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visiting the verteillac area: what to see and where to stay

Holidaymakers have long since flocked to the Dordogne area
in the South of France from far and wide, to make the most of the sun-soaked
river beaches, magnificent chateux and truly authentic cuisines on offer in the
area. For a truly unique experience, we recommend staying in the heart of the
region, near the lively, atmospheric village of Verteillac. The thriving
settlement boasts a great butchers, bakers and restaurants as well as its
unique souvenir store Merlauds and a bustling night market throughout the
summer months. Along with the fantastic amenities, it’s the location of this
charming village nestled amidst hundreds of points of interest in the Aquitaine
region which appeals to most visitors. We’ve picked a few of our favourite
spots that are just a short drive away from the village and surrounding areas,
making for great family days out, should you decide to spend your holiday in
our luxury villas, France.


Riberac dates back to the 9th century, and is a
fairly tranquil setting, apart from Fridays, where a lively market brings the
town to life, popular with both locals and tourists alike. There are two
interesting churches in the town, including the 20th century Notre
Dame de la Paix church, which was designed in neo-Roman style and has several
attractive slate domes. The Mairie, or more commonly known as the town hall, is
housed in a grand building, as is the tourist information – both worth visiting
just to appreciate the intricately detailed architecture if nothing else. There
is also a decently-sized outdoor pool, great for working off any extra pounds
as a result of too much fromage or for children to cool off on a hot afternoon.


The main focal point of this enchanting village is the mighty
looking chateau that towers above the buildings below. The 12th-13th
century Chateau de Villebois has impressive defensive walls, incorporating six
towers and giving access to the inner castle through an impressive gateway.
Another highlight to this small village is the 17th century market
hall based in the town centre. The structure is supported by a varied range of
carved round stone columns and traditional carpentry and the weekly market
takes place every Saturday morning. If you can plan your visit around this, the
market is well worth checking out for some of the finest local produce this
region of France has to offer, as well as some traditional souvenirs you can
purchase for any loved ones left at home. In front of the market stands a
monumental 19th century fountain and an intricately designed 17th
century sundial.


Nestled amidst a meander in the Dronne River sits one of the
most beautiful villages in France, Aubeterre-Su-Dronne. The first thing that
you notice when visiting the settlement, which is positioned upon a steep hill,
is the striking, white stone and attractive roofs featuring on many of the
local houses. The biggest attraction to the village is the church of
Saint-Jean, a troglodyte church, parts of which date back to the 5th
century and marked a significant stop on the pilgrimage route to Compostella in
the Middle Ages. The church is worth visiting for both the magnificence of the
structure and to appreciate the strength in faith which drove the builders to
create such a wonder. The church is the tallest hewn-out church in the world,
with the nave reaching heights of around 20 metres! The church of Saint-Jacques
is another attraction worth visiting, to truly indulge yourself on the
extensive history and culture of the region. This small village has a lot on
offer, and once your legs begin to ache you can recover in one of the many bars
and restaurants to sit back and relax with a cold and refreshing beverage in


For a more lively scene, the capital city of the Perigord
region has much to offer for visitors of all ages. Highlights include a
Gallo-Roman museum, weekly markets, an amphitheatre, medieval houses and lovely
promenades along the riverbank. The town is also home to the splendid 12th
century cathedral of St Font, providing the fantastic opportunity to explore
the UNESCO World Heritage Site and appreciate the significance of its history
as well as some truly wonderful architecture.

Where to stay

We have a fantastic villa on offer in the tranquil Perigord
Vert countryside which makes for a fantastic base, while you explore the truly
spectacular sights around the Dordogne region. La Chartreuse sleeps 10, has its
own private pool and is nestled amongst grand parkland. The 15th
century chateau was meticulously renovated and now makes an elegant, stylish period
property close to the village of La Tour Blanche. The spacious interior
features a plethora of antiques and period furniture, opening up to a glorious
courtyard with a lime tree in the centre which is over 100 years old. This
marks the perfect spot for some al fresco dining or holiday cocktails under the
shade of the tree. This beautiful villa has reduced in price, meaning a
week-long holiday in this spectacular chateau for 10 people can be booked for
just £3500! Treat your family this year to the holiday they deserve and book as
soon as possible to secure your desired dates and avoid disappointment. 

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