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Campsites, Gîtes, Hotels...

With an endless list of quality accommodation to kick back and relax after a day of adventure, bedding down in the Dordogne Valley couldn’t be easier! Here’s all the traveller information you need for finding your perfect accommodation. Take a look at where you could be spending your nights on your next trip…

Whether you’re in search of some pampering in a chambre d’hôtes or looking for space to chill in a holiday rental: you’re sure to have the sweetest of dreams in the Dordogne Valley. Offering an extensive choice of accommodation to meet your holiday whims, each option has its advantages and will depend on where and who you’re travelling with. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

First step : deciding on the area

The upper valley of the Dordogne stretches from Bort-les-Orgues to Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne and will enchant vacationers in search of picturesque villages and landscapes filled with wild gorges, reservoirs and wooded riverbanks. With its numerous marked trails and panoramic viewpoints, hikers and keen photographers will be delighted with their choice of residence.
Whilst peaceful medieval villages like Turenne, Curemonte and Meyssac boast beautiful architecture and wonderful scenery, river-side towns like Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne offer a tranquil place to stay but with the hustle and bustle of a colourful market. 

Lower down the Dordogne, Saint-Céré, Souillac and Martel all offer more of a town feel with good accommodation options and are within easy driving/canoeing distance from cliff-topping castles, prehistoric caves and 6 of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’.
Those looking for a retreat in the country but with all the commodities nearby should head to the National Park of Causses du Quercy. Boasting limestone plateaux, thick forests and quaint villages, the area is home to tourist hot spots like Rocamadour and the Gouffre de Padirac as well as numerous weekly markets and village fêtes.

The Périgord Noir is also known for its high concentration of famous chateaux, market towns and ancient villages. A great place to base yourself is the bustling town of Sarlat-la-Caneda which is not only full of hotels, but also fine restaurants, great shopping and one of the best Saturday markets in the region. Although it can get rather busy during peak season, it does have good access to other towns and tourist attractions in the surrounding area.

Second step : finding accommodation


The Dordogne Valley is one of the most popular regions for camping in France and for good reason. With heaps of excellent campsites as well as a warm Mediterranean climate, travellers can pitch their tent or park up their caravan in some absolutely breath-taking locations.
As the slow moving rivers carve their way through the region and picture postcard towns line the banks, waterside locations are in abundance as they are in the woodlands and countryside. Visitors looking for adventure can spice up their trip with a stay in a yurt, tepee or vintage caravan.

With most campsites designed to accommodate tents, RVs and mobile homes, many are equipped with canoe rentals, tennis courts, playgrounds, restaurants, bars and swimming pools and are a great way for young families to keep the kiddies occupied. Camping is also a suitable choice for visitors travelling with pets as nearly all of the Dordogne Valley’s campsites roll out the red carpet for those furry friends of yours.

Many are open seasonally and are available for nightly, weekly or monthly rental however make sure you book before arrival. Villages de Vacances or holiday villages offer similar vacation accommodations at a fixed price that includes the use of shared areas, sports facilities and entertainment activities. Management is on-premise and either individual kitchens or food services per lodging will be available.

Chambres d’Hôtes

If you’re looking to get away from the daily chores of preparing dinner and sweeping the kitchen floor but don’t want to book into a hotel, then a chambre d’hôtes should be right up your street. Similar to a B&B but witha French twist, a stay in a chambre d’hôtes is a fantastic way of meeting the locals and understanding more about French culture in a warm, family atmosphere.

A hearty breakfast, which is usually included in the nightly rate, is an opportunity to try out local specialities. Some hosts propose half board with Table d’Hôtes, a chance for guests to savour some of the region’s traditional, home-made gourmet dishes.
Many chambres d’hôtes are reasonably pet-friendly although you may want to call ahead to ensure that Rover’s welcome.

Holiday Rentals

A gite or cottage is the perfect self-catering accommodation as it gives vacationers the freedom to eat in, eat out and generally come and go as they please. With thousands of rentals available, visitors are spoilt for choice with locations either on the river, next to a bustling market town, overlooking umpteen miles of rolling hills or in a sleepy medieval village.
From luxury villas and stylish gîtes to renovated farmhouses and pretty cottages, most rentals come equipped with bedding and towels and those with an outdoor space will most likely have all the necessary garden furniture for lazy days in the sun and barbecues to cook your market-bought magrets on.
Not only is it a popular option for families but also pet owners, as many house rentals can be found in the countryside with room for the pup to run around the garden and great walks along the country lanes and fields of sunflowers.


The Dordogne Valley boasts an array of luxury hotels, boutique hotels, budget hotels to suit all. Hotels are operated year-round or seasonally and various services are available on the premises depending on its size and standing.

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