Tourism and sights
Our region is a very touristic area, but even in summer you will find plenty of secluded, green spots, plenty of little villages and châteaux to discover off the beaten path.
The medieval village of Issigeac in Dordogne, with its famous and lively Sunday morning market and its artists, is only minutes away from La Ferme de Louise and Le Fournil de Rémus. Driving only a bit further, you will reach Villeréal and Monflanquin, two of the most gorgeous villages of Lot-et-Garonne, as well as the impressive château de Biron.
The historic bastide of Lalinde on the Dordogne river, with its markets and shops, as well as the pretty village of Couze, are only minutes away from La Varenne.
The classic, touristic spots of Dordogne, Périgord and Lot can be reached by car : the world-famous Dordogne valley, with its gorgeous lanscapes and numerous castles (Beynac, Castelnau, Domme, Josephine Baker's château des Milandes, etc.). The medieval city of Bergerac, the Monbazillac castle and wine-tasting cellars, the medieval city of Sarlat, the Vézère valley and prehistoric sites (gouffre de Proumeyssac, Les Eyzies) as well as the world-famous Lascaux painted cave are ideal day or half-day trips.
You will find other ideas by browsing the "Useful links" in the separate box on this page.
Shopping and regional products
Shops, doctors and chemists can be found in Issigeac, Castillonnès, Couze and Lalinde.
For fresh and local products, we strongly recommend the famous Sunday morning market in the medieval village of Issigeac. You might even be able to speak some English there!
The renowned Bergerac and Monbazillac vineyards are not very far either. Wines, foie gras and other regional delicacies are directly available from local producers.
Sports and outdoor activities
Fishing ponds are available right on the Cavarcou grounds.
Nearby leisure and sports activities include: horse riding, golf, microlight planes, tennis, bike rentals, hiking (sentiers de pays, chemins de grande randonnée, etc.), as well as canoeing and kayaking on the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, and swimming in several lakes.
If you follow the link below, you will find a suggestion of a hike on foot, on bike or on horseback, directly accessible from La Ferme or Le Fournil, which can be done as a day hike or in several segments [PDF].
See "Useful Links" box for more hikes, e.g. from La Varenne in the Dordogne valley.