The Region | Sarlat and the Dordogne
About Simeyrols, Sarlat and the Dordogne
Simeyrols is a small village which lies in the hills of the Dordogne Valley just above a beautiful stretch of the River – an easy 20 minutes drive from the main A20 auto route. We are situated absolutely centrally for all of the major attractions of the Dordogne.
The valley of the Dordogne, stretching from Carlux to Siorac en Perigord. It is a valley, where the unspoilt nature is well preserved. Here are many of the most beautiful villages of France, such as Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme, Limeuil and Domme and on top of the cliffs there are several famous castles like Castelnaud, Les Milandes, Fénelon and Beynac and the beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac. The river is particularly suitable for canoeing and swimming, there are many beaches along the river. Along the river is a beautiful cycling track, which was previously a railway track – nice scenery and easy cycling!
The tourist office near the bridge at St Julien has full details of all activities and attractions of the Dordogne.
Carlux. This very pretty village of is only 3.5 km away and has an excellent boulangerie, butchers and general store as well as a Post Office, bars and restaurants. There are also castle ruins and a lovely Romanesque church to explore
Sarlat. Famous worldwide for it’s stunning restored buildings dating from the 9th Century. The medieval town centre is largely traffic free and is one of the most visited places in France. Sarlat is a gastronomic centre, the region being well known for truffles, foie gras and walnuts. There are wonderful shops, restaurants and bars and a superb market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. During the summer evenings there are street entertainers in the old quarter, a pleasant way to spend a warm summer night.
Soulliac This bustling market town of is 15K to the east directly off the A20 Autoroute and en route to Simeyrols. There are lots of shops and supermarkets – a good place to stop off for supplies on your way here. The Sainte-Marie Abbey Church is also a must visit. Dating from the 11th Century, an intriguing mix of Byzantine and Romanesque architecture.
The countryside surrounding the house is dramatic with heavily wooded hills rising to 300m with small stone built villages, and hamlets nestling in the valleys. Simeyrols is a high point in the area and has stunning views. Walking or biking off road on the GR (Chemins de Grande Randonees) routes is very popular and routes are well marked.
There are unrivalled opportunities for wildlife watching. Many species of birds rarely seen in the UK are commonplace with some rare birds of prey and summer visitors such as Golden Orioles and Hoopoes. Deer and red squirrels are often seen in the woods and if you are lucky maybe Wild Boar, Beech Martins or Genet.
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