Area and information

The Lot - a truly wonderful part of France

The local area is ideal for walking, exploring fine medieval villages, antique markets, horse-riding tours, playing golf and more. There are wonderful villages in the neighborhood. Molieres is the closest village to get bread, a newspaper and a cup of coffee. 2.5km

A nice place to have lunch is under the medieval open marketplace in Castelnau-Montratier where the owners are friendly and the lunch menu of the day is simple but good. Castelnau-Montratier is only 5km away and is a famous Bastide town in the Lot. There are a number of banks, good pharmacy, friendly doctor, beautician etc.

Cahors is a beautiful medieval town on the river, full of upmarket shops and a great market on Thursdays and Saturdays. There are also a number of good restaurants and cafes. This is about a 30-minute drive.

Montcuq is also highly recommended. It is a beautiful drive there. The town offers good restaurants and cafes. The market on Sunday is packed so an early start is recommended!

There are daily markets and schedules are announced in the local newspaper. Local farmers sell their produce here. Don't miss the spring-only strawberry variety "Gariguettes" filling the stands or the bundles of green asparagus. Look out for announcements for antique markets (Brocantes or vide-greniers) on the roadside at roundabouts or intersections. Our staff on site will be happy to provided you with any further information that you may need – vineyards, riding, kayaking, caves, water parks....

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a stunning and ancient village, perched on the cliffs above the river Lot to the East of Cahors. The village was on the old French pilgrim route, and is an extremely popular tourist destination.

Moissac (20 km) has a beautiful church and an impressive monastery visited by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella. Next to the monastery is the Bistro de l'abbaye on the church square where lunch outside is wonderful in the shade of the magnolia trees.

Golf. There are some wonderful courses ranging from 25 minutes to an hour's drive away. Our recommendations are Montaubin (25min), Vieille Toulouse (60min) , Roucous (20min, only a 9-hole but fun and challenging, Toulouse Seilh Rouge (60min), Souhillac (60min) 

Wine Tours. If you are interested in the local wines of the Cahors region, there are a great number fo lovely Chateaux to visit for tastings. Here are just a few examples:

If your preference is for the wines of Bordeaux, then you could venture further afield to the heritage town of Saint Emilion, or to the stunning vineyards along the West bank of the Gironde.

City Breaks. The beautiful city of Toulouse is just over a one-hour drive and good for shoppping and museums. Bordeaux is also a stunning city to visit at under 3 hours.

There are many more things to do. An information folder contains everything from hiring bikes, horse riding, zip wiring in forests, boating down the Lot...

Transportation. It is a very quiet area and we would recommend having your own car there if you plan to do much touring. The nearest taxi company is in Castelnau-Montratier, Philippe Andrieu Tel 05 65 21 85 84. There is also a company in Cahors offering group transport who can organise pick-ups. Raynal Voyages Tel., Fax., Email: 

Restaurant Recommendations
Cafe de France
5-7 Place de la République
46800 Montcuq
Tel: 0565225207

Le Bourg
46330 Saint - Cirq - Lapopie
Tel: 0565312017

Restaurant Le Lalandre
Hotel Teminus
5 Avenue Charles de Freyeinet
46000 Cahors
Tel: 0565533200

L'Auberge du Vieux Douelle
46140 Douelle   
Tel: 0565200203

Chateau de Mercues
46090 Mercues
Tel: 056520001

Le Florentin
8 Place Roger - Delthil
82200 Moissac
Tel: 0563041918