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…

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…

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…

Sarlat casts a magical spell but the Christmas market is a damp squib

Sarlat Christmas Market has everything you would expect: little wooden huts selling gifts for that special someone; open air ice rink; a Christmas tree; mulled wine and hot chocolate to warm the hands on a crisp winter’s day… The one thing it was lacking was customers.

What’s on in December

From photography and art exhibitions, to literary events and a Festival of Light, there is lots to keep you entertained in the lead up to Christmas De la photographie et des expositions d’art, aux événements littéraires et au Festival de la lumière, il y a beaucoup de choses à vous divertir avant Noël. For details…

’tis the season to be jolly – and to enjoy the Christmas markets

The nights are drawing in, temperatures are falling fast and Brexit is causing untold worries. Which makes it precisely the time to forget about your troubles, get your mitts around a warm glass of mulled wine and enjoy some festive cheer at one of the Dordogne’s many Christmas markets. One of the biggest and most…

Five things to do in Bourdeilles

There is no shortage of quintessential French villages around our quiet corner of the Dordogne. The small medieval town of Bourdeilles is one of them. Located on the edge of the river Dronne, it’s a lovely spot to while a way a few hours. Here’s five suggestions of things to do: Go back in time…

One man’s junk is another’s treasure

Rummaging around antiques markets on a Sunday morning is a much-loved past time here in rural France. The first Sunday of every month is Verteillac vide grenier, a local institution that sees an eclectic mix of stalls lining the streets, and plenty of punters eager to find some bargains – and enjoy a tipple in…