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Castillonnès - a pretty bastide town

Castillonnès is a pretty bastide town in an area rich in such traditionally designed towns. It is found in the Lot-et-Garonne department of Aquitaine, in south-west France, and perches assertively on a rocky hill overlooking the lush green valley of the River Dropt. Surrounded by such scenery, and benefiting from its own charms as a traditional bastide, Castillonnès is delightful place to visit or to live.

A new castle for an old castle...

The name of Castillonnès means "new castle", and the town is aptly named as it is built on the site of a ruined castle, high on a rocky hilltop. The town was constructed as a bastide, just before the start of the Hundred Years War, and conforms to the usual pattern of an arcaded central square, a fortified church, and a grid like pattern of streets radiating out from the centre. It is still possible to find some of the remains of the old fortified parts of town, such as the Valets fortified gate, and you will see too that many of the houses have external timbers, creating a most appealing and authentic ambience.

Amenities on offer in Castillonnès

Castillonnès has a good selection of small local shops, including the essential boulangeries for those wonderful freshly baked baguettes. It also has a couple of supermarkets, and offers all the usual services such as schools, health care, banks, cash points and a tourist office.

Dining in Castillonnès

Having established that Castillonnès can supply you with the necessities of life, it is also good to know that the town has even more to offer when it comes to supplying the pleasures of life! Castillonnès has a number of restaurants, and in a region with a gastronomy as celebrated as the south-west of France, these will provide you with a truly delicious introduction to the fabulous food and drink of the Lot-et-Garonne. Enjoy rich duck dishes, fresh fruits and traditional pastries, and wash it all down with a glass or two of the excellent Bergerac or "black" Cahors wines.

Cinema and disco too!

Those with teens and twenties in tow may like to know that the town also has a cinema and a disco, so they can watch a film or dance the night away while you sleep off all that rich food and good wine.

Out and about

The surrounding countryside is lovely, with the glossy, well kept vineyards and abundant fruit orchards of the green and verdant Dropt River Valley. There are a great number of places to visit in the region, so apart from admiring the wonderful views and spending a little time discovering the beautiful town and villages of the area near Castillonnès, it is definitely worth going slightly further afield. There is the popular town of Eymet, the cosmopolitan city of Bergerac, the tomato town of Marmande and the universally acclaimed beauty spot of Sarlat la Canéda.

Sports and leisure

If you like to get active and keep fit there is hardly a better place in France to choose than the south-west. The lovely weather that blesses the region is a great incentive to get yourself out into the fresh air and sunshine, and there are all manner of activities to try. The beautiful lake near Castillonnès is perfect for swimming and sunbathing, and there is a swimming pool in town too for those who prefer their swimming in depth measured and chlorinated water. There are rivers for fishing, tennis courts, a horse-trotting race track, aerodrome and fantastic walking and cycling tracks.

How to get there

Castillonnès is easily accessed from the UK, as there are airports at nearby Bergerac and also at Bordeaux. Bergerac is served by flybe and Ryanair while Bordeaux is served by British Airways, flybe, bmibaby, Aer Lingus and easyJet. Meanwhile the TGV runs to Libourne, or you can take a train to Bergerac. Both are near enough to be easily reached from Castillonnès. Drivers will need to take the N21 to find the town.

Property prices and availability in and around Castillonnès

Castillonnès is a popular location for property, so it's not one of the cheapest in France. It's a pretty bastide town, lying in beautiful countryside close to the Dordogne, and it's accessible from the great cities of both Toulouse and Bordeaux, all of which increases the desirability factor considerably. If your budget isn't massive, though, there is no need to give up all hope of a home in this lovely area, as bargains can and do come onto the market in or close to Castillonnès. Currently available is a character town house for less than 100,000 Euros, and there are several good properties priced under 150,000 Euros.

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Castillonnès AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Castillonnès?

Castillonnès is situated in south-west France. It lies in the north of the Lot-et-Garonne department, close to the border with the Dordogne.

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Population: 1,325

Access: By air: Fly to Bergerac or Bordeaux. By road: Castillonnès is found from the N21. By rail: You can travel by train to Bergerac, or you can take a TGV to Libourne.

Economy: The economy is primarily agricultural. Excellent wine is produced locally.

Interesting fact: Castillonnès is built on the site of a ruined castle, hence its name which means "new castle"!

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