Yes, our farmhouse rental worked well (Excellent Experience with VRBO Rental), and yes, we had a blast exploring the area (Zip-Line Adventure In … France?), but the real star of our Dordogne holiday was the Ferme Auberge — a working farm with a restaurant serving what it produces, Les Truffières, located next door to our villa.
Next door means we stepped around our hedge and there it was — no driving, i.e. no divorce-producing fights around wrong turns on European roads. The word “fresh” takes on an entirely new meaning when you eat on a working farm.
Our host, Yannick, spoke little English, but he didn’t need to. When he initiated cocktail hour with an amazing little lavender-infused rosé wine aperitif, all was clear — we were in for a culinary treat. The kids were equally wide-eyed with their freshly picked juice du jour.
The food was fantastic, but what made the set-up perfect with kids (we went 4 times in 7 nights), is that the Les Truffières experience includes an assortment of grown dogs and a puppy, enough cats to keep things interesting, and absolutely every farm animal you can think of. A relaxing dinner in Europe with 3 boys under 10 took on a new meaning.
The boys had an absolute blast. There were kids from all over the world there every night and by dessert, they would all be playing in the yard together communicating in the universal kids language — running, screaming, jumping, and laughing.
Seeing your children have the opportunity to interact with people from around the world in a radically different cultural setting is the magic family travel moment for me. It’s why I started Ciao Bambino and why I feel so strongly that international travel with kids is life-changing for all.
Les Truffières. Tremolat, France. Tel: 05-53-27-30-44