Hotel Le Mas del Pechs

10 route des Pechs, Sarlat-la-Caneda, 24200, France
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Suggestions for apartment rental

by DianeJanet

My daughter and I are looking for an apartment in the Dordogne region. We'd like to find a place located in the center of town. We'd like somewhere with a good sized terrace. Does anyone have a recommendation. This is the first time I've used virtual tourist. Thank you for your assistance.

RE: Suggestions for apartment rental

by Beausoleil

Hi. There are various rental agencies, but have you thought of Gites de France. It's very well regulated and they have all sorts of rental properties, including apartments. They can be very inexpensive although not all are. Their web site is: is another site that rents holiday homes in France. is also very reliable.

I also suggest you do a VT search in the little search window above. Type in something like Dordogne rental or Sarlat apartment

Good luck.

RE: RE: Suggestions for apartment rental

by DianeJanet

Thanks so much for the suggestions. I will see what they have to offer.

RE: Suggestions for apartment rental

by firechick is another good one listing hundreds of vacation rental apartments in France

RE: RE: Suggestions for apartment rental

by Beausoleil

Yes, the is great. We've booked with them in Italy and they were very satisfactory. I didn't think of them for France . . . silly me!

Excellent idea.

RE: RE: Suggestions for apartment rental

by DianeJanet

Your recommendation was terrific. Lots of rentals at reasonable prices. I'm also looking to rent an apartment in Paris for a week and came across a few possibilities. Thanks again for your help.

RE: RE: Suggestions for apartment rental

by sarladaise

I live in Sarlat and there is very little to rent in town.Another agency is had my property last year until we bought it and turned it into a B&B. Sarlat is an amazingly beautiful town but gets very congested July/August.Not surprising though, its a world class destination.Market days wednesday and Saturday. There is a big public car park behind the public gardens which is up a road so narrow that most people miss it.

Travel Tips for Sarlat-la-Canéda

Eating Different Poultry (Goose and Duck)

by hquittner

Chicken is the cheapest most universal poultry source of meat in the world. In a few places other fowl are grown as a meat source. Duck is a delicacy in China and parts of France while some Italians perversely eat thrushes. Turkey is a festive source of meat in the USA as is goose in Britain and other places on the Continent. Turkey is growing in general menu popularity and as a “healthy” substitute in sausage and hamburger; smoked turkey drumsticks are appearing in fast food venues. But in Sarlat, 52 weeks a year, roast goose and duck are kings. Duck and goose in a various preparations are everywhere. It may be smart to consider feasting on these fowl as a protein sources at every meal in Sarlat. The memory of slow roasted duck and goose was so strong when we returned to New Orleans that we rushed out to a favorite Poor-Boy shop when we learned that they were offering a slow roasted duck poorboy. We now eat duck in this manner (See picture of one opened) at least twice a month for lunch and remember Sarlat each time. There we had goose for the first time and it was just as good. Incidentally these are quite different from magret de canard or the duck breasts that our hunter son sends us every December. These require tricking out with cherry or orange sauces instead of plain brown gravy. (We have described the Poor Boy venue in our New Orleans Restaurant Tips as “Crabby Jack’s”).

Ancient stone bories, Cabanes du Breuil

by Beausoleil

If you've visited Provence, you have probably seen the marvelous bories (dry stone huts) that have been used as shelter and storage for millenia. These have no mortar and even the roof is built arched of flat stones. The Cabanes du Breuil, just outside Sarlat, are a classified historic monument of France.

Our GPS unit took us to a private driveway so unless they've reprogrammed the GPS, follow road signs to the monument. Take the D47 west out of Sarlat and you will soon see signs to the Chateau Puymartin and the Cabanes du Breuil. It's a small side road to the right. Follow the road past the chateau and the road narrows. It's in the woods but there is parking and it is marked.

Inside, you walk down a dirt and gravel lane past a bench that looks suspiciously like a dolmen, through a gate and you see a group of stone buildings just ahead. This is a working farm as well as a sort of ecomuseum so you are restricted to public buildings. A family lives and works in the large borie house past a stone arch and you may not enter that. It is well marked. You will pass a rabbit hutch, a hollow log watering trough and the path down to the farm leads you to the first borie that is used as a home for the family geese. You can go inside if the geese will let you.

There are several fairly large bories set up with exhibits and you may enter these. There are various geese, chickens, ducks and rabbits wandering loose and quite friendly. If you can go in the Spring, there will be lots of baby animals which is fun.

Wandering down toward the meadow, there is an old sheepfold that houses a brief movie about the bories and the ongoing archeological dig and restoration. Walking back up take the other fork and you will pass several more bories and an educational setup where they have laid a foundation and you may try your luck at building your own borie. (It's not easy.)

At the top there are antique farm implements and buildings that are certainly not ancient but lots of fun. They probably date to my grandparents day.

It's a great day trip and you can walk through the park with meadows and orchards and the cute little animals. Nice to escape from the city. There are picnic tables and you may picnic on the site. Bring your own food as none is sold there.

Picturesque, fun and friendly

by Beausoleil

"Here is the picturesque part . . ."

Sarlat is a pretty large town in the Dordogne region and when you drive into it, there is no indication what lies one block off the main street. Follow signs to copious free parking up on the hill surrounded by chestnut trees. Take the footpath down into the town and you enter a different world.

This is a beautiful old village preserved in time but still busy and vibrant. An ancient church has been converted to a covered market and there are busy squares with tables to sit and lunch or people watch.

"There used to be a very active market in geese"

Now it is a peaceful square with three brass geese and lovely flowers.

"Look up"

Sometimes looking up pays dividends. These bright red umbrellas really catch the eye.


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