La Petite Maison at Moulin du Pont

This 200-year-old cottage is nestled in the midst of sunflower fields and rolling hills. Recently refurbished, modern appliances and new furnishings complement the many original features the building offers and create a comfortable space for up to 6 adults. This is a place that allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle. Explore…

About that novel you want to write

There are some 200 million Americans that harbour a desire to write a book – a figure that equates to around two thirds of their population. Multiple that across the rest of the world and that means there are a lot of frustrated wannabe authors who haven’t yet achieved their goal. Maybe you are one…

What to expect from a holiday at La Petite Maison

Someone asked me recently about what they could expect from a holiday at La Petite Maison, having never visited this part of the world before. Life in the Dordogne is far removed from the hubbub, traffic and noise of ‘normal life’ – which is what we believe offers visitors a very special experience. The great…

Local walk: A short woodland wander

I recently spent a lovely day meandering with my Dad, not really knowing where we were going but just happy to see where we ended up. Errands had taken us to Verteillac and so we decided to explore the town a little more while we were there. After parking up in the car park outside…

Last minute special offer

Feeling the need for some peace and quiet? Escape the commute and enjoy the tranquility of beautiful Dordogne countryside. Book La Petite Maison from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May, and receive a 25% discount on the price. Just €525 for 7 nights. Find out more about this 3-bed riverside stone cottage and then…

Spaghetti Head: the perfect summer read

Spaghetti Head is a new novel written by local author, Sarah Tyley. Quirky, funny, sad, it addresses issues of modern womanhood, environmental devastation and the impact of technological advances on our freedom, relationships and mental health – and makes you think about what life really would be like if women ruled the world.   I…

The migration of the grue

Today has been a beautiful day here in South West France. The sun shone, the sky was blue – and we were treated to a visual and audio display from the grue that were making their annual trip back up north. Grue (cranes) have a wingspan of two metres making them one of the largest…

We are LGBT-friendly

We signed up to Misterb&b this morning – the gay-friendly rental service that is similar to Airb&b. Misterb&b was launched in 2014 after its co-founder Matthieu Jost had had several uncomfortable experiences renting accommodation where the owners had not been very welcoming. It provides gay men with a list of places that are accepting of…

Local Top 3: restaurants

First up in our new “Local Top 3” series has to be food-related. After all, we are in France – cuisine is so ingrained in its culture that in 2010 French gastronomy was added by UNESCO to its list of world’s intangible cultural heritage. Visit our part of the world and you are undoubtedly going…

Why you should make a trip to the Dordogne in 2018

New year, new you, new goals… Usually ‘travel more’ is top of my list of things to do. That and lose weight, obviously! (As it is every year, she says, with a sigh). I have a big long list of countries that I want to visit, which I have been slowly ticking off over the…