FOR YOUR PERSONAL COMFORT we provide a relaxed home base for your visit to the Dordogne River Valley. We offer comfortable open-plan living that also includes: a private, well appointed one bedroom suite (bedroom, study and bath with large private terrace) in a completely smoke free environment.
OUR SPACE is ideal for either a couple or single traveler. We don't offer a room... we offer a comfortable well appointed 3 room guest suite which includes; Bedroom with queen bed and ample closet & drawer space, Large private bathroom with double sinks, large shower & toilet, Sitting room (study/ library) with desk, well stocked mini refrigerator, iPod sound system, Wi-Fi, and large private terrace. In addition you have personal access to the entire large open-plan living room and main terrace. Due to the location of our property you we'll find the bedroom exceptionally quiet. Breakfasts are included daily and sumptuous dinners can be prepared on request.
THIS RURAL COUNTRYSIDE is one of the most beautiful and least populated areas of France. It truly is a land that time has forgotten although mankind has occupied this region for ov(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) years.
The French government has generated a list of 148 villages within the 65 French Departments (Counties) they protect & consider these villages' true national treasures. All of these villages date back to the Middle Ages.
We are very centrally located and within a 10 to 20 minute drive radius of Rancho Escargot there are six ‘Plus Beau Villages'. These include: Carennac, Loubressac, Autoire, Curemonte,Turenne and Collonges-la-Rouge.
Neanderthal man came into this area about 125,000 years ago and, for a period of time, coexisted with the Cro-Magnons. The Cro-Magnon man discovered here dates back 40,000 years and by around 25,000 years ago supremely realistic animals were depicted in local caves by them. We have been told that a majority of world's prehistoric cave art is to be found here in southwestern France. Viewing the 25,000 year old paintings at Pech-Merle and a few other important sites provides the opportunity to see some of its finest examples.
Other places that deserve to be on your 'bucket list' here include: Rocamadour, the nearly vertical village that has been visited by pilgrims since the 9th century and the Gouffre de Padirac which provides a spectacular entrance to a network of rivers about 300 meters underground and provides the opportunity to take a little cruise of about 1.5 nautical miles through a beautiful grotto and cave network.
Rustic French cuisine just does not get better anywhere in France. This is ground zero for the black truffles, fois gras, and other regional Quercynoise delights. If you come here don't forget to bring your appetite.
Cycling, kayaking, canoeing and trail walking are also very popular pastimes here and we can help you access your equipment requirements locally. For paddle-sport enthusiasts the rivers in our region of most interest include; the Dordogne River (considered the cleanest & most beautiful in all of France) and Vézère River (which passes though the heart of the regions pre-history).
We are on-site to insure our guest's personal comfort and we're available to assist with arranging a variety of additional services including: private personal guide & touring services, round trip airport/ train transfers and more.
PACKING for a holiday in rural France is easy. This region is very casual with respect to attire. If you plan spending time on our rivers bring some good waterproof sandals or slippers and compliment these with some comfortable and sturdy walking shoes. Another tip: Pack some Ziploc bags in various sizes for stuff you want to protect as these are difficult to find here and will prove very handy if you're kayaking or canoeing. Ahhh, c'est la vie en France!
YOUR STYLE is your own but be sure to check your favorite web-weather link for our location: Carennac, France to see what temperatures you might experience. Generally, we'd suggest you think layers, don't forget a good polar fleece and the rain jacket.
SUNDRIES +: There are number of supermarkets within 20 minutes of Rancho Escargot so there will be no problems restocking sundries and other personal necessities during your stay.
LEAVE MOST THE CASH AT HOME it is becoming increasingly hard to exchange foreign currencies and travelers checks for Euros in our rural French bank branches. You will need cash while here because many rural businesses don't accept credit cards. We suggest you pull Euros out of ATM's, as required, so don't forget to bring your credit or debit cards' PIN numbers with you.
DRIVERS LICENSE yours if valid works in France. There is no need for an International Drivers License.
MOBILE TELEPHONE is yours a tri-band or smart phone? Call your provider to find out if it will work in Europe then request the unlock code. Once in France you can easily purchase affordable pre-paid rechargeable local ‘SIM-card' at both major supermarket chains here: Carrefour and L'Leclerc. These cards are a perfect low cost solution for calls within France and start at: €15.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL HERE? June through October
I’m originally from Hawaii and with my French/ American wife, Martine; we have spent a great deal of time in France over the past 30+ years.
Both Martine and I enjoyed successful careers in the international travel and hotel industries prior to retirement. Now we divide our time between Southern California and rural southwestern France.