La Ferme des Cigales

Lot-et-Garonne

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  • Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, A/C) with French doors to terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). WiFi.
  • First Floor: Landing with door to pool terrace. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (washing machine). Twin bedroom with en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Covered dining terrace. Barbecue. Table tennis. Private parking.
  • Private gated heated swimming pool (11m x 4m) with shallow slope access.

Just off a picturesque country lane running through wooded hillsides, this renovated stone farmhouse provides an ideal holiday retreat for a small party, offering comfort and practicality and striking just the right balance between seclusion and convenience.

The spacious open plan living area is without doubt the convivial hub of the house, with an informal décor adding splashes of colour to complement the traditional backdrop of exposed stone, terracotta tiles and pine beams. The compact kitchen is to one side, which in turn leads out towards the covered dining terrace where al fresco meals can be enjoyed. Built in the eaves, the bedrooms are comfortably furnished and well proportioned and benefit from their own en suite bath or shower facilities.

To the rear of the house, the fenced pool sits on raised ground beside a lawned area with plenty of space for children to run around and play. The milieu is predominantly rural and semi-agricultural, as the owners of La Ferme des Cigales also run a small organic fruit and veg farm on the surrounding land (although no machinery is evident during the summer months). You will soon discover that the Agen region is characterised by swathes of plum orchards – don’t miss out on sampling the delicious chocolate-covered Pruneaux d’Agen during your stay!

Local cafés and restaurants and a bakery can be found in the medieval walled village of Penne d’Agenais (7km) with a wider selection of shops in Villeneuve-sur-Lot (15km), which as its name suggests sits on the banks of the river Lot. A little further afield, Agen (24km) has an atmospheric historic centre with plenty of pavement terraces from which to watch the world go by as well as a pedestrianised boulevard lined with boutiques.

  • The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.
  • Access to this property is via a shared driveway to the owners' house, however your privacy is assured.

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Great Things to Do Near La Ferme des Cigales

Go for a drive

and visit the pretty Bastide villages in the area. All of them have been built on the same basis, yet all of them are different. To name but a few - Tournon, Penne d'Agenais, Monflanquin, Lauzerte ...

Take the children to the Parc-en-Ciel in Lacapelle-Biron

14 hectares of trees and fields where you will find mini golf, a farm of baby animals, a snail museum, and an adventure playground through the trees with different courses depending on the age of the children. (40km from the house)

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. Only 6km from the house

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.

A visit to an everyday French market is a must -

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. On Sunday and Wednesday, you will find the owners of La Ferme des Cigales selling their own organic produced vegetables

Take the children to the Walibi Fun Park in Roquefort

34km 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.

Visit the caves of Les Grottes de Fontirou

(15km), near Villeneuve-sur Lot.

Visit Agen

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.

A big town

La Ferme des Cigales is two hours from either Toulouse or Bordeaux should you like to vist one or the other, or both!

Cahors Wines

The house is an easy 45km drive from Vire-sur-Lot where you can find some of the best Cahors wines.

A boat trip on the river Lot...

starting in Fumel (27km) 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 7 ½ km further on? Afterwards, have coffee or lunch at the little restaurant/café at the foot of the chateau.

Teeing off

The Villeneuve sur Lot Golf & Country Club (27km) has an 18 hole course.

Villeneuve-sur-Lot

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.

What about water skiing in this rural countryside?

Under 10km from La Ferme des Cigales, at Les Avirmes, you can water ski! There is also a bar-restaurant, a swimming pool, swings and games.

Horse riding

at the Centre Equestre, Gramont near Frespech.

Nearby

Towns

Penne-d'Agenais 10 mins
Villeneuve-sur-Lot 20 mins
Fumel 30 mins
Monflanquin 30 mins
Agen 35 mins

Airports

Bergerac 65 mins
Toulouse 103 mins
Bordeaux 120 mins
Brive 130 mins
Times are approximate

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