Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Main House||Self Catering||Saturday||5||9||3|
In Rural Lot. A magical, spacious 18th century winemaster's domaine set in 20 acres of its own valley high in the wooded hills above the vineyards of the Lot Valley.
Main House. Three double bedrooms, one twin, one very small single. Well equipped kitchen, washing machine, barbecue. Two bathrooms, 1 shower - all with wcs.
Separate Tower. Sitting room/double bedroom with balcony, twin bedroom, kitchen, bathroom. Not available separately in July and August.
Spectacular Infinity Pool cut into the valley side.
Locally. Excellent and reasonable Périgord restaurants, tennis, riding, canoeing, fishing, paragliding, walking, cycling, castles, caves, concerts and markets. Linen not provided except by special arrangement.
The main house kitchen has a gas hob and an electric fan oven, also a fridge, a dishwasher and a microwave. There is a large dining room with doors onto the terrace and a wood burning stove - lots of available logs just outside the kitchen.
The washing machine is in the little laundry room under the covered balcony and the iron and ironing board live in the Romeo and Juliet bathroom - there are washing lines on the Romeo and Juliet covered balcony.
The sitting room is a very large L-shaped room with 3 sofas and a television with a dvd
The main house has 3 double bedrooms, 1 twin and a very small single.
There are 2 bathrooms on the first floor and a shower room with a basin and w.c. on the ground floor of the main house. The vaulted room has its own basin.
The main house is not heated as it is not necessary, but there are various electric heaters and fans around
Swimming, table tennis, petanque (boules)
Selection of board games
Loads of books - people are welcome to leave behind any paperbacks they have finished and take any Roubignol paperbacks they fancy back home with them
Television and DVD
Concerts and jazz recitals in Cahors and some of the local castles
A lot of the villages and towns have their own fetes and firework displays
Also antique fairs and 'vide greniers' similar to our car boot sales
Marvellous walking, riding, canoes, hang gliding and a new treetop adventure on high wires.
There is an information centre in Luzech which is full of good ideas of what to do
We usually say that the open barn at the top is for the use of the people in the tower and that the parking area below the house under the willow trees is for the people in the main house
Too many steps for people with walking difficulties or wheel chairs
A beautiful peaceful place with lots of things to see and do in the area
We bought this house as a family holiday home and as a base for buying antiques in France. We have an antique business near Bath and also exhibit at some of the London antique fairs. It is such a lovely place and with so much character that we let it out when we are not using it ourselves. We installed the swimming pool in 1990 - it is cut out of a steep hillside with views down the valley and last year we added a wi-fi so we could keep in touch with the business.
|Year property purchased||1989|
|Why this location?||We have French friends in the Dordogne and we stayed with them when we were house hunting. But the Dordogne is quite touristy so we decided to look in the slighly quieter valley of the Lot. On our second trip, just as we were about to go home unsuccessfully, Roubignol came on the market. In about 1995 we were able to buy the tower next door and converted this from a chicken house and dog kennel into a three story annexe to the main house.
Toulouse, Bordeaux, Cahors and Monauban were all useful sources of antiques and we also loved exploring the Lot valley - beautiful villages, bastides, castles and prehistoric caves. Also lots to do: canoeing on the Dordogne, walking (there are some great walks actually from the house), riding and, of course, eating - the Perigord cuisine is famous for geese, duck and truffles.
|Unique benefits of property||Set in a beautiful quiet valley in the middle of the Appellation Controlee of the Cahors wine-producing area, Roubignol was a winemaster's house - the 'cave' where the wine was made was where we now have the hall and dining room so the floor has a slight slope to drain off any spilled wine.
Roubignol is set on the wooded slope between the flat Lot valley which has wall-to-wall vines and the plateau with its fields of sunflowers and yet more vines.
The advantage of this is that in very hot summer weather it is slightly cooler than Luzech down in the valley.
For anyone interested in history the Lot is an intriguing area: prehistoric caves, Roman towns (both Luzech and Cahors have Roman origins), during the 100 Years War the English occupied the region and the locals still use some English words such as 'toast'.
Roubignol is also in the area where the Langue d'Oc was spoken and the Albigensian Heresy occurred. More recently during the World War II it was an important Resistance area.
This is a whole day activity. You take a picnic with you, choose a nice sunny day and drive up to St Sozy on the Dordogne. There you are provided with single or double canoes or kayaks, a bidon to keep your picnic and towels dry and set off down the river. The river is clean enough to swim in and there are delightful castles on the cliffs above. When you get to Souillac a minibus collects you and returns you to your car, booking essential in summer.
A really interesting cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalagtites as well as cave paintings of horses, cattle and other animals with an unusual feature of hands outlined in red - well worth a visit but should telephone first.
A lovely chateau with a terrace high above the river Lot. It has a fascinating painted alchemist's chamber. Just west of here is the famous scenic village of St Cirq la Popie.
Roubignol is set in the hills above the vineyards of the Lot valley and below the Causse plateau
There are lovely markets in the area: Luzech has a market every Wednesday with local produce, shoes, ironmongery, foie gras and paella. Prayssac has a food and fish market on Fridays in the circular roads around the church, Montcuq has a great, if slightly touristy, market on Sundays and the medieval centre of Cahors has markets on several weekdays
Excellent restaurants in the area, the closest is 3km
The Lot is one of the famous gastronomic areas of France with ducks and truffles as local specialities. There is a wide range of restaurants to suit any palate (or pocket), but our favourites are the Michelin-starred Le Gindreau and La Terrace at Grezels. La Terrace is only open at lunchtime: you turn up about 12.30 and eat what you are given - about 7 delicious courses plus some wine. Not to be missed, but not really suitable for children.
We had excellent communications with the owner before our arrival and a lovely greeting and welcome when we arrived. The main property together with the tower house were even more beautiful than described on the website with sufficient room for our two families. The garden/estate and pool were lovely and the house was invitingly cool!. There were excellent walks through the grounds and interesting lizards, cicadas, butterflies, etc. to keep our animal loving daughter entertained.
Unfortunately the dish washer did not work when we arrived and this produced three floods in the main kitchen and there was a problem with the pool filter which caused the water to turn green.
Luckily the pool was OK by mid week so we were able to make the most of this facility on the edge of a beautiful tranquil valley. The local cleaning lady was very obliging and helpful and the owners were quick to respond to each problem and offered us a 50% discount as compensation.
There were many spectacular locations to visit near by which kept us busy when the pool was out of commission.
We would love to re-visit the properties and hope that we will be luckier next time!
These guests were really unfortunate in having both the pool steriliser and the dishwasher break down and cause problems while they were there (both have now been replaced). The guests were very nice about it as it obviously wasn't a normal problem and we are very grateful for their understanding. Jill and Nick