Peace and quietness is guaranteed at La Gorce, where the loudest noise to be heard is the chirping of the birds. Yet it’s just a two kilometre stroll to the small village of Pessac-sur-Dordogne, which has a boulangerie, a handy supermarket, a tabac and a choice of restaurants. Excellent local fresh fruit and vegetables are available at the bastide markets such as Eymet, Duras and and at the famous market of Ste-Foy-la-Grande. Several supermarkets are only a five minute drive away.
The area has, of course, a great range of restaurants. Dine on the banks of the Dordogne at Au fil de l’eau for a very special evening. For an unforgettable gourmet dinner, nothing beats Les Fresques at Chateau des Vigiers, one of the finest gourmet restaurants in France. Casual dining at moderate prices is surprisingly good at several restaurants in and around Ste-Foy-la-Grande.
Even closer to home, there are 3 extremely good restaurants just minutes from La Gorce: Les Genake in Gensac, situated in an old stone building, The Belvedere in Pessac, with wonderful views across scenic valleys. The third one is Chateau de Sanse in Sainte Radegonde. All offer great value.
There are plenty of activities available locally. the Dordogne river is just a few minutes’ walk from the house, and there are many pleasant spots to walk along the riverbanks. The area around Résidence la Gorce is ideal for cycling because it's situated in the Dordogne valley, so no hill climbing if you don't want to.
Clay pigeon shooting is possible in Monestier. Canoeing and fishing are also popular activities. Other sports like e.g. tennis, golfing, horse riding, a baseball club and an excellent rugby club are only minutes away.
Golfing is available at the beautiful 18-hole course of Château des Vigiers (20 minutes' drive). A second 18-hole golf course in St Emilion also about 20 mintues away.
There are more châteaux in the Dordogne region than in any other part of France. Many vineyards are also waiting to be explored: most of them offer wine tasting, and sell their produce at very cheap prices. The St Emilion region with its exceptional wines is just 20 minutes away.
If you love to go shopping Bordeaux will prove to be heavenly environment. There is a massive pedestrian only zone with wide lanes packed with wonderful shops and restaurants, where you can stroll for the best deals around. You will find every major fashion designer present. The boutiques of Ste-Foy-la-Grande, Libourne, Bergerac, Perigueux and Sarlat also offer great shopping.
Visit prehistoric caves like the world famous caves of Lascaux in Montignac. Finally, the Atlantic coast is a great option: Arcachon and Dune du Pila, the highest sand dune in Europe, are both about 1.5 hours away. The historic naval port of La Rochelle and the 19th century Victorian resort town of Biarritz are both just a two hour drive.
The property is located in the Dordogne valley between St. Emilion and Bergerac near Ste. Foy-la-Grande. It's tucked off the beaten track in a small hamlet of four properties lining a dead end lane.
Transport links by car
Residence la Gorce is located less than 2 minutes from the D936, which gives easy access to Bergerac, St. Emilion, Libourne and Bordeaux. The motorway A89 is roughly 20 minutes away.
The nearest railway station is 2 minutes away in Velines. The nearest TGV station is Libourne, with easy access links to Paris.
Bergerac airport is 35 minutes away with cheap flights going to:
•Amsterdam - Schiphol
•Brussels - Charleroi
Bordeaux airport is 1 hour away with cheap flights going to:
•Amsterdam - Schiphol