La Foun de Tourliac
is in the centre of a triangle of three medieval villages:
Monpazier, Villeréal and Beaumont
The three local villages are bastide towns. Monpazier (here) is the classical example. All roads lead to the square and church for last-ditch defence. Some were built by the French to keep out the English, others by the English to keep out the French.
Château de Biron (left) is 10 mins from Monpazier. Strikingly spectacular is Château de Beynac (right), which overhangs the Dordogne on the Sarlat road. Richard the Lionheart figured here.
The River Dordogne (below) is about 25 minutes away. You can take short boat-trips or go canoeing. Further up the Dordogne you will find the village of Domme with spectacular views over the valley, and further again the town of Sarlat with its maze of historic streets.
Going north from La Foun takes you into woods and other rivers like Le Vezere. Prehistoric caves and small sleepy villages beside the river make it seem nothing has changed for centuries.
Shops and markets
The local cuisine is glorious. Villeréal (on the road to Castillonés) and Beaumont (1 km before you reach the village) each have their intermarché (i.e. supermarket & fuel). There are smaller shops too (e.g. on the square at Monpazier, and Carrefour in Villeréal), and each of the three villages host weekly markets where you can buy all sorts of things from cooked pizzas to flowers, fresh vegetables, wine, plastic toys and sunhats – and meet the locals. These markets are all in the morning:
Beaumont – Tuesdays; Monpazier – Thursdays; Villeréal – Saturdays
Beaumont church is shown here. For centuries a place of worship – and protection.
For a good all-round family meal Le Montecristo (on the right 3 km the other side of Villeréal on the road to Castillonés) is a great place for good dinners and delicious pizzas (La Burrata a favourite with us). To book call 0553366578.
You’ll enjoy delicious French fare at L’Ancienne Gare in Issigeac (on the Eymet road, to book: 0553587029), and a longterm favourite of ours is Le Restaurant de l’Abbaye at Cadouin (north east of Beaumont – to book 0553634093).
Bordeaux vineyards – producing some of the best French wines – are within reach (Haut Médoc, Pomerol, St Emilion, etc). A local favourite is Monbazillac – the chateau up on the left as you drive down into the plain around Bergerac from the Issigeac direction. This is a dessert wine, best chilled. And the local Bergerac red is popular.
France doesn’t do ramblers’ rights, so if you don’t have a good map it’s probably best to stick to the lanes. The lane in front of the house leads to Monpazier, which is a charming walk (1hr.10 +) to the medieval village. There are other lovely walks from the door, e.g. around two local lakes – but equip yourself with a map.
Local attractions and activities
Summer festivals, châteaux, ruins, caves, restaurants, live theatre, trotting races, rugby, botanical gardens, golf, churches, concerts, forests, museums, medieval towns, restaurants …
Leisure activities include walking, canoeing, swimming, tennis, tabletennis, kayaking, golf, nature walks, cycling, go-karting, paintball, wine-tasting and horse-riding.