Around la Nique

The area is very rural. Farming is the main industry and there are many vineyards round about. Cocumont has one of the two caves of the Cotes du Marmandais: the wine isn't bad, and it's cheap. But there is of course extremely good wine to be had here as all through the area (bear in mind that we are just on the edge of the Bordeaux AC region). And the food really is terrific round about.

One tradition that has been superbly maintained (sadly being lost elsewhere in France) is that of the countless small restaurants where you can have excellent meals at marvellous prices. In the house is a visitors' book with recommendations about restaurants which others have enjoyed.

However, you don't have to eat out to eat well. Lot et Garonne is the garden of France, and a great local tradition is that of fresh produce. Each town has a market day, when the Farmers sell their own fruit, vegetables, eggs, poultry, honey, etc. Even the supermarkets sell local fresh seasonal produce.

Marmande and Casteljaloux, (both 15 minutes) are the nearest towns of any size. Both are prosperous market towns. Marmande is very smart and chic, but despite this has an extensive fruit and vegetable market (it describes itself as the 'world tomato capital'!). Casteljaloux has developed into a tourist town, focused around its very large lake (beaches, swimming, windsurfing), golf course, horse riding, etc.