Jardins de Marqueyssac

The gardens of Marqueyssac sit atop a hill in the town of  Vezac and overlook the Dordogne river. We decided to spend the day there to wander around the topiary and have a bit of lunch. The last time I had visited the gardens was eight years ago when I was fourteen. It was around […]

Having fun in Issigeac Village markets on Sundays

It’s a Late Sunday morning and the roads that stretch across the Périgord are nearly completely empty of cars. Most of the locals in the villages dotted around the province have just been to church and have taken the rest of the day to relax with their families. The medieval Issigeac Village is situated just […]

Fun times at the Dordogne night markets

As the warm summer evenings begin to become more frequent in the South West France, tourists begin to roll in, school goes on break, and the locals become more interested in finding ways to fill their evenings with something a little more exciting than the typical family dinner at home or at a restaurant. Dordogne […]

Saint-Emillion (WINE WINE WINE)

Welcome to wine country! This commune in the south of France serves as a detour for us on each of our many trips between Seignosse and the Dordogne. It’s a great way to split the trip in half to stretch your legs for a couple of hours, or even to take a special trip to […]

RENT A KAYAK and paddle down the Dordogne or Vezere River

The paddle boats are also great fun! Paddle boats / canoes are available for rent at many points along the Dordogne and the Vezere Rivers. You will be able to enjoy the many wonderful sites from your canoe. THE BASSIN NAUTIQUE at Tremolat has a canoe / paddle boat / peddle boat rental and skiing, point [...]

Attractions in Dordogne

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SPRING IN THE DORDOGNE

The Nel family wrote a very nice account of their winter stay with us at Les Chouettes. Well they came back in spring and we’re equally enthralled. “It was a Saturday evening in Mid March when we arrived at Les Chouettes ( The French Country Cottage) in the beautiful Dordogne valley. It was our second […]

FRENCH HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH WEST FRANCE

From the moment we set foot in the Périgord Noir (Black Périgord) of Dordogne we simply fell in love with the place. We have reveled in the cuisine, the winelands, the history and the ambiance. I have captured a typical holiday blog to show you what you could experience by staying at Les Chouettes and [...]

AUTUMN IN THE DORDOGNE

In Autumn the Perigord takes on a new hue. Each season has its own beauty, probably why our guests return time and again to enjoy the home comforts that our French Country Cottage, Les Chouettes has to offer.

DINE LIKE A KING AND QUEEN IN TREMOLAT PERIGORD NOIR FRANCE

Lunch at the local hotel – Le Vieux Logis Superb! Katy’s birthday was a wonderful celebration. We just loved every moment – each dish was an enormous burst of flavour. Life is about great company and wonderful wine and food in the most awesome place. One of the great things about staying at Les Chouettes, [...]

SNOW IN TREMOLAT DORDOGNE FRANCE

Time to put on your woolies enjoy the crisp air – throw a few snowballs – drink great red wine to warm your soul.  Here are some winter photo’s of The French Country Cottage, Tremolat France in 2012. Time to start planning a winter getaway!

CHATTEAUX, ABBEYS & MAGNIFICENT GARDENS

There are many fascinating castles that are well worth a visit: Chateau Beynac:  I have had a personal interest in Chateau Beynac as it was once owed by the family “Beaumont” which is my maiden name. The movie Joan of Arc was shot at the Chateau. Chateau Castelnaud:  Was built by the English during the [...]

PRE HISTORY

The Perigord is an area rich in the history of Early Man. Experience 400,000 years in the Perigord. The VEZERE VALLEY  is also known as the valley mankind.  Homo sapiens settled in caves in the chalky cliffs. There a few wonderful sites you can visit and appreciate the paintings which still exist today around  LesEysiers [...]

PERIGORD BY AIR

One of the most exciting things to do is to see the area by HOT AIR BALLOON.  Even if you are not so brave to go up in a balloon – it is the most amazing sight to see the balloon floating peacefully above you. See www.montgolfiere-du-perigord.com. The AIR CHATEAUX  COMPANY offer lovely trips in a [...]

ENJOY THE UNSPOILT PERIGORD BY BIKE, HORSEBACK OR ON FOOT

There are many fantastic trails. The Perigord is a little paradise of unspoilt scenery, of stunning landscapes and cultural treasures.  For more information on walking trails see www.franceonfoot.com. Les Chouettes has 7 Adult and 2 childrens bicycles for you to use.  Many of our guests have enjoyed peddling into Le Bugue, Limuel for lunch or to [...]

BOAT TRIPS – LES GABARRES

Boat Trips  Les Gabarres  (Flat bottom boats) are a great way to discover the Dordogne River. You are able to take the Gabarre from the village of Baynac (Park next to the river below the Beynac castle) and from RocqueGageac it is truly a wonderful experience. The Beynac castle, in itself, perched on a cliff [...]

GOLF

Golf de Saltgourde, 24430 Marsacsurl’Isle Tel: 05 53 53 02 35 -18 hole, open to all, modest fees. Golf des Vigiers 24240 Monestier Tel: 05 53 61 50 33 – 18 hole par 72 with poo and tennis courts. Golf Chateau Les Merles, Tuilières, 24520 Mouleydier Tel: 05 53 63 13 42- 9 hole. Swin Golf, La Peyrière, 24590 St Geniès Tel: [...]

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS AND FARMS

I have two favourite farms I love to buy my Fois Gras or Rillettes is BADFOLS – I am sure you will drive past it many times – Just head into the village and follow the sign that have the ducks on it. The products are delicious! The other is a farm called De Sirguet [...]

RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS

In TREMOLAT, there is a wonderful Bistrot “Bistrotd’en face” which serves delicious local cuisine such as Magret de Canard (Breast of Duck) – Last time I was there the sauce over the duck was made from Cepes (mushrooms) and chestnuts – It was delicious. My sons loved the steak and and chocolate mousse. The Pizzeria – [...]

MARKETS NEAR LES CHOUETTES – THE FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE

The markets in the area are a bustle of activity and a wonderful place to discover the freshest ingredients to use in any meal.  You will find the most wonderful cheeses, olives, fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.  There is also a great variety of Duck products including Rillettes, delicious pates and not forgetting the delicacy [...]

10 THINGS YOU MUST NOT MISS WHILE VISITING THE DORDOGNE VALLEY

Enjoy tasting local wines under the guidance of our Somellier Max. Head to the port of Beynac and hop onto a Gabarres to see the beautiful chateaux of the Dordogne. The Dordogne Valley, France is beautiful to explore at all times of the year. Here are a few links to blog posts highlighting these seasonal [...]

DELICIOUS FOOD AND RECIPE IDEAS FROM THE FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE

Markets in Dordogne Duck with orange sauce Duck Breast with Cepes and chestnuts I have decided to start with my favourite ingredient: Magret de Canard (Duck Breast) Should you find yourself at a farmers market – ie (Sarlat-de-Caneda) purchase a couple of pieces of delicious large Magret de Canard, Cepes, walnuts, plump garlic, oranges, parsley, [...]

THROUGH THE OPEN DOOR

Welcome to Les Chouettes – The French Country Cottage – Dordogne  – A composition by Katy Carter

LIVE LIFE LIKE THE FRENCH

The French certainly have the recipe of how to live life!! Perhaps if we all took time to take a closer look at the French Lifestyle – we would live a little longer. So many of us race through life – rushing to meet a deadline or always having yet another committment to fill! 2017 [...]

LES CHOUETTES – THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGES

Les Chouettes is situated in the Perigord Noir of the Dordogne area, just a mere kilometre from the wonderful village of Tremolat, with its fabulous restaurants and bistros. It is within an easy drive to Le Bugue, a great market town and Limeuil where the Vezere and the Dordogne rivers meet, the famous town of [...]

ENJOYING THE COUNTRYSIDE AROUND THE FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE

Visiting Cyrano de Bergerac – enjoy fabulous Bergerac white wine and a fois gras salad. Bergerac is only 35 Kms from Les Chouettes, The French Country Cottage. If you are fit and the weather is good – what about going by bicycle? es Chouettes bicycles are always available for your use.

THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

I am told – the real Camino is about walking out of your front door, placing your house keys into the post box and off you go – back pack on your back and that is it! There are a variety of reasons why one would take off with very few worldly pocessions and spend [...]

CYCLING AND RAMBLING IN THE DORDOGNE VALLEY

The Aquitaine region with its well marked roads and easy hills makes a great area to pump up those tyres on your bicycle or fasten your laces and take time to enjoy beautiful countryside and gorgeous villages. A mere 11 kms from Les Chouettes, through the farmland is Limueil you will find the point where [...]

TRUFFLE SEASON IN SARLAT FRANCE – NOVEMBER TO MID JANUARY 2018

Truffle season is usually between November to March in the Dordogne region. These “rock shape” jewels can cost you a few bob, about 100€ for 100 grams, but will be worth every penny!! Visit gorgeous Dordogne Valley in mid January and be treated to wonderful Truffle Markets,  Chefs are available to teach you how to [...]

WHAT TO EXPECT IN WINTER – THE FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE

Friends of ours stayed at Les Chouettes in winter 2013/2014 and sent this account. We thought this would be a wonderful way for you to see what is available in the area through the eyes of guests. It also gives a great feeling for the winter months. We have added these emails as received, mostly [...]

LIMEUIL – ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE VILLAGES

IF PEACE AND TRANQUILITY IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, TAKE THE TIME TO VISIT THE CHARMING VILLAGE OF LIMEUIL This is where The Dordogne River and The Vezzerre Rivers meet. Pack a picnic and enjoy the lovely view from the banks, or simply pull up a chair on the deck of the local restaurant. [...]

A CULINARY ADVENTURE INTO THE TASTES OF THE DORDOGNE FRANCE

THE VALLEY OF THE DORDOGNE The amazing variety of landscapes must of been very appealing to early man who decided to settle in this fertile region of the Dordogne.  It offers a wonderful mild climate, sprawling valleys, and secret shelters, countless streams, the beautiful Dordogne and Vezerre Rivers and interesting woods and forests.  It is [...]

EXPLORE THE DORDOGNE BY CANOE

Le Plongeoir is nestled amongst the trees at Du point Le Garrit just outside St Cyprian.  It is a beautiful base where you can rent a canoe and paddle down the Dordogne River along with a pre ordered picnic!. The routes they cover, are over the most popular stretch of the Dordogne river.  Enjoy the [...]

GOURMET CUISINE IN TREMOLAT

Tremolat for its size has a number of eateries, restaurants and a quaint little wine bar. The one is visiting Tremolat you are definitely not short of a choice. THE VIEUX LOGIS hotel has a Michelin star restaurant. This award has been presented to their their fantastic chef, Chef Vincent Arnold.     This cosy restaurant [...]

WINE TASTINGS AT HOME IN THE DORDOGNE

HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD WINE AT A GOOD PRICE WHILST HOLIDAYING IN THE DORDOGNE So,  you’ve arrived in the Dordogne and decided to purchase a few bottles of wine.  Where to start?  You have stopped off at a “Cave” such as Julian de Savignac in Le Bugue or you find yourself staring at rows [...]

DISCOVERING THE DORDOGNE RIVER BY GABARRE

Discovering the Dordogne River by Gabarre is a wonderful way to see beautiful Chateaux and castles.  You receive amazing insight during the hundred year war, how the French were able to keep an eye on the English and vice versa.  They each had property that was able to watch and report on the activity of [...]

SARLAT-LA-CANEDA

Sarlat is a beautiful example of the Renaissance and medieval era.  It was formed in the 9th Century and is built around a Benedictine Abbey.  Try to take the time to wander through the city to admire the fine homes, one of the most famous is the mansion of Ettienne La Boetie.  La Boetie was [...]

VILLAGES AROUND LES CHOUETTES

TREMOLAT VILLAGE This beautiful village is only a 15 minute walk from The French Country Cottage – Les Chouettes.  Considering the size of Tremolat it has 4 restaurants in the centre.  The well known Le Vieux Logis is a 4 star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant.  The tapas menu offers a plate of delicious art for [...]

DISCOVERING THE BLACK DIAMOND IN THE DORDOGNE

Truffles in the Dordogne – THE BLACK DIAMOND Its that time of year again – visit the Dordogne in January/February and learn how to find the beautiful black truffle.  The market in St Alvere is the place to visit.  There are lessons on how you use the truffle in your cooking – Ask us how [...]

A SPRING EXPERIENCE IN THE DORDOGNE

Spring has sprung in the Dordogne.  Enjoy lovely warm days without the crazy masses of Summer time.  The warmer temperatures are great for bike rides through the countryside, or simply pack a delicious picnic and take off for a few hours of rambling through the countryside. The canoe companies are all up and running.  Why not [...]