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The Lot et Garonne has wonderful scenery and still retains a laid-back way of life from a bygone era. Life is taken at a gentle pace by the locals, and yet for visitors there is so much to do.

*   Walking   *    Horse Riding   *   Golf   *   Fishing   *   Water Sports   *   Go-Karting   

*   Parc Walibi Theme Park   *  Water Park   *   Parc en Ciel Adventure Park   *

*   Boat Hire   *   Go-Karting   *   Parachuting   *   Leisure Lakes   *   Museums   *

*   Canal and River Trips   *   Canoeing   *   Biking   *   Rambling   *   Birdspotting   *

*  Water Lily Garden - Temple sur Lot  *  Son et Lumiere Valence d'Agen  *  Villascopia *

*  Zanimoland Animal Park  *  Museum in Agen  *  Chateau de Bonaguil

St Cirq Lapopie *  Grotte (Caves) du Pech Merle * Bonaguil Castle  *  Pujols  * 

*  Penne d'Agenais  *  Beauville  *

*  Wine tours in Duras, Buzet and Cahors areas *

Day trips out can include the wonderful scenery of the Lot and Dordogne valleys, Cahors and St Cirq Lapopie, and the larger cities of Toulouse and Bordeaux. 

Travel through time from the incredible prehistoric cave paintings at Pech Merle, a Gallo-Roman villa at Villascopia, the medieval castle at Bonaguil and the many local medieval and bastide  villages, to the modern era in Toulouse with its Space Museum and Airbus factory tours.

A walking holiday in this area is a real delight.  There are plenty of well-mapped routes varying from gentle to rather more strenuous (!), taking in the breathtaking scenery of this lovely area.  We are happy to suggest walks, or even accompany you (and a couple of dogs will be happy to join in!

Keen astronomers will think this is the perfect location for a holiday.  We have no light pollution and the night skies are magnificent!

It is wonderful too  for nature-lovers, and we often see deer, badgers, red squirrels and the occasional wild boar, numerous birds of prey, golden orioles, and hoopoes. In March and October we occasionaly see cranes flying overhead on their migration path.  In April, in our garden and woodlands there is an abundant display of red wild tulips, and in May a walk down through our field is a delight with numerous  orchids. Twenty six varieties were found in the local area by a Botanical Society who stayed here; quite a few of them here at Faysselle!

In early summer many of the local villages hold plant fairs. Our favourite is Tournon d'Agenais, held annually on the 1st May, and the village square is a riot of colour from all the plants and shrubs on sale. It is the signal to get cracking on all the pots and hanging baskets which surround our pool during the summer!

The local village of St Maurin has a fascinating history which is highlighted in its charming museum.  It  has become well known in the area for its excellent summer Wednesday Night Market. Local food producers offer a range of cooked meals, wine, fruit and veg, and other local produce, and upto 500 people eat their meal seated in the picturesque village square, along with music and dancing.

Another 'must-do' event during the end of July/early August is the Son et Lumiere event at Valence d'agen.  The scenery created for the show is an entire village with school, shops, church and houses, set alongside the canal. There are wonderful depictions of a Pentecost Fair, a wedding and a WWII fight between the Resistance and the SS. with carts and cars from bygone eras, a 1920's fire engine, and numerous livestock! 350 local people take part and create a magical evening, accompianied by fireworks and laser shows.  Guests of all ages and nationalities love this show!

We are close to the wine growing areas of Buzet, Duras and Cahors, and for food lovers this area is a must! Magret and confit of duck, foie gras, melons, plums and soft fruit are all produced locally. Agen is famous for its prunes, and once you have tried them steeped in Armagnac, it will forever banish the memories of school-dinner prunes!!!  We so appreciate being able to eat such high quality seasonal fruit and vegetables, and the fact that our meals come from within the close locality.

Restaurants vary from basic regional cooking to haute cuisine, and prices from 10 euros for a three-course lunch to rather more to dine at 'Trama' (formerly known as"l'Aubergade") restaurant in nearby Puymirol.  With its three Michelin stars, this is truly one of the most well-reknowned restaurants in France.  There are however so many quality (and cheaper) restaurants in the area.  For the smaller budget, Rick Stein himself recommended the Station Restaurant at Agen Station and it represents excellent value for money in a more unusual setting!

At the end of a busy day, though, come back to the peace and quiet that is Faysselle, open a bottle of wine on your terrace, watch the sun go down and marvel at the incredible star-filled sky.

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