Eymet and environs
The historic town of Eymet is situated in the south west of France about a 90 minute drive south east of Bordeaux.
It sits on the banks of the Dropt at the convergence of differing but complementary landscapes, architectures and economic activities.
Eymet was founded in 1270 at the southern entrance to the Perigord. The region was the centre of historic rivalry between the English and the French and today the countryside is still rich with fortified towns, Bastides, chateaux and Romanesque chapels.
The town boasts some impressive architecture, including La Place de la Bastide with its fountain (pictured) and extensive pedestrian zone, the 14th and 15th century houses dotted around the centre and the towers of the medieval castle, recently restored as part of the Station Bastide competition, of which Eymet was a prizewinner.
Thursday is market day in Eymet where a large range of local produce can be bought. There are markets, on other days, in most of the other towns in the area.
The Dordogne region is famous for its wine and food. There are many widely known vineyards in the region including Graves, Medoc, Monbazillac, Sauternes and Sainte-Emilion.
The local wines are Bergerac and Duras and these are available at very reasonable prices. There are numerous restaurants in Eymet and the surrounding villages. Most of these provide excellent value for money.
In addition to its stunning architecture, Eymet also has a number of amenities for the holiday maker. It has a first class swimming pool, which is only a 10 minute walk from the properties.
Golfers have a choice of three courses within easy reach of the properties. There is a par-27 course at Sadillac, an interesting course at Tombaboeuf and a top class 27 hole complex at Château des Vigiers.
Canoes may be hired for a leisurely paddle along the Dropt and Mountain bikes hired for exploring the numerous well-marked cycle tracks. There are also tennis courts available in Eymet.
Air: Ryanair and Flybe operate flights to Bergerac airport, which is 20 minutes' drive from the house. British Airways flies to Bordeaux airport which is a 90 minute drive. It is possible to hire cars at both airports.