Le Guichard is close to the village of Grand Brassac where the local tabac sells fresh bread and you can visit the 13th century church. The villages of St Victor and Montagrier both have their own Auberge where they serve excellent home cooked food and a good selection of wines. Vertilliac which is a 10 minute drive away provides a good boulangerie, boucherie and choice of cafes and bars and you can also find a bank, pharmacy and quirky Brocante. The nearest town, Riberac, famous for its Friday market boasts a huge range of local produce for sale including local arts and crafts; it has a great atmosphere and is frequented by locals and holidaymakers.
Within a short drive you can visit Bourdeilles a very picturesque village set on the river which has both a castle and chateaux to visit. Just a little further on you will find Brantome a beautiful town set on the banks of the river Dronne with its famous 18th century abbey, caves and unusual shops. This is also a good spot to hire a canoe and explore the river, take a picnic and enjoy the lovely countryside. The famous Grotte de Villars is only 10 minutes from Brantome and there you will see some stunning calcite formations in the underground caves and original paintings dating back 18 thousand years.
Perigueux, the regional capital of the Dordogne is a great city to visit with a cathedral, roman site and museum. It has an amazing array of medieval winding streets with a good choice of shops and markets held on Wednesday and Saturday morning.
A little further on you will find the famous Les Eyzies and caves of Lascaux. There are many other wonderful sites including Sarlat, Domme or Roccamadour.
For wine lovers a trip to the vineyards of St Emillion, Monbazillac or Bordeaux is a must.
So whether you are interested in castles, prehistoric sites, walking, wildlife or just good food and wine this is a great region which will enrich and stimulate your senses!