Romantic Getaways in the Lot Valley – The Ideal Holiday Destination For Couples

Romantic Getaways in the Lot Valley – The Ideal Holiday Destination For Couples

Kingfisher Holidays offer a wide range of holiday cottages in south France for summer holiday rentals. Ideal for couples seeking an intimate self-catering retreat, these 2-4 bedroomed south France cottages may be smaller than your typical multi occupancy south France gites or villas but they are beautifully formed, well presented and delightfully situated for the most romantic of holidays in the wonderful French countryside.

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About Our Holiday accommodation

We have a great selection of south France cottages sleeping 2-4 people, which are ideal for couples to stay in. These cottages are large enough to be spacious and comfortable and unlike larger French holiday gites, which can be expensive to rent, these smaller south France cottages provide just the right amount of accommodation, at an affordable price.

Our south France cottages can be found in the most idyllic spots too. Tucked away in quaint little French villages or on the edge of small towns overlooking acres of farmland and vineyards, these little French gems are a peaceful haven in which you and your partner can enjoy some quiet time alone together, away from it all. Our cottages are set in pretty gardens and lovely walks exist right on the doorstep, so whether you choose to stay in or around your cottage, enjoying its pool and gardens or venture out to explore the local countryside, you’ll find yourselves in the most wonderful surroundings.

Our south France cottages are offered in excellent condition inside and out and are all very well equipped for a comfortable self-catering holiday. You’ll find the kitchens fully kitted out with all the utensils, crockery and cutlery you’ll need and the bathrooms and bedrooms with towels and linens.

Our holiday accommodation offers you the chance to sample the gentler way of French life. The relaxed pace that pervades this area of France makes it a pleasure to go shopping in the local villages and small towns. In most villages you can expect to find a bakers, a butchers, a chemist, a post office and a small supermarket but for those occasions when you need to do a bigger shop, you are never too far from one of France’s famed hypermarkets. Usually located on the edge of larger towns, these huge retailers provide everything from washing powder to coffee and from honey to steaks and fresh fish.

In each of our south France cottages you’ll find information about the nearest shops and their opening times. We recommend a quick perusal of this since some French opening times differ to those that you might be used to in England. Many shops for example, will close for lunch and just a few select ones will open on Sunday mornings. It is important to note that very few, if any shops, will be open on Sunday afternoons so be sure to stock up your fridge before then.

Many couples, when they are away on holiday in France, prefer to visit the local markets rather than trawl around the shops. This is because the French markets have become a bit of an institution in their own right. They offer a real taste of local French fayre and also the chance to brush up on your linguistic skills as you engage in conversation, or even a bit of good natured bartering, with the stallholders. There are plenty of local markets held throughout the Lot Valley offering fresh seasonal produce as well as the staples like bread and cheese, why not visit a market near you to pick up a French stick and some local honey, or perhaps some local cheeses, like a Roquefort, an  Ossau Iraty or a Rocamadour. Your might want to get hold of a bottle of Domaine des Amandiers or Clos Bican-Ségur, some fresh, off the bone ham and some olives for a tasty romantic picnic treat. If you would rather dine at home, all our south France cottages come with facilities for eating al-fresco as well as barbecues and dining furniture.

After your meal has gone down, you may fancy a dip in the pool. Each of our holiday properties has a pool so you can enjoy a romantic swim under the stars and because it stays relatively warm in this part of the world, you could stay out swimming until quite late in the evening

Things To Do On a Romantic South France Holiday

Explore The Countryside

So, what is it about the French countryside and particularly the countryside in the Lot Valley, in south west France, that makes it so appealing? First of all, it’s about the climate. It is lovely and warm here throughout the summer months, making it ideal for romantic walks, bike rides for two, picnics and the like!

The lush greenness of the area and unspoilt countryside free from over-development also makes it a wonderful peaceful place to immerse yourself and spend quality time reconnecting.  A walk or a cycle ride around the area will be filled with beautiful natural vistas of valleys and vineyards bursting with life and stunning river scenes.

Relatively flat for great distances, it is easy and a real pleasure to walk or cycle around and the lack of any real traffic, save for the odd tractor, means it is very safe too. If you are cycling and come across a hill, there is no shame in dismounting to wheel your bike to the summit and one thing’s for sure; the view from the top will certainly be worth it.

On your travels you may well come across what’s known as a leisure lake. These are sometimes quite large bodies of water, which can be either natural or man-made. Often these calm, freshwater lakes are fringed with imported sand to give the real life impression of a beach and some have a snack bar or coffee shop too (open in peak season). They are open to locals and visitors alike and are popular with both couples and holidaying families. You can find leisure lakes all around the south west of France with a good number located around The Lot Valley, Cahors and the towns of Quercy and Fumel.

Visit a Bastide Town

The Lot Valley region is home to more than 40 ancient bastide towns, many of which have been preserved or renovated and are now very pretty towns to explore, with ancient buildings, cobbled streets and arcaded squares in which the townsfolk gather to relax and chat over coffee. The history of these towns goes back to the middle ages, they were created with a central market square, which was usually surrounded by an arcade housing the town’s shops and trades people. This central point would be located at the highest point in the town, making it difficult for invaders, as they would have to climb a hill to attack.

When visiting a bastide town, you may wish to follow in the footsteps of the ancient townsfolk and simply enjoy the convivial atmosphere that pervades the central square, sipping a glass of winie while you watch the world go buy or browsing the inividual shops in their lovely arcades.  Depending on the location, you’ll find these arcades full of artists and sculptors, piano bars and coffee shops, flower stalls and newsagents – offering plenty of opportunities to stock up on special souvenirs of your trip. You might want to enjoy a long romantic lunch together, sampling some of the local cuisine. A popular local dish is the Cassoulet, it is relatively inexpensive and very tasty. If you prefer, you could always opt for the Toulouse sausage or some fois gras, another local speciality.

Take a Boat Trip

What could be more romantic than taking a leisure cruise down the River Lot or the Garonne River? Pass beautiful countryside and see the bastide towns in the hills as you traverse the river’s clear, deep waters.  Boats depart from Luzech and Fumel (05 53 71 13 70) on the Lot river and Nerac on the Garonne river.

You can also hire boats at Canal du Midi at Agen (05 63 04 48 28) and from Moissac and these are charged by the hour.

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