CHATEAU du CASTELNAUD
15km CYCLE FROM COURNET-HAUT
Travelling by foot or by bike from Cournet Haut
Our village - Saint Pompon

Restaurant L'Envie de Mets

Our beloved little village St.Pompon is a mere 800m stroll downhill from Domaine de Cournet-Haut. This petite 14th century village has many hidden treasures set in and around its maze of little alleyways. These include St.Pompon castle (of which Domaine de Cournet-Haut was a dependence), a Romanesque church with its historic cemetery, and many wash houses, mills and bread ovens.
         With a population of less than 500, St.Pompon has more to offer than your regular small village thanks to its range of commerce, bars, reputed restaurant, and its weekly farmers market. It also has a hugely popular Marché Gourmand / night market every Saturday during the summer months. And to top it up, St.Pompon is now a recognised mountain biking centre (accredited by the French Federation of Mountain Biking) with its permanent mountain biking circuits. The village has proudly hosted two rounds of the French Mountain Biking Cup in 2012 and 2013.
St.Pompon Commerce
  • Restaurant L'Envie de Mets. Visit website here
  • Ferme Auberge du Roc : Homemade regional products from the farm and traditional cooking. Visit website here
  • Two bars, one of which "Café de la Place" - the local "pub" has regular live music nights. Click here for more info
  • A small "Vival" supermarket
  • Butcher
  • Bakery
  • Pharmacy
  • Weekly farmers' market and flea market (on Friday morning)
  • Weekly night food markets in the summer months (on Saturday night)
  • Walking & Running
    There are many marked walkways departing from Cournet-Haut, ranging from 30 minute walks to 6 - 7 hour hikes, so there is something for all levels of fitness.
          We have created a selection of custom made maps showing suggested walks, runs and bike rides all departing from Cournet-Haut.
         For those of you who enjoy running, your host Alan is an avid cross-country and trail runner, and is always at hand to suggest routes depending on your level of fitness.

    Sample custom map

    Cycling & Mountain Biking
    Happy guests trying
    out our hardware
    Cycling is one of the best ways to discover our surrounding area. With a maze of small quiet country lanes and dedicated cycle tracks you will be spoilt for choice.
          Cournet-Haut has a large range of bikes (with baby seats if needed) free to use for all of our guests. We have a selection of custom made maps marking suggested cycles all of which depart from Cournet-Haut.
          We also have two electric bikes available to rent - you'll never be afraid to cycle up a hill again!
    Mountain Biking it seems has found its new home in South-West France, that being the maze of rural tracks around St.Pompon. This is thanks in no small part to our annual mountain biking race "la Pomponnaise" held every June, and also to the fact that St.Pompon hosted two rounds of the French Mountain Biking Cup in 2012 & 2013, attracting the biggest names in France.
    All of this has led to the creation of a permenant mountain biking centre in St.Pompon with a total of 138 km of marked routes of varying difficulty, all of which connect within 1km of Domaine de Cournet-Haut.
    Although the bikes we provide are not designed for off-roading, we do provide a power-hose for those who bring their own mountain bikes.
    St.Pompon MTB circuits
    Very easy 1
    Easy 2
    Difficult 1
    Very difficult 3
    Total # of circuits 7
    Total length 138 km
    Or go further afield by car . . .
    Domaine de Cournet Haut, 24170 Saint Pompon, Dordogne, France.
    Tel: (+33)O5.53.28.46.88   Email: cournethaut@wanadoo.fr
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