Bordeneuve: Local Area & Amenities

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Bordeneuve is a mile from St Aubin village.
There is an organic farm in St Aubin  with a shop filled with delicious homemade bread and biscuits, cheeses and meats.open only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
St Aubin has a communal tennis court (free to use at any time), a rugby stadium (St Aubin is a pretty good team so if you are here during the Rugby season you will generally catch a game) and a horse-riding stables just a few minutes' drive from Bordeneuve. There is a local bicycle and quad hire company too if you feel like exploring on two wheels.
If you are visiting us in early September, you will fortunate enough to enjoy the renowned and colourful 'prune fair' in our little village. It is a big deal in these parts especially the stone spitting competition!  Slightly farther afield, the market town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot (15 km away) has a wide variety of shops, good restaurants, theatre and cinema. It also has a great golf course. There are so many things to do here on our doorstep!
There are two amazing boulangerie/patisseries, a good old fashioned butchers shop and several excellent restaurants iin the stunning medieval village Monflanquin which is about 10 minutes away. Mostly restaurants serve locally sourced dishes such as foie gras, duck, fabulous steaks and lots and lots of cheese! However, here you have a choice from pizza to tapas, even a fabulous Lebanese restaurant where you can sit overlooking the square . On Thursday nights in the Summer the square comes alive with a night market filled with food, music and glorious local wines. All you have to do is grab a table and join in!!
 There is also a small supermarket here which has everything!

 

river lot

We are surrounded by medieval towns each one prettier than the last. All have their own fetes, fairs and bodegas during the summer months. Kids love it here too, we have a theme park in Agen, Walibi park is filled with fun and rides. We have all sorts of kids days out ranging from farmyard visits and bouncy castles to "Parc en Ciel" a tree climbing adventure park, we even have a pirate ship! Our info pack contains many things to do when you get here, you will need a very long holiday indeed to explore all of this remarkable area!

We are only 5 minutes drive from the River Lot and here you can hire a boat, a canoe or kayac or simply take a trip down the river and take in all the wonderful scenery. Go to Le Jardin des Nenuphars, a waterlily garden, immortalised by Claude Monet in his famous paintings "Les Nymphens".

This area also loves its hot air balloons, take a trip and see the countryside from a real bird's eye view, followed by a champagne lunch, heaven!

There is an amazing restaurant everywhere round here: almost impossible to find a bad one and lots of vineyards. Take a day out wine tasting: you will be amazed at the quality of the wines and at the price!

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Local point of interest is Monflanquin, which dates back to 1256 and is noted as "One of the most beautiful villages of France". Perched on a hill above the river Lède, it is Aquitaine's largest bastide medieval town. Only 5 mins drive from us, you will find  shops, a supermarket and several fabulous restaurants.Its Thursday night market in the Summer is a must do! Go, grab a table and choose your meal and wine from local farmers and artisans, sit eat and listen to the music, perfect!
Monflanquin has a medieval festival in Summer too, dressing up is fun but not compulsary!

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Nearby, le Château de Bonaguil was the last medieval castle built in France. It is unique in that it was constructed during the transition between the Medieval and Renaissance periods and looks like something from a Disney film!

We are also close to Penne d'Agenais, another ancient medieval village perched on a hill and topped by a basilica with a great metal dome which can be seen glinting in the sun for miles around. Penne has a warren of lovely old streets and houses, a good grocery shop in the central square and several restaurants It is on the "Voie de Rocmadour" pilgrimage route and is very very pretty.

Here in Lot-et-Garonne, we are surrounded by vineyards such as Bergerac, Cahors, Duras, Buzet, and a little farther afield, Bordeaux and St Emilion. All of them welcome visitors and have free wine tastings.

 

Lot-et-Garonne

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The department of Lot-et-Garonne is one of the most beautiful in south west France. The River Lot flows through a stunning and varied landscape from Cahors and Figeac in the east across to Bordeaux in the west. It's a land of plains, hillsides, valleys and stunning countryside offering one of the largest orchards in Europe with its varied wines and fruits.

Situated farther south than the more well-known Dordogne region, it offers a peaceful setting for relaxed holidays away from the crowds even in the summer season. The climate is very good with short, mild winters, making it ideal for off-season holidays as well as during the summer.

The Dordogne & Lot Regions

We are actually in the Lot and Garonne region but we are only a few miles from the borders of the Dordogne and Lot regions too.
The Dordogne area offers beautiful scenery, rich meadows, forests, undulating countryside and meandering rivers. It also has many underground caverns and caves decorated with the paintings of pre-historic man. 

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There are many castles to visit along the valley which also provides wonderful places to relax and spend time swimming, canoeing, paddling and eating a picnic of french bread, meats, cheeses and local wines. The Dordogne is rich in castles, from the small renaissance castles such as the Château de Losse to the mighty fortress of Biron, and there are wonderful gardens to visit such as Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac.

The Dordogne is described as the capital of pre-history and there are many prehistoric sites and caves in the area, the most important of which are located in the Vézère Valley. Lascaux at Montignac is the most famous followed by the caves at Les Eyzies.

It is difficult to describe the Périgordine cuisine but duck, geese and poultry are the priorities on the menu together with cèpes and truffles which go extremely well with the local wines of Bergerac and Montbazillac.

The Lot region is  far more dramatic and has beautiful landscapes with dramatic gorges, slow moving rivers and numerous villages such as Puy l'Eveque, St Cirq la Popie and Rocmadour, worth a day out to investigate too! Don't forget the wines of Cahors.