The Chateau is located just outside the town of Thiviers in the Dordogne.
Thiviers prides itself especially on its local speciality, foie gras, and the other regional produce such as walnuts and truffles. Indeed the town has designated itself 'Capital of the foie gras in Green Perigord'. To learn more about foie-gras you can visit the museum in the town that is dedicated to its production. Saturday morning is market day in Thiviers and that is the best time to see a wide selection of the local produce and specialities. In the Summer there are Night Markets, a Wine Fair, Antique Fair and traditional dance displays. The tourist office, right in the main square, is open every day in the Summer, and is closed on Sundays in the Winter. There are a number of very good restaurants in the surrounding area.
The town has an important history of producing pottery (faience) and there is a museum dedicated to the story of the production.
The region around Thiviers contains attractive countryside, and there are many marked walks to follow, also horse-riding at Lempzours and canoeing (at Corgnac sur l'Isle). There is a long path/cycle route towards St Pardoux-la-Riviere. The lake at Nantheuil is popular with sunbathers and swimmers (also for fishing).
While at Thiviers don't miss the nearby village of St-Jean-de-Cole. Found 9 km to the west of the town it is an attractive village with a stone bridge over the river, and a well preserved old centre with a covered market and a church. Brantome is 26 kms from Thiviers and is called “The Venice of the Dordogne” and is a stunning place to visit.
There are numerous Chateaux in the area to visit such as:
Chateau de Jumilhac is 20km north-east of Thiviers. Chateau de Hautefort at 31 km. Chateau de Jumilhac at 17 km .Chateau de Puyguilhem at 19 km .Chateau de Puymartin at 16 km.
Local Towns to explore such as;
Excideuil at 17 km, Perigueux which is the capital of the Dordogne at 33 km, Saint-Jean-de-Cole which is a most beautiful village at just 9 km. For a day trip, Bergerac with its old town and beautiful quay is a worthwhile visit and is just over an hour.