The Village and Environs
didn't actually move very far during our week as the river
location is gorgeous; a few walks to the bar, a trip to Figeac
market and a couple of trips to Capdenac-le-Haut - which is stunning".
Bouillac is approximately 820 hectares in size and has around 450
inhabitants. People have lived here since ancient times, attracted by
the river’s natural resources and minerals. Bouillac is on the
Aveyron / Lot border.
Bouillac Village Square
Guests can wander along the riverbank
and up into the village to pick up fresh bread and croissants, delicious cakes and pastries and basic supplies from the
boulangerie. There is an old,
abandoned, chateau in the village, along with a children’s play
area, and guests can play petanque in the square with the locals. Les
Berges du Lot, which has a bar and a restaurant, is a family run
business within strolling
distance of the house and serves delicious food (lunch times only). There is also a
traditional restaurant 5 minutes
drive away in Asprières, which is guaranteed to fill you up with
wholesome, home cooked food, served in eye popping quantities, at a
very reasonable price. There is a lovely church at St Martin de
Bouillac, just over the river.
This is a really good location for walking, cycling, fishing, boating
or just relaxing. The canoeing, fishing, and river walks are just
beyond the gate.
There is also a lido, with flumes, in nearby Figeac, an outdoor public
pool in Decazeville and an indoor pool at Capdenac.
Figeac, a wealthy trading town during the Middle Ages, is renowned for
its exceptional heritage, and is on the pilgrimage route running from
La Puy-en-Velay in eastern France through Conques and Cahors and on to
Santiago de Compostela in Spain . The town council is pursuing a policy
of renovating its superb sandstone façades and sumptuous houses
and their decorative sculptures. Anthony Peregrine wrote an excellent
article on Figeac and the Lot Valley in the The Daily Telegraph Travel
Supplement on the 14 January 2006.
There are a number of English people
living and working in the area, and the locals do speak and understand
English, but the villagers will give you an ample opportunity to
practice your French!
play area and chateau Les Berges du Lot Bar &
Restaurant is 150 m from the house
Aveyron, known as “the gateway to Southern France”,
benefits from a near Mediterranean climate, but without the crowds.
With wide open spaces, mountains, lakes, rivers and streams in
abundance, there are a wealth of outdoor activities on offer in the
region including walking, cycling, swimming, predatory, course
fishing or fly fishing, golf and all manner of water sports. For more information
please visit ww.tourisme-aveyron.com. This is an excellent and most informative site.
The River Lot is one of the loveliest in France, Its valley snakes
between white cliffs, in fertile green meanders. Nearly every valley in
the region has a medieval chateau, prehistoric caves, hilltop villages
or pilgrimage towns. Aveyron boasts 10 of “Les plus beaux
villages de France” (the most beautiful villages in France), more
than any other départment and including Brousse le Chateau,
Saint-Cômme d’Olt and Peyre. The Medieval bastide towns of
Sauverre Rouergue, Villefranche de Rouergue, Conques, Belcastel and the
spectacular fortress of Najac are fascinating to explore, as are the
profusion of local markets and brocantes.
There are more stunning towns in the départment of the Lot
including Rocamador and St-Cirq-Lapopie which simply ooze atmosphere.
You can play golf at Rodez, Albi or Villefranche.
There are a number of animal parks in the area including the Medieval
“Parc du Colombier 15 minutes from Rodez, Le Jardin des Betes
near Montrozier and the Parc animalier de Pradinas to keep all the
You can lie on the beach at the Lévézou Lakes, enjoy a
picnic, swim, or hire pedal boats or canoes.
There are prehistoric cave paintings at Perche Merle, or underground caves at Padirac.
You could spend a day out in the remote Auvergne with its lunar
landscape appearance, or admire the awesome grandeur of the Tarn Gorge
and the Millau viaduct.
The region is widely regarded as a gastronomic paradise. Its cuisine is
famous throughout France and beyond, including dishes based on
truffles, duck, goose, foie gras, cepes and other varieties of
mushrooms, plums, peaches, apricots, sweet chestnuts, walnuts, and
walnut oil. There are world-class restaurants within easy reach at
Belcastel, Languiole and Sauveterre de Rouergue as well as many
delightful, unpretentious small restaurants and cafes scattered
throughout the area.
Festivals and concerts, village fetes and firework displays are widespread in the summer. There is
usually a car boot sale or market in one or other of the surrounding villages almost everyday.
For the winter visitor, the Aubrac Mountains have excellent
cross-country ski trails and affordable family downhill runs. There are
excellent facilities for children.
View of Najac Rocamadour