Cours du Fleuve
High standing gîtes for rent in the Dordogne
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Cours du Fleuve is set in the countryside of the tiny village of Calès, overlooking the banks of the Dordogne River. Across the river lies Trémolat, a typical small French village which caters for the needs of all, although it has still retained the French charm. One can amble around the village enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the local ancien St Nicholas church, or simply watch the world go by at the local bar and restaurants.
Close by is the famous "Cingle de Tremolat", a bend in the river offering magnificent panoramic views of the Dordogne valley. The medieval town of Lalinde (14 km), with its little lake ideal for picnics and lively Thursday market is also worth a visit. Sarlat (44 km) bustling narrow streets and medieval buildings steeped in culture and history, is a must visit for all. The region boasts the world renowned Bergerac appellation wine area which covers 12,700 hectares. Wine has been produced in the region for well over 400 years. Wine enthusiasts will find similar grapes to those found in the Bordeaux region including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec reds; Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet whites. Many vineyards welcome visitors and offer tastings. The formal ‘route de vin’ maps out a plan of the vineyards in the area. The Dordogne is the supplier of almost half of France’s fine produce including truffles, cèpes and foie gras.
The nearest shopping towns are the beautiful Le Bugue on the Vézère River to the east, and Lalinde on the Dordogne to the west. The river Vézère joins the Dordogne at the lovely village of Limeuil just a few minutes drive from Trémolat. Enclosed between the rivers Vézère and Dordogne (the "golden triangle") is a veritable treasure of prehistoric sites, beautiful caves from, for example, Lascaux with cave paintings, to the Gouffre de Proumeyssac with stalactites in a forty metre high underground cavern.
There is so much in the local area it is almost impossible to know where to start. All age groups are catered for. There are prehistoric sites, troglodyte villages, bastide towns such as Monpazier, Belvès and Villereal. Périgueux and Bergerac are an easy drive.
There are châteaux for visiting and wine tasting. Monbazillac is worth a visit. During the summer, countless local fêtes, travelling shows, night markets and dancing in the square to bands with accordions!