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Salignac Eyvigues is a small town about 17km north-east of Sarlat. It is close to the fabulous gardens of the Manoir of Eyrignac. Salignac Eyvigues is in the Perigord Noir region of the Dordogne.

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The main square at the centre of Salignac Eyvigues is pleasant enough but not especially inspiring but walk down to the Place de la Halle and there is a lovely small stone hall and next to it a huge gothic building.

gothic house of Salignac-Eyvigues

The halle is stone with large stone arches which is unusual as most village halls in the area are made of wood. It is quite small and close to the surrounding houses and whilst the main vegetable market took place here it was deemed too small for the cattle market which took place in the Place du Champ de Mars, and for the small animal market which took place in the Place Neuve du Chateau.

Whilst this has been the main market place for a long time the current building is relatively recent and was built in the 19th century.

The large gothic house is the 'Hotel Noble des Croisiers' also known as the 'palais de Salignac. It was built in the 13th century and modified in the 14th century when windows were added to let in more light. It has a lauze (stone) roof which apparently weighs an incredible 1 tonne per square meter. These stone roofs were once very common in the area but are now becoming quite rare - mostly due to their incredible weight.

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The streets of Salignac are lined with attractive stone houses and it is worth taking a look inside the church at Salignac where the 'stations of the cross' have been made by Marcel Deviers a popular local artist born in the Perigord area in 1914.

Above the town is the chateau de Salignac which dates back to the 12 and 13th centuries. It cannot be visited but you can walk up to it to get a closer view of its lauze roof, its dungeon and the square and round towers that flank the main building. You probably get the best view of the castle if you approach it from the north side.

From the centre of Salignac there is a pleasant walk leading to the centre of the village of Eyviques where there is an attractive church and a 16th century manor house.

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Where to visit near to Salignac-Eyvigues?

The main sight near to Salignac Eyvigues are the wonderful gardens at the 'Manoir d'Eyrignac'. These are very much in the french formal garden style and consist mostly of wonderfully shaped hedges and long grass pathways in between them.

There are few flowers in the Eyrignac gardens but the detail of the hedges and the shapes and sizes of the topiaries is amazing. I don't think I have ever been anywhere where the colour green is quite so bright and rich and full of shades and textures. Certainly not your ordinary garden!

For garden lovers there is another great garden nearby. Les Jardins de Cadiot is a large garden containing a number of themed gardens including an English style garden and an Italian style garden. The garden is on the edge of the village of Carlux which whilst small is very pretty with its ruined castle and attractive village houses.

The nearby village of Saint Amand de Coly is classified as one of France's most beautiful gardens and it is lovely to explore.

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Salignac-Eyvigues places to visit

Les Jardins d'Eyrignac

Les Jardins d'Eyrignac

The Jardins d'Eyrignac are a stunning display of clipped hedges and topiary.

Les Jardins d'Eyrignac guide
Saint Crepin et Carlucet

Saint Crepin et Carlucet

Saint Crepin et Carlucet is a charming village and home to the Chateau de Lacypierre.

Saint Crepin et Carlucet guide
Saint Genies

Saint Genies

Saint Genies is a lovely village with a small castle and church at its centre.

Saint Genies guide
Carlux

Carlux

Carlux is a pretty village with the ruins of a castle in the centre.

Carlux guide
Les Jardins de Cadiot

Les Jardins de Cadiot

The Jardins de Cadiot is a beautiful, romantic garden with ten themed gardens.

Les Jardins de Cadiot guide
Saint Amand de Coly

Saint Amand de Coly

Saint Amand de Coly is one of the most beautiful villages of France.

Saint Amand de Coly guide
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