There are plenty of activities nearby, including leisure lakes, canoeing and tennis whilst golfers might appreciate the 18 hole course at Chateau des Vigiers.

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The Lac de Lescouroux, set in beautiful surroundings is one of the largest lakes in the Aquitaine area



There is an 18 hole international course at Chateau des Vigiers Golf & Country Club (6kms) where there are also tennis courts. In addition, there are several 9 hole courses a little further afield.







Canoes and kayaks can be rented, from an hour to a whole day at various locations on the river Dordogne. Return transport to the starting point is usually provided.

The river Dropt, possibly more suitable for younger children, also has canoes and kayaks to rent.


Fishing requires a permit but these are readily available at the tourist office.


Bikes can be hired and there are numerous quiet roads to cycle along in the beautiful French countryside around LES VACHERS as well as marked mountain bike routes.


There are numerous walks through the magnificent vineyards including the 8km 'Thenac Trail'.



The medieval fortified villages of Ste FOY LA GRANDE, EYMET and DURAS with their picturesque weekly markets are all within a few kilometres.



Countless interesting places are well worth a visit including the beautiful Dordogne valley and the prehistoric caves at

The ancient towns of SARLAT, ROCAMADOUR, MONPAZIER and St EMILION, the latter one of the most famous wine areas in France, are delightful, whilst BORDEAUX a beautiful city, with its 'Park and Ride' tram system, is well worth exploring.


The local railway line runs from BORDEAUX through St EMILION, Ste FOY LA GRANDE and BERGERAC to SARLAT.

For many people one of the main attractions of the area is the gastronomy. The region is renowned for the cuisine, duck foie gras, corn fed chicken, oysters, mussels, cepes and prunes being just a few of the readily available ingredients. These, together with wonderfully fresh salads, vegetables and fruit, particularly strawberries and melons which can be found in the local markets, provide a staggering choice making it a pleasure to shop for leisurely meals on the patio.

Alternatively there are numerous restaurants offering all types of cuisine from the 5* at Chateau des Vigiers to the Pizzeria under the arches in 12th century EYMET. Conveniently, we also have two restaurants within less than ten minutes drive of LES VACHERS. Travelling around it is hard to fail to realise how each village is closely tied to the vines. Thenac is on the 'route des vins' and the wine tasting area stretches from Pecharmant on the eastern side of Bergerac to Montbazillac, Cotes de Duras, St Emilion and the entire Bordeaux region. It is impossible to fully describe the regions' superb wines but perhaps, you could do no better than begin any exploration at the various local vineyards close to Les Vachers.

The summer season in the Dordogne offers a huge number of events from town to town and village to village. BERGERAC has many ranging from a four day open air celebration culminating in a magnificent firework display on the 14th July through to a regular evening market, concerts, jazz and art exhibitions.

CASTILLON-la-BATAILLE, in the Gironde stages a re-enactment of the last battle of the 100 years war in an atmospheric setting over several weekends in July and August. Many of the smaller villages hold an evening market once a week, where it is possible to wander around, choose supper from one of the stalls serving food, buy wine from another and then pick a table, sit down and enjoy the street entertainment.



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