Montauban, capital town of the Tarn-et-Garonne department, marked the sixth stage of this year’s Tour de France. Fifty kilometres from Toulouse, this medieval bastide town and its surrounding countryside is typical of the harmonious architecture, fascinating history, undulating hills, pastures and rivers that characterise much of South West France.
Tarn-et-Garonne and Lot, its Northern neighbour, earn their keep principally through agriculture, vine crops and wine production, the wines produced in Cahors are a particular source of pride. With the exception of the occasional international road-bike race, the pace of life is gentle. That said, anyone looking for activity will find bathing and watersports on the Tarn and Garonne rivers widely available, together with trekking and biking in the countryside.
The area is also well-connected and flights from the UK arrive regularly at Toulouse and Bergerac airports. There is a direct Paris-Toulouse train line too.
Anyone considering buying property here will find that period homes for sale in Lot and Tarn-et-Garonne enjoy the same sunny climes as the French Riviera - without the price-tag. So if the prospect of endless renovations doesn’t fit with your dream of a fairytale castle, you’ll certainly get a tastefully restored chateau for your money here. You might even expect to see change from a million euro purchase of a more modest five bed country house with pool too.
Contact Winkworth International for full listings of properties for sale in Tarn-et-Garonne and Lot. We’d love to help you explore this beautiful area of South West France.
Montauban is rightly proud of its status as the second-oldest bastide in southern France. The medieval grid plan of bastides gives the town’s main square – Place Nationale – symmetrical elegance and arcaded shop frontages that conceal beautiful large courtyards and historic stair towers. Wandering around the red-brick square, it’s easy to imagine it being the town’s beating commercial heart back in the day.