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LUXURY COUNTRY COTTAGE CLOSE TO LIVELY VILLAGE ON LOT DORDOGNE BORDER

Mr. Edmund McManus

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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

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Cazals - Nyumbani

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps from 2 - 6

WINTER SUPPLEMENT: This part of France is not only about balmy summer days canoeing down the river and splashing in the pool. It also has its own unique charm through the autumn and winter months. What could be nicer than a low season break of a week or two away from the drizzle and a busy lifestyle simply to ‘be’ in the peace and quiet of this place. What could be nicer than walking or cycling through glorious countryside in crisp, clean air. From a heavy frost first thing, the temperature can rise to the high teens on a sunny day. In January and February we sometimes have snow. Think of the fun of a fifteen minute walk through the snow for a long lunch in the auberge of our local village. Think of evenings in front of our roaring log fire with a good book and a glass of our robust Cahors wines. Take a break, wrap up warm and go out to the garden to experience the myriad of stars possible with no light pollution – or listen to the hooting of the owls in our woods on a foggy night – then back into the warmth and the promise of a great night’s sleep in one of our exceptionally comfortable beds.

We offer discounts through the low season - £450 per week for a couple on their own; £550 for two couples. Logs are supplied free.

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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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Mr. Edmund McManus (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
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Calendar last updated:
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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!
Jul 2012
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
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Cazals Lot
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Truly a home from home!

  • 5 out of 5
My wife and I, together with our 28 yr old daughter, stayed here for a week and had a wonderful time. We were greeted by Edmund who lives next door and made us most welcome. The house is fitted out to a very high standard with absolutely everything that you would need. Lovely swimming pool outside and very nice woodland setting. This was our first visit to Dordogne/The Lot and our daily dilemma was whether or not to leave the relaxing and comfortable house and gardens and go visit the lovely villages and other sites! We generally spent most of the day there and went out late afternoon, though I would go out an early morning cycle to explore the area. The village is only 15 min walk away and a pleasant walk at that. The locals were very friendly too. I do hope that we will return!
  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p883936
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Cazals Lot
5

A wonderful week

  • 5 out of 5
We were made welcome from the moment we arrived by the owners Averil and Edmund who live next door. They were on hand if we needed Iocal information or help.
The cottage is very well equipped and very comfortable, a real home from home. The bed had a great mattress and I was even loaned a tempur pillow.
Outside there is a shaded patio overlooking the pool and neighbouring fields and hills. The star of the show is the pooll and garden. The pool was at a great temperature all day and the surrounding garden was well stocked with flowers and herbs. Beyond is a small area of woods with hammocks a large wooden table and even a teepee if you have children with you.
The cottage is up a quiet lane 1/2 mile walk from Cazals which is a small town that has a good array of shops and a couple of bars and a very friendly auberge that does good local food. There is a small but wide ranging market on Sunday morning which is great for cheese, fruit and veg etc, just as you arrive.
Within a less than hour in all directions there are many interesting places to visit from pretty towns and villages, gardens, caves and of course the rivers Dordogne And Lot for canoeing etc.
Overall it was a great place for a relaxing week interspersed with great days out before returning to the cottage for a cooling dip and a good night's sleep.
  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
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Cazals Lot
5

Simply the Best

  • 5 out of 5
Simply the best accommodation we have holidayed in.The lovely welcome we received from Averil and Edmund made us feel completely' at home'. The beautiful location,and design of the cottage,along with every facility you could want, made us see that it can be any holiday you want it to be.We chose a comparatively quiet time, with some days out,some time relaxing in the pool,dinner on the veranda,and then relaxing in front of the glowing log fire.Averil and Edmund are your perfect hosts,very informative,helpful,but not intrusive,they are beautiful people who love people, and we welcomed and enjoyed their cheerful company over a meal together.The local market in Cazals was worth the walk,as was the market at Prayssac worth the drive.The beautiful historical bridge over the river Lot was lovely to look at,and the views from the town of Domme,high over the river Dordogne were spectacular.Just to see so many vineyards with the vines all in neat lines made for very pleasant scenery.The comfy bed,beautiful gardens and the pool, were just the 'icing on the cake',we had such a lovely time,and would, without any reservation recommend friends and family to experience their own visit to Nyumbani.
Val and Barry Bryant Clevedon England
  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
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Cazals Lot
Gent Belgium
5

Unforgettable ...

  • 5 out of 5
Thank you so much Averil and Edmund for the 2 magnificent weeks at your cottage.
We enjoyed the warm welcome, all the facilities in the house (the kitchen was better equipped than mine at home), the positive atmosphere you create. There is so much to do. The children went horse-riding, we all went canoeing, we visited the most romantic villages... and also enjoyed the swimming pool when it was too hot to spend time in the car.
If HomeAway would ever give a prize for hospitality, you would most certainly deserve it ! Thank you !
Excellent restaurant : La Récréation (les Arques)
  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
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Cazals Lot
5

SUPERB ACCOMODATION, LOVELY HOSTS

  • 5 out of 5
The cottage was very well equipped and had everything we needed. With its downstairs bedroom and shower room, and widened doorways, it was ideal for my disabled daughter who also had a wonderful (and highly vocal) time in the pool.
It was well placed for a shopping trip to Bergerac, wine tasting at Monbazillac and Puy L'Eveque, and even a pampering session at the Phyts laboratoires. Try the Chocoatier at Puy L'Eveque too.
For great local food it has to be lunch at the Auberge de la Place in Cazals. Very friendly people, but ensure you leave room for the Profiteroles.
Above all though, very many thanks to Averil and Edmund who took such special care of us and were great company.
We will definitely be back.
Phil, Karen and Nicola
  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
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Cazals Lot
5

happy holiday

  • 5 out of 5
Our party of five enjoyed a very relaxed and enjoyable holiday. Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind however, the area is so beautiful it didn't seem to matter. A huge thank you to our hosts, Edmund and Avril for their thoughtful and attentive support during our stay. Best wishes, Allan, Veronique, Fran, Guru and Matt
  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Location

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Cazals
Nearest Ferry
640 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Train
33 Kilometres
Cahors
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Cahors Nord
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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From £650 Weekly

Rental rates for this holiday cottage in Cazals, Lot

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Low Season
27 Sep 2014 - 3 Apr 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Spring
4 Apr 2015 - 12 Jun 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£915
for 7 nights
£915
 
 
Early Summer
13 Jun 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
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7 night minimum stay
£1,180
for 7 nights
£1,180
 
 
High Summer
27 Jun 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
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7 night minimum stay
£1,710
for 7 nights
£1,710
 
 
Late Summer
29 Aug 2015 - 2 Oct 2015
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7 night minimum stay
£1,020
for 7 nights
£1,020
 
 
Low Season
3 Oct 2015 - 25 Mar 2016
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£650
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£650
 
 
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Changeover Day: Saturday
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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Notes We have full building and contents insurance for the Property as a holiday rental (gite) but in France this does not cover for accidental property damage caused by the client.Travel and many home insurance policies include such third party cover as a matter of course. We require that you arrange to have adequate insurance to cover your liabilities and that you confirm this to us prior to arrival.

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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
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • 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:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The property was completed and furnished in early July 2012. The gardens are now fully matured. Every party of guests has been extraordinarily complimentary and all have awarded us a five star rating. We have three 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, King Arthur's round table for his twelve knights (also usable by adults) and a treehouse for that cooked breakfast among the trees.
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