The surrounding area

Chassenat lies in a very beautiful part of France with a wealth of activities and attractions. Because many of our guests enjoy the house so much, they are reluctant to leave! 

However, there is something here for everybody- nature, culture, shopping, sports – all to be enjoyed in the reliably lovely French climate.


In the immediate vicinity of Chassenat you can enjoy hiking*, cycling, golfing and of course visit the many castles, caves, typical French vide-greniers and brocantes (antique stores and flea markets). Kids will enjoy themselves in the terrific go-kart track in the forest (Circuit Karting du Périgord),  the climbing parc Accro Parc de Soyaux and canoeing.

* In the house, we have many maps and guides of the area to help you plan your stay. Perhaps the most useful is one written by some of our friends. Drawing upon their experiences from many visits to the house over many years, they've mapped the best hikes in the immediate vicinity. There is no more relaxing way to enjoy the farmland, landscape and picturesque villages in the area.

The road along the house



Brantôme lies 12 km from Chassenat. It is a small, beautiful medieval town situated on an island and completely surrounded by the river Dronne. Access to the city is gained via 5 picturesque bridges.

The beautiful Benedictine abbey clings to the impressive steep cliff that gives the town so much of its character. France's oldest bell tower is built on the overhanging rocks above the abbey. In the historic centre you will find many boutiques and souvenir shops. There is a typical French farmers' market on Tuesday and Friday. Canoeing and caving are also available for tourists to Brantôme.



37 km away is Perigueux. It is the capital of the department Dordogne and the city centre has the largest number of protected monuments and buildings in France. You can enjoy strolling through the ancient streets and alleys around the Puy Saint Front, the famous cathedral in the city.

Périgueux is a sophisticated provincial town and many of the shops cater to the more affluent residents of the province. You may be struck by the great number of shops selling fine foods; there is plenty here for gourmands. The marchée des fermiers (farmers' market) takes place every day in the medieval centre of town while the larger marchée des Saveurs (market of taste) is on Wednesday and Saturday.



Angoulême (38 km away) is also worth a visit. The city is surrounded by the old city walls and stunning views of the area can be seen from the ramparts. The old town is well preserved and pleasant for pedestrians with its cobblestone pavements, restaurants, and a number of interesting galleries and boutiques.

Top tourist attractions are the 12th century Cathédrale St-Pierre, the 19th-century Hôtel de Ville and the covered market Marché Couvert at the Place des Halles.



About 2 hours drive from Chassenat you can reach Bordeaux, the Atlantic Ocean and the famous vineyards of the Medoc and St Emilion.