We couldn't miss out one of the best experiences you can enjoy within this glorious, world famous wine area, which produces more wine than any other region in France and tastes absolutely delicious. Trying out a few wines and finding out from the wine growers themselves what goes on behind the scenes is a must. We can arrange local wine tasting tours for you or you can simply drive along the wine routes popping in to any vineyard that boasts the sign: 'Degustation'.
Saint Émilion is only about 20 minutes away from Cousserat. The most picturesque village and world heritage UNESCO site you could ever wish to see. Of course, there is great wine and food to be tasted here and it is a superb place to sit and have a leisurely lunch and just watch the world go by. Trés relaxing!
The Dune du Pilat
The Dune du Pilat is the highest dune in Europe and situated on the Atlantic coast close to the Bay of Arcachon. Climb to the top at any time of the year and be amazed by the spectacular views - thick forests on one side and the ocean on the other. This is about 1.5 hours from Cousserat but well worth the visit. There are cafes and bars here as well as a picnic area.
Bordeaux is a city of beauty, displaying the most elegant architecture running along the Garonne River. Bordeaux has the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe and some of the best food and wine shops. Whilst there, visit the Cité du Vin - a modern architectural feat that houses a fantastic wine museum on eight floors, go to the top to taste a wine of your choice. You could also stroll along the superb wide pathways past beautiful 18th & 19th century mansions and through the grand Place de la Bourse, overlooking the world's largest reflecting pool, the Miroir d'Eau. Finally, if you're a real culture vulture, visit Les Bassins des Lumières in the old submarine base - superb illuminated artworks lit and mirrored in the surrounding water.
The River Dordogne
Your holiday home is only ten minutes away from the alluring and magnificent River Dordogne. Walking or cycling along the banks of the river at the nearby village of Pessac-sur-Dordogne is delightful at any time of the year. Or why not hire a canoe and drift dreamily along the river, finding a charming restaurant to stop for lunch, or taking a picnic to eat whilst sitting on the banks of the river. Pure bliss!
Sarlat is a quaint, medieval town situated in the Dordogne region. It's a couple of hours away but so worth the visit and you could tie in your trip with a visit to one or more of the prehistoric caves close by. The markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays are delightful.
You can visit a French market every single day from Cousserat. The biggest of these at Sainte-Foy-La-Grande shows off local art work during the summer months, including these brightly coloured umbrellas lining the skyline. The Sunday market in the medieval village of Issegiac is stunning with a range of food, drink, clothing, pottery and other superb goods on offer.
Bergerac is a charming town on the banks of the River Dordogne where the old town will definitely impress you. Whilst there you can take a trip down the Dordogne river on a flat bottomed Gabarre boat - a medieval form of transport for collecting and delivering wine from the vineyards. After a leisurely lunch in the town why not travel back towards Cousserat on the Bergerac wine route for a spot of wine tasting? Beginning at Château de Monbazillac you can then find numerous fantastic wine tasting châteaux in the surrounding area. We can recommend some of our own favourites if needed.
There are plenty of quiet roads and pathways to choose from to cycle around the area. You could even try a wine tasting tour by bike. Bikes of various types can be hired from a local company and delivered to your holiday cottage door at a very reasonable rate from the Mountain Bike Hire Company.
There are two world-class golf courses just half an hour away from Cousserat. Château des Vigiers was listed as one of the top 100 golf resorts in Europe in 2017 and was also the World Golf Award winner of 2015. This course is set in a beautiful location and has a Michelin starred restaurant. The Grand Saint Émilionnais Golf Club was voted among the top 10 golf courses in France in 2016. Framed by oak trees and vineyards, this is a stunning course for golf lovers. Perfect!
Canoeing and kayaking
Drifting along the Dordogne River in a canoe, watching the world and the wildlife go by. Only 10 minutes from Cousserat you can find a well organised canoeing company who drive you to a start point and you end up at their lovely little bar and restaurant for well earned refreshments at the side of the river. Go for a one hour burst of fun or spend a whole day floating down the river, taking breaks at French cafés and restaurants on your leisurely meander.
If you love fishing, this part of the world is your oyster (pun intended!). There are several lakes and rivers to fish in just a short car journey away from Cousserat. Lake Blasimon offers a fully stocked fishing lake, as well as other family activities such as volleyball and cycling, together with a lakeside beach. And of course, there are plentiful rivers to fish.