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- Sleeps 10
- 5 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
- Tennis Court
- Heated Pool
- Small Party Rate (up to 6 people)
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Location of Château de Galaup
Great Things to Do Near Château de Galaup
a place where you can see for yourselves how important food is in French life. Go to the splendid large market on Sunday morning in Agen. There is also a smaller version on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Agen so you are spoilt for choice. Villeneuve-sur-Lot has a market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Laroque-Timbut on a Thursday, Beauville on a Friday and Sunday.
This wonderful bastide, founded in 1253, sits on the River Lot in a fertile valley producing much fruit, especially known for its plums and prunes. River trade made Villeneuve the major port in the area in the 19th century where imported goods such as coffee, spices and sugar came inland from Bordeaux whilst wood and its products came from river ports further inland. The old wharfs where this business was conducted have now been converted into a modern open-air amphitheatre where free concerts take place in the summer on Wednesdays.
Penne d'Agenais is a beautiful Bastide town
with narrow cobbled streets, a basilica at the top and artist shops in the old town. Quite unusually at the bottom of the hill, it has a small port on the river, Port-de-Penne. Several nice restaurants can be found in the village.
If you're a little bit curious about Foie Gras,
the famous product of South West France, visit the Foie Gras Museum in Frespech. It shows 4500 years of history from the Egyptians to the present day. There's a great restaurant there too.
The main town of the Lot-et-Garonne, Agen has lots of shops, cafés and restaurants and an attractive pedestrianised shopping boulevard. You can also visit the museum, the bridge canal and browse the local market 3 times a week.
Explore Puy l’Evêque
This superb medieval town built on a rock by the river Lot is well worth a visit, with its 13th century donjon at the top of the town. Tuesday is market day in Puy l’Evêque, held in the square in front of the town hall.
The house is an easy 40km drive from Vire-sur-Lot where you can find some of the best Cahors wines.
Visit the caves of Les Grottes de Fontirou
(20km), near Villeneuve-sur Lot.
A boat trip on the river Lot...
starting in Fumel (35km) is a lovely way to while away a couple of hours. While you are in the area, why not visit the fabulous fortress of Bonaguil only 7km further? Afterwards, have coffee or lunch at the little restaurant/café at the foot of the château.
Garden lovers will enjoy...
the fabulous collection of waterlilies at La Tour-Marliac in Le Temple-sur-Lot (40 minute drive).
Golf d'Espalais (26km, near Auvillar) has a 9 hole course. The Villeneuve sur Lot Golf & Country Club (40km) has an 18 hole course.
Take the children to Park Walygator in Roquefort
35km away, near Agen, this fun park has plenty of water rides, a tropical forest, fun park rides such as the corkscrew and pirate boats, as well as an 18th century castle.
Messing about on the river!
Various water activities can be enjoyed on the River Tarn at Moissac (33km) such as canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle, pedalos and electric boats. Or drive a similar distance to the north instead and similar activities are available on the River Lot from Montayral, Vire sur Lot or Puy l'Évêque.
Hire a bicycle
Hire bikes in Puy l'Evêque (43km) and explore the country lanes, or join part of the 'Lot Valley' marked bicycle route which follows the River Lot westwards for 160km from Cahors all the way to Damazan where the Lot flows into the Garonne.
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France
Within a 30 minute radius of Chateau de Galaup, there are 5 villages which have been awarded 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France' (the most beautiful villages of France). Discover Pujols-le-Haut (26km), Penne d'Agenais (27km), Tournon d'Agenais (30km), Lauzerte (34km) and Auvillar (27km). Slightly further afield is La Romieu in the Gers (48km).
History of the Château
Originally the property of the Galaup family at the end of the 16th Century, it passed into the hands of the Rissan and the Verdun families during the time of Louis XIII. In the 18th Century, Jacques de Bergues was its lord. The castle keep dates from the 15th Century with a 16th Century main building which was extended by polygonal staircase turret. A second main building disappeared after 1900. The square keep, topped by a battlement walkway, has a spiral staircase which serves the four floors. The ground floor is vaulted with a semi-circular cradle, the first two floors have a fireplace and latrines and each end of the wall has a fire hydrant. The main building has three levels. The accommodation on the first floor is lit by two windows framing a half-case window. The staircase turret overlooks the courtyard through a 16th century door above which there is a rectangular twin window.
|La Sauvetet-de-Savères||7 mins|
|Bilbao||5 Hrs 10 mins|
|Santander||5 Hrs 55 mins|
|St Malo||6 Hrs 50 mins|
|Caen||7 Hrs 50 mins|
|Le Havre||7 Hrs 55 mins|
|Cherbourg||8 Hrs 15 mins|
|Dieppe||8 Hrs 20 mins|
|Calais||9 Hrs 55 mins|
|Bergerac||1 Hr 20 mins|
|Toulouse||1 Hr 20 mins|
|Bordeaux||1 Hr 50 mins|
|Agen (TGV)||30 mins|
|Bordeaux St Jean (TGV)||1 Hr 50 mins|