What everyone wants – attractions near our gites


So, what can you do while on holiday in this part of France?

Domaine du Sourire is situated within the Dordogne department but is close to the Charente Department. This gives our guests the best of both worlds, all within easy reach.


There is a plethora of articles around the internet of things to do in Dordogne and Charente so there is not a lot of point to me overloading you with the same information but I will include some links at the end.
We are relative newcomers to the area- at least to live and work in- and we are not overly familiar with many of the tourist attractions yet. During the next months we hope to, not just live here but be a tourist and blog about the many different attractions and activities we or our guests visit. Why not subscribe to our blog and get the opportunity to be among the first to read all about them?


From what we have seen on our travels in this area there are lots of historic and beautiful towns and villages to visit, where you can meander medieval streets, visit old and amazing monuments, even prehistoric caves! Then you can easily find a café, take a break from all the activities on offer, order a Café, or  Chaud Chocolate or Perrier… grab a seat outsideand enjoy one of the best loved  French pastimes – people watching! Relax and watch the world go by!
It goes without saying you will not have to go far to find a Chateau or gardens with the most beautiful blooms.
If picnics are your thing then find a grassy spot, or a beach by the river and enjoy.


Should the kids want some water fun there are water theme parks, or you can take a boat trip or go canoeing and kayaking for the more adventurous. Perhaps water is not the thing for you? Why not try a hot air balloon trip.


Shopping – lots of markets and brocantes and of course Bordeaux, Angouleme and Périgueux are all within easy reach.


Family time can be spent leisurely cycling the beautiful country roads or well-marked safe cycling routes enjoying the peace and tranquillity. What could be better than to jump on your bike and enjoy exploring just imagine the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair as you cycle through fields of sunflowers and vineyards! There is something for all abilities, interests and ages!
courtesy Iha

The Dordogne is renowned for its love of food and you can dine out in one of many fine restaurants. Eating out with children can be expensive but to keep costs down try the evening markets in July and August. These are great fun and very reasonably priced. Plus, as they are outdoors and very relaxed, children can run around and make a noise and generally enjoy themselves.

Of course, some days you will just want to laze by our pool and enjoy the fun things on our grounds and maybe even have a BBQ.



Whatever you want from a holiday, and I haven’t even mentioned a visit to a vineyard or even cognac tasting, it’s all within easy reach of the gites at Domaine du Sourire with fabulous hosts Jackie and Terry.


Some links as promised, however there are many more.





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