Feedback from some of our clients
The property has been immaculately restored and everything just works. It was a bit of a treat to stay there.
It feels very remote and restful, the countryside is pretty rather than spectacular, though the towns nearby were interesting.
The owner was very helpful and thoughtful. I can't recommend it enough
It was the first time I had visited the area, and I was totally taken by the beauty of the scenery and the peaceful surroundings where the property is situated. There is a main house and a Summer House to one side. The buildings are set around a pretty courtyard, very private, scenic, and with a lovely swimming pool. You get beautiful views overlooking the valley from the main house and the Summer House. Despite the heat in July I find the inside of the house was amazingly cool.
What bliss it was simply being able to lounge around in the courtyard or splash in the pool [with no chlorine smell]!
There is no shortage of interesting places to visit in the area, like the caves at Cougnac, a short drive away, and while not so well known as Pech Merle, Lascaux etc, they were superb, and thoroughly recommended. We also visited Sarlat, a delightful medieval town in the Dordogne, and on the way back, the boxwood mazes of the Gardens of Marqueyssac.
I adore good food! What I found was there is a huge choice of quality restaurants nearby, like La Belle Etoile at La Roque-Gageac on the Dordogne. There is also a restaurant called Chez Jeanne in Pomarède. It is featured in a documentary by Australian author, Mary Moody, who catalogued the six generations of the women in the same family, who have run it. We were lucky as it is a walkable two kilometres away, and it serves very generous portions of food and wine.
When we opted to eat in, the kitchen is well equipped for cooking and it has a great view looking out into the valley. The lounge is cosy and comfortable, and there is a good selection of videos for the evening.
Apart from barbecuing outside, which we did several times, we made a point of spending some time outside the house in the evening, soaking in the cool night air and doing some stargazing! You can also hear owls hooting in the woods around the house. A real treat for a city person like me!
It was a real memorable stay!
For our stay, we had the use of the old converted farmhouse and also the Summer House. The buildings are set around a pretty courtyard, with the pool, downhill on the south side of the courtyard. It gave us a lovely private setting.
The whole property faces out onto a little valley and there are pleasant views from all the buildings, and of course from the pool.
The bedrooms are on the ground floor, and even when it was sweltering hot outside, they were cool inside. We soon got the hang of the 'natural aircon', by closing shutters and opening the windows at night to let the cool air in, and closing them as the outside air heated up.
The lounge and kitchen are on the first floor, which gives the best views of the valley to the South and open fields to the North. The lounge is well kitted out with sofas and armchairs, and the kitchen is conveniently set out for cooking and cleaning up afterwards.
It was a great and relaxing escape to a quieter part of the world.
Had a great stay in the lovely house and grounds in this beautiful, unspoilt part of the world.
We really enjoyed the trip to the caves of Pech Merle. We had booked online to make sure we got the guided tour in English, and afterwards drove just up the road to the wonderfully picturesque village of St Cyr la Popie. We stopped off on the way back, for a delicious meal in an old converted station building in Cabrerets.
We spent a lot of time just lounging by the pool, but also headed out a few times to explore nearby sites. There is a huge choice of fun and interesting places to see. Chateau de Bonaguil is just 20 minutes down the road and you can walk all round and soak up the historic atmosphere of the Middle Ages.
The bedrooms are not enormous, but cool and functional, and it was especially convenient to have a shower, basin and wc for each bedroom.
We appreciated all the help from the owners with finding our way around the laid back Lot!