Postcards from Southwest France. Part 1: The Incomparable Landscape

Postcards from Southwest France. Part 1: The Incomparable Landscape

As autumn arrives and winter draws near, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the summer season’s memories. Who better to contribute to this than our customers?

Welcome to our “Picture Postcard” series

Over the next few months, we’re featuring photos from our customers that illustrate what they love about a holiday in the Lot Valley and Quercy. Their comments make it clear just why they return year after year to the southwest of France.

Spectacular scenery

To kick off the series, we focus on the magical landscape. The golden fields of sunflowers, tournesol in French, provide the signature image of the region. These versatile plants were brought to Europe in the 16th century from the Americas. They are beautiful when in bloom. The seeds are a major source of cooking oil and the seed kernels can be eaten. The leaves are even useful as feed for livestock. But we love them mainly for the glorious golden carpet surrounding our holiday homes at the height of summer.

Our customers write...

Penne d'Agenais

What a wonderful location Maison Recluse occupies, being an easy two minute walk to the delightful fortified village of Penne d'Agenais from the front and with spectacular views of the valley to the rear, a very quiet and private location. We were treated to some superb hot-air balloons going past during our stay.
-Mrs L. H., Marnhull


La Roc is a wonderful property in a rural location that offers peace and quiet with lovely scenery, but easy access to nearby Montcuq. It’s a great area to explore with a lot of interesting places to visit, but equally, we enjoyed relaxing at the house, enjoying the pool, outdoor kitchen and barbecue, picking plums and blackberries and soaking up the great views.
- Mrs S.E., London

Rustic architecture

Rustic rural architecture is a feast for the eye and always captures our visitors’ imaginations. They enjoy the stone villages, barns with oak beams, windmills and pigeonniers, or dovecotes in English. 

Many of the best dovecotes are found in the Lot-et-Garonne. They originally came to France via the Romans, and later became a symbol of wealth. But look carefully at the small stone towers dotted about the landscape. They may also be the remains of old windmills, without their sails. 

So many reasons to holiday in this wonderful area of France

Well-being morning and night...

The nice balcony is a good place to see the sun rise and to relax in the evening with a good glass of French wine.  
-Mr N.B., Holland

To be continued...

In the new year, Part 2 of our Picture Postcard series will feature our visitors’ top tips for great things to do when you’re staying in our area of Southwest France. If you haven’t yet told us about your 2019 highlights, why not drop us a line?

In the meantime, if you want to get a jump on choosing next summer’s holiday home, our selection of cottages, gites, villas and farmhouses offers attractive and comfortable properties to relax in or to use as a base for exploring the delights of the Lot Valley and Quercy.

2 Thoughts on “Postcards from Southwest France. Part 1: The Incomparable Landscape

  1. Jac Hicks says:

    What a lovely idea well done. Such a fan of your corner of the world. Good to hear and see what others think as well.

    • Debbie Stacey says:

      Thank you for your photo’s and recommendations after your recent holiday near Monflanquin

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