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Dordogne and Bordeaux itinerary - help appreciated

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Hi all. Thank you for your past advice about our April trip to Barcelona and the Dordogne. We need to drop the Barcelona portion of our trip now (we needed to cut the trip down a few days and will go to Barcelona with my BIL another time, maybe after Christmas next year). For context, we're in our mid-60s, in good shape/ walk a lot on a regular basis, love gardens, architecture, history, good food, friendly hosts. We like to take our time more than race around to see everything. The places we stay are very important to me; we do enjoy relaxing and reading there (some people are out all the time and don't care - I do). And I would like to have a bathtub (shower too is OK).

This is my tentative new plan, and I'd love some help with it.

Sunday April 20 (Easter) LAX-Toulouse
Monday 4/21 overnight Toulouse (this is a French holiday, I think)
Tuesday 4/22 - Sunday 4/27 rent car, drive to the Dordogne (6 nights)
Monday 4/28 - Weds 4/30 drive to St Emilion (3 nights)
Thursday 5/1 return car at Bordeaux airport (this is also a French holiday, I assume the car return at the airport will be open)

In the Dordogne, I have bookmarked places to see including the caves of Lascaux, Manoir d"Erignac, les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Rocamadour, Sarlat. In the past we have enjoyed st-Paul-de-Vence, which I'm mentioning because St Cirq Lapopie looks wonderful to me, but I know St-Cirq here is not a fan. :) St-Emilion is interesting for the surroundings, and we'd go into Bordeaux for a day. While we love good wine, we're not that informed and wine-tasting is not our focus.

I think there's a bus from the Toulouse airport to the train station. I bookmarked the Pullman Toulouse Center Hotel (Accor) because it looked fine, was in a good location, and was well priced. This is one hotel I don't care as much about - we'd just crash then rent the car at the train station in the morning.

In the Dordogne, the following hotels/ B&Bs have caught my eye:
In Sarlat, Les Cordeliers http://www.hotelsarlat.com
Outside Sarlat:
Maison de Marquay In Marquay www.maisondemarquay.fr
La Roche d'Esteil, in Sainte-Nathalene www.larochedesteil.com
Les Granges Hautes in St-Crepin-Carlucet www.les-granges-hautes.fr

One of my questions is, would we be better off staying three nights in two places, like in Sarlat/outside of Sarlat; or find someplace south, closer to Rocamadour; or are these places central enought that we should just stay all six nights in one of them. They all get good reviews.

Another thing I want to avoid is driving cliff-side or way-out-there roads in the evening/night. We stayed at a fabulous place near Avignon once, but it had these drainage ditches on either side of a one-lane, dark road - with limited, hidden turnouts into fields... and my husband did NOT want to leave at night. I figure some of you are familiar with these little villages and can clue me in! It's one thing I liked about those in the country - they offered meals some nights, so we wouldn't need to drive for all dinners. I like being in the country more than in Sarlat, so if included Les Cordeliers it would not be for all six nights.

In St-Emilion, I have looked at
Pavillon Villemaurine http://pavillon-villemaurine.com
Les Belles Perdrix //www.chateau-troplong-mondot.com (this one looks wonderful, the vineyard house)

From there it looks like we could catch the train into Bordeaux one day, and drive around it to return the car for our late afternoon flight home.

Any comments? Thanks in advance!

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