Visiting Verteillac and The Surrounding Areas

09th March, 2017
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, its the location of this charming village nestled amidst hundreds of points of interest in the Aquitaine region which appeals to most visitors. Weve 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 hand!

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.