Brantôme also named Venice of Périgord is located in Périgord Vert north of Périgueux. Stretching towards the Limousin to the north and Charente to the west, the area is named Périgord Vert because of the greenery of the forests and meadows of the region.
Brantôme sits on a bend of the river Dronne that encircles a large part of the town and the steep wooded slopes form an attractive backdrop to the picturesque town. The Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill now turned into the splendid Le Moulin de l'Abbaye hotel and restaurant all make for a very photogenic scene and make Brantôme one of the most beautiful towns of the Dordogne. Activities, great food, spectacular scenery everything is there! A small town not to be missed under any circumstances.
Wandering through Brantôme’s picturesque streets, you can’t help but notice the smooth cobbles of the streets. Brantôme is on the famous pilgrim route to Santiago, Spain and over the centuries, the many pilgrims who’ve walked this route have worn it down.
The Abbey of Brantôme
The most well-known attraction of the town is the magnificent Benedictine Abbey. The original was built by Charlemagne in the 8th century; rebuilt in the 11th century it is now the location of the town’s mairie and art museum. The Abbey of Brantôme Known as Saint Peter of Brantôme was founded according to the legend in 769 by Charlemagne himself.
It is placed under the patronage of Saint Peter and Saint Sapalo, one of the innocent Saints of Bethlehem killed by order of King Herod according to the Gospel of St. Matthew. A fragment of the child's relic is treasured in the church in an elegant shrine.
Originally part of the Benedictine abbey was built into the surrounding caves which were used as dwellings and one cave still features a fountain of miraculous virtues dedicated to Saint-Sapalo, whose relics were offered to the monks by Charlemagne, and which are to this day still preserved in the abbey. The largest of the caves also contains two monumental bas-reliefs, dedicated to the Last Judgement.
Le Moulin de l'Abbaye
Le Moulin de l'Abbaye is a mythical 4* Hotel located in the heart of the Brantôme - one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages of the Périgord and no better place to discover the heart of the Dordogne and its charms, as well as its food and regional culture.
The Moulin de l'Abbaye on the banks of the River Dronne offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Brantôme as well as the Jardin Des Moines, the "Pont Coudé" (Renaissance) and the Abbey founded in 769 by Charlemagne.
The Hotel also offers has a superb 1-star Michelin restaurant and its terrace is a great place to relax enjoying the stunning scenery of the working mill. As well as its flagship restaurant its two nearby Perigourdine Bistrots "Fil du Temps" and "Fil de l'Eau", will allow you to taste regional dishes including the famous black truffle of Périgord and Frois Gras from Thiviers for which this region is famous worldwide.