LE MANIOR

Eating Out
Chateux & Gardens
Markets
Historic Towns
Caves
Activities
Other Attractions

THE AREA

The village of St Sulpice d'Excideuil offers a taste of genuine France. With a population of just 335, the majority of the villagers have lived locally for many years, enjoying the rural location, but with city access just a short drive away.  

Visitors to the village are welcomed to numerous events throughout the year, including concerts, the annual Randonee Gourmande ( a 10km evening walk with food and wine stops) in July and a night market in August, where alfresco dining is enjoyed under the stars, seated at long trestle tables.

 

The fortified 12th century church is at the heart of the village, with a small bar and bustling village shop opposite, stocking local produce, fresh bread and food essentials, and baking pizzas to order at the weekend.

EATING OUT

Clermont d'Excideuil (3 Miles)

 

Thiviers (5 Miles)

 

 

 

 

Sorges (15 Miles)

 

 

Brantome (20 Miles) and Perigueux (25 Miles)

 

Set menu of very traditional recipes using local and garden produce.

The town offers a number of restaurants and informal bistros ranging from classic French cooking served in a country manor house setting, to low-key options including pizza.

 

The Auberge specializes in the local 'black gold' - truffles!

 

 

Both towns offer an impressive range of options, including Michelin-starred restaurants

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For those hankering for UK cuisine, Excideuil has a café which specializes in crumpets whilst Thiviers has an Irish pub serving traditional 'pub' food.

 

MARKETS

This area is renowned for its passion for food and top quality produce. The local town, Thiviers, is self-proclaimed as the 'Capital of foie gras'  whilst  the nearby village of Sorges claims to produce the best truffles in the world.

 

Within a short distance are also an abundance of thriving market towns, including Thiviers, Excideuil, Brantome, Sarlat and Perigueux all of which showcase the best of local produce in their twice weekly markets.  

 

During the summer months there are also numerous Night Markets where visitors may enjoy sociable alfresco dining on long trestle tables alongside local residents.

 

CAVES

The World famous caves of Lascaux are within an hour’s drive of Le Manoir.  A UNESCO world heritage site, the caves were discovered in 1940 and renowned for their Paleolithic paintings.  Closer to home, the caves at Villars and Tourtoirac are also spectacular and highly recommended.

 

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CHATEAUX & GARDENS

The Dordogne region is reputed to have 1001 chateaux and castles, many of which are open to the public and can be visited during the summer months. Hautefort, Jumilhac-la-Grand and Losse are all fine examples and are within easy reach.

 

There are also a number of impressive gardens that can be visited, among them Jardin de Marqueyssac with its 150,000 topiary boxwoods and les Jardins du Manoir d’Eyrignac, with its seven gardens, ranging from the white-themed garden to topiary sculptures.

 

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HISTORIC AND PICTURESQUE TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Brantome, ‘The Venice of Perigord’, is an idyllic village with a Benedictine abbey founded in the 8th Century, which along with Perigueux and Sarlat-la-Caneda, offers visitors ancient beautiful buildings and vibrant streets.  While St Jean de Cole is nearest of the five acclaimed ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’ in the area and makes an ideal stopping off place for a leisurely coffee or beer. 

 

ACTIVITIES

The Perigord Vert is the ideal region to explore, be it on foot, bicycle, canoe, horse or even velo-rail. The lake near St Yrieix not only has a beach and extensive children's play area, it also hosts an impressive water-skiing site. Elsewhere for those with a head for heights rock climbing or ballooning are also available.

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Arnac-Pompadour has a vast castle overlooking a spectacular racecourse and the police horse centre at Brantome comes very highly rated on Trip Advisor. The Parc zoo at Reynou caters well for families as do the various farm visits available in the area.

 

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