Postcards from Southwest France. Part 2: The Summertime Good Life

Postcards from Southwest France. Part 2: The Summertime Good Life

Last November, we started our “Picture Postcard” series of blogs. We featured photos from our customers that illustrate just what they love about a holiday in the Lot Valley and Quercy area of southwest France.

In this instalment, we pick up again with feedback from our customers. Let’s take the edge off the winter cold, and get us back into the holiday mood. We’ll look this time at a few of the summer activities, which Kingfisher visitors told us they especially enjoyed. 

Summer Evening Markets

In many of the local villages, the parks and squares come alive one evening each week with a “Marché Gourmand”. On market night, you’ll find picnic tables, food and drink stalls, a bandstand or stage, 200 to 1000 local residents and visitors, and a terrific party atmosphere.

These casual fun evenings are great for all the family. Producers offer a selection of wonderful foods based on local specialties like duck, organic fruit and vegetable, roast chicken, steaks and burgers from locally sourced beef, and not-so-local French favourites like couscous, curry and mussels and chips. There are always soft drinks and a range of affordable wines from the Southwest on sale. 

Like in a restaurant, everything is provided for – you just turn up. You enjoy al fresco dining on a warm summer evening, then join in with the music and dancing. 

The markets take place on different evenings in different villages. They are organised by local volunteer associations. You have to marvel how they manage all the infrastructure for such a big party, week after week. Over the course of your holiday stay, you could easily make the rounds of several. Find a list here of the villages and their market nights.

One customer mused in a distinctly understated way...

Dausse night market

Night markets are well worth a visit.
– Mr T.S., Melton Mowbray

Festivals and Fireworks

An annual medieval festival is held at Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne in August. Over two days, the town returns to the middle ages with pigs and chickens roaming the streets, parades of artists in costume and shows make it a fun-packed weekend.

Also during August is a spectacular firework display at the medieval town of Penne d’Agenais.  At the top of the village is the Basilica Notre Dame overlooking the surrounding area and a perfect position to stage this fireworks display. The amazing fireworks are all arranged to a history commentary and music.

Penne d'Agenais Fireworks

The Basilica is quite amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the fireworks display above it as well as the food and dancing at Bidou at the bottom of the hill on our first evening.
– Mrs J.W., St Ives

Summer weather for summer life

The Southwest is one of the sunniest regions of France with over 2000 hours of sunshine per year. Ample sunshine is the main reason behind the successful agriculture and wine production. Long summer days and warm evenings, make for a perfect holiday destination. Kingfisher properties set in beautiful countryside and all with pools make for the perfect accommodation.

Perfect summer days...

Great house great views lovely weather, would highly recommend La Roc.
– Mrs M.D Milton Keys

... with pools to cool in.

Peaceful with stunning views, downstairs the property remained lovely and cool even through a significant heatwave.
– Mr & Mrs E. Newhaven, East Sussex

More to come...

In the the Spring, we’ll complete our Picture Postcard series. Part 3 will be about the gastronomic delights which are undeniably a main pleasure of summer holidays in Southwest France. 

If you haven’t yet told us about your 2019 highlights, there’s still time to drop us a line. In the meantime, if you want the best choice for next summer’s holiday home, it’s time to plan your return – or your first visit. 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.

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