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

A selection of useful links

Local information, tourist offices, places of interest
Travel - Air, Rail, Ferry
Montcuq & Castelnau Montratier Tourist Office
Le deux jours de Montcuq (endurance horse race, late Oct)
RyanAir (to Bergerac, Carcassonne or Rodez)
Lauzerte & Montaigue de Quercy Tourist Office
Les nuits de Lauzerte (early August)
Easy Jet (Gatwick to Toulouse)
Legend of the Pont Valentre
Cahors Blues Festival (July)
Flybe (Southampton to Bergerac, Exeter to Bergerac, Bristol to Bergerac or Toulouse; Birmingham to Bergerac or Toulouse)
Lot Tourism British Airways (City Airport to Bergerac)
  DFDS Dover - Calais or Dunkirk
Moissac P & O Ferries Dover - Calais ; Portsmouth - Le Havre
  Brittany Ferries Portsmouth - St Malo or Caen; Poole to Cherbourg
Figeac Musée Champollion French Railways
Montauban Festival
Getting to the airport in the UK
Au Pruneau Gourmand - Prune Museum  Gatwick Express
Stansted Express
Steam Train
Hiring a car in France
Golf Course at Roucous Ada
Parachuting School at Bouloc Europcar
Antic Disposition - Open Air Shakespeare in Quercy
Books to help plan your trip
Travelling Vet
AA Road Atlas France
Vet2U - English speaking vet for home visits Midi-Pyrénées (Michelin Regional Maps)
  The Rough Guide to the Dordogne and the Lot
Ticketnet for event tickets The Complete Guide to Buying Property in France
Chambre d'hote in Rouillac for extra guests or short stays  
Buying a House in France
Quercy Gascogne (Montcuq)
Somewhere to stop on the way
Immobilier Passemard (Montcuq) Ibis
Improve your French
Logis de France
"French in 10 Minutes a Day" Via Michelin - choose your route and find a hotel

Learn in Your Car French (Levels 1 - 3)

Michel Thomas Total French Foundation Course
Something to get you in the mood
Something to remind you when you get home
A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle 
The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil, Carol Drinkwater 
Life in a Postcard: Escape to the French Pyrenees, Rosemary Bailey 
A House in the Sunflowers: and A Harvest of Sunflowers Ruth Silvestre

The French Kitchen: A Cookbook Joanne Harris, Fran Warde  (hardcover). I love her writing and I have tried many of the recipes in this book with great success.
Elizabeth David Classics: "Mediterranean Food", 
"French Country Cooking"  and "Summer Cooking"  (hardcover). The lady who got us all interested in cooking 'foreign' food in the first place. Way ahead of her time.
Rick Stein's French Odyssey The book which accompanied the TV series of his barge trip from Bordeaux to Marseilles. Lovely photos and excellent recipes inspired by regional cuisine and produce.
Focus on Flavour
recipes inspired by living in South West France, by Belinda Berry, with photos by Graham Berry

Local Weather Forecast

Michelin Guide Online