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Location, Places of Interest and Activities

Our land is full of wildlife - We have a family of deer that can often be seen grazing in the grounds early mornings and evenings, along with wild boar, red squirrels and some beautiful birds, wild flowers and insects.

Often on a summer's evening hot-air balloons gracefully pass over the estate or along the river valley - always a lovely sight! Very often you will see the most spectacular sunsets over Peycibeau.

The Village of Carsac

15 minutes' walk (2 minutes by car) offers everything you need - A Boulangerie for delicious bread & croissants every morning! An excellent butcher, general store, post office (& cash machine), a chemist & doctor's surgery, a beautician, the Tabac (bar) & a couple of restaurants, various artisans' studios and a Catholic church. Every Sunday morning the main road through the village is closed off and there is a bustling village market displaying a whole host of local delights.

Walking distance from Peycibeau on the outskirts of the village, you can visit the beautiful Jardins d'Eau, and the picturesque cycle-piste runs all the way from Carsac to Sarlat, 8km in one direction, and to Souillac, approx. 15km in the other direction. If you don't bring your own bikes with you, we have some available to hire for a small charge. There is also a skate park & tennis courts in Carsac.

The medieval town of Sarlat really is the jewel in the crown of the Perigord Noir ...

A fascinating place to amble through the narrow streets with the intricate honey-coloured stonework of the ancient buildings, resting at one of the pavement cafes to enjoy un café, or a chilled bierre in one of the bars, or maybe a long lunch sampling the gastronomic delights of the region in one of the many restaurants. During the summer months, the music and theatre festivals are not to be missed.

The twice-weekly market in Sarlat is one of the very best in France - on Saturdays and Wednesdays the cobbled streets are lined with stalls displaying fresh, colourful and delicious local produce, the atmosphere friendly & relaxed.

In the evenings the town takes on a different dimension. There are street mimes & musicians and the architecture is lit up so beautifully - an after-dinner stroll is a must to soak up the truly medieval atmosphere of this wonderful place.

Nestled between the Dordogne and the Vézere rivers, in the heart of the Perigord Noir, this region is studded with wonderful medieval villages, ornamental gardens and spectacular châteaux such as Castelnaud, Beynac, Montfort, Hautefort and Milandes (the home of Josephine Baker).

There are numerous pre-historic caves to explore among them Lascaux II, Gouffre de Padirac where you can experience a boat-trip on a subterranean river 103mts below ground, and Grotte de Rouffignac where you are transported on an underground train. In nearby Les Eyzies there is the impressive Musee National de Prehistoire.

Within easy reach of Peycibeau, are the elegant cities of Bordeaux, Perigueux, Bergerac, Cahors and Brive. The wine-producing regions to the south (Cahors) and to the west (Bergerac, St Emilion, Bordeaux) are havens to explore the local wine châteaux, estates and vineyards, many of which offer complimentary tastings.

The River Dordogne & Canoeing

Canoeing down the river is a MUST! It is such fun - OK, harder work for those doing the rowing! Floating down the Dordogne River everything is seen from a different perspective - the chateaux, the spectacular cliffs and the houses built into the rocks. You can row leisurely and stop anywhere you like to picnic or swim - it's great to make a whole day of it.

The river is not very deep in the summer, so quite safe even for the younger ones. In fact, the river is our "beach" only without the thousands of holiday-makers sharing the same patch of sand! So peaceful, the water is warm and beautifully clean and of course there is the fishing to.

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