Duras château Eymet Market Village Meal
The local golf course is less than 10 mins from Gabillou
A detailed guide to the house and locality is provided on arrival but here's a taster of some things to do.
The historic towns of Bergerac and Villeneuve-sur-Lot are within a 35 minute drive with the nearby towns of Marmande and Tonneins (both 25 minutes) also providing good shopping opportunities.
The house is also centrally located for the vineyards of Duras (try the fresh Sauvignon or rose with a BBQ), Marmandais, Monbazillac (a sweet white which makes a nice aperitif early evening) and a little further, Bordeaux (delicious with a goat's cheese and tomato tart with salad for lunch on the terrace) and St Emilion amongst others.
Many towns and villages organise meals, fetes and activities throughout the year, where you can mingle with the locals and enjoy the warm-hearted welcome and hospitality of the area.
There are markets (some with food stalls and entertainment) throughout the week, with night markets in the summer, for example in nearby Miramont, Soumensac, Eymet, Levignac. The area is famous for its tomatoes and prune d'Ente and fois gras and you can also get the local cheese, plums, apples, grapes, melons, peaches and nuts (in season) which taste just delicious. If you feel brave, taste the potent eau de vie made from the prunes.
There are the castles of Duras and Bonaguil to visit, walk along the Canal de la Garonne (featured in Rick Stein's TV show) at Pont de Casse, round the lakes of Saut du Loup and Soumensac, quaint old churches to look at in many villages, welcoming restaurants serving delicious food and wine of the region for various budgets with many offering 3 courses with wine for 15 euros or less, boat trips on rivers at Bergerac or Nerac, take in Monflanquin, named one of the prettiest villages of France, perched on its hilltop with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside or take the little vintage train across the Landes