Discover the Region

Domaine Les Grands Champs is your little piece of heaven deep in the Dordogne.

An hour’s drive from Bordeaux or Bergerac airports with easy access to the A89 motorway, train station with TGV links to Paris from Libourne
From the Massif Central the river Isle meanders through picturesque villages, medieval towns, past imposing chateaux before winding through the charming market town of Montpon-Menesterol.
Situated close to the world famous wine regions of Bordeaux, St Emilion and Bergerac, Les Grand Champs offers a window into rural French life.

The Dordogne Valley

Breath-taking scenery, fortified castles and medieval villages, the Dordogne valley has a lot to offer any visitor.

Steeped in history going back thousands of years when Cro-Magnon man lived in the caves of the Périgord and left paintings in sites such as Lascaux and Les Eyzies, the region now boasts over 3 million visitors every year.

Visit the stunning crystal caves of Gouffre de Proumeyssac, Troglodyte Village of  Madeleine

River L’isle

From the Massif Central the river Isle meanders through picturesque villages, medieval towns, past imposing chateaux before winding through the charming market town of Montpon Menesterol.

La Foret De La Double

While significant parts of the once vast forests of the Dordogne has been cleared for agriculture, there still remains a few forests substantially intact, one being the Foret De La Double.

Surrounding Montpon-Menesterol area the beautiful forest extends to over  50,000 hectares

Once providing safe refuge for those in hiding, from the Hundred Years war to the Second World War, its now home to wild boar, red deer, foxes, badgers and red squirrels to name a few.

Montpon Menesterol

The local town of Montpon-Menesterol has much to offer. A 10 minute walk from the villa brings you to the Chandos park with its newly completed bridge and link to the Bordeaux – Perigueux cycles routes. You can go fishing, hire a boat or have an afternoon canoeing on the river L’Isle nearby.

Chandos park: canoeing, swimming lake, skate park and snack bar, amongst other things, during the summer months. On Bastille Day  Chandos hosts a fantastic firework display across the lake. For more information check out the website 

Fully immerse yourself in the renowned French cuisine at one of area’s gourmet restaurants or sample a taste of the famous ‘Croissant’ from a traditional boulangerie. Alternatively shop at the various boutiques, the bustling Wednesday morning market with its delicious local produce or at one of the 3 large supermarkets.

The lake resorts of Lac Jemaye & Lac de Gurson are both within a 20 min drive.

The diverse landscape of Atlantic coastline beaches boasts some of the best surfing in Europe, and Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe’s largest sand dune: the Dune de Pyla (or du Pilat), nearly 3 kilometres long, 500 metres wide and reaching 107 metres in height.

Bordeaux

The city of Bordeaux is among the world’s major wine industry centres. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the eighth century. Saint-Émilion is one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux along with the Médoc, Graves and Pomerol. Saint-Émilion’s history goes back to prehistoric times and is a World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque Churches, catacombs and the fantastic monolithic church made from a single block of stone.

Local Activities

Sightseeing

There is so much to do and see in this unspoilt area of France. The medieval town of Bergerac with its lovely historic centre, is only a 45 minute drive. A little further afield are the beautiful towns of Sarlat and Les Eyzies. Several villages here are classed among the ‘most beautiful villages in France’ such as Belves, Monpazier and Limeuil.

Cycling/Hiking

Popular with cyclists and hikers, and besides its many country lanes and bike paths, Montpon is also on the V90 cycle route where you can cycle or hike the 125km route from Perigueux to Libourne along the path of the river L’isle.

Montpon-Menesterol is on the Lawrence of Arabia bike route and the new Velo-route Voie verte de la Vallee de L’Isle, which goes all the way through to Perigueux. It’s a safe car-free route along the river valley. The area also has lots to offer mountain bikers and families. The national park of La Jemaye is 20 minutes away and has beautiful cycling routes around the lake with places to swim and picnic.

Bikes can be hired locally.

Beach life

For beach lovers the beautiful swimming lakes of Lac de Gurson and Lac Jamaye and both within a 20 min drive.
Arcachon, with its pristine beaches and famous Dune du Pilat, a 2.7-km natural sand dune is a little further away but well worth a trip, and a super family day out. (More)

Waterways

A great way to discover the local area is along the beautiful river L’Isle by canoe or kayak. Base Nautic at the Chandos park offers half or full days canoeing.

Fishing

Dordogne is home to some of the most remarkable rivers in France and is known as a fisherman’s paradise. Its waterways are filled with salmon, trout, pike, zander, perch, carp and black-bass. Small fry such as roach bleak, carp, barbell and gudgeon can also be found.

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What Oliver loves…

☆ Gather in the home cinema to enjoy a film together.

☆ This family holiday villa is a haven for children, with swings, slides, football pitch, sandpit, go-karts, video games and more.

☆ The apartment offers air conditioning to provide guests respite from summer heat while the villa itself also stays cool during the hot months.. just remember to keep the windows closed!

☆ Happy to arrange many extra services such as grocery shopping/fridge stocking, catering, child care, etc…

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