Eyrignac Manor Garden

Not far from Sarlat are the gardens of Eyrignac Manor, where the French writer Gauthier de Costes de la Calprenede lived in the 17th Century. It is one of France’s most beautiful gardens and contains over 300 topiary sculptures and 50,000 yew, hornbeam, box and ivy plants and is well worth a visit.

Paul with our friends Hayley and Paul sitting in the shade of the Chinese Pagoda.


Manor d’Artaban.

It was Antoine de Costes de la Calprenede (1605-1689) councillor at the Presidential Court of Sarlat and appointed first Consul and defender of the town during the battles against royal power, who built the residence on the ruins of a former castle.

The Chapel and Dovecote.


Formally a smoke house for walnuts and grain.


The Washing Place.

Fed by one of the seven springs that flow through Eyrignac. It was built to accommodate six washing women. Who completed the laundry with the help from the neighbours twice a year!

The Florists Garden.

Flowers are cultivated for decoration in the Manor house.

Kitchen Garden with an unusual hedge of apple trees.


Our favourite the White Garden with its gorgeous frog fountains.


Superb private garden for the Manor House.


Event;- 29th July : not to be missed this Sunday, Daglan Gourmand.


Scoop of the year

Winners of the Daglan Flower Competition 2017

Our intrepid roving reporters Sherry and Angus were there at the scene to record the event of the year. The prize giving ceremony for the winning entrants of the Daglan Flower Competition.

Our innovative Maire has changed the format of the annual competition to incorporate more categories than in previous years and instead of prizes of money vouchers and wine we now have delicious local wines and food hampers for category winners and champagne and wine awards for runners up. Also in previous years the prizes where handed out discreetly to the winners, but this year all of the winners and runners up were invited to a get together at the Marie’s Salle du Conseil for the presentations.

The meeting began with a picture show of the winning gardens and balconies showing the jury in their deliberations. Then our Maire, Mr Dussol gave a speech and afterwards he handed over to Mr Cabianca.

Here you see Mr Dussol (right) and Mr Cabianca ready to give out the prizes.






Here is a list of the winners and runners up in the various categories.

Maison Fleurie:-
1st Mr. et Mme Kroondge
2nd Mr Deslandes J. Pierre
3rd Mr Vernet J. Francois

Balcony Fleurie:-
1st Mr Van De Velde. Cornelus
2nd Mr. Salamitte Pierre

Jardin Fleuri:-
Mr. et Mme Herbault-Gruber.

Commerce Fleuri:-
1st Charlotte et Robin, Le Cafe De La Fleur
2nd Corinne et Thierry, Boulangerie Guichard

Prix Special du Jury
Mr. et Mme Sherry and Angus Cambell

Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations for the winners and runners up. I would like to add a special thanks to the Maire and Mairie for their superb work and to our brilliant reporters Sherry and Angus.


Château de Hautefort – 2

This is the second part of a two part blog on Château de Hautefort, the first part can be found here

The Gardens

The tower on the left was where the famous author Gabriel Victor Eugene Le Roy was born in 1836, he is famous for writing “Jacquou Le Croquant” in 1899, which describes the poverty that Perigord peasants lived in so that the wealthy could afford life’s little luxury’s. A ‘croquant’ is a South West word for a 17th century peasant rebel; the name relates to the grinding of angry teeth.

rear of the Chateau The rear of the Château with its magnificent gardens and the oncoming storm on the top left of the picture.

The Minister of Culture and Communication awarded the gardens the title of “Remarkable Gardens” in 2004. This is a French style garden which was influenced by many trips to Italy. There is also an English park at the front of the Château which was designed by Choulot in the 19th century.

the gardens View of the gardens taken from one of the Château’s bedroom windows

Perfumed flowersPerfumed flowers in the borders

Beautiful curling hedgesBeautiful curling hedges

The Château de Hautefort, gardens and park are open from April to September 10 until 12 and 2 until 6 and from November to February, Sunday only 2 until 5.

Château de Hautefort

Château de Hautefort – 1

Since the Château de Hautefort is such a wonderful place to visit, the blog has been split into two to fit even more gorgeousness in!


A couple of hours drive North of Daglan is the Château de Hautefort, you pass through Sarlat and Montignac and drive up towards the Lascaux caves to the area known as White Perigord. It gets it’s name from its bleached limestone plateaux, which are always worth a visit or two.

In the 12th century a fortress was built on this spot by Baron de Born, a war-loving troubadour.

DrawbridgeThe drawbridge which was built in 1588

In 1640 it was rebuilt by a famous miser, Jacques-Francois de Hautefort, when he fell ill his doctor prescribed English pills, which brought about his death – they cost so much that he could not bear to swallow them.

Dinning RoomDinning Room

In 1929 the Château passed to the Baron and Baroness de Bastard who undertook the complete restoration of Hautefort and its gardens. After the Baron died, his wife continued and finally finished in 1968. In the autumn of the same year Hautefort went up in flames that could be seen across the Perigord. After the shock of losing thirty eight years of work over night, the Baroness amazed everyone by starting all over again.

Ladies BedroomLadies Bedroom, just a little OTT

Master BedroomMaster Bedroom

chaise longueWow, I so want the above for my bedroom, it would be great to relax upon after a hard days renovation work.

Restoration work is still being carried out today, when we arrived there was scaffolding on half of the exterior of the Château, also the chapel and the courtyard were being restored. It was fascinating seeing the masons at work on large stone pieces, it’s well worth a visit just for that alone.

Château de Hautefort