Le Ramier is a gite, or if your prefer a vacation rental, located in sunny southwest France in Gascony, not far from the Périgord and equal distance from the Atlantic ocean, the Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees mountains.
The village is Auvillar and it's considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is also a stop on the pilgramage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The department is "Tarn & Garonne" and the region is "Midi-Pyrénées".
Southwest France is known for its wonderful food and it is the home to such delights as "confit de canard", "foie gras", "cassoulet", etc. Not only that, Auvillar is located in the Brulhois area where the famous "vin noir" is made. Buzet and Bordeaux vinyards are not far away.
The village is near cities such as Toulouse (80km), Agen (25km) and there is a train station in Valence d'Agen, 5km away. Toulouse airport is reached in about 45 minutes.
The house has 7 bedrooms on two levels and is surrounded by a large garden with trees and flowers. The 9 meter swimming pool is in the sun all day long and meals can be taken on the terrace, in the veranda or by the pool depending on your mood. The view goes out to the Quercy region on the other side of the Garonne river which is just two minutes away by foot. Right on the other side of the river, there is a golf course (9 holes).
Activities in the area are numerous and the tourism office can guide you in your choice of places to visit. In summer, there are many concerts in the village, either in the church or on the main square. Painting and photography exhibitions are held in Saint Catherine's Chapel in the port, two minutes from the house.
Auvillar is a friendly anglophile village and the people here are always happy to help in any way they can. It is the ideal base to go out and visit southwest France or just sit back and enjoy doing nothing.
• Sunday in Auvillar
Around the beautiful marketplace, you'll find local producers, a butcher, cheese, bread...
• Tuesday in Valence d'Agen
One of the largest and most picturesque markets in the area.
• Thursday in Castelsarrasin
18km from Auvillar, also a very large market.
• Saturday in Valence d'Agen
On saturday, you'll only find fresh produce from local farmers.
In Auvillar, there is a very good baker for your daily "baguette" and "croissant", but there is also a grocery store, a newspaper shop with UK newspapers in the summer, a hairdresser and a soap store where they make their own soap.
Supermarkets and dozens of other shops can be found in Valence d'Agen, 5 minutes from Auvillar.
There are 5 restaurants in Auvillar, Le Petit Palais, l'Horloge, Le Baladin, Alta Vila and Le Bacchus, plus several others within a 5km radius : the Auberge de Bardigues is a fantastic choice. There are also several cafés.
Exhibitions are held all summer long at the chapel in the port and there are also two art galleries in the center of town : Arts 'Kad and Bleu Réglisse.