The Area and Region
CADAY ROUGE IN THE LOT-ET-GARONNE
Caday Rouge is in the hamlet of Saint Vite, set amongst fruit farms in semi-rural France. We are situated in the Lot-et-Garonne department of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, in the South-West of France, 48 km (30 miles) from Agen, the department capital.
We are a 5-minute drive to the village of Monsempron Libos, which amongst other shops has a mouthwatering bakery and a couple of very friendly bars. There is also a very good traditional market on a Thursday here.
In the village of Fumel just another 5 minutes away, there are various other shops including 3 large supermarkets, and also a small local produce market which is held here every Sunday morning. There are also an assortment of restaurants, café's and bars and the historic Château de Fumel which was built to help defend the Lot Valley during the Hundred Years War. Although not much remains of the original building now due to being so severely damaged during that war, the terraced château gardens below have been carefully restored and offer fine views across the Lot Valley.
THE RIVER LOT
The River Lot runs across the Lot-et-Garonne and is renowned for fishing. Fishing permits are required for a nominal fee and are readily available from Angling Shops or local Tourist Information Centres. The local Angling Federation publishes a booklet each year about the rivers and the rules for the catch. Permits are called 'Carte de Pêche' and come in a number of forms including: 'Carte Journalière', for one day’s fishing in 2nd Category waters and 'Carte Vacances', for 15 days consecutive day’s fishing from June 1st to September.
CHÂTEAUX IN THE LOT-ET-GARONNE
Châteaux de Bonaguil, de Biron, de Gavaudun and de Beynac to name just a few are also within easy driving distances and have not only some great history and architecture about them but also some popular cafés/restaurant's which serve as great stops during a visit.
In the summer months, you can enjoy the evening markets in the surrounding villages and towns where you can sample a choice of dishes and wine at tables in the square while being entertained by live bands.
THE SOUTH-WEST OF FRANCE
The South-West of France is a hidden gem full of stunning views, amazing countryside and scenery. Even after being here for many years, the beauty, the views and the wildlife never ceases to make us catch our breath in admiration.
WEATHER IN SOUTH FRANCE
This part of France has generally mild winters and warm-hot summers, with substantially less rainfall than the northern part of the country. Thunderstorms can be common in the summer and lightning storms are fascinating and mesmerising to watch.