Chateau de Fayolle

Activities & Things to Do

The Dordogne is the place of châteaux and bastides, Romanesque and fortified churches, bustling markets and ancient cave paintings, vineyards, walnut trees and tobacco, foie gras and truffles; la France Profonde at its best. Below we have tried to provide a taste of what is available should you choose to spend a holiday at Château de Fayolle.

If wine interests you, you will of course find no shortage of vineyards in the area and most are happy with impromptu visits, otherwise you can follow the Route des Vins. St. Emilion, the UNESCO world heritage site and famous appellation, is 45 minutes away.  The perfect place to stroll around ancient cobbled streets and visit the countless  shops that sell all the world’s finest wine or visit one of the many vineyards in the area.

During the summer months there are always Sunday jumble sales – vide greniers and brocantes .  Colourful street markets selling every kind of local produce are held throughout the year. Saint Foy has an excellent market on Saturday morning and Issigeac on Sunday. In Bergerac the market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well as a brocante market on the first Sunday of the month.

There are many restaurants in the area which range from simple bistros to the Michelin starred La Tour des Vents which is about a 15 minute drive from the Château.

The Dordogne is reputed to have 1001 Châteaux and quite a few of them are open to the public. In the next village you will find the fairytale château of Montbazillac where you can also discover how the famous local sweet wine is made. Venture further afield and there are too many châteaux to mention individually but many of them date from the time of the 100 Years War. Fine examples are Château de Biron and Château de Beynac. At Castillon you can watch the spectacular Son et Lumiere which brings to life the vibrant past of the area with the re-enactment of the 100 Years War. Stunning gardens can be visited at the Manoir d’Eyrignac where you will find a unique collection of topiary. Bastide Towns, built when England ruled this part of France, abound and you will find these delightful medieval towns everywhere. Monpazier and Eymet both warranting a visit.

There are museums in Bergerac devoted to wine and tobacco, river transport and religious art. As with the many other museums in the area do check opening times as they can be erratic. It also has a twice weekly market and open air concerts in the summer and you can take a gabarre from there along the river.

Ancient man also left his mark in this area and there are various sites that you should consider visiting if that is something of interest. The caves at Lascaux and Rouffignac and the Grotte de Font-de-Gaume would be a good starting point. Some of these sites restrict the amount of visitors so it is important to book your tickets in advance. For Roman history the Gallo Roman Villa at Montcaret is an important archaeological site.

There are plenty of quiet country lanes for the keen cyclist. Canoeing on the Dordogne rewards the energetic with an ever changing backdrop of commanding châteaux, sleepy villages and stunning scenery. If you look on the Bergerac Tourism website you will find information on hiking and cycling trails, golf, riding, bowling, go-karting, paint balling, fishing, the aqua park, balloon rides and many other things all within each reach of the house. You will also find information there on all the local historical sites. Should you be there in the winter you can always go truffle hunting in Saint Cyprien.

Bordeaux, another world heritage site is 1½ hours away. With its Neo Classical architecture it is everything you would expect of a grand French city, imposing magnificence matched by enough shops to satisfy all tastes. If you want to venture even further afield (two hours) you can visit the Atlantic coast for a days surfing or lazing on the sand dunes – the Dune de Pyla is the largest in Europe – around Arcachon which is also famed for its seafood especially oysters.