Can anyone suggest accommodation in Dordogne region that would be within walking distance to centre of a village? We have been recommended to stay in either Sarlat or Domme but we are keen to explore the many villages in the Dordogne area so would be happy to stay anywhere nearby as long as within walking distance to a village centre so we can stroll in and back for dinner at night time. Wondering if anyone can recommend that has stayed at before or knows the area and can make a suggestion?
We just stayed at Hotel La Belle Etoile in La Roque Gageac - it's right in the middle of the village but the village is small and there are only a few restaurants. Domme and Beynac with other restaurant options are just a few minutes away; Sarlet about 20 minutes or so. We used La Roque as a base to explore the region and it worked well.
We loved Le Petit Versailles, a B&B just uphill from "downtown" Beynac, overlooking the river and multiple castles in the distance. See http://www.lepetitversailles.fr/page/eng/accueil.html. The dinner stroll is easy and, as I recall, car-free. There are several nice restaurants "downtown," the best is probably La Petite Tonnelle, see http://www.restaurant-petite-tonnelle.fr/. There's also a hotel right in the center attached to one of the restaurants, but we liked our hillside B&B and the friendly Fleurys and their delicious breakfasts. La Roque is lovely but we wondered what it would be like to stay and dine in a place where the main road is literally a few feet from the front door. Domme is also a good place, much smaller than Sarlat, on a hilltop, well worth a visit but we didn't stay or eat there. Sarlat has many attractions but is no one's idea of a village.
I second the recommendation to Petite Versailles in Beynac. Lovely place.Great views and breakfast. The owners told us of a little lane leading into the center of the village which came in very handy.
Agree with Dick that Beynec would be a good central location - perhaps more atmosphere than where we stayed in La Roque-Gageac. We thought that parking for our rental car might be easier in La Roque than in Beynac. Also agree that La Petite Tonelle is a great place for dinner. We ate there twice and loved it!
We stayed in Sarlat and loved strolling the shops and restaurants at night. We stayed at Les Cordeliers. Huge clean room, yummie breakfast, and the English couple who own and run it were so friendly.
I once went in Aubeterre du Drone ( located in Charentes but right on the border of Dordogne), it was lovely and quiet, yet with many good places to eat. I recommend you stay at a guesthouse, so that you can be warmly welcomed and able to ask the host for directions and advice.
I stayed at this one and I believe you can't find something better ! http://www.petitfute.uk.com/accommodation/guesthouse/chambre-d-hotes/e-348867.html have a nice trip !
Ditto for Le Petit Versailles, we stayed 3 nights, as well as La Petite Tonnelle, where we ate twice as they had a great menu. Sarlat has more restaurant and accommodation choices but I agree with earlier poster that it is definitely not a 'village'. More night life there too if needed.
Thanks everyone for the great suggestions...unfortunately most of them have replied to say they are full when we are there. Will keep searching the areas though.