THE LOCAL REGION
Local Amenities – The village of Les Leves is 3kms and has a boulangerie and wine co-operative and garage / newsagent / tabac.
To the south about 12 minutes drive is the pretty little town of Duras perched high on an escarpment above the valley of the River Dropt. Here there are local shops, bars and restaurants, a good Monday market as well as the old Chateau of the Ducs de Duras which is now a museum and well worth a visit. During the summer months the chateau is used for concerts and other spectacles including a wine fair in late July.
There are many leisure activities to be found in the vicinity. Canoeing, boat trips and tennis at Ste. Foy, horse-riding at Les Leves, children’s aqua park, crazy golf, bowling alley, quad bikes etc. are all within 20 minutes drive providing you with a variety of activities for the more energetic.
Nearby places to visit – St. Emilion with its famous 12th century monolithic church. Here you can tour the famous vineyards on a motorised train and take in the delights of the surrounding countryside. Climb the bell tower, visit the catacombs, meander through the cobbled streets visiting the many boutiques and wine tasting shops, stopping off at one of the bustling cafes for welcoming refreshments.
Also worth a visit is Bergerac, 20 minutes drive, the former principal town of the Dordogne. Here you will find wine and tobacco museums and the famous statue of Cyrano de Bergerac in the old town with its cobbled streets running down to the River Dordogne. Take a trip down the river on a converted tobacco barge taking in the sights and watching the kingfishers and herons.
An hours drive away is the pretty town of Domme perched above the Dordogne River with its beautiful sandstone buildings and cobbled streets. Here you can explore the caves with wonderful displays of stalactites and stalagmites, well worth the effort!
The only problem our guests face is how to fit in all the sightseeing they wish to do and still have time to relax!
There are many local restaurants within a short distance of Les Granges which offer a 5 course lunch for around 12 euros. Well worth a visit is Le Camelia which serves local produce and Les Maison dans les Vignes for the best mussels in the area. Castanets is another popular local restaurant about 15 minutes drive away and many more.
Further afield – Les Granges is an ideal touring base for exploring the sights and produce of the region. Being situated close to some of the most famous wine growing areas in the world. You can sample the delights of the Grandes Crus of St. Emilion, Pomerol, Medoc, Graves, Sauternes, Barsac, Loupiac, Monbazillac as wll as the more affordable and every day wines of this region Bordeaux, Bergerac, Entre Deux Mers and Duras.
Bergerac airport is 20 minutes away and Bordeaux airport 90 minutes away and beyond Bordeaux are the beaches of the Atlantic Coast, two hours drive approximately (Archachon, Cap Ferrat, Dune de Pile).
Within an hour or so from Les Granges there are some famous bastide towns and chateaux of the Dordogne and Vezere valleys e.g. Beynac, Castelnaud, Domme, Montpazier, Sarlat, Les Eyzies, Chateaux Milandes and Byron.