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Lac de Feyt


On your doorstep there is the beautiful Lac de Feyt with a bathing beach (including a life guard) and boats for hire.  Here you can also find tennis courts and a small restaurant.

There are some bicycles at the chateau for riding around the lanes and to the lake. Horse riding is a mere ten-minute drive away and the fabulous experience of canoeing on the Dordogne river is just 20 minutes away in Argentat.

Peaceful Without going far you can enjoy the rolling hills, the peaceful surroundings, walking amongst the lakes and forests and the sense of space and openness. There is abundant wildlife in the area and deer and wild boar can be seen frequently. There is very little traffic and it is possible to drive for long periods without meeting any other vehicles.
Tours de Merle Beyond Argentat you can explore the Dorgogne valley full of fascinating villages, chateaux and caves.

Nearby we have the fascinating ruins of the Tours de Merle (also here), a medieval fortress.
Collonges le rouge

To the west are a group of villages identified as being amongst ‘Les plus belles village de France’, amongst them, Collonges-le Rouge, the red city and Turenne, a 15th century village whose high pitched roofs surround two castles from which the foothills of the Massif Central can be seen.

Argentat Rocamadour Also to the west is the Dordogne valley, with a wealth of towns and villages such as Argentat, Beaulieu sur Dordogne, La Roche Canillac, Loubressac, Autoire, Carennac and Martel. The Chateau de Bac, Chateau de Soulages, Chateau de Rieu, the Chateau de Val and the Chateau Rilhac-Xaintrie are all close by, while the citadel of Rocamadour is only 50 minutes drive away.
Lascaux Caves For those wishing to explore a little further afield, the world famous cave paintings of Lascaux,  and La Chapelle aux Saints, site of the discovery of the oldest Neanderthal man,  can be reached in an hour, along with the many other attractions of the Lower Dordogne area. The Cahors, Bergerac and Bordeaux wine regions are also within easy reach.
Dordogne river For those seeking more active pursuits, there is a wide choice ranging from horse riding, canoeing down the Dordogne River, tennis, golf, cycling (there are some bicycles at the house & others can be hired) to hot-air ballooning and hang gliding.
Skiing and swimming The Massif Central mountains are an hour and a half’s drive away where there are a number of ski resorts so it is possible to drive for a day’s skiing. There is also an excellent aqua park 20 minutes drive away, providing hours of enjoyment for children.
  Cultural activities and events take place in many of the towns nearby with concerts and performances throughout the summer.  There is also the famous Festival of Sedieres, held in the nearby Chateau de Sedieres, a music, film and art festival running over a 6-week period every year from mid July.  See their website here.

Markets and fairs are held throughout the summer and winter months and timetables are available from the tourist office in the local village of St Privat or online at any of the tourist websites above.

If you are in search of gastronomic delights, there are numerous local restaurants serving delicious local dishes and a list of the best will be left at the chateau.  Local specialities such as foie gras, truffles, walnuts, cassoulet, confit de canard and cabecou cheese are a must. The famous wine region of Cahors is an hour’s drive away.
  More Local Links

The main websites for the area detailing all facilities and places of interest are and

For a general guide to the area (in english) as well as routes for walkers and cyclists, try this website Le Transcorrezien

Beaulieu sur Dordogne -

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