Domaine de Leygue is known as Peaceful France, and because of this, we had an author ‘run-away’ from her high-rise west end home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to live for 3 months in a tower of another sort, here at Domaine de Leygue.
Edwards Tower became home to Rosemary Delnavine, author of debut novel ‘A Legend for a Girl’, now available in paperback and download on Kindle. Find it here!
Rosemary knew that for an intense writing approach, the utter peace and tranquillity of our location, the clear air and wide skies of the wooded Dordogne countryside, offered her the perfect environment to complete and edit her book.
This she did, in the winter of 2016-17, experiencing deep crystal cold, magical winter sunsets, captivating starlit skies, a few special winter rain and wind storms, and reading nights by the woodburner under ancient French beams, with dog and cat. Rosemary said this fuelled her capacity to write and write, and A Legend for a Girl was given life in Edward’s Tower.
Den and I were thrilled and delighted to be witness to Rosemary’s creative process, and know that our shared winter literary times were very special.
We hope Peaceful France at Domaine de Leygue will be resonant in the journey of Rosemary Delnavines' A Legend for a Girl.
Lisanne and Den 2nd July 2017.
A Legend for a Girl.
The event that changes Elinore Crum’s life forever occurs thousands of miles away from her home in Scotland. One bright Alaskan morning, a bear eats her father for breakfast, and her mother seizes the opportunity to leave their small village and move to Edinburgh.
April 19th 2017 Thoughts of Le Tour!
So, today I was admiring my lawn cutting technique on the front paddock at Domaine de Leygue, and contemplating a quick ride on my vintage racer bike, which in turn got me thinking about July 11th. What is so special about July 11th I hear you ask? Well for the first time Le Tour de France has a Dordogne leg and it ONLY happens to come past the bottom of our hill, only 4km away, down at our town of Lalinde, right on the Dordogne river!!!!
At the time of writing we have only 2 cottages left for week including 11th July 2017, and knowing there are a few of our clients who are cycling enthusiasts, I thought wouldn’t that be a highlight of a memorable event, starting from your very own beautiful self catering holiday cottage in the Dordogne! If you want a rental cottage and the Tour de France, book now!
A l'Ancre de Salut LIMEUIL DORDOGNE.
Spring is well and truly here now in the Dordogne and the Easter holidays brings the first rush of holidaymakers, both french and from all over the rest of Europe. The local bars and restaurants start gearing up for a busy season, one of these being the beautifull A l'Ancre de Salut - Bar Brasserie in nearby Limeuil. As freinds Mike and Jenny are here with us from the UK we had lovely Tapas and drinks whilst listening to the local popular band Lazarus Heights.
Limeuil is one of the "Beaux villages de France" and you can certainly see why. The village is located at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers just 15 minutes or so drive from our beautiful Dordogne cottages to rent at Domaine de Leygue. Historically this location at the meeting of the two major local rivers gave Limeuil immense importance – both commercially and strategically. In medieval times, the rivers were the highways of trade, and to be at the convergence of two of them was a unique advantage in the region: this was, historically, primarily a wine-producing area, much of the wine quite 'rough', but the casks of relatively better wine were delivered into the 'chais' at Limeuil, for subsequent delivery downstream to Bordeaux, on large, flat-bottomed 'gabarres'. The rivermen had to be accommodated here, and to this day the riverside bar/restaurant bears the name L'Ancre de Salut – a boatsman's term meaning literally 'the safety anchor', a place where the rivermen could find food, wine, a bed, and rest, before their return up river. Today, we just use the river for Geoff, our labrador, to swim in the hot summer as it has a lovely shallow gravel beach with picnic area.
There's lots on offer here in the spring and summer months, a weekly marché nocturne (an open-air meal, with entertainment, bought from an array of stalls cooking a wide variety of food) during the summer, in the Place du Port down alongside the river; art exhibitions in the Chateau Parc; a small weekly market; an immense Pottery Fair, one of the largest in France; a similarly large antique and bric'a'brac fair; to join the regular artisans – a glassblower, a potter, and a micro-brewery ('brasserie') – as well as local canoeing, horseriding, football, and pétanque.