About Douelle

Douelle is our only base in the Lot region. The Medieval town of Luzech is only a couple of hours west and worth visiting for its gothic architecture and museums. Cruise eastwards and the iconic Pont Valentré in Cahors is just 3.5hours from the base and another 6.5hrs on from there lies the famous village of St Cirq-Lapopie, perched 100m high on a cliff overlooking the river. The whole of this region is easy to see in a week-long boating vacation.

What you get on the base

Facilities

Showers

Toilets

Wifi

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.

 

Practical extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D. lantern

Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Wifi packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Angling dinghy and outboard

Stand-up paddleboards

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 8:30am - 12:30am & 2pm - 6pm

Address

Le Boat Douelle
Le Moulinat
F – 46140 Douelle
France

Telephone

+33 (0)5 65 20 08 79

Travel to Douelle

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the numbers below.

 

Taxi Baptiste’ (+33 (0) 674 886 208)

Taxi Kurzawa’ (+33 (0) 672 758 619)

Taxi David’ (+33 (0) 608 030 565)

Montat'xi’ (+33 (0) 676 600 884)

 

Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Bergerac Airport (EGC) 200€
  • Toulouse Airport (TLS) 220€
  • Bordeaux Airport (BOD) 400€
  • Cahors Train Station 30€

By Road

Be prepared

 It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe

 

Directions from North

Leave motorway exit 57 Cahors Nord/ Villeneuve sur Lot and continue for 10 km. At the MacDonald’s roundabout turn right in the direction of Villeneuve sur Lot. Take the D 911 for 5 kms. At the Mercués traffic lights, turn left in the direction of Douelle. Our base is 4 km from here.

 

Parking

Secure parking (pre-bookable extra – fee applies)

By Train

Closest train station:

Cahors: 15km

By Air

Closest airports:

  • Brive-la-Gaillarde: 102 km (A20/D12 or D6)
  • Bergerac: 107 km (E70/E9)
  • Toulouse: 125 km (E9)
  • Bordeaux: 232 km (E70/E9)
  • Nîmes: 412 km (D999)

Arrival at Douelle

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and vacation as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your vacation as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your vacation. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express. 

 

Hotels

La Chartreuse - +33 (0) 565 351 737

Inter Hotel De France - +33 (0) 565 351 676

Terminus - +33 (0) 565 352 450

 

Restaurants

L’Auberge du Vieux Douelle – +33 (0) 565 200 203

La Marine – +33 (0) 565 200 206

Le Château De Man – +33 (0) 565 359 040

Château De Mercuès – +33 (0) 565 200 001

Le Clos Grand – +33 (0) 565 350 439

La Chartreuse – +33 (0) 565 351 737

 

Shops

You will find a grocery shop, restaurants, a post office, bakery and vineyards in Douelle. Another supermarket can be found in Cahors (10 min car from the base). General opening hours: 8am - 1pm and 2pm - 7.30pm

 

Local market

Wednesday and Saturday morning at Cahors.

 

Tourist Info

Place F. Mitterrand,

46000

Cahors

+33 (0) 565 532 065