What to see...
Historic treasures, pilgrimage trails and a rich, local culture
LA STINOISE is set about a kilometre from the medieval Bastide village of Lauzerte which can trace its origins back to the middle ages. Lauzerte is situated in the beautiful rolling hills of northern Tarn-et-Garonne with its spectacular scenery. Today, Lauzerte offers a variety of restaurants and cafes and a collection of art and boutique shops to browse.
Way of St James
The 'Camino de Santiago de Compostela' is a collection of old pilgrimage routes through many countries in Europe. They all have Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain as their final destination. Arriving from the north the 'Chemin de St. Jacques' literally runs within 500 meters from LA STINOISE.
The region: Quercy Blanc, Tarn-et-Garonne
As you head north from Montauban towards Cahors, leaving the wide flat valleys of the Tarn and Garonne behind you, the land rises up into beautiful green and woody countryside, planted with vines , sunflowers, apple and plum orchards. It's a very soft landscape, and villages, like Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Cordes-sur-Ciel or Roquecor are small and widely scattered. The pace of life seems about equal with that of a turning sunflower.
This area is known as the Quercy Blanc (white Quercy) and boasts a rich historic and cultural heritage. The region is characterised by the abundant white stone and the 'pigeonniers' dotted across the landscape.
The beautiful ancient town of Cahors lies on the River Lot and is a 30-minute drive away. Cahors is famous for the rich Malbec wines produced in its surrounding vineyards, which offer wonderful wine tasting opportunities.
Toulouse, a city with exceptional heritage, has a rich collection of museums, beautiful monuments, lively streets and fantastic shops. Toulouse offers a truly wonderful day out and is about 1 hour away.
There are many more places of interest, which we will happily advise on.
More information at www.lauzerte-tourisme.fr
...and what to do
Relax by the pool or try one of these activites:
Canoeing: A firm favourite with our guests: Explore the nearby waters and canals. Canoeing is possible on the Cele, Aveyron, Tarn, Garonne or the Lot.
Walking: Tracks surrounding LA STINOISE offer excitement for all hiking levels from the leisure stroll to the more serious walk.
Cycling: The area with its quiet lanes is ideal for short or longer bike journeys. The fabulous cycle routes along the Canal de Midi offer easy tours along the beautiful canal. If you bring your own bikes we have material available for any repairs needed; and bikes are also available at LA STINOISE.
Horse riding, Golfing, Fishing, Parachuting, Tennis and even Hot Air Ballooning: All of this is available close to La Stinoise.
During the summer months, the region is heaving with activities.
No trip to France without the visit to one of the many fabulous farmer's markets in Montcuq, Lauzerte or Montaigue.
From Cahors or Prayssac you can take boat trips on the vast River Lot, with its Cahors famous Pont de Valentre spanning the river.
Food Night Markets (Marchés Gourmands) or outdoor cinemas, local festivals and fairs, 'The Nights of Lauzerte' with its thousands of candles beautifully lit throughout the village or the magical show 'Au fil de l'eau' in Valence d'Agen.... the options during the summer months are endless.