Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Cazals - Nyumbani
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps from 2 - 6
This is French country living at its best with all the charm of traditional character but within light, open and uplifting spaces – brand new and designed especially for you by the architect owner! Access to the property is through a covered walkway which presents a first tentative glimpse of the shady half acre wood beyond the garden. The two storey cottage, with open plan living spaces on the ground floor, leads to an extensive shaded verandah facing south over the 9m x 4.5m salt water heated swimming pool. The master bedroom and en-suite bathroom at this level (designed to be wheelchair friendly, see below) also gives access to the verandah. The luxury kitchen with its breakfast bar facing the open plan dining and lounge is fully equipped to a high specification. A Harmony wood burning stove provides a focus and comfort through those winter evenings. Upstairs are two delightfully furnished double bedrooms which share a second luxury bathroom. Bedrooms are dual aspect with wonderful views across rolling countryside. Bliss!!
The architect owner has pursued his passion for the design of residential and vacation developments over a forty year period in various parts of the world. This property is the distillation of all of that, purpose designed to provide exactly what you want to find on your holiday to the French countryside. The site has been chosen close to a quintessentially French village which has shops and restaurants set around a tree lined square. Its lake, even closer to the site, has boating, tennis and a café, a place where the kids would be happy all day long. It is, however, firmly in the country, up a little winding lane, quite secluded. It slopes gently down to the south east allowing extensive views from the verandah beyond the pool across open countryside. Half an acre of woodland offer endless opportunities for childrens’ play and maybe too that quiet doze in the hammock out of the sun’s glare. A natural circle in the trees is the site for King Arthur’s round table which seats up to 12 and with the portable gas bar-B-Q not far away. Living spaces are designed open plan, interconnected and sociable. The island induction hob in the kitchen faces the dining area so that the cook doesn’t need to miss out on the conversation! Appliances include dishwasher, double eye-level fan oven and full height fridge / freezer. The dining area leads out onto the shaded verandah from where steps lead down to the pool terrace. Bedroom 1 also opens out through French doors onto this verandah. The wooden stair leads up from the lounge to the other two bedrooms and shared bathroom above. Everywhere there is daylight and views over quiet countryside. All rooms are furnished and equipped to a high standard. Externally the property is finished in stone, timber and clay tiles in traditional style including it’s own pigeonnier. It is full of french character but within has bright open spaces designed for modern living. A winter holiday here would be spent warm and cosy in front of the roaring log burner without all those nasty draughts old properties find it impossible to get rid of. Everything of course is brand new and supplied to a high standard to include all of those little things for the baby that you don’t want to have to squeeze into the suitcase.
Wheelchair Access: The property is designed to be as wheelchair friendly as possible without commitment to full 'disabled' access as defined by UK Building Regulations. A one metre wide level path leads from the driveway across a level threshold at the front door into the open plan living spaces. Wider doors allow wheelchair access from the Lounge into the ground floor bedroom (Bedroom 1) and to the ground floor Bathroom (door opens out) with walk-in shower enclosure (30mm high lip to the shower tray). There are no wall-mounted grab bars. Level thresholds lead from the Dining Area and Bedroom 1 onto the wide shaded Verandah with its view across the pool terrace to open countryside. While access to the pool terrace from the Verandah is via steps there is separate ramped wheelchair access (assistance may be needed) from the parking area across the lawn to the pool terrace. (See reviews Philip H.July2014, Anonymous August 2013)
This part of France excels at all times of year, not just in the hot summer months. Winters are predominantly dry and sunny with crisp, clean air, perfect for a walking holiday in the off season. there are many hundreds of trails through wooded valleys and over open hills, all clearly waymarked and described in booklets available from tourist offices. (See reviews Anonymous(2No.) March 2014). More information is available about the property, local area and activities of all sorts with links to relevant websites in our personal website at - www.luxuryfrenchcountrycottage.com. We recommend a look.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible
About Mr. Edmund McManus
Averil and Edmund are irish in our early sixties. We settled in France in 2011 in time to start building Nyumbani in August of that year. With a great local builder and lots of hard work we were able to receive our first guests in July 2012.
Edmund is an architect with in excess of forty years experience in the design of residential space. We lived and worked for over a dozen years in tropical climates in parts of Africa and the Caribbean where we both developed our love of living outdoors as much as possible, in the shade and open to the breeze. Edmund's work also included the design of holiday resorts where the spatial requirements of short term living accommodation are somewhat different from those acceptable for a permanent home. Internal areas need to be easy to move through, open and inclusive, immediately inviting and cabable of being warm or cool depending on the season of the year. When the weather is warm, ease of transitition between inside and outside is so important.
We have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to design and build a number of new houses for ourselves and others over the years and through these Averil has used these opportunities to develope her skills in the choice of colours and interior furnishings.
Mr. Edmund McManus purchased this cottage in 2012
Why Mr. Edmund McManus chose Cazals
We have loved this part of France since our first visit to friends some 20 years ago. We have always entertained the thought that it would be wonderful to retire here but on a visit in the summer of 2010 we made a sudden joint decision that now was the time to make it happen.
We bought land rather than an old structure so that we would have total control over the design and because we could create a 'warm' building capable of being comfortable throughout the whole year. We chose the location because of our belief that people on holiday want the peace and quiet of the countryside in contrast generally to their normal existence but also want to be close to a village which has shops and restaurants. Our location close to Cazals but firmly in the country achieves, we think, that perfect balance.
What makes this cottage unique
The village of Cazals is quintessentially french with its tree-lined square containing the cafe-bar, the restaurant and the shops, especially the boulangerie for those morning croissants. It even has a cash machine, a medical centre and a small but well stocked local supermarket. Just on the edge of the village and half way along the ten minute stroll to our property is a lake with swimming, boating, tennis and a cafe.
The countryside is beautiful with wooded hillsides and deep valleys, perfect for walking. The local roads are quiet with very little traffic, perfect for cycling.
We like to believe that our holiday cottage works in all the ways we had planned. Certainly the very positive reviews and repeat bookings we have so far received suggest this to be the case. Our heated salt water swimming pool has been a great success offering a refreshing swim but not one that feels cold after a few minutes. Our sun loungers have been very popular also for gazing into a night sky free of light (and every other kind of) polution. Our raised verandah has been extensively used for dining in the relative cool of the evening. The kids have enjoyed exploring the wood and those a little older have loved a doze in hammocks in the shade of the trees.
This area of France does, of course, have a winter also. We have invested in an 11Kw log burning stove capable of heating the whole cottage and of staying in overnight. The stove even has remote control so that the you can raise or lower the flame without dragging yourself out of a comfortable seat. We have portable electric heaters also for that exceptionally cold night - thankfully quite rare.
Winter too can present surprisingly warm days, great for taking in wonderfully clear air walking across wooded hillsides.
All in all, we believe what we have here, in this glorious corner of France, offers a very unique opportunity for a totally relaxing holiday.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We have had a fantastic holiday here in this gorgeous house and its surroundings! We've utilised the pool to the extreme and we're all completely relaxed. Thank you for all your help and hospitality, you have made all the difference to our stay! We look forward to coming back very soon!