Berty gite in France A traditional stone built Quercy farmhouse and barn in the idyllic Lot countryside

Local Attractions

the hamlet of Rouillac commune of Montcuq  in Quercy Blanc

approaching the hamlet of Rouillac

Although we are not serious enthusiasts, we have been delighted by the variety of birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and wild flowers that can be found in our garden and the surrounding areas, so this is a wonderful area for nature lovers - bring your binoculars!

Situated on the pilgrim's route of St Jaques de Compostelle (also known as Santiago de Compostela, or the route of St James) GR65, this is a great area for walking, hiking or cycling. Berty actually gets a mention in the guide book.

The chapel in the church at Rouillac has frescoes dating back to the 12th century. As you go through the village, you get the impression that not much has changed in all the intervening years.

Apart from the tranquil countryside in the immediate vicinity, there is a wide choice of activities within easy reach.

rolling countryside

the valley of the Tartuguie, Rouillac

Quercy Blanc

This region of Quercy Blanc is known for its buildings and pigeonniers (dovecotes) made from the local white limestone, and for growing melons, sunflowers and of course grapes. Our nearest vineyard is La Reginerie, at Montlauzun, which produces Coteaux de Quercy wines (red and rosé). To the north of Montcuq is the region of the delicious dark red Cahors wines, made from a gutsy blend of Malbec (also known as Auxerrois or Cot), Merlot and Tannat. Most of the local producers are very happy to offer you a tasting of their vintages.

For something different, you might like to try Archery

Any budding Robin Hood or Maid Marion are welcome!

Click on Archery Pages for more information

town of Montcuq with 14th Century donjon

the Donjon of Montcuq (please pronounce the 'q')

Montcuq

Berty is 5km from the lively medieval town of MONTCUQ, which has a splendid Sunday market all through the year, which is classified as one of the 100 best markets in France. The town has all local shops and services and a choice of bars and restaurants. Enjoy a stroll through the streets of the old town on your way up to the Tower for a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

There is a swimming lake just north of the town with a beach and children's play area, with lifeguards on duty in summer, or elsewhere you can rent a tennis court by the hour.

Local Events

On July 14th, there is a spectacular evening in Montcuq, with a dance and music show, usually using the tower as backdrop and culminating in a splendid firework display.

In August there are several days of Montcuq-en-fête.

Throughout the summer, there are exhibitions by local artists and photographers

In late October/early November every year there is a two day endurance horse race, Les Deux Jours de Montcuq. On the first day the riders come right past Berty.

Nearby places to visit

Lauzerte Floralies flower festival

The Flower Festival in Lauzerte

Also close by is the imposing medieval bastide town of LAUZERTE with its beautiful arched merchant's houses facing on to the town square.  There are Ingres panels in the church. In April, the town is filled with plants and flowers for Les Floralies (Flower Festival) and in early August, one of the special events here is Les Nuits de Lauzerte.

In MONTPEZAT-de-QUERCY you can see superb Flemish tapestries and other artworks from 14th 16th centuries at the Collegiale St-Martin.

CAHORS, the departmental capital of Lot, provides many shops and restaurants and there are a variety of entertainments and special events throughout the summer in the vicinity. Visit the most beautiful bridge in France, Pont du Valentré, and explore the well-preserved medieval town and ruins of the old Roman wall.  Here and on the Tarn are opportunities to go canoeing, fishing or boating. In the summer months it is possible to combine a boat trip up river to the cliff-edge village of St Cirq Lapopie, with a scenic railway journey back. There is a water park with lots of fun for children.

In July there are many free events as part of the Cahors Blues festival. Cahors has an excellent Wednesday market and a covered market all days, as well as hypermarkets Leclerc and Carrefour.

It is worth while taking a trip east from Cahors to visit the Grotte du Pech-Merle, with its spectacular limestone formations and 25000 year old original cave paintings (advisable to book ahead in July and August) and St Cirq Lapopie village, which perched on a clifftop some 300-400 feet above the Lot river, is quaint with good shops and restaurants.

Also visit the Lot's second largest town, Figeac. Within its charming twisting medieval streets you will find the Musée Champollion, dedicated to the man who cracked the heiroglyphic code.

Other visits could include the nature park or adventure park.

Situated to the south western edge of the department of Lot, we are also close to the departments of Lot-et-Garonne and Tarn-et-Garonne. Good day trips would include visiting some of the Bastide towns such as Cordes-sur-Ciel, Montpazier and Domme. Combined with exploration of chateaux, vineyards and the Dordogne or Lot rivers, you are really spoilt for choice.

In MONTAUBAN, capital of Tarn-et-Garonne, you can visit the Musée Ingres, which houses paintings by the locally born artist to whom it is dedicated. Montauban also hosts a Jazz festival through the months of July and August.

In MOISSAC, visit the Romanesque Abbey of St Pierre which is said to be one of the finest examples of medieval French sculpture.

The region of Midi Pyrenees has many splendid places to visit. Toulouse, home of Airbus industries, has a superb undercover market - the Victor Hugo, good streetscapes and quality shops and restaurants.

Longer day trips that we recommend include a visit to Rocamadour (one of the 3 most visited places in France) - combined with a visit to Chateau Montal near St Cere; and Millau Viaduct, the stunning modern design by Norman Foster

There are many regional delicacies and specialities on sale in the markets, shops and direct from the producers. These include duck confit and foie gras, prunes, cheeses, honey, lavender, mohair, wine, fruits and vegetables, nuts, screen printed clothes, pottery and ceramics and biscuits. The friendly local people will delight in sharing their expertise with you.

This is just a sample of the atrractions you can visit when staying at Berty. It is always worth visiting the local Tourist Offices to find out about local events and places of interest, which are far too numerous to mention here. More information can also be found on the French Entrée website

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