The barn has an imposing exposed beamed roof and terracotta floors. The country kitchen, at one end of the barn, leads directly onto a shaded and covered dining terrace, with BBQ, overlooking the garden. In the middle of the barn is a dining table and sitting area with sofas in front of a large chimney. The main bedroom has a large comfortable double bed 160x200cm. The main bathroom has an extra wide shower and separate bath tub. Above the main bedroom is a very large open plan mezzanine with full size English snooker table and two single beds. Alternatively a second separate double bedroom, with en suite shower and wc, is also available, on the ground floor of the main house (the owners home), with an independent entrance. The garden and pool of the rental property are orientated away from the owner's home.
- Farmhouse2260 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay1 - 7 nights
La Grange de Cezac, for Exceptional Holidays, with Private Pool, near Cahors, Lot, Midi-Pyreness, S.W France - Spacious rooms & covered outdoor dining
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- english, french, german
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- 8 Nov 2018
About Geoffrey Brotherton-Ratcliffe
You will most likely be welcomed upon your arrival by Wilson, our now rather old ginger cat, followed shortly afterwards by my mother, Gerda, who lives in the main house next door. Geoffrey Brotherton-Ratcliffe,
Geoffrey Brotherton-Ratcliffe purchased this Farmhouse in 1990
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Superb interior to this exposed ceiling barn conversion, 22meters long. Lots of space indoors and for outdoor dining. Surrounded by a protected ASPAS Nature Park with deer and wild orchids. Many of our guests are bird watchers and photographers attracted by the exceptional variety of wild flowers.
Pool / Spa
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We really felt as though the barn was an excellent base to explore the Lot Department, as there are so many things to see all within an hour or so- the truly jaw-dropping Rocamadour and Les Gouffres de Padirac, the beautiful town of St. Cirq Lapopie, the prehistoric caves at Pech Merle, Tournons d'Agenais, etc. Cahors is only about 15 mins drive away, and is great for day trips- we recommend L'Auberge de Vieux Cahors for dinner- the food was great. Also try Hotel de Qercy in Lauzerte- delicious! Montcuq is only 10 mins away and has a superb market every sunday, and a pleasure lake with a sandy beach (plan d'eau). Carrefour supermarket is only 15 mins away on the drive into Cahors which was really handy.
We had a wonderful two weeks at Le Grange de Cezac. The converted barn oozes character and charm- we loved it from the moment we walked in. We were blown away by the sheer size of the barn, and the full size snooker table on the mezzanine level was a great touch for relaxed evenings. The owners of the barn Geoff and Gerda could not have been more welcoming and helpful, and whilst they gave us our space, they were on hand to help whenever we needed anything. We brought our nine month old daughter, and were pleased to see a lovely, sturdy cot ready for her, and a good high chair. The bedding was immaculate, the kitchen and all utensils were of a very good standard and also immaculate. The outside seating area next to the bbq was lovely for al fresco dining, and there was a 10 second walk through the garden to the private pool which was superb- we felt that the pool was one of the best features of the property- really deep deep end, and a good size. We saw eagles circling high above us as we floated in the cooling water- paradise. We went out for day trips, heading back to the barn around 4-5pm, which is the perfect time to enjoy the hot summer sun around the pool. We even had a surprise visit from a hummingbird!
We were really sad to leave the barn, and would definitely recommend it to anyone. It is simply a charming, characterful rural retreat that would suit a couple or a big family. The fact that it is near Cahors and there are so many great days out not too far away make the barn a very good base to explore the region, but not only that, it is also a lovely place to simply relax at home, enjoying the pool and the bbq.
We highly recommend it.
As others have mentioned, the barn is extremely well presented, well equipped and comfortable. We caught the end of the heatwave and as well as more manageable sunshine we also experienced some hefty thunderstorms and downpours. However one of the barns attractions for us was the undercover outside seating area which was very well furnished and a great spot for the evenings, rain or shine. The owners mother, Gerda, even wandered round to us in the middle of a thunderstorm to advise us about the Wi-Fi being knocked out. So thoughtful of her.
The swimming pool is a short stroll from the barn but is beautifully clean and a really good size and is surrounded by flowers.
The area is beautiful and we climbed up the nearby hill to watch the sunset which was stunning.
We saw plenty of deer around and the surrounding villages are all really pretty, we especially liked Montcuq and immensely enjoyed the Sunday market as well as returning for lunch another day.
Quiet, comfortable and spacious rural gite
The property is a characterful converted stone barn which is spacious and cool so the lack of aircon was not an issue even though there was a heat wave during our one week stay. It is located in the countryside and has ample space for parking in front of the main house. Geoffrey's mum Girda was a charming lady and very welcoming. As cat people we adored her collection of cats, although they were nervous about getting close. The pool is a short walk from the gite and was clean, totally private and with a shaded area which was much needed during our stay. The gite was well provided with plates, cutlery, kitchen utensils, seating and dining areas. The dishwasher proved useful and there is a fridge freezer, oven and washing machine. All of the regulations are clearly labelled around the gite in English and French and lots of cleaning products and utensils provided for the tenant's use. The bathroom was spacious with a powerful shower and a combi boiler for plentiful hot water. A covered patio attached to the gite is ideal for al fresco dining, together with a barbecue which we did not use. There is a mezzanine area, complete with snooker table which we also did not use. The TV has Sky TV with English programmes which was great for those evenings in with a bottle of wine. Castlenau, the nearest village, is a 15 minute cross country drive and has a Spar supermarket and a pleasant medieval square with two restaurants. The town of Cahors is a similar distance and is well provided for in all respects.
Absolutely stunning gite
We have stayed in numerous gites over the years of varying quality - this beautiful converted barn surpassed them all. The accommodation was very comfortable (gorgeous bedrooms), it was very well-equipped - dishwasher, microwave, freezer, washing machine, etc. and we received a warm welcome. The snooker table was a hit with the teenagers! We would recommend Gite La Grange de Cezac to anyone of any age. The private pool is a real sun-trap from morning to evening, and the whole place is quiet, but close enough to some amazing towns and villages; some real "must-sees". We cannot recommend this holiday home highly enough - a really outstanding find (I think we'll try to come back)!
Will exceed expections!
Stayed at La Grange for a week in July. Wonderful well equipped Gite with a fabulous pool. Would definitely visit again!
A pefect base for exploring
A quiet, comfortable base to explore the surrounding area with much more to see than you will have time for. Gerda was fantastically helpful suggesting places to go.
A wonderful, relaxing break.
Special interest holidays:
Wine tasting. There are many exceptional vineyards to discover who have provided wines to the Romans, the Popes and Tsars of Russia for centuries. Also available to tourists !
Gastronomic holidays. Of course France is famous for its restaurants and cafes. Every village provides something good but there are also special places to wine and dine on your gold card. Details are available.
Cahors is connected to Paris and Toulouse by motorway and is only an hour away from Toulouse international airport. A fully detailed map is supplied upon booking. Other airports to use : Bergerac, Rodez, Brive.
Montcuq 15kms (medieval hilltop village).
Lauzerte 17kms (medieval hilltop village).
Castelnau-Montratier 7kms fresh produce markets.
There is a public tennis court within walking distance, a horse-riding center within a few kms and a nine hole golf course. Walking, cycling on many country paths all mapped and sign posted with the famous route "Le Chemin de St. Jacques de Compostella" passing along our valley leading all the way into the heart of Spain.
Cahors has its annual summer festivals with exhibitions, spectacles, drama, dancing, music and fireworks. There are caves, vineyards, underground grottes, potteries, lavender distilleries, museums and many art galleries to visit. There are more energetic activities such as canoeing, boat hire or even paragliding with professional tuition or just tandem flying. You will find exactly what you want.
Additional pricing information
Arrival from 5:00pm please. Departure 10.30am. Cleaning Services are not provided. The property must be returned to the owner in a fully cleaned condition. If you are planning to leave early in the morning please ensure that you leave the property properly cleaned. Otherwise do not make early departure plans ! Heating costs, if required, are extra to the quoted rental prices. If you have serious allergic reactions to cats or just simply don t like them please be advised that my mother, who lives in the main house, has cats that she adores.