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    Sweet wine and tobacco provide a heady atmosphere in this quaint Anglo idyll

    One of the most popular areas for l’Anglais moving to France is the endlessly pretty Bergerac in the Dordogne.

    While absolutely nothing to do with either Cyrano de Bergerac or that TV detective apart from in name, Bergerac is famous for plenty else.

    Its sweet wine, café-lined streets and warm climate sees tourists returning again and again and thousands of Brits have been seduced by its charm enough to up stumps and move here. So many have been drawn here to live there is a non-profit Université du Temps Libre running French language classes and cultural activities for expats.

    Bergerac is on the northern bank of the Dordogne and is one of the largest towns in the region.

    It is classified a town of art and history, and there is plenty of both here – though there are lots of modern day things to do for families.

    Visitors make a beeline for the old town – or ‘vieille ville’ to enjoy the little boutiques around Place Pelissiere. Here you find a beautiful square lined with cafes and restaurants, with flowers bursting from all around and a pretty church.

    Mediaeval streets surround the square, featuring the half-timbered houses of that era. You can enjoy concerts here during the summer and a Christmas market in the winter.

    There are scores of caves and castles here to explore. There’s also a bowling alley, a paint ball centre, a water park and a go-kart track, plus a large swimming lake.

    One of the main crops apart from the vines is tobacco, and there is a museum here dedicated to the ‘evil weed’.

    Moving away from ‘vieille ville’ there’s a newer shopping area, which sees a large and popular market each Saturday.

    One of the main draws here is how much property you can get for your money – a whole lot compared to the UK.

    You’d have to deal with a lot of tourists if you moved here. They come for the wine tours, the castles and the boat trips up the Dordogne. They visit the church of Notre Dame and marvel at the statues of Cyrano de Bergerac. Sometimes they browse the estate agents…

    The town contains two statues of Cyrano de Bergerac, the subject of a famous play. However apart from the name there is nothing to link the town with the man.

    Bergerac is served by the Bergerac-Roumanière airport, with many routes to the UK’s airports.

    The town also has a railway station with regular services to Bordeaux and Sarlat-la-Canéda. There’s also a bus service between Bergerac and Périgueux on week days.

    The history of Bergerac

    The remains of a Neolithic village have been found in the Vaures district in Bergerac. Traces of more than 20 homes were discovered, alongside a stone oven, axes, scrapers, punches, knives, sharp arrowheads of Bergerac flint, ceramics, grindstones, polishers and bone tools.

    A fifth century cemetery has also been found here, during work to build a ring road in 2012.

    Many of the properties in Bergerac’s old town are 14th century. In Albret Street you can see a particularly interesting line of these homes.

    In 1345, at the start of the Hundred Years War, the town was stormed by Henry de Grosmont, Earl of Derby .

    In 1544, the statue of Notre-Dame was thrown in the Dordogne by Protestants.

    In 1565, Charles IX passed through the city during his royal tour of France.

    In 1567, the Bergerac bridge was destroyed to prevent Catholic troops from crossing the Dordogne.

    At the end of December 1569, Clermont de Piles took the city back, killing the Catholic garrison in the process.

    In 1577, during the Wars of Religion a truce was signed in Bergerac called La Paix du Bergerac.

    Historically, there have long been battles between the Catholics and the Protestants here. The Catholics may have won more, as their churches are more numerous!

    Removals service near Bergerac

    Armishaws Removals can help with house removals and commercial removals, including European removals international removals. We are fully insured and have cheery, competent crews.

    Give us a call on 0800 917 1015 or email enquiries@armishaws.com for a keen quote – we will take the strain and you can relax, knowing our teams will take good care of your move.

    Move anywhere in the UK or Europe knowing our large fleet of vehicles will get your items there on time and intact. We have 50 full-time staff who have all been trained to the highest standard.

    Armishaws prides itself on the high standards of its staff and practices – we have held the BSEN 12522 certificate since 1999.

    Why Choose Armishaws?

    • We’ll move you a mile up the road or to the other side of the continent
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    For Free Advice and a Quotation call 0800 917 1015

    Why move to Bergerac?

    You’ll be in good company, with thousands of other Brits to play with. The area is welcoming to expats and you can find lovely, spacious properties for a fraction of the equivalent in the UK.

    Properties in Bergerac

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    Transport Links

    Bergerac is served by the Bergerac-Roumanière airport, with many routes to the UK’s airports.

    The town also has a railway station with regular services to Bordeaux and Sarlat-la-Canéda. There’s also a bus service between Bergerac and Périgueux on week days.

    Local Events

    There are lots of events held here, including antiques fairs and car boot sales, wine tours and exhibitions of all kinds. Click here to see what’s happening in Bergerac now.

    Schools near Bergerac

    Bergerac in the Bordeaux Académie, which covers the entire Aquitaine Region. The main high school is Lycée Maine de Biran. Other high schools in the town include the private school Institution Sainte Marthe – Saint Front, Lycée Jean Capelle and Lycée Profesionelle de l’Alba.

    There is also the ‘free time university’ to help you brush up on your French.

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    Our removals services cover the whole of Bergerac and the surrounding area

    Colombier

    The village of Colombier covers a wide area five miles from Bergerac, and nine miles from the popular expat town Eymet.

    The GR 6 hiking trail crosses the village.

    In January 1924, an important Gallo-Roman villa was revealed by the discovery of vase filled with 2,384 coins.

    On May 8 each year the village holds a huge fair including a flea market and yard sales.

    Colombier is home to two historic buildings of interest. Chateau Jaubertie is an 18th century castle registered as a historical monument since 2004 for its facades, roofs, houses, lofts and shaft.

    The 11th century Church of St Peter and St Paul has been listed as a historical monument since 1948.

    Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes

    The village of Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes sits away from the main roads but only a few hundred yards north of the departmental road (RD) 14, three miles from Bergerac.

    The first known written mention of Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes in writing is from the 14th century, as Sanctus Laurentius prope Brageriacum (“Saint Laurent near Bergerac”) and Sanctus Laurentius of Vineis in 1495.

    At the start of the French Revolution, the commune of Saint Cernin de Gabanelle merged with that of Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes.

    It may be small, with about 900 residents, but that doesn’t stop two of the businesses here from being successful. Across all sectors, among the companies headquartered in the Dordogne, two located in Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes rank among the top 50 for turnover – a poultry firm is ranked 14th and a wholesale drinks firm is 49th.

    Crédit agricole Charente-Périgord’s new head office was moved to in Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes at the end of 2018. It employs 180 people.

    There are lots of other businesses here – more than 100.

    A 12th century church Saint Laurent, was rebuilt in the 18th century.

    Eyraud-Crempse-Maurens

    The new commune of Eyraud-Crempse-Maurens brings together the communes of Laveyssière, Maurens, Saint-Jean-d’Eyraud and Saint-Julien-de-Crempse. Its capital is located in the village of Maurens.

    The group is host to about 1,500 residents, who enjoy a range of facilities, including a school, a vet and hiking trails.

    There is also a public park, and open air market and several shops and businesses including a hairdresser.

    To learn more about the community, click here.

    Many man-made caves and underground passages are here, and characterful buildings such as fortified houses or English pavilions can be seen, plus a tower and the remains of castles.

    Along the old railway line which linked Bergerac in Mussidan, there are many springs including that of Ladoux which supplies 10 municipalities with drinking water and the Saint-Eutrope church, which dominates the village.

    During the  Second World War , the surrounding countryside was the refuge of some 60 distinct cells of the  French Resistance. Saint-Julien was a shelter for resistance fighters, and a  maquis  had its base there. On August 9, 1944, hundreds of German soldiers surrounded the village and fought 80 guerrillas, nine of whom were killed. The same day, in retaliation, the Germans executed 17 villagers from Saint-Julien. Then on September 10, 1944, 17 German prisoners of war, soldiers of the signals of the  Wehrmacht  imprisoned at the Davoust barracks in  Bergerac , were gathered near Saint-Julien by members of the Resistance and executed in revenge.

    On November 4, 2003, their remains were exhumed and transferred to the German military cemetery of  Berneuil , in  Charente-Maritime.

    Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church is a small Romanesque church with a semi-circular porch, squat bell tower and dome.

    This building is located in Saint-Jean-d’Eyraud and its construction dates from the 12th century.

    Monbazillac

    Monbazillac sits on the hills which dominate the Dordogne valley.

    It is well known for its 16th century castle Chateau de Monbazillac – and especially renowned for its sweet white wine.

    The athlete, Olympic medallist, World and European rowing champion Julien Desprès is from Monbazillac, as is athlete Yohan Durand.

    The remains of the 16th century Manor Fonvieille were listed as a historical monument in 1948.

    There are just over 800 people here and over 100 businesses.

    To the south, the Gardonnette borders the municipal territory for several miles. Downstream from the departmental road 107, the watercourse and its banks are part of a type I natural zone of ecological, faunistic and floristic interest (ZNIEFF) where a rare plant, Fritillaria meleagris grows. The area is also frequented by three species of bats – the Greater Murine (Myotis myotis), the Schreibers Minioptera (Miniopterus schreibersii) and the Euryale Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus euryale).

    Lembras

    The municipality of Lembras covers a wide area bordered by the valleys of Caudeau to the south and its tributary the Seyze to the south-east and extends north-east in a hilly plateau occupied by vast wooded areas. Vineyards for bergerac and pécharmant wines fill the agricultural areas between the woods.

    At the intersection of the current RN 21 and its old route, the town enjoys easy access to the employment centres in Bergerac. The village also boasts several local shops and services, and these factors have seen the population rise to well over 1,000.

    The name of Lembras in its current spelling appears for the first time in the 13th century, and then in 1373 as Grangia of Lembraco. On Cassini’s map representing France between 1756 and 1789, the village is identified under the name of Lembrat.

    The municipal territory includes several prehistoric sites. Several Merovingian tombs were found here, too.

    The Order of the Brothers of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, (later the Order of Malta) built a fortress in Ribeyrie. In 1113 a fortified castle with three walls stood there. Around 1198, Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine, had this fortress dismantled. Only a 15th century tower has survived since mediaeval times, at the crossroads of Queyssac and Greloux.

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