La Maison-aux-Puits is situated in a small hamlet called Chez Bouchard, close to Cumond and St-Antoine-Cumond. There are so many lovely places worth visiting during your stay – and we have many local maps and tourism brochures for you to borrow to help you decide where to visit and where to eat!
St-Antoine-Cumond is just over a mile away on the road to Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. The village has a range of amenities, including a boulangerie, a post office, a bottle bank, recycling bins, a village hall, an excellent-value restaurant and a bar with a pool table and a TV. There are also many local activities organised throughout the year, such as weekly gym sessions and cycling excursions, and twice-weekly rambles - and over the last couple of years, the new mayor and his team have done much to improve the look of this lovely village.
Just along the road from Chez Bouchard in the opposite direction are the château and houses of Cumond. It's also where the mayor of St-Antoine-Cumond lives! Cumond has a wonderful old church and graveyard and there are often activities and events organised in the grounds of the château, including communal meals and a "son et lumière" in August.
St-Privat-des-Prés is a very small village about a mile away. It has a tiny bar, a post office, a public telephone and a well-stocked shop selling freshly made bread and croissants. The historic church is worth a visit, as is the village museum and old communal washing facilities. Many activities take place in and around the village and it's worth looking out for posters in the shop publicising local fêtes, theatre "en plein air", the annual art competition...
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is about 3 miles away. Listed as one of France's "most beautiful villages", Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is a local treasure to explore over several days. There is a weekly Sunday-morning market and several restaurants, small shops, potteries and galleries. During the summer months, musical evenings are held in the church and the town square.
We thoroughly recommend that you take the time to walk around Aubeterre. Absorb the sense of history as you follow narrow, winding passages from the château at the top of the village, down to the river below. Along the way, stop at Aubeterre's ancient, monolithic church, which was hewn out of the rock on which the village stands. Other historic buildings worth a visit are the fabulous church of St-Jacques and the medieval hôpital.
Situated just the other side of the river is a sandy river-beach, which is safe for swimming and canoeing. Close by is the Aubeterre campsite which organises events and activities for tourists and locals during the summer months. Many of the campsite's facilities are also open to the public, which include a football pitch, a volley ball court, a children's play area and a restaurant and bar.
Ribérac is the main market town in the region and is approximately 8 miles east of La Maison aux Puits. It has a fantastic Friday-morning market, which is the largest in the Dordogne, and during the summer, there are occasional evening markets. During July there is also a musical festival.
Ribérac has two large supermarkets, many small shops and bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes. There are also churches, sport facilities, internet cafés, a cinema, a theatre, an arts centre and a Tourist Information Office for the Dordogne region. You may well end up visiting Ribérac several times during your stay!
Situated on the River Dronne and close to St-Aulaye, Bonnes is a beautiful village with shops and a restaurant. The village is ideal for early evening walks, where you can stroll past picturesque houses, the old church, a watermill and then along the river just as the sun is starting to set...
"The house is wonderful - you've done a fantastic job. We've had a lovely time. The villages and the towns are beautiful, and the restaurant in the château in Chalais is excellent..."
"Couldn't get the kids out of the pool long enough to go very far!"