We will catch a train from Paris to Bordeaux and from there drive to Sarlat. I have been reading many of the suggestions on TA and so we will be spending a week traveling from our base to beaux villages and ancient sites in equal proportions. Although we will have spent 10 days in Paris ( and we love it!) our preferred mode of travel is to enjoy the countryside, picnic and take in the atmosphere. At the moment we expect to be in the area from the 12th or 13th September.
The one place that pretty much ticked all the boxes to stay is booked out. Ideally we would like to be close enough to walk to Sarlat, self cater and visit restaurants. We are not keen on a hotel as it does not enable us to enjoy the freedom of preparing our own food when we want to. Should we sacrifice the idea of a pool ( given the dates) and stay in an apartment in town? I understand that we would need to park away from the town. Any suggestions very welcome.