Tranquil, richly colourful, with warm days and cool nights...Autumn is considered by locals the most beautiful time of year in the Dordogne. Vendange is underway in the vineyards and preserving pots are bubbling in kitchens, readying for the winter. This is a season of bounty in the Dordogne: wild cepe mushrooms, pumpkins, chestnuts, quinces. Late Autumn heralds the start of La Chasse - the hunting season - so expect to see venison and wild boar on local menus. By night, the forests behind Biron resound with the bellow of bucks sorting out their place in the herds. At Villa Ste Therese help yourself to the walnut trees' bounty.

Autumn is the time for vendanges, or grape harvest. The colors in the vineyards and forests of the Dordogne are amazing at this time.


Autumn is also the time for the much-savoured cepe mushroom in this area.  When this elusive funghi is in season each October, the atmospheric daily cepe market in Monpazier's central square is great fun.  Your may even spot our neighbour Jacqi (below) from Le Marmiton with his basketful of freshly foraged cepes!