The Dordogne Valley
The Manoir de Malagorse is ideally located to visit both the Valley of the Dordogne and the historic sites of the Lot region, the possibilites are endless. …
Spectacular castles: Castelnaud, Beynac, Hautefort…
Picturesque villages: Domme, Carennac, Creysse, Loubressac…
Fascinating caves: Padirac, Pech Merle, Cazelle, Lacave…
Amazing gardens: Eyrignac, Marqueyssac, L'Imaginaire…
There is a wealth of sporting activites available within a short distance of the Manoir : canoeing, golf, tennis, horse riding, cycling and watersports.
Go the our local tourist website for a wealth of ideas & information....
Here are a selection of interesting places to visit within an hour’s journey of Malagorse.
Martel (10 mins drive)
An ideal place to have a coffee and explore the local market. Good choice of restaurants & bars.
Souillac (10 mins drive)
A local market town which has a wonderful market under the handsome ‘Halles’ on a Friday.
The church of Sainte-Marie is one of the jewels of Romanesque sculpture and architecture in the Midi Pyrenées.
Rocamadour (30 mins drive)
Close to the Dordogne Valley, Rocamadour, the town and it’s breathtaking cliff faces, have long been a source of inspiration, a centre of pilgrimage. Today, Rocamadour is an enhancing place to visit. It can get very busy in the summer, so visit early or late.
All the markets are in the mornings until midday.
Martel – Wednesday & Saturday
Souillac – Friday
Gramat – Tuesday & Friday
Sarlat – Wednesday & Saturday
If you enjoy visiting gardens then we can recommend the following:
-The gardens of the Manoir d’Eyrignac – an immaculate restoration of the 18th Century gardens. One of the finest gardens in France, awarded ‘ Remarkable Garden ‘ status the ultimate example of topiary art.
-The gardens of the 17th Century Château de Marqueyssac, some of the prettiest French gardens in the region, with over 150,000 ancient box hedges. Exceptionally good views over the Dordogne Valley. Great picnic spot & ideal with children as there are plenty of play areas.
Caves and Chasms
Gouffre de Padirac
Take a trip in a small boat 103 m beneath the ground along 500m of river to explore this underground world. Continue on foot through vast galleries including the Cavern of the Great Dome (94m high). Three lifts take you down to this unique and grandiose wonder of nature. Children love this cave, make sure you prebook early on their website to have a choice of times.
Grottes de Lacave
The synthesis of French caves. 12 fairy-tale caverns including one 2000M2 area lit by ultra- violet. Underground lakes, stalactites in all kinds of eccentric shapes. Train access to the caves, walking tour of 1.6km of galleries.
Grottes de Cougnac
These caves possess a forest of stalactites and stalagmites surrounding some remarkable Prehistoric paintings: ibex, mammoths, deer, human figures…
The oldest figurative drawings on show to the public, one of the finest cave ceilings in France. Privately owned & lesser known so perfect to avoid the queues in the summer.
Grotte de Pech Merle
A rich and varied trail of discovery through the underground world. Seven caverns provide a complete sample of geological formations amongst which are to be seen prehistoric paintings and engravings more than 20 000 years old. Mammoths, horses, bison, signs, hands and human silhouettes, fossilised human footprints… An art gallery in one of Nature’s own palaces.
Our favourite cave to see original paintings, book early if you prefer an English tour.
Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux
Very imposing 12th -15th century fortress, modified in the 17th C, this castle is one of the finest examples of military architecture from the Middle Ages. Surrounded by a double line of walls, it has a keep and, a rarity, the lord’s apartments.
Château de Montal
Renaissance gem. The architecture and sculptures are worthy of a royal palace. Monumental staircase, Tapestries & furniture of the 16th & 17th centuries.
Château de Castelnaud
The most frequently visited castle in the Périgord. Fortress built on a spur of rock. Magnificent panorama over the Dordogne Valley, Collection of arms and armour, Life size reconstructions of siege engines, Garden inspired by medieval ideas. This is a great choice with children but be prepared to buy a sword in the many tourist shops nearby!
Château de Fénelon
Birthplace of François de Salignac. Beautifully furnished and decorated rooms each in the style of a particular period from the 15th to the 19th century. Stone covered roof and the original defensive system. Less well known so a good choice in the busy summer months.
Château de Hautefort
A Loire château that has ended up in the Périgord by mistake!. The attraction of the Château de Hautefort ( 17th C) lies in its architectural classicism, its furnished interiors, its formal French-style gardens & its English-style grounds.
Places to visit with children
Eco Parc du Rocher des Aigles
At the Rocher des Aigles, , vultures, condors, eagles, falcons, owls, macaws, cockatoos etc… fly completely free for more than an hour above the Rocamadour canyon.
La Forêt des Singes
Over 130 monkeys living completely naturally and in direct contact with the public in 20 hectares of grounds. A guide who knows all about the animals is present throughout your visit.
Parc animalier de Gramat
40 hectare wildlife park where 150 species of animals are to be seen, including bears, wolves, bison and wild horses, in vast enclosures. Visits are entirely on foot and take 2 hours.
“A different way of seeing reptiles”. 104 species on show in natural light. 250 specimens, Covered structure. The largest collection of reptiles in France.
Réserve zoologique de Calviac
Enter the territory of lemurs, wallabies and marmosets. You will approach them without any barrier. The park is specialized in rare and endangered species a total of 25 species. Outstanding wooded environment, shaded paths, waterfalls.