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Have you ever thought about having a short break away with friends or family, either as a special celebration or just because…?

If so, you might be interested in one of our “Tailored Treats” where we can organise your perfect break, pulling together a variety of activities, tailor made to suit your requirements.


We are located in a wonderful area with easy access to both the Lot and Dordogne rivers, with the Dordogne offering an adventurous day out canoeing or, if you’re not feeling quite so energetic, visits to some of the most beautiful Chateaux and gardens in France. The Lot Valley is perfect for those interested in the art of making, and drinking wine, with the Cahors vineyards just a short drive away.

If a cultural visit to local towns is more your scene, Cahors and Sarlat both host a range of delights, including Sarlat’s famous Saturday market which runs throughout the year – a must for nearly all of our visitors. Both towns are historically significant and full of fascinating architecture, much of it medieval, from the tiny back streets of Sarlat to the amazing Pont Valentre in Cahors – there will be something to appeal to everybody! There are many smaller towns and villages close by, full of stone houses and built in the famous bastide style all of whom have their own small weekly markets – Monpazier, Monflanquin and Cazals being just a few examples.

The food and wine of this area is renowned and we can ensure you sample these delights, either en-famille at Le Perchoir des Paons, or at some of the wonderful local restaurants, including the well known “La Recreation” in Les Arques, no more than ten minutes away. If you want to sample the local wine there are lots of Vineyards to visit ranging from the beautiful Chateaux producers to the small family run Domaines. We also organise our own informal wine tasting evenings.

The wild life and fauna around the area is fascinating all year round but particularly beautiful in the spring when the cowslips and wild orchids are in great abundance. One can spend hours in the fields around the area watching buzzards circling and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the Hoopoe birds. There are lots of deer in the woodlands around us, as well as red squirrels, hares and the odd elusive and shy sanglier.

Other interesting things that we can offer to make your stay something extra special include:

  • Take to the skies and discover a different view of your surroundings with a Hot Air balloon trip

  • Visit our local lavender farm, where the owners will demonstrate how they harvest and produce lavender products

  • Try your hand at painting & drawing with personal tuition, or just use our studio facilities

  • Explore the locality on foot, by bicycle or on horseback

  • Take the opportunity to improve your French conversation with one-to-one tuition

  • Take a river boat trip on either the Dordogne or the Lot

  • Visit some of the famous prehistoric caves in the area

If you would like more information please contact us – if you have a specific interest let us know and we will do our utmost to cater for it.

Our objective is to offer you a relaxed and enjoyable time whilst taking the stress out of making all the arrangements yourself – contact us and we can put an itinerary together for you.


An example of an itinerary for a long weekend stay might be as follows:


Afternoon – Guests arrive at Le Perchoir des Paons and settle in relaxing around garden and by the Pool
Evening – 4 Course supper at Le Perchoir des Paons


Morning – visit Sarlat market
Afternoon – Le Perchoir des Paons – relaxing around Pool etc
Evening – Meal at La Recreation restaurant in Les Arques


Day spent canoeing on the Dordogne
Evening – 4 Course supper at Le Perchoir des Paons incorporating a wine tasting


Morning – Art lesson with Susie
Afternoon – visit to Lavender Farm (including cream tea)
Evening – meal at local restaurant


Guests depart in the morning.

Please note that some of the activities that we have described are seasonal so not all will be available at all times.


Having hosted our daughter’s wedding in 2009 and received fantastic feedback we have decided to offer our customers the opportunity to create their own magical and memorable occasion in our 130 square metre original stone barn.


Whether a fairytale wedding or birthday to remember, our Barn is the perfect venue for something a bit different, ensuring a memorable occasion for you and your guests.

Please get in touch to find out more about this exclusive opportunity.

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