The Retreat @ Le Grand Bois - B&B,  Pool, Gite, Park & Gardens
Places To Visit & See Locally
 
We are perfectly placed to explore the wonderful region & departments that surround us.
 
Eymet A Well Preserved Bastide Village
Eymet A Well Preserved Bastide Village
Eymet is just 7 miles away from us it retains much of it's original bastide buildings with impressive arched terraces etc. Like Miramont De Guyenne, it holds fetes & festivals many weeks of the long summers
Eymet
Eymet
Eymet has a couple of good bars & Cafes, its also boasts both a Chinese & an Indian restaurant. So popular with the British is Eymet, that in the last census they equated to almost 67% of the population.
Monpazier.
Monpazier.
Monpazier is thought to be the most perfectly preserved of all the Bastide villages in the whole of France, & is a stunning place to visit, & take a leisurely stroll around it's streets & square with its beautiful covered market hall, which still retains it's original metal grain measuring barrels.
Monpazier.
Monpazier.
With several good cafes, bars & restaurants, plus a few antique shops of note are approximately 30 miles away from Le Grand Bois
St Emilion, Often Described As The Most Famous Wine Village In The World
St Emilion, Often Described As The Most Famous Wine Village In The World
What else can one say to describe St Emilion, other than its also one of the most beautiful villages too, There are so many things to see in the village that we could have included a 100 photos taken over the past few years on our frequent trips to it with family & friends, each time we find new places we haven't found or discovered before. We have include a few pictures. Approximately 38 miles
St Emilion, Lower Village Square
St Emilion, Lower Village Square
St Emilion is full of good restaurant bars some offering good value, although prices in April seem somewhat lower than those of June, July & August
St Emilion, The Cloisters
St Emilion, The Cloisters
The Abbey - Church of St Emilion appears to have it's origins in the Kights Templar period, there are several stone coffins that have had the normal desecrations following the annihilation of the Order by the King of France
St Emilion, Part Of The Original Fortified Walls
St Emilion, Part Of The Original Fortified Walls
These walls once surrounded the village, now with a house having been built in to the wall, using the the old wall as part of its superstructure.
St Emilion, Part 2 Of The Original Fortified Walls
St Emilion, Part 2 Of The Original Fortified Walls
This is the other side of the grand property that was shown in the previous photo.
St Emilion, The Winding Streets
St Emilion, The Winding Streets
One of the winding streets that lead from the square & streets of the lower village to the upper village. both areas of the village have wonderful place to eat & drink.
St Emilion, Hidden Squares & Courts
St Emilion, Hidden Squares & Courts
One of the hidden squares of the lower village, there are quite a few little hidden courts & corners to discover in both upper & lower parts of the village.
St Emilion, Gateways
St Emilion, Gateways
One of the interesting gateways in & around, & between the upper & lower parts of the village
Cadillac
Cadillac
Yet another of the pretty Bastide villages with some of its walls & entry tower gateways in tact, The world famous American car the Cadillac got it's name from the town, each year theres a large classic car show held in the town. Approximately 43 miles away
Typical Landscape Of Both Lot & Garonne, & The Neighbouring  Dordogne
Typical Landscape Of Both Lot & Garonne, & The Neighbouring Dordogne
Note the beautiful rolling hills dotted with Walnut Trees
Typical Farmhouses
Typical Farmhouses
Such small fermettes are to be found all over The Lot & Garonne, & The Dordogne, many with their aincent Pidgeon towers & barns still in good order
Roman Bridge
Roman Bridge
We don't know the date of this Roman Bridge, but would suspect it is 2nd or 3rd centuary AD, the Kennel is still clearly visable, as is one of the wear ruts that has been repaired at some later date, it is amazing to think how many generations of people have used this bridge since it first crossed the river Dropt.
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