This information is primarily for guests staying at one of the Les Paroules properties.
Interaction with Guests
We are often at Esparoutis in the spring and autumn and when we are there we will welcome and orient guests, and be available for advice at any time. We have made some lovely friends through past guests, but respect your privacy unless invited.
The tranquil hamlet of Esparoutis, of which Les Paroules is a part, consists of a handful of beautifully restored old stone residences in the Céou valley, one of the least spoiled valleys in the Dordogne area.
The larger region offers superb tourist and ‘mild’ adventure experiences, with caves, chateaux, canoeing, cycling, walking, climbing, all within spectacular scenery. The region is noted for its local food and markets, and fine dining.The area is of outstanding beauty, with gorgeous stone villages, including a disproportionate share of “Les Plus Belles Villages de France” (most beautiful villages of France): the Dordogne has 10% of the chateaux in France including spectacular examples within a five-minute drive at Castelnaud, Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Les Milandes.The area is excellent for cycling with many quiet back roads, and a mixture of relatively flat valleys and more challenging hills onto the plateau.
The hamlet is located away from the main road, surrounded by orchards of walnut trees and just a short walk or cycle ride (700m) to the village of Saint Cybranet. Here is a Bio supermarket supplying fresh bread and other organic foods. Also within an easy cycle (2.5km) along a flat back-lane through meadows with little traffic, is Castelnaud-la-Chapelle (Castlenaud), providing your day-to-day necessities (an outstanding bakery/patisserie, butcher, small supermarket and news agency, post office, ATM, hairdresser, cafe and restaurants).
But you will need a car to get the best out of the area. From Esparoutis you can travel in all directions – north, south, east, west – to explore some of the region’s most captivating sights and sites of interest, each with their own unique treats and delights.The historic town of Sarlat is 15km away.
Train: Nearest station is Souillac, 30 mins or Gourdon (30 minutes) (direct train from Paris or Toulouse), or St Cyprien (20 mins) or Sarlat (15 mins) (train from Bordeaux).
Airports: Brive Dordogne Valley Airport, Cressensac (45 mins); Bergerac (1h); Bordeaux (2h30); Toulouse (2h00), all approximate times.
We are in a small, peaceful hamlet of 6 properties. The neighbours are friendly, although they keep to themselves. We ask that guests respect our neighbours by limiting noise, particularly at lunchtime, in the afternoon when people may be taking a siesta, and later in the evening.