The hubby, our four cats and I ventured to this beautiful part of the world in July 2016 and have never looked back since.

It’s a quiet and little known corner of Nouvelle Aquitaine so we want to share with you some of our own experiences but, more importantly, tell the currently untold stories of the artists, entrepreneurs and food producers who live here.

By celebrating all that they have to offer, we hope to inspire you to visit, help you decide what to do while here, and make sure that this alluring area finds a new audience and receives the recognition it deserves.

Verteillac is the epicentre of our lives and so it is here that will receive much of our attention, but we will be exploring much further: north east into the Perigord Vert and beyond, south east across the more well-trodden tourist paths of the Dordogne, and west towards the coast. Expect the odd trip into neighbouring Cognac county – Charente – and if we’re very lucky, we may even make it through the Gironde and into Landes.

We’d love to you to come and explore with us – and to share your own adventures of life in this rural idyll.

You can also follow our progress on Twitter @TheBeckofBeyond

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