If you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet, it is not too late! Kingfisher have over 75 properties based in the Lot Valley South France and still have some availability for summer and early autumn 2011.
Holiday Cottages in South France
The gites and holiday homes for rent in the south of France range in size from quaint country cottages, which will comfortably accommodate two or four people to much larger properties, suitable for large groups of family or friends. The accommodation on offer is of a good standard and we have gites, cottages and farmhouses to suit a range of budgets.
Each holiday cottage is offered either with exclusive access to its own pool or at least with shared access to a communal pool and even if access is shared, it will not be shared by many people so the chances are, whenever you want to use it, it’ll be relatively quiet.
Located within a 50 mile radius of the Lot Valley, they are all very different but one thing they all have in common, is the glorious, verdant countryside, that surrounds them.
Gites in South France – click here to view our holiday properties!
Activities and Places to Visit
Once here, you can explore the area to your hearts content and in so many different ways. There are many lovely country walks in the area; you can explore by bike or boat. You can go on picnics; you can enjoy lovely meals in very reasonably priced local restaurants or cook up a feast of your own back at your holiday property.
This part of the country, like Suffolk and Kent in England, is considered the larder of France and the towns and villages of the area celebrate this fact, by regularly holding fresh produce markets, akin to the English farmers markets. These markets feature stalls offering every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable and a range of fresh meats and fish that will have your taste buds working overtime. Fresh bread is also available here and we challenge anyone to resist the temptation presented by the smell of a freshly baked French stick.
These markets are often held in the central squares of many of the bastide towns in the area. The origin of the bastide town is very interesting; During the 100 year’s war, which took place from 1337 to 1453, many towns were built on hilltops and fortified against intruders. These “bastide” towns were generally built to the same pattern and so are instantly recognisable today.
Arcades, very like those you can see at La Rochelle, would surround a central square. This central square would be the commercial hub of the town, its central market place and its main meeting point. Main arterial roads or roads wide enough for carriages would lead off from the centre in a grid pattern with smaller connecting roads coming off at right angles.
There are many fine examples of bastide towns still thriving today, in fact there has been a resurgence of interest in them and many are in better shape now, having been restored and improved, than they were back in their heyday. Among the finest examples of the Lot Valley’s bastide towns are Monflanquin, Penne-d’Agenais, Tournon d’Agenais, Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Villeréal. These are well worth a visit, for a relaxing lunch, browsing the local shops and enjoying the breathtaking scenery, while staying at your French holiday gite.
Whilst out on you travels, if you fancy a swim to cool off, you can stop by one of the local leisure lakes. Leisure lakes are ubiquitous is France and in the south of France in particular. They are, as the name suggests, lakes that have been designated by the local authorities as open to swimming and other leisure activities. Many of these lakes, either natural or man made, will have artificially introduced, sandy beaches to enhance the leisure lake experience and make it feel a little more like being on the coast. Many of the lakes will also have cafés or ice cream parlours (open in high season) but most are not supervised so reasonable caution must be taken around the water.
Booking your South France holiday
It is not too late to book your gite holiday in South France!
Simply browse our web site to find a property you are interested in and then at the bottom of the page, check the calendar to see if it is available on your preferred dates. Then contact us to confirm availability and we will assist you from there!
If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, then contact us and we will be happy to make some recommendations to suit your booking party.
For last minute bookings where your holiday will be taken within the next 90 days, full payment is required at the time of booking.
Please ensure you read and agree to our booking terms and conditions.