Aillac, France

Aillac Holiday Rental Houses, Cottages and Gites

Carsac-Aillac is a commune in the Dordogne department in the Aquitaine region of south-western France. The town is located in the Perigord Noir region of the department and is located just on its border - 10 kilometres south-east of Sarlat-le-Canada. There is plenty to see and do when you rent a holiday home in Aillac, France.

The Jardins d'Eau (Water Gardens) are 3 hectares of botanical gardens located in Carsac-Aillac. The gardens are set above the Dordogne River, and contain 16 lotus species and other aquatic plants including Caltha, Glyceria, Pontederia, and Sagittaria, as well as waterside plants including Cyperus papyrus, Gunnera manicata, Hosta, Iris, and Lobelia. The gardens are open May to October.

In Aillac itself the 12th century Saint-Caprais church is also worth a visit when you holiday in Aillac. A catholic church, parts of which were restored in the 16th century, it was classified a historic monument in 1912. There is also another church from the 15th century: Notre-Dame de l'Assomption d'Aillac.  Remnants of the pre-historic era dominate the surrounding area. Be sure when you stay in an Aillac holiday rental cottage to visit two historic monuments (both classified as such in 1927) Pech de la Boissière and Pech de l'Azé. Aillac is located in an area rich in chateaux – these include: Château d'Aillac, Château de Lascours, Château de l'Hermier and then the Manoir (Manor house) de la Gazaille.

The Dordogne River dominates this stunning part of France – boat trips and gentle canoe rides are a good way to witness the medieval cliff top villages of this area. The culturally rich nearby towns of Domme, Sarlat and Gourdon are also worth a visit when you stay in self-catering holiday accommodation in Aillac.

Travelling to your Aillac holiday rental house or gite; Nearby Brive-Vallée de la Dordogne airport is now open and offers flights to and from the UK with Jet 2 and Cityjet. Bergerac airport is another airport close by which welcomes Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2 – all of whom offer year round direct services to and from the UK. Do check for seasonal variations in the timetable. Brive train station offers direct services to Paris Austerlitz train station. Journey time is 5 ½ hours. Driving from northern France’s ports is on average a 10 hour journey – without breaks. The A20 auto-route is extremely handy directly from Paris to this part of the Dordogne.

Weather in Aillac is stunning – long hot dry summers, spring and autumn tend to be a milder version of summer. Winters are mild with temperatures rarely dipping below freezing.