‘Refuge de Perreau’ is a very suitable hub to explore and discover the western part of the Dordogne, a region of excellent wine making, old villages with small romanesque churches, crumbly towns of which the ancient buildings speak of the quiet and richness of the surrounding vineyards.
It is the region of Michel the Montaigne, the French humanist, reknown for his ‘Essays’. The village of Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne, where the ‘refuge’ is situated, is home of a feudal castle, of which ‘his’ tower still exists today: a unique place of quietness, inviting for thought and insight in the life and work of this remarkable philosopher, where he himself withdrew from public life in nearby Bordeaux, to dedicate himself to thinking and writing.
The ‘refuge’ is close to the castle of Michel de Montaigne, but isolated enough – somewhat lost between vineyards and forests – to permit some mindfulness. The accommodation itself is comfortable and full of character, with three fire places and a baking oven (which we used for pizza making ☺), two fully equipped kitchens, and plenty of rooms for adults and children.
And of course there’s the swimming pool, as big as it shows on the pictures, and – not to forget – the hospitality of the local wine making community, that invited us to its annual festivity and wine tasting.
Not cheap when you’re a small group, but very suitable for families with children. ‘Refuge de Perreau’ is not accessible to disabled people, or to people who don’t have a car at their disposal. But for all the others it is highly recommendable, especially when you’re not afraid of various bugs, that tend to share your dwelling in such a rural environment.
– Valerie Marescau, Jo Michiels, Eddy Van de Walle and Marino Van Moortel, Belgium, 2nd August 2017