Events and Activities
This area of France is a cycling friendly zone. The Tour de France comes through the region quite often (the last one through Couiza was in July 2019) so you will be pedalling the same roads as Wiggins, Froome and "G". But if you aren’t up to Tour or triathlon standards, because we are in a valley there are also miles of dead flat roads for a casual excursion. It is custom in France (evidenced by road signs) to give cyclists plenty of road room making it more safe to cycle here than in the UK.
Cycle hire is readily available, the closest to us is just outside Couiza, and we are more than happy to help you find the right bike. Some of the local rental stores will deliver and collect to the village for a small extra charge.
There is a site recommended to me by cyclist friends ( Bikemap ) where you can check out routes recommended by others. Serres features well in this.
We have a safe space in the South Courtyard where cycles can be kept during your stay, so whether you bring your own or rent while here, they will be in a locked area when not in
Hiking & Walking
Depending on the amount of time and effort you want to put in, there are a number of graded walks starting from Serres. There is a circumnavigation of Pech Cardou which takes about 4 hours and is graded as not too difficult, with the option of going up to the peak on the pathway which increases the degree of difficulty. The other end of the spectrum is a 1 km walk towards Couiza which brings you to the tasting room of the Domaine de la Maurette, and some very nice wines can be sampled and purchased after a short stroll.
Peyrolles is a small village to the north which can be walked, and again, options for a return exist to cater for the degree of difficulty required.
The local tourist office provides maps, and we usually have copies of these in the house. See Outdoors for up to date details.
It’s no secret that the main reason we moved down to this part of France was for the lifestyle change, and the abundant availability of fresh local ingredients for Amanda to play with in the kitchen continues to be exciting for us. We’re both lovers of simple but tasty food and this is what she tries (with great success in my opinion) to put on the table.
She is committed to using local ingredients wherever possible and we enjoy tripping out to the local markets to find what’s good and seasonal. Our menu is never fixed until we have been shopping the day before, but that's all part of the fun!
Catch up on some of the latest creations and menus on the blog section and the Food and Wine page.
Our village contains a café culturel – La Claranda. This is a traditional village bistro/bar. Currently it is going through a change of ownership, and we will update this once we know what 2020 has in store for us here.