I live in the Perigord Vert, which is in the most northerly part of the Dordogne, deriving its name from the greenery of the woodlands, rolling hills and meadows. The countryside and temperate climate lends itself to enjoy an endless list of outdoor activities such as, cycling, riding, fishing, kyaking and walking. On warm sunny days there are no shortage of lakes to dip your toes into and cool off, or to just laze beside enjoying a picnic. The area is steeped in history with so much to explore from many picturesque villages and towns, among them, Saint-Jean-de-Côle, Brantôme, and Bourdeilles to the old Roman capital town of the Dordogne, Perigueux with its medieval centre, not forgetting of course the many chateaux that surround us here. The renowned local produce, and Perigordine dishes are a must to sample whether from one of the many weekly colourful daytime and evening (in the summer months) markets, a local restaurant, or sitting on your terrace, accompanied with a glass of wine of course! Whether living here on a permanent basis, or spending a few months of the year, the environment and the slower relaxed pace of life in the Dordogne provides a perfect place to unwind.
I moved to France with my children in 2010, having previously lived in Cornwall where we were spoilt with the beautiful countryside, my four children benefiting from carefree childhoods with more freedom than they may have had in other parts of the UK, and we all enjoyed outdoor activities, weather permitting! These were all things I did not want to compromise on for us as a family, and for this reason the Dordogne is a perfect location for us. We have the added bonus of the climate. It is great to be able to plan a BBQ in advance, knowing you won’t end up cooking under an umbrella! Two of my children are currently at college here, and very much integrated into the French way of life, they are completely bilingual which can only be a huge bonus for them. It will be a pleasure for me to help you find a house so you too can make your home here in the Dordogne.
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