Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 9, Ratings 1 9.2/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
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 Tower has its own kitchen.
The Tower has a twin bedded room and a double sofabed in the sitting room
The Tower has its own bathroom
Swimming, table tennis, petanque
Marvellous walking, riding, canoes, hang gliding and a new treetop adventure on high wires
Too many steps for people with walking difficulties
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.