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“A small town that hides in its centre a beautiful medieval village.”

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Kenley
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42 reviews
81 helpful votes
“A small town that hides in its centre a beautiful medieval village.”
Reviewed August 19, 2010

If you approach and drive through Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, it might seem like a “normal” small French town that has the benefit of nice views of the river Dordogne. But just off the main road, forming the heart of the town, is a lived-in medieval village that is modernised and maintained, yet a village that retains its charm and character because it is barely commercialised. The obligatory Romanesque church is more than usually interesting, partly because it seems to be decaying and crumbling before your eyes, but mainly for its surviving 11th century carvings and features (much of the fabric, and all the interior, are in a bad way; when we visited parts of the exterior were being restored). The centre is compact; you could spend hours there, but an hour will allow you to see most of it. There are a couple of eating places in the medieval part, including a good crêperie, but you will find more choice in the modern part of town. And there are other parts of the town where you can admire the Dordogne and walk along its banks for some way.

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Melbourne
1 review
8 helpful votes
“Loved Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne”
Reviewed February 6, 2005

We rented a 16th century cottage within walking distance to the village shops. We stayed there for 4 weeks and toured the countryside daily(Le Lot) in a rented car.
The people in Beaulieu were very friendly and the atmosphere was wonderful. We felt as if we were "locals", as there were hardly any tourists there at all. We would walk up to one of the sidewalk cafes for coffee every morning and buy some delicious pastries at one of the patisseries.
The village is very pretty and sits on a beautiful river.
The strawberries from the region are the best in the world!
I can hardly wait to get back there one day.

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