The chateau is walking distance to the village with restaurant, shop and bar. It is 45 minutes from Bergerac Airport and 1.5 hours from Bordeaux Airport.
In the village there is a small restaurant serving very good value meals (approx 18 -20 euros for 3 courses), with a menu that changes daily. The restaurant is only a short walk from the chateau. The owner of the restaurant is also available , by prior arrangement to occasionally 'outside cater' eg: he may come to the chateau and cook for a special meal, he has done this before for us. He also does very good 'take away', not a fast food type take away, but whatever is on the days menu can be pre ordered to take away.
There is a large fishing shop close to the town of Villeneuve sur lot which is a 20 min car journey. To fish at the Chateau you must purchase a holiday license, its only a few euros and you can buy one at the village shop. We have a small rowing boat for our guests to use, which is ideal for fishing or you can fish from the jetty.
The lot et garonne is a beautiful peaceful region of France. The land is farmed and famous for the growing of plum trees and the production of prunes. Fresh, locally grown produce is available from the farm shop or from the local weekly markets. During the summer the village comes alive with the Thursday evening market, an enjoyable evening of dancing, music and enjoying the delicious local produce.The Chateau is on the banks of the lovely river lot, which is excellent for fishing and canoeing.The area around the chateau is ideal for cycling and there are many small bastide towns to explore.
The pretty village of Fongrave is just a 5 minute walk from the Chateau. With only 900 occupants the village is traditional and un-spoilt. There is a post office,church and a small shop which stocks the daily necessities along with fresh bread and croissants each morning. Attached to the shop is The Beau-Rivage, a small bar/restaurant serving delicious traditional French food. Each Thursday evening during the summer the village comes alive for the farmers market. This is an experience not to be missed, you can purchase locally grown and reared food, have it cooked for you straight away and locals and visitors all dine together on long tables whilst enjoying an evening of music.