Rustling murmurings, cheerful whispering roars, silence and crushing noises will gladly help you blow those cobwebs away.
Féamie 2004, dedicated to man and nature in Parc Féamie in the Périgord Noir region in France
Parc Féamie is an initiative of Stichting DFW, the family-oriented foundation of Felix and Claudine Vriends, and works by the motto 'Vivons ensemble les vacances'. Accordingly, people, irrespective of colour or denomination, able-bodied or those with a handicap, are encouraged to sign up. For this is what makes Parc Féamie unique. Nearly all accommodation in the holiday park is wheelchair-accessible and suitable for use by people with a handicap.
At the moment, the park boasts 3 large, luxury holiday homes, 2 semi-detached properties and 4 flats, two of which are modular in design. There are also 2 swimming pools, one of which is indoors and heated with supervised activities for aqua gym, water babies and therapy to overcome fear of swimming. The park also comprises a wellness centre with sauna, spa, beauty salon and massage parlour, as well as a gym with bar. A hammam is also being planned for the end of 2010.
The park is run by SARL Parc Féamie. Bookings are taken exclusively by Topic Travel in The Hague until 1 April. For more information, please visit:
. The booking codes for the houses and flats in Parc Féamie at Topic Travel are: FD.195A tm C and FD.195.1 tm 4. Topic Travel can be reached by telephone on: +31 70 416 84 16 For bookings after 1 April, please use the booking facility on this website. Applications before 1 April will be dealt with by Topic Travel. [in apart kader onder foto module, even breed als foto module]. Health reasons are for Felix and Claudine Vriends reason to lease (albeit through participation) or sell the park. For more information, please ring, e-mail or write to Felix Vriends of Stichting DFW, De Burgemeester 10, 4751 CP Oud Gastel, Nederland.
Sports, games & recreation
Parc Féamie offers a huge range of sports and games. There is a large jeu de boules pitch, a sports field (basketball/ volleyball/ football) and there are various playground attractions, including climbing towers, a swing, a slide, a tiny house and a spring rider for the tiny tots. There is also a trampoline that can be used under parental supervision and at the users' own risk. The park also has a table tennis table, the equipment for which can be rented from the wellness centre. As you can see, there is something there for young and old.
The region near the park is perfect mountain biking terrain. Bikes can be rented from the park's caretaker.
Parc Féamie boasts 2 swimming pools: an outdoor pool with a separate section for the little ones and an indoor pool that is linked to the wellness centre. There are strict rules that apply within the indoor pool area to guarantee peace and quiet, and it is here that activities such as water babies, aqua gym and therapy to overcome fear of swimming are held. Please ask the staff of the wellness centre about the conditions for taking part.
The wellness centre also boasts a gym. Please ask the staff of the wellness centre for more details.
It is possible to rent canoes at virtually every village along the Dordogne for downstream adventures. A coach will take you back from your selected destination to your starting point.
Several walks have been set out near the park, varying in distance from a few to more than 10 kilometres. Ask the caretaker where these walks start.
Tennis courts at a stone's throw from the park can be booked per hour. You need to provide your own rackets and shoes.
There are several golf courses from 15 minutes' driving distance from the park. Also visit:
There are different horse riding options near the park; both unsupervised (nature trails) and supervised. Ask the caretaker for more information.
How to get there?
For your route finder, enter Lat 44º 46' 43'' N Lang 1º 07' 42'' E (Place name Les Escloux or La Chapelle Péchaud or Castelnaud la Chapelle).
Les Escloux is at 1100 km from Amsterdam.
The easiest route is via Paris, Orleans, Vierzon (end of first section of toll road, start of free dual carriageway), Chateauroux, Limoges, Brives (select small section of toll road, approx. 25 km to Souillac slip road), take the Souillac slip road. Follow the signs for Sarlat la Caneda, Castelnaud and St. Cybranet. You can drive via either Carsac/Vitrac/Cenac/St. Cybranet or Sarlat.
This description is via Sarlat. The road is less mountainous/touristy and is quicker. The Sarlat route takes slightly longer but is safer. You need to be alert when you approach Sarlat. At the roundabouts, follow the signs for Bergerac and Domme. When you leave Sarlat at the junction where there is a Peugeot garage on your right and shopping chains GIFI and SPORT2000 on your left, you need to bear right and up in the direction of Vezac and Beynac. At Vezac, follow the signs for Castelnaud (not Beynac). Across the bridge at Castelnaud, follow the road to your left in the direction of St. Cybranet. As you enter St. Cybranet, turn right up the hill just after 'Le Mairie' (if you drive via Carsac/Vittrac/Cenac, you will approach this junction from the opposite direction and you will need to turn left at this point) and follow this road for 4 km in the direction of La Chapelle Péchaud. You will come across a junction signposted Parc Féamie. Take a left there. Parc Féamie is on your right-hand side in the midst of green.
Since 2009, sign posts pointing to Parc Féamie have been put up from all roads of access.