There is so much to explore and experience in this area – you really are spoilt for choice.
When you book a stay at Bijou Barn, we send you much more detailed information nearer the time, about things you can do when you visit. But for the moment, here is a brief overview of what you can expect.
VISIT THE NEARBY LAKE WITH BEACH
Only 6kms from Bijou Barn is the lake of Saint Sernin. You will be impressed by the turquoise water and sandy beach. In the summer they have a Wipe Out style inflatable - great fun for all ages!
ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES GALORE!
There's so much to do and explore in the area. Whether you want to enjoy your favourite past time or find something completely new, we can help. Walking, Cycling, Canoeing, Horse Riding, High Ropes, Water Parks, Golf, Spa and Massage, Cookery Experiences, Pleasure Flights, Vintage Cars, Boat Trips, Wildlife - monkey forest, bird sanctuary and dinosaur park, French Lessons, Train Trips, Outdoor Music and Film Events.
BEAUTIFUL HILLTOP VILLAGES
This region of France has its fair share of lovely villages dotted about the rolling hills of Occitanie. They are all unique but share lots of character. Montcuq (7 kms), Tournon d'Agenais (16 kms), Lauzerte (18 kms), Saint Cirque Lapopie (61 kms)
ENJOY THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE
This region is known for its tranquility, but you don't have to venture very far to experience the lively towns and cities. Cahors (30 kms), Sarlat (80 kms), Rocamador (90 kms), Bergerac (100 kms), Toulouse (110 kms).
Who wouldn't be drawn to this vineyard? Only 8 kms from Bijou Barn, Chateau Chambert is absolutely beautiful and so is the wine! Other Chateaux nearby include Chateau Bonaguil (30 kms).
RESTAURANTS For many people who visit France, sampling the great food is top of their list. There are many restaurants to choose from, whether you want haute cuisine or a characterful eatery frequented by the locals. You can eat out somewhere new every day of your holiday, if you wish. LOCAL FOODS TO SAVOUR Every region has its specialities of which it is fiercely proud and this region is no different. Choose from the more well known such as foie gras and duck to saffron and truffle. Then cut through the richness with figs, melon and a selection box of the most unusual tomatoes, to name but a few!
WINE TASTING It has to be done - there are only two types of wine - good wine and better wine. Bijou Barn is in the heart of the Malbec region so hold on to your hat for some amazingly powerful reds. If you want something lighter for those summer days then the rosés won't disappoint either. But if you really want to try something different then try a desert wine - a great accompaniment to go with a sweet delicacy you picked up from the local patisserie but also with foie gras and some of the local cheeses. BEER AND CIDER TASTING This region is known for its apples so the cider is worth a try - very refreshing after a cycle ride. There are a few micro-breweries in the area that you can visit to learn more about their craft or seek them out in the local markets.
Of course their are local markets throughout the week providing great produce and happy to chat about what they sell and will often offer a little taste to win you over completely. But look out for the gourmet markets, held in the evening, where local producers sell their food and either cook it for you, or you cook it yourself and sit outside at long tables with everyone else. For me, this epitomises what meal times are all about - eating local produce in season and socialising with like minded people over a glass or two of wine - what could be better?
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