Hôtel de Bouilhac

One of my favourites, the Vézère valley and its charming hotels full of character

Now's the time to get away for the weekend, get out of your everyday routine, take a breather, wake up your senses and open your eyes to the beauty of nature and places to visit. Where? Head to Montignac, Les Eyzies and Trémolat in the Vézère Valley, Dordogne. All three are just 2 hours from Bordeaux, Limoges and Toulouse.

Détail d une peinture rupestre des Grottes de Lascaux

The wonder of Montignac

If it's the tree that hides the forest, in Montignac it's the forest that hides a masterpiece: the Lascaux caves and their rock art, ancestor to "street art". I recommend a stop-over at the International Centre for Cave Arts and a walk in the footsteps of our ancestors from 20,000 years ago. To make the magic last, why not stay at the Bouilhac, a charming hotel and an invitation to daydream and pretend you're in another age and time.

Hôtel de Bouilhac www.hoteldebouilhac-montignaclascaux.fr

The Bouilhac is a top range 4* hotel-restaurant located in a former town-house listed as an historical monument right in the centre of Montignac. With its ten rooms, beautifully decorated using shades and colours inspired by the Vézère river and surrounding countryside, you can almost hear the water lapping against the walls.

Les Eyzies de Tayac et son musée International de la Préhistoire situe en bordure de la Vezere

The charm of Les Eyzies

A destination that is absolutely unique in the world for its high concentration of prehistorical sites, 14 of which are ranked Unesco World Heritage Sites. Montignac-Lascaux, Les Eyzies world capital of prehistory and Sarlat form a golden triangle for tourism. The must-do's of your trip: a visit to the National Prehistory Museum and Sarlat, a medieval town with a rich historical heritage. After your visit you might find it difficult to tell the difference between history and myth. So why not sleep on it at the "Les Glycines" hotel, a former coaching inn built in 1862.

Hôtel Les Glycines www.les-glycines-dordogne.com

Just outside Les Eyzies de Tayac you'll find the 4* hotel Les Glycines, member of Châteaux & Hotels de Collection. With its Weeping Willows and rose gardens the place is just perfect for a romantic break. Go for it!

Pays des bastides

The delight of Trémolat

Exuding peace and serenity Trémolat, a spectacular and unforgettable vantage point, is a charming village located at the confluence of the Vézère and Dordogne rivers. The river flowing through, the mix of colours and the rolling landscapes are genuinely soul-soothing. Just the place to add the ideal finishing touch to your time in the Périgord at the "Vieux Logis", a Relais et Château with an award-winning Michelin-starred restaurant.

Le Vieux Logis www.vieux-logis.com

Le Vieux Logis is not to be missed if you're in the Dordogne, the Michelin guide gives the perfect description of chef Vincent Arnould's cuisine, "outstanding gastronomy".

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