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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.
Hotel and restaurant in a village. The Saint-James occupies buildings designed in 1989 by the famous architect Jean Nouvel. They nestle in the delightful little village of Bouliac, in a garden fragrant with lemon trees and antique roses. Inspired by the old tobacco drying lofts, four pavilions, linked by a gallery, create a modern pure space. Far away, you can see the Landes of Gascogne forest, the biggest collection of maritime pines in Europe. The gourmet cuisine is one of the major attractions of the Saint James: the chef serves cuisine which is full of flavour and based on local market ingredients, rounded off by the selection of wines from an outstanding cellar and panoramic views of Bordeaux. ... Learn moreless
With comfy sofas, delicate greenery, and umbrellas of pine trees, the terrace bar on the roof of the Grand Hotel creates a seaside feeling in the heart of the city and faces the majestic Grand Théâtre XVIIIème - a true paradise. Every summer, it becomes one of the most popular destinations in Bordeaux. It offers a warm atmosphere and a stunning 360 degree view of the city. You can have a few drinks, enjoy a snack, people-watch or be watched: it’s an unforgettable setting to experience.
Roof Top of the Grand Hotel
Hotel and restaurant in a village. In Brantôme, the Venice of the Périgord, this ivy-clad mill is one of the most delightful places in the Dordogne. The vista takes in the impressive bridge, a 16th century masterpiece, the monastery garden, the medieval tower, the Renaissance pavillion and the famous abbey founded by Charlemagne. The rooms and lounges are elegant and cosy, and the light-filled dining room opens out onto a terrace on the river banks. The Chef creates innovative, delectable cuisine showcasing local produce. At the mill itself, the miller’s house and the house where the famous Abbot of Brantôme, Pierre de Bourdeilles, once lived, the stage is set to enjoy this romantic, magical setting. ... Learn moreless
Robert Guerre, a ULM pilot from Brantôme, in Val de Dronne, invites you on a beautiful trip through the skies. With him, you can soar to discover the rich and varied landscapes and architectural treasures of the Périgord Vert. Half hang-glider and half plane, the ultralight ULM allows you to admire sites and take pictures without any reflections, as there are no windows separating your from the outside.
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for: the ULM driven by Robert Guerre takes speed and takes off. Very quickly, you feel like you're a soaring bird. You could almost perch in the big tree right underneath. Very soon, you see the Abbey of Brantôme, then the meanders of Dronne lead you to the Château de Bourdeilles downstream, or Puyguilhem upstream.
Take the family on a 2-hour velo-rail trip between valleys on a charming old railway track with bridges, viaducts, tunnels and railway stations. The trip is around 11 km round trip going uphill and downhill. You'll get a snack basket at Moulin de l'Abbaye to reward you for all your hard work.
Sculpture, pottery, tapestries, ceramics, drawings - why not make the most of your holiday and take an art class?
The Centre offers courses and workshops throughout the week for adults and children, including some for both adults and children to work together. During the holidays, longer courses are organised. Don’t forget to visit one of the cutlery shops that produces the famous Nontron blade.
Pôle Expérimental des Métiers d’Arts de Nontron
In 2016, the new version of the legendary Grotto of Lascaux opened.
For the first time, Lascaux is entirely revealed. A complete and unprecedented replica traces the discovery of the famous ornate cave. But the adventure does not end there: the entire site questions Lascaux's place in cave art and its relationship with contemporary creation. The opening of the Lascaux International Centre for Cave Art (also called Lascaux 4) marks the beginning of a new adventure combining the emotion of ancestral art and the technological prowess of an interactive museum.
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Just outside Limoges, there is a peaceful haven where the lush vegetation is at its most beautiful. Time seems to stand still at La Chapelle Saint-Martin, where guests can step back in time and experience what life in the private residence of this 19th century porcelain manufacturer would have been like. Those who are partial to a beautiful landscape will instantly fall in love with the chapel surrounded by 35 hectares of 200 year-old trees. The surrounding countryside is delightful, and the grounds, ponds and old dock are the perfect place for quiet contemplation. While the house and gardens are historic, the inspirational cuisine is refreshingly modern. ... Learn moreless
A royal lunch in the forest, a feast under the tree with a thousand trunks, a picnic lunch on the water lilies, romantic barbecue in the barn...the Domaine des Etangs restaurant likes to reinvent the art of eating in nature. An unforgettable cultural and culinary experience!
Where can you find the latest Repetto, superb Weston, a tailor-made Smuggler suit, a leather Chapel, a Franck Tioni travel set, or Hermès gloves? The most luxurious brands are all located in Limousin, the land of porcelain, and also leather. Discover the “maisons d’art” and fashion boutiques of all the luxury French brands in Limousin!
As a bonus: you can rent a vintage Jaguar XJS from La Chapelle Saint-Martin for a truly decadent shopping experience.
Colonies Spirit with Tèrra Aventura is a life-size game that is played in the four corners of the Limousin. It will delight children young and old, since everyone loves treasure hunts! After downloading the app on your smartphone, players are guided step-by-step through a series of puzzles whose answers must be collected in the area. These encrypted answers allow you to decode the final coordinates of the hiding place. Players only have to turn on their GPS and let themselves be guided to discover the location of the secret treasure. It's a really fun experience - we're already in our sixth season.
Hotel and restaurant on a river. The Queen Mother of England made this charming hotel her base when she visited Albi, the native town of the artist Toulouse-Lautrec. In 2010, Unesco classified this episcopal city, a medieval gem constructed in red brick, a World Heritage site. Just as the royal visitor did, appreciate the gentle way of life, the spacious rooms opening onto the beautiful park, and dinners in the restaurant or terrace, with magnificent views of the river Tarn. With a glass of Gaillac in hand, discover the beauty of post-Impressionist landscapes whilst learning how Albi witnessed the birth of Catharism and, during the Renaissance, supplied pigments to the greatest painters of the age. ... Learn moreless
What is there between Toulouse and Albi for a unique and amusing getaway? A trip on a #Solex of course! A nostalgic and vintage experience, you’ll ride at a quick and easy pace. Feel the wind blow past as you take a pleasant ride with stopover tastings at the Château de Saurs and the Vinovalie Rabastens cellar. Then, take a well deserved rest at the beautiful Marie’s Hôtel Delga in the heart of Gaillac.
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. Staying in this 13th century château overlooking the Lot valley is a truly unique experience, an authentic immersion in the history of France during the Middle Ages. Built on a rocky promontory, this was the summer residence of the Counts and Bishops of Cahors for seven centuries. Today, the chef draws his inspiration from local producers, and has won an international reputation for working wonders with black Lalbenque truffles and Quercy lamb. The wine list includes the great Malbec wines and vintages produced in the château’s very own wine cellars, because before being the owner, Mr. Vigouroux was the wine grower. ... Learn moreless
A Relais & Chateaux fishing relay?
The department of Lot offers exceptional opportunities for fishing enthusiasts! Nearly 2,000 km of preserved streams, rivers, lakes and ponds, offering infinite possibilities...
In the Dordogne, fly fishing is practiced while wearing boots in the water. A true fishing enthusiast and connoisseur from the heart of the Dordogne valley, Luc will generously share his secrets with you. Various methods are offered to teach or improve on all fishing techniques.
For a full-day excursion, the Chef from the Château de La Treyne will create a wonderful picnic basket.
In 2002, a map of the quality of night skies in France was published: above the Causses du Quercy, a black triangle appeared. In the now famous "Quercy black triangle", the night light is almost entirely natural. The brightness of all the stars is seen without being disturbed by the luminous halo generated by public lighting. Experience a splendid summer evening with the Milky way and stars standing out so intensely against the deep night sky - you'll be in awe!
The Astronomy Club of Gigouzac meets every fortnight on Friday or Saturday and welcomes novices and amateurs to join them for commented observations.
Guide a heard of frisky lambs to pasture, play and cuddle with them (they love to be petted), then take them to be milked. While tasting the milk, listen to stories from the herder.
Immerse yourself in the world of truffle cultivation through a demonstration of truffle hunting (digging), driven by Câline (the truffle dog) and meet a passionate fan of this mysterious mushroom, who will warmly entertain you with his knowledge and stories.