Places to Visit in the Region Around the Picturesque Village of Beauville
If you are looking to rent villas in South West France that are off the beaten track, the pretty village of Beauville, a 20 minute drive from the town of Tournon d’Agenais, could provide the answer. It’s a magical place to stay and offers the ideal holiday to get away from it all, and to relax and unwind in a private villa with pool.
At Beauville you can expect exactly as the name implies – a place of beauty – and if you are holidaying here, it is a quiet destination with little more than 500 inhabitants. Here you can wander the ancient streets, marvel at the picturesque stone or half timber framed houses which hide an interesting history, or take a walk in the countryside.
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Some 400 years ago the village wasn’t always so tranquil; it was once the headquarters of a mighty baron which accounts for the village’s strategic hilltop position overlooking the surrounding countryside. Indeed, it still has a castle, although this isn’t the imposing turreted fortress you would expect – it looks more like a manor house. It is privately owned, but is still a tourist attraction as it is possible to organise a part tour of the property through the village tourist office.
If you are renting villas in Beauville, head to the square where you can admire the stunning stone arcaded buildings or visit the 16th century Church of St Jacques, with its 13th century tower and stunning renaissance door. There are two further churches in the area, including Marcoux Church, which is five minutes from the village and dates from the 12th century, and the church of Pau.
For those renting villas in Beauville, South West France for a family holiday with children, head for the Place de la Mairie – the market square – which has a basketball court, children’s play area, and boules area. Here you can capture the true spirit of rural France as it hosts a small farming market on Sunday mornings in the summer and a vibrant night market on Friday nights from July to August. And, if you are lucky enough to rent a cottage in Beauville on the second Sunday of August, you will find an excellent flea market where you are bound to pick up a bargain.
This idyllic, bastide village has some good facilities, including a patisserie where you can stock up on some delicious homemade cakes, a hotel restaurant (called Hotel Restaurant du Midi) which serves local food, a café, and a small supermarket. If you are looking for villas to let South West France, Beauville is an excellent base to explore the area as it is just 30 minutes from picturesque Pujols, 30 minutes from Agen and 40 minutes from the appealing town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.
Meanwhile, here are some of the main tourist attractions in the area:
Museum of Traditional Crafts and Rural Life, Saint-Maurin – Open every day except Tuesday, this museum can be found next to the town hall in the village of Saint-Maurin – a 17 minute drive from Beauville – and spotlights the village’s agricultural past. You can combine a visit to the museum with exploring the ruins of an 11th century abbey by the village square, and again guided tours are held every day except Tuesday. The village itself is extremely picturesque and has an interesting and turbulent history centred around the abbey.
Eco-Museum, Tournon d’Agenais – This free museum focuses on the farming activities based around prunes that the region is so famous for. You would need to call in advance to book as the museum is closed outside of peak holiday times but you can combine it with a visit to the town.
Z’Animoland Animal Theme Park, Croix Blanche – This is roughly about a 20 minute drive from Beauville and makes a fantastic family outing. You can see more than 100 animals, including exotic species such as camel and buffalo and there is a children’s outdoor play area including a bouncy castle, tree climbing and karting.
In addition to this, if you like action and adventure, you will find plenty of sporting opportunities in and around Beauville including country walks, horse riding, cycling, tennis courts, fishing and canoeing on the river. Beauville has something for everyone!
Villas near Beauville
Kingfisher holidays have several villas to rent in and around Beauville and here is just a brief look at some of our holiday cottages.
Lacoste Bas – Set amidst five acres of land, this three bedroom house & 1 bed-roomed stone cottage which sleeps eight is a delight. It’s actually a short drive to the village of Beauville, but enjoys a quiet location with spectacular views over open countryside.
Petrussan – Just three km from Beauville is this barn conversion which has four bedrooms and three shower rooms. It has a terrace with fantastic views and a barbecue area.
Pech Guillou – This is a striking medieval hunting lodge with seven bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as an outstanding outdoor eating area; it is situated five km from the village. It is said to be one of the best properties in the area and has a converted games room, a boules court and even a baby grand piano!
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