Hôtel La Belle Étoile in La Roque-Gageac

The region’s best restaurants and hotels, including some of the more unusual and unknown

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HOTELS

Castel Novel, near Brive

A Châteaux & Hôtels Collection hotel, very comfortable and traditional, and with an excellent restaurant. Would make a good base to visit Brive, the Causses and Corrèze. www.castelnovel.com

Les Esclargies, eco-tourism hotel, Rocamadour

The perfect base to spend a few days discovering the secrets of Rocamadour. Right in the heart of the village yet peaceful and serene. www.esclargies.com

La Roseraie, Montignac

Visit in May to experience the best of the wonderful rose gardens, or any time of year for country charm on the banks of the Vézère River. www.laroseraie-hotel.com

Le Moulin du Roc was built in the 17th century to extract oil from walnuts

Le Moulin du Roc, Champagnac-de-Bélair

Stylishly converted mill not far from Brantôme. he choice of dining in the romantic restaurant or on the riverside terrace adds to the appeal. www.moulinduroc.com

Le Vieux Logis, Trémolat

Elegance and bucolic charm throughout the house and gardens, and a top-notch restaurant. www.vieux-logis.com

Hôtel La Belle Étoile, La Roque-Gageac

Right on the water’s edge in one of the most picturesque villages in the whole of the Dordogne. Has a great restaurant too. www.hotel-belle-etoile-dordogne.fr

Hôtel Compostelle Sarlat

Popular modern hotel with easy car parking just five minutes’ walk from the centre of Sarlat. www.hotel-compostelle-sarlat.com

Le Vieux Logis supports a gastronomic restaurant and a bistro

Hôtel la Couleuvrine, Sarlat

Quirky and romantic hotel in a characterful old building right on the very edge of the old city, so it’s a popular choice with a good restaurant. Good value. www.la-couleuvrine.com

OTHER ACCOMMODATION

Domaine de Fumel

Luxury gîtes for couples in a medieval farmhouse complex set in quiet and peaceful surroundings. www.domainedefumel.com

Les Chouettes

A 250-year-old Périgourdin cottage situated in the most beautiful part of the French countryside close to the Dordogne River. www.thefrenchcountrycottage.com

RESTAURANTS

Charbonnel, Brantôme

This eatery is not only getting rave reviews but giving the nearby Moulin de l’Abbaye a run for its money. www.lesfrerescharbonnel.com

Les Frères Charbonnel is a hotel too, but is becoming noticed as a restaurant

La Tour des Vents, Monbazillac

Sumptuous cuisine, impeccable service and a panoramic view over the city of Bergerac. What’s not to like? www.tourdesvents.com

Le Vieux Logis, Trémolat

Summer dining on the terrace is a must at this Relais & Châteaux establishment that gets five-star TripAdvisor reviews. www.vieux-logis.com

L’Essentiel, Périgueux

People come here for a special lunch or dinner. Éric Vidal has held his Michelin star since 2008. www.restaurant-perigueux.com

L’Imparfait, Bergerac

Sit outside on a warm day and soak up the ambience as you eat classic French dishes with a twist at this Bergerac stalwart. www.imparfait.com

La Belle Étoile, La Roque-Gageac

Currently the best place around, you need to book in advance, especially if you want to sit on the terrace overlooking the river. Superb food, great value. www.hotel-belle-etoile-dordogne.fr

La Table d’Olivier, Brive

Pierre Neveu serves highly original dishes worthy of his recent Michelin star rating.
Tel +33 (0)55 5189 9595

Le Cantou, Collonges-la-Rouge

A hidden gem and quite possibly most people’s idea of the perfect French restaurant. Charming and friendly, run by the same family for eight generations. Highly recommended. www.lecantou.fr

From France Today magazine

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1 COMMENT

  1. I used to visit my Aunt at Bort les Orgues. Never have I seen anything in this magazine re this quaint town/village. Central Hotel had excellent food as did several farmhouse restaurants in the area. My Aunt, who drove like a maniac, would go to these places and what a surprise they were. I did not speak a word of French, but was totally accepted by the people in the town. My aunt seemed to know everyone in town. A great lady.

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