Glorious as Domaine de Bagatelle is there is also a lot to see and do within easy drive, if you can tear yourself away.

The local town of Brantome sits between the two arms of the River Dronne. A collection of red roofs and narrow streets rich in Medieval and Renaissance architecture, stone bridges, riverside gardens and shaded walks it lives up to its name of the ‘Venice of the Perigord’. The ancient abbey, the Friday market and many good restaurants make it popular with visitors and locals alike.

Bourdeilles is a scenic drive away along the picturesque river valley.  There you will find the impressive chateau and a charming village clustered at its foot.

Slightly further afield is the city of Perigueux with its domed cathedral and Roman ruins to explore.

Take time to explore the Grottes Des Villars, a magical underground world. Here you will find breath taking Limestone caves and prehistoric art.

In September the local city of Angouleme plays host to a vintage motor racing circuit. Watch as valuable old cars are raced around the exciting street circuit or join the many spectators along the route of the countryside rally.

The Dordogne boasts many beautiful castles but the Chateau de Heautfort is one of the most remarkable. Set high on a hill with far reaching views; explore the historic house and the beautiful gardens.  In fact the gardeners here are also responsible for the gardens at Domaine de Bagatelle!

Or take a day trip to the vineyards of Bergerac and Bordeaux. Many of the producers offer tours, tastings and a chance to buy their delicious produce.

For the more active of you why not hire a canoe in Brantome, rent a bike and explore the many local trails or play a round at the golf course in Perigueux.