Champagnac is a small rural hamlet that sits astride a ridge with lovely views, close to the village of Vanxains, near the town of Ribérac in the department of the Dordogne. The old village of Vanxains, with its boulangerie and post office nestles in the valley below and is only a short drive away and you can also cycle or walk to it.
Ribérac, a bustling town, is five miles away and offers all kinds of shops, hypermarkets, great restaurants and other facilities such as canoeing. The famous Friday market at Ribérac is as much a social occasion as a shopping opportunity - you can easily while away a couple of hours checking out the local specialities.
The very old village of Aubeterre is set high above the River Dronne. It has a magnificent underground church carved into the rock and is one of the 'most beautiful villages in France'. At every turn in the steeply sloping cobbled streets and alleys a stunning view opens up and at the foot of the village is a river beach. Aubeterre is only a 15 minute drive away (you can bike it if you are feeling energetic!).
There are lots of other lovely places to explore. The little town of Brantome (pictured), known as 'the Venice of the Périgord', boasts elegant and attractive architecture. Romantic, and as rich in history as in natural beauty, Brantome is one of the Dordogne's greatest treasures. The attractive market town of Bergerac, with its delightful old quarter and harbour, is often called the 'gateway to the Périgord'. The vibrant city of Périgueux has long straight streets and wide boulevards. St émilion town is elegant and cosy, with an abundance of cobbled streets, medieval buildings and romantic views. These are all less than an hour's drive away and are brilliant for shopping and sightseeing.
Whether you fancy a gentle stroll in the stunning countryside around the houses, hiking in the Forét de Double, cycling, canoeing, tennis or horse riding there are lots of activities within easy reach. If you're a keen golfer there are courses at Aubeterre (9 hole course), Périgueux (18 hole course), Bergerac (9 & 27 hole courses) and Cognac (18 hole course).
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Food and drink are a huge part of any holiday in France and the Dordogne is famous for a cuisine rich in produce unique to the area. Whether you fancy a simple family run auberge or a Michelin starred restaurant there are lots of excellent places to visit so you will never be far from something to suit both your taste buds and your pocket. Both Les Lavandes and Les Hortensias have comprehensive house books with suggestions of where to eat.