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This gite is located in the heart of the Cahors region of Southern France and set in the middle of a vineyard.
It consists of an open plan kitchen and diner, going through to a lounge, off of which comes the large main bedroom and a large bathroom with a free standing bath and large shower which is open rather than enclosed. There is a smaller attic room accessed up some steep wooden steps in the lounge, which contains a large skylight window.
The gite is truly authentic and in keeping with other typical French buildings in the area. It is located within an enclosed courtyard and is attached to a restaurant and an on site pottery painting cafe is located across the courtyard. There is absolutely no noise at all from the restaurant during opening hours therefore it caused us no concern.
The final building located just off the enclosed courtyard is the owners home, Chas and Caroline, who manage the gite, restaurant and pottery cafe. They are extremely helpful and very informative about the local area. When we discovered a couple of issues within the gite, they immediately rectified these and supplied us with a few additional utensils for the kitchen that made our self catering holiday easier.
The private garden to the rear of the gite is extensive and there is not only an enclosed private pool for your use, there is also some play items if you are going with children and there is plenty of outside seating options. There is also a garden dining table and 4 chairs located just outside the gite for some alfresco dining. Just to the side of the gite there is a beautiful seating area looking directly into the vineyard which can be accessed through the main bedroom patio doors.
To the far side of the garden, there is a small holding which contains a couple of chickens and 2 very friendly goats, Rocky and Daisy. They love fruit peelings and lots of fuss so be sure to pay them a visit.
Le Caillau is surrounded by many vineyards which are worth visiting, in particular Clos Triguedina which is a 1.5 mile walk from Le Caillau, the wine is exquisite and the tour both informative and interesting.
Le Caillau Restaurant is simply a hidden gem and although we chose to only eat here once during our stay, the atmosphere, service and menu is a credit to Chas and Caroline.
We holidayed here with another couple, no children and found plenty to do in the region, a car is essential to get further afield.
PS...Do the pottery painting if you can, it’s great fun!!
Enjoyed a week over new year. Very spacious and well equipped gite with access to lots of towns and villages within a short drive.
The WiFi does not work and 3/4G is very fleeting- which may be an advantage for some but as we were needing to contact people it was frustrating.
You also need to take your own towels which was annoying as we were flying with limited bag space so towels took up valuable space. And we’re damp on return.
Well equipped kitchen and comfortable beds.
We enjoyed our stay.