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LUXURY COUNTRY COTTAGE CLOSE TO LIVELY VILLAGE ON LOT DORDOGNE BORDER

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Mr. Edmund McManus

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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LUXURY COUNTRY COTTAGE CLOSE TO LIVELY VILLAGE ON LOT DORDOGNE BORDER

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.

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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Mr. Edmund McManus

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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

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.

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.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Reviews for this holiday cottage rental in Cazals, France

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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p883936
+33 00 33 (0)5 65 31 75 09
Cazals Lot
5

The Famous Five go to Lot

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
Nyumbani is ideally situated on the outskirts of Cazals in wonderful countryside, but within an easy walk of the village's many facilities. The GÎte itself is newly built but has a wonderful, traditional feel to it, with grassy slopes running past the pool into the oak woods. One morning was spent happily cracking local walnuts and King Arthur's round table with first a coffee then a beer to hand. Even in March the shade was welcome. We went to walk, and walk we did. I suspect that the walking around Nyumbani is possibly some of the finest, I have experienced, without being to taxing. In the summer, some of the walks would have been too demanding.

Cazals has all the facilities you need day to day , with a Casino supermarket, which, whilst small, is well stocked, and if you really wanted, would supply all your needs. We found the area very welcoming and the people very friendly, even when, during 6 nations, I was walking around with an England rugby shirt on!
Nyumbani has all the mod cons you will need with a lovely shaded deck, the pool sits out in the sun and the lounge and bedrooms are really comfortable (don't forget to select the best TOG value duvet for your needs).

Edmund and Averil live on site, but the clever design of the property (I think he got a specialist architect in) means that they are accessible when you need them, but you probably won't come across them when you don't!

A great location, great accommodation, and a wonderful region, I am sure we will be back many times in the future
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p883936
+33 00 33 (0)5 65 31 75 09
Cazals Lot
5

Lovely Lot, wine, walking and wonderful food

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
The accommodation was extremely comfortable with a wood burning stove and lovely garden on the edge of the town which had all the amenities we needed. It was a superb centre for sightseeing and for walking in the lovely Lot landscape. We did a couple of walks from Cazals, around Rocamador and Roque Gagaec and from Belaye to Grezels stopping for a lovely lunch at La Terrasse restaurant. We wished we had time to do more. Averil and Edmund were wonderful hosts and we hope to return to Nyumbani next year to explore more of the area
Owner's Response: Averil and I enjoy walking and away from the summer months we find this area perfect for it. From October through to the beginning of May there are so many crisp bright days when it feels so good to be out exercising in the countryside. All of the local tourist offices and bookshops have walking maps and books and there are thousands of very well marked trails through hills and valleys ranging from 6km circular walks to 30km treks along the pilgrims routes. We also keep a selection of local walking maps and guides which our guests are welcome to borrow. Particularly in the early part of the year when the leaves are off the trees, the views across rugged countryside are spectacular. And what could be nicer, after a good day’s exercise in the open air, than sitting down to a fine meal and a glass of our local robust Cahors wines in front of a roaring log fire.

This group of guests are old friends and have walked together over many years. They had not visited this part of France before and were keen to mix some walking with visits to some of the region’s special places. We devised a programme for them to include walks around Roque Gagaec (+ side visit to Domme), Rocamadour, the Lot Valley and visits to Cahors, Peche Merle caves, St. Cirq Lapopie, Les Arques, Prayssac and Cazals markets as well as long relaxed lunches as only the French seem to be able to do so economically in the Lot and Dordogne valleys and one dinner out at our favourite restaurant, Le Petit Auberge in Villefranche-du-Perigord. They followed our programme more or less exactly and expressed themselves tired but happy at the end.

Of course they will have to come back to walk in the Vezere valley with those medieval rock shelters and around the ‘Rapundsel’ Chateau Milandes of Josephine Baker fame and to visit the caves at Lascaux, Gouffre de Padirac and all those other ‘Beaux Villages de France’ in the area including Sarlat and Monpazier.

This area really is a walker’s paradise and we are keen that it should be experienced and enjoyed by as many as possible. To encourage guests through October to Easter we offer discounted rates - £400 for a single couple and £500 for four people. Our normal low season rate of £600 applies for six people.
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p883936
+33 00 33 (0)5 65 31 75 09
Cazals Lot
5

Purrrfect

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 09-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
A wonderful villa to relax in.
Secluded.
Clean.
Wanted for nothing.
Secluded ,sunny and very clean pool.
Beautiful area for day tripping.
You can have total faith when booking,
You will not be disappointed .
Alan and Mary Freeman
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p883936
+33 00 33 (0)5 65 31 75 09
Cazals Lot
5

Comfortable, Cosy, Convenient

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
We had a very enjoyable stay at Nyumbai and Edmund & Averil made us feel very welcome right from the start. Everything on the website is as described.

Having the beautiful town of Cazals on your doorstep is a bonus and the major attractions of the Lot are easy to reach - especially as the roads are so good...and no traffic!

Things we would recommend...

...Lunch in La Recreation in Les Arques ..and don't forget to visit the Zadkin museum and church in the village...

...a wander through the back streets of Cahors - preferably on a wednesday or Saturday to catch the market...

...a boat trip on the river lot

...a degustation at one of the many nearby vineyards...

...and don't forget the simple pleasure of staying at home all day, lounging by the pool!
Owner's Response: This couple were the first to respond to our SPECIAL OFFER COUPLES WEEKS - "leave your 20 somethings at home to do their own washing up and treat yourselves to a week away on your own" - £400 per week for a couple; £500 for 4 people (or 2 couples) and £600 for 6 people (or 3 couples). We are keeping this offer open until the 26 April 2014 to encourage visitors throughout the year. Please check our calendar.

This area is so beautiful at this time of year. The gorgeous ‘Beaux Villages de France’, and the wonderful caves are all still there but without the queues. Walks across wooded hills opening up to spectacular views of precisely cultivated fields or cycle trips through the valleys along deserted country roads are a total delight. This year the weather has been warm enough for swimming into October (the heated pool helps) and chilling out on the verandah into the late evening. Indeed we were still swimming in the pool up to the end of the month when we closed the pool for the winter.

The low season is a perfect time too for a longer let for those perhaps thinking of settling in France – we certainly recommend it and would be happy to share our own experiences.
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p883936
+33 00 33 (0)5 65 31 75 09
Cazals Lot
5

A lovely luxury holiday villa.

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
This villa has received great reviews and justifiably so - it's stylish, spotless and very comfortable with everything (kitchen equipment, games, books, jigsaw, music, maps, pool toys) I mean everything you could possibly need, it's very well equipped and the beds are so comfortable.
The owners, Averil and Edmund, where wonderful hosts - a very warm welcome on arrival, waiting with a glass of bubbly in hand!
The pool was great - just look at the pictures and we spent many a happy evening eating supper on the veranda and just relaxing with our 2 grown up daughters.
The surrounding countryside was lush and green and the village of Cazals has a quaint Sunday market with lovely produce.
We would recommend this villa to friends and family, whether you have small children or grown up ones - go and stay there you won't be disappointed.
I should also mention the woods with hammocks, a tipee and the 'round table' which if you have little ones, I am sure they would love.
Sarlat, Domme, Rocamadour, Monpazier are all interesting places to visit.
We had very good weather considering the time of the year and only had one rainy day just at the end of our stay, otherwise it was warm and mostly sunny with one day at 27 degrees!
A lovely villa - thank you for a memorable holiday.
Owner's Response: We have designed and built, furnished and equipped Nyumbani to provide, as best we can, the perfect setting for our guests to have a totally relaxing stay in this beautiful part of France. It is important to us that they find everything to their liking. If there are children we ask to be advised as to age and whether boys or girls so that we can prepare appropriately. If there are particular aspirations (walking, cycling, etc.) we ask to be informed so we can make arrangements in advance if necessary. The rest, of course, is up to our guests but we are thrilled to receive confirmation such as this that we are getting it about right and that they find the cottage easy and comfortable to use.
Late September is the beginning of autumn when there starts to be a nip in the air and colours are changing. The light, particularly at the end of the day, subtly changes. It is no longer too hot for those long walks across wooded hills opening up to spectacular views of precisely cultivated fields or cycle trips through the valleys along deserted country roads. This year the weather has been warm enough for swimming into October (the heated pool helps) and chilling out on the verandah into the late evening.
The logs are now cut and stacked for winter and the cottage is ready for cosy evenings in the glow from our log burner. Averil and I are now in our third year of residence and love it here through all of the seasons. We wish to encourage guests to experience the special atmosphere that exists through winter and into spring and accordingly are offering weekly rentals as low as £400 for one couple up to the end of April 2014. The low season is a perfect time too for a longer let for those perhaps thinking of settling in France – we certainly recommend it and would be happy to share our own experiences.

Averil and Edmund
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Location

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Ferry
640 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Train
33 Kilometres
Cahors
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Cahors Nord
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Cazals
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Cazals
Car: necessary

Cazals is located almost midway between the Dordogne and Lot rivers offering all of the attractions of the Dordogne without the price tag. Your morning croissant is only 10 minutes walk away (less if you borrow one of our bikes). The nearby lake (5 minutes walk) has boating, swimming and tennis. The rolling heavily wooded countryside offers wonderful walks winter as well as summer. Canoeing on the Dordogne; fishing in the Lot; strolling through those gorgeous villages of Rocamadour, St. Cirq Lapopie, Domme, Sarlat; exploring the prehistoric caves at Peche Merle and elsewhere; wine tasting through the Lot valley - are all less than an hour away. Visit the owners’ website (www.luxuryfrenchcountrycottage.com) for more details. We warn you, however, that after you have experienced a dip in our heated pool, a doze in the hammock slung between the trees and that glass of wine on the shady verandah as the sun goes down, you may not wish to go anywhere else!

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Availability & Rates

Rental rates for this holiday cottage in Cazals, Lot

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Low Season
1 Oct 2013 - 18 Apr 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
£600
7 nights
 
 
Spring
19 Apr 2014 - 13 Jun 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
£860
7 nights
 
 
Early Summer
14 Jun 2014 - 27 Jun 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
£1,115
7 nights
 
 
High Summer
28 Jun 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
£1,620
7 nights
 
 
Late Summer
30 Aug 2014 - 26 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
£960
7 nights
 
 
Low Season
27 Sep 2014 - 4 Apr 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
£600
7 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
£600
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit £200.00

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cazals in Lot

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Luxury
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Thermos Flask
  • Firewood
  • Local Maps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Local Restaurant Guide
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Hob ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Grill
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ground floor en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , first floor
  • Bathrooms are finished to a high standard with ceramic tiles to walls and floors. Bathroom 1 has a large walk-in shower enclosure with thermostatic shower. Bathroom 2 has a thermostatic shower over the bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , ground floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , first floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , First floor. Beds can be put together as a super king double
  • We recognise the importance of a comfortable bed. You will not be disappointed. The single beds can be placed together and made up as a double bed. A (proper) cot is available to be placed in either of bedrooms 2 or 3. All bedrooms have clothes rails, shelves and drawers with a separate store room for suitcases.
Entertainment:
  • Video Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Radio
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Wood Decking
  • Deck Chairs
  • Veranda ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Large Cooler
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • winery tours
  • recreation centre
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • caves
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rafting
  • tennis
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • cycling
Notes:
The property was completed and furnished in early July 2012. This is our first full year of operation after a very successful August and September last year. Please have a look at our reviews. Every party of guests has been extraordinarily complimentary and all have awarded us a five star rating. We have four hammocks strung up between trees in the wood for that so relaxing laze in the shade. We have developed the wood further with Hiawatha's wigwam and King Arthur's round table for his twelve knights (also usable by adults) in time for this year's summer season.
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