BEAUVALLON (near Montguyon – 10 minutes away) and PARCOUL ( near CHALAIS – 20 minutes away) are two converted sand quarries that have sandy beaches, swimming lakes, pedallos, cafes and bars and, in the case of PARCOUL includes a water slide. Perfect places for children.
In Monguyon there is riding at the Domaine du Taillan at which all ages can go riding. There are other stables as well not far away.
WALKING & CYCLING
Around Le Moulin du Lary there are over 90 kms of walking and cycling paths. Whether a short stroll through nearby fields and vineyards or for a day out there are walks to suit everyone.
Bicycles can also be hired by the week, for your stay at Le Moulin du Lary and they can be delivered and collected.
Visit www.bikehiredirect.com for more information.
While there are many golf courses in the region, we have two that are not far away and details can be found att:-
CANOEING AND KAYAKING
There are canoe hiring stations on the River Dronne at Coutras, St. Aigulin and Aubeterre.
Cercoux commune (5 minutes away) has two hard tennis courts which are available during your holiday. The charge is €5 per hour.
There are traditional French markets all over the area. The main ones are: Sunday - LIBOURNE, Monday - CHALAIS, Wednesday - COUTRAS, Thursday MONTENDRE, Friday - RIBERAC and Saturday - COUTRAS and BLAYE.
The best way to see what is out there for visitors is to get the MICHELIN GREEN GUIDE for THE ATLANTIC COAST.
Within an hour or so’s drive are BORDEAUX, COGNAC, BLAYE (with its Vaubin designed citadel), AUBETERRE (with the largest monolithic church in Europe), ST. EMILION (a mediaeval village and centre of the wine apellation), and ANGOULEME.
The Girond estuary is just over an hour away with its connections to the Pilgrim’s Route to St. Jacques de Compostella, the recently discovered Roman town of Fa, the ancient very pretty village of Talmont, and the fortified town of PONS.
Slightly further away, near ARCACHON, is the Dune de Pyla, the largest sand dune in Europe.
There are over 1,300 Chateaux in the St. Emilion and Pomerol wine region alone. Cotes du Blaye and Cotes du Bourg are a short distance away and visits and tastings are encouraged. We can arrange for a tour of two local vineyards (where the tour is in English) if requested. They are Chateau Magdalene in MONTGUYON (for Bordeaux and Pineau de Charente) and the Domaine de Graves D’Ardonneau in the Cotes du Blaye region.
COGNAC, home to many of the great distilleries, also has guided tours, in English, notably Martell, Hennessy and Remy Martin.
There are several restaurants in the area and even a take away pizza shop in MONTGUYON. Most of the local restaurants have been checked by the owners (in the interests of market research only of course) and include ST. AIGULIN, CLERAC, MONTGUYON, COTTIERES, and CHEVANCEAUX.
Birds of the Lary
The following birds have been seen at or nearby, within 1 kilometre, of the Moulin du Lary during the past twelve months:-
Birds of Prey (5)
Black Kite; Buzzard; Hen Harrier; Hobby and Kestrel.
Water Birds (5)
Crane; Grey Heron; Kingfisher; Mallard, Egret, Bunting and Moorhen.
Blackbird; Blackcap; Black Redstart; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Chiffchaff; Coal Tit; Collared Dove; Crow; Cuckoo; Dunnock; Firecrest; Golden Oriole; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Greater Spotted Woodpecker; Greenfinch; Green Woodpecker; Grey Wagtail; Hoopoe; House Sparrow; Jay; Linnet; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Mistle Thrush; Nuthatch; Pigeon; Robin; Siskin; Song Thrush; Starling; Swallow; Swift; Tree Creeper; Whitethroat; White Wagtail and Wren.