La Maison Fleurie
is in a delightful little hamlet with pretty flowers and rustic charm - friendly locals too!
Come for a walk with us!
The owners of Maison Fleurie propose a 1h30 walk, every Monday at 17:30, during which they will take you along secret lanes and woodland. Easy walk, accessible to all and completely free!
The Secret Gardens of Cahors
The secret gardens were first created in 2002 and consist of 29 separate gardens around the city, each with a different theme. There is a path linking the gardens and it is possible to follow the trail around the city in a half day.
If you don't feel like cooking or driving,
stroll down to the Ferme-Auberge just 800 metres from the house for a delicious meal of local specialities. After all, you are on holiday.
For those who enjoy country walks,
this is the ideal place. Just in front of your house you will see signposts indicating the directions for several beautiful walks that lead right from your doorstep. You will find leaflets on the walks in the house.
Visit the nearby fortress of Bonaguil.
Elevated above the oak woods it appears to have no strategic reason for being there except for our magical pleasure. You can enjoy a tasty meal followed by a long walk in the surrounding countryside. In summer this chateau is a venue for Theatre festivals and classical music concerts.
Chateaux are fascinating to visit
and there are plenty more on this side of the Dordogne including the Chateau de Beynac, the Fortress of Castelnau and its medieval war museum, the garden of the Chateau de Marqueyssac that overlooks Laroque-Gageac and the Dordogne valley and the nearby Chateau de Biron, set in a beautiful village.
The famous town of Sarlat,
jewel of the Dordogne is about an hour away. Why not visit this town on market day, Saturday, and then visit the Lascaux caves a little further north to see the famous paintings?
on the River Lot at Anglars-Juillac (16 kms). You can also go kayaking here, hire a small motor boat, rent a bike and go for walks.
There are plenty of sporty activities
to be found in the village of Frayssinet-le-Gélat, 4km away. 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.
Golfers can enjoy a game at 2 courses in Siorac (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).
The 13th century bastide towns
were mostly built around the Lot valley and the Dordogne. They are generally buzzing places, with lively markets and little cafes, excellent restaurants and pretty shops all around. Near La Maison Fleurie, you will find many bastides nearby including Villefranche-du-Périgord, Monpazier and Monflanquin.
Not to be missed
is a visit to the remote hamlet of Les Arques (17km) in the Lot. Visit the Zadkine Museum, with exhibitions by the Russian sculptor who made this tiny village his home. Whilst there you must enjoy a delicious meal in the much-acclaimed 'La Recreation' restaurant converted from the old school house.
Visit the fantastic medieval village of Rocamadour,
built on the side of a cliff. In the 13th century pilgrims would flock here in their thousands to seek cures for their illnesses. The children will enjoy seeing the eagles fly off the Roc or watch the 130 monkeys who live completely free in the Foret des Singes. It's famous for its goat's cheese so make sure to take some home with you.
In the Gouffre de Padirac,
(Gouffre means chasm) just 25km from Rocamadour, you can take a boat ride 300 feet below the surface of the earth and a walking tour amongst the stalactites and stalagmites, one of which is over 300 metres high and took several million years to form !
Just over an hour's drive,
passing Cahors, will take you to St Cirq Lapopie, a village with the accolade of 'Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France'. A very impressive place with a view to match. Best visited late afternoon, early evening when the tour buses have left.
With its position between the Lot and the Dordogne,
there is lots to see and do in the area around Maison Fleurie, but if you just want to chill out at times, relax around your pool and summer kitchen, enjoying the rural view and the tasty local fresh produce.
Views from the Sky
The aeroclub in Belvès (30 km away) offers plane trips above the famous sites and chateaux of the Dordogne.
Boat and horse drawn-carriage trips
About 17km away, at Mazeyrolles, you can take a day trip on a coach pulled by horses, visit the Dordogne, stop for a gastronomical picnic in the woods, or enjoy a wine and foie gras tasting. There are also trips on a boat on the Dordogne river, combined with a lovely lunch in a restaurant and an afternoon with the coach and horses - magnifique!
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