The key to being a great Local Host is our ability to provide guests an experience they wont get anywhere else.
My family and I live in a beautiful little village in the middle of the Dordogne countryside. We moved from England ten years ago, having decided that it was time for an adventure and we are all so glad that we did! As a Local Host I have had some unique requests to facilitate, one such request was to find a pilot to provide a private aerial tour of the region and to allow the guests to also fly the plane (as they were recently certified pilots themselves). I was able to find someone and the grins on their faces when they landed were answer enough whether they enjoyed it or not.
It’s so fascinating meeting different people, and working out how to help them have the experience of a lifetime while they’re here with us.
My perfect day in Dordogne would be...
The morning starts with a visit to two hectares of vines in the company of the owners Mr and Mrs Delbavie to their organic vineyard Le Domaine de la Voie Blanche. Discover their passion for the organic wine making process and their decision to undertake the rebirth of the vineyard on what had been traditional wine-growing territory in the middle of the Périgord Noir. Expanded using old vines of Merlot, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the beautiful slopes of Montravel in the westernmost part of the Bergerac wine region, this is a vineyard not to be missed! Conclude your afternoon by the all important wine tasting.
Mid-day is an authentic French cuisine you will always remember at Péchalifour! Eduard and Carole Aynaud welcome you into their home to share with them a traditional French meal including truffles. In the afternoon, Eduard will introduce you to the truffle and together with his dog Titeuf the art of truffle hunting begins! In the evening, having returned to your home away from home, take a stroll down the country lane and visit the local Ferme Auberge restaurant, L’Auberge du Cantou and dine on the terrace or in their converted barn and enjoy the local produce.