I have looked at several guide books and countless websites, but am still confused.
Proposed trip dates mid-to late May 2013 – is this when most plants/trees will be in bloom?
Time in Dordogne – 8-10 days
Coming from the US it seems best to fly into Bordeaux (connecting at Orly) – At least I cannot find flights coming into the smaller airports this far in advance. Not an issue as day or so in Bordeaux might be fine.
Need IN town/village hotel or rental WITH outdoor space (garden, terrace, balcony). Price is not much of an issue (I am admittedly picky – and hence need to pay accordingly).
We are two adults 50/60. No mobility problems, but not
marathoners or rock climbers either. Must be in walking distance (1/2 mile or so) of several restaurants/cafes. They only need to be homey and authentic – not Michelin quality (although I would not object if they are!). Just looking for lovely scenery, good food and relaxation. Caves not a priority.
Places I have LOVED: Villa Lafabrègue just outside of the town center of Prades - (not a “beautiful village, but has appropriate services). La Maison des Consuls in Mirepoix, Hotel Tardiff in Bayeux. Other towns I enjoyed were Dinan, Fougeres, Honfleur. Could do without Carcassonne/Mt. Saint Michelle type places.
One place I have been focused on is Manoir de la Malartrie. Is it really walking distance to La Roque or anything you might want to walk to? Beynec has some nice rentals, but is it big enough to have a few cafes/restaurants? Everyone seems to agree that Sarlat is a good base, but I have not found accommodation that meets my walking distance AND outdoor requirement.
Any and all suggestions welcome.