Vineyard View is approximately 1 km from the village of Le Fleix where you’ll find:
The ancient riverside quay dating from the days when this village was an important port on the waterway between the wood and wine producing areas further up the Dordogne river and the ports of Libourne/Bordeaux. There are still some of the timber and stone houses from this era but today the quay is simply the haunt of fishermen and those seeking a peaceful place to watch the water flow on its way to the sea.
In the village itself:
A good mini supermarket (bread, fresh vegetables, dairy products, frozen/tinned food etc)
A bakery (lovely croissants and pains-au-chocolat !)
A butchers shop (run by a young man who sells not only wonderful locally raised meat but also delicious home cooked dishes, patés etc)
The Post Office (in the Mairie – open Monday to Friday)
The Alliance Aquitaine, which is the cooperative that serves many local vineyards, including the vines behind the Studio. Here you’ll find their shop selling local wine as well as a selection of locally-produced tinned patés etc, ideal presents to take back home.
Plus…..every Thursday morning in the Mairie car park there’s a small market with local produce, plus an oriental food truck. There’s also a young man who repairs bicycles and at least two evenings a week there’s a Pizza van.
If you fancy trying bigger markets and exploring further afield then why not try:
Bergerac - market every Wednesday and Saturday morning
Ste Foy la Grande - famous market (one of the best in France) every Saturday morning
Eymet – market every Thursday morning in the central Place
Le Bugue – market every Tuesday morning plus the fascinating Village de Bournat and Aquarium – both worth a visit
If you like country walks then there’s plenty of choice, including part of the St Jacques de Compostella pilgrims route which passes along our road on its way to Port Ste Foy, or there are tracks through the woods and fields.
If you like swimming and lazing by water then why not discover the Lac de Gurçon which is about 25 mins drive and offers a lovely sandy beach, a safe swimming area, a snack /icecream bar, a childrens play area, and kayak hire and toilets– plus it’s a lovely walk around the lake edge. A great way to spend a lazy few hours.
The Dordogne is known as the land of 1000 châteaux !
Follow the river Dordogne eastwards for Beynac, Castelnaud, Chateau des Milandes, Domme etc - plus there are the famous medieval bastide villages such as Lauzun, Eymet, Lalinde. There are plenty of vineyards where you can taste the wines (‘Dégustations’ is the sign to look out for) not only in this département (24) but the nearby Gironde (33) and Lot et Garonne (47) No matter which direction you travel in you can find traces of prehistoric civilisations (for example the Grotte de Villars near to Brantôme, the world-famous cave paintings at Lascaux IV at Montignac, as well as medieval stone villages, with superb churches, pigeonniers etc. There are also beautiful gardens to visit, such as les Jardins de Sardy at nearby Vélines, or going further afield Eyrignac, Marqueyssac etc There’s no time to get bored, you just might think you need more time !
Bergerac (25 mins drive max) offers trips along the river in gabares (copies of the boats that used to deliver wine wood and walnuts to Libourne and Bordeaux) or you can explore the historic pedestrianised centre with its little shops and restaurants offering local specialities – confit de canard, magret with salardais potatoes, rillettes, foie gras poêlé, strawberries, tarte tatin with cherries, not forgetting a good steak ! plus a selection of cheeses lovingly produce by local farmers. This is not the place for a diet !
So, pack your walking shoes, walking sticks, binoculars, sunglasses, sunhat and suncream (and a lightweight waterproof, one should always be prepared) and a large bottle of water and you will be amazed at how much beautiful countryside and how many ancient stone cottages and castles you’ll find along the way. The tourist offices at Ste Foy la Grande, Bergerac and Eymet are full of leaflets so pop in and get inspiration.
The other option ?
Take one of our sunbeds and simply lay back and watch the clouds, listen to the birds and see how time passes gently here !