18th Century Farmhouse with exclusive Pool
'Damouran', Seyches, Lot / Dordogne south of Bergerac
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9 people
'Damouran' provides an ideal base for exploring the Dordogne, Bordeaux, and the Lot et Garonne areas. This is one of the most beautiful, picturesque areas of rural France.
The countryside is one of gentle rolling hills with small farms and villages nestling between woods, pastures, arable fields and orchards; criss-crossed by streams and small rivers, with several man-made lakes.
Perhaps one of the most fascinating places to visit is Les Eyzies, an acknowledged source of prehistoric man, whilst nearby are Bergerac and Sarlat on the Dordogne River, where much of the old French culture originated. There is a marvellous circuit of fortified 'bastide' towns, new towns developed during the 13th and 14th centuries, they were the last manifestation of the great movement involving rural and urban expansion in the Europe of the Middle Ages. They have a large central square and a classical pattern of narrow streets intersecting at right angles - Monpazier being one of the finest. The traditional architecture of the area is a constant delight: honey coloured stone, mellow red tiled roofs and on the grander buildings many 'pigeonniers' - pigeon towers and turrets.
This is one of the gastronomic areas of France, having many excellent restaurants, most very good value for money, serving local specialties such as confit d'oie or canard. You will discover the delicious and legendary pruneaux from Agen. Another important element of theis region is it's wines. The wines from Bergerac are excellent, while Monbazillac is a truly delicious dessert wine, not to mention Bordeaux and Cahors wines. The local walnut aperitif and liquer must also be tasted.
For sporting pursuits there are several lakes to visit with sandy beaches, ideal for swimming, windsurfing and sailing, the best complete with pedaloes, and canoes for hire and a thrilling watershute complex. Tennis can be played in Seyches and fishing and horseriding are readily available. Three good golf courses are within an half hour drive, the best being an 18 hole competition course overlooking a beautiful lake at Casteljaloux.
The climate is delightful, the spring arrives early in March as nature treats you to a wonderful array of blossom and a multitude of fresh pastel colours. The summer can be very hot, interspersed however with summer storms which go as quickly as they come. Our favourite months are May and June when the days can be surprisingly hot, and perhaps even more, September and October when there are misty mornings that are spectacular and it is fascinating to watch (or even take part in) the gathering of the grapes in October. The average daily temperatures in degrees fahrenheit are:
March 59 April 63 May 70 June 77 July 81 August 81 September 75 October 65.
Altogether this historic part of France with it's rural life, busy markets and beautiful climate provides the most relaxing and rewarding holiday experience.
entrance to Seyches "centre ville"