Villas and Cottages to Rent in Eymet, South West France
If you are holidaying in South West France, the beautiful, historical town of Eymet, made popular by the TV series ‘Little England’, has some attractive villas and cottages to let through Kingfisher Holidays. Eymet in Dordogne, 12 miles from Bergerac and 60 miles from Bordeaux, is characterised by its picturesque Medieval square, lined with a succession of stone arches.
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The small bastide town of Eymet was founded in the late 13th century by the Count of Toulouse, and hit the headlines four years ago when it appeared on an ITV show featuring the life of British expats in the Dordogne region. One of the reasons why it was chosen is that a third of its population of 2,500 are expats, however, the unspoiled riverside town, which lies in the beautiful Dropt Valley, is still characteristically French.
If you are renting villas or cottages in Southwest France, you will certainly have plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in French life here by visiting one of the town’s many restaurants or cafes, frequenting one of the festivals, or buying fresh produce from the town’s market. Eymet has a weekly Thursday morning market, which is also open on Sundays over the summer period, and in mid-August, you can get the chance to sample oysters with wine in the square, before dancing the night away.
Other festivals in Eymet include live music at Le Pub Gambetta, firework shows and, if you are renting a villa near Bergerac in March, there is a Medieval Festival, which involves a torchlight procession through the town, and a Flower Festival.
Read on to find out about some of the highlights and places to visit in and around Eymet:
Attractions in Eymet
One of the most attractive features of Eymet is its half-timber framed houses, which make excellent photo opportunities, and can be found in the central square and the side streets leading off. Some of the sights include the fountain in the square, an old convent, ancient fortifications, 13th century castle ruins, a 19th century church, and a pretty bridge that crosses the river Dropt.
The Surrounding Region
Eymet is surrounded by countryside, and if you like being active, it is well worth exploring the region on foot, bike or by car. If you like to stock up on excellent wines, there are plenty of wine chateaux in the area, including the stunning fairytale-turreted 16th century Château de Monbazillac, a producer of sweet white wine that is famous in the region. You can actually go inside the castle and explore the rooms, before viewing the museum of wine tools, and sampling some of the delicious wine before buying some to take back to the villa or take home to friends and family.
Another popular place to visit nearby is Issigeac, a picture-postcard medieval village with narrow, winding streets. Try to visit the night markets on Thursday evenings in July and August if you can, or if you are visiting in August, the Medieval Day is well worth a visit. Here, you can see the locals dressed in medieval clothing and enjoy live music, see ancient arts and crafts, and a host of street entertainment, including juggling.
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