9 things to do when it’s hot, hot, hot!

The Dordogne is blessed with some beautiful weather, but it can get very hot! Just this week we are sweltering in temperatures of 45 degrees and above. So what is there to do that will enable you to keep nice and cool when holidaying here…? Take a dip in our pool Just a few steps…

When was the last time you properly relaxed?

Do you ever feel completely cream-crackered and in the need of some time out, where you don’t need to think about anything else other than yourself? It was this feeling that was the inspiration behind a “wellbeing retreat” that I organised for a small group of busy, professional women last month. The aim was to…

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…