Ancient stone built farmhouse (~14th/15th Century) in the beautiful Quercy Blanc region of South West France, modernised to provide the comfort and facilities expected of high quality holiday accommodation. Guests are immediately attracted to the beauty of the white stone and a brief walk around the gardens draws one in to the magic of the peaceful and secluded location. Basking in the midst of rolling hills and fortified hilltop villages, this house offers tranquillity and an escape from the pressures of everyday life. House, gardens and pool are exclusively for the use of the holidaymaker with no one else sharing the property.
Please note that changeover is Saturday, minimum stay 7 nights in one week blocks.
****Features new in 2016 include luxury kitchen and swimming pool to guarantee creature comforts, whilst offering that 'away from it all' experience with WiFi throughout the house and grounds for those who need to keep in touch (with Netflix?!).*****
Fully equipped for holiday catering, the luxury kitchen has washing machine, tumble drier, dishwasher, American style fridge/freezer, range cooker and a wine cooler. The island unit has seating for 3 and an iron and ironing board are available. French TV is available in the kitchen.
New in 2016, the large swimming pool measures 10m x 5m and offers exclusive private access with the opportunity to relax, swim and bask in the sun in the complete peace of the countryside. Sun loungers and parasol ensure that non-swimming guests can enjoy the fun as well.
Sleeping accommodation is more than comfortable for six guests in 3 bedrooms, all being on the first floor (1 with super king; 1 with super king / 2 x singles according to need; and one with king size bed). A cot can be provided for an infant but please note that own bedding and towels will be needed. While air conditioning is not appropriate to this building, the thick stone walls (85cm+) keep the interior cool as long as doors and windows are closed during the heat of the day. Fans are supplied in the bedrooms for night-time use.
Care has been taken to ensure that main seating areas inside and out will seat at least 8, apart from the bar seating around the island in the kitchen that is just for 3. The house has one shower room on the first floor, which has toilet and two washbasins. It has entrances from one of the bedrooms and from the mezzanine landing. There is also a toilet on the ground floor.
With seating for nine in new leather sofas and an armchair, the lounge is equipped with UK FreeSat TV and DVD player, as well as games, books and DVDs. The dining table, in separate dining room, seats 8 with plenty of crockery and cutlery available. An infant's high chair is available and also 3 high-seated chairs for small children.
Enterprise grade WiFi infrastructure ensures WiFi roaming around both the house and entire garden area.
Outside the kitchen is a courtyard in a ruin, with a large charcoal BBQ and a round table that seats 10 under a parasol. On another patio outside the dining room there are sofas with a canopy above to provide some shade. There is also another little den of sofas, so plenty of chance to be together or to find a private spot for a doze or read! The garden is surrounded by fields on 3 sides, so is lovely and peaceful. There are some lovely walks available straight from the gate of the property.
We apologise that pets can no longer be accepted.
The village Montaigu-de-Quercy is within walking distance (25-30 mins) but a car is definitely essential. The village is built on the hillside and the white stone church provides a wonderful sight as you approach the village, with the square being very attractive and the town hall adding to its French charm.
On Saturdays, the market square comes alive with local producers selling everything from beautifully tasty fruit, salad and vegetables to olives, wine, honey and lavender products. The two cafés provide an opportunity to relax and watch the world go by. Alternatively there are equally attractive markets in nearby Montcuq and Roquecor on Sundays. In Montaigu-de-Quercy there is a also a bank and small supermarket, with filling station, available for essentials.
On the edge of the village is a recreational lake with facilities for all ages and preferences, such as playing on the beach, gentle walks or paddle boats. Swimming is supervised by a lifeguard. There is also a restaurant selling fast food or à la carte menu, avoiding the need to leave the beach just for refreshments.
The surrounding area has many hilltop bastide towns with nearby Lauzerte being one of the prettiest. Moissac has beautiful cloisters around the abbey and Rocamadour, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and Sarlat are all about an hour and a half away by car.
Guests are free to arrive from 4pm. The property needs to be vacated by 10am on the day of departure in order to be prepared for the arrival of subsequent guests.
- Bergerac (1hr 10mins; 77km/48m)
- Toulouse (1hr 20mins; 106km/66m)
- Bordeaux (2hrs; 186km/116m)
- Brive (1hr 35mins; 139km/87m)
- Monsempron Libos (20mins; 18km/11m)
- Agen (40mins; 43km/27m)
- Fumel/Montayral (20mins; 19km/12m)
- Agen/Boe (40mins; 43km/27m)
- Cahors (45mins; 50km/31)
- Sarlat (1hr 30mins; 86km/54m)
- Rocamadour (1hr 40mins; 114km/71m)
- Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (1hr 20mins; 80km/50m)
- Moissac (40mins; 35km/22m)
- Lauzerte (20mins; 19km/12m)
- Montcuq (30mins; 22km/14m)
- Roquecor (14mins; 9km/6m)
plus many more
Cinema occasionally showing original version films in English
- Monsempron Libos (20mins; 18km/11m)