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Adrienne’s guidebook

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Adrienne’s guidebook

Sightseeing
Our local village is a fifteen to twenty minute walk away (2 min drive). There are medieval buildings and a Roman bridge over the River Dropt. The Romanesque church is impressive. There is an excellent general grocery, Proxi, opposite the mairie and a friendly bar/restaurant. We highly recommend the ‘soirees gourmandes’ on Friday evenings throughout July and August.
La Sauvetat-du-Dropt
Our local village is a fifteen to twenty minute walk away (2 min drive). There are medieval buildings and a Roman bridge over the River Dropt. The Romanesque church is impressive. There is an excellent general grocery, Proxi, opposite the mairie and a friendly bar/restaurant. We highly recommend the ‘soirees gourmandes’ on Friday evenings throughout July and August.
There is a chateau with audio guides in English and a great view from the top of the tower and a light show on the castle walls in summer. There are foodie evenings with live music on Thursday evenings in summer. An excellent wine centre just outside the village with tastings of the local Côtes de Duras wines. 20km from Le Serpen.
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Duras
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There is a chateau with audio guides in English and a great view from the top of the tower and a light show on the castle walls in summer. There are foodie evenings with live music on Thursday evenings in summer. An excellent wine centre just outside the village with tastings of the local Côtes de Duras wines. 20km from Le Serpen.
One of France's prettiest villages, Monpazier is about 40 minutes drive from Le Serpen. Full of quaint buildings and interesting boutique shops. Well worth a visit.
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Monpazier
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One of France's prettiest villages, Monpazier is about 40 minutes drive from Le Serpen. Full of quaint buildings and interesting boutique shops. Well worth a visit.
Nature walk
The Lac de L'Escourou is very close to us - less than a five minute drive away. There is a footpath/ cycle path around the lake (about 9k) and some nice picnic spots. The upper part of the lake (2k circuit) is a nature reserve with hides for bird watching and information boards on the flora and fauna (some interactive ones for children).
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Lac de l'Escourou
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The Lac de L'Escourou is very close to us - less than a five minute drive away. There is a footpath/ cycle path around the lake (about 9k) and some nice picnic spots. The upper part of the lake (2k circuit) is a nature reserve with hides for bird watching and information boards on the flora and fauna (some interactive ones for children).
Food scene
Soumensac is a small medieval village high on a hilltop with far-reaching views across the countryside. There are vineyards close by producing good local wine. Medieval festivals are held on certain days during the summer season and local produce market and lunches on Sunday mornings. There are museums of tools and dolls and a marked walk takes you on a circuit of the village. It is a ten minute drive away from Le Serpen.
Soumensac
Soumensac is a small medieval village high on a hilltop with far-reaching views across the countryside. There are vineyards close by producing good local wine. Medieval festivals are held on certain days during the summer season and local produce market and lunches on Sunday mornings. There are museums of tools and dolls and a marked walk takes you on a circuit of the village. It is a ten minute drive away from Le Serpen.
Eymet is a medieval bastide town with a picturesque square and remains of the castle. There is a superb weekly market on Thursday and on Tuesday evenings in summer. There are lots of cafés, restaurants and bars and atourist information office in the square. There are plenty of antique and brocante shops and a good wine shop, the Cave, in the square. A medieval festival is held in the summer.
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Eymet
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Eymet is a medieval bastide town with a picturesque square and remains of the castle. There is a superb weekly market on Thursday and on Tuesday evenings in summer. There are lots of cafés, restaurants and bars and atourist information office in the square. There are plenty of antique and brocante shops and a good wine shop, the Cave, in the square. A medieval festival is held in the summer.
Shopping
Bergerac has a quaint and picturesque medieval old town and a lively bustling new town with good range of shops and restaurants. River trips on the Dordogne are available. It's a 25 min drive from Le Serpen.
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Bergerac
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Bergerac has a quaint and picturesque medieval old town and a lively bustling new town with good range of shops and restaurants. River trips on the Dordogne are available. It's a 25 min drive from Le Serpen.
Wine
Chateau Monbazillac is an impressive chateau, high up with views across to Bergerac. A dessert wine is produced at the chateau and in the vicinity and wine-tasting is available at the visitors’ centre. There is a display on the wine-making process inside the chateau. It is off the road to Bergerac, less than 30 min drive from Le Serpen.
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Château de Monbazillac
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Chateau Monbazillac is an impressive chateau, high up with views across to Bergerac. A dessert wine is produced at the chateau and in the vicinity and wine-tasting is available at the visitors’ centre. There is a display on the wine-making process inside the chateau. It is off the road to Bergerac, less than 30 min drive from Le Serpen.
Famous for its wine, there are multiple opportunities for wine tasting. It is a scenic town with an impressive monolithic church and is also home to the world-famous macarons. About 45 minutes drive from Le Serpen.
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Saint-Émilion
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Famous for its wine, there are multiple opportunities for wine tasting. It is a scenic town with an impressive monolithic church and is also home to the world-famous macarons. About 45 minutes drive from Le Serpen.
Family fun
Chareau Bridoire is a picturesque chateau with furnished rooms and plenty of medieval games for adults and children alike. Musical evenings are held there in the summer. Half an hour from Le Serpen.
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Château de Bridoire
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Chareau Bridoire is a picturesque chateau with furnished rooms and plenty of medieval games for adults and children alike. Musical evenings are held there in the summer. Half an hour from Le Serpen.
Markets
Quaint medieval village with a large market on Sundays. The market is really excellent and not to be missed.
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Issigeac
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Quaint medieval village with a large market on Sundays. The market is really excellent and not to be missed.