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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Varaignes
Insee code24565
AltitudeFrom 115 to 241 meters
Surface16.60 km²
Population428 inhabitants
Density25 inhabitants/km²


Chief townPérigueux (at 59 km, 62 min)Souffrignac at 3.3 km (6 min)
DepartmentDordogneJaverlhac-et-la-Chapelle-Saint-Robert at 5.6 km (8 min)
RegionAquitaineSearch another town


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Varaignes is at the crossroads of three departments. This town in the north of the Green Perigord, Charente key west and north, Haute -Vienne.

Memories of the Middle Ages are many Varaignes. The castle (XIV in the early 17th century) and the church gathered once by an underground passage. Recipes (now restaurant) was the place where people brought in kind tax they owed the lord.

The village mill and oven ( not visitors) and the fountain of Saint John, former fountain devotions. A former coaching inn with its sign still visible " Loge foot and on horseback."

The old houses huddled against each other in narrow streets that climb the hill leading from the creek at the top of the plateau.

Frequently Asked Turkeys of Saint Martin ( 11 November ) since at least the time of Henry the fourth and Sully. This is the only fair which is constantly maintained over the centuries. Turkey flocks come to the fairgrounds in procession as they once were able to walk with the farmers. That day, in the marquee and restaurants Varaignes is served turkey.

Many turkey farmers have settled in and around Varaignes.


  • Castle Varaignes :
  • Varaignes kept the medieval structure of ordered around its castle village. In 1280, Robert de Montbron is lord of Varaignes. In 1451, the Manor of Varaignes pass Montbron François Gautier de Perusse, Lord of the Cars Vauguyon of Coussière, Roussines, Tower Bar, Hideout and the Barony of St Germain on Vienna. Lords of Varaignes had the right to Upper, Middle and Lower justice on the parishes of Soudat, Bussiere, bearberry, Chapel St Robert Dordogne and the Souffrignac, Emouthiers - Ferrier, Ecuras, Roussines and enclaves Montbron in Charente.
  • The advantage of this castle is that it allows to embrace the evolution of local architecture from the 14th to 16th century square tower, Gothic architecture of the 15th century hexagonal tower and the facade of the courtyard of the 16th Italian Renaissance. The present castle was the center of a defensive enclosure that last lap, on the site of the current station, was destroyed in 1920.
  • The municipal Castle Varaignes is included in the inventory of buildings in France. It was restored through the efforts of the Tourist Office and Foyer Cultural Animation Varaignes who received the first prize in the National Competition Antenne 2 "Chef works in Peril " the hands 12/16/81 Minister of Culture.
  • Workshop - Museum Weavers and Charentais of Varaignes :
  • Located in the Castle Varaignes, traces the history of the textile industry of the Périgord -Limousin, home of the slipper. It also exhibits contemporary textile designs. And a contemporary tapestry of creative workshop, upholsterer, painter Sylvie Weber. It is a living by operating workshops twice a week in July and August and is open to visitors year-round museum : Labor fibers for the production of " Charentaises."
  • His home village weaver has hand tools : spindles, spinning wheels, weaving flying shuttle... In her workshops, textile machinery : spinning line with its laboratory business Jacquart and ribbon, felt fuller and carder to, first knitting machines. The reconstituted workshop sewn back - famous " Charentaises."
  • Textile exhibitions and events follow one another throughout the year.
  • Animations of the Workshop and Museum : market Weavers of Pentecost, and in season, facilitated workshops Monday and Thursday.
  • The Lud'eau : Trail Interpretive Lud'eaux alert:
  • Varaignes Located near the hook, small stream, it's an animated presentation (models on site operation ) in the history of hydraulics in the Perigord- Limousin forges, mills, sawmills, textile mills and textile, turbine and electricity, wind, environment and geology.
  • Textile and Dye plants on the path of discovery vivid Lud'eaux. Presentation of plant species were more or less used in local industry.
  • The Hall was rebuilt but has retained part of its original appearance.
  • The village mill and oven, partly visible.
  • The lofts... that is discovered during the Tour of the Village, this course is available at the Tourist Office.
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Varaignes
MonumentsCastle of Varaignes


  • At Pentecost : Market Weavers textile exhibition with artists from different countries.
  • Every Tuesday evening in July and August: Farmers Market Country.
  • Monday and Thursday afternoons in July and August : Animated Adventure Workshop Museum Weavers and Charentais.
  • The Wednesday afternoons in July and August : Visits moving on Lud'eau live.
  • The last weekend of August: Frairie with fireworks.
  • The last Sunday of August: Garage sale.
  • November 11: Frequently Asked turkeys.
  • The third Sunday of Christmas : Christmas Market.


  • At Teyjat: The museum space "Pierre Bourrinet" the Grotto. Every Tuesday afternoon in July and August: guided tours of the museum space Prehistory.
  • At Etouars: Space "Iron Forges."
  • Several hiking loops are available at the Office de Tourisme Intercommunal Varaignes.


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French cuisine restaurantAuberge de l'Etang Bleu
The Auberge de l'Etang Bleu is a small hotel-restaurant of charm in a shaded garden in front of a beautiful pond. The view is beautiful and peaceful place. Landscape and local cuisine...
Located 17.4 km from Varaignes38 € per person 

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House with 4 bedroomsLe Puy Chambre d' Hote & Gites Dordogne     NEW
Guest rooms and houses. Beautiful character restored barn and conversion of the farmhouse. In the heart of Perigord Vert National Park. New for the 2015 season! Built in 1760 on the...
Located 16.8 km from Varaignes65 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsChambres d'hôtes La Couade     NEW
Nested in the heart of Perigord Limousin Natural Park, the property extends over 10 hectares of meadows, woods, river, springs, ponds, in an unspoiled and authentic environnement. Large...
Located 18.6 km from VaraignesFrom 70 € to 85 € the double room 
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La Rochefoucauld
Guest House located in a house joile master of the 18 th century, the heart of La Rochefoucauld, 100 metres from shops, market, terraces of cafes and restaurants. Bathroom and toilet...
Located 19.3 km from Varaignes62 € the double room 

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House for 11 persons'Chez le Belge'
Old stone farmhouse restored in the country in a country style. Located in a very quiet village but close to all tourist and sport activities.
Located 3.8 km from VaraignesFrom 500 € to 900 € per week 
Chalet for 5 personsLe Puy Gites Perigord Vert Dordogne   NEW
New for 2015 Chestnut House cottage is a beautiful recently renovated traditional stone house. Located in a small valley in the heart of the Perigord Vert National Park. The old stone...
Located 16.8 km from VaraignesFrom 360 € to 695 € per week 
House for 5 personsLe Septentrion
It is a home with 3 bedrooms, 1 living room, an alcove, two bathrooms, two separate toilets, a beautiful fireplace in the living room. 1 kitchen equipped complement. 1 large terrace...
Located 17 km from VaraignesFrom 700 € to 900 € per week 

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Domaine Brise Bois - Hotel in VaraignesDomaine Brise Bois 
Offering an outdoor swimming pool and an à la carte restaurant, Domaine Brise Bois is located in Rouzède. Free Wi-Fi access is available, as well as a children’s playground and a laundry....
Located 11.3 km from VaraignesRoom from 56 €
Village Le Chat - Hotel in VaraignesVillage Le Chat    
Village Le Chat is a holiday park located in Charente. Set in an 81-acre park, the property offers outdoor heated swimming pools, tennis courts, a children’s playground and a large...
Located 12.4 km from VaraignesRoom from 32 €
Grand Hotel Pelisson - Hotel in VaraignesGrand Hotel Pelisson  
Located in Nontron in the heart of Green Perigord, Grand Hotel Pelisson offers a garden with an outdoor swimming pool, a sun and a furnished terrace. All the rooms at Grand Hotel Pelisson...
Located 12.9 km from VaraignesRoom from 60 €

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