Limeuil five of our houses are here - an extraordinary, unspoilt, historically amazing medieval village, set within defensive walls with four entry gates. It begins with the best waterside situation in the whole of Dordogne - the beautiful confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, each spanned by a stone bridge.  Taking a 'pichet' of wine, maybe with a light lunch, at the riverside bar is an experience you will long remember.  From here, the ancient roadway rises up the hillside between the houses to the walls of the château with it's immaculate 'parc', and Ste.Catherine's church - facing each other across two Squares alongside which are situated four of our houses (but don't worry - you can drive directly up here using a more recently built road!)

 Meyrals - is a truly unspoilt medieval village with it's old stone houses clustered around the central church Square.  No tourist hordes here, just the friendly locals buying their freshly baked bread at the boulangerie, or enjoying lunch together on the terrace of the Auberge.....to the south spreads the Dordogne river valley, to the north the majestic cliff faces of prehistoric Les Eyzies, and to the east, the renaissance jewel, Sarlat - this is the perfect location from which to visit everything the Dordogne has to offer.  It's no surprise that Meyrals has today become a focal point for a number of artists and painters, earning itself the accolade 'Terre des Arts'.  Click on the village website www.meyrals.fr  and view the photo gallery ('Galerie photos' in the left-hand menu)

 

 

Larzac, near Belvès The tiny hamlet of Larzac nestles in the gentle wooded hills just to the south of the dramatic hilltop town of Belvès (photo) - one of the 'Plus Beaux Villages' of France. Although from afar it looks very Italianate, this is a medieval stronghold from which you can still stare out across miles of neighbouring countryside, 360° in all directions. It retains an unchanging appearance - after so many centuries you will still find a community centred on the old market 'Halle' in the main Square, small shopkeepers and good basic facilities, bars and restaurants - but no supermarkets or soul-less trading estates here . . . . .

 

Cadouin This exquisite village is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO - situated in a sheltering valley, it is based around a Cistercian Abbey founded in the 12th Century.  The cloisters survive as well, an amazing flight of fan-vaulted ceilings protecting the calm seclusion. The Abbey was built on one of the Ways to Compostella, and pilgrims came in particular to see a cherished relic - part of Christ's Shroud.  Decorated with an embroidered trim, it was not until 1943 that the well-read monk who was detailed to repair the threads recognised that - rather than just a decorative band - it was an Arabic text!.....the monks have now departed.