A POCKET OF PARADISE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF SOUTHWESTERN FRANCE
Maison Guillaume Blanc is ideally located for visiting the local sights and places of interest.
Just 2 km away is 13th century Sainte Foy La Grande, which consistently features on the list of top 10 markets in France. And 25 minutes away is the beautiful town of Bergerac; located on the banks of the Dordogne , it is awash with good restaurants and the Maison des Vins de Bergerac is a great place to learn about and sample the local Bergerac wines.
Outdoor activities abound with many local walks, canoeing and golf available – a championship golf course, Chateau des Vigiers is less than 5 km away.
A little further afield to the north is Perigueux, capital of the Dordogne with a magnificent cathedral and pretty medieval town. To the east lies the valley of the chateaux where the landscape shifts from vineyards to rocky hilltop villages with imposing chateaux and impressive views of the majestic Dordogne River. Medieval Sarlat is located in this area and is the perfect place to wander around with its maze of picturesque narrow streets and Gothic and Renaissance mansions.
To the West is the beautiful town of St Emilion – a must-visit destination for any wine-lover. There is also the vibrant city of Bordeaux with its bustling restaurants and great shopping as well as the many attractions of the Arcachon bay. Did you know Europe’s largest sand dune, the Dune du Pilat is there – the views from the top across the bay are sublime and definitely worth a day trip!
The best way to explore the local area is by car and many local towns, villages and places of interest offer free parking.
The enticing markets of south-west France are famous for their colourful stalls selling local produce. Let your senses go into overdrive as you try to decode the dozens of noises, sights and flavours hitting them all at once! Every Saturday morning, the local Sainte-Foy-La-Grande market takes place. Voted the most beautiful market in the Gironde in 2021, this market will amaze you with the variety of regional and authentic products you will find there: freshly picked fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meats, local cold cuts, souvenirs, clothes etc.
This area is also the king of night markets (marches nocturnes) and visiting a night market is one of the best ways to discover small villages in the region and to get a nice dose of French rural vibes. They are always lively and festive events and include regional food stalls, music, and happy, tipsy locals!