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Vidalot is an impressive Quercy house with a charming front pigeonnier. Nestling into a hillside, it is situated in 41 acres with extensive views across rolling countryside and offers guests total peace and tranquillity. Although the house is secluded, the villages of Tournon d'Agenais and Montaigu de Quercy are only 5 minute drive. Nearest main town, Villeneuve-sur-Lot-20 minutes
Its secluded location has given rise to an interesting history: Recent guests were visited by an elderly gentleman who lived at Vidalot as a boy in the 1930s and 1940s, and among his memories were of the local Resistance storing weapons and explosives in the basement, and also Allied SOE agents who were parachuted into the valley below being bought to the house as the first stop on their missions in Occupied France.
All on one level with entrance through the pigeonnier into sitting room/dining room with French doors to a long terrace with wonderful views over countryside.
Fitted kitchen with fridge-freezer, gas cooker and microwave.
Rear door with access to gardens.
Main double bedroom, with en suite shower
Double bedroom with basin.
Two twin bedrooms.
Bathroom with basin and wc.
Shower room with basin and wc.
Full central heating.
The pool, which can be heated, is fenced with a paved surround. The barn to the rear of the pool has a table tennis table and additional fridge.
Vidalot sits under woodland, and overlooks open countryside so walking, cycling and natural history including birdwatching are all there to be enjoyed close by the house. Deer are often seen from the terrace, and being away from street lighting clear nights can give breathtaking starlight and moonlight rarely seen.
The countryside is a large foodbasket, with vineyards nearby including Vin du Tsar and Domaine du Garinet which are both open for tastings and direct purchase of excellent wines and other foods. As you travel among the acres of sunflowers you will also see soft fruit orchards, many producing plums for 'Pruneaux d'Agen', vegetables and nuts. Many of these are available direct from producers at markets which are held on most days of the week somewhere close by: A list is included under 'The Area' information at the top of this page.
Much of this produce is also used by restauranteurs, and a variety of restaurants can be found to suit all tastes: Food is generally of a high quality and prices very reasonable. Local specialities include delicious duck dishes.
Vidalot is about 1.5km off the D656 which follows the route of a Roman road between Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Cahors so exploring further afield is direct and fairly quick.
Those who enjoy venturing into history will also be very well catered for in this area with numerous 'bastide' villages dating from medieval times, some of which are perched on fortified hilltops. All make interesting visits: Lauzerte and Pujols are both listed among 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France', Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Cahors both had Roman activity, and there are more medieval villages along the River Lot, including Puy L'Eveque, built cleverly into a very steep slope above the river.
To the north of the River Lot is some spectacular scenery, and there are two chateaux of note, Chateau de Bonaguil and Chateau Biron both open to visitors and making interesting visits.
All along the River Lot water based activities including boat hire and river cruises can be found. The nearest points to Vidalot will be at 'Port Penne' near Penne d'Agenais and Fumel.
There is also a water park at Montaigu de Quercy, about 10km away, with a large beach area, lifeguard patrolled (in season) swimming, pedalo and boat hire, zip wires across the lake and some bars and restaurants.
Nearest main towns Fumel and Villeneuve-sur-Lot, and Vidalot is approximately the same distance from Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Full information on current activities around the area are posted on the Halcyon Leisure Facebook page (no sign in required)
Fitted kitchen with fridge-freezer, gas cooker and microwave. Rear door with access to gardens.
There is an additional fridge in the barn, adjacent to the pool terrace.
All on one level with entrance through the 'pigeonnier' into sitting room/dining room with french doors to a long terrace with wonderful views over countryside. Full central heating. Television, Internet.
Main double bedroom, with en suite shower.
Double bedroom with basin.
Two twin bedrooms
Bathroom with basin and wc.
Shower room with basin and wc
Ensuite shower room with basin and wc in Master bedroom
Electric radiators, open fire.
The Barn to the rear of the pool has a table tennis table.
The private pool has a paved surround. 12 x 6m ( alarmed) Sunloungers and shades provided
Level grassed areas away from the pool for games. Other furniture for outside use also provided,
Ample parking space for a number of vehicles
Ideal for all groups of visitors - families and extended families in particular. Such is the seclusion, couples happy to pay a premium to get absolute peace have rented the property.
Reduced occupancy terms are available away from peak seasons - £650 per week for up to 4 people in two bedrooms (choose twin or double). Dates available - 5 May to 29 June 2018 and 1 September to 28 September - Ideal for spring and autumn breaks - enjoy the blossom in May and June, and enjoy the fruit harvest and the onset of autumn in September when the temperature is usually still well into the 20s (C)
Please see the links page on the Halcyon Leisure website for details of additional services such as catering and airport transfers that can be made available to guests at cost if required.
Other current local events and facilities are posted regularly on the Halcyon Leisure Facebook page (no log in required - direct link from the Halcyon Leisure website)
CLEANING - End of stay cleaning is not included - the property should be left as found. However, end of stay cleaning may be available as an option at cost: Please enquire if you wish to pursue this option.
BABY EQUIPMENT - Cots, High Chair and Playpens are available to hire - Please enquire before confirming your booking.
I manage bookings for a number of owners who have holiday properties in the Lot. Lot-et-Garonne and Tarn-et-Garonne departments: the area is very rural and most of the houses have swimming pools.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||I fell in love with this area when I first visited it a few years ago - the pace of life was so much slower, and very much like the Somerset of the 1960s I grew up in. The mild climate, even in autumn and early in the spring are so pleasant and the countryside full of superb views that frequently spring out at you.|
|Unique benefits of property||Places to relax and enjoy times alone, as a couple, a family or as an extended family. All the houses are visited by myself and my staff so we can personally make sure your holiday home is suited to your needs.|
Vidalot is in an area of great food and wine production: It lies right on the edge of the Cahors AOC wine growing area, with many wineries within five miles, and a wide variety of other fruits including apples, peaches, pears, apricots, melons, walnuts, hazelnuts will be seen growing alongside sunflowers and more usual cereal crops.
The freshest of breads are available at boulangeries throughout the area, and all produce is available at local markets held throughout the area every day and in season there are also some evening markets.
There are many excellent restaurants serving food to suit all budgets from simple Plat du Jour menus for a few euros to full blown gastronomic banquets which are surprisingly reasonably priced.
Current recommendations and advice is available from the Halcyon Leisure Facebook page, or there will be information at the property.
Tennis 4km, fishing 4km, golf 30km, bike hire 6km, horse riding 5km
The Lot Valley, Bas Quercy, Occitania, Aquitaine and Pays de Serres (which means an Eagle's talons) are some of the evocative names given to the region. Offering a gentle beauty, it is essentially deep provincial South West France. Generally quieter than most regions, the departments covered are Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot and Dordogne. The principal cities are Toulouse and Bordeaux.
There are many activities based on the River Lot, including fishing and boating, and other opportunities locally with bicycle safaris, balloon adventures, aerial rope trails and other adventure related sites: Much more information from the Halcyon Leisure website and also the Halcyon Leisure Facebook page.
The area is rich in history, being the border area of the English occupation in the 12th and 13th centuries, and Richard the Lionheart and his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine had a local presence: There was also Roman activity in the area, as witnessed by long straight roads.
Many of the villages are hilltop fortified towns - Bastides - among them Tournon d'Agenais, Lauzerte and Montcuq, each retaining strong historical elements and narrow charming streets to explore away from heavy traffic,
A few miles away are the large castles of Biron and Bonaguil, both imposing stone structures which are open to visitors and in beautiful settings.