La Carrière Gite accommodation with swimming pool and hot tub (jacuzzi spa) is available in the exceptionally picturesque village of Albas. Situated 25km west of Cahors, Albas is situated on a cliff overlooking the Lot river. The village has narrow streets lined with old houses. There are 3 restaurants, 2 cafes, a bakery and a small shop located in the village. The villagers are extremely friendly and organise events such as wine festivals, village fetes, concerts and dinners where the local foods, wines and French hospitality can be enjoyed throughout the year.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Albas Beach (river beach with sand and shells) 500 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 110 km, Nearest railway: Cahors 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Lot lies at the northern extremity of the Midi-Pyrénées region, which stretches from the confines of the Dordogne Valley to the highest peaks of the Pyrenees, forming the heart of South-West France. The region comprises eight départements created during the reorganisation of government after the Revolutio, each one with a chief city or Préfecture ; which for us is Cahors.
Although small, just over 5200 km2, with a low population density (on average 32 people per square kilometre), the Lot has a rich and varied heritage with differing landscapes, architecture, farming practices and traditions. It can be divided into five main areas, plus the major river valleys, each with its own distinctive personality.
The underlying geology of the Lot explains this variety ; graduating from the ancient granite tocks of the hills bordering the Massif Central in the east, through the wide limestone plateau in the centre of the Lot, to the gently undulating chalk slopes of the south-west.
Two great rivers, the Dordogne in the north and the Lot in the south, cross the département, winding their way east-west, the Ségala is the highest, coolest and most well-watered area, with granite hills sloping steeply down into valleys carved out by fast-flowing streams. It's name comes from the Occitan word for rye, as in the past, this way the only grain which would grow in the local conditions.
Chestnuts also made an important contribution to the diet. Running along the western edge of the Ségala, the Limargue is very different : composed of sandstone hills separated by deep, fertile valleys rich in marly clays, mixed farming has always been practised here, with both arable land and cattle pastures. It is no accident that the main town, Figeac, is renowned for the beauty of its old houses built in the fine-grained local stone.
The central two-thirds of the Lot is dominated by the limestone plateau, or Causse, where fields edged with dry stone walls undulate towards the wide, flat horizon. Much of this area is covered by the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy.
In the north west lies the Bouriane, around its lovely mediaeval chief town, Gourdon. Limestone still predominates, but here it is coloured honey-gold by scattered deposits of ochre – iron ore. Thickly-wooded hillsides, hidden coombs and small villages invite you to venture up the next slope, around the next bend…
The Quercy Blanc, so called for the colour of its white chalk bedrock, occupies the south western corner of the Lot. With its white stone houses, fields of lavender and lovely Romanesque village churches, it has a sunny, bright, undeniably Southern feel to it.
In the north, the Dordogne river carves its way majestically through the limestone plateau, forming tall cliffs which cradle a fertile plain composed of a mosaic of fields and orchards. One of the mightiest mediaeval fortresses in southern France, Castelnau-Bretenoux, stands guard over these rich lands. Further south, the upper reaches of the Lot valley are wilder, quite narrow in places, but as the river winds away beyond Cahors, the scenery becomes more open; gentle slopes dotted with castles, villages and the omnipresent, orderly rows of vines, which provide AOC Cahors wine. The one thing that these diverse landscapes have in common is their unspoiled natural beauty: the Lot has conserved much of its traditional rural heritage, giving it irresistible charm and character.
The area has a host of things to see and do, be it visiting the many Bastide towns, walking in the hills and vineyards or enjoying the many festivals and fetes and markets available, selling local French produce and many gastronomic delights. There are a variety of attractions in the area including St Cirq La Popie, Lascaux and Peche Merle caves, Padirac underground lakes, Rocamadour, Chateau Bonaguil and Chateau Biron.
We are situated on the river Lot well known for its good fishing of Carp, Catfish, Barbel and Perch to name but a few. There are also a range of outdoor activities in the local area including boat trips on the 'Gabare' (a river barge) with trips cruising along the river Lot.