We left the Mas St. Jean and started the drive towards the Dordogne.

When we passed through the scenic village of Gigouzac it was a reminder of how much we like the look of this area.

We had a GPS, and it found the smallest hamlet of houses, Falcou, which was quite impressive. After a couple of tries, and thanks to the careful instructions from the owner Jean Piere, we made it Beauvert Cottage.

Our cottage is part of an old Perigordian house, in a 3.5 hectare park. Very rustic and charming. While we were there the weather was cool so there were only a couple of nights on the outdoor patio but I used the pool everyday, and of course there was always time to visit with the sheep!

We saw towns like Sarlat, took in the market in Saint-Cyprien, visited a couple of the château and rented canoes for a day on the river. Quite the enjoyable week.

Thankfully we had a good GPS unit in the car, as with minimal confusion we found the location for our cottage in the Dordogne. Jean-Piere greeted and showed us into the beautiful cottage (pictured below). It was beautiful. Located at Falcou, which is basically a five farm houses, the Beauvert Cottage is about 15-20 minutes from the town of St-Cyprien. As we drove towards Sarlat which is not that far from our Beauvert Cottage, we stopped in the small village of Gigouzac. The stone houses and the lush vegetation quickly reminded us of how much we have always enjoyed the Dordogne.




Some of the old stone buildings in the scenic town of Gigouzac.

Chateau Beynac

As we drove into the Dordogne River Valley, the Beynac Chateau just popped out at we came around one of the bends in the valley. There are numerous chateaux, all on the tops of hills, along the Dordogne River.

Sunflowers in the Dordogne

It was September, so the season for sunflowers was at a close.


The cottage was in a quite setting. Walking down the road there were old farm houses, many no longer in use.


At the Beauvert Cottage


Beauvert Cottage


The sheep of Beauvert Cottage

Chris Grant with the SheepIt wasn't only Glenn who was bonding with the sheep. Chris was caught with his moment at the fence.

The sheep were consistent with the relaxed atmosphere of staying at the Beauvert Cottage.

Their web site - beauvert.net has more information on making arrangements to rent the cottage.









Chateau of the Dordogne


Chateau Marqueyssac

The Chateau Marqueyssac are known for their gardens. The Chateau was built on the cliffs overlooking the Dordogne Valley in the 17th Century by Bertrand Vernet de Marqueyssac, Counselor to Louis XIV. In 1860 Julien de Cervel, the new owner, started planting thousands of boxwood trees. The chateau is know for its gardens, but there are endless walking trails, they take you along the cliffs and offer great views of the Dordogne.

Views for Chateau Marqueyssac

Chateau de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

We toured Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle which is an interest chateau to visit and one with a rich history. Getting to the chateau is a steep climb, and entrance in through narrow circular stairways to the upper floors. Yep, they lived in the upper part for safety, but the climbing is not for the weak of heart.

This chateau was involved in the religious wars and Simon de Montfort took the castle and it changed hands and allegiance a few times.


Chateau Fenelon

We also enjoyed our visit to the Chateau Fénelon. This is still privately owned. The original chateau dates to 1000 and was extensively rebuilt in the 15th Century. It changes hands numerous times as part of the turbulent political history of the region.