During our holidays, we usually choose to stay at different places. We like to discover new locations and love to change whether it’s back to basic or luxury. This was also the case during our road trip through Spain last month. A trip of less than three weeks, where we would stay at six different accommodations. With the idea to explore the surrounding area from there.
We booked a variety of city hotels, paradors, boutique hotels, chambre d’hôtes and even an agriturismo. And yes now I hear you think: ‘that’s the same as a chambre d’hôtes and you weren’t in Italy, right?’ True, but the owner of this last place is an Italian and you could definitely see and feel that in his accommodation. It reminded us at least a lot to our stay in Italy last year.
I’m talking about Domaine Maison Dodo in the Périgord in the Southern part of France. A beautiful region, which is also known for it’s Foie Gras, truffle and Monbazillac wine. And because we had ‘not’ bought enough wines in Spain, we also had to buy some boxes form here to our collection. So in the end we were very happy to find this beautiful place in France where we would stay for the last few days of our holiday.
Upon arrival we got immediately happy when we saw the place. A large lawn, trees, chickens, a swimming pool and in the background a beautifully renovated farm with adjoining barns and outbuildings. You can definitely see that they work with care and love to their property.
After a friendly welcome from the host himself, he guided us to the accommodation where we would stay for the next few days. A beautiful gîte, with private terrace which offers views over the meadows and the rising and setting sun. Such a nice place. Like we were the owner of our own summerhouse in France for a few days.
At Domaine Maison Dodo you have the option to book a double room in the guest house or one of the two gîtes on the property outside. We stayed in the large gîtes. In addition, the residence also offers a space adjacent to the house, which guests can use 24/7. A key is handed over in advance.
For an extra fee you can get here breakfast in the morning and in the evening an extensive 3-course dinner, Italian style. I already told you that the owner is an Italian, but you may also know that he’s a cook as well, so table d’hôtes is absolutely recommended.
When you stay in this area, you can easily visit the surrounding villages. Bergerac is just a 15-minute drive from the residence and Monbazillac is less than 10 minutes away. Striking in this region are the many markets in the small villages. Something I really love. The atmosphere, the cosiness with all those stalls throughout the village and in all the little streets. From food, to flowers and wicker baskets to linen dresses. Very organic, French and also an ultimate holiday feeling. Of course it makes it a bit touristy, but that doesn’t bother at all. This is just something that you like to see and experience when you’re in France.
As I wrote earlier, this area is known for its wines from the Monbazillac. We always read a little in advance, regarding the wine houses in a certain area and usually plan our own wine route. But you can also participate in an organized tour which is accompanied by a guide. You can find more about these tastings and tours here. But when you go on your own, just as we like to do, don’t hesitate at all when you enter the frontyard of a winery. The doors are always open for visitors and a tasting is mostly always possible.
The days past by and because we were so pleased with this place and completely relaxed, we had even decided to book an extra night. That says enough. Domaine Maison Dodo is definitely recommended when you are traveling around in this area and are looking for accommodation for one or more nights.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. The time had come to cross the canal back to the UK. Not only with a car full of wine but also wonderful memories and a long list with recommendations, which you can read back on the Urban Notulist. For more information about Domaine Maison Dodo and bookings, please click here.