The Lot department formed part of what was the pre-revolutionary Quercy province, so called because of the many Roman-named ‘quercus’ or cork oak trees that populate the region. This naturally abundant area is characterised by limestone cliffs and green valleys. A number of rivers wind their way through the landscape dotted with old chateaux and beautiful stone villages, many of which are listed on the official register of recommended sights in France. In fact three of these ‘plus beaux villages' are no more than 10-minute’s drive from our location. This part of France has been occupied since Neanderthal times and the rich history of the area is fascinating to explore.