Holidays Dordogne

Dordogne France travel and tourism

The Dordogne region of South-West France is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the country.  Visit this beautiful region of France and discover the chateaux, beautiful medieval towns and villages, unspoiled countryside and prehistoric caves – just some of the many reasons why the region attracts visitors.



There are many ‘famous sights’ that we associate with the Dordogne, including Lascaux caves, Marqueyssac gardens, medieval Sarlat, castles such as Chateau Castelnaud and the prehistoric caves in the Vezere Valley.

Yet it is the places that you visit outside these ‘hot-spots’ that will stay longest in your memory – the scenery, the peace, the coffee in a small cafe, the picnic next to a stream. The Dordogne is beautiful in the same way as the Cotswolds or Tuscany are beautiful – the way it simply makes you want to stay forever enjoying the quiet, the countryside, the scenery…

Some of the other best known highlights include the gouffre de Padirac caves and canoeing the Dordogne, with the most popular towns and villages including Bergerac, Beynac, Excideuil, La Roque-Gageac, Le Bugue, Riberac and Rocamadour.

The Dordogne Valley usually refers to the path followed by the river, and is towards the south of the department where it travels from east to west, passing through Bergerac and many of the other popular villages. The more northerly half of the department is quite a way from the river – but tourism in the department certainly doesn’t start and end with the river – be sure to venture north and south a little to discover the quiet but equally beautiful regions a little more hidden from the public gaze…

For more information about activities, visiting the area, market days and wine-tasting, museums and travel arrangements, and much more besides, see … visiting the Dordogne.

Dordogne holidays and travel

There are easy travel links by road and train to the Dordogne region of France from the UK and mainland Europe, many flights (including low cost airlines operating to Bergerac) and also international flights from more faraway places that arrive into Bordeaux airport.


Dordogne Hotel Review

“Can’t wait to return!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 9 February 2015

We found this treasure in 2008, and have returned regularly since! We have just booked our accomodation for this years holiday and I can’t wait! La Salvetat is a wonderfully relaxing and refreshing place. And yet close enough to lots of activities if you want an active holiday. The food is fantastic and Ann and Steve do lots to make sure that your holiday is all that you want it to be!

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New Spring Menu 2015


Nos Formules

Plat + Dessert  28,50€
Entrée + Plat  29,00€
Entrée + Plat + Dessert ou Fromage 33,50€
Entrée + Plat + Fromage + Dessert  38,50€

Prix Toutes Taxes Comprises, les pourboires restent à votre discrétion
Prices are inclusive of TVA, gratuities are at your discretion

*Nos sélections de produits du terroir
(v)   plat végétarien
(sg) sans gluten



Salade fraicheur façon Asiatique, gambas marinées aux épices et vermicelle de riz frit (sg)

Salad of king prawns marinated with spices served with deep fried crispy rice noodles

Tagliatelles d’asperges vertes, poêlée de shiitake, Œuf en coque croustillante (v)

Green asparagus tagliatelle with pan fried shiitake mushrooms and crispy deep fried egg

Gravlax de saumon en tartare, crème montée au Combawa, chutney de mangues au piment d’Espelette et son crumble au basilic

Tartare of Salmon Gravlax with Kaffir lime cream, mango and chilli chutney and a Basil crumble

Poêlé de St Jacques sur caviar d’aubergine, Jambon de Pays séchées et Salade de roquette a l’huile de noix (sg)

Seared scallops on an Aubergine caviar with dried country ham and rocket leaves with a walnut oil dressing*


Filet de Bar sur un écrasé de pois cassée, tomates confites, émulsion d’huitres à la citronnelle (sg)

Seared filet of bar on a bed of crushed split peas with confit tomatoes and an oyster and lemongrass emulsion

Canette de Barbary, mini carottes fanes et navets glacés blonds, purée de betterave rouge et son jus dolce forte (sg)

Pan fried breast of duckling with mini carrots, glazed turnips, a beetroot puree and sweet and sour jus

Risotto au Pesto et courgettes, tuiles croquantes au parmesan (v) sg

Risotto with courgettes and a classic basil and pinenut Pesto served with parmesan crisps

Ballottine de Volaille au foie gras, sauté de légumes printaniers et crème de champignons légères (sg)

Rolled supreme of chicken stuffed with foie gras, sauté spring vegetables and a light mushroom cream sauce

Notre viande bovine est d’origine française 


Sélection maison    
Selection of cheese 


Tartare de fruits exotiques au sirop Thaï, sablé Coco et son sorbet à la Mangue

Exotic fruits in a Thai perfumed syrup with a home-made mango sorbet and crunchy coconut biscuit

Le Baba aux Fraises et Coriandre fraiche en crème montée, compotée de « Mara des Bois » 

Light brioche-like mini cake with fresh strawberry syrup, coriander cream and a Mara des Bois strawberry compote

Ma tarte au Citron revisitée, sorbet Citron Vert au Basilic

Crisp pastry base with a home-made lime and basil sorbet and batons of meringue

Croustillant Rice Krispies, mousse au lait Jivara Valhrona, sauce caramel à la Fleur de Sel et glace 70% chocolat

Crispy Rice Krispies base, topped with a Valhrona milk chocolate ‘Jivara’ mousse, salted butter caramel sauce and a home-made 70% chocolate ice cream


Mandarine impériale et sa liqueur
Mandarin sorbet with Mandarin Napoléon liqueur 
Coupe Williams et sa liqueur*
Pear sorbet with Poire William liqueur

Coupe Cassis (Sorbet cassis arrosé de sa crème cassis)
Blackcurrant sorbet with Crème de Cassis

Coupe Périgourdine*
Walnut ice cream with liqueur de noix

Trio de Crèmes glacées ou sorbets
Your choice of three ice creams or sorbets

Les Sorbets – Cassis, Mandarine, Poire

Les crèmes glacées – Chocolat au lait, Caramel, Noix avec cerneaux, Vanille

Suggestions du Chef avec supplément

Foie gras de canard mi-cuit en panure de Spéculoos, petite compotée et son jus de figues réduit au Porto

Foie gras mi-cuit topped with a spiced shortcrust biscuit, fig and port compote and jus


Bœuf Charolais sur lit de polenta crémeuse à la truffe, et son jus braisé aux morilles (sg)

Filet of prime Charolais beef on creamy corn polenta perfumed with black truffles and a jus with braised morel mushrooms



Visit Marqueyssac

The Belvedere of the Dordogne

Just a short drive from Auberge de La Salvetat, our hotel in the stunning Dordogne Perigord Noir, the Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac are a ‘must see’ and is just one of many gardens to visit in the region.

From the Belvedere (or roof-top view) of the Dordogne, 130m above the river, an exceptional panoramic view opens up over Domme, Roque-Gageac and Saint-Julien de Cenac villages, Castelnaud Castle and above the spur of Marqueyssac a view stretching 10 kilometers framed by the Châteaux of Fayrac and Beynac.

Overcome by a sense of space and beauty, one can understand why the Perigord continues to enchant so many travellers.

Visiting Marqueyssac to see the Périgord

Romantic because of its cliffs and its surrounding fortresses, Mediterranean because of its vegetation and the Italian inspired belvederes, terraces, and green areas, Marqueyssac surprises and seduces.  It is also a place of discovery and learning.  The history of the villages and the castles, the landscape and nature are told through the guide books and by the illustrated texts found along the walkways.  Powerful telescopes enable you to appreciate every detail of the landscape.

The Périgord is concentrated in Marqueyssac and everyone can see or touch and learn about nature, the plants and the animals.  So, for those who want to discover in one single place all the treasures and delights of the Périgord, there is no other like Marqueyssac.

Flights Manchester to Bergerac Dordogne NEW

Flybe Flights to Bergerac Airport from Manchester July till September

New! Direct flights beween Bergerac, Dordogne airport and Manchester from 4 July till 5 September with Flybe.  We are a leisurely 45 min drive from the airport and en route you pass Issigeac, Beaumont, St Avit Senieur and Cadouin – some of the prettiest villages around!  However, there is lots more to discover in this beautiful area of France.  Come and discover for yourself!


2015 Newsletter

Welcome to our hotel newsletter of 2015.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year and remind you of our Special Offers.  However, first some news …..

Michelin reviews

Reviews  Auberge de La Salvetat on the Michelin site.  If you are looking for peace and quiet, good food and a warm welcome you won’t be disappointed!

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Tripadvisor 2014 Review Hotel in Dordogne

Cycling in the historic Dordogne

via Tripadvisor

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in cycling in the Dordogne in the region near the small medieval village of Cadouin, this beautiful country inn is one of the best hotels in the Dordogne Perigord Noir area.   Salvetat is owned by Steve and Anne Jordan and guests benefit from their personal touch.

Steve is the consummate host and his staff demonstrate the same attention to service. You will find Anne in the kitchen working her culinary magic alongside their French chef. The Inn also has a fine selection of wines. You may want to try the local rosée Julien de Savignac, a Bergerac wine.

There are several choices of accommodation. We chose the garden room with access to a small patio and the garden beyond. It was comfortable and clean with a spacious bathroom. We were able to lock our bikes away out of the elements.

Our week’s stay was punctuated by rainy days and it was lovely to arrive in the dining-room to a fire burning in the hearth. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, the dinners were worthy of the best restaurants and the breakfast was plentiful.

Do not hesitate to opt for the full board, you will not be disappointed. This small country inn deserves the accolades that it has received on Trip Advisor.

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Sawday’s Special Places Hotel in Dordogne feedback

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Guest feedback


“We arrived as exhausted tourists and departed refreshed and relaxed as friends. You would never find a more beautiful or peaceful setting.”

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