Le Berme is situated in an agricultural setting of gently rolling countryside, yet is just 5 minutes by car South East of Castillonnes on the D2, or 20/25 minutes by foot mostly along the Pilgrims path (GR 636 -654E). Castillonnes is one the many bastide towns that was developed as a ‘new town’ from 1259 to cater for the burgeoning population and essentially to provide a secure place to live for land workers. The bastide towns although built to provide security for the local population, were not all fortified but this became increasingly necessary as the wars with the English ensued. At one stage the town was partitioned between the French and English! Still there doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings….
Castillonnes, is in the Lot et Garonne region, South West France. It is just a few kilometres south of the Dordogne region border, within a 30 minute journey by car to the bigger town of Bergerac, which is located on the Dordogne River. Castillonnès has several bars and restaurants, along with a cinema, swimming pool and a horse trotting race course. The area is wonderfully rural with many fabulous places of interest to visit with many restaurants where you can be gastronomically entertained. Nearby bastide towns of Eymet, Issigeac, Villereal, Beaumontois, Monpazier, Monflanquin and Villeneurve Sue Lot are all within a 10/20 kilometres radius of Le Berme and make for a pleasant day out.
Closer to home, you might just fancy strolling up the Pilgrims footpath to Castillonnes, perhaps on market day (Tuesdays), for a spot of lunch or refreshments or even perhaps to watch an English movie one evening at the local cinema. In fact there are several local walks of varying distances to enjoy, including one that uses the Grand Randonnee that runs alongside the Le Berme property. (See Gite Plus - If you let us know the day before, we will provide you with our picnic rucksack fully charged and ready to go in the morning. All you need to do is return it empty!)
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