The Périgord Vert is famous for its beautiful countryside, pretty villages, stunning châteaux and prehistoric caves - all of which you can discover as you explore the region.
Within easy reach of Les Chardonnerets are the historic towns of Brantôme, Périgueux and St. Jean De Côle - which holds the official accolade of being one of the ‘prettiest villages in France’.
The Périgord-Limousin Natural Park provides a hilly, but not mountainous, landscape which is ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding. It is also home to a host of wild animals and rare birds. The 4 rivers which cross the region provide for excellent canoeing and fishing. Nearby inland beaches offer water activities including cable water skiing.
The Dordogne is renowned as the gastronomic centre of France and the Périgord Vert, in particular, is rich in local produce including truffles, foie gras, duck & goose, walnuts and, of course, escargot ! These can be bought in the weekly local markets or enjoyed in the many superb restaurants nearby.
Excellent road links from Thiviers make les Chardonnerets an ideal base for exploring all of the attractions of the Dordogne and Limousin. The medieval town of Sarlat, prehistoric caves at Lascaux, the vineyards in St Emillion and Bordeaux and the poignant ‘Village of the Martyrs’ near Limoges are all within easy day-trip distance.
Les Chardonnerets is named after the European Goldfinch, (Carduelis carduelis). The average Goldfinch is 12–13 cm long with a wingspan of 21–25 cm and a weight of 14 to 19 grams. The sexes are broadly similar, with a red face, black and white head, warm brown upperparts, white underparts with buff flanks and breast patches, and black and yellow wings. This is just one of the many species of birds seen around Les Chardonnerets. Other forms of wildlife include deer and wild boar. A camera is a must on your trip.
If you enjoy cycling then there are no end of possibilities for all abilities - from the gentle 'voie vertes' to off road mountain biking. We are able to arrange cycle hire for your holiday through the excellent local firm Dordogne Cycle Hire.