1. LOT REGION La Grange - La TeulièreLot region - Lot cottage - Lot village
The local region around La Teulière
Gagnac-sur-Cère on our side of the river - showing the Mairie and the church
Also in Gagnac there is a little
restaurant called Aux Chants des Oiseaux, which is
run by Karen, who is English but has been living in France for a long time.
This is great value - very popular with our guests - a 4 course menu with wine and coffee for12 euros
also it is one of the only places where you can bring your own wine.
Everything here is freshly cooked, tasty and wholesome.
Sadly, this special restaurant is
moving a little further away closer to Beaulieu,
and will open there in October 2016 with a new name of à l'Abri du Moulin.
Three generations of the Lasfargeas family have lived at the Auberge-du-Vieux-Port
A happy lunch at the Auberge-du-Vieux-Port in Port-de-Gagnac
Bretenoux is a bastide town dating back to 1277 with a lot of history and a charming cobbled market place.
Castelnau Bretenoux - only 10
kms from our cottage - built
of red ironstone
which glows in the afternoon sun- a great example of mediaeval military architecture.
Open to the public all year.
A few kms on from Bretenoux is
the vibrant small town of St Céré - with winding mediaeval
houses The town nestles beneath high hills all around - and the two powerful keeps of St-Laurent-les-Tours
- now the Museé de Jean Lurçat where this artist ran a secret Resistance radio post during WW2.
Left - St Céré
is a charming small town with many upmarket shops and a big Saturday market.
Right - you can enjoy an excellent meal at the Hotel / Restaurant Victor Hugo which is just across the bridge.
Beaulieu is a fascinating little town
of riverside houses - cobbled mediaeval streets and
wealth of ancient ecclesiastical architecture as it was a stopover on the route de Compostella.
There are several excellent restaurants here as well.
the heart of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne is the 9C Abbey-de-St-Pierre
the Counts of Turenne and
attached in the 12C to the great Benedictine Abbey at Cluny in Burgundy. The remarkable tympanum above
the main door is an important example of the famous Toulouse School of Carving - as is the one at Carennac.
are some excellent wines of the south west - the best known and possibly
the best is
Centre - the dark red Australian type wines of Cahors - the older ones are best as Cahors is wine to put down.
Left - vines of the next village just over the hill from La Teulière which produces the Coteaux-de-Glanes
- an excellent Vin de Pays. Right - a market selling the another local wine - the wines of Quercy.
Driving from our cottage to Bretenoux
the garden at Bretenoux / Biars where every year they produce
a very special piece of topiary - last year it was a train.