|Chateau Cardou||Self Catering||Saturday||9||20||7||3 additional dressing/room bedrooms 1 bed each|
Château Cardou is set in a magnificent position in the middle of its 125 acre estate, commanding the Valley d'Or (the Golden Valley)! It is a perfect size for a perfect holiday with family and friends.
Cardou dominates its own land and enjoys wonderful views across and up its valley (just South of the river Lot) and for a distance of over 20 km. to the hilltop Bastide town of Monflanquin. It is approached up a long private drive, through a new plantation of mixed firs and hardwood trees and surrounded by beautiful mature chestnuts, specimen firs, cherry and ash.
Three bedroom suites are on the ground floor, which makes it a very comfortable house to live in, with cellars under and a huge insulated attic above thus able to expand or contract according to numbers. Both the cellar and the top floor can be completely closed off in Winter, when there is full oil fired central heating.
There are three main bedrooms on the ground floor each with en suite bath or shower rooms; off these bedrooms are 3 dressing rooms which can be used as children's bedrooms. Downstairs there is a fourth bedroom and shower room.
From the dining hall, the stairs lead to the top floor where there are two delightful tower rooms each with an adjacent bathroom, these rooms have magnificent views up and down the valley to the East and West. Then there is a huge attic playroom with a lofty ceiling, supported by lovely oak beams, off which are 3 further small twin bedded rooms.
The fully fitted kitchen has two ovens, microwave, American fridge, dishwasher, china and glass, and a full array of pots and pans.
The dining hall has a massive stone chimney breast, in which you can have a roaring log fire, and a refectory table which seats up to 16. A stereo music centre and a 5ft grand piano are provided for entertainment.
The drawing room has a small open fire, television and video player.
The château is built over a vast cellar in which there is a laundry room, with automatic washing machine, boiler room and lower entrance hall with table tennis.
The private swimming pool lies between large barns which provide a courtyard feel and a sun trap. The poolside terrace includes a stone table and barbecue. The tennis court is close by, just up the hill.
Large dining room, with massive open fireplace and door to the outside dining terrace, which will probably be preferred in Summer. The terrace has morning sun and welcome partial shade at lunchtime. There is a serving hatch between the dining room and kitchen.
The kitchen is generously sized, with work surfaces on two sides, each with a sink. The are 2 electric ovens, a large gas hob, microwave and American fridge (another fridge-freezer is provided in the lower-level laundry room) dishwasher, foodmixer and a full range of cooking utensils.
The drawing room has 3 sofas, chairs and coffee table, also a desk and telephone.
To one side of the open fireplace there is a cabinet with tv & dvd player. UK satellite tv gives all the usual channels.
Upstairs the vast reception/play area has a comfortable corner for tv and dvd.
Please see our website for floorplan and details. The 3 groundfloor bedroom suites make for easy living, especially for older members!
Three en suite wc/shower rooms, 3 en suite wc/bathrooms, 1 twin shower room and 2 extra wc's. Again, please see floorplan on our website.
Full oil-fired central heating is available if required.
Tv's and dvd's in drawing room, upstairs reception/play area and in one bedroom.
Excellent grand piano
Table tennis in basement
Floodlit tennis court
Swimming pool - optionally heated.
Cardou is set in 125 acres, mainly wooded but with lovely distant views.
Plenty of space to park a dozen cars.
Cardou is suitable for groups of family or friends of all ages. The pool is fenced but it is your responsibility to ensure that gates are closed and children supervised.
Joanna and Bill bought their first property in this beautiful region more than 20 years ago. Bill is a now retired Engineering Director and Joanna has restored our properties to a high standard. They are managed for us and our family by excellent housekeepers and handymen. We both speak good French and are happy to discuss your holiday requirements. There are floorplans on our website, showing the layout of rooms, beds and bathrooms.
|Year property purchased||1989|
|Why this location?||The family has owned a small property in this region since 1973, and we are in love with it! Hardly any road traffic, unspoilt medieval villages and towns, amazing castles to visit, some of the biggest and best underground caves in Europe, excellent wine, foie gras, confits, cheeses, Summer music festivals, village fetes. Canoeing on the River Lot - Riding or cycling over the little chemins rurales, lazing by our private pool - what is not to like!|
|Unique benefits of property||Château Cardou is set in a magnificent position in the middle of its 125 acre estate, commanding the Valley d'Or (the Golden Valley)! It is a perfect size for a perfect holiday with family and friends. Private Swimming pool - Hard Tennis Court - Sleeps 6-20 - 6 Main Bedrooms + 7 Bath/shower Rooms - 3 Dressing-room/bedrooms - 3 Attic bedrooms - Huge Attic Play Room with TV etc - Drawing Room - Dining Room - Grand Piano - Kitchen with Dishwasher & 2 Ovens, American Fridge, Microwave etc., Laundry Room, Internet & telephone.
Cardou dominates its own land and enjoys wonderful views across its valley (just South of the river Lot). It is approached up a long private drive, through a new plantation of trees. Three bedroom suites are on the ground floor, which makes it a very comfortable house to live in, with cellars under and a huge insulated attic above thus able to expand or contract according to numbers.
Huge fortress with museum and optional guided tours.
Beautiful stronghold in commanding position.
Including Tournon, Monflanquin, Villereal, Lauzerte, and Monpazier.
Monsempron-Libos (Thursday mornings)
Montcuq (Sunday mornings - huge)
On the Lot at Puy l'Eveque
Grotte de Peche-Merle amazing, with cave paintings too.
St Cirque Lapopie & Rocamadour - cliff-hanging villages