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The small but picturesque village of Paunat lies 38km east of Bergerac.
Things to see in Paunat
Paunat is a lovely village whose centre lies along a valley and its buildings rise up on both sides. It has an imposing church, the abbey church of St Martia, at its heart. The church was begun in the 12th century and added to in later centuries.
Legend has it that a pilgrim swore to build an abbey upon the spot where his pilgrim staff took root. This happened at Paunat et voila!
Right next to the church, in the old rectory, with the church walls rising up from its lovely garden is the Restaurant Julien which serves excellent food at reasonable prices. The garden has been planted in a formal style a bit like those of a cloister garden.
Wandering through the village you will see the little stream, 'Le Paunat', passing under a little bridge and under the mairie and if you wander up-hill next to the church you get lovely views over the roofs and across to the houses on the other side of the valley.
Also in the village is a lavoir, the communal washing area of days gone by. Keep an eye out for the maison "La Recette" with its arch over a covered passage and a medieval style. The houses of Paunat are built in a lovely ochre stone making this tiny village a pleasure to visit.
On the edge of the village is the delightful Chartreuse du Colombier which is private but usually opens its lovely gardens to the public during the 'Rendez-Vous aux Jardins' at the begining of June.
Urval is another tiny but picturesque village. Urval has a wonderful communal bread oven to see.
The most beautiful village of Limeuil is just a couple of kilometers down the road from Paunat and not only has a lovely village, it also has a river beach and, up at the top of the village are the 'Jardins Panoramique de Limeuil', a pleasant garden with great views over the river confluence.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.