IN THE HEART OF PERIGORD VERT
The routes that the Roman Legions took when transversing through France to their domains have little changed over the centuries, particularly when travelling north to south. LA COQUILLE situated on the main Route Nationale 21 (RN21) was long ago established as an arterial highway and is still on the pilgrimage route to
St Jacques de Compostelle. Through Medieval times it was a small hamlet, but when the railway arrived the town's population grew. Today the population is 1515 and growing. The SNCF railway still has a station with connections to any city in Europe.
The town acts as a centre for services and amenities for all the small hamlets and villages surrounding it and our village of St Priest Les Fougeres is conveniently located just 2.5kms away, making it very convenient for our guests. The bank, Credit Agricole, has a branch in the town, with a cash machine.
Our local supermarket is Carrefour Contact which is open every day 8am to 8pm, except on a Sunday ( from 9am to midday) and does not close for lunch. There’s an excellent Medical Centre and a pharmacist, post office, bakeries, a tobacconist/ newsagent, hair dressers, a clothes shop with accessories and sewing items and knitting wools, and also a very good beautician, Cellie, with prices a lot cheaper than in the UK. An antique shop for the avid browser/collector. Into a bit of DIY, there’s an extremely well stock hardware store opposite the church. A super gift shop with tea/coffee room (or sit outside) with a great selection of craft items, by local artisans, cards, scarves and some super hand-made aprons. Looking for a certain something special or a bit different and the prices very reasonable? Also run by the same English owner is a charity shop (just next door to the newsagent). A broad selection of bric-a-brac, books in English, clothing, household items. All very reasonably prices and proceeds going to good causes. This is a new concept here in France although certainly very familiar to we English. And Sheila is amazed how well the French people, as well as we English, have responded to it.
The days and times for Mass Service are posted on the door of the church in the main square. On Sundays Mass is held in a different village church locally to La Coquille. This information is also posted on the church door.
The restaurant at Les Voyageurs Hotel is open to non-residents and prides itself on offering fresh prepared meals with a Perigourdin slant at reasonable prices in an ambient setting, particularly during the summer months when the terrace area is open. Children’s menu is also available.
Les Voyagers Hotel - La Coquille
There is also an eat-in/take-out pizzeria, La Provencale, offering freshly prepared pizzas cooked in an traditional wood burning oven.
La Provencale Pizzeria
Thursday is market day, where you can buy fresh vegetables, fish and locally produced cheese, poultry and a wonderful selection of seasonal fruits. Situated in the heart of Perigord Vert this is very much a farming community and the people are friendly with always a smile and an outstretched hand of greeting. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the top of the square at the PMU. Erik and Natalie are delightful owners and you’ll be warmly greeted. They also offer have a very economical lunch time menu.
In July the town prides itself on hosting a bread festival to which everyone is welcome and where one can watch all the traditional ways of baking and savour the delights. On August 14th there are always celebrations for the holiday of Assumption with live music and a dance and a firework display. Through the year there are regular vide greniers (bric-a-brac/antique stalls) in the main square and in December a Christmas market. Throughout the year there are a number of dinner dances to which everyone is invited.
Being in the centre of a natural park (the Parc naturel regional Perigord-Limousin) there are some 270kms of well sign-posted walking routes, cycle tracks and bridal paths. This is Aquitaine – the land of water – so named by the Romans for its abundance of beautiful lakes, rivers and streams. Over the years many lakes have been developed by communities to serve the local populace and visitors with recreational facilities. If one is fortunate enough to own one privately then it provides a wonderful opportunity to offer guests the use of this unique, natural resource. Our private lake provides guests with the opportunity to swim, fish and sail. The area has a wealth of caves, chateaux, historic remains, beautiful villages and historic towns. LA COQUILLE is conveniently located mid way between Limoges – famous for its porcelain, and Perigueux – the capital of the Dordogne with its roman remains, medieval streets and landmark cathedral. A journey of 50 kms to either town in opposite directions. Just a 5 minute drive from LA COQUILLE our guests are ensured of a quick and easy access to a main road for a day’s sight-seeing.
All important telephone numbers for the local Doctor, Vet, and emergency services; police, fire and ambulance, are listed in the information pack in the cottage.
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