Where we Are
|Le Clos du Verger
The French call this area the Périgord. It is one of their most popular holiday destinations because of the beautiful green landscapes, the exceptional rivers, and the rich cultural diversity.
By Plane to Bergerac (airport is 20 mins south), Bordeaux or Brive. By Train to Bergerac or Mussidan. By Motorway/autoroute 89 to Mussidan exit 13, then 15 mins to le Clos du Verger. Car hire? We are happy to recommend www.buggscarhire.com at Bergerac airport. Cycle hire? www.bikehiredirect.com who will deliver to Le Clos du Verger
Town and Country
Wine and Gastronomy
The vineyards start almost on our doorstep, and extend to Bordeaux and beyond. Lots of opportunities to refine your tasting techniques and to meet the growers.
The food round here is highly regarded, the local markets and restaurants are proud of the excellent choice of local products. Farming is small scale with orchards, walnut groves and strawberry fields, as well as local producers of good quality meat products, and even caviar.
The varied countryside here will surprise and delight you. The elegance of Bordeaux in one direction, the beautiful cave paintings and fascinating living places of early man in the other direction, and in between an amazing number of some of France’s most beautiful villages, castles, forests, and vineyards.
The countryside is hilly and cut through by three main rivers from east to west, of which the most famous is the Dordogne. North of the Dordogne is a large and beautiful forest.
Canoeing, cycling, walking, horse riding, and a forest tree top trail are all close at hand. Cycle hire deliveries from Bike Hire Direct to Le Clos du Verger – best to book in advance. Informal group walks advertised weekly in the local press are a great way to see the countryside and to try out your French.
Bergerac has a full programme of events and activities throughout the summer months, often free, supplemented by the local village fetes and events.
In December the Christmas markets in Périgueux, Sarlat and Bergerac are growing in scale, with the special warmth that a glass of vin chaud (mulled wine) brings to this winter season!
Birds, Butterflies and Gardens
For garden enthusiasts there are fine gardens to visit. In our own grounds we frequently see beautiful insects – dragon flies near the stream, Swallowtail butterflies in our flower gardens, humming bird moths on the lavenders. A keen birdwatcher recently counted at least 40 different species here, from large raptors to tiny wrens. You may wish to join a birdwatching course – ask us for the contact details.