Programme Delicious Dordogne
Depending on the region’s cultural programme, the weather, and our local partners, we will be visiting, amongst other, many of the events in the list on the right.
We will also spend time marvelling at the fresh produce, the colour and smells and sounds of the local farmers’ markets, at Issigeac, Sarlat, Lalinde.
And visit the kitchens and have the opportunity to learn from the real master chefs at, amongst other, Château les Merles, and the Michelin starred Le Vieux Logis, before sitting down and enjoying French cuisine at its very best.
A few of the other local friends who await us to awaken our tastebuds are, interalia, Yannick in his old tobacco drying shed, Les Truffieres – where he serves all things ‘duck’, Edith at Restaurant de l’Abbaye with her unequalled Touraine garlic soup, Julien at his acclaimed restaurant in Paunat with his personal charm and delicious cuisine.
‘Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté, luxe, calme et volupté.
- LaRoque Paper Mill for a demonstration of the centuries’ old art of handmade paper
- Renowned ceramicist, Michael Kay’s studio
- Chateau Pecany, home of Marie-France Siegler, film producer and director
- Lascaux II, the UNESCO World Heritage caves where pre-historic man painted their own ‘Sistine Chapel’ almost 18000 years ago
- La Roc St Christophe, a city in a cliff face
- A wild boar farm
- A walnut oil producer
- La Maison Forte de Reynac – a castle in a cave
- A goats’ cheese producer
- A foie gras producer
- Belingarde, home of the Count and Countess de Bosredon and the site of ancient druid sacrifices – to taste their excellent wines!
- Chateau de St Exupery, home of the family of the author of “The Little Prince” – again, for wine tasting
- St Emilion – the beautiful centre of some of the best wines in Bordeaux
- Beynac Castle – the magnificent medieval castle overlooking the Dordogne River, where Richard the Lionheart spent the last ten years of his life
- The topiary gardens of Marqueyssac – (as featured in the Architectural Digest) — 150000 boxwoods planted in 1861, groomed to mimic the surrounding hills of the Dordogne Valley
- Local antique and brocante (bric-a-brac) markets where there is always something quirky, coveted or breathtaking to find – and buy
- And expect a surprise or two on the way!
The programme is truly one of discovery and delight – something for everyone, everything for each one in the group. It is, however, adjustable and adaptable to the group and there will be time to simply sit on the terrace at Chateau Lalinde and enjoy the magnificent view, watch the swans and the rich birdlife, relax next to the pool or go for a walk across the bridge and up to the little chapel where St. Front killed the dragon.