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LUXURY COUNTRY COTTAGE CLOSE TO LIVELY VILLAGE ON LOT DORDOGNE BORDER

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

5
based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 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

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
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p883936
+33 00 33 (0)5 65 31 75 09
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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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 BEAUTIFUL AND SUPERBLY MAINTAINED PROPERTY.

  • 5 out of 5
Of all the properties we have been staying at over the past 20+ years this one has it all. This beautiful house is set in tranquil area surrounded by gardens and trees that are lovingly maintained.
Averil and Edmund are the most gracious hosts who are there to help when you need directions, tips and recommendations on points of interest and, of course, where to find great restaurants Given the well appointed kitchen and local markets and shops a short distance away we opted more often than not to create our own meals.
The location of the property provides an ideal jumping-off point for day trips throughout the Dordogne region with its many historic and, prehistoric landmarks.
Having escaped from an interminable Canadian winter, our two week stay at Nyumbani made us forget those memories in a hurry.

Thanks for a great memory.

Elaine and Rene
Montreal, Quebec,Canada
  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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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

AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS!

  • 5 out of 5
Simply the best rental accommodation we've stayed in during 15 years of visiting France.

The location, the property, the pool, the garden and Edmund & Averil all combine to make it a wonderful place to stay. It was home from home for a week in the Easter holidays and plans are already afoot for a return visit.

A special mention for the short video on the owner's own website that demonstrates how to get to the property from the village. Everyone owning rental property should do that - it's a brilliant idea.

Many thanks for a great stay!
  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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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

ALREADY BOOKED TO GO BACK!

  • 5 out of 5
I am extremely fortunate to be able to say that this is my parents property and I and my family of four (two young girls) have been regular visitors over the last couple of years.

It's been amazing to see the gardens mature into a little slice of paradise, framed by the beautiful French countryside. The photo's give you a taste of the quality of the accommodation and the beauty of the gardens but they barely do either justice.

Even though the weather is unpredictable at this time of year it needn't hold you back. We made use of the heated pool (24 degrees) three times during the week, had to drag the kids out! We also took the opportunity on this trip to visit a stunning new castle at Bonaguil and the amazing underground caverns at Gouffre de Padirac. Do make sure you book for the latter. We also revisited my favourite castle, Chateau Castelnaud, which has amazing views over the valleys on either side and the Dordogne river, guarded by full size trebuchets! The region is literally dripping with things to do and places to visit. If in doubt just ask my parents for advice; you need never be short of an amazing place to visit or miss out on the best restaurants.

It's just a ten minute walk into the local town of Cazals to pick up your morning croissants, which you can then eat with your morning coffee from the deck overlooking the pool and gardens. Sitting there on that deck I can honestly say that I wouldn't rather be anywhere else.
  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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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

PERFECT HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION

  • 5 out of 5
The accommodation was pristine, luxuriously comfortable with excellent facilities
There was total silence at night for sleeping. The house is situated in beautiful
wooded pastureland with abundant space to relax in the patio/garden or pool area.
It is within easy walking distance to the village for provisions and the locals were
friendly and welcoming. There are numerous walks around Cazal and within
easy driving distances of the Lot and Dordogyne valleys which have stunning scenery and many medieval towns and villages.
Overall dining out was found to be affordable and the food was excellent.
So much to see, too little time. More visits needed to do it justice.
  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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Rental rates for this holiday cottage in Cazals, Lot

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
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
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,180
for 7 nights
£1,180
 
 
High Summer
27 Jun 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,710
for 7 nights
£1,710
 
 
Late Summer
29 Aug 2015 - 2 Oct 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,020
for 7 nights
£1,020
 
 
Low Season
3 Oct 2015 - 25 Mar 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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:
  • Luxury
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Thermos Flask
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Hob ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Grill
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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 - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Garden ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Decking
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • veranda
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • caves
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rafting
  • hiking
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
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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