Excursions | Perigord Retreats Painting Holidays


The Dordogne region is one of incredible outstanding natural beauty. Every single trip we offer allows all students to embrace it’s beauty as we travel along the winding roads, through the dense woodland, over the rolling hills and alongside the cleanest river in France and one of the cleanest in Europe. The location of our villas is ideally suited to visiting the very best sites of the regions including Rocamadour, Sarlat La Caneda, Castelnaud La Chapelle, Monpazier, Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Cahors and everything in between without having to spend hours driving to and from each destination.  This list is just an indication. We can custom build your tour to suit your preferences.


SarlatThe most picturesque, medieval town in all of France. Centered around a Benedictine Abbey, Sarlat is the best preserved medieval town in the whole of France and has been shortlisted as a potential UNESCO world heritage site. A brilliant Saturday Market with a superfluous amount of locally grown food products such as olives, foie grass, duck confit, along with the the customary fruits and vegetables. All based in the centre of town, built in the traditional style with local stone and wood. This town has a very friendly atmosphere.
Our excursions will include the beautiful buildings, fantastic market and perhaps some tasting of the local gastronomic delights.

Les Jardins de MarqueyssacGardens of Eyrignac and Marqueyssac

Words cannot describe the beauty of these gardens, it is best to have a look here. So many colourful flowers and different shades of green, amazing to take photos and to paint.

Saint-Cirq Lapopie

With thirteen listed historic buildings, Saint-Cirq Lapopie is one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Saint-Cirq LapopiePerched on a cliff three hundred feet above the river Lot, St-Cirq Lapopie is one of the most beautiful sites in the Lot valley. Castles and fortified houses were built by the dominating feuding families in medieval times and the buildings demonstrate many different styles.  Characterised by their steep sloping and flat tiled rooves and timbering, they are indeed a memorable sight.

In the streets, open arcades of shops preserve the memory of craft activities that created the wealth of St-Cirq Lapopie. Skinners in the rue de la Pelissaria, coppersmiths in rue Peyrolerie and especially wood turners producing button moulds, bowls, cups and coopers taps. At the foot of Lapopie, mills, dams, ports, locks and a towpath evoke the glorious age of river commerce

CahorsCahors - Pont Valentré

On the route of the Pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela, Pont Valentré is just one of the many sights available in Cahors.  A visit to the secret gardens going back to Roman times, wine tasting or a walk or boat ride along the River Lot or perhaps you would like to spend your time at the region’s largest outdoor brocante and antiquities market.


Home to one of the largest annual pilgrimages (Santiago de Compostella) in French History, the stunning views overlooking the valley are unequalled. There is an opportunity to witness a remake of historical events here. Guided or unguided tours of the Church.

Chateau de Beynac

Chateau de Beynac and viewThis castle has been a sentinel of the Dordogne Valley for over 900 years. Absolutely stunning, panoramic views of the river and surrounding land can be seen from the Castle, rich history to learn about throughout the castle, guided or unguided.

La Roque-GageacLa Roque-Gageac

A troglodyte village on the very banks of the River Dordogne with absolutely spectacular views and buildings to excite and tantalise your eyes.  The 15th century Manoir De Tarde, the houses built in to the cliffs, the history of the early 20th century cliff fall, the tropical gardens or the myriad of shops to purchase memories of your trip, La Roque Gageac has it all.

Gouffre de Padirac

Gouffre de PadiracYou descend into the cave via lift, are taken across the lake in the bottom of the cave by boat and then lifted through a different exit.
The giant cavern is breathtaking, a real ‘out of this world’ experience. There are some astounding photo opportunities.