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Cocumont has one of the two caves of the Cotes du Marmandais: the wine is pretty good, and it's cheap. But there is of course extremely good wine to be had here as all through the area (bear in mind that we are just on the edge of the Bordeaux AC region). And the food really is terrific round about.

 

Marmande and Casteljaloux, (both 15 minutes) are the nearest towns of any size. Both are prosperous market towns. Marmande is very smart and chic, but despite this has an extensive fruit and vegetable market (it describes itself as the 'world tomato capital'!). Casteljaloux has developed into a tourist town, focused around its very large lake (beaches, swimming, windsurfing), golf course, horse riding, etc.

Markets - Marmande on Saturday, Casteljaloux on ~Tuesday, Grignols Wednesday.  But the one we love best is Bazas on Saturday, with its old cathedral and beautiful market square.

 

Nearer home are Romestaing – with nothing much more than a war memorial and a Romanesque church, but charming; and Esquerdes church, which is about 30 minutes walk and beautifully located. And the Canal du Midi is just 10 minutes away and provides for a delightful hike.