Les Lavandes is one of two gites at Le Mas des Cyprès near Cahors, Saint Cirq Lapopie and Rocamadour. Each is a separate building set around a central U-shaped courtyard with its own private terrace set away from the other.
Les Lavandes is a two bedroom detached, stone cottage sleeping up to 4 plus a baby. Ground-floor entrance sun room with foc wifi, separate fitted kitchen, ground floor fully tiled shower room, double-aspect living/dining room with fireplace and wood-burner and corner staircase to the first floor mezzanine double bedroom which leads to a smaller twin room.
Outside you have exclusive use of a south-facing terrace with pergola, Weber BBQ and wooden table and chairs.
In the entrance sun room you enjoy the morning sun; here there is foc wifi, a sofa, comfortable chairs and a side table. Next is the well-equipped kitchen with an oven, hob, extractor fan, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, kettle, toaster, coffee percolator, blender and all the glasses, crockery and cutlery you will need. There is also a broom, dustpan and brush, hoover, iron and ironing board.
The shower room is fully tiled with a walk-in shower, washbasin, cupboard and toilet.
In the living/dining room you have an extendable dining table with seating for up to six, comfortable seating and a footstool housing the terrace chair cushions, a new flat screen TV with English Freeview and French channels, a DVD player, a stereo with ipod dock and a selection of board games. There is also a fireplace with wood-burner for those chilly evenings.
Upstairs there is a double mezzanine bedroom with wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables with lamps, a hairdryer and a tower fan. This leads to a smaller twin with storage and a fan.
Outside you have exclusive use of a south-facing terrace with Weber BBQ, pergola and a wooden table and chairs. You also have use of two wooden picnic tables set in the garden taking advantage of the views.
Set away from the gite is the fenced pool area protected with auto-closing gates and magnetic latches. This 11 x 5m saline pool has steps at one end where you can relax and enjoy the views. It is surrounded by a paved terrace with ten sun loungers, parasols, side tables, a solar shower and table tennis table. This area is shared with the second gite and the owners who use the pool on hot evenings. It is a popular place for all to meet and chat and children to make new friends.
There is a shaded, childrens play area with trampoline, chalet, sandpit, swings and slides.
We are about 10 mins from the local A20 motorway and 8-10 mins from Cahors with its famous market, medieval old town and good choice of restaurants. About 1hr20mins north of Toulouse with its airport served by low-cost airlines, 2hrs from Bergerac and Rodez airports, 2 hours from Caracassonne, 5 hours by car or train from Paris and 8 hours from Calais.
Set between many historical sites such as two of France's prettiest villages St Cirq Lapopie and Rocamadour, medieval Carcassonne, the pink city Toulouse and the beaches on the Med and Atlantic. The Med beaches are one of our favourite summer holiday days out.