Nandolle is typical of the buildings which are to be found in the Perigord Blanc area of the Northern Dordogne, so named because of the chalky limestone formations found in the fields. The general effect is similar to the Cotswolds in the UK, except that the Northern Dordogne area reflects more light, producing startling contrasts within the greenery of the rolling countryside.
The nearest village is Nanteuil Auriac de Bourzac. The nearest town for shopping is Verteillac which is approximately 4 miles from Nandolle and at 12 miles distant is the town of Riberac which contains many banks, shops and two large supermarkets. There are, however many inexpensive and gastronomic restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
The general area surrounding the house is quiet and rural. It is ideal for those seeking peace and quiet and somewhere to relax and unwind. The coast is a comfortable 2 hours drive from the house. There is an 18 hole mini-golf course, also fishing, rowing boats and guided walks all within 10 minutes drive. Canoeing, horse riding, tennis, 18 hole and 9 hole golf also available all within 40 minutes drive of the property.
The town of Brantome is well worth a visit as it is an architectural gem with many fine old buildings. Additionally the river almost completely encircles it which adds to its charm. You can partly walk around the river. There are many shops and cafes to enjoy, and it does make a very nice day out.
Aubeterre is an appealing town which, in fact, is just over the border into the Charente but it has several good attractions. You can sit out in the town centre and enjoy café style drinks under leafy trees, and the square is now traffic free which adds to the charm.
Additionally there is an underground church which is well worth a visit. The town has also created a proper seaside style beach on the banks of the river and have imported a lot of sand so that you can sit out on a beach. Canoes can also be hired here. There is also a river beach at La Jemaye approximately half an hour drive away. Further afield – it is a longer journey but the capital of the Dordogne Perigeux has an utterly captivating central area and all of which is around 500 years old. Again well worth a day trip visit.
Riberac is a typical Dordogne town with a charming town centre where there are several shops, banks and cafes. On Fridays there is a very large market which is worth a visit. There are stalls selling all manner of clothing, shoes, jewellery, plants, clothing accessories and a lot of different local foods. Some of the stall holders are literally local farmers/growers who bring their own very fresh produce into the market and offer very reasonable prices.
The whole market scene is bustling and enjoyable.
Bergerac is well worth a visit and if, in fact, you arrive by air you would probably arrive at Bergerac airport which is just south of the town on the other side of the river. There is a very active civic society in Bergerac and a very large part of the town has been sensitively restored back to the middle ages when it was first built. The restored area is between the church and the river and is extensive.
The Dordogne is home to lively markets and fine cuisine. Famous for some of the most acclaimed foods in France, the Dordogne Valley is a food lover's dream! From the vineyards of Bergerac and cheese stalls of Bretenoux to the truffle farms of Martel and the saffron festival of Carjac, don't miss your opportunity to indulge.
Most of the Dordogne Valley's village squares are transformed into a market place at least once a week, welcoming local farmers to set up shop with their fresh produce. Festivals and one-off markets are also organized all year round to celebrate a particular local speciality so check these out on Google and other search engines so you don't miss anything.