‘La Maison de la Tour’ is situated in the heart of our village – La Sauvetat Du Dropt on the border of the Lot-et–Garonne and the Dordogne. Our village is located on the Dropt River and has a medieval, Romanesque bridge with 23 arches. There is an ancient pigeonnier, numerous wooden framed houses, a church from the 12th century and of course our own house and tower.The village was founded in the 6th century by a prior. In medieval times it would have been surrounded by a fortified wall.
There is an official, planned circuit of the village where you can discover more about its history and heritage. The circuit leads you point by point using QR codes that are affixed to numbered signs. It is also available on a printed flyer. The walk takes about an hour and covers 1.2 kms with 12 points to visit.
Nowadays the village of about 550 inhabitants has a Post Office, small grocery store, boulangerie and a bar/tabac/café. A pizza van visits on a Wednesday evening and throughout July and August there is a Soirée Gourmande held every Friday evening where you can buy your meal and drink from a variety of different stalls. You are able to listen and dance the night away to live music under the colourful strings of lights.
For more information on the village visit the
website - www.la-sauvetat-du-dropt.fr
There are many bastide and medieval villages to visit in this area of France. We are only a 5 minute drive away from Eymet with its lively square surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars. Duras is 15 minutes away and the chateau is well worth a visit. Slightly further afield are Monpazier, Villereal, Monflanquin and the beautiful Dordogne villages of Roque de Gageac, Domme and Sarlat and also the famous Lascaux caves.
There are numerous vineyards in the area - producers of Duras, Bergerac, Monbazillac and of course Bordeaux wines. The area is also renowned for its food including foie gras, confits, truffles and walnuts. There are many chateaux to visit and activities you can experience include canoeing, cycling, walking and ballooning.
There are many traditional food markets - visit Eymet’s on a Thursday morning and one of the best and largest is on a Sunday morning in Issigeac. Don’t forget the night markets and gourmet evenings usually held during the summer months of July and August.
The coast is only a two hour drive away and the largest sand dune in Europe, The Dune du Pilat is situated in the Arachon Bay area, 60 kms from Bordeaux. There are breath taking views from the top over the sea and all the pine trees.
We make a fantastic base for a short break or longer holiday. If you have a car, all the main attractions are within a few hours’ drive. Please do not hesitate to ask us for advice and there is a folder in the guests’ lounge which contains more detailed information.