A change of scenery
From the Rhonie, there are countless opportunities for hiking, horseback or mountain bike riding available for you to discover breathtaking landscapes and a richly preserved heritage.
We have compiled eight circuits which leave from the Domain :
4 circuits to discover the Domaine de la Rhonie
I offer four circuits to discover the Domaine de la Rhonie.
A change of pace, a new relationship with time just to take the time to do all that I never have time to do . The circuit maps are available at the reception of the Domaine de la Rhonie.
Natural awakening Circuit: Circuit 1 km
About 1 km with little height difference is an ideal loop for a little morning jog.
Circuit “trail” 2.5 km circuit
This trail created by BTS students (management and nature protection) of the Agricultural High School of Périgueux, enables you with its accompanying booklet, to help you discover the fauna, flora and the heritage of the Rhonie. This 1 hour walk, allows you to take a breath of fresh air when you arrive by following the marked path.
Circuit of dry Stone huts: 3.5 km circuit
The Domaine de la Rhonie features a considerable number of dry stone huts for such a small area. 11 in number, they merit our full attention. The passage of time makes them fragile and requires more or less urgent restoration. We have created a restoration association, to raise money to help fund repairs. So we propose this circuit so that you can see them and discover their history.
Troglodytique Fort circuit of the Rhonie: 1.6 km circuit
Originally the name of our Domaine, the Fort de la Rhonie is the property of Coustaty Family. For a long time it welcomed visitors accompanied my grandfather Valentin. Just as Mr. Gilbert Pémendrant (owner of the cave of Bernifal) he demonstrated the many rock paintings inscribed on the walls. The restoration of its access in the winter of 2013-2014 enabled his great grand son Vivien to show off this gem of the Human Valley. The Troglodytique Fort is a listed private monument.
4 circuits for discovering nature and surrounding heritage
Circuit n° 1: discovery of the valley of humanity between 4km and 10 km (approximate time on foot, by bike?)
You walk regularly and you appreciate the richness and variety of the Perigord’s heritage? This discovery hike is for you! Off the beaten track! Circuit between 4 and 10 km, and / or with 100 meters of altitude change.
Departure of the Rhonie domain and descent to the valley of Beunes classified Natura 2000. Follow in the direction of Les Eyzies crossing charming forests, oak and chestnut trees which hide many caves and shelters that characterize the Valley of Man that you can explore.
After 45 minutes of botanical scenery, guided by the flow of the brook on the stones and punctuated by bird song, you reach the entrance of the grotto of Bernifal, a sanctuary of rock paintings in the Vézère Valley in the Périgord. For a special mention, I would like to introduce this man: Gilbert Pémendrant owner of this cave who reminds me my grandfather Valentin who also visited Troglodytique Fort of the Rhonie. He is 80 years old and is also still a farmer. Bernifal grotto was discovered in 1902 on the property of his parents. A very colourful character, this solitary character knows, protects and explains 130 Magdalenian figures either engraved or painted on the walls of the Bernifal grotto.
I therefore propose an unprecedented tour with this country dweller, the ultimate witness to a time when conservation of prehistoric art was not reserved only to prehistorians.
At the exit of the Bernifal grotto, I invite you to continue our path left in the direction of Les Eyzies to reach the second major site along the long distance path the GR6: the Cazelles Rock by this beautiful shady path, where picking porcini mushrooms can be successful in the season (shh !! the people here will tell you they did not find them yet !!). You are leaving the bed of the Beune some time to reach the top of the hill and along the ridge for 800 meters before falling by a nice gravel path and regain the Beune Valley.
Continue along the D 47 for 200 meters, here we are. The Roc of Cazelle site was first inhabited in prehistoric times then dug out and landscaped as a fortified castle in the Middle Ages being finally rehabilitated and rebuilt in the early twentieth century as a civil habitation. As well as the park and the prehistoric caves you can also visit the rocky terraces and the marshlands, finishing by the farm and its animals, theworkshops and homes of our relatives that our grandparents had dug in the rock. The last family who lived there was the Ussel family, which for the record are the ancestors Serge’s family.
Depart from the Rhonie descend to the valley of Beunes, classified Natura 2000 by Europe for the preservation among other things of a wild orchid classified as “remarkable” (see the Discovery Trail Guide) on this beautiful gravel path whose stones have worn due to the passage of carts pulled by horses in the XVIII and XIX centuries.
You will come to the place where spinning was carried out where my grandmother brought wool to be spun, you will pass a small bridge over the stream and then on to the castle of Beyssac. The construction thereof dates back to …. It is inhabited by a Parisian family who use it as their family home during the summer season.
The hiking trail short distance path (PR) which joins the hillsides of Sireuil is wide and well shaded. The tranquility and beauty of this hill and the forest will give you a feeling of well-being and liberty at the foot of a very large beautiful tree. Arriving on the little tarmac road (Marquay-Sireuil), turn left and drive 100 meters and then turn right. There you will find the GR6, go down the hill and reach the Commarque castle.
Sheltered behind the forest and overlooking the large Beune, Commarque is waiting to surprise you in stunning fashion built on a rocky spur. Hubert Commarque, the owner, undertook the restoration of the family castle in 1972 and stubbornly toiled, with the help of the Historical Monuments, consolidation work and restoration. Incidentally, when I was a child I came here with my horse by following this path and I was played in the ruins of the castle, all children in the surrounding villages did the same.
At the same time, Hubert Commarque lead an archaeological excavation program. Discovered by Pierre Abbé Breuilh and Pierre Paris in August 1915, Commarque grotto was deemed a historical monument in 1924.
After a picnic or a well-deserved snack, I suggest you take the paved road that leads towards the Granges-Sireuil Marquay road. At the crossroads turn left. You will be running parallel to a truffle producing area (extremely secured) and turn right towards “Gat” and “Pechmemie”.
This road is little used. If you wish to see more closely the group of houses that you see from the window of your room well here’s the place. In the middle of the woods, you will be able to observe beautiful dry stone walls, as well as shepherds’ huts. The group of houses is uninhabited but the path has communal access.
Retrace your steps, turn right and go down to the D47. Just before the road (D47) on your left the Petite Beune River and the other side a flour mill. It is from here that the flour that we use in pastry and bread making comes.
After crossing the D47, the house on the right bears the pretty name of “House of the Demoiselle Roux”, named after its former owner. Take the path to the right after the house. Follow the Petite Beune to reach the washhouse. The wash house is where, when I was a child, we washed sheep’s wool with my grandmother, before taking it to spinning to be spun.
Turn left following the PR. At the top of the hill you are back at the Domaine de la Ferme Lamy.
With this circuit you can discover all the authenticity as well as the surrounding sites. Follow the nearby trails, admire the heritage and local crafts, chat with the “locals”. A 6 km route with an / or 80 m height differece Leave from thee Domaine de la Rhonie in the direction of Lamy. At the top of the hill turn left and take the path marked PR. to the wash house and then turn right. The wash house is where, as a child, we washed sheep wool with my grandmother, before taking it to spinning house for the waeving.
At home the “Demoiselle Roux” turn left onto the paved road, cross the D47 and follow the road signs “Les Cabannes of Breuilh.” The road is little used.
The small road that winds through the Bénivet mill It is from here that the flour that we use in pastry and bread making comes. Further on, we reach the ancient fish rearing basins, which when I was a child we went with my parents to buy trout, a diminutive grandpa and grandma served us dipping their hands into the icy water to catch the fish. I like to walk here in the middle of this fish farm which is still exploited today listening to the sound of the cascading water.
A steep slope of about 200-meter leads us to the listed building site: the huts of Breuilh. Dry stone huts (called Borie en Provence, gariote in the lot …) are dwellings whose origin remains mysterious. We do know that they served as rural housing to Sarlat Benedictine monks until the mid-fifteenth century. In the XVIII and XIV centuries they became craft workshops. Since 1950, they have been preserved by the family Peiro, today’s owners. Pierrette My mother is from this family, which doubtless explains my attachment to this beautiful site.
The cabins present aremarkable architectural harmony. Dry stone covered with roofed with a blanket of large slates, they have been as film sets in many historical films: The Sleeping Beauty, Jacquou le Croquant, Les Miserables …Alongside the Breuilh cabins, a slate quarry enables you to discover the former construction techniques.
Continue your stroll along the paved road to the castle of Puymartin. The path connecting these two sites was metalled to facilitate access to the bus from the D47. It is very little used. A half an hour’s walk will enable you to link the two sites in a forest initially of hornbeam and then chestnut, and as you near the castle, pine.
Welcome to the Castle of Puymartin. Your eyes will firstly be attracted by the crenellated towers. This castle built in the thirteenth century (about 1270) was built during the Hundred Years War (1358) and rebuilt in 1450 by Radulphe Saint Clar who lived there. The family Montbron the current owners are descendants. The castle preserves the family property, furniture, tapestry, painting, a mythological cabinet unique in the Périgord and you can visit.
To return to the Domaine de la Ferme Lamy, Take the road in the opposite direction to the junction and continue following the signpost to “Le Couderc.” At this point you take a forest road through stunning scenery to another castle that of Roc. You will see this magnificent private castle owned by the St Exupéry family. It is private and closed to the public, you will nevertheless be able to admire the inner courtyard through the portal.
Continue along this small road, go back across the D47 at the camping site of Le Moulin du Roch. Take the D47 for 200 meters, turn left and after the bridge turn right and take the forest track parallel to the road. There you will find the home of the “Red Damsel” and you return on the same path as on the way out to reach the Domaine de la Ferme Lamy.
The Périgord region will be revealed to you by guides carefully selected for their skills, their charisma and their friendliness. Find out in each of these circuits, the faces and stories that tell a tale of passion and vocation, entirely dedicated to the preservation, the awareness and the appreciation of their region! The three themes that I propose for these half-day hikes are: truffles, tobacco cultivation and the Dordogne in terms of its activity as a fishing river. These special moments with a local guide will help you discover the natural wealth of our area from in a different way and you will discover the beauty of the Perigordregion, off the beaten track and away from tourist crowds. You will discover in complete safety and at your own pace, the natural and cultural heritage of the Black Perigord area through special encounters with the locals. The circuits that I propose are a showcase of the wealth of our region near Sarlat – gastronomy with truffles for adventures around the Breakout (truffle hunting with dogs) and enjoy typical local products – fauna and flora to marvel at in their specific natural environments, crossing the forest, creeks and rivers, we can observe the animals that live here: trout, butterflies, wild boars, deer, … and the plants that make-up the diversity of the colors and essences of our countryside.
The popular traditions and historical heritage for an authentic trip with the locals who will enable you to discover the Perigord from another angle.
Off the beaten track and the tourist crowds, discover the secrets of our region with local guides.
We have chosen to focus on three themes :
- Discovery of the truffle
- Discovery of the fauna and flora
- Discovery of popular traditions