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Accommodation for Truffle Hunters in the Dordogne!

During our weekend away in the Dordogne we experienced a couple of rather lovely places.  The first was Chateau de Lacan in Brive-la-Gaillarde, which although was billed as a 3* hotel, felt more. The hotel is set on the edge of the City, in a traditional stone built (small) Chateau, comprising 15 bedrooms. The bedrooms, bathrooms, dining room and sitting room are all modern in decor and spacious. We had a four course ‘Truffle extravaganza’ comprising the Black Diamond Truffle which was infinitely worthy of more than three stars (for example Sea scallops cappuccino with black truffle and Limousin beel fillet with black truffle spelt risotto and roasted wild turbot, with black truffle mashed potatoes).

Definitely worth a visit in this region is the Denoix Distillery.  Owned by Sylvie Denoix Vieillefosse and her family since 1839, this is great way to see how aperitifs and liqueurs based on walnuts, are macerated and distilled. Their speciality is L’eau de Noix Supreme Denoix – a mixture of chocolate and walnuts with an earthy characteristic – very difficult to explain, but delicious.

A must to see is Rocamadour, a mediaeval village, a short drive from Padirac. The village comprises one street with many shops and restaurants,  It’s cobbled and rather like going back in time, particularly lovely at this time of year without the ‘maddening crowds’.   Historically and today, this village is a magnet for pilgrims wishing to visit the Black Virgin and St Amadour at the church set at the top of the mountain, since the 12th century.

Later we visited Le Manoir de Malagorse in Cuzance, only a short distance from Brive Airport. This is a beautiful set of old buildings lovingly restored to accommodate couples or families. It is a testament to Anna (English) and Abel (her French husband) that they are already fully booked over the summer holidays – however accommodation is available from now to the begining of July. Rooms have been beautifully decorated with warmth and great taste. Abel who is a wonderful cook (previously having owned his own restaurant in Courchevel for 15 years)might be convinced to cook you dinner. We were lucky enough to be treated to a superb evening of (another) ‘Truffle Extravaganza’ plus superb company in their restored Manoir.  We would highly recommend this as an extremely good place to either come for holiday and have a completely relaxed time, or use it as a base for day exploration around the area.

Lucy and Margaret flew to the Dordogne by kind courtesy of City Jet (www.cityjet.com) and were guests of Chateau de Lacan (www.chateaulacan.com),  Denoix Distillery (www.denoix.com) and le Manoir de Malagorse (www.manoir-de-malagorse.fr)

Images and copyright: Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine

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