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Heritage & Gastronomy

On the road to experience...

Chateau and its village at the foot of a cliff

An explorer's soul

After enjoying some hot pastries on the terrace of your lodge, you're feeling like an explorer! Your hosts have suggested tour no. 1 or tour no. 2, which will give you the irresistible urge to discover the region by car. You'll also be given a QR code so you can follow the route you've chosen with complete peace of mind! Your choice is for route 1, which is an excellent choice: the castles, mills, churches and bastides are all yours to discover... all you have to do is let yourself be guided...

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Lunch on the shady terrace

On the way, you can stop for lunch on the shady terrace of the Auberge des Marronniers in Lanquais, where you can try the house speciality, duck foie gras or veal sweetbread puff pastry... a real treat! Or why not head to the Au Bon Temps restaurant in Lalinde for some friendly home cooking? At the end of the tour, you can take a dip in the swimming pool and finish off this wonderful day with a well-deserved aperitif on Castelwood's large terrace...

terrace under the castle
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Your arrival at Castelwood is imminent!

Your drive through Biron is a feast for the eyes: the 12th-century Château de Biron, nestling on its promontory, is an instant favourite. You're in for a real change of scenery! Just 300 metres away, the Castelwood estate, nestling in its 2.5 hectares, awaits you. Your lodge is ready to welcome you, and fresh sheets have been laid out. Take a breath, you'll feel the zenitude coming on...

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The life of a king and queen

After this hearty meal, a visit to the Château de Beynac is a must. A total immersion in the Middle Ages... and why not take advantage of a guided tour of the site? What a great idea!
On your way back, you'll pass through one of the most beautiful villages in France, Monpazier. It's the most beautiful, the most charming Bastide town in France. As Le Corbusier said, "Monpazier is not to be missed".

You can certainly say: "Castelwood is too" 😊

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A mad desire to try your hand at golf

This morning, you wake up with a mad desire to try your hand at golf. Lolivarie is where you'll find this 6,000-metre, 18-hole golf course in the heart of the Périgord Noir region, between castles and picturesque sites, surrounded by tall oaks, poplars and willows. Your hosts have also recommended the Villeneuve sur Lot golf course, which offers enthusiasts one of the best 18-hole courses in the Aquitaine region. So you're spoilt for choice!

For lunch, depending on your choice, you can go to the Auberge des Tilleuls in Marnac, which offers a menu of quality local produce, or the restaurant Le Parfum des Mets in Pays de Belves, where you can sample the excellent cuisine prepared with local produce (ceps, morel mushrooms, etc.) and, above all, with a lot of heart and generosity.
In short, don't wait to try it, it's excellent!


Biron Castle

Listed as a historic monument, each century has left its mark on this majestic building. Wander through the corridors, the main courtyard and the gigantic vaulted kitchen, and you're sure to come across a knight... you'll probably recognise the mythical locations of films such as "Jacquou Le Croquant" and "Le Pacte des Loups"...

Now it's time to head back to Castelwood, as you're dying to see all those films again in your cosy lodge...

Photo du château de Biron
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Discovering little French Tuscany

Having completed route no. 1, you're keen to learn more about route no. 2, for another chance to discover the region. With your hosts' flash code in your pocket, you're off for a carefree drive through the friendly countryside. You'll be overwhelmed by the gigantic proportions of Bonaguil castle, with its 7 drawbridges... as well as the bastide town of Monflanquin, which overlooks landscapes described by Stendhal as those of a "little Tuscany"...


For lunch, "Sophie's Table" in Cuzorn or "Le Bistrot Chic" in Monsempron-Libos are sure to be delightful surprises, combining flavours and delicacies.
You'll pass through Villeréal, one of France's most beautiful villages, before returning to Castelwood to relax on the terrace and watch the sun set...

Photo of Bonaguil Castle

In the footsteps of Cyrano de Bergerac

This morning, you might like to slip into the shoes of Cyrano de Bergerac and shout out a few lines by the French playwright Edmond Rostand on the famous Quai Cyrano. How about the famous nose tirade?
Off to Bergerac, the City of Art and History. Its narrow streets, squares and half-timbered houses are irresistibly charming. In the old port, you'll find a space dedicated to Bergerac and Duras wines, a must-see.

You can enjoy a trip on the River Dordogne in a Gabare, the traditional boat used to transport barrels of wine. A pure moment of relaxation and wonder at the rhythm of the water...


Photo d'une cave de vignoble

For lunch, there is a choice of two restaurants: "Le Saint Jacques", in a medieval building in rue St James, or "Aux Tabliers Noirs", in rue Duguesclin, offering gourmet, seasonal cuisine.
And to round off this wonderful day, a visit to the cellar is a must, followed by a tasting in the town that gave its name to the sweet white wine of the same name, Monbazillac...

A platter of charcuterie and cheeses awaits you on the terrace at Castelwood to finish off the day's delights...

Photo d'un fleuve traversant la Dordogne

A little trip in the air

Head to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle for a hot-air balloon ride. Take to the skies above the châteaux of Beynac, Castelnaud, Les Milandes and La Roque Gageac and let yourself drift along with the breeze.

For lunch, "La Cour du Moulin" in Castelnaud or "Au Plaisir des Sens" in La Roque-Gageac will be waiting to help you recover from your emotions. There are also some fine restaurants in the Périgord region, both typical of the area and of high quality...

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Strolling through the most beautiful village in France

The afternoon will be spent walking through the narrow streets of Castelnaud, one of the most beautiful villages in France, followed by a visit to the "rue du temps qui passe" museum in Allas les Mines (a real Proust's madeleine!). If you're still brave enough, you can finish the day at the magnificent village of La Roque-Gageac.

You'll come back to Castelwood with your head in the clouds, and your photos taken from the sky by the pool will be the talk of the town.

Photo of Roque Gageac
Photo de la Roque Gageac

En route to the paradise of truffles and charcuterie

It's time to visit the town that everyone talks about and that makes you dream: Sarlat-la-Canéda, capital of the Périgord Noir. Wandering through the narrow streets of Sarlat-la-Canéda is like reading through a thousand years of authentic architecture, where the warm, blonde stone is predominant, from the cobblestones to the slate roofs... Get lost in the town and you'll find a surprise around every corner.

Sarlat is also a paradise for truffles, porcini mushrooms, foie gras, confits, pâtés and fine charcuterie. That's why your lunch will be in the historic centre at "Aux 3 sens", rue Fénelon or "Chez le Gaulois", place André Malraux or "L'esprit Sarlat" rue Tarde. You'll be spoilt for choice...


An epicurean touch

If you're near Villeneuve sur Lot, the gastronomic restaurant, "La table des épicuriens" in Pailloles, will surprise you with its dishes made with seasonal produce, or you can opt for "L'effet Maison", under the arcades in the central square of the village of Montflanquin, a 13th-century fortified town.

Or why not head over to the Château de Biron to sit on the terrace of the "Auberge du Château", where you'll enjoy a magnificent panoramic view? Soak up the energy and set off to discover this medieval castle...

photo d'un repas : foie gras et salade
photo of a golf course