Hilde and Willy are looking forward to welcoming you at the Ferme d'Emilie and would like to share with you the beauty of the region with its pre-historical sites, its medieval villages and green countryside.
Willy has a passion for history, archeology and pre-history and has an extensive collection of pre-historical tools made out of silex. If you are interested he will show you his collection with all the necessary explanations. For children who are interested, we can organise a 2 hour class (free of charge) to learn how to cut these prehistorical tools and have a try at it themselves.
On the day of arrival, you can ask for a table d'hôte. This means that Hilde cooks and you just enjoy a lovely meal at the Ferme d'Emilie. This is also an opportunity to ask all questions about the region and what to see as well as to get to know each other.
La Ferme d'Emilie is situated in Larocal, a small hamlet of the commune of Sainte Sabine Born in the South of the Dordogne Area, in what is called the Perigord Pourpre. Purple being the colour of wine. With the Bergerac wines such as Pecharmant and Monbazillac, this area honours the traditional French wine culture. A map of the famous Bergerac wine-route is available in the cottages.
In the area you will find the historical bastide villages of Issigeac, Beaumont, Villereal and Monpazier, all with lovely southern markets with local produce and artisanat. Shopping (supermarket) is at 7 kms from Larocal.
1001 reasons for holidays in the Dordogne
The Dordogne is an extraordinary and genuinely unique region of France that provides the whole gamut of experience- from breathtaking countryside and awe-inspiring historical locations, to spectacular chateaux, sun-dappled golden stone villages and to top it all, some of the finest cuisine you’ll find anywhere in the world.
The region is dominated by the maundering grandeur of three great rivers, the Dordogne, the Lot and the Tarn that make their way from the plateau of the Massif Central out to the Atlantic. The Dordogne River, as it has made its way over the centuries, has carved out some beautiful valleys which are rich and fertile- ideal for the regions famous wines- and whose gentle slopes are carpeted in lush greenery. It has also created some remarkable cave networks that contain some astonishing ancient artworks- indeed the most famous of these at Lascaux, has been called the Sistine Chapel of prehistoric art, so important are the paintings within.
The Dordogne is called the land of 1001 castles with some of the most famous very close to your holiday cottage (Chateau de Monbazillac, Chateau de Biron). There are some wonderful medieval towns and villages dotted across the region with the bastides of Beaumont de Perigord, Issigeac and Monpazier within 15 kms from the ferme d'Emilie.
The Dordogne region is also home to some of Frances best markets and festivals; and contains some fantastic restaurants and brasseries in which you can sample the epicurean delights of this areas’ sumptuous cuisine.