Rocamadour, South West France, St Cirq Lapopie, Cahors, St Cere, near Figeac, Goufre de Padirac, prehistoric caves

The Lot valley in South West France is a region of unspoilt countryside, rolling woodlands, spectacular river gorges, prehistoric caves and grottes and picturesque medieval towns.

There is much to see and do in this magical area of South West France, making it a perfect family holiday destination.

Outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, canoeing, fishing and bird-watching are popular and there are also many historic sites to visit nearby, such as Rocamadour, St-Cirq-Lapopie and St-Céré.

In addition, the Lot has all the ingredients necessary to make it a gastronomic paradise, fine wines, mouth-watering regional foods such as fois gras, truffles and cep mushrooms and walnuts found in the traditional local markets and many local restaurants.

During the summer months, you can enjoy the many music festivals, especially the popular Jazz festivals around the region.

However you choose to spend your time, you can be guaranteed a wonderful holiday in South West France.

Just a note on Swimming Pools in the region:


Pools are not normally heated during the months of July and August, for a number of reasons. Where heating is available, (shoulder months), a supplement would normally apply as specified by individual owners.

All pools are located in positions to maximise the heat of the sun, and generally, under normal summer conditions, regularly reach temperatures of up to 30 degrees.

Salt, Chlorine, UV Pools

Depending on owners preference, pools in France, are generally either

Salt, Chlorine or Ultra Violet

All 3 systems efficiency kill bacteria for hygiene purposes.


Simpler pool systems are operated by chlorine tablets, usually placed in a skimmer basket.

These dissolve and purify the water.

UV System

Ultra Violet pool systems operate where water passes through an ultra violet light system, killing off bacteria.

Salt Water System

Salt water systems have specialist pool salt added to the water. As the water passes through an electrolyser, the salt is converted to chlorine, killing bacteria.

Salt water pools, do not taste ‘salty’ (like sea water). The water is softened, has no smell, is kind to the skin, and so results in a very pleasant swimming experience. 

The traditional chlorine effects eg eye and skin irritation, hair damage, is minimised by the use of salt purifying system.

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