Photo Erica Berman
Many hours of driving on winding roads, a near collision with a large male deer, and poor directions later we arrived at our Chambre D’hotes – Bed & Breakfast – Domaine de la Piale in the tiny town of Fons in the heart of the Lot one of France’s undiscovered, and my favorite, regions. It was dark and the curvy narrow road earthen and muddy. We arrived to discover a charming 18th century stone farm compound converted to B&B. The reasonably priced suite we rented included a spacious living room, king bed in the large bedroom, bathroom with tub and separate toilets. Stone floors, wood beams, antiques, artwork and green plants completed the decor. Waking up to the lovely misty views of the forest and rolling hills from the windows enhanced the cozy interior and comfy bed. French owners Adeline and Bertrand Spindler have restored this 18th century ‘demeure’ with love, style and excellent taste.
The little village of Fons is a short walk down the dirt road. It is a tiny village of about 300 people in a small valley overlooking hills, fields and forest. There is a small chateau & dependances and lots of old stone. Don’t miss the one restaurant in Fons “la Halle” for an amazing prix fixe, 4 course, lunch of 11€50! This was one of the best homemade meals I have had in ages!
The Chambres D’Hotes Domaine de la Piale is conveniently located just 10km North of Figeac, an adorable city of about 10,000 people. The lot is known for its Fois Gras de Canard, Gesiers, Magret de Canard stuffed with fois gras, duck pate, Rocamadour (little goat cheeses), and Cahors a regional wine . Figeac is a small village rich in history, well worth the detour. Don’t miss the bustling Saturday morning market that takes over the town ( food, produce, clothing, linens, pot&pans, knives, organic, soap, honey, jam) Make sure show up early to avoid the crowds! The thick round loaves of country bread are not to be missed.
Information on the Lot: www.frenchentree.com