Le Vignoble is situated in a small hamlet which has its own chapel, from where you can gaze at the delightful views of the surrounding countryside. The hamlet is a mile from the nearest village, Villeneuve-de-Duras, where you’ll find a boulangerie, a restaurant and a hardware store! The area around Le Vignoble has a rich cultural heritage and is steeped in history - and as you travel around, you'll notice that all the local villages try to have beautiful flower displays throughout the summer.
During your stay, you will be spoilt for choice for places to visit. There are nearly twenty bastide towns to explore, along with medieval villages, churches, abbeys, chapels, castles, mills and bridges. Travelling east will bring you to the bastide town of Eymet. Founded in 1270, it has several Romanesque chapels, castles and wood-beamed houses with archways. There is a large market in the central square on Thursday mornings.
Should you wish to explore to the west of Le Vignoble, Bordeaux and Arcachon are a 90-minute drive away and you can take a scenic route which passes through the medieval village of St-Emilion. Perched on top of a hill, the village overlooks acres of vines which grow the grapes for the world-famous wine. Arcachon is on the Atlantic coast, to the south of Bordeaux. Originally a fishing village, it became a fashionable seaside resort in the 19th-century. The town is now one of Europe’s leading oyster-farming centres.
A fifteen-minute drive to the south brings you to the beautiful bastide town of Duras. The town and its famous château are on a promontory, with magnificent views over the Dropt valley. Here you will find English newspapers (a day late), a small supermarket, a bank, and numerous individual shops, including butchers, boulangeries and estate agents (it’s always interesting to look in the window and try to spot a bargain)! As well as visiting the amazing château and its museum, there are often shows in the château grounds, including a "son et lumière". Duras also has an interesting clock tower (once one of the town’s medieval gates) and a museum of "Parchment & Illuminated Manuscripts".
To the north of Le Vignoble is the larger town of Ste-Foy-la-Grande (about 20 minutes away). Built in 1255 on the banks of the Dordogne, this walled town has a 13th-century gothic church and many half-timbered houses dating from the 15th and 17th-centuries. Ste-Foy-la-Grande has a railway station and a large Saturday market. Also to the north are Monbazillac and Bergerac. Monbazillac is renowned for its château and vineyards - "Cave Co-operative de Monbazillac" not only vinifies the wine of the region, it also offers free tastings!
The town of Bergerac (about 30 minutes away) straddles the River Dordogne. It has stylish boutiques, a cinema, excellent restaurants and boat trips on the Dordogne. In the old town are a statue of Cyrano, a House of Wines, a tobacco museum and many houses dating from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. A "walled town tour" and a "wine route" are also on offer in the vicinity.