Fantastic stay in Stephan's home which is managed by his adorable parents. Jean-Pierre the Dad was cleaning the pool everyday early in the morning to make sure we had a crystal-clear water when we would get up. Lucette the Mom let us use her drying cloth line, although we also had a dryer, which allowed us to have fresh and dry towels and clothes at all time. The house is very well equipped with comfortable beds and room for everybody. The sunroom is spectacular and we had our meals there every day. The weather was unusually cool and rainy, but we still managed to visit everything we want to. Each bedroom is equipped with individual air conditioners which we did not use, but we assume that it must keep the rooms comfortable at night during hot days. Stephan's parents offered us to prepare a Perigord dinner, and it was delicious: the best duck breast, gizzard salad, foie gras, cheese and apple pies we ever had, with local wines. They introduced us to the local “La Trappe” walnut cheese.
We highly recommend the Friday morning market in Riberac (spectacular selection of farmer’s produce). Go to Echourgnac abbey to buy the walnut cheese “La Trappe” made on site by the resident nuns. We can only visit the church (beautiful crisp white building with contemporary blue stained-glass windows), but the place is very serene and only few kms from the home.
We also did the canoes at Riberac Camping: super friendly staff/owners. We also had a GREAT visit at “La ferme du Parcot” few kms away. The guide (missed her name) was funny and passionate. We did not have time to do the 2.5km nature trail.
Take time to visit the Office du Tourisme at Riberac. Again, super friendly staff who gave us spot-on recommendations based on our group age/abilities/interests.
We only visited the streets and gardens of Chateau de Bourdeille (in renovation) and stopped at Brantome for an afternoon snack (very picturesque).
We also recommend Chateau de Bridoire (45 min away near Bergerac – a lot of fun activities for everyone). We also visited Gouffre de Proumeyssac, 1h15min away. Padirac is a good 2hrs drive and we could not get tickets, so we did Grotte de Maxange (small but spectacular), Chateau and troglodyte site of Commarque, and Sarlat (Excellent and affordable meal at Restaurant Le Tourny, with friendly staff and generous $16 meal).
Stephan had told me that hospitality was a tradition in Perigord, but you really have to experience it to realize how true it is. A wonderful stay despite a cool and wet weather spell, full of amazing food and natural and made-made wonders.