A Picturesque Walled Town Steeped in History
Holiday cottages in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, a pretty bastide town on the banks of the river, gives you an ideal base to explore the beauty of South West France. Villeneuve is a wonderful place for you to relax and unwind in: it offers excellent restaurants, lively night markets, fascinating ancient buildings and, if you are a lover of fine food, this is where the real Agen prune originates from!
If you are looking for holiday villas in South West France and would like to find out more about this bastide town, Villeneuve has some interesting buildings and structures which reveal more about its history. The old town of Villeneuve was once surrounded by a fortified wall with six towers and eight gateways. Just two of these remain today; the Porte de Paris and the Porte de Pujols, both of which are easily seen as you approach the town from either direction. The Porte de Paris was built in the 14th century and is representative of the town, in as much as it is built of a mixture of stone and the red brick of the “pink city” of Toulouse.
Villeneuve was built in the 13th century and it still has some of its narrow streets and half-timber framed houses which date from this time. Among the places of interest include the square, Place Lafayette, with its attractive archways, and the much photographed bridge, Pont Vieux, with its appealing chapel at one end.
The chapel is said to be dedicated to sailors and has an interesting legend behind it. Sailors had travelled to this point when they were overcome by a strange force which prevented them from going any further. One brave man dived into the river to find out why and came back to the boat holding a statue of the Virgin Mary – so the Chapel of Notre Dame was built! Other places of interest include the Church of St Catherine, which was built in the 19th century but features a 700-year-old stained glass window.
The farmland surrounding the town comprises vineyards, cattle and orchards growing the plums that the area is so famous for. You can stock up on the local specialities and other fresh produce at the Tuesday and Saturday morning markets held in the 19th century Covered Market Hall. And, on your return to your South West France holiday rental villa or cottage, you may even want to try your hand at recreating one of the region’s fantastic culinary delights!
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Things to do in Villeneuve-sur-Lot
If you are renting holiday cottages in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, the town is awash with things to do during your family holiday. If you enjoy dining out, there are some fantastic restaurants to visit including the excellent La Table des Sens, which appears in the Michelin guide. Here, the chef combines local ingredients with spices sourced from further afield, and the food has been heavily praised as a result.
If you enjoy history, you can take one of the guided tours of the town. This will take you past some of the oldest houses, into Villeneuve’s most notable churches, and on to the towers, one of which had a prison on the third floor.
For those of you who enjoy a spot of retail therapy, the best place to head for is the aforementioned main square and the main street, Rue de Paris. You’ll find all sorts of stores from independent clothing retailers to home ware shops. And, if you are holidaying in Villeneuve between July and August, you will be able to visit one of the atmospheric night markets which are held every Friday in the square.
Sporting enthusiasts who enjoy activity holidays can try their hand at golfing at the course near Cancon, or horseback riding. And, just 19 miles from Villeneuve is Walibi Aquitaine theme park, which offers a fun-filled family day out.
Other attractions in and around Villeneuve include the Gajac Mill, which is now an art museum hosting temporary and permanent exhibitions from the 17th to the 20th century.
Not far from Villeneuve, and well worth a visit, is the walled village of Pujols which has been named as one of the most beautiful in villages in France. It is just a small place but it is extremely picturesque with ancient houses – and has been described as an artist’s dream!
Holiday Cottages and Rental Villas in Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Kingfisher offers a wonderful selection of holiday rental villas and cottages in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. If you are looking to stay in a small cottage, Minoune Gite is just 2km from Villeneuve and lies in the ground of the owner’s property. The cottage has two rooms – a double bed room and a mezzanine bedroom, idealy to sleep 2 -4 people. It benefits from a pool, BBQ area and a patio.
Suitable for children aged 12 years and over (due to a deep fish pond and other features), Pepau is a stunning cottage in South West France, just outside the village of Cancon, which is within an easy drive of Villeneuve. It has three bath/shower rooms and sleeps up to six people. The cottage is set in substantial grounds and has a patio area for al fresco dining, a pool and pool house, and is set within a walled area so you can enjoy complete privacy.
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