Holiday Cottages Tournon d’Agenais – A Beautiful Bastide Town Awash with Colour in the Lot Valley
France has many pretty bastide towns, and if you are looking to rent holiday cottages in the Lot Valley, Tournon d’Agenais is a wonderful scenic tourist destination. This stunning medieval village is perched on a hilltop and enjoys outstanding views over open countryside. Full of activity, it hosts various festivals throughout the year, including the Flower Festival On the 1st May. However, whatever month you are visiting the Lot Valley, Tournon d’Agenais is a beautiful setting for a family holiday in France.
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The history of the village dates back to the latter half of the 13th century when it was founded by Raymond VII Count of Toulouse. The original 13th century gateway still stands, and if you explore the ancient streets off the main square, Place des Corniers, you will discover charming medieval houses which make fantastic photo opportunities.
If you are renting holiday cottages in Tournon d’Agenais, the first port of call is undoubtedly the main square, which still has some of its ancient stone archways. The village is on the St Jaques de Compostella pilgrimage route and one of the principal draws is the old belfrey with its eye-catching lunar clock, added 200 years after the tower was built in the 17th century. Another gem is Abescat on Rue de l’Ecole, which was a former house for the bishops of Agen and was used as a church for two hundred years from the 17th century. In addition to this, Place de l’Eglise was once the site of an ancient castle but has since been replaced by a church and convent.
If you are renting a cottage in Tournon d’Agenais, the town has plenty of attractions and festivals. Among them is the Eco-Museum which is based at a mainly prune producing farm just over 3 km from the centre of the village. There is an evening market on Fridays in the village centre in July and August.
If you are heading to Tournon D’Agenais during the month of August, the pie festival is well worth a visit. The festival pays tribute to the town’s famous dessert, ‘tourtiere’, a delicious delight made from apples and thin pastry. However, undoubtedly the highlight of the year is the Flower Festival, or Foire aux Plantes, where the village is transformed into a mass of colour and activity.
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A Colourful Celebration in Tournon d’Agenais
If you are holidaying in the Lot Valley, up to 5,000 families visit Tournon d’Agenais each year for the spectacular Foire aux Plants. The festival was founded more than two decades ago and plays host to more than 80 horticulturists, plant enthusiasts and owners of garden centres and nurseries who display a wide range of exhibits including flowers, potted plants, and arts and crafts.
Entry for the 9 am – 6 pm event is for a nominal fee, and your ticket gets put into a raffle where you have the chance to win great prizes including a weekend away for two. If you are visiting Tournon d’Agenais for the festival, one of the top tips is to bring your walking shoes. Alternatively there is a free Doto train to taxi you. However, if you need to take a break, you can always relax at one of the pavement cafes.
Cottages in Tournon d’Agenais
Kingfisher Holidays offers a fantastic range of villas and cottages in the Tournon d’Agenais area – just browse our website to find out more.
Among them is Bladanel, which has two bedrooms, two bath/shower rooms and sleeps up to five people. It benefits from a pool, a covered terrace and an attractive garden. And, as the cottage is situated in an elevated position, you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Borie is a beautiful Quercy white stone farmhouse which can accommodate up to eight people. This appealing holiday let is set in 29 acre grounds with a pool and stunning panoramic views over the town. If you choose this cottage in Tournon d’Agenais for your holiday let, the whole family can enjoy home facilities including a fully equipped kitchen, Sky TV, (Freesat), a DVD player and a hi-fi.
However, if you like the idea of holidaying in a real French chateau, Chateaux d’Aix sleeps up to 24 people and is just 6 km from Tournon d’Agenais. This 13th century castle was once inhabited by Bernard d’Ays and was surrounded by hundreds of acres of land. Although it doesn’t offer aristocratic luxury, this rustic castle offers fine gardens, a pool, sitting rooms, two kitchens and 11 bedrooms to explore.
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