Join me for 7 days and 6 nights in the heart of Le Périgord. We will be welcomed by Diane & Eric Anthoniessen at their Chateau Ladausse for gastronomic, Michelin-starred caliber meals, elegant accommodations, swimming, and of course a river of local wine.

September 1-Dates to be determined

The creator of the Police Chief Bruno novels, Martin Walker, will meet us  Le Bugue (Saint-Denis in the books) from where we will visit important sites from the middle ages and WW II followed by a lunch Chez Martin for an over the top wine fueled orgy of food, including eggs laid on demand that morning by Martin's hens, camaraderie and song.

DAY 1   

17h06   Arrival at Agen by train, transfer to Ladausse

18h30   Settling into rooms  

19h00   Apéro

19h30   Dinner (3-course Welcome Dinner)

DAY 2  Tuesday  Martin Walker Day

8h00   Breakfast

8h45   Depart Ladausse to Le Bugue   

  Meet Martin Walker, local visit and lunch Chez Martin 

17h   Arrival at Chateau Ladausse

19h   Light dinner

DAY 3   Wednesday Vallée de la Vézère (Cave art & Troglodyte)

7h00     Breakfast

7h45   Depart Ladausse for arrival around 9:15 am at Rouffignac.

10h00   Visit grotte de Rouffignac.

11h30   Truffle farm, visit and lunch.

14h30   Visit Roque Saint Christophe, troglodyte habitat.

17h30   Arrival at Chateau Ladausse

19h00   Dinner (2-course)

Note: Grotte de Rouffignac opens at 10 am but we need to be there at least 30 minutes before to buy ticket to make sure we are on the 1st visit. After the truffle farm, if time allows, we could swing by Saint Léon-sur-Vézère. Eric is the guide that day.

DAY 4  Thursday  Monflanquin & Cooking lesson

8h15     Breakfast

9h30   Depart to Monflanquin market with Diane.

12h00   Return to Ladausse for lunch & leisurely afternoon

15h30   2-hour cooking lesson.
19h   Dinner at Ladausse (3-course)

DAY 5   Friday  Duck Farm and Chateau Tiregand Jazz Concert

9h         Breakfast

10h30   Depart Ladausse for Monpazier, guided by Eric 

12pm   Lunch at Ferme Michaumaillé 

14h00   Return to Chateau Ladausse

16H00  Depart to Chateau Tiregand. Visit by Eric, tasting.

19h Jazz Concert, diner at the Château Tiregand

23h30   Return to CL.

DAY 6  Saturday   Cahors Market & Winery

7h45     Breakfast

8h30   Depart Ladausse

10h   Pont Valentré

10h30   Bustling Saturday morning market

11h30   Cathédral

13h       Restaurant Table de Haute-Serre (2-course lunch)

14h30   Winery visit and lunch  

17h30   Return to CL    

19h.      Dinner (3 course)       

DAY 7  Sunday   Departure

10h        Brunch

Morning Free time

13h30    Departure from Château Ladausse; direct Transfer to the train station  

              of Agen. Train leaves at 14h52.

*3190/person double occupancy
*3550€/person single occupancy

* May be adjusted post Covid-stay tuned

Cancellation Policy for Château Ladausse, Transportation and Tours :

  • If cancelled with 90 days or more notice, 50% of your down payment is refunded.
  • If cancelled with less than less than 90 days’ notice, no refund of your down payment is possible.

Limited to six guests-please reserve ASAP


The trip to the Perigord with Terrance was like a dream come true. Eric,the owner of Chateau Ladusse met us at Agen station and we were off. The scenery took my breath away, all shades of green and Lilacs in bloom everywhere. I felt as if my 'Fairy Godmother ' had waved her magic wand and put me into one of the most beautiful rooms. my view of the grounds was spectacular. The wine and food presented by Eric and Diane was beyond Michelin stars. Then came the next highlight -- meeting the celebrated author Martin Walker. We were invited to his home for a grand lunch prepared by his wife. Martin's Bruno,chief of Police series has been most successful. Even the wine he produces carries the Bruno label. Needless to say,the wining and dining with exclusive company was over the top. By all means,this is an adventure not to be missed!

Angela Bellante, Petaluma, CA

We want to thank you again for the incredible week we just spent with you in the Perigord.  From reading about previous trips, we knew it would be interesting, but we had no idea just how interesting.  From meeting Martin Walker, touring with him, and then having lunch with him at his home, to touring caves, troglodyte villages, wineries, and a duck farm, it was all fascinating.  Eric, Sandra and you were all charming guides wherever we went.
But, the piece de resistance was returning to Chateau Ladausse, or as we all called it - home - at the end of a long day.  We were always welcomed back by Diane, who had spent the day preparing her glorious dinners.  We were always able to rest for a bit, and then the miracles began to appear.  Meeting in the salon each evening for some wine and Diane's delicious hors d'oeuvres was the start of the daily adventure.  Then followed exquisite dinners which were equal to any four star restaurant!  Ending, of course with extraordinary desserts.  Not only was everything Diane prepared delicious, but beautifully arranged.  Each plate was a work of art!  Every meal was accompanied by wines chosen by Eric, who then explained why the particular wine worked with the food we were eating.  Eric and Diane are perfect hosts who made us all feel welcome in their home.
You, Terrance, and Monica were great traveling companions who truly cared about all 
of us.  We were so fortunate that our little group got along so well.  Thank you once more for all the work and careful planning that went into making our week so wonderful!
Anne and Alan, Hudson Valley, NY


Our recent trip into the Perigord was fantastic.  To begin with, Chateau Ladausse was a great place to stay: the rooms were everything one could hope for, Diane’s meals were over the top, and Eric was a great guide.  Lunch with Martin Walker after his tour around Le Buge was the hi light—he was a gracious host, and the lunch itself in his dining room was truly memorable, full of lively conversation, with food reflected all the wonderful things one hopes for in the region.  Martin’s wife Julia was equally interesting and charming, and a tremendous cook to boot.  It was a treat to meet her, and Martin’s friend Raymond as well—a real character.  Our tour of Cahors, the lunch at Chateau Mercues, and the walk around Chateau Biron added even more interest to an altogether wonderful experience in Perigoridian history and gastronomy.  Thanks for putting together a sojourn we won’t soon forget.'

Gil and Patsy Diekmann, Tiburon, CA

'This was our second trip and it was a delight. Chateau Ladausse is a wonderful place and Diane and Eric make the experience very special. Martin Walker and his wife Julia were also superb hosts. They welcomed us with delicious food, conversation, wine and hospitality! Altogether , a terrific time in Le Périgord.'

Berry Stafford & Pat Holt, San Francisco

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