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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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 for those a little older 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. Hiawatha's wigwam and the tree house are also to be discovered hiding n the undergrowth. Internally, 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. (See reviews Philip H.July 2014; Anonymous August 2013)

This part of France excels at all times of year, not just in the hot summer months. Winters are predominantly dry and sunny with crisp, clean air, perfect for a walking holiday in the low season. there are many hundreds of trails through wooded valleys and over open hills, all clearly waymarked and described in booklets available from tourist offices. (See reviews Anonymous(2 No.) March 2014). More information is available about the property, local area and activities of all sorts with links to relevant websites in our personal website at - We recommend a look.

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Mr. Edmund McManus
Member since: 2012
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18 July, 2018

About Mr. Edmund McManus

Averil and Edmund are irish in our 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 Averil has used these opportunities to develop her skills in the choice of colours and interior furnishings.

Mr. Edmund McManus purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Mr. Edmund McManus chose Cazals

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 so that 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.

What makes this cottage unique

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 that what we have here, in this glorious corner of France, offers a very unique opportunity for a totally relaxing holiday.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cazals in Lot

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Plastic glasses only please around the pool - no glass
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
The property was completed and furnished in early July 2012. The gardens are now fully matured. Every party of guests has been extraordinarily complimentary and all have awarded us a five star rating. We have three 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, King Arthur's round table for his twelve knights (also usable by adults) and a treehouse for that cooked breakfast among the trees.


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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
average rating of 5.0 based on 63 reviews

Best of Both

  • 5 of 5

A really peaceful location with all at hand to make your stay relaxing and rewarding.

There are so many places to visit either in the Lot or the Dordogne. There is a wide variety of choice to suit all.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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The perfect relaxing break in a charming property in a glorious location with delightful hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Arriving on a Sat evening we were greeted by Edmund and Averil and a most welcome bottle of sparkling wine. During sipping we got an intro to the cottage and all its facilities. Then we saw Edmund and Averil when we needed them and didn’t when there was no need or question. Every now and then there would be a small gift of shortbread or scones outside the door, most welcome !

Cottage is charming and felt like home from the first day, easily accommodating the original three of us but never felt full when our part time guests ( another 3) turned up for 5 days.

Garden spectacular and so relaxing with great weather the pool came into its own too !

We got the right balance of trips to fantastic places like Rocamadour and Domme to spending time around the pool just relaxing. Easy walk into the village which is small yet delightful, albeit it took us a few days to slip into the more relaxed pace of eating and drinking the french way.

For anyone wanting a very relaxed holiday with some spectacular sightseeing then go no further than staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Nyumbani, alas for only one week, and we had forgotten just how idyllic it was: a perfectly conceived self-catering property set in peace and quiet, yet within easy walking distance of a sleepy village with all the right facilities. What more can one ask? It is rare to make friends so comprehensively and quickly, but such was the case between us and the owners, Averil and Edmund; they managed, as ever, to strike just the right balance between being helpful, knowledgeable and friendly while maintaining a discreet distance to avoid invading our privacy. The facilities in the cottage are everything that one could want and the whole property is immaculate. If only the weather could have been better, but we still managed several days lounging in and around the pool between thunder storms. Two weeks next time: you cannot have too much of a good thing.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Excellent holiday

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we stepped in the door to a roaring fire (chilly evenings in October) and a glass of bubbly we felt immediately relaxed and at home. The owners couldn't have done more to make our holiday special and enjoyable. We followed up on recommendations for visits out and restaurants, all of which met our expectations. The accommodation was exceptionally clean and comfortable, we had everything we needed. The homemade biscuits and scones were an added bonus. The location was perfect for us, away from the hustle and bustle yet everywhere we wanted to visit was within a reasonable distance and not hours of driving (not that we would have minded as the scenery is stunning). We would definitely recommend this holiday and wouldn't hesitate to return if we get the opportunity. Trish, Jan, Phil, Jazz, Hattie and Ollie, from East Devon

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in a lovely tranquil part of France

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to a greeting from Edmund and Averil who shared a bottle of bubbly with us and then took us around the place pointing out some operating instructions. Averil also left us some homemade shortcake which was lovely.

As we arrived late afternoon we asked Edmund to book us into the auberge in the village and I would highly recommend the steak and chips which were to die for. We walked so you need a torch on the way home in the dark.

Sunday morning is market day so we walked into the village past the lake and stocked up on meat, cheese, fruit, veg, jams and pickles. The Casino supermarket is well stocked and we bought bread each morning from the boulangerie.

We had days chilling by the pool and relaxing in the hammocks in the wooded area. There is a gas barbecue so we stayed in most nights eating our BBQ and enjoying all the red wines. Edmund recommended a vineyard called Nozier so we had a drive out and stocked up on some of their wines.

We were with our children in their twenties so we went to La Roque Gageac and hired some canoes and paddled around on the Dordogne river. We hired ours by the hour but it is possible to hire for longer go down stream and you get driven back. Nearby there was a little town called Sarlat la Caneda which I would highly recommend you visit.

Another must place to go to is Rocamadour. It about one hour drive, winding roads but a beautiful place. It's all built into the rocks, some lovely shops to mooch around and cafes and restaurants. Five minutes from there is Foret des singe which is a monkey sanctuary. They give you a handful of popcorn and you are allowed to hold it out and they take it from your hands. Very entertaining watching their antics.

We flew from Bergerac so on the way back we stopped off at Monpazier which is a lovely village and stopped for coffee in the square until it was time to go to the airport which is close by.

All in all we had a lovely week and would definitely have no hesitation in recommending this rental property.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable stay in Lot region

  • 5 of 5

The property lives up to the impressions gained from the website, superbly appointed in a perfect location. The owners, Edmund and Averil are the ideal hosts, welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. Thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Nearest Ferry
640 Kilometres
Nearest Train
33 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Cahors Nord
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
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 ( 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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Cazals, Midi-Pyrenees

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season 2018/19
29 Sep 2018 - 29 Mar 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2019
30 Mar 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer 2019
15 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2019
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

We have full building and contents insurance for the Property as a holiday rental (gite) but in France this may not cover for accidental property damage caused by the client.Travel and many home insurance policies include such third party cover as a matter of course. We request that you arrange to have adequate insurance to cover your liabilities.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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