Explore winter treasures in the Dordogne Valley. A blog by Hannah Minkley

Discovering the winter treasures in the Dordogne Valley If you have never visited the winter treasures in the Dordogne valley, pack your cosy winter woolies and pay a visit to this stunning part of the world.  Les Chouettes is prepared for your visit, offering flickering fireside moments coupled with beautiful local red wine.  Hannah has […]

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 […]

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 […]

Accommodation in Trémolat

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we find ourselves wishing we could take a step back from it all and take a breath. We wish for a place where we can escape and recharge our batteries and feed our souls in the style of Eat, Pray, Love. Trémolat offers such an opportunity. […]

Kayaks on the Dordogne

Along the Dordogne river are villages which today are reminders of the earlier settlements that traded down the river hundreds of years ago. We love to spend warm evenings in Limeul, sitting alongside the body of water with a glass of wine, watching children play on the freshwater beach with a great, orange bridge in […]

Visit the caves of the life of early man in the Valley of the Dordogne

Enjoy watching the discovery!

Explore the history of the 1000 Chateaux in the Dordogne Valley

Have you ever wondered what it was like living in a beautiful chateau in the Valley of the Dordogne. Chateau Hautefort offers the most wonderful experience not to be missed.

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 […]

DORDOGNE FRANCE THROUGH THE EYES AND HEARTS OF THE CARTER FAMILY

As the driver – I took the liberty of choosing the long trip home – through Libourne! The beauty of the Acquitane Region is overwhelming. Summer has certainly painted the area with every colour – giving everything a wonderful sense of freshness. Personally I love this drive – it may take an extra 30 minutes, [...]

WHO CAN RESIST THE DELICIOUS DELICACIES OF THE LOCAL REGION

Truffles are usually found anytime between October and November. These gorgeous black gems are found under a specific species of Oak tree. Usually they will be discovered by using a pig or a truffle hunting . Should you come across these beautiful black gems, make sure they are fresh, and not last years stock, as [...]

LES CHOUETTES – THE FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE IS SITUATED IN THE PE’RIGORD NOIR OR THE BLACK PE’RIGORD.

THE PE’RIGORD IS DIVIDED INTO 4 REGIONS: The Green Pe’rigord which stretches over the northern part of the de’partement. It is known as the Green Pe’rigord due to the lush vegetation. The White Pe’rigord gets its name from the chalky soils and white local stone. In the centre is the capital – Pe’rigueux – Two thousand years of history [...]

CHRISTMAS IN SARLAT

The days are comfortably chilly, time to wrap up and visit the amazing market in Sarlat, with all it’s beautiful Christmas cheer. Don’t forget to try a truffle or two! Stop for a delicious lunch and watch the world go by Merry Christmas Everyone Markets in Dordogne Wander through the streets of Sarlat

LES CHOUETTES – SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT THE FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE

Lovely new changes to The French Country Cottage The Dordogne is where the deer run free, the cuckoo calls, and the owls are heard at night! How wonderful!

VISIT BEYNAC CASTLE

Beynac Castle offers the most spectacular views of other Chateaux and the valleys in the area.

LES CHOUETTES FACILITIES

The French Country Cottages – Les Chouettes, is a warm and comfortable place to stay in Tremolat, Dordogne, France. These comfortable establishments cater for large families or groups, as is able to sleep up to 14 people. Facilities on site include a swimming pool, table tennis, volley ball and bicycles to explore the area as [...]

WINTER IN THE DORDOGNE – SNUGGLE UP WITH THAT SPECIAL PERSON IN FRONT OF A FLICKERING FIRE

Crisp beautiful days, fabulous trails for walking or biking, great wines to be enjoyed next to a cosy fire, or a wonderful meal at home or at one of our many restaurants in our beautiful village Tremolat. It may be chilly outside – inside you will be cosy and warm inside We love discovering new [...]

RENOVATING THE OLD 1811 BARN INTO AN EXECUTIVE HOLIDAY RENTAL – THE FINAL PRODUCT!!!

Restoration work in France requires loads of patience as life in France is all about “the no rush”  We have had to understand very quickly that the lovely gentle pace in France applies to building and renovation too – I am told that to create something so beautiful it takes time…. THE INTERNAL WORK Next [...]