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Jumilhac le Grand - overlooked by a magnificent chateau

Some rural French villages are quite unassuming, while others have outstanding historic features. Jumilhac le Grand is definitely one of the latter. Dominated by its superb chateau, known as "The Black Pearl of the Green Perigord", Jumilhac le Grand packs a lot of charm into a small space in the Perigord National Park. The village was once a notable centre for gold, and small scale panning can still be seen today along the river.

All the essentials of life are found in Jumilhac

With only around 1,400 residents, you might expect Jumilhac le Grand to have few amenities. But, you'd be wrong. Within the village you can find not only the beautiful chateau, but also a very handy clutch of small shops and local services. In fact, you can find pretty much anything you need for everyday life without having to take your car and travel to a larger town. Although you might want to pop along the road to nearby St Yrieix la Perche to find the big supermarkets. But, as Jumilhac offers a baker, a butcher, a mini supermarket, a hairdresser, a pharmacy, a bank, a café, bars and restaurants, you won't have to leave the village very often! It isn't only shops and services that can be accessible for villagers and holidaymakers either. Just a few miles up the road is a great outdoor swimming pool, while other activities include a gym that offers various classes and even paintball!

Explore beautiful villages and chateaux and enjoy all sorts of activities

The Dordogne is hugely popular with both British people looking to relocate from the UK, and also with holidaymakers. And, there's a good reason for this popularity. There's just so much to see, do and ultimately, to enjoy! Within easy reach of the village of Jumilhac le Grand there's a lovely lake, horse-riding stables, tennis and golf, walking trails through forests and along riverbanks and even places where you can try the age old art of panning for gold. There is the village of Saint Jean de Cole, classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, the mediaeval town of St Yrieix la Perche, grottoes and chateaux to visit. You'll never run out of things to do from a base in Jumilhac le Grand.

How to get there

If you're travelling from the UK, you've got plenty of choice whether you want to travel by air or rail. Limoges has the nearest airport and major train station, but Brive la Gaillarde, Bergerac and Bordeaux are also possible options. If you prefer to go by road, the nearest motorway is the N21, while the D79/D78 is where you'll find Jumilhac.

Property prices and availability in and around Jumilhac le Grand

The Dordogne is always sought after, but even here 2013 has seen a more realistic approach to house pricing. It's a good time to find a bargain, for you can bet your boots that as the recession fades, the area will see a return to higher prices.

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Jumilhac le Grand AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Jumilhac le Grand?

Jumilhac le Grand is located in the south-west of France, in the north-east of the Dordogne.

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Population: 1,240

Access: By air: Fly to Limoges, direct from the UK. By rail: Take the TGV to Limoges. By road: Drivers will find the village on the D79/D78 near the N21 (non toll) motorway.

Economy: The village has a mixed economy that includes agriculture, a weekly market, small commerce and artisanal industry.

Interesting fact: The village's chateau is known as "The Black Pearl of the Green Perigord" and is a classified historic building.

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