Happy family holidays in the Dordogne 2020

By Julie Burns

Self catering Accommodation in the Dordogne

Happy Family Holidays in the Dordogne

My Month at Les Chouettes The French Country Cottage Enjoying our Vacation Together

What an amazing vacation!

We celebrated our family holidays in the Dordogne and I loved every minute of my stay from the middle of April to the middle of May, 2019 at Les Chouettes (yes, even the noisy owls) and the lovely village of Tremolat. The cottage exceeded my expectations. You have done an excellent job of furnishing and equipping it while keeping the French Country charm. My guests were all equally impressed with it’s charm. You were so patient and accommodating with me during the rental process with all of my changes and I so appreciate that. It was so nice to be able to meet you before I left.

Simon was great. He was very responsive to any request and always had such a cheerful attitude. He was also a good source for suggestions of things to do and where to eat. He’s a keeper.

I prefer the small historic villages over being in the bigger cities.

Tremolat France was perfect. The village is small and quaint, the people were friendly and the location centrally located for doing day trips to other towns and villages and sites I wanted to see. And in this location there is no end of historic and picturesque places and activities. One of our favorites was canoeing on the Dordogne. I highly recommend the two hour canoe trip from Port Vitrac to Beynac. It is incredibly scenic and, with the current, not at all difficult. It’s a great activities for children as well.

Also, the new adventure park that Simon recommended between Le Bugue and Limeuil is very well done with two zip lines and lots of climbing apparatus. My granddaughter loved it. (See the brochures in Karen’s basket)

We traveled as far north as Brantome and Perigueux. I highly recommend Brantome, especially on Market Day. It is a lovely village and we had a great lunch at Au Fil de l’Eau right by the river. We traveled as far west as Bordeaux and Bergerac enjoying a lovely day in Monbazillac touring the Chateau and wine tasting. We ventured as far south as Montpazier and east to the Lot region. Turenne and Collonges-la-Rogue are beautiful villages. Rocamadour is also well worth the trip as are some of the smaller villages surrounding these places.

For a nearby Market Day with everything you could possibly want you can’t beat La Bugue. One of my favorite places near Tremolat was Limeuil. We spent several late afternoons after our day trips at the patio tables by the rivers Vezere and Dordogne (where they meet) enjoying cocktails or wine.

I also used the brochure from the cottage to do a walking trip through Limeuil in English. Very interesting. We had dinner twice at the Garden Party at the top of the village. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly. All in all, I was able to see and do most everything on my bucket list. As for caves, we visited Rouffignac with my granddaughter which was perfect because the tour is on an electric train.

We also visited Font de Guamecave where you see the actual prehistoric art. Lacaux is very interesting because of the interactive you do not see the actual artwork, only replicated examples, however one can get a sense of the original life and artwork.

Again Karen, thank you so much for the use of your lovely cottage in making happy family holidays the Dordogne so special.

Julie Burns

A Guide to Exploring the Dordogne

Most visitors to the Dordogne enjoy visiting the surrounding villages, all within a good walk or cycle distance away. To make your stay more enjoyable we have created a guide to exploring the area with les Chouettes, The French Country Cottages as your base.