I own a small holiday rental property ‘Les Volets Rouges’ just over 1 hour from Bordeaux.
The property is set in the heart of a small village, at the centre of 5 different wine regions. It boast its own private pool (4m X 8m); sleeping 4 -6 people across two bedrooms. Approximately 1.15 hrs from Bordeaux airport; 45 minutes from Bergerac airport and around 9 hours drive from Calais.
Things to do include – beautiful Bastide market towns; hot air ballooning and canoeing down the Garonne River, alongside the Gardens below:
‘SW France is one of the best regions for garden lovers in France. Sunny weather mixed with the humidity along the rivers Dordogne, Lot and Garonne creates a fertile environment.’
Approximately 15 minutes away a fairly small garden with borders packed with plants including more than 450 varieties of roses. After exploring the garden relax with a Rose infused cream tea, homemade scones and jam – delicious! The gardens began life as George Beylard gradually built up a garden around his daughter’s house. His daughter had fallen under the spell of English style gardens during a visit in England and the gardens have been developed in a very English style.
Latour Marliac le Jardin des Neuuphars – Waterlily Garden
Mr Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac was the first to hybridize hardy waterlilies; he carried out this work at the nursery which first opened in 1875. His work was admired by many famous people of the time, including Claude Monet who immortalised these water lily hybrids in his famous paintings “Les Nymphens”. While this garden is really a nursery selling waterlilies and lotus plants it is well worth a visit, with a small lake beside a delightful restaurant. Approximately one hours drive.
Les jardins du Manoir d’Eyrignac, 24590 SALIGNAC
This garden filled with greenery, nestling in the heart of Périgord Noir, displays every shade of green: yews, box trees, hornbeams and cypress trees are the main species in the garden. It is the sheer volume of topiaries which creates the essence of Eyrignac: plant sculptures, rooms of greenery, box embroideries, and borders in the French style… There seems to be no limit to the diversity of shapes, which nonetheless still remain in harmony with the architectural lines of the Manoir and the area of 200 hectares kept in its natural state which surrounds this jewel of a garden. Approx. 2.5 hours’ drive.
Jardins de Marqueyssac, 24220 VEZAC
Featured in Monty Don’s French Gardens series. After extensive restoration work, Marqueyssac was opened to the public in March 1997. Today, it is the most visited garden in Périgord. The park, designed for walking, is situated on a spur and overlooks the entire Dordogne Valley with its towering chalky cliffs. It reveals the most spectacular panoramic view possible of Périgord. Planted relentlessly, during the 19th century, boxwoods constitute the main theme of the walks. They are set-off by an arrangement showing great imagination and full of movement, at the expense of symmetry and regularity. Its layout with its sinuous paths, the roundness and rolling aspect of the boxwood give Marqueyssac softness and romanticism, contributing to the harmony that the gardens have with the hills in the landscape of the Dordogne Valley.