Dordogne Holiday Barns
At Dordogne Holiday Barns we offer the perfect base for your family friendly Dordogne accommodation. Our converted barns offer plenty of space inside as well as the large lawned gardens which allow children to let of steam until their heart’s content.
Family Group Accommodation In The Dordogne
Our two converted barns can also be rented together to offer the perfect option for a large family gathering mixing generations and extended family.
In addition to the nearby swimming lake, there are plenty of activities (see our dedicated page) such as canoe trips to keep the little people more than happy.
The Sarlat Tourisme website has lots more information on family activities in the Dordogne.
Walking Holidays In The Dordogne, France
Many guests who stay with us here at Dordogne Holiday Barns enjoy walking in the Dordogne, discovering the many routes perfectly suited for all abilities. Late September and October are, in our opinions, perfect for walks as the colours remain vibrant and autumnal. The days are slightly cooler but there is still plenty of sunshine to keep everybody happy. Springtime, as everything comes into bloom, is also picture-perfect.
The Cicero Guide by Janette Norton is a good place to begin as it lists 30 lovely walks based around Sarlat and Bergerac, all with detailed maps and plenty of local information.
Walking Tours Around Sarlat
Sarlat is the perfect place for a walking trip as you can take in many amazing sites in one visit of this mythical medieval town. There are plenty of tips and even guided walking tours via the Sarlat Tourism website.
Walking Tours Amongst The Vineyards
Why not combine a walking trip with a visit to a vineyard or two? For those who enjoyed reading our piece on wines of the Dordogne you’ll no doubt want to get out there and discover the wines, wine-makers and vineyards for yourselves.
A good place to begin is at the Maison des Vins in Bergerac (web page in French), where we are reliably informed the staff will be more than happy to advise intrepid oenophiles on the best wineries to visit depending on your chosen itineraries.
Walking The Dordogne Off The Beaten Track
If you have an adventurous side and enjoy discovering places slightly further afield, then the Walking Dordogne website is a good place to start searching for inspiration. With information on the gloriously entitled ‘Trail of Wild Garlic’ and the equally impressive ‘In The Footsteps Of The Mammoth’ trail amongst others, this is the place for those who want to discover the real Dordogne.
Visit Château de Beynac
Just a stone’s throw from Sarlat and La Roque-Gageac, and a short journey from us here, is one of the region’s many amazing Châteaux. What sets Château de Beynac apart, however, is the quality of its restoration and upkeep, meaning visitors have access to an amazing piece of medieval history.
Château de Beynac Through History
When visiting you will be able to trace the story of the 12th century château and the many famous characters to have spent time within the fortress. Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard ‘Coeur de Lion’ are just two of the famous names from history.
The site fell into the hands of the English and Richard the Lionheart for a short period. It was also a crucial strategic post during the 100 years war.
Stunning Location And Views
The location of the château offers stunning views not only of the Dordogne River and the valley, but also the lush, undulating countryside for miles around.
Opening Times and Prices
The château is open for most of the year, and you are free to visit alone or join a guided tour. Full details of prices and up to date opening times are available on the local tourism website.
Have a look at the Périgord – Dordogne tourist information website (in French) for more details on opening times and prices.View Other Activities
Canoe Trips On The Dordogne
Say Dordogne to most people and chances are they instantly think of leisurely paddling downstream through dappled sunlight and surrounded by nature. Most guests here at Dordogne Holiday Barns come to canoe the Dordogne, or at least enjoy a few hours paddling about on this magical river.
Canoe The Dordogne – Short Trips
Most people will enjoy anything from a few hours to an entire day on the river. An excellent way to travel and soak up the local environment, day trips generally vary from 9km (2hrs) to 25km (5-6hrs).
Probably the most popular day trip for people staying with us here is a 16km paddle from Carsac to Laroque-Gageac. You will spend roughly 3-4hrs on the water and take in the sights of Vitrac, Cénac and Domme as well as some spectacular cliffs.
Canoe The Dordogne – Overnight Trips
More adventurous souls are tempted by overnight canoe trips on the Dordogne. Tour operators can transport you and all the equipment you will require up stream as far as Argentat (over 125km away) and let you descend the river at your own pace.
There are plenty of riverside campsites en-route and booking is not necessary. You can simply land, pitch up and enjoy a night under the stars.
As a rule of thumb you will expect to cover about 20km in a day and so you can plan your trip accordingly. The CanoeVacances website is a good place to start researching and planning your trip.
Canoe The Dordogne – Eye Witness
To get a true flavour of what the Dordogne can offer read this piece in the New York Times from Christopher Shaw. It gives nice insights into what’s on offer and some handy tips for those who have not ventured on the river before.
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Real Family Friendly Dordogne Holidays
Are we there yet? How many times have we sat in the car, listening to the kids in the back slowing chipping away at our patience? Well, at least on arrival in the Dordogne they will not be disappointed. This little part of what we like to think of as paradise is a veritable treasure trove, offering truly family friendly Dordogne holidays.
Child Friendly Activities In The Dordogne
We all know, from years of experience, that little people need entertainment, excitement, plenty of activities. Whether it be canoeing down the Dordogne River, mountain biking or climbing through trees on high wires, there are plenty of activities for little people here at our Holiday Barns.
Places To Visit In The Dordogne
It can wear you out all of this running around, so having a multitude of slightly calmer places to visit on your doorstep can help. Whether it be pre-historic caves, monkey sanctuaries or medieval castles, there are plenty of options for the intrepid young explorer.
Goufre de Padirac underground caves. Visit their facebook page.
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