Cottages in South France – Relaxing Holidays in the Lot Valley

Cottages in South France – Relaxing Holidays in the Lot Valley

Kingfisher Holidays offer to let over 70 different holiday cottages in South France. During the summer and early autumn, we have a range of properties available to suit all budgets and accommodate small to large parties. Based in the beautiful and unspoilt region of The Lot Valley our holiday cottages in south France are ideal for romantic couples getaways, relaxing family breaks and large group holidays.

All of our holiday cottages in South France are of a good standard for a relaxing self catering holiday. The standard of accommodation varies from place to place as you might expect,  but all are well equipped with good basic kitchen facilities, tasteful furnishings and are set in attractive surroundings. All of our South France holiday cottages have detailed write ups and photos on our web site, to give you a clear picture of the accommodation they offer.

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About Holiday Cottages in South France

Holiday cottages in south France are most often built in peaceful rural locations. This is because many of them used to be farmhouses, barns or out buildings of some kind and these would naturally be situated in some of the most idyllic countryside with spectacular views over open farmland and vineyards. Whilst benefitting from wonderfully quiet and tranquil locations, they are never too far from ancient bastide towns such as Penne D’Agenais, Monflanquin, Tournon d’Agenais and Pujols – making them a great base for exploring the local area. In general, there are also plenty of local amenities nearby too, such as supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars – so essential supplies and a nice meal out are all within a short drive of your holiday property.

When all your supplies are in and you are properly settled in your holiday cottage in south France, you can sit back and relax. You can start to unwind and adjust to the slower pace of life here. Nothing happens in too much of a hurry, so it is easy to relax and recharge. Whether you enjoy gentle country walks, relaxing by your pool with a good book or browsing around the local sights, your days can be as busy or quiet as you choose to make them.

You will very soon be enjoying long warm summer evenings with a cool, refreshing drink in hand, combined with lovely alfresco meals. If one day, you really don’t feel like cooking, we can also arrange for our caterers to come in and do it for you! This is a wonderful treat, allowing your party to sample some of the local delicacies of the area, from the comfort of your cottage – and no-one has to drive!

All of Kingfisher’s holiday cottages are located within a 50 mile radius of the Lot Valley South West France in the areas of The Lot Valley, The Lot et Garonne, Tarn et Garonne and The Dordogne. These four areas are located within the departments of Aquitaine and the Midi-Pyrénées and feature such delights as Bordeaux, Cahors and Rocamadour; Bordeaux for its claret, Cahors for its black wine and Rocamadour for its famous and faintly nutty cheese.

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French Holiday Cottage or Gite?

Many French holiday companies will refer to their holiday accommodation as “gites”, with reference to things like holiday gites or French holiday gites. Nowadays there is no real difference between a French holiday cottage and a French holiday gite. However the word gite can be used to describe everything from a small French holiday cottage to the more substantial French holiday villa. French gites or holiday cottages are usually of a very similar standard to English holiday cottages. They are for the most part, clean, well presented and well equipped for great family holidays.

About the Lot Valley

The Lot Valley region is home to more than 40 picturesque and ancient bastide towns, many of which have been preserved and/or renovated to produce very pretty, picture postcard towns with ancient buildings, cobbled streets and arcaded squares in which the townsfolk regularly gather to relax and chat over coffee and croissants. The history of these towns goes back to the middle ages, when they were built as new towns, to a specific design. The towns were created with a central market square, which was usually surrounded by an arcade housing the town’s shops and trades people and the towns roads would radiate out from the centre like spokes in a wheel.

The people of the town were extended special rights that were rarely bestowed on ordinary folk and those rights included the right to buy their own home at a fair rate and to marry their children off to whomever they chose. In return for these rights, they would be expected to defend the town in times of trouble and also to help maintain the town’s buildings and infrastructure.

Bastide towns can be found all over the south west of France and a day trip to at least one of them is well recommended. Whichever of the local bastides you choose to visit, you will be pleasantly surprised, not just by its cleanliness and the attractiveness of its buildings but by the relaxed pace of life and the good natured attitude of its inhabitants. These are small, close knit communities where everyone knows everyone else and this lends to an atmosphere of friendliness and cooperation.

Sunflowers growing in the Lot Valley midi pyrenees, France.

How to get to the Lot Valley

The Lot Valley is very popular among British and European holidaymakers due to its location. A short hop across the water from Dover to the French seaports of Calais, Cherbourg or St Malo, puts you within comfortable driving distance of this most glorious, sunny and verdant of locations. The toll roads in France are famously good so you are virtually assured a trouble free journey and some of the scenery along the way is breathtaking so you and the family won’t get bored on the drive down south.

Even the southernmost of our French holiday lets is no more than a day’s drive down from the channel sea ports so you’ll arrive at your destination, by nightfall, looking forward to a wonderful break. To cut down on the drive, it is also possible to take the ferry crossing from Plymouth to Santander in north Spain, fly to south west France and then hire a car or catch the car train from Paris to Brive.

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