If you don't feel like cooking or driving,
walk a few hundred metres to the Ferme-Auberge for a delicious meal of local specialities. After all, you are on holiday! Best to book in advance.
For those who enjoy country walks,
this is the ideal place! In the little hamlet of la Thèze, you will see signposts for several beautiful walks.
The house is well placed to visit two interesting castles... Firstly, the Chateau de Bonaguil, which dates back to the 15th century and is one of the most splendid and beautiful fortresses in France. At the beginning of August, the château closes at 16.00 as the ‘Festival de Bonaguil’ takes place, with a programme of music and theatre events in the chateau and also in nearby Fumel. And secondly, the Chateau de Biron, which is a striking 16th century castle, set in a beautiful village.
Built in a tight meander of the River Lot, the city centre is compact and walkable, a warren of narrow streets with plenty of options for refreshment. A daily market is held in the 19th century halle, and other notable sights include the cathedral and the Valentre bridge. First created in 2002, the Secret Gardens of Cahors is a trail of 29 separate gardens across the city, each with a different theme - a must-see for horticulturalists!
Along the Dordogne
The Dordogne river is about an hour north from the house, and a lovely day can be spent enjoying the scenic drive along it. The towns of Laroque-Gageac and Beynac cling vertiginously to the cliffs on opposite banks of the river, and the chateau at Beynac is well worth visiting. Nearby Sarlat-la-Canéda is considered one of the jewels of the area, although this means it gets quite busy - try to go early in the day. Could be combined with a visit to the Lascaux caves a little further north where some of the most famous prehistoric paintings in the world were discovered.
Go canoeing or kayaking
on the River Lot at Anglars-Juillac (16km). Or you can also hire a small motor boat here, rent bicycles or go for a walk.
For the energetic...
there are plenty of active pursuits in the village of Frayssinet-le-Gélat, just a 10 minute drive from the house. Choose from horse riding, tennis, fishing as well as boating on the picturesque lake, or walking in the woods that surround it.
Take the children
to the Parc-en-Ciel in Lacapelle-Biron (29km) - 14 hectares of trees and fields where you'll find mini golf, a farm of baby animals, a snail museum, and an adventure playground through the trees with different courses suited to the age of the children.
A tiny hamlet in the heart of quiet countryside, yet quite remarkable and pretty, and know nowadays for the sculpture of Ossip Zadkine.
The nearby Grottes de Cougnac were discovered around 1950 and have some beautiful rock formations and some fine prehistoric paintings. A little further afield, near Villeneuve sur Lot, there are the Grottes de Fontirou in Castella and the Grottes de Lastournelle.
Hone your table tennis skills!
Get your bats and balls out and have a knock up, or maybe challenge each other to a table tennis competition!
Explore the bastide towns
Monpazier is a beautifully preserved bastide, laid out in the traditional grid style with lovely covered arcades around the square. To the north, Villeréal is quite untouristy and still seems lively out of season. Its timbered marketplace is in remarkably good condition and there is much to discover on a stroll around the town. Villeneuve-sur-Lot is one of the larger bastides, and was once an important port. And near there, there are three little hilltop bastides which are a joy to encounter: Pujols, Tournon d’Agenais and Penne d’Agenais.
Golfers can enjoy a round or two during their holiday at Castel Bouysset in St-Martin-le-Redon (15km) or at the two courses in Siorac-en-Périgord (25km).
Children and adults alike will enjoy a day at Le Bugue,
a small and attractive market town with little winding lanes and some lovely houses (52km). Visit the aquarium and the reconstitution of a XIXth century village at the 'Village du Bournat'.
Visit the vineyards
around Puy l'Evêque (12km) and try the dark Cahors wine, a largely undiscovered great wine of the region. You will see many 'caves' selling the wine and most will offer the chance to taste it first. Don't forget to stop in the little villages en route as well - there are many dotted along the River Lot down to Cahors (40km).
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