LA BAKENIA, our house, is situated between Bordeaux and Toulouse, just below the Dordogne in the Lot et Garonne department, near the pretty town of Villeneuve sur Lot. It has 2 comfortable cottages and a large swimming pool on a 3,5 acres beautifully landscaped park. Bergerac airport is half an hour away.
We, Kees and Marjo bought this beautiful house in 2017. One of the previous owners was a Bask. In the Basque country, BAKENIA means a place where life is good, people are hospitable and you feel happy.
Department 47, Lot et Garonne, is a beautiful area, with a subtropical climate, slightly hilly and therefore ideal for beautiful cycling and walking tours.
In addition, it is less than 2 km from Villeneuve sur Lot, a town with about 25,000 inhabitants with all kinds of amenities, such as large shopping centers, cosy markets, a cinema, museums and even a theater, a small sports airfield and a horse racing track!
Our 2 gites, called "Joini" and "Nissou", are ideal for 2 person families. Possibly there is room for 4 people. Around the large pool of 11 x 5 meters you can relax and use our summer kitchen with BBC.
La Bakénia is less than 2 km from Villeneuve sur Lot and close to the gigantic shopping center of Leclerc. In summer regular events are organized, such as open-air concerts, shows on the river, food markets and fairs.
Around our house there are some beautiful hiking trails. We are next to the "Voie Verte" a car-free cycle route along le Lot.
The beautiful villages of Pujols, Penne d'Agenais and Monflanquin are just a stone's throw away. Even the lovers of good food are well catered for. There are plenty of restaurants ranging from the McDonalds of Villeneuve sur Lot to Michelin star restaurants. This foie gras and truffel region is known for its special culinary dishes.
The Lot et Garonne is a beautiful department with it's gently sloping hills up to 200 to 300 meters. This allows you to look very far into the distance and have beautiful panoramas everywhere. For everyone, young and old, there is plenty to experience and discover. Hikers, cyclists and mountain bikers can make use of the many routes that have been set out here. Especially along the river Lot you can cycle easily on relatively flat roads. Culture enthusiasts can visit the capital Agen, or Villeneuve sur Lot and visit the many castles and Bastide villages. A visit to the beautiful cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse is within reach.