There’s actually something rather comforting going through Summer photos whilst you’re in the midst of a rainy Autumn.
Our Summer holiday this year was a 3-centre mix consisting of the Lot-et-Garonne, the Dordogne and Bordeaux. It was basically a huge French love-in that completely blew me away, so if you’re beginning to think about your holidays for next year it’s a trip that I’d highly recommend.
We flew to Bordeaux and drove to our first destination and our favourite stay of the trip; La Balie:
La Balie consists of 3 self-catering cottages; two 3-bedroom cottages and 1 two-bedroom. We stayed in La Lavandiere:
This was perfect for a family of four and each bedroom had a very nice ensuite with great showers.
Our favourite place was the salt-water pool and garden.
Of course staying somewhere so pretty and peaceful, it’s tempting not to venture out but this area is well known for its beautiful villages, local produce and great food; so it would be rude not to.
Our favourite village was Pujols:
But we also ventured out to nearby Monflanquin which was just as stunning…
You can see why each village claims to be ‘the most beautiful village in France’.
We didn’t have one bad meal in this part of France. They quite rightly focus on seasonal, local produce and considering they grow a lot of fruit and vegetables here, as well as rear ducks, geese and white beef, they can’t go far wrong.
Our favourite place to eat and drink was the nearby rustic-dream that is the Bassiviere Barn Chic:
If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love a bit of rustic-chic. The Bassiviere does this so well; the food is heavenly and served on sharing platters country-style, the staff are lovely and they have their own shop with a mix of preloved and boutique-style finds as well as six extremely stylish family apartments.
My next travel post will be on the next stage of our trip; the Dordoyne.