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Les Séchoirs – Eating out – a great way not to cook!

It has to be said that the gîtes at Les Séchoirs come ‘fully loaded’ with all you need for easy living and this means their kitchens too. For Al Fresco dining, each gîte also has a barbecue and utensils and Read More …

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Calling all truffle lovers!

The French adore truffles and the black Perigord Truffle (Tuber melanosporum) gets its name from the Perigord region where they thrive, whilst white truffles are found in the Drome Valley. This Sunday (January 15th) and for the remaining two in Read More …

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Going for gold – Les Séchoirs is listed as ‘Exceptional’ at 9.8 with Booking.com

Booking.com offers 85,000 properties to rent across the world and strives to offer its customers excellent standards that represent good value for money. In its quest for excellence, Booking.com relies on reviews from verified guests and to date has 70 Read More …

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Another foodie plus for staying at Les Séchoirs!

Great food is always a real bonus when staying anywhere and visitors to Lot et Garonne can enjoy locally grown vegetables and fruit – including apples, kiwi, strawberries and of course, the famous Agen plums. Les Séchoirs is conveniently situated Read More …

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As Friday 13th January 2017 looms!

Well in many countries – including France, Friday 13th is always approached with caution as a day when things can go wrong…. The other day in the boulangerie in Clairac, I noticed the baker promptly turn a baguette the right way up when Read More …

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Pre-Christmas breaks in Clairac!

At this time of year, a mini breakaway sounds lovely but impossible! Just imagine though being to relax in Clairac which is situated in the beautiful Aquitaine region and to be able to delight in the autumnal colours and enjoy leisurely Read More …

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Kingfishers on the river Lot

The Kingfisher sat on the waterside perch we had made him from bamboo and studied the water for any sign of movement. Suddenly he dived swiftly into the water and returned with a sizeable fish in his beak which he Read More …

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Toussaint (all Saints’ Day) in France

As France prepares for Toussaint (Tuesday 1 November)…. Driving past the cemetery in Clairac earlier, the road was lined with parked cars as families spent time tidying the graves of their family members and friends and placed flowers on them. Read More …

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Through the eyes of the artists – an Exhibition of Paintings in Clairac

Clairac, like many French villages has several artists living here with permanent exhibitions of their work in their studios. Certainly being situated directly on the river Lot, and surrounded by leafy hedgerows and farming land, it is not surprising that Clairac is a Read More …

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Heralding the arrival of mini kiwi fruit!

A tiny kiwi fruit…. the size of a cherry tomato with smooth skin that looks just like the traditionally sized kiwi fruit when cut open is being grown very successfully by a cooperative of farmers in southwest France – including Read More …

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