Bordeaux & Aquitaine

La Maison Olea, Le Bugue, Dordogne

It's hard to think of a more welcoming base from which to explore the Dordogne than this friendly guesthouse in the hills above the village of Le Bugue.

All the attractions of the Périgord Noir region are within easy striking distance including the medieval town of Sarlat, the prehistoric rock dwellings and cave paintings at Les Eyzies and Lascaux and the Dordogne river. After a day’s sightseeing or canoeing, children can cool off in the delightful saltwater pool with its dreamy views of the Vezere valley or let off steam on the trampoline. There are five rooms, including two family suites which can sleep up to four people, plus two gîtes in the grounds which can each sleep up to five for those who prefer to self-cater. The owners occasionally offer table d’hôte meals which make good use of Périgordine specialities such as duck and truffles, and wines from nearby Bergerac. From €130 for a family suite sleeping four, including breakfast.