There are lots a amazing places to visit around and about the Farmhouse and this week we have managed to have a few days out ourselves. It is always good to be able to fit together two locations in a day and on Monday we went to Penne d' Agenais ( approx. 20 minutes drive) and Saint-Sylvestre-sur-Lot.

Penne d' Agenais featured in a photo blog last Easter and it is well worth mentioning again. On this second visit to the town we seemed to see so much more, mainly because the Notre- Dame de Peyragude basilica was accessible. In March the area around this beautiful building had been closed for works. The silver dome of the basilica sets it apart and the stain glass windows flood the interior with colour. 

Notre-Dame de Peyragude Basilica, Penne d"Agenais 

Stain glass windows, Basilica Penne d'Agenais.

Penne d' Agenais -March 2016

The town itself is medieval with a network of pretty streets. There are cafe's, restaurants and art shops. It is a climb up to the basilica but worth it. A viewing platform nearby gave us this unrivalled view of the Lot valley below.

The Lot Valley, August 2016.

Leaving Penne we crossed over the river and in a short 10 minute drive we arrived at Chateau Le Stelsia. This unique resort is a kaleidoscope of colour. It is a hotel with a difference, there are two restaurants, mini golf, park and more. We went for lunch in the Bistro and found ourselves in awe of the concept that has made this a most unusual venue. Love it or loath it, it has to be seen, it is a feast for your eyes and would be worth a visit as it appeals to the whole family.

Chateau Le Stelsia.

Chateau de Stelsia

Another way to have a day out is to hire a citroen and see the world differently. A local company. Cross Channel Sports Cars, rents out a selection of different vehicles and we hired the "Dolly" this week for a day. It was a birthday treat for our daughter and with picnic packed they set off to Cahors for a grand day out.

"Dolly" at the Farmhouse.

A grand day out.