Things to do

...for lazy days chez Lot Sous Toile, read below...

...for trips out and action packed days click here:

The wonderful thing about staying chez Lot Sous Toile is that you can do as much or as little as you like. You can be relaxed and do nothing but swing in a hammock in the shade of a tree, or lie in the sun by the pool. You can have action-packed days visiting some of the many beautiful old stone villages, towns, and castles, or kayaking down the Lot or Dordogne rivers. You could go high-wire tree climbing, cycling, or horse-riding. Alternatively, you could simply take a long walk in the hills. Here are just some examples of the things you could do when you come and stay with us ...


Lot Sous Toile is located in a very rural area of rolling wooded hills pepper-dashed with small hamlets and villages built mostly in stone. It is a wonderful place to get away from it all and yet accessible enough to be able to go and see places if you like.
We are surrounded by incredible wildlife …deer, wild boar, foxes, hares, and an amazing variety of birdlife including many birds of prey.


Kids can enjoy playing in our woodland; a natural playground where they will find rope swings and a play tent with toys to play with whilst you snooze in a hammock in the shade. They can play ping pong or table football, or have a game of petanque or badminton, whilst you lie around the heated pool in the sun. 


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On our property we have chickens, (often with chicks), sheep, a very lazy cat, a lovely young sheep dog, and in early autumn cows come and stay. You are welcome to take part in the daily animal routines and collect an egg or two for your breakfast. We grow lots of our own vegetables too!


It is great for cycling and walking here with miles and miles of tracks and very quiet roads. You can hire bikes locally (I recommend booking this well in advance, contact us for details) or bring your own. It is wonderful here for all-terrain cycling and a lovely area for those who prefer road bikes. There are some spectacular and/or challenging routes possible. Maps can be provided with suggested routes.


Enjoy incredibly clear starlit nights from your tent. There is no street lighting locally and so when the moon isn't too full you can see the milky way very clearly and many shooting stars on summer nights.  There is an observatory in the next village. 

You can enjoy local cuisine, in the nearby village restaurants. There are 3 within 6km from here, (see below). Go to the lovely market on a Friday evening in nearby Gigouzac and then have an apèro in the bar. Or, you could dine with the locals at one of the many village fête's repas. There is one almost every weekend during the summer!

Un Canard Sous l'Olivier, Ussel

Le Restaurant Mourgues, Peyrilles

Chez Regine, Gigouzac, (currently under renovation and reopening in June, 2019

Trips out and action packed days...

Stroll around our nearest big towns; the medieval town of Gourdon and beautiful Cahors. Cahors rests in a large bend of the majestic river Lot. Wander through it’s labyrinth of ancient narrow streets and alleys and try and find some of it’s 25 secret gardens.

Look at the river from the Pont Valentré, (a world heritage site and symbol of Cahors) and visit the interesting and colourful markets.

There is a fantastic beach put in place on the banks of the river Lot for a month in summer with a safe swimming area, bouncy castles and pedalos. There are always lots of events going on through the summer periods in these towns.

A lovely, local day trip is to visit Catus on market day, (Tuesdays) and then spend an afternoon at the lake. There is a lakeside restaurant/bar/cafe and you can hire pedalos, swim, play tennis or ping pong and make sandcastles on the beach. Or a bit further afield (about 50 mins) is the fantastic lake just outside Montcuq. Both kids and adults love the giant inflatable obstacle course!
There are many interesting day trips to do from here, all under an hour away. Visit the beautiful village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and the impressive village of Rocamadourwhich is built into a cliff-face. Visit one or two of the many castles like the wonderful Château des Milandes, Château de Beynac, and the Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.  Do a full or half-day kayaking down the river Lot or Dordogne.  For example, Kalapca Loisirs. Visit the fantastic caves at Padirac and Pech Merle. Our children can't get enough of the Animal Park at Gramat, it makes for a really special day out.