Beaumont-du-Perigord, in the Dordogne - a travel guide

Photo of Beaumont-du-Perigord

Visit Beaumont-du-Perigord

Beaumont was founded in 1272 by Edward I of England. Hence it was originally an English Bastide. Like all bastides it was built on the chequer-board plan. Beaumont is a pretty bastide, but not one of the best in the area.

The church was built in the English Gothic style at the end of the 13th century. Like many in the area it was also part of the towns defences. The town's old peoples' home (Maison de retraite) was originally a convent built in  about 1700. It is an elegant building, with identical windows each topped by a shell design. The sign of the pilgrim route to Compostella.

Dolmen near Beaumont, Dordogne

There are various examples of houses of the 14th, 15th and 16th century. The Maison Chambard is a substantial town house with 15th century dormer windows and a 13th century facade onto the street. The Maison de Monsec was completely transformed in the ten years proceeding the revolution. Remains of the original medieval building can be seen in the south facade and is part of a 13th century prison wall. The Maison Lafitte is an unusual timbered house with the cross of St Andrew between its windows.

The Tour de Bannes is part of the original defenses of the town. Walk round the old wall (Remparts) to see the tower and the Porte de Luzier.

Beaumont has two very good restaurants (see restaurants section).

There is a lovely walk in this area which passes the lovely, but private, Chateau de Bannes. A chateau which looks straight from a fairy tale.

Near to Beaumont-du-Perigord you can also see the dolmen de blanc (les 'peyrelevades') - see picture above.

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Map of Beaumont-du-Perigord and places nearby

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