|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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 - www.luxuryfrenchcountrycottage.com. We recommend a look.
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
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.
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.
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!
1. Beautiful location with great views
2. Great to be close to the village (small and sleepy but with good market, 2 bakeries, butcher/traiteur, restaurant, bars...)
3. House is very comfortable and just about the best equipped we have ever stayed in
4. Hosts are terrific and gave us some excellent recommendations, perfectly tailored to our interests
5. Close to so many stunning places to visit (Sarlat, Roque-Gageac, Domme) that as week just won't be long enough
6. Lots of good walks close by - also well signed cycle routes and quiet, safe roads
7. But also perfect for doing nothing, sitting by the pool in the sunshine with a pastis listening to birdsong or curling up in front of the woodburner with a book
8. For foodlovers, the place is paradise with inspiring markets to buy local, seasonal food; a well equipped kitchen to prepare it and a choice of indoor and outdoor dining space to enjoy leisurely meals
9. For a break from cooking there are lots of good restaurants - not least the Auberge in the village - four courses for under 13 euros (including soup which came in a tureen not just a bowl, similarly the cheese course was presented in whole pieces to cut off as much as liked and wine included)
10. At the end of the day, beds of deep comfort - we slept for hours in peace
I can't recommend this property enough! Edmund and Averil are wonderful owners who go out of their way to create a beautiful home from home for their guests. The property is set in a beautiful rural location with stunning views yet close enough to walk to the village for fresh croissants and baguettes each morning. So much to see and do in the area but the property itself is so lovely we found it hard to tear ourselves away for many day trips.
We had such a wonderful, relaxing week and hope to go again soon. Brilliant!!
We have stayed in many self catering properties in both the U.K. and Europe, but this one is undoubtedly the best by far. It was perfect in all respects: facilities, cleanliness, location and friendliness. Everything was provided and the owners were very helpful yet discreet. The grounds were considerable and would be a delight to children. It was so quiet and peaceful, yet the village was only a mile away and easily walkable. The scenic towns and villages of the Lot and Dordogne were all within easy driving distance. We will undoubtedly return and I cannot recommend this villa and its delightful owners enough.
There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said. This is a beautiful and incredibly well-equipped house with a fabulous pool, in a very pretty area about 10 minutes walk from the charming and utterly French village of Cazals.
The week we were there was incredibly hot, which we took as an excuse not to do much more than muck around in the pool, cook, work our way through the host of games provided and stroll down to Cazals to buy bread and eclairs (the best bread is at the boulangerie to the right of the square, the best eclairs at the bottom of the square) and food from the surprisingly well-stocked Casino supermarket. However, judging from the visitors' book, other guests have been much more industrious and there is plentiful information on where to go and what to do if you're not feeling chronically indolent.
Edmund and Averil are solicitous but discreet hosts who genuinely want nothing more than for their guests to have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
Altogether an excellent house in which we enjoyed a very happy week.
PS: When I say 'incredibly well equipped', I mean that every time I thought "x would be handy", it was there: air pump for inflating pool toys, cafetiere cover, cling film/foil/plastic storage bags, plentiful dishwasher tablets and washing powder, salad spinner, extra fans, three hairdryers, pool toys, dozens of towels.......
What can be said that hasn't already been said?
Our party of six women (sisters and mother) found the perfect place to celebrate a significant birthday, enjoy each others' company, take in the surrounds of the region, be in awe at the environment and sense of adventure, and enjoy perfect, peaceful relaxation. Our considerate hosts provided to our every needs, without imposition on our privacy - guiding and advising when sought.
Gite Cazals is indeed a piece of heaven and we will remember our special time there we love.
Our sincerest, heartfelt thanks to Edmund and Averil for our wonderful week -
The Mulcahy Women
Second time we have stayed at this beautiful Gite, and we are not the only ones who have stayed more than once! It is fully equipped with everything you could need. A perfect, peaceful and tranquil place to relax. The owners, Averil and Edmund, are great hosts and will go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your time there . You will love the peace and quiet, yet with a 15 min gentle stroll you can be in the local village and enjoy a coffee, or meal and the local Sunday market. Its a great base for exploring the local region (and the wine), and we are only sorry we can't go back again next year, and will struggle to find anywhere as good. We will certainly be going again in the future.
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 (www.luxuryfrenchcountrycottage.com) 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!
|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 does 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 require that you arrange to have adequate insurance to cover your liabilities and that you confirm this to us prior to arrival.