Africajarc – African Music Comes to Cajarc

For one weekend each year the tiny village of Cajarc in the Lot plays host to a huge African music festival – Africajarc. With so much to see and hear it’s a not to be missed event if you are in the region at the end of July…

Chateau de Vaulogé

The Chateau de Vaulogé is an enchanting example of a Troubadour-style chateau and a romantic dream come true. Set in the heart of the Gée River valley, the chateau was built in the 15th century and later extended in a neo-gothic style…

Tourist Offices in Dordogne

Office de Tourisme, a phrase to know if you want information about the Dordogne, whether it is for places to stay, places to visit on a day out, things to do with children, places to eat………..the list is endless. Many of the staff in the main offices speak English, and are only too happy to help you.

Le Puy Robin

Time Out in France:-Relaxing Breaks in Limousin at Le Puy Robin.
Here at Le Puy Robin the emphais is on switching off and relaxing. Our large and spacious property allows you to enjoy your short-break in the familiarity of a small hotel.With the use of a 12m swimming pool, gym and games/TV room you can relax or explore the wonderful Limousin region at your leisure. “Full Profile”

St Yrieix La Perche

Saint Yrieix La Perche issues a warm welcome to all British citizens. Visiting the town on holiday or choosing it as your new home, the town has put in place facilities to help english speaking visitors and residents to get the most out of the area.

Chateau de Boissimon

The Chateau de Boissimon is a 16th century Renaissance chateau built of shining white tufa stone. It is so lovely, it was selected to host the wedding of Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte…

The Palais Briau

Your first view of The Palais Briau transports you through the centuries to romantic classical Italy. A palazzo designed in the Italian Palladian style, the stunning Palais Briau is set in a terraced park which looks over the Loire River to the Abbey of Saint Florent le Vieil…

Chateau de l’Epinay

Draped in its emerald green or ruby red coat of ivy, the Chateau de l’Epinay on the banks of the Loire River is a poetic tribute to chateau life at its best, and indeed, it has connections to Jean Racine, one of the most prestigious names in French literature…

Two Beautiful Stone Properties

Image not found.This luxury, tastefully furnished Maison du Maitre and very comfortable and well equipped L‘Epicerie’ gite are situated in the centre of village of Orniac. The properties are available to rent separately or together. The Gite sleeps 4-5 and the Maison du Maitre sleeps 6-8…

Chateau du Plessis-Anjou

Sitting like a jewel in the crown of Anjou chateaux, the enchanting Chateau du Plessis-Anjou invites you to experience chateau life in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. A lovely blend of architectural styles, the chateau’s princess turret will inspire visions of Cinderella and Rapunzel in the littlest guests…

Chateau de Chambiers

Chateau de Chambiers is an exquisite 18th century chateau set in the heart of the ancient region of Anjou. The chateau was originally built as a hunting retreat for France’s royalty, and it has been in the Crouan family for more than 100 years…

Chateau des Lutz

The lovely ivy-covered Chateau des Lutz was built in 1850 and successfully combines old world charm with modern comfort. The proprietors, Severine and Louis du Tertre, have created an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation in a beautiful countryside landscape….

Chateau de Verrieres

A contemporary of the Eiffel Tower, the beautiful 4-star Chateau de Verrieres Hotel evokes the romantic Belle Epoque, the Golden Age of Europe. With the glass and metallic canopy entry reminiscent of the Paris Metro, this elegant listed chateau has you dreaming of another era…

Chateau de la Barre

Discerning people looking for a special holiday will find it at the Chateau de la Barre. The chateau is hidden away amidst the idyllic wooded hills of the ancient region of Perche …

Chateau de Cop-Choux

The Chateau de Cop-Choux wins over both your heart and head when selecting a venue for your wedding, seminar, or place to stay for a holiday. This lovely 18th century …

Chateau de Craon

Whether you enter Craon from the north or the south, you will be greeted by the stunning Chateau de Craon sitting in splendour upon the hill…

Beautiful Gite Between Dordogne and Lot Rivers

Image not found.Ian McDonald and family welcome you to Le Rêve Du Lot and offer you a dream French Countryside Holiday in our 14th Century village – Frayssinet-Le-Gélat. Ideally based between the Dordogne and Lot rivers and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, forests and of course vineyards…

Chateau des Briottieres

Situated in the heart of the Loire Valley, this 18th century family chateau is one of the most beautiful in the region. The owners, Francois and Hedwige de Valbray, warmly welcome you to the Chateau des Briottieres, which successfully combines the refinement and comfort of a luxury hotel and the serenity of a private chateau…

Bed and Breakfast in the Lot – Maison Romarin

Image not found.Rosemary and Steve look forward to welcoming you to their beautiful new home in the Bouriane area of the Lot. In a landscape of chestnut and oak forests, the house has been sympathetically built of old local stone but with a light and airy interior…

Le Prieuré

Though it was originally built by Augustinian monks in 1180, there is nothing Spartan about Le Prieuré now. The elegant 17th century façade is inviting and the luxurious rooms are …

Bienvenue au Chateau offers warm welcome

Many people dream of staying in a French chateau. Now, that dream could become a reality. The Bienvenue au Chateau association in western France is providing a unique and fantastic opportunity for visitors to experience life in a chateau…

Bicycle Gourmet’s Treasures of France

Want to explore the “Treasures of France” from the comfort of your armchair?
Bicycle Gourmet Christopher Strong has created a collection of DVDs recording his exploration of rural France – the people, the food and the wine.
The series was created over a 5 year period and covers virtually every French region. Here he tells us about The Bicycle Gourmet and what it took to bring it all together…

Caves and Caverns in the Lot and Quercy

The Lot and Quercy region contains many underground caves and open caverns – a result of thousands of years of erosion of the limestone by underground streams. Many of these caves are open to the public and contain cave paintings and wonderful displays of stalactites and hidden underground lakes…

Cave Diving in the Lot

Image not found.France is spoilt for caves of a world class with most départements containing caves. As far as sumps (flooded cave passages) are concerned then the Lot is in a class of its own with hundreds…

La Nouvelle Vie

La Nouvelle Vie is a character cottage recently renovated to a high standard and set in the peaceful rural surroundings of the Limousin where life moves at a slower pace.
This spacious cottage has two bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate up to six people…..

Canoë-Kayak on the Lot, Dordogne and Célé Rivers

Canoes and Kayaks can be hired by the hour for exploring the Lot, Dordogne and Célé river at your leisure. Alternatively, you can be transported up river and take your time drifting back downstream with the current. There are many places to hire canoes and all are well signposted in summer

Manoir XV Domaine de Peyrafort

Manoir XV Domaine de PeyrafortThe oldest and most beautiful privately owned property in Tulle, Corrèze.

Frances and Ian Black welcome you to Manoir XV Domaine de Peyrafort which boasts an impressive 550 year old history. Manoir XV is on the periphery of the Ville de Tulle enjoying a countryside position in 3H of gardens and parkland with the convenience of the town centre very close by – 2.5km. Free, private parking.

Charming Bed & Breakfast near Cahors

Image not found.We have owned this genuine Quercy manor-house for generations. It is filled with the stories of its inhabitants, souvenirs from Africa, Brazil and great-grand-parents hidden treasures. We love the region, so rich in beautiful sites, and we both enjoy sharing time, tips and advice with our guests. Téranga means hospitality !

Languedoc’s most beautiful villages

As you drive around the region, you may come across signs declaring that you are about to enter one of the most beautiful villages in France. This rare accolade is awarded by a governing body to villages which fullfil strict criteria…

Quercy Stone House with Private Pool

Private pool, 6 bedrooms 5 bathrooms
Prayssac in the Lot Valley
Set on a hillside overlooking the Lot Valley 20 miles West of Cahors. Close to a small market town with all ameneties…

Book Review – Lot by Helen Martin

Lot – Travels through a limestone landscape in southwest France. Helen Martin’s book is a vast volume of impeccably researched fact and delicious personal preference. She puts meat on the bones of other guidebooks…

Book Review – Moondrop To Gascony

The inspiring tale of one woman’s war.
Anne-Marie Walters was a mere twenty years old when she was recruited by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and secretly dropped by parachute into occupied south-west France one freezing, moonlit night in January 1944….

Lys d’Avril

Idyllic setting in the tranquil hamlet of Lors in Glanges, 30 minutes from the airport of Limoges, 300-yr old stone barn turned into luxurious accommodation. Whatever the season let us spoil you…

Les Loriots

Visit us and enjoy high quality accommodation and food in the calm and tranquillity of the Limousin countryside. We are Gites de France inspected and have been awarded 3 epis ( 3 star)

The Languedoc Garrigue

An introduction to the historic influences that have shaped the Languedoc-Roussillon’s beautiful landscape known as garrigue. We tend to think of it as an area of wild countryside, yet has been immensely influenced by man over thousands of years.

Tranquil Quercy Gite with Stunning Views and Pool

Image not found.Idyllic natural setting for this Quercy Gîte with pool. Newly renovated to a high standard: 2 double bedrooms + additional sleeping space; 2 shower/bathrooms, cloakroom, kitchen/living area. Flexible dates/stays and early booking discounts..

Bed and Breakfast in the Quercy – Las Razes

Image not found.Las Razes simply sits amongst woods and fields on the top of the brow of a hill and looks down one of the many beguiling valleys of the area. Deep in the heart of the Quercy countryside the converted farmstead of Las Razes provides an oasis of calm and relaxation for both short and longer holidays.

18th Century Stone Farmhouse with Pool

Image not found.This 18th Century stone farmhouse sleeps 10+ and has been carefully restored to a high standard, at the same time keeping a cool and spacious farmhouse atmosphere. At 350 square meters the house has plenty of room for you to spread out!

Discover Aveyron

From the wild plains of Aubrac to the fertile vineyards of the vallon; the dramatic valley of the Lot to the sheer walls of the Gorges du Tarn; the ancient caves of Roquefort to the majestic towers of the viaduc de Millau, this is an extraordinary land of rich contrasts.Whatever your interests, you’re sure to discover something extraordinary.

Domaine de Pine Gîte

Image not found.Domaine de Pine is a 52 acre estate comprising a traditional Manor House and detached luxury Gite. Elegant open fires (and full central heating) provide for a warm stay year round. A very pleasant and English run establishment catering for individual needs, providing a welcoming home from home with a personal touch.

Domaine de Pine Bed & Breakfast

Manor House sleeps 4 or 6 in two luxury double bedrooms. Bed & Breakfast with shared swimming pool, set way back from roads with 360 views. Manor House lounge with sky tv. Outdoor Table Tennis, swing ball.

Limoges – Part 2

In this piece from David M Thomas we learn a little more of the city of Limoges. David brings alive for us some of the fascinating history surrounding the area of the banks of the Vienne.


A a tour around the city of Limoges. David M Thomas, author and historian, highlights for us some of the undiscovered gems hidden in the region’s capital.