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Lot and Tarn Holiday Cottages

The Lot department is known for its fine local produce - from truffles to confit of duck & goose, to dark Cahor wines and the goat's cheese of Rocamadour – wonderful fare to sample from the balcony of your apartment. Three rivers flow through this department, the Dordogne where you can experience kayaking and canoeing, Cele in the centre and the Lot to the south where you can go on boat trips which is a wonderful way to experience the area and look at one of France’s most photographed sites, the Pont Valentre Bridge. Visit the medieval centres of Cahors and Figeac. Sample truffles and nearly black wine at Cahors.

 

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The Tarn area has forests, mountains and vineyards and is also close to Toulouse and Montpellier. Rich in historical heritage, enjoy a stroll from your apartment and discover castles, churches, museums and the bastide towns built in the 13th century to encourage settlement of empty areas before the Hundred Years War. The Tarn covers the Sidobre which is part of the Parc Naturel du Haut-Languedoc, known for its stunning granite formations. Visit the town of Albi which is also the home of Toulouse-Laurec who was born in 1864. . A river cruise of the Tarn will enable you to glimpse at the beauty of Albi from a different angle. Also visit Castres which has been the centre for the woolen trade since the 14th Century. Venturing out of your apartment in Castres you'll be spoiled for choice for the choice of places to go.

25,000-year-old prehistoric caves (Grotte de Pech-Merle) near Cabrerets.
Visit the massive crater formed by the collapse of a cave at 
Cahors - Saturday market where locals enjoy divulging the secret ingredients of their nearly black wine.
Visit Albi and the Musee Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec where you can see famous canvases by the artist himself and other works by Matisse, Dufy and Yves Brayer.
Albi - Saturday Market - Place Ste-Cecile, Albi 81000 to purchase foie-gras and garlic from Laurec and Gaillac wines
Albi - visit the Zoo de Monredon where the children can look at kangaroos, camels and monkeys
Albi - visit the Cathedrale Ste-Cecile Place Ste-Cecile

<p>Cahors is the home of truffles, goat's cheese, confit de canard (duck conserve) and dark, potent Cahors wine which has been produced here since Roman times. Just a short stroll from your apartment the Saturday market is the best place to sample some of this wonderful cuisine. Cahors is situated on the river Lot and surrounded by hills. Its famous landmark is the Pont Valentre, an impressive medieval bridge with seven pointed arches that span the river. Cahors is a perfect base for exploring Quercy with its vineyards, medieval villages, castles and the spectacular limestone cliffs that flank the rivers Lot and Cele. <br />Albi is built by red brick extracted from the Tarn river hence its name 'Albi la rouge'. Stay in one of our beautiful apartments in this delightful town that oozes historical and cultural heritage. At the height of the town’s importance in the mid 15th to 16th-centuries many Renaissance buildings were constructed from wealth accrued by the textile and dyeing industries. Albi is also the home of Toulouse-Lautrec who was born here in 1864. The terraced gardens of the Palais de la Berbie are also worth a detour and overlook the river Tarn<br />Castres is a laid-back, self-confidant town that was home to Jean Jaurès, the founder of Socialism. The town also has some worthy museums including the Musee Goya that houses some of his well known prints such as Los Caprichos. Castres is the leading centre in France for carded wool and the second most prominent centre for the woollen industry after Roubaix-Tourcoing. Some of the houses along the east bank of the River Agout started out as homes of the 14th-century tanners, dyers and 'peyrats' or weavers.</p>

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