Brantôme is often referred to as 'The Venice of the Perigord', but the comparison is a bit erroneous. Yes, Brantôme has five beautiful stone bridges dating from the medieval period, and a number of graceful riverfront mansions (some of which have been converted into the best places to stay in Brantôme). And yes, its backstreets are of the charming, winding kind that it's easy to get lost in. But it's set on the wide, green banks of the river Dronne and surrounded by woods and rural views. So it's not really that Venice-y, but it is very beautiful, and offers the kind of sunny, rural peace that Venice can't.
Some of the best places to stay in Brantôme are the wonderful estates outside the town. Here, in historic mills and converted farm houses, you'll also find Michelin stars and the perfect country house escapes.
Brantôme's most famous landmark is its Benedictine Abbey, no longer used for that purpose though, it's now the Hotel de Ville, but it's still a sight to behold, and right next door is the real church, a little Gothic affair.
Behind the abbey is the structure which pre-dates it, the Parcours Troglodytique, an earlier abbey cut directly into the rock face in the 8th century. These monks lived in caves behind their church and the whole place is quite fascinating to explore.
There's one more Venetian parallel you can draw, Brantôme has a vibrant glass industry. So that's your shopping box ticked too.
Still not sure which to book? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Brantôme, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively check out our full list of recommendations in the Dordogne.
A simple countryside house with French charm. Cosy rustic reception rooms with fireplaces, wooden beams and stone walls. Simply decorated bedrooms with attached bathrooms. An understated country escape in the surrounds of woodlands.
A glorious hotel set in a 17th century country house on the river, with spectacular views. Cosy rooms have exposed beams, wooden floors and rustic charm. Gourmet cuisine from the restaurant, outdoor pool, gardens, and large sitting room. Romantic, gourmet, and family friendly.
A delightful hotel in a 16th century watermill. Large rustic chic rooms have exposed beams, warm furnishings and views over the gardens. An outdoor pool, sunny terrace, and lovely, fresh regional cuisine. Quiet, idyllic and full of countryside charm.
A lovely family-run manor house on a 6 hectare estate. Charming bedrooms and suites with fabric covered walls and wooden beamed ceilings. Spacious grounds include a swimming pool, a dovecote, and a tennis court. Great for families and groups of friends.
Charming historic mill on the banks of the river. A picturesque stone building with attractive greenery and blue shutters. Two delicious restaurants serving local cuisine with riverbank seating. An enchanting spot for foodies, families and explorers.
A beautiful mill with a Michelin starred restaurant, tennis court, and swimming pool. Romantic footbridges and terraces lead to luxuriously decorated rooms, suites and an apartment, all with private terraces. Classic furniture, exposed beams, and modern comforts. Very romantic.