Inspire Me

Out of season for both villas is early November to Easter. Enjoy the tranquility of La Grange and curl up with a good book or DVD in front of the log fires. If you wish to explore the area then there are many speciality Autumn and Winter markets to visit and also activities such as wine tasting, golf, walking and cycling. 

Autumn is considered by locals the most beautiful time of year in the Dordogne, being tranquil, richly colourful, with warm days and cool nights. A vendange (harvesting of the vines is underway in the vineyards and preserving pots are bubbling in kitchens, readying for the winter. This is a season of bounty in the Dordogne: wild cepe mushrooms, pumpkins, chestnuts and quince. Late Autumn heralds the start of La Chasse - the hunting season - so expect to see venison and wild boar on local menus.

The Dordogne region of southwest France is rich in both natural beauty and historic treasures. Our distant ancestors lived in the region 20,000 years ago and left amazing cave paintings as a testament to their spirit and creativity. Thousands of years later, medieval pilgrims and noblemen built some of the most beautiful abbeys and castles in all of Europe.  Even today, the Dordogne has more castles per square mile than any other area of France!

Explore these villages, castles, traditions and history of the Dordogne. Walk along meandering rivers, through lush forests, and softly undulating countryside dotted with ancient farms and stone hamlets. Also walk to better enjoy the region’s fabulous food and wine.

Golf 

The local Chateau des Vigiers has a great course where visitors are warmly welcomed. It is a 2 minute drive from La Grange and 5 minutes from Acabanes. There is extensive golf equipment for guests are at both houses.

Wine tasting

Visit the award winning Chateau Feely and Caro and Sean will share their passion of Organic Biodynamic wine with you. Mention you are our guests for a discount on your purchases.

We have also built up links with many other vineyards. Please visit the Wine Tasting page for lots more information

Dog walking 

Explore the network of quiet lanes and tracks through the vines and woodlands, your dog will love it!

Cycling

The local lanes are perfect for cycling and there are several local restaurants to try for lunch!

Visiting medieval villages and chateau

It is such a pleasure to wind your way through the beautiful countryside and stop at one of the many medieval villages and enjoy a long French lunch.

Sample the wonderful range of local restaurants

Visit the Gastronomy page for full details. Two Michelin Star restaurants within 20 minutes of La Grange - please visit our Gastronomy page for full details.

Truffle markets 

Sainte-Alvère - Monday mornings, December through February

Brantome - December to February on Fridays

Sarlat - December to February on Saturdays

Bergerac- December to end of Feb on Saturdays

Fois gras markets

Perigeaux - fois gras and truffles Wednesday and Saturday from mid November to mid March. Around the corner on place St-Louis, the November-to-March duck market sees gourmets and grandmothers furtively hand over cash in exchange for goose hearts, duck livers, every imaginable part of the duck – dried-blood pancakes called sanguettes included. Come December, the heady aroma of black truffles heightens the foodie excitement.

Riberac - November to March

Sarlat - December to February on Saturdays

Chestnut market

Mid September to November on Saturdays at Villefranche-du-Perigord: September and October mornings in Place de Villefranche 

Cepes market (local mushroom) - A renowned “cèpes” market is held every Autumn in Monpazier’s bastide hall in the centre of the village

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