The accommodation in Loft South is excellent. We went with four teenagers - our two, plus a friend for each. This worked really well - and the games room on the first floor was especially good at keeping the two 17 year old boys occupied and happy! There's table tennis, a pool table plus a weights and exercise area. The pool was clean and well-kept, with seating at different levels and direct access from the back stairs. There's also a barbecue area. All facilities are shared between the different lets in the property, but we didn't find that to be a problem.
Jacques we found to be an excellent host - attentive without being intrusive, and VERY helpful. We had need of a doctor while we were there, and our French is sub-optimal. Jacques sorted the whole thing out for us very promptly and efficiently.
One down side was the number of stairs between the loft and the pool. That wasn't a surprise - and was good for keeping fit - but maybe makes Loft South less than ideal for those with limited mobility. Also the pool and garden area was a little over-grown and could have been tidier. Minor points though. Overall an excellent base for a holiday; good value, and one we're happy to recommend.
Cordes is a very picturesque medieval town - well worth the steep climb up from La Gaudane. We found the restaurants in the upper town (the tourist quarter) to be expensive and of indifferent quality. Those in the lower town are much better value, and got our business - especially Le Bistrot Cordais! The bakery in the lower town is also quite fantastic and really good value.
There's plenty of things to do and places to see. Highlights were kayaking and the market at St Antonin Noble Val, an atmospheric (rainy!) visit to the town and castle of Najac, the lake beyond Monesties (pedalos & boat hire), a trip round the Chateau de Mauriac and a lovely meal and wander round the tiny hilltop village of Puycelci.
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