France Dordogne Valley : Lacave, Rocamadour and Aubazine

Chateau La Treyne in Lacave

What a start of another adventure, we travelled from Sarlat to Lacave, about 40 minutes by car and we arrived at Chateau La Treyne,  a 14th and 17th Century castle that swings over the banks of the Dordogne river in a picturesque setting. It’s so pretty!

This property is a surronded by 120 hectares of forest,  it’s used as a boutique hotel and houses a Michelin start restaurant open for lunch and diner.


The place is pure magic and the epitome of elegance.  Image having lunch under the time-worn and leafy cedars threes.
getting ready for service
charming and cosy livingroom
breathtaking views
time for tea and cakes

I love that snook, I could spend a lot of time there reading, writing and getting inspired by the scenery inside and outside. well appointed rooms range from standard to suites to apartments.

         Loved that gold bath! I could stay in the bathroom forever…and there was a concealed walking shower too
 Chateau de La Treyne – gardens views from the room
46200 Lacave – Tel : +
rooms from 200€ single to 1440€ apartment half board


A commune in the Lot department in South-Western and clinging to the rock hills and sharp cliffs above the Dordogne river. A monastic built town and pilgrimage churches known for historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has attracted pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles.

The view of Rocamadour , Dordogne France from Rosana McPhee on Vimeo.

a very spiritual place
A visit to Madam Chantal Jean, founder of Rocavitraux

Working from the oldest house in Rocamadour, Madame Chantal, creates new glass works and sympathetically restoures ancient churches and castle window from all over the world. She also teaches the art of glass in her premises. Another amazing woman in the Dordgone Valley.

Lunch in Rocamadour

we stopped at  Le Jehan de Valon  for lunch, a restaurant part of a hotel. We settled at the garden terrace under the shades of the lime trees. Perfect setting to relax and take in the atmosphere of Rocamadour.

local and easy drinking white wine Chateau Briand 2011, crisp and sharp, light amber with citrus notes
wine anyone? don’t mind if I do….
rich and smooth duck foie gras terrine,  sharp tomato chutney and mique’s toast, great start to our meal.
Roasted leg of Lamb from Quercy, potato gratin with Cantal – local strong and semi-hard cheese and harricot beans cassarole. Perfectly roasted leg of lamb, was tender like  melting in the mouth, rich, earth and sweet flavour went well with the potato gratin and cassarole. They carve the whole leg by the table and serve the plates in situ. Great show!


stunning and refreshing dessert: vacherin vanille-strawberries ice creams drenched in red berries coulis

we met the delighful Madame Pauline, who runs a small pottery business in nearby Carennac. It was great to see her  in action and view her beautiful pieces.

Atelier PO details: here


Aubazine a commune  located some 10 km of Brive-la-Gaillarde. It has its origin in the foundation of a monastery by Étienne de Vielzot,aka  Etienne d’Obazine, a priest and hermit in the 12th century. The monastery was affiliated shortly after to the Cistercian
order. Very soon an associated convent of nuns was established in the
village of Coyroux a few hundred metres away. The two monasteries
existed until the Revolution. Formerly spelled Obazine

It is said that Coco Chanel lived in Aubazine in her teenage years, she and her two sisters were brought up by nuns at Aubazine Abbey, this experience had a huge impact in her life and her designs. Coco Chanel logo was inspired by the windows at Aubazine Abbey windows.  Another impressive female connection at the Dordogne Valley.

Aubazine , Dordogne, France: inside 12th Century Cistercian Abbey where Coco Chanel spent her teens years from Rosana McPhee on Vimeo.


Small and well formed little village

Time to move on to another adventure, next stop Brive-la-Gaillarde #hotandchillitravels continues…

Disclosure: I was a guest of Brive Vallee Dordogne Tourist Board all views are my own.


1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    July 16, 2014 / 11:44 am

    Great places you've been traveling to. Nice pictures too. Rob