Bourdeilles, Dordogne: visitors guide
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The picturesque village of Bourdeilles sits peacefully on the Dronne River in the northern part of the Dordogne department near Brantome. Although it is small the village has several highlights and a visit is recommended.
Chateau de Bourdeilles
The Chateau de Bourdeilles dominates the village and is the center of a visit. In fact the 'chateau de Bourdeilles' consists of two distinct castles - an older castle, and then a larger more recent renaissance castle.
The older fortress section, dating from the 13th century, is the part containing the the impressive octagonal keep that dominates the skyline of the town, while the adjoining newer 16th century chateau is an altogether more refined building, with rich furnishings throughout.
The chateau gardens are very traditional French style - plenty of small meticulously shaped shrubs - and give a lovely backdrop to the chateau.
Other Bourdeilles attractions
There is an open square in front of the castle where you can find a couple of cafes and the Bourdeilles tourist office. From here there is also a pretty street running up from the castle entrance to the church, again with carefully maintained gardens lining the path.
Go around the back of the church for a far-reaching viewpoint across the roofs of Bourdeilles and the surrounding countryside, then follow the path down to the river at the bottom of the village.
You can stroll a little way along the banks of the river Dronne in a pleasant setting lined with gardens and trees. The river is also crossed by an ancient stone bridge which overlooks a mill and there is an ancient village washhouse.
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Address: Bourdeilles, Brantôme, Périgueux, Aquitaine, 24310, France || GPS: latitude 45.3225, longitude 0.586667
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Abbaye Saint Pierre (Brantome): religious monument (7 km)
- Ancien Prieuré de Merlande (La Chapelle-Gonaguet): religious monument (14 km)
- Abbaye Notre Dame (Chancelade): religious monument (14 km)
- Chateau de Puyguilhem: national monument (17 km)
- Abbaye Cistercienne de Boschaud (Villars): religious monument (17 km)
- Perigueux: town of art and history (18 km)
- Eglise Saint Etienne de la Cité (Perigueux): religious monument (19 km)
- Perigueux cathédrale Saint Front (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (19 km)
- Eglise Notre Dame de Faye (Faye): religious monument (21 km)
- Saint-Jean-de-Cole: most beautiful village (23 km)
- Nontron: recommended detour (24 km)
- Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Thiviers): religious monument (28 km)
The French version of this page is at Bourdeilles (Francais)