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.