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Dordogne property, holidays and life

Welcome to FrenchEntrée-Dordogne. A comprehensive source of information for the Dordogne department, so if you're thinking of buying a house in the Dordogne, or you already live here, or perhaps you're planning to holiday in the region, then you've come to the right place.

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Our aim is to provide comprehensive information about buying property in the Dordogne, life in the Dordogne, Tourism, Food and Drink, Local News and Events & Activities in the area. We feature holiday advice, holiday rentals and accommodation in the Dordogne. Plus we cover local businesses in the directory and stories from people who live in the region.
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The English invasion of the Dordogne

History repeating itself - with a difference
Château at Chapdeuil
It's not unusual for the local Périgordins to shrug their shoulders when the question of the "English invasion" comes up... more...

Two Dordogne châteaux: Castelnaud and Milandes

From macho to glitz – all in an afternoon!
chateau de castelnaud
Château de Castelnaud
Below the castle of Beynac, high on its crag, the river Dordogne curves away, south and upstream to La Roque-Gageac, west and downstream towards Saint-Cyprien. At almost equal distances in the two directions are two châteaux that provide an extraordinary constrast: Castelnaud and Milandes... more...

Dordogne riverside life

Buying a mill? Read on...
Mill house in flood
The Dordogne region is full of rivers. You'll have heard of the main ones – the Dronne, the Isle, the Vézère and the Dordogne itself. But you may not realise that there is a quantity of smaller streams... more...

Editor's pick

As the capital of the Périgord, there are certain things you’d expect to find in Périgueux (Dordogne). more...

Behind the label: Bergerac wines

Bergerac wineWine expert Chris Skyrme looks at the terroir, grapes and winemaking styles that are giving Begerac’s wine an increasingly good name, from sweet Monbazillac to red Pécharmant. more...

Guide to the Dordogne region

Diversity in rural France Dordogne valleyThe Dordogne is not a geographic capsule. It is linked to the surrounding regions geographically and architecturally. To the north, the area around Nontron has much in common with the Limousin.more...

Dordogne - the best way to get there?

Boat, Train, Plane? Here's a guide to them all Eurostar logoTravelling to the Dordogne can be seen as part of the holiday, whichever method of transport or route you decide to use. Everyone can be confident that this wonderful region is easily accessible, making it one of the best places to visit on holiday or stay and ‘live the dream’. more...

Take a tour of Bergerac

BergeracAs one of the most famous destinations in Dordogne, the town of Bergerac attracts holidaymakers all year round. Numbers spike in summer but there are discounts available and certain other benefits to visiting ‘off peak’ as well.

Bringing British clothes to Bergerac

Stephen Spencer moved to France and opened a shop So British shop interiorStephen Spencer lives with his partner Valerie Faure near Bergerac (Dordogne) and less than six months after his arrival, he opened a shop, So British, in Bergerac’s old town. But prior to that, he had been more used to selling properties than clothes.more...

What to see in Sarlat

The main square in SarlatLittle more than an hour’s drive from Bergerac is Sarlat-la-Canéda, more often referred to simply as Sarlat. The medieval town has been so well preserved that it is often used as a backdrop for historical French films and the Sarladais community continues to make full use of every beautiful old building.

Specialities from Dordogne

Dordogne specialitiesLocal fruit and vegetables vary according to season but confit de canard and foie gras are in constant supply. Obvious accompaniments are truffles and walnuts, both readily available in this part of France. The Bergerac wine region ensures there is something good to drink too.more...

Mais aux Patrons

A tradition in Dordogne Honneur au patronIn certain towns within the Dordogne region, you may notice tree branches tacked on to the front of local businesses along with a couple of small tricolore flags and a sign annoucing 'Honneur aux Patrons'. In Sarlat, these displays go up on 1 May and stay there until the greenery attached to them is refreshed 12 months later. So no matter when you go, this is one tradition bound to get noticed. Find out what it means... more...

Café Church in Bergerac

Cafe Church in BergeracCafé Church aims to be an up-to-date and fun expression of Christianity and to this end, there is something for everybody. Two monthly sessions are held in Bergerac. more...

Artists open gallery in Dordogne château

Mike and Timothy tell their story Château de SaussignacMike Snow (a painter) and Timothy White (a photographer) moved from the US and opened an art gallery within a château in the Dordogne. In between workshops at their base in Saussignac, Mike sat down to take FrenchEntrée through their journey.more...

Things to do, places to visit,and great days out for everyone in the Dordogne

River DordogneThe Dordogne is famous for its stunning scenery its great food and wine, and its substantial history of course.But what is it really like to holiday there and what kind of things can you enjoy when you get here? more...

Golf in the Dordogne

Golf courseThink golf and you may find yourself thinking of the Spanish Costas or the Algarve. But wise up, folks. The Dordogne has some excellent places for golf, with all the added attractions of nice places to stay – and of course the region's wine and food more...

Discover the history of Périgord, Dordogne

Itineraries for your Dordogne holidayPart of the Aquitaine region in Southwest France, just an hour’s drive to the east of Bordeaux, Dordogne Périgord is one of the most historic and picturesque départements in France.

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