This is Aquitaine.  An area rich in history, dotted with charming medieval towns and famed for producing some of the finest wines of the world. 

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Cycling is a favourite thing of ours to do.  There are so many lanes and tracks all around the area; it's easy to disappear for hours and find endless exploration.


Iddling along past vineyards, speeding through forests.  The variety is huge, with lovely long flat cycle routes, or challenging hilly trials. 


There are 4 family bikes available for your use.


Some of the family jog, and love the many options that are all around.  They particularly enjoy the quiet of the back country lanes. 


Canoeing on the Dordogne is lovely (the nearby base at Pessac takes you up-river to Eynesse by minibus, you then drift back down on the water.  There is a St Foy drop-off option, but everyone finds the resulting paddle home a bit too long!).


Two local lakes provide large swimming areas and other local sports include golf and fishing. 

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Or, you may find it hard to get away from the sunny courtyard and the enticement of the pool.

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"It's everything we hoped for, and more" 

LG 2012

If you like golf - don't choose to play at Golf de Teyrac.  George reported (2012) "one of the worst kept I've played".

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Architecture, history, art - whatever your passion, you will find interest in the Gironde area.  Just beside the Old School House is an ancient abbey, whilst local towns such as Gensac, Saint Emilion, Saint Foy La Grande and Bergerac are packed with historic lanes and lovely buildings.


Head further East along the Dordogne and have an adventurous day or two around jaw-dropping old Sarlat. Whilst in this awesome area, take in the caves of Proumeyssac (choose the descent in the nacelle basket!), the impressive Chateau of Castelnaud and don't miss the ancient hill town of Domme. 


Next time, we're going to take the train from Castillon to Sarlat, avoiding the long car journey.


Cousin Caroline visited the Chateau and gardens of Monbazillac (just below Bergerac) and said it was a special place and well worth discovering.


Bordeaux itself is worthy of time.  Really easy and cheap is the "park and tram" system; follow the signs as you approach the city, just crossing the rocade. 

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Well, wine.  We have a challenge running to count the wineries and wine Chateau within 10 miles radius of The Old School House.


We start out on this quest, but always seem to get waylaid . . . .


Wine goes with food, and food seems to go with Pujols.  Should you tire of BBQ's in the garden and meals by the pool, wander up to the village and experience Chez Sylvie.  A multi-course lunch with wine included for under E13.


And going the other way in the village, La Poudette is rated as one of the finest restaurants in the Dordogne ( www.la-poudette.com. )  We have to pinch ourselves each time we walk down to La Poudette: how amazing to have such welcoming, fine dining so close, without the restrictions of a car to get back home.


We return again and againt to the informality of La Table Rouge, where the quiet river-side setting is so relaxed and the food just so good.


In St Emilion, we followed the advice of a previous guest and would add to the recommendation of L'Alcove (the business card is up on the pin-board at the home).

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Outside eating at La Poudette


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La Table Rouge has a magical location beside the Dordogne

La Table Rouge is an informal restaurant with great food.  It's just beside the gentle Dordogne river, and is a wonderful place to idle away a long, long lunch.


All the family love it, including our vegetarian son. 

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Standing on the river bank outside La Table Rouge.