Worth getting out of bed for
Go rambling in the hotel’s private park (Jordi can organise bikes or a walking tour). The château is in the heart of French wine country: Saint Emilion and Sauternes are worth exploring for their vineyards and historic châteaux. Thrillseekers can arrange canoe trips on the Dordogne (ask the hotel). Stop for lunch in Brantôme, and admire the town’s Gothic architecture and riverside cafes. Périgueux has plenty of historic charm, notably the Saint Front Cathedral, the Romanesque church of Saint Etienne de la Cité, the Mataguerre Tower and the half-timbered houses on Rue Limogeanne. Nose around the Maison Estignard, one of the best-preserved mediaeval merchant’s houses.
Sample foie gras, truffles, wine jelly and other gourmet fare at La Tour des Vents (+33 (0)5 53 58 30 10) at Moulin de Malfourat, Monbazillac. The restaurant is perched on a hill, with sweeping views of the Dordogne. Expect artistic creations and vibrant flavours from Restaurant l’Essentiel (+33 (0)5 53 35 15 15) at 8 rue de la clarté, Périgueux. There are a variety of tasting menus to choose from, ranging from €37 to €110. Restaurant Etincelles (+33 (0)5 53 74 08 79) at Le Bourg, Sainte Sabine Born, adds a sophisticated modern spin to traditional cuisine. Dishes include sturgeon with lentil and hemp crumble, Périgord lamb with fennel and cabbage, and asparagus shortbread with mango, strawberry and fruit coulis.
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