The Dordogne has long been a popular destination for summer visitors and those looking to buy a property and make a new life in France. With its soft rolling hills, woodland, fields of sunflowers, vineyards and sparkling rivers it presents a warm and welcoming environment.
The countryside is dotted with pretty villages and peaceful hamlets, chateaux and farms. With a thriving year-round population you'll always find shops, bars and restaurants open.
This is a region criss-crossed with footpaths for walking and riding, the rivers are perfect for leisurely canoeing or fishing and there are historical sites at every turn. The principal town of Perigueux has a charming medieval centre with a wide range of shops and restaurants and twice weekly markets spilling through the winding streets. Don't miss the excellent V�sunna Gallo-Roman museum.
Riberac has, reputedly, the department's biggest market (on a Friday) and Ste Foy La Grande's Saturday market is well worth a visit.
From Bergerac along the Dordogne valley through Lalinde, to Sarlat there is an almost endless parade of breathtaking towns and villages.
Foodies will find plenty to please them including the locally produced ducks and foie gras, walnuts and prunes and wines from the world-famous Bergerac vines.
Forget any stereo-typing you've heard. Come and see it for yourself.
Romance and history are combined in a unique and unforgettable package. The focus has to be the 30m high keep, dating back in parts to the 11th century.
The chateau chapel has been converted into a stylish 3 bedroom home with original features preserved. Outside the grounds of over � an acre offer many spots to sit and reflect on all that must have happened within these walls.
The property is sold furnished by its interior designer owner who has matched old and new with style. This would make a magical setting for summer events or an impressive home with complete privacy in a stunning village setting. And the jewel in the crown? The new owner will become the Chatelain or Chatelaine of the village - a title which is awarded with the chateau.
Price including agency fees: 895.000 Euro
Price excluding agency fees: 844.340 Euro
Buyer commission included: 6% TTC