Explore the region
Château de Rigoulières is nestled within the beautiful region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine in the South of France.
After enjoying the peace and tranquility of the Château and grounds, you are also ideally situated to immerse yourself in the quintessential french lifestyle by exploring the many nearby towns and villages, all of which are filled with unmissable history and culture.
Local towns and villages
The Lot River
Rising from the Cévennes Mountains, the Lot River, the 7th longest in France, meanders 491 kilometres (305 miles) through fertile valleys and gorges cut through limestone plateaus before merging with the Garonne River near Aiguillon.
Enfolded within a meander of the River Lot, Cahors, City of Art and History, is just waiting to be explored.
The Grand Villeneuvois provides visitors with an extremely rich architectural and natural heritage including a a great number of sites of interest.
The medieval city of Pujols, perched at more than 180m above sea level, dominated the bastide of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.
Located along the pilgrimage path of Saint Jacques de Compostelle, you’ll soon be charmed by the surrounding countryside and breathtaking views.
Food & Drink
Located in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, just a 15 minute drive from the Chateau, you will find a range of wonderful, highly-rated restaurants and bars. From traditional French to Sushi and even vegan options, there is something for everyone! If you’re looking for something particular, don’t hesitate to ask.
Things to Do
Explore the Vineyards
Visiting the vineyards, and visits to individual estates are almost always accompanied by the wine maker him/herself. Who better to tell you about their own product, and to give you a tasting? Do go and meet them. They’re always happy to talk about their land, even if you know nothing whatsoever about wine.
Located just a 22 minute drive away, visit Centre Equestre Equi-Age for horse riding for just 17 euros an hour. There is also Ecurie de Roctaillade just 13 minutes away.
River and Lake Fishing
Le Lot is a very popular fishing area with lovely Rivers & Canals with amazing scenery. Great for Carp fishing, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Pike and Zander can also be found in these these waters too! You can gain a Fishing Permit from Tabacs, Sport Shop or on the internet.
Villeneuve-sur- Lot is one of the best 18-hole courses in Aquitaine with greens of incredible quality throughout the year, a gastronomic restaurant, a swimming pool, tennis court and a health and beauty salon. Villeneuve-sur-Lot Golf & Country Club
Boat Hire & Boat Trips
A boat cruise on the Lot waters is an excellent way to discover the numerous treasures of this valley. You can hire these from La Capitainerie Port de Penne. We also offer our very own boat to hire too.
Alternatively, visit Tourisme Fumel for information about a 14km boat trip (1h 20 mins) from Fumel to Orgueil dyke, at the borders of Agenais and Quercy
Along your journey you will take in mills, locks and fortified medieval which are all witnesses of the region’s past.
Kayaking and Canoeing
Take a canoe or kayak down the River Lot and take in the stunning landscape at a more relaxed and quiet pace. Canoes and equipment hire.