As you might imagine, the Lot is dominated by the river of that name. As one winds further inland, so the valley sides become ever steeper.
The tourist towns of Rocamadour and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie are regularly voted national favourites by local and visitors alike.
The capital of the Lot is Cahors, which has an ancient old quarter with many places to eat. Figeac and Gourdon, to the the north east are vibrant larger towns if you are looking to buy a property not too far off the beaten track.
The Lot is rightly proud of its heritage, or Patrimoine, boasting over 1000 sites of note or merit.
Dating from the 14th century and steeped in history, this unspoilt medieval chateau is looking for its next loving owner.
Set in the rolling hills of the ancient Quercy region of south west France and surrounded by the vineyards of the Lot, the 10 bedroom chateau is equally suited as a fine family home or a tourism-related business.
Original features include beamed ceilings, a stone spiral staircase, flagstone and tiled floors and fireplaces.
Outside, a large vine-covered terrace offers views of the grounds towards the nearby village. The park-style gardens have an impressive array of mature trees and extend to around 2.5 acres, including a fruit orchard and swimming pool. Set in the grounds are two additional houses, two barns and an original bread oven.
Conveniently located near charming bastide villages and historic towns. International airports at Toulouse and Bergerac approx, 75 minutes drive, the high speed TGV railway is less than 30 mins drive.