The world famous Lascaux Caves are found near Montignac in the Vézere Valley, 20 miles north of Sarlat to the east of Lalinde. The paintings in Lascaux caves date from the period around 19,000 years ago.

In a well known story, the Lascaux caves were discovered in 1940 by a group of teenagers who were searching for their dog. After the end of the second world war the caves were opened to the public, to great acclaim, but then were closed in 1963 because the paintings were being damaged by the breath of thousands of visitors.

The cave paintings at Lascaux are mostly pictures of large animals. Perhaps most interesting of all, they include the 'auroch', an early relative of the ox that is now extinct. It is believed that the Auroch was a sacred beast in prehistoric times.

In addition to the world renowned Lascaux caves, the Vézere Valley contains numerous other traces of prehistoric and early settlement - according to UNESCO - who have the valley listed as a UNESCO French world Heritage site - there are 147 prehistoric sites and 25 painted caves in the valley.

The main prehistoric highlights of the Vézere Valley - often called the cradle of mankind - are found along the lower reaches of the river, between Montignac , Le Bugue and Les Eyzies de Tayac (usually called simply Les Eyzies). Les Eyzies is home to two interesting museums: the Musee National de Prehistoire and the Musée de l'Abri Pataud, which between them offer a good taste of the paraphernalia that has emerged from the surrounding countryside.

There are an abundance of vineyards within the locality offering everything from wine tasting to full 'appreciation' days and tours. We especially recommend Chateau Belingard, approx 30 minutes’ drive from Domaine de Leygue, owned by Lauren & Sylvie Bosredon, two very lovely people who both speak excellent English.
For those more interested in Biodynamic wines produced using extremely eco-friendly methods, we can recommend Chateau Haut Garrigue, approx 35 minutes’ drive, owned by Sean & Caroline Feely who offer a good selection of tours, lunches and wine tasting.

There's also the Bergerac Maison des Vins, a museum where visitors can learn all about the regions 13 Appellations and the history of wine in the Dordogne, plus attend wine tasting events held in both French and English.

In each cottage you will find an updated list of local restaurants which we can personally recommend or have been recommended by previous guests. We welcome any further suggestions from our guests.

There are several organised canoeing experiences allowing you to canoe down the Dordogne for a few hours before being collected and taken back to your starting point.

There are nine golf courses in the department within easy reach:

    Golf Chateau Les Merles
    Golf De La Croix De Mortemart
    Chateau Des Vigiers
    Golf De Lolivarie
    Golf Du Domaine De Rochebois
    Blue Green De Castelnaud
    Golf De La Forge
    Golf De La Marterie
    Golf Public De Perigueux

Where we are

Domaine de Leygue

24150 Bourniquel

If you would like more detail or to reserve your cottage, please contact:

Lisanne or Den on

+33 (0)5 53 22 63 13

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