ground.

The village has been kept exactly as it was at the end of that terrible day, as a tribute and memorial to those who died. You can still see the wrecked cars and machinery, and the gutted buildings, exactly as they were left.



Brantome is known as 'Perigord's Venice' and is a genuine 'must see'. It is celebrated by visitors and archeologists alike for its museum of prehistory, prehistorical and megalithical sites, and troglodyte houses carved into cliff faces. Its belfry is said to be the oldest in France and its Benedictine abbey was founded by Charlemagne.


Grotte de Villars

One cold, winter evening at the end of the year 1953, a team of local pothollers were wandering around the woods at Cluzeau and by some large rocks they discovered an opening blocked by stones. Behind it was an underground passage. The narrow entrance was quickly cleared to reveal a dark passage which plunged down into the unknown: The Villars cave had been discovered.

After the passage had been cleared - the discoverers: Marie Claude FERRES - Yann JEZEQUEL - Robert de FACCIO - Bernard PIERRET and Pierre VIDAL made their very emotional journey into a magical cave of fantastic surroundings. Five years after their initial discovery another potholer from the same club spotted a number of prehistoric paintings hidden under the calcite: Villars was a painted cave!

Grotte de Tourtoirac

Because these caves have only been recently opened to the public, there is not much information about them. However, there is talk that they are being hailed as important as the caves at Lascaux. The caves are situated in the village of Tourtoirac which is only a 20 minute drive from Payzac.



The site of Beynac and its castle is undoubtedly one of the finest in France. The village was featured in the film Chocolat and the castle in the film Joan of Arc. The medieval castle, which stands high on a rocky outcrop and overlooks the Dordogne river, remains as it was in the middle ages, and is very atmospheric! You can also take a guided  boat trip on the Dordogne river.  Take a picnic on the shores of the river or enjoy a meal in one of the riverside restaurants and watch the world go by.  The town of Beynac also has some interesting shops and all in all a wonderful days outing.

If you are feeling adventurous, why not take a canoe trip down the Dordogne River and view the magnificent chateaux en-route?




Even if it wasn't one of 'Les plus beaux villages de France' Domme would still be high on the list of places you must visit in the Dordogne.  This is a marvellous example of a walled bastide town with several fortified gateways in the town walls.  It is situated high above the river with outstanding views of the Dordogne and the main châteaux in the area.  Underneath the market square there is a cave with stalagmites and stalactites.  There are a lot of tourist shops to browse and we recommend that you wander around some of the back streets to add to the atmosphere.

Please visit the links below for more tourist sites: