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- Recently renovated 1860s farmhouse sleeps 4/5
- Quiet secluded location
- Large 10 x 5 pool with jet stream
- In the heart of the gastronomic region of France
- Excellent facilities and fully equipped gite
- Extensive nearby attractions
About the Farmhouse
French farmhouse holiday home near Gourdon in the Lot, South-West France.
Recently been renovated, retaining original stone walls and beams (circa 1865) with outbuildings, set in one acre of gardens is a 10m x 5m swimming pool with roman steps and 'jet streams'. There is a very large terrace surrounding the pool where it is extremely pleasant to have al fresco meals.
The ground floor is open plan with stairs leading up to the first floor and there are windows overlooking the grounds on one side and a country lane on the other. The first floor sleeps 4 (1 twin and 1 double bedroom) and there is an additional bed on the landing for a fifth person. All bed linen is supplied. There are 2 shower rooms, one on each floor, equipped with shower, basin and wc.
There is ample garden furniture provided, including loungers, chairs and barbecue.
With immediate access from the garden to the beautiful woods and countryside which surround La Vayssiere, it's so easy to switch off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Three kilometres away is the historic village of Le Vigan with all amenities: butcher, baker, hairdresser, supermarket, doctor, pharmacy, cafe bar and 2 restaurants.
Easy access. Visit Sarlat, Domme, Rocamadour, Dordogne, Lot valleys, chateaux, vineyards.
Activities: Canoeing, fishing, horse riding, rock climbing, walking, cycling, tennis, aqua parcs and golf are all close by. Or perhaps a boat trip or sunbathing on the riverside beaches is more your style? Please see our things to do page for more infomation.
Comments from our guests
"We had a fabulous time at the Farmhouse, it was just like being at home"
"The pool was fantastic and we did a lot of chilling out as well as exploring"
"We felt so comfortable and the place felt so familiar with all the necessary appliances etc..."
"It is a great place to stay and we have raved about it to our family and friends"
"We made the perfect choice – thank you for a great first gite experience"
Please note that only bookings for two or more weeks are accepted in high season e.g. July and August period.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OWNERS MAY, AT CERTAIN TIMES, BE IN RESIDENCE IN THEIR BARN WHICH IS SITUATED TO ONE SIDE OF THE GITE. THE BARN HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE PATIO AND GARDEN AREA TO THE REAR OF THE RESIDENCE ENSURING THAT YOUR PRIVACY AND ENJOYMENT OF THE FRONT GARDEN AND POOL AREA ARE PRESERVED. THERE IS A SHARED DRIVE LEADING TO BOTH PROPERTIES.
Things to Do: By the downstairs shower room, you will find some mini leaflets on things to do/see in the region. There are other various leaflets/brochures/maps in the magazine rack in the fireplace. If you go somewhere new that you think others would like to visit, please bring us back some details to add to the selection, so we can all enjoy it!
There is a corner kitchen area which is very well equipped with a gas oven and hob, a microwave, a fridge-freezer, a dishwasher and a washing machine.
Adjacent to this area, there is a large pine dining table and 6 chairs if you should wish to eat indoors plus a highchair if needed.
The open plan lounge has 2 sofas, coffee-tables, a dvd player with a great selection of over 100 dvds and a tv/dvd player showing both English and French tv.
From one side of these rooms, you are overlooking a small lane, from the other, you have a lovely view over the garden, pool and beyond to woods and valleys.
This old farmhouse is full of character - old oak beams, wooden floors, stone walls, oak doors etc. Upstairs, there are 2 cute bedrooms, one is a double and the other has 2 single beds and includes original features such as a pigeon loft and openings for storing hay. There is an additional single bed on the landing as well as a cot if needed. There is also a shower room with a power shower.
Downstairs, there is another identical shower room.
Two shower rooms with toilet, one upstairs and another downstairs.
There's oil central heating and electric fans in the bedrooms. The house is well ventilated with dual aspect windows and shutters/blinds on all windows.
There is a dvd player with a great selection of over 100 dvds and a tv showing both English and French tv. There is also a very well stocked bookcase leaving you no excuse to not do a bit of reading by the pool and boardgames for young and old alike.
Large private pool in an acre of beautiful grounds surrounded by a large 90 m² terrace. Theres hardwood garden furniture. The terrace is lit up at night and you may wish to eat out there in a lovely serene environment under a star studded sky.
There are ample places to park in the shaded parts of the garden.
Visit Sarlat, Domme, Rocamadour, Dordogne and Lot valleys, chateaux, vineyards of Cahors and Bergerac.
It’s not only Paris which has a beach along the River. Cahors too! Go and check it out along the edge of the River Lot. Whilst in Cahors, indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the old centre or go on an organised tour of one of the many vineyards in the area.
Collonges la Rouge is well worth a visit too. Only 400 people live here in houses made of red sandstone. It is certified as among "the most beautiful villages of France"
Take a few hours to see the town of Figeac. It has a pretty centre and the locals are proud of the fact that it is the birthplace of Champollion, the famous Egyptian specialist who deciphered hieroglyphics.
Fishing either on the doorstep at the lake in le Vigan or in the "Domaine de Loisirs-Ecoute s’il pleut" again a couple of km outside Gourdon on the road leading to Sarlat. If you have children, there’s also a beach there and lots of activities to keep them more than occupied.
A guided visit of the medieval town of Gourdon (with optional English commentary).
A visit to the prehistoric grottos of Cougnac (2km outside Gourdon on the road leading to Sarlat) or alternatively an underground boat ride through the wonderful Gouffre de Padinac.
Le Huit Clos 3km.
This is just a selection of some of the activities available in the area. For more information, particularly on specific activities available during your week(s) here, there is a very well sourced Office de Tourisme in le Vigan which is behind the hairdressers on the main road through Le Vigan. Finally, we sincerely hope you do not need it, but the chemist in Le Vigan speaks English and there is an English speaking doctor in Payrac and a dentist in le Vigan. For emergencies, the hospital in Gourdon has an A&E department – just don’t forget to take your European Health card and passport with you.
Have you ever tried paintballing? Now’s the time! Located in the heart of Souillac, for extra fun, they run night-time sessions in July and August.
You only have to travel 2km to get to the best restaurant in the area. There's no set menu, you turn up and wait to see what is on that day. But a warning, don't eat much the day before! There are 6 or 7 courses to get through! Or why not walk down to the restaurant on the lake where you can sit out overlooking the lovely countryside and where you will find something for all tastes (including young ones!). Enjoy a wonderful gastronomic delight at restaurant Musee Henri Giron. Once you have placed your order, check out the museum attached to the restaurant. This is between la Vayssiere and le Vigan so could even be walkable (possibly a good idea if you want to indulge in the excellent wines of the region). One piece of advice, don’t eat anything else the day before you go there!
Of course, we have to start with the almost obligatory canoeing on the River Dordogne. Whether you just want to paddle for a few km or are in training for the Olympics, there’s a trip for you! Whatever you do, always make time for a stop-off in the beautiful village of ‘La Roque Gageac’, a spectacular riverside medieval village.
A visit to see the spectacular medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour perched on the edge of cliffs in stunning scenery. You can park at the bottom and get a tourist bus up to the centre or park at the top and walk down. In July and August, try to get there early to avoid the intense heat and hordes who arrive later in the day!
Don’t forget a visit to the wonderful Saint Cirq la Popeye perched on a hilltop and with stunning views around the surrounding beautiful countryside.
A trip to the lovely town of Sarlat with its impressive architecture and lovely medieval buildings. Check out the market for some lovely local produce. A steam train ride from Martel along the Valley of the Dordogne. En route, you’ll pass through Souillac where there is an excellent market on Friday mornings which you could combine with this.
For the sporty ones amongst you activities include hiking, rock-climbing, mountain biking, canoing, cross-country skiiing (on grass), horse riding, caving, archery and hot air ballooning! Rock climbing at Milhac. How about something a bit different: a day hunting game in a local game park at the ‘Reserve de Bonnecoste’ on the road between la Vayssiere and Rocamadour.
Where to start with everything there is to do in this area? If you manage to drag yourself away from the poolside, you could visit one of the many local markets selling locally produced foie gras, duck dishes, lovely walnut cake etc. You are, after all, in the gastronomic centre of France here!
Why not try a meal with the locals in ‘une fete votive’. These are open-air meals well advertised locally in a variety of villages. The meal is served to the sound of a local band which means that, after your superb meal, you can dance the night away under a star-studded sky. They are held throughout July and August, often on Saturday nights. You buy a ticket in advance at the local town hall and just turn up on the night with your own cutlery. You get to eat wonderful local produce and mix with the very friendly locals.
The advert description did not accurately describe the property location: it adjoins the owners house (obscured in photo) and omits to say that the owners, when present, will use the pool and the terrace in the photo, leaving guests overlooked.
The booking process was without fault, including some extra kindnesses extended to us by the owner for which we were grateful, despite not taking her up on it. The co-owner was present during our stay (we were not told this would be the case, or at least that he would be right outside our door using the terrace) and he entertained his own guests during our second week who used the pool. He didn’t communicate anything about having people to stay, or that they would use the ‘private’ pool. The first time we realised this might happen was when we arrived at the property and discovered that the information in the house, identical to that on the website, included an extra line “There is a lovely pool surrounded by a 90m terrace to be shared only by owners when present...”
Based on the above, together with some other issues not mentioned here, I would, on balance, recommend this property but give them the full picture of what to expect before they arrived.
The area is beautiful, there is lots to do and the pool was lovely to relax around.