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beautiful holiday cottages in south west france


Swimming pool
Spend lazy days lounging around the pool area enjoying the magnificent views. The swimming pool is shared by the three cottages and is 12 metres long by 6 metres wide with a constant depth of 1.4 metres.
Swim day or night in crystal clear water that reaches a perfect temperature by the middle of spring.
We have a small children’s play area with swings, slides a see saw and play house, all set within enough open space for all outdoor games. Table tennis, rounders, cricket and boules are all here to keep you amused.
The night sky at Labarde is a truly amazing sight. We are only a short distance from one of France’s four remaining areas classified as having zero light pollution. If you simply appreciate the beauty of relaxing under a magnificent sky it will provide the perfect backdrop to your al fresco dining.
If you want a closer look we have a great 200mm telescope. Perfect for admiring the craters on the moon, the rings of Saturn and many other wonders of the night sky.

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the grounds

The moment you approach the long driveway of Labarde you will be amazed at the wonderful scenery.
The small bastide hilltop town of Tournon d’Agenais rising in the distance beyond the woodland. Our village of Bourlens across the fields to the North and the Boudouyssou valley to the South.
Set amidst over six acres of gardens and woodland, the three beautiful cottages have been lovingly restored combining traditional oak beams exposed stone walls with all the comforts of home.
From every terrace and window there are far reaching views of vine covered hills, ancient woodland and prune orchards that make you want to just stand and stare.
With areas to relax, open spaces to play in and woodland to explore, all the way down to the stream and the dried up ancient river bed.
Whether you are walking through the gardens and woodland, relaxing on your terrace with a glass of wine in the warm night air or just lounging around the pool with a good book. Admire the magnificent valley views and immerse yourself in the sensual pleasures of rural France.

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the local area

We are ideally located between the towns of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Agen and Cahors, to explore one of the most unspoilt regions of France.
Our local village, Bourlens, with its 11th century church and traditional narrow streets, is just a short walk away and the beautiful Bastide town of Tournon d’Agenais is just a little further. Here you will find an outstanding restaurant, a number of bars and some essential shops. The nearest supermarkets are in Fumel, a short 10 minute drive away.
Relatively untouched the Lot et Garonne is perfect for exploring the real France, rich in culture and history. Famous for its gastronomy, where most days revolve around sitting at a table and enjoying great company, delicious food and lots of wine.
Many popular wine growing areas are within easy reach. Buzet, Bordeaux and Cahors are all close by. Most importantly all of our favourite vineyards are open for tours and tasting.
During the sizzling summer months the average high temperature reaches 27 degrees. The pool brings a welcome relief and the acres of sunflowers during July and August are a sight not to be missed.
The Lot et Garonne remains one of the most beautiful untouched areas of Southern France where you can still enjoy the hot climate, breathtaking scenery and explore the real France, away from the crowds, whilst mingling with very welcoming locals.

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places to visit

Chateau Bonaguil
The last of the great fortified castles. Just 15 minutes away, you will be enchanted by its history and magnificent vistas from the ramparts. You can drive right up to the door, or park at one of the two restaurants below and take the path lined with small workshops of art and local crafts up to the castle.
Chateau Biron
This magnificent castle offers a XIIth century donjon, a two story chapel, renaissance apartments and impressive vaulted kitchens. Many parts of the castle have been restored to their former glory and some rooms such as the kitchens and laundry have been reconstructed using items from an old film set to look as they would have when the castle was habited.
The Bastide Towns
These "modern new towns", built in the middle ages, were usually built on a crossroads and deliberately organised around the market square or town hall instead of a castle or church as was the norm. The inhabitants were offered certain privileges, in exchange for protecting the Bastide in times of war and upkeep of the town. Our nearest is Tournon d’Agenais. Only a short bike ride away and visible from Labarde. Founded in 1270 the town boasts wonderful views from its ramparts. The central square has several restaurants and plays host to many events throughout the year, including a lovely market on Friday evenings throughout July and August.
Cahors is a town steeped in history; the town is divided into two sections contained within a large meander of the river Lot. Wander along the quayside and enjoy the spectacular displays of summer flowers. From the central Place Gambetta you can enjoy the medieval streets and unique art and craft, fashion and jewellery shops. The impressive cathedral dominates the old town with its flying buttresses and gargoyles. Famous for its distinctive red wines, many vineyards offer tours and the river boasts many sightseeing river trips.

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things to do

Eating out
There is an endless number of wonderful restaurants and cafes tucked away in the corners of our nearest towns and villages. La Maison sur la place is our favourite in the village of Penne d’Agenais. You can visit their website here to see the Menus.
Summer Night Markets
One of the highlights of your holiday here will be a visit to one of the many night markets that take place in the local villages. Our nearest is in the village of Dausse just five minutes away, where the village square is transformed into a theatre of local food, wine and entertainment.
Boat Trips
With both the river lot and the Dordogne close by there are many boat trips to choose from. One of our favourites departs from La Roque-Gageac and travels along 6km of the most spectacular stretch of the Dordogne river, passing caves and chateaux. After your trip explore the lovely town with its small artisan shops, cafés and bars.
Again the river lot and Dordogne have an endless number of places from where to hire boats and canoes. Our nearest is in the pretty town of Puy leveque where canoes can be taken along a beautiful quiet stretch of the river Lot.
Horse Riding
There are a number of great riding stables nearby. Our favourite is called Sigbell. Catering for all abilities, you can ride alone or venture out with a guide across the fields and woodland.
Swimming Lakes
There are some great swimming lakes close by. We love the lake at Montaigu de Quercy, with its sandy beach, water slides and restaurant, it is a great day out for the whole family.

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