The Dordogne has so much to offer, it would be impossible to put everything onto just one page, so we have catagorised them into Towns and Villages , “Attractions” and “Things to do”.. We have made a small selection of each. Everything mentioned here are within a scenic 30 min. driving distance from Ferme de Tayac ( times can vary depending on the time of year)
Tayac the small hamlet just a kilometer from the center of Les Eyzies. Although known as Les Eyzies de Tayac, Tayac is more than 600 years older than Les Eyzies. The history of Tayac is extremely rich and diverse. It is here in Tayac, at the Abri de Cro Magnon that the link was discovered between our Prehistoric ancestors the Neanderthal and us humans with the discovery of the Cro Magnon in 1868.
Les Eyzies de Tayac, situated in the heart of the Vezere Valley, an unspoilt area of great natural beauty with rolling hills, tranquil rivers and fascinating cliff and rock formations It is home to the world’s most beautiful caves and some with outstanding crystallisations. Les Eyzies is the home to the National Prehistoric Museum which houses one of the world’s most complete collections of prehistoric artefacts.
** 0 min. drive from Ferme de Tayac – 10 min walk to center **
Sarlat …The capital of the Perigord Noir carries legimately the nickname “the Medieval Jewel”. Wonderful ensemble of narrow streets restored Gothic- and Renaissance-buildings. Uncountable street artist turn every walk through this city in an unforgettable experience. In Sarlat you can also visit: ‘la Maison de La Boëtie’ (15th century), the cathedral built in the 16th-17th century (built on the remains of an old Latin church) and (for the enthusiasts) the museum of the motorcar.
Beynac … Village on the bank of the Dordogne, built against a steep cliff and dominated by the famous castle from the 13th-14th century. The castle offers one of the most amazing views on the valley of the Dordogne. Several houses were built in the 15th, 16th and 17th century. Also visit the archeological park and the museum of primal-history. Paul Eluard came to this marvelous town to spend his last days.
Roque Gageac … Charming village squeezed between the Dordogne and a steep cliff. Castle built in the 19th century (in the style of the 15th century). Several old buildings give La Croquet its beauty and charm.The small church offers ones more an incredible view on the valley of the Dordogne.
Domme … Settlement founded in the 13th century on top of a lime plateau. Domme carries the nickname Acropolis of the Perigord. Astonishing panoramic view on the Dordogne-valley and the meanders |of the river. Don’t miss the possibility of a romantic walk along the steep cliff and on top of the town rampart. The public garden, the city hall built in the 17th century, several remarkable edifices from the 13th to the 17th century, the bewildering caves and the museum of ‘Art and Traditions’ make Dome one of the ‘must see’s’ of the Dordogne.
Belves … Charming little village situated on top of a lime plateau. Worth a visit: the old clock tower and city hall built in the 15th century; the remains of the town rapart built in the Middle Ages, the ‘donjon’ built in the 12th century and the former Dominicans-cloister.
Rocamadour is, rated by the French, as the second most visited historic sight in France after the Eiffel Tower. The superb views of this, medieval, town, clamped to a sheer rock face, is an unforgettable memory. It is dominated by its 14th century castle, which is reached from the village by a steep winding path marked by the Stations of the Cross.
Le Bugue, located at the confluence of the Douch and Vezere rivers, Le Bugue has always been inhabited since Prehistoric times Le Bugue has always been a quiet trading town, until the French Revolution and despite some fratricidal fights between the Lords of Limeuil and Fleurac. It owes part of its fame to Jean Rey, a physicist who has discovered the Laws of Gravity 200 years before Lavoisier, and has also invented the Thermoscope, the ancestor of our modern thermometer.
We were on a week-long stay in the Dordogne Valley and picked the Ferme de Tayac based on its positive Trip Advisor reviews. We were not disappointed - it is a really lovely place to stay! Down a little side road about 5 minutes walk from the centre of the small town Les Eyzies de Tayac, the Ferme de Tayac provided the 3 most comfortable nights of our 8 nights in France. Suzanne greeted us with a warm welcome and showed us to our room, which was large and cozy with a massive bed and plenty of space to move around. The bed was just fantastic - I slept so well all three nights! Breakfast was around a large table in the living/dining area which is open to guests at all times, and there were croissants, bread, butter and jam as well as juice and coffee and yogurt or a boiled egg. A perfect start to the day. The Ferme de Tayac is convenient for exploring the local caves with their prehistoric drawings and etchings (Font de Gaume and les Combarelles) as well as the local area with some stunning scenery (go to St Leon sur Vezere for a truly picturesque stop for lunch). At the Ferme de Tayac we felt really at home and it was nice and easy to walk to the many restaurants in Les Eyzies.
The highlight of our trip
After a fun but stressful 5 days in The City of Lights, we found this charming B&B to be the perfect antidote. The garden areas were beautiful, and in full summer bloom. We loved relaxing by the pool with a glass of wine after a day of sightseeing and immersing ourselves in the peaceful ambiance. The large guest lounge area made for a welcome entrance, and the hosts were warm and accomodating. Itineraries were easy to plan from this central spot, and we were able to fit in all the sights we had planned to see, along with a beautiful canoe ride, and an afternoon horseback riding. Can't wait to return.
Perfect base for a great Dordogne holiday
We stayed here for 3 days in July and wished we had booked for longer; we did not want to leave. We felt welcomed, looked after and relaxed. I felt it was a positive advantage that it was a B&B rather than a hotel, it made the whole atmosphere informal, and as someone else said, you felt you could come and go, sit in the lounge, relax in the pool or sit in the garden as if you were at the house of an old friend. The rooms were beautifully done, making the most of the ancient structure of the building, and everything works as it should (not always the case with B&Bs which are sometimes furnished with left overs that have been well used - not here!). There's a fridge for use of guests if you want to keep your wine cool for a drink in the evening watching the bats come out. Suzanne has a real eye for taste in decor, and interesting things are all over the place. Breakfast is good - try the fromage frais on the muesli - and the grounds of the Ferme have to be seen to be believed - full of flowers even after weeks of drought. The pool was great, and we used it to full advantage.The village offers a limited number of restaurants, but enough for a week of eating out. Very close to lots of lovely Perigord attractions - don't miss the Font de Gaume caves at the other end of the village, but book in advance.I know Mike and Suzanne have a lot of repeat business and it is easy to see why - we also hope to be back.
From the moment we arrived to the morning of our stay we were made to feel most welcome by both Mike & Suzanne. Their restoration of the former monastery can only be described as stunning and done to a very high standard. We loved Suzanne`s quirky taste which only added to the atmosphere Our bedroom was and well fun.rished Huge & V. comfortable The en-suite was fitted to a high standard. We thoroughly enjoyed the delightful breakfast and our long chats with our fellow guests. The garden was beautiful but alas we were so busy all day exploring the delightful Dordogne that we did not have time to relax in it! Many congratulations Suzanne & Mike and long may you continue to delight hundreds more guests. We are busy recommending Ferme de Tayac to all and sundry. Thank you for your welcome. We hope to return !!
Ferme de Tayac stay
We chose this B&B based on wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor, and we weren't disappointed. Everything was lovely, from the room to the grounds to the swimming pool. We very much enjoyed meeting the interesting folks staying there, and Mike & Suzanne were most helpful and hospitable. This was our first time at a B&B but it was more comfortable than many hotels. It's a short walk into Les Eyzies which is a charming little village with a number of restaurants, and a short drive to many of the caves. Perfect location, very quiet, nice breakfast - an excellent choice for a stay in the Dordogne. We were there only 3 nights but could have enjoyed a visit that was twice as long.
Absolutely beautiful couldnot more highly recommend a stay
We found this b&b online and couldn't have been more delighted with the place when we arrived. Suzanne and Mike were extremly welcoming and work really hard to make you feel comfortable. They were also really helpful with information about the surrounding area.
The rooms are beautifully decorated and the bed in the room we had (which overlooks the main entrance courtyard) was enormous! The shower was powerful in the room and all the fittings were new and very clean. The bed linen was really comfortable too.
Inside, the B&B is lovely,with exposed stone work and old beams. It is also decorated in neutral colours, sympathetic to the building itself and the natural surroundings in general.
Breakfast was great - a boiled egg each, croissants, pains au chocolat, bread, homemade jams, yoghurt, museli, tea, coffee, juice.
The swimming pool is very refreshing and relaxing andfits into the surroundings perfectly.
All in all, we will, without a doubt, return to this property. Aside from being absolutely lovely in itself, it is perfectly placed to explore the beautiful region.
As an architecture buff, I was really looking forward to staying in this former 12-th century monastery. It was wonderful to see that the owners restored this property with a focus on historic preservation. The result is: all the comforts and modern amenities of home, juxtaposed with the stunning original 12th century renaissance features such as 2-3 feet thick walls, massive exposed wood beam ceilings, and a gorgeous oversized fireplace in the great room. Our hosts Suzanne and Mike were a delight, and made for a perfect stay. We also enjoyed meeting the other guests at breakfast and sharing travel experiences and impressions. Highly recommended.
Highly recommedable, just lovely
My husbond and I stayed at Ferme de Tayac for 6 nights in august 2012 and it was just perfect. The hosts Suzanne and Mike made us feel welcome immideately. The room, the garden, the atsmophere and the peaceful area, we loved it all. We have decided to come back in May in one of the comming years. The garden must be even more beautiful in spring/early summer. We can't wait to stay there again. Thank you Suzanne and Mike, thank you Ferme de Tayac.
Like a Family Reunion
We stayed for a week At Ferme De Tayac and had the best time ever. Before we even arrived Suzanne and Mike were accommodating us. We had an extra day in our vacation to book and even though their inn was full, they provided a nice room for us. Then the next day we moved to our reserved room which was spacious and very nicely decorated. Breakfast and happy hour times developed into just the most memorable experiences. Everyone felt so relaxed and comfortable. Breakfast generally lasted about an hour and a half with everyone sharing about their lives and travels. We even had a group hug at the end of the visit. And we had the hospitality of Suzanne and Mike to thank for all of it.
You Have to Stay Here!
We stayed six nights here and wished we could have stayed longer. The hosts, Mike and Suzanne, made us feel very much at home in thier beautiful and historical inn. Everything you see and read on their web site is true. We truly felt like we were guests in a good friend's home. The location is fantastic and the restored monistary, and grounds are spectacular. Very close to town within walking distance of great restaurants and the sights of the area.
In the early 12th century 6 Monks from the Monastery of Paunat were travelling between Monasteries when one of the Monks became very ill, they set up camp in Tayac near a water source. The monk was dieing, but miraculously healed after drinking the water from the “Tayac Source”. To the Monks of Paunat this was a “Sign” and round about 1113 they started building the magnificent and fortified church of Tayac, they called it “St Martin”. At the same time, the Monks of Paunat started working the land in this lush Vezere valley, they built the farmhouse / monastery, which is now “Ferme de Tayac” that has been completely renovated, and is now a lovely B&B opposite the church. For hundreds of years the Monks lived here and worked the lands, bit by bit houses were built against the rock. The water from the “Tayac Source” was taken to other surrounding Monasteries, for it’s healing powers, Tayac was thriving. Two centuries later, things took a turn, wars were breaking out, armies were constantly attacking areas and strongholds. Religion and all that went with it lost it’s power, and very slowly the life in and around Tayac became what it is today. St. Martin still stands proud, and is without doubt the nicest Fortified Church in the Perigord, the “Tayac Source” is still here, although no longer in use.