Generally useful sites in English:

La Poste site, about all aspects of the postal service:

Weather forecast site (in French):

Weather in Aquitaine:

A realtime currency converter:

English language listening line in France:

Ursaff site in English:

Generally useful sites in French:

Link to lots of useful French sites:
Paperasse en ligne

Official site of the Caisse Allocations Familiales, information on rights and benefits:

Useful information about all aspects of family life in France:

About the auto-entrepreneur system:

A site giving hotline numbers and times when lines are most likely to be free for many French organisations:

Some great places to stay:

Lovely gites in nearby Piegut:

Group of gites beside a lake:

Further afield, a site where I used to advertise my gite, lots of other information too:

Some good places to eat:

Ferme Auberge Panivol, English speaking, 0553 564066

Auberge des Arts, Bussiere-Badil, French speaking (recently changed owners), 0553 605247

Ferme Auberge les Forges des Lavallades, 0553 565763

Auberge du Presbytere at St Barthelemy de Bussiere : Tel : 0553 564244

And some lovely and interesting places to visit:





Other places to visit and things to do in the area.....

The lake and the Roc Branlant, at nearby St Estephe
The medieval village of Bussiere Badil
Historic village and chateau at Varaignes
Karting at Teyjat, nr Javerlhac
Biking and walking at Gorges du Chambon
Canoeing in Brantome and Montbron
Bowling at Bussiere-Badil

If you’ve just moved to France, or have been here a while, and are thinking of keeping a pet, please please consider rescuing an unwanted animal before thinking about buying one. We have had three rescue dogs, all of whom have been wonderful, and taken in various cats over the years. Most of these animals are in shelters or foster homes though no fault of their own. If they’re lucky they will be rehomed or kept until someone takes them on, but in some cases they are put to sleep, so please do look at the following links and see if you too can find the dog or cat for you....

Phoenix Association:

Hope Association, helping animals in need:

PoorPaws, dog adoption France:

Les Amis des Chats:

Les Chiens de l’Espoir:

SPA Perigueux:

SPA Limoges:

SPA Angouleme:

SPA Bergerac:
English to French list of bird names (opens in a new window)