MaisonBrantome Gite- things to do, holiday town house gite in the Little Venice of the Dordogne

This depends on what sort of holiday you wish for, how many in your party, your active state, seasonal opening times and of course the weather.

We all hope for good weather but a good plan is to look at the weather a few days before you arrive and plan your clothing accordingly. It also means you can pack more efficiently. Nights can be hot or cool so top clothing is always recommended.  This also applies when you arrive to trips out, you may wish to visit places like shops or historic caves when the weather is not hot and sunny, perhaps you would if it’s too hot?

Care must be taken in the sunny and hot seasons and because each region in France differs, so can the weather, you can be hot and sunny in Brantome and  10 km it could be a different story. So when you travel put alternate clothing in your car.

Brantome is well suited for:

Historic trips, walks, cycling, horse riding, paddle boarding, canoeing (short, medium or longer distances), boat trips (if you see Jean Luke in the main market square you can also hire  him and his boat for a private trip too) , tennis, boules, swimming (in the river or at nearby village in an out door pool), fishing, microlite (ULM), climbing, adventure climbs, golf (25 – 30  mins) the are planned walks, children’s play area, children’s boating area,  fetes, shops, supermarkets, hairdressers, doctors, dentist, laundrette, pharmacy, garages, in fact most things you would need.  The choice is yours.   You could of course just chill out and eat at one of the many restaurants to meet your taste and budget.

If you do canoe you will pass by our garden so you can collect anything you may need on your trip. Canoe note: – We always advise our guests to ask for double canoe paddles and a large barrel. This is used to not only keep your clothes dry, a towel, food, drink, mobiles, camera’s etc but also make very good back rests.  Canoes are single, double or triple person. The canoe company provides life jackets for all using the canoes or paddleboards.

Places to visit

Places to visit are in our house  book – including travel times, distances and websites local + touring destinations nearby, some are shown here. In addition to the many places in Brantome do visit Bourdeilles, St Jean De Cole and Perigueux. There are many Roman buildings arenas and great avenues to walk along stopping of course for the odd glass of wine or meal.

Local places to visit

Brantome  3 mins

Bourdeilles  11km aprox 10 mins    An old village, lots of character well worth visiting. A must for walking around and down to the river.

Perigueux     27 km approx. 25 – 30 mins     Capital, old and new city, lots of Roman architecture, old part of town with coliseum’s,  cobbled streets, lots of charm, restaurants, new area with shops. Local golf course. Theatres.

St Jean de Cole 19 km 18 mins Charming Roman buildings, very quaint, make sure you head for the Chateau.

Brantome Police horses (retired very large UK horses) well worth a visit for all ages with plenty to do and see.

Angouleme 58km 53 mins   bus service subject to local timetable, lots to view in the centre

Royan (coast) nice for a day trip approx. 152km + depending on your route and the season, approx. 2 hours +

Train – Perigueux 27K   16 miles approx.  20 mins

Motorway – Nearest 27Km high speed links to coast

There are many other local places within 30 – 45 mins so the choice is yours.

Click here for more information

Our house ‘blue’ book contains many other places to visit. Our clients private  web page has other  information. 

Examples are:

Water & fun park

Public swimming pools

See also Dordogne guide to public pools.  St Martial De Vallette (20 mins) has multiple pools and is covered during cooler weather (automatic roof). We  believe it also has steam and sauna (TBC).

Something for the active

Seasonal:- horse riding, Micro lite (ULM) (from 30e), Canoeing ( from 18e), Paddle boarding, cycling (Long term rental may be cheaper to buy one from the local super market), walking, boules,  bowls, climbing, adventure days. Water & fun parks for the children. See also the children’s section as this reduces duplication.

This is a taste of some of the things you can do, plus you have all the history of the area, Chateaux, Castles, beautiful villages, gardens, lovely walks or just finding a special place of your own and relaxing. More information on days out can be seen here

Information (ever changing and omissions and errors accepted) things to do, remember you have lots of variations and choice.

We can also recommend some places to fish, walk, cycle and eat.

Combining places to visit on day trips means you can see more and still get a swim in , if required.

WhereDistance in km (0=under 1)
50 km = 30 mile, 80km = 50 miles
House0Wii and games in the house are on the top floor (middle of table lifts out)
Brantome0river swimming and paddling Also river beach(near Brantome Canoe)
Brantome0Brantome Canoe & Paddleboardkayak, double or x3 boats. 2, 6, 14km options
Brantome0Brantome river tripssmaller personalised boat trips from the market square) slightly longer trip
Brantome0Brantome river tripsLarger boat(larger boat by the bridge)
Brantome0mini / crazy golfIn the park opposite the house
Brantome 0children’s play area (opposite in the park next to the golf)
Brantome 0Boules(boules area in the park opposite just near the playing area)
Brantome1Association « 1.2.3 »/ Microcrèche (nursery)Les Coccinelles »: è children from 0 to 6 years old
Brantome9Brantome Police HorsesVisit recomended (normally Wednesday – need to book)
Brantome0Eric Simonin - Souffleur de verreFabulous glass production
Brantome0Abbaye visitSee tourist office
Brantome / Valeuil7ULM (Microlite trips)See tourist office
Brantome4 -18.5Walks, cycling, places to visitTourist office. 11 walking trails (from 4 to 18.5 km)
Brantome1Brantome gardensSee tourist office
Feuillade39 Perigord Lawn Bowls ClubSee also facebook
Marsac sur l’Isle27Wakari 
Childrens soft indoor play area
(next to Périgueux) 05 53 09 53 69       
Boulazac34Les Gouyatsous Childrens Play park(playing area) next to Périgueux)
Bourdeilles 9Outdoor swimming pool(high seasonal only from July 1st)
Saint-Martial-de-Valette20L’Ovive » (aquatic  indoor &  Covered centre) Indoor multi pool complex - L'Ovive(enroute Nontron)  0553 60 5858   
Bergerac76Bergerac Aquapark
A Teyjat 41Outdoor go cart track +33 5 53 56 36 11
Les Eyzies77Prehistoric Park
Beynac75Park archéologique
Le Bugue  71Jacqou Park,Jacqou Park,·             0553 54 1557
Le Bugue71Le village du Bournatge du Bournat
Cro-Magnon73Le Thot Espace
Brantome     0Climbing (activity Cliff) & adventurevia Brantome Canoe,
Rocamadour Thonon Le Conquil Air Parc Aventures 91 - 160Treetop Adventure Parks Parc de Loisirs,
Couze-St-Front85Moulin à Papier
Le Bugue/Vezere71Le parc Aquarium du Périgord Noir
Gouffre de Padirac 148(large underground cave with boat ride))
Saint Estephe31Grand Etang Saint Estephe Lake, swimming, boating, canoeing
78 Les Bos Water Park
53 Parc de Loisirs de Neufont
50La Jemaye lake beach
Brive109 Lac du Causse(lots of water sports 10 mins from Brive)
Bergerac75Mini boats for children of all ages
Trélissac 34 10 pin bowling - snookerZC la feuilleraie 24750 Tele: 05 53 08 55 68
32Perigueux  Snook Bowl Palace
ThivversVelo Rail
Nontron     Brantome  Bourdeilles Ferme Haute Equestre   Lisle   11-17Horse  / pony riding See Dordogne
Les Écuries de Milhac de Nontron
Terrasson-Lavilledieu80Chocolate factory & museum 
Ski Club Tremolat77Water skiing  
Perigueux28Golf25 mins from house
Various locationsBallooning
La Jemaye50Lake SwimmingJust south of Riberac
Renamon19lake swimming, canoes, occasional live bandsnear Lisle just south of Brantome
VariousBallooning +33 6 09 93 57 14|+33 6 13 29 80 32|+33 5 45 67 01 45
See Brantome or any 0Tourist office for moreinformation