About the region & things to see & do
Known as the French “Garden of Eden”, the Lot-et-Garonne region produces so many succulent fruit varieties but especially the famous local plums which are lovingly transformed into the legendary “Pruneaux D’Agen” by the local farming co-ops becoming the base of local delicacies, notably steeped in local Armagnac or married with almonds or walnuts.
With July and August, the superb Night Markets arrive in nearby villages. Come hungry, thirsty and ready for an enormously entertaining evening picnic. Savour the delicious local food and drink which is supplied and cooked for you by local artisans with music and dancing laid on for your added delight.
Take time out to visit hill-top bastide towns such as Pujols or to peruse local markets, art galleries or craft shops to find a treasure from this unique region.
Driving through verdant and varying landscapes, you’re not far from famous vineyards or venture a little further afield to discover the beautiful cities of Toulouse or Bordeaux or the famous Dordogne.
Castelmoron sur Lot – June, July and August mostly although available all year. The bank of the river Lot at Castelmoron has a sandy area with a swimming area sectioned off from boats and there is a great little café, “Café Solar” which is open from early May to September from Noon to the evening.
Nautilius, Castelmoron sur lot
Open 18th June to 4th September every day, 10am to 7pm.
Canoes, Hydroplanes, Motor boats, Peddloes. 1 piece of identity such as driving licence required. Children under 16 are not allowed to pilot hydroplanes unless supervised by an adult.
La Ferme du Chaudron Magique, 47260 Brugnac
You can see more than 30 breeds and choose your activities: bottle feeding, milking goats, making cheese and bread.
Open all year daily (including Sundays and bank holidays) 3pm to 6pm.
Closed 25th December and 1st January.
July and August 10am to 7pm. Last visit to 18h.
Nautic Location de Velos, Castelmoron Nautic, Port Lalande, 47260 Castelmoron sur lot
Reservations recommended, push bikes for all ages including “trailers” for babies.
Honey Museum, 82120 Gramont
Open 1st October to 30th April by appointment,
May weekends and bank holidays only,
1st June to 30th September 10am to 12noon (last arrival 11am) and 2pm to 7pm (last arrival 6pm).
Closed Wednesdays all year.
Duration of tour is about 1hour.
The 12th century chateau at Duras.
Open every day in July and August 10am to 7pm, Sun and September 10am to 12.30 then 2pm to 9pm, April, May and October 10am to 12noon then 2pm to 6pm.
Why not take to the sky to view the beautiful Lot river valley? Share a tandem gyrocopter or microlight or even take some flying lessons while you’re here. Just a 10 minute drive away.
Le golf de Barthe, route de Villeneuve, 47380 Tombeboeuf
Hire of trolley and clubs possible, also a bar. Open all year. This is our closest golf course and has been strongly recommended.
Caves of Lastournelles, 47300 Sainte Colombe de Villeneuve
40 minute tour covering 7 “rooms” the most beautiful of which is the Hall of the Columns.
Les Ecuries du Dropt, Banarge, 47120 Saint-Pierre-Sur-Dropt
Open all year from 2.30pm to 7pm, closed Mondays
English Spoken, Provided activities Multi-activity, Lessons, Beginners’ course, Advanced course
Le jardin de nenuphars Latour-Marliac, 47110 Le Temple sur lot
Open15th March to 15th October, 1st May to 30th September, Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 6pm. Famous as the place Monet painted his waterlily paintings. Viewing is especially recommended in July as flowers are at their most dramatic.
Walk around a local vineyard, taste the different grapes and afterwards take a guided tour around the distillery and cellars.
M & Mme Pons, Galliots, Casseneuil
For a minimum of 3 people, Zoe will visit the Manoir to give therapeutic one hour massages – Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings preferred. If there are more than 3 guests wanting a massage, then Zoe may be able to arrange for a colleague to accompany her. The charge is EUR75 per massage to cover transport time and costs. Please contact Zoe directly with as much notice as possible as availability cannot be guaranteed. http://www.cascaisbienetre.com