Quercy Villa

Discover the secrets of Quercy

We'd like to give you an idea of the local area and what we love about it. There's something for everyone in terms of activities, outings, or just chilling out and watching the world go by. We've noted here just a few examples for outings for you.

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Caylus, our local village, is in a corner of Tarn et Garonne, the newest of France's départements. Our part of Tarn et Garonne borders on the Lot, Tarn and Aveyron départements, and has the shared identity of Quercy. Cahors, Montauban and Villefranche de Rouergue are major centres, all attractive towns with plenty of history, each about half-an-hour's drive away. But you don't need to go that far, as all your immediate needs can be fulfilled in Caylus.


Local villages

Caylus, a few kilometres from Django, is a mediaeval village nestling in the valley of the river Bonnette, a tributary of the Aveyron. There is a beautiful square and church with a renowned sculpture of Christ. The twice-weekly Caylus market offers local seasonal produce, and there are supermarkets and other shops for all your holiday needs.

Also close by is St Antonin Noble Val, so-named due to its situation in a spectacular valley deep in a gorge carved by the river Aveyron. The mairie in St Antonin is reputed to be the oldest in France, and another claim to fame is its use as a film location. Both 'Charlotte Gray', starring Cate Blanchett, and ‘The Hundred-foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, were filmed in its ancient narrow streets.

Many other picturesque villages and towns such as Penne, Montpezat-de-Quercy, Najac, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Bruniquel, Lauzerte and Albi are a short drive away.



Food and drink

Our region is renowned for wonderful fruit such as melons, plums, figs and walnuts, as well as the delicious local meats, cheeses, patés, and wines you'll find in the markets and restaurants. Caylus and St Antonin are well-served by restaurants and bars and our guests have enjoyed the following: La Renaissance, Caylus - 'We had a wonderful meal at a reasonable price and with excellent service'; L'Oustal de Quercy, Puylaroque - 'Superb, beautifully presented food in a lovely place'; La Terrasse, Penne - 'excellent food and dramatic views'; La Grange, near St Projet - 'The meal in "the barn" was one of the highlights'.

The domains and chateaux of the Cahors and Gaillac wine regions are within easy striking distance. Gaillac perlé, a dry white wine with a slight tang, is a favourite of ours. Do sample the local Coteaux de Quercy wines too, red, white and rosé, all delicious.


Outdoor activities

As well as the swimming, table-tennis, birdwatching or painting you can enjoy without leaving the garden, there is a range of outdoor pursuits you can indulge in nearby. There are tennis courts in Caylus as well as many walking trails. St Antonin is a centre for canoeing and kayaking on the Aveyron - not to be missed - and also for rock-climbing and caving. You can hire mountain bikes or go horse-riding nearby too.


With children in mind

Many of the activities above are suitable for children, and additionally there is an acrobatics centre in St Antonin, the 'Grotte de Bosc', full of stalagmites and stalactites, a 'ferme animalière' near Molières, a wild boar farm near St Projet and a water-park at Albi among many other attractions.


Sightseeing

You will see picturesque and historic sights everywhere in Quercy and the south-west. Many of the 'most beautiful villages in France' are within a short drive, such as Bruniquel and St Cirq Lapopie. Visit our local restored and furnished Châteaux de Cas and St Projet. If you love art, then don't miss the Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi or the Musée Ingres in Montauban. While in Albi, don't miss the impressive red-brick cathedral. Toulouse, an hour's drive away, is France's fourth largest city and also a centre of aeronautical and space technology.


Facebook updates

We also have a Facebook page where you will see updates on local activities as well as on the house.  Please post your own suggestions there too:  www.facebook.com/quercyvilla/


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