Discover the Area

Beautiful villages, Chateaux, the River Dronne, beaches, markets, cafes, the medieval city of Perigueux, and so much more…

When you stay at Le Pommier Gites, apart from relaxing and enjoying yourselves, you may want to discover some of the things our area has to offer.

We’re on the outskirts of Riberac so a short drive takes you to the supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and shops, and a great market on Fridays. Riberac is on the river Dronne, so you can also hire Kayaks.

Our nearest city is Perigueux, with a medieval centre, and a stunning cathedral.

Bourdeilles has a chateau, and is on the way to Brantome, which has an abbey. Both are on the river, and are very picturesque.

There are beaches for swimming at Etang de Jemaye, St Aulaye, Aubeterre, and Lisle, which are great for the children.

Kayaking is available from several sites.

Suggestions for days out include Bergerac, Saint Emilion Bordeaux, Angouleme, and Sarlat.

Linda and Alex James


Riberac is only a 5 – 10 minute drive from us, or you could cycle or walk (about 40 minutes with great views).

It is best known for the large and lively market held every Friday morning. On Tuesday evenings in the summer there’s live music in the square. Wander the town to discover some splendid buildings, small shops, restaurants, and a swimming pool.


Known as the Venice of the Perigord, Brantome has a stunning riverside setting dominated by the beautiful abbey.

There are shops and restaurants, and a great ice-cream place in the caves just along from the abbey. You can do a boat trip, or pick up canoes here, and we like to picnic on the riverbank. 

Grand Etang de La Jemaye

Grand Etang de la Jemaye, and the beaches on the River Dronne are favourites with the children in the summer.

The lake, a normally peaceful location comes alive with a beach, swimming (with life guards on site), playground, beach bar and picnic areas. Go early in your holiday as the kids will probably beg you to take them again! Outside the school holidays it’s a great place for walking. 


A pretty riverside village with more than one chateau. It’s also on the way to Brantome.

At the top of the village there are views back along the river towards the chateau.

Chateau de Bourdeilles – built on a rocky outcropt, this chateau combines a 13th century medieval fortress with tower, and a renaissance building housing a rich collection of furniture.


Discover the area - Perigueux


Perigueux is the capital of the Perigord, a city with a stunning cathedral and a medieval heart. Get lost (we still do!) in the maze of medieval streets opening out into squares filled with restaurant tables, and don’t even try to resist the chocolate shops! There are lots of events – the Mime festival at the end of July, Nuits Gourmands in August, and Vintage Days in September. 


Another Plus Beaux Village de France, Saint-Jean-de-Cole is a bit further past Brantome.

It’s an exceptionally pretty village with a privately owned chateau and 12th century Romanesque church facing onto a square.

Walk towards the river, past flowery streets, until you reached the setting of a cobbled medieval bridge. It’s absolutely charming!

Saint Emilion

Saint-Émilion, is a jewel in the heart of the Bordeaux wine country. Prepare to be captivated by the timeless charm and vineyard-covered landscapes that define this UNESCO World Heritage site. Saint-Émilion boasts a unique blend of medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and world-class wineries. Wander through the winding lanes of the village, where artisan shops and quaint cafes invite you to linger and soak in the ambiance. The iconic Monolithic Church and its underground catacombs offer a glimpse into the town’s fascinating history. Indulge your palate with the exquisite wines of the region, as you explore renowned châteaux and wine cellars. For panoramic views, climb the bell tower for a breathtaking vista of the vineyard-draped landscape.


Bergerac is a charming town, an hour south of us, nestled in the heart of the Dordogne region, where history, culture, and natural beauty converge to create an unforgettable experience for every traveler. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the Old Town, where medieval architecture and cobblestone streets transport you back in time. The renowned Maison des Vins invites you to savor the world-class wines of the region, and the bustling market on Place Gambetta provides a sensory feast of local produce and delicacies. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque banks of the Dordogne River or embark on a boat tour to witness the town’s beauty from a different perspective.