The Area

Dramatic rock faces, sparkling rivers, green valleys, Chateaux, medieval villages, prehistoric caves and brilliant sunlight. The Dordogne, the very heart of Perigord has been described by some as paradise. As you pass fields of sunflowers and corn and marvel at castles towering at the top of cliffs you begin to understand why!

The region surrounding Le Banquet is dominated by pre-history, beautiful architecture and gastronomy. In Les Eyzies alone there are 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Font de Gaume caves being just 5 minutes walk away.

Whether you wish to visit the local caves with their drawings dating back 20,000 years, the many wonderful open gardens, the stunning chateaux, picnic by the banks of the Vezere river, taste the excellent wines from Bergerac, Cahors and surround, Le Banquet is at the very heart of it all.

You are only a short drive from adventures in every direction, Lascaux caves, Castlenaud & Beynac castles, Chateau des Milandes, Vezere & Dordogne rivers, medieval town of Sarlat, roman town of Perigueux to name but a few. The department of the Dordogne is home to no less than 10 of the officially listed pretiest villages in France

The local markets are full to brimming with some of the best produce France has to offer. If you are a food lover, then welcome to gastronomic heaven! Ceps, truffles and Foie Gras are all readily available as are the freshest vegetables, herbs, meat, poultry and game. Simply visit one of the many local markets to stock up on good things to prepare back in your cottage kitchen.

If you prefer to eat out, Les Eyzies and the surrounding area has many excellent restaurants.

There is plenty for children of all ages to do and see including canoeing, horse riding, visiting castles and caves, air parks, go carting, water and leisure parks, mini golf, aquarium - the list is endless!