Luxury Gites, Le Sord, Montaut, Issigeac, nr Bergerac, Dordogne, France

Many people visit the Dordogne region of France because of the wealth of history.

This is the land of Eleanor of Aquitaine, who married the

Duke of Normandy later to become Henry II of England.

Two of her sons are best known for their impact on English history:

King John, the horrible one

and Richard the Lion-heart, the nice brave one,

(contrary to "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves" he looked nothing like Sean Connery!)

Many of the surrounding towns are bastides built in the 13th and 14th centuries on a matrix design providing a fortified village that protected the serfs of the local nobleman. This type of layout was so effective that even the English copied it - Castillonnès nearby was in fact half French, half English.

Issigeac is one of the few genuine medieval villages in this area. It's origins go all the way back to Roman times and the largely unspoilt buildings will amaze you - if you close your eyes you can imagine being back in the middle ages. Issigeac is proud of it's history. It does not disappoint anyone searching for a truly realistic view of the time when chevaliers, monks and serfs walked these streets.

We were capitvated by Issigeac when we first saw it, a village largely unspoilt by 'modernisation' and we urge you to visit the village and take the trip back in time.

It even looks wonderful after a rare winter snowfall -

All amenities are available in Issigeac with the addition of the

Sunday morning market one of the most popular in the Dordogne.

Bergerac (about 20Km- 12.5 miles) is also a lovely town straddling the Dordogne river with winding pedestrian streets in the old town and many traditional pavement café bars and restaurants. It has excellent shopping and hypermarkets should

you want more extensive facilities.

Of course the list is quite endless, towns with centuries of history abound in the Dordogne just take your pick your only problem is having enough time!

The property owners live onsite in private, independent accommodation.

So we are here, but not obvious!

Planes and boats and trains covers the most frequent methods of reaching rural France.

However some guests find a much more spectacular form of transport and Yes we can accommodate even that!!