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RURAL GÎTE IN THE LOT NEAR MONTCABRIER & PUY L'EVÊQUE

Sheila Cosma

Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks English, French, Romanian
People8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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RURAL GÎTE IN THE LOT NEAR MONTCABRIER & PUY L'EVÊQUE

People8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Montcabrier - Fraysse Haut

Self-catering holiday rentals for 2 to 8; family and walking holidays

Welcome to Fraysse Haut, situated between Montcabrier & Puy l'Evêque, near Cahors. This is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday in rural south-west France. The flexible accommodation is perfect for family and group holidays and walkers. This is an independent property in 6 hectares of meadow and woodland. Plenty of room for field games & only 5 km from the river Lot. Hiking trails from the doorstep. The principal gîte is a bright comfortable barn conversion perfect for 2, and sleeps 4. The Tower apartment is alongside increasing the accommodation to sleep 8. The main gîte has under-floor heating and a wood burning fire for all year holiday rentals. The buildings surround a courtyard with a barbecue and seating areas in sunshine or shade. The owners, Sheila and Dan, live in the main house & will ensure you make the most of your stay in the Lot. The swimming pool is a wooden frame 7m x 4m pool with deck terrace, set into the hillside with views over the fields. The gazebo alongside provides a shady spot for reading and enjoying the view.

We are happy to be back on Holiday Rentals after a brief absence!

Read our reviews - we have many return bookings and happy visitors

Walking Holidays and Special Interest Groups: Fraysse Haut is perfect for walking holidays being on the GR652, one of the long distance paths which cross France. A network of other hiking trails and way-marked tracks provide a variety of walks and scenery, some with fine viewpoints from the limestone cliffs overlooking the Lot river valley. Connection with the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostello is at Cahors. Maps and guides are available for your use.

Airports: Toulouse at 150 kilometres is the nearest main international airport.

Bergerac at only 80 kilometres is now served by an increasing number of low cost airlines, including Ryanair, from several UK airports. The new airport at Brive with flights from London City is within easy reach. Limoges, Bordeaux, Carcassonne and Rodez are within 3 hours drive.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sheila Cosma (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks English, French, Romanian

About Sheila Cosma

We are a couple who moved to France from near London, where we worked and commuted and dreamed of escaping the rat-race. We purchased this old farmstead in a state of ruin, and came to France in July 1997 to start work. It took us 3 months to clear the brambles, weeds and rubbish. The property had been unoccupied for almost 30 years. We wanted to do as much work as possible ourselves. We lived in a caravan for the first 6 months, then as winter approached we moved in to the first renovation project. Work continued over the next few years, and having converted the barns as accommodation for family and friends initially, we started welcoming paying guests, many of whom became friends and like us, fell in love with the area, and some even bought their own properties. However, we came to integrate and enjoy French life, and for that we couldn't have chosen better. Montcabrier is a friendly community and we have wonderful French neighbours who welcomed us and helped us and partied with us over the years. In July 2012 they joined us in celebrating 15 years here with a wonderful meal and party.

Sheila Cosma purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Sheila Cosma chose Montcabrier

Location, location, location! Off the beaten track and yet we don't feel isolated; a delightful setting amid our own fields and woods.

What makes this cottage unique

The setting. Attractive tracks and walking from the doorstep, in all directions. No main roads. The birdlife, wild orchids; unspoilt countryside around. The wild beauty of the Lot.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We are very much looking forward to seeing you again in 2008. Val and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you and we both think you and Dan have done a wonderful job of restoring and refurbishing the Barn and other buildings.' David & Valerie, UK (August 2007).



'Just a quick note ... Spring is running riot here but so much of my heart remains at Fraysse Haut and our sweet home for six weeks, the Barn. If you find yourself besieged by Americans, you can bet it’s because of the reports we brought home of our stay with you.' Susan & Dan, USA (March 2007).



'Thank you for a lovely relaxed time during our stay at Fraysse Haut. We really enjoyed staying in the Barn with all the comforts you have provided. If we have an opportunity in the future we would like to stay again.' Bob & Barbara, UK (May 2007).
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5
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Rural gîte in the Lot near Montcabrier & Puy l'Evêque
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Rural gîte in the Lot near Montcabrier & Puy l'Evêque
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p55887
+33 -(0)5 65 36 61 67
Montcabrier Lot
Pirnie, Kelso, SCOTLAND
5

Anne and Clan

  • 5 out of 5
For three weeks, three generations took over all three Fraysse Haute properties. As a family, we've spent 20+ years "giting" our way round France and this one definately "ticks all the boxes". For a start, the accomodation was even better than described and absolutely everything actually worked! Directions given were easy to follow yet the farmhouse was delightfully "remote" set between forest and fields with loads of space for the grandchildren playing.

The area is fantastic for walking and pottering about in the lovely little bastide villages while it is still close enough for the younger members to get to the more "active" centres of the Lot & Dordogne.

Sheila & Dan were welcoming, informative and great company but they were never intrusive. In fact, the whole area of Puy L'Eveque has a friendly feel to it and the nearby vineyards are just a delight to explore. Shops, restaurants and markets can be found within 5 miles of the property.

We opted to "eat in" most of the time because we loved getting the whole tribe around the tables in the courtyard and talking/eating/drinking until long after the stars came out. When in France....

A thouroughly enjoyable holiday, a lovely property and we'll all - very definately - be back.
  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2008
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Rural gîte in the Lot near Montcabrier & Puy l'Evêque
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p55887
+33 -(0)5 65 36 61 67
Montcabrier Lot
5

An idyllic rural retreat

  • 5 out of 5
We loved Fraysse Haut so much we stayed for three months! If you’re looking for a get-away-from-it-all retreat in rural France, you really can’t do better than Dan and Sheila’s delightful renovated barn. The accommodation is extremely comfortable and well equipped, from kitchen pots and pans to wi-fi, washing machine and English and French television channels. For chilly nights, there is a terrific log burner with a plentiful supply of wood.

Fraysse Haut is located in idyllic surroundings at the end of a track and in the middle of a beautiful wooded area, so country walks are literally right there on the doorstep. You can take a stroll through the trees, nearby vineyards and farms or, for more adventurous walkers, there is a network of footpaths you can follow for miles.

By car, there are a variety of places to visit – our favourites include the ancient chateau at Bonaguil and the picturesque villages of Monflanquin, Pujols, Albas and Villefranche-du-Perigord. Parts of the local town of Puy L’Eveque are medieval with old buildings that rise up above a pretty stretch of the River Lot. There’s an excellent boulangerie, a good butcher and several restaurants.

A little further down the road, you’ll find Prayssac, which has a Carrefour supermarket and a not to be missed Friday market selling the best of the region’s fruit, vegetables, cheeses and jams.

Without doubt, Fraysse Haut has everything needed for a relaxing break, which is made perfect by Dan and Sheila. Always friendly and helpful, they are the ideal hosts.

Thank you so much Dan and Sheila for an unforgettable stay!
  • Review Submitted: 06-Feb-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rural gîte in the Lot near Montcabrier & Puy l'Evêque
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p55887
+33 -(0)5 65 36 61 67
Montcabrier Lot
5

A great location for our two week cycling holiday

  • 5 out of 5
We had a great holiday in the area staying at Sheila and Dan's place.The accomodation in the barn was excellent with all the facilities we needed and it was a great base for our cycling which we did most days.The network of very quiet roads around was ideal for us and although there were some good climbs there is also flat cycling in the Lot valley itself always bearing in mind that a descent to the valley inevitably meant a gradual climb back up to Fraysee Haute each day! Given the very hot weather we had for most of the fortnight the shade of the trees was most welcome at times.Although we were on road bikes the short track to the gite was no problem for our skinny-tyred bikes.The location is very tranquil, a real away from it all situation.It is also a great centre for walking as way-marked routes radiate out from the gite.
Shopping was no problem with basics available in Puy L'Eveque or supermarket in Prayssac.Sheila and Dan were there if we needed them for general advice (and providing lovely freshly picked tomatoes)and were most welcoming.
All in all a perfect place to enjoy an outdoors sort of holiday and very relaxing.
  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
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Rural gîte in the Lot near Montcabrier & Puy l'Evêque
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p55887
+33 -(0)5 65 36 61 67
Montcabrier Lot
Bath
5

Autumn 2007

  • 5 out of 5
Our group of four were immediately made welcome by Sheila and Dan who have painstakingly restored their farmhouse and outbuildings with the addition of Dan's Pigeonaire to provide extra accommodation. Set in sweet chestnut woods with walking tracks from the door, it is peaceful and yet within easy reach of local amenities. The accommodation is flexible, comfortable and well equipped with everything in immaculate order. A file of tourist information was suppplied but helpful advice on walking and local attractions was always readily available from Sheila. The October weather was warm and sunny and we had a perfect five days walking and exploring many of the towns and villages mentioned in 'The Three Rivers of France'
  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2008
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rural gîte in the Lot near Montcabrier & Puy l'Evêque
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+33 -(0)5 65 36 61 67
Montcabrier Lot
Guernsey, Channel Islands
5

Quality time with daughter and friends

  • 5 out of 5
In October 2007 my daughter and I were looking for the opportunity to just catch up with one another from our busy schedules. Sheila and Dan the owners of Fraysse Haut, we met some 20 years ago skiing had told us about there dream of building a special home in the Lot area. We decided we wanted to visit their home and see the beautiful scenery and forests and enjoy local French quisine.
Lots of us look for the "Wow factor", and we were not disapointed, Frasse Haut was a bit of a dream for us, accomodation was second to none, and the hospitality is just one thing to be enjoyed from both Sheila and Dan and the local community.
The forest walks, the river Lot and all the towns nestled along it banks are just very French, a great escape.
There are many activities on the river to enjoy if you want more than just walking and site seeing.
We are looking forward to another visit.
Lots of happy memories, from Paul & Kay
  • Review Submitted: 16-Mar-2008
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Rural gîte in the Lot near Montcabrier & Puy l'Evêque
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p55887
+33 -(0)5 65 36 61 67
Montcabrier Lot
mendocino ca usa
5

You Can Go Home Again

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed in the "barn" at Fraysse Haut for six weeks in the Spring of 2007 (late March - early May), and for a week in January, 2008.

We are over 55, and we were looking for accommodations which would provide a comfortable base, in a quiet rural setting for (1) walking the immediate area, and (2) for auto day trips, or over-nights, through southern France and northern Spain.

The "barn" facility, the landlords, and the surrounding area all met or exceeded our needs and expectations in every way. The facility is newly renovated, appealing visually ("charming" is an overused term, but it truly applies to this unit), clean and property maintained, equipped with modern kitchen and bathroom appliances, and otherwise comfortable furnishings. The landlords reside in an attached unit. They are cordial, and available at need, but they have actual lives and they are not intrusive. The surrounding area is decidedly rural, but only a 6km drive to Puy L'Eveque.

In six weeks of walking, we never ran out of tracks to pursue, we did two over-nights in Spain, and several day trips in every direction. Each time in returning, from walks or driving, we knew we were coming home again. For us, as strangers in a foreign land, that feeling of returning to a place where no language phrasing is misunderstood, where no rules of social conduct are being broken inadvertently, where retained breath finally can be released, was valuable beyond measure. And when we returned in January, '08, it was as though we had never left.
Marie
I would like to add that I found Fraysse Haut on the internet. It looked and sounded like a very special place. I did not anticipate that the reality would match my fantasy. As it turned out, it far exceeded it. From the moment we were greeted by our hosts on arrival and were "introduced" to the barn, where we stayed for the next six weeks, I felt completely at home. I can't emphasize enough the graciousness with which we were treated. I look forward to our next stay. Bruno
  • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2008
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway

Location

Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Puy l'Evêque
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
St Martin le Redon
Nearest Train
38 Kilometres
Cahors
Nearest Motorway
48 Kilometres
A20 Cahors Nord
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Puy l'Evêque
Car: necessary

The bastide village of Montcabrier is 5km by road, less by woodland path. Shops, supermarkets and weekly produce markets are at Puy l'Evêque (5km) and Prayssac (8km). Visit Cahors, our nearest main town, with the Pont Valentre and old quarters; Cahors Blues & Jazz Festival in July. The Lot has charming villages and hidden treasures, frescoed churches, natural springs and old washing stones, dinosaur footprints, small museums and local craftsmen. Les Arques and the Zadkine museum; or the châteaux of Biron and Bonaguil, imposing hilltop castles; Monflanquin, Monpazier and other bastides with arcaded squares (in neighbouring Lot-et-Garonne & Dordogne). In July and August villages organise evening markets with regional specialities and in summer there are many wine fairs and music festivals. Discover the wine of Cahors with wine tasting at a friendly vineyard. Toulouse is the nearest main airport, but Bergerac at only 80 km is served by Ryanair and other low cost airlines.

Other Activities: Wine tasting, bird watching, wild orchids, language breaks. Walking holidays; nature walks.

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Rates & Availability

From €730 Weekly

Rental rates for this holiday cottage in Montcabrier, Lot

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Easter
28 Mar 2015 - 1 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
€830
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€830
 
 
Low
2 May 2015 - 5 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
€730
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€730
 
 
Mid
6 Jun 2015 - 19 Jun 2015
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€830
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€830
 
 
High
20 Jun 2015 - 10 Jul 2015
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€1,050
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Peak
11 Jul 2015 - 21 Aug 2015
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€1,280
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€1,280
 
 
High
22 Aug 2015 - 11 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,050
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€1,050
 
 
Mid
12 Sep 2015 - 2 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
€830
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Low
3 Oct 2015 - 30 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
€730
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit €400
Pet Fee €50
Stay tax €0.55 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.
Notes Mid-week booking and changeover may be possible out of season or on request, depending on other bookings. Night and week-end rates, please ask. The Tower is an annex alongside the Barn with a shared covered entrance. The accommodation in the Tower may not be used for children without the presence of an adult. Beds are as stated and must not be moved around. Please note: some low beams and steps.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Montcabrier in Lot

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The Barn has a shower room with shower cubicle, pedestal basin, bidet and toilet on the first floor. There is a second toilet with shower on the ground floor. The Tower bedroom has a compact shower room with toilet and basin.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Gallery (mezzanine) - 1 Large Double Bed
    Tower - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The Barn has a bedroom with twin single beds. The double bed is on the first floor gallery (mezzanine). In addition, there are twin single beds in The Tower bedroom, or the sofa bed can be used. Thus 2 to 8 people can be comfortably accommodated. PLEASE NOTE that the apartment in the Tower is adjacent to the main gîte and serves as an annex to increase sleeping capacity to up to 6 or 8 persons. However, the bedroom in the Tower is not accessible from the Barn so is not suitable for children to sleep there unsupervised by an adult.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Bed linen is provided. Shower towels are available on request. Please provide your own outdoor pool towels. Services included. Smokers welcome, but no smoking in the buildings. The property is not suitable for small children unless well supervised (steps, changes of level, gravel courtyard). Pets may be accepted by prior arrangement. The Barn & the Tower are accessed by a covered entrance from the courtyard; they are separate buildings. Note that there is a narrow stone stairscase leading to the first floor of the Tower.

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