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Fabulous Dordogne Bed and Breakfast

We recently stayed 2 weeks in Dordogne in one location. The chambre d’hote was La Roche d’Esteil near Sarlat-la-Caneda. The location is quiet, charming and peaceful. At night, there is not a sound and the stars are the brightest that we have ever seen. There is no light pollution, water pollution or air pollution. This beautifully restored farm offers large rooms with one being in a cottage that was originally a bakers cottage. We stayed the entire time in this lovely accommodation with a very nice bathroom. There is a very nice swimming pool. The experience is totally authentic to the Dordogne region. The owners speak 4 languages fluently: Dutch, French, English and German. Maarten is a trained chef and sommelier. He enjoys offering guests delicious dinners that rival the best restaurants in Europe. For the breakfasts and dinners, he only uses locally sourced fresh vegetables and meats. Maarten also offers picnic lunches for your day trip convenience.

Nearby are 12th century chateaus and gardens, fortresses, pre-historic caves, boat and canoe tours on the Dordogne and Vezere rivers with their beautiful hilltop villages. France has well-marked walking trails throughout the Dordogne. Karen and Maarten are knowledgeable and offer guidebooks and maps to assist on your day trip planning.

We were surprised that after 2 weeks, we were not ready to depart. We could have stayed much longer at La Roche d’Esteil with its charm, peacefulness and so many things to do nearby.

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Sounds incredible! Can you recommend 2-3 sights/experiences? Did you rent a car for the entire time? We are considering a 2-week trip to France with 1 week in the Dordogne but hoped to use trains and buses based on our driving experiences in Italy and Portugal!

thank you

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Thank you for your inquiry. As you read in our review, we loved the entire area around Sarlat-la-Caneda.
In fact, we were so enchanted with the Dordogne region that we are returning for 2 weeks in September 2019. Instead of taking the TGV from Paris to Bordeaux we are flying from Paris to Toulouse. We do rent a car in France. The driving is much easier than in Italy, Spain and Portugal. In the Dordogne region, there is little traffic and the roads are in wonderful condition. If you use the CarParks in the cities, you will have no problem with city parking. Because of the rural nature of the area, a car is mandatory to experience the villages, chateaus and gardens.
There are many activities and attractions. Everything from experiencing Market Days, strolling the villages, touring many chateaus, gardens, canoeing, hiking, biking and simply enjoying the cleanest air you will ever breathe.

Lascaux II in Montagnac is a fabulous cave tour experience and excellent commentary.
Chateau Des Milandes, a Renaissance castle, was the home of Josephine Baker. The castle, its grounds and the life of Josephine Baker is fascinating. It is located overlooking the Dordogne River.

Chateau de Beynac is a medieval fortress high on a cliff overlooking the Dordogne River. The village is one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Near Beynac is La Roque-Gageac, a lovely village built in a cliff with Les Gabarres Chaminade. Les Gabarres are open air boats that offer a tranquil cruise on the Dordogne.

If you like to hike, there are many trails throughout the Perigord. Every village is lovely.

Good luck. You will have a wonderful time.