Lanquais is located in the heart of the region of Bastides (fortified towns) and medieval cities and towns. Most of the Bastide towns were built between the 12th and 14th Centuries, many by the English who ruled the area at that time. They are built on a grid system, with a central square and market-place. They are often full of interesting shops, antiques, artists and craftsmen. Great examples nearby are Beaumont, Moliere, Lalinde. Monpazier, Eymet and Villefranche du Perigord.
Issigeac is a small, medieval town only about 15 mins drive from the house, via the village of Faux (great Boulangerie here!). It is well worth a visit with its narrow streets and half-timbered buildings. Excellent market on Sunday mornings. Sarlat - about 45 mins drive - is another medieval town, although much larger. It has a wealth of restaurants and bars, with a host of interesting shops, monuments and museums.
The ancient and world-renowned wine town of St Emilion is an easy 1 hour drive from the house, in the Bordeaux direction. It is a truly magical town, brim full of wine shops and with many excellent restaurants. Not to be missed. Taste some of the world's top wines, enjoy a glass of the local sparkling wine - Clos des Cordeliers - whilst sitting in the beautiful cloisters and gardens and eat in one of the first class restaurants.