La Roque-gageac, Dordogne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
A troglodyte fort nestled in golden cliffs, Perigourdine houses lining the water’s edge – if there is one contender this year loved by the French and Brits alike, it’s the village of La Roque-gageac in Dordogne.
An ancient trading post on the Dordogne river, the south-facing community enjoys an almost Mediterranean microclimate that supports an exotic garden of palms, banana plants and cacti halfway up the cliff face.
The village came a close second in our reader’s poll and a respectable third place in the French vote. Local agent Caroline Olivier, of Beaux Villages Immobilier, knows why.
“La Roque-gageac is blessed with good weather, friendly locals and properties to suit everyone,” she says. “There are good restaurants and bars and shops selling everything from summer clothes to foie gras.
“You can rent canoes, kayaks and traditional flat-bottom boats called gabarres to enjoy life on the river. The gardens of Marqueyssac offer a really lovely look-out spot and the views of the nearby village of Domme and the Château de Castelnaud evoke a strong feeling of going back in time.
“Also, everything is within easy reach. The village is within a short drive of major tourist hubs including Sarlat-la-canèda, les Eyzies-deTayac-sireuil and Beynac-et-cazenac.” Average house price: €1,717/m2