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The River Dordogne [click to enlarge]The village of Aillac [click to enlarge]The village of Carsac [click to enlarge]
Villa Quieta is situated between the villages of Aillac (0.5km) and Carsac (1.5km). Carsac is the larger of the two villages and has a boulangerie, a small supermarket, a pharmacy, a post office, a café and three restaurants.

The countryside is dominated by the magnificent River Dordogne and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Holidaymakers are always enchanted by the beauty of the region and often choose to return here year after year.
Sarlat architecture [click to enlarge]Elegant Sarlat [click to enlarge]The charm of Gourdon [click to enlarge]
Sarlat (7km) and Gourdon (12km) are the nearest large towns. Sarlat was once the capital of the whole Périgord region and is well worth exploring. It is famous for its authentic medieval buildings and the town has the highest concentration of medieval, renaissance and 17th-century façades in France. Each Saturday, Sarlat comes alive with its bustling street market which is popular with locals and tourists alike.

Gourdon is a delightful market town. It is built in tiers around the top of a hill where the ramparts of the castle once stood. There are stunning views of the Bouriane countryside from the viewing point at the top of the hill.
La-Roque-Gageac & river [click to enlarge]The bastide town of Domme [click to enlarge]The village of Montfort [click to enlarge]
Following the River Dordogne, you will pass through one picturesque riverside village after another. One such village is La-Roque-Gageac which clings to steep sandstone cliffs. This beautiful village has much fascinating architecture, including a troglodyte fort which has been built into the rock, and gardens planted with exotic plants flourish thanks to a local microclimate.

Domme is a beautiful example of a bastide town. Enclosed within ancient stone walls and fortifications, the town’s buildings have been meticulously preserved. The views of the Dordogne valley from Domme are simply breathtaking.
Beynac’s château [click to enlarge]Castelnaud-la-Chapelle [click to enlarge]Château-de-Montfort [click to enlarge]
The area around Villa Quieta has an amazing concentration of castles and châteaux, often perched high on the cliffs either side of the river. During your holiday, explore Beynac, Castelnaud, Les Millandes, Marquayssac, Montfort, Fenelon, Biron, Bonaguil and Hautefort. Beynac and Castelnaud were on opposing sides during the Hundred Years War, Marquayssac has gorgeous gardens and Les Millandes was the former home of Josephine Baker and her "Rainbow Tribe".
Château Biron, Monpazier [click to enlarge]Spectacular Rocamadour [click to enlarge]St-Cirq-la-Popie [click to enlarge]
Further afield are the delightful towns and villages of Monpazier, Belves, Cahors, Martel and St-Cirq-la-Popie. All are about an hour away from Villa Quieta, as is the amazing town of Rocamadour. It is easy to see why it is the second most visited site in France (the first is Mont-St-Michel) when you first catch sight of the town’s ancient buildings which appear to be carved out of the rockface. Once a pilgrimage destination, Rocamadour overlooks the Ouysse gorge with spectacular views for miles around.

Close by is Padirac, where you can take an underground river trip to see the famous chasm. You may also want to spend a day visiting Les Eyzies in the Vézère Valley - the "European Capital of Prehistory". In fact, there are so many prehistoric sites to visit in the Vézère Valley, it is a veritable archaeological paradise.
A little history...
The villages of Carsac and Aillac are of great archaeological significance. Relics have been discovered which prove that the area was inhabited during the Lower Palaeolithic period, the Middle Stone Age and the Neolithic period. In addition, prehistoric stone tools made by Neanderthals have been found at the caves of Pech-de-la-Boissière & Pech-de-l'Azé and the "Abri du Roc d'Abeilles". Remnants of a Gallo-Roman aqueduct have been found at Moulin-Neuf. The villages of Carsac and Aillac are 2kms apart but now form a commune called Carsac-Aillac.

Eglise d'Aillac (14th century); Château-de-Lascours; ruins of the Château-d'Aillac; historic manor houses: Hermier, Le Touron, La Gazaille (15th century), Carsac (15th-19th century), Pech-Guiral (17th century), La Tache (17th-18th century), Rouffiac (18th century); village houses with slate roofs & exterior staircases; drystone Cabane-de-Peyremole.

Things to see
Valleys of the Dordogne & the Enéa rivers; the "Cingle de Montfort" on the Dordogne river; glassmaker's workshop; lute-maker's workshop.

Things to do
Annual village fête - 2nd Sunday in October; sample locally produced truffles & foie gras; fishing; walking - the GR64B passes through the village.
Area1731 ha (6,7 sq miles)
Altitude99 m (325 ft)
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