Le Coteau de l’Herm



The department of The Dordogne (old, pre-Napoleontic, name: Périgord), and especially the S.E part of it, the Périgord Noir, with its beautiful medieval chief town SARLAT, is a splendid region, both for its imposing scenery and its cultural and historical significance.

A walk of less than a mile will bring you to the stone remnants (stairstower, imposing fireplaces, oubliette) of the Château de l´Herm. The landlord himself will guide you in and around the castle and tell you its notorious history. The place was choosen by the late 19th century French novelist Eugène Le Roy as the scenery for his famous novel “Jacquou le Croquant“, which has also been put on the screen.

At 2 miles you will find the cosy village of Rouffignac with its small terraces, cafés, several restaurants, a few shops and a supermarket. At the Sunday morning market the villagers from nearby come to sell their wines, famous foie gras and other meat products, equally famous cèpes, fresh vegetables, delicious fruit, cheese and flowers. In summer there is also a cosy night market every Wednesday.

Nearby the world famous prehistoric caves of Lascaux, Rouffignac itself and others, with their unique wall paintings made by the Cro-Magnon people, are waiting for your visit. And so are many enchanting stalactitic/stalagmitic caverns, beautifully preserved medieval town centres (Périgueux, Sarlat, Bergerac a.o.)and villages, picturesque old churches and a wealth of magnificent castles (HautefortLosseEyrignac, with its delightful French gardens, Puymartin, and many others.

Those who wish to extend their sporting activities outside the camping ground, will find a great number of interesting signposted walking paths and cycling tracks (bicycles must at least have 21 gears; they are for hire per half day or longer at the camping site). The Grande Randonnée 36 runs at less than a mile distance.

Or they can enjoy canoe trips on the rivers Vézère or Dordogne for a few hours or even several days. The letter of the canoes will take care of the transport of the canoes and of the canoeists to the starting point and/or from the point of arrival.

Other sports that can be practised at short distance are:  tennis (2 miles), equitation (5 miles), golf (9-holes at 2 miles, 18-holes at 12 and 20 miles) and a “forest acrobats area” (7 miles).

To those who would rather linger in natural surroundings, we can offer a special attraction: low-priced rides in the immediate vicinity in an open calash.