The Dordogne has long been a popular destination for summer visitors and those looking to buy a property and make a new life in France. With its soft rolling hills, woodland, fields of sunflowers, vineyards and sparkling rivers it presents a warm and welcoming environment.
The countryside is dotted with pretty villages and peaceful hamlets, chateaux and farms. With a thriving year-round population you'll always find shops, bars and restaurants open.
This is a region criss-crossed with footpaths for walking and riding, the rivers are perfect for leisurely canoeing or fishing and there are historical sites at every turn. The principal town of Perigueux has a charming medieval centre with a wide range of shops and restaurants and twice weekly markets spilling through the winding streets. Don't miss the excellent Vèsunna Gallo-Roman museum.
Riberac has, reputedly, the department's biggest market (on a Friday) and Ste Foy La Grande's Saturday market is well worth a visit.
From Bergerac along the Dordogne valley through Lalinde, to Sarlat there is an almost endless parade of breathtaking towns and villages.
Foodies will find plenty to please them including the locally produced ducks and foie gras, walnuts and prunes and wines from the world-famous Bergerac vines.
Forget any stereo-typing you've heard. Come and see it for yourself.
A truly immaculate manoir sitting in the midst of its 8.8 hectares of garden, including walled courtyard, formal lawns, paddock and mature woodland.
The property has been superbly restored and offers plenty of accommodation which can be entirely flexible. Attention to detail and the craftsmanship in this property is apparent everywhere. Quality hand-made doors and windows, limestone flooring throughout and heat exchange system for heating the main house.
Set around a walled courtyard with ornamental pond, beautiful shrubs and plants and outside eating area.
The main manoir consists of 4 bedrooms and a fifth bedroom which could easily be part of the main house or the guest accommodation. With a further 2 bedrooms, guest kitchen, lounge and conservatory the end of the manoir could be let out completely separately.
On the opposite side of the courtyard is the 3 bedroom converted longere with its own private terracing and oil fired central heating. The pigeonnier is an ideal couples retreat with jacuzzi hot tub.
The swimming pool is 12m x 6m with stepped entrance, tiled surround, electric cover and heating. Outside there is a garage, a ruin with planning permission to restore.