The region


Issigeac is our nearest large village/small town, a short two minute-drive from La Barrat. It is a beautiful medieval town that has hardly changed in hundreds of years. The town has three excellent restaurants, several bars and cafés, two small supermarkets, two chemists, two butchers, three bakers, a bank and a post office. You really won't need to travel further than this for your everydays needs.

Issigeac is famous for its Sunday market, which transforms this normally sleepy town into a bustling market for a few hours every Sunday morning.

The local tourist office not only provides local information but holds a series of art exhibitions. There are a couple of other small galleries in the town.


Issigeac aerial view


Bergerac is a lovely town, about 15 minutes drive from La Barrat. It is situated on the banks of the Dordogne, it is famous for its water sports, and has a beautiful old town where the winding, cobbled streets climb up from the river to the church and market place at the top of the town. There are many restaurants, cafés and shops. The market days are great with the whole town bustling with stalls selling local produce.


Bergerac on the banks of the Dordogne

Bastides towns

There are many spectacular Bastide towns within a 20-30 minute drive. Monpazier is one of the best known and has a beautiful square and a glass blower demonstrating his craft. Castillones, Villereal, Monflanquin and Beaumont are all truly pretty and easy to get to.

A little further afield it is possible to visit the towns of Sarlat, Beynac and Dome. A drive west along the Dordogne will take you into the rugged landscape of towering hills and beautiful chateaux. This part of the Dordogne has many famous, prehistoric sites where you can see troglodyte dwellings and cave paintings.

In the other direction it is possible to get to the coast and its wonderful beaches in about 2 hours. A visit to Arcachon to sample the famous oysters or to Pyla to climb the highest sand dunes in Europe makes the drive worthwhile.

Bastide de Castillonnès

Castillonnès Bastide