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The Secret Lot Local Area

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Discover The Places of Interest Near The Secret Lot

Vieillevie (5mins)

Lagarrigue is a short distance from many beautiful towns and villages of Cantal, not least our local village of Vieillevie (5mins).  Here one can take a stroll along the River, swim or canoe, visit our 16th century chateau and enjoy a drink or meal.  A small shop provides most daily needs including bread.

Montsalvy (20mins)

A small medieval walled town which hosts the annual ‘fête de paniers’ in August and art exhibitions in the Refectoire des moines throughout the summer months. There is also the opportunity to take part in a boule competition which is held in the streets, using square boules! Great fun but not for the faint-hearted!

There is a small well-stocked supermarket on the outskirts of the town.

Entryagues sur Truyere (20mins)

A market is held each Friday in Entraygues, a beautiful medieval town which sits at the confluence of the Rivers Truyère and Lot in the Aveyron department.  Its medieval bridge, across the Truyère, gives access to a shady square and cool, narrow streets.  Here are all the shops you will need including 2 small supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacy, bank, post office and newsagents.  There are many excellent cafés/bars and restaurants.

Conques (15mins)

This fabulous village (pictured right) is a must for any visitor. It was an important stopping place for pilgrims en route to St. Jacques de Compostella and today it is a European Centre for Art and Medieval Civilisation.

Rodez (50min)

With its Cathedral and medieval streets this small City is worth a visit. The famous French artist Pierre Soulage was born here and many of his works are housed in a new, stunning gallery/museum.

Aurillac (50mins)

The lively town of Aurillac with its International street theatre and festival in August and access to skiing in winter, is only 40 minutes away to the north. Aurillac is situated on the southern edge of the largest volcanic region in Europe. This is now a National Park and the city boasts an excellent volcano museum.

Capdenac le Haut (40mins)

This walled Roman town is steeped in history and there are stunning views across the Lot valley from its ramparts. For many weeks, the village withstood a siege by Julius Caesar and the associated stories make fascinating reading.


Figeac (1hr)

A bustling town situated on the River Cele, with a wealth of timbered buildings and narrow, pedestrianised streets. Particularly worth a visit when the antiques market is held in the covered market.  Figeac is the birthplace of Champollion who first deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics and a museum celebrates his work.

Belcastel (40mins)

One of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’, this tiny place offers stunning architecture, an interesting chateau open to the public and excellent restaurants.

Estaing (30mins)

Espalion (40mins)

Puy d'Auvergne (1hr 30 mins)

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Discover The Available Leisure Activities Near The Secret Lot

Eating Out

Eating out is one of the greatest pleasures in France and there is no shortage of choice.

Vieillevie has an excellent restaurant. Further afield there is a plethora of high quality restaurants, details of which are provided in our Welcome Pack.


Canoes and kayaks may be hired from Entraygues or a little nearer, at Le Port.  There are many stopping places en route for a rest and/or a picnic and transport is organised to return you to your car.


There are many well marked walks of all levels of difficulty and length. Details and maps are provided in our ‘Welcome pack’.


Fishing permits may be obtained from the shop in the village.


There are 2 centres nearby.


There are 2 golf courses within 40 minutes’ drive.


There is always a Festival, whatever the time of year. There are pumpkin,  mushroom and chestnut festivals in the autumn; a cherry festival in June and village festivals every weekend of the summer. Visitors can soon become ‘festivalled out’!

More Information

Further details are provided in our Welcome pack.