Lot-et-Garonne Cottages & Villas(503)
- 4 Bedrooms,
- 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Lot- et-Garonne is a land-locked department in the south of France. It offers the best of rural France, with a timeless and relaxing atmosphere, and more medieval towns that any other department of France. Villas in Lot-et-Garonne are a great base to discover the hill fortresses, impressive chateaus and unspoiled countryside by car, on foot or on a bicycle.
Lot-et-Garonne gites are in some of the most beautiful villages in France. Of the forty medieval towns in the department, Domme, Belves and Sarlat are the most famous due to the stunning architecture on display. Cycle touring in Lot-et-Garonne is a great way to see the Chateaus at Bonaguil, Duras or Poudenas, and investigate the countryside.
Lot-et-Garonne also offers some very good trout, bass and carp fishing on the rivers Lot, Baise, Garonne and Lateral, and permits are available from angling shops. Taking to the waterways of the Lot-et-Garonne in a boat or canoe is considered a wonderfully relaxing way to discover the riverside towns and villages at a slow pace, and you can often pop into local markets for delicacies such as fois gras and local wines. This can be done on stretches of the Rivers Baise, Lot and Garonne, and the Garonne Canal.
There are two 18 hole golf courses in the region, and four 9 hole courses, so it is easy to get a round in whilst on holiday in a rental villa in Lot-et-Garonne.
During the winter, Lot-et-Garonne becomes a haven for skiing. The ski resorts of Saint Lary, Cauterets, Bareges, Campan-Payolle and Vale d'Azun provide facilities for skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding.
Agen, the capital of the prune, is one of the most impressive ‘Bastides’ from the thirteenth century. It has one of very few examples of a double nave in its Cathedral de St Caprais. However, for the largest bastide town is at Monflanquin, and the bastide museum in the main square tells you all you need know on the history and influence of the era.
Lauzun, in the north of the department, is a charming rural village with access to some of the best fishing in the region. The small shops and restaurants provide hand crafted produce of the highest quality.
Marmande, another fascinating bastide town, founded in 1195 also provides the base for walking, climbing, canyoning, cave tours and boat trips. It has a lively centre, lots of activities on offer, and yet retains its historic value.
Lot-et-Garonne has warm dry summers, perfect for golfing or cruising down the river, with temperatures reaching around 25°C in the summer. The winters can be cold, sometimes reaching freezing point in December, January and February.
To use a holiday villa in Lot-et-Garonne, the closest airport is Bordeaux, which receives daily flights from Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Dublin (DUB), London, Manchester (MAN), Norwich (NWI) and Southampton (SOU). For cheap flights, it is best to look at all the providers, which include BMIbaby, Flybe, Aer Lingus and easyJet.