|Las Descargues||Self Catering||Saturday||5||11||3||Small bed and travelcot|
A beautiful farmhouse, built in 1731, more than 70 years before the French Revolution, on a south west facing ridge. It is part of a small hamlet, in the heart of "La Châtaigneraie". Set in 7 acres with panoramic views in excess of 50km over the Bave Valley between Saint-Céré and Figeac in the Lot. It has its own 12m x 6m chemical free swimming pool, plus an extra large paddling step.
There are 5 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms to comfortably sleep 2 to10. Exposed beams, creaking floorboards and numerous nooks and crannies. Gamesroom. Table tennis. Barbecue. Plus boating and other facilities at nearby Lac du Tolerme.
Our nearest restaurant is a 20 minute walk (down the hill) in the village below (Terrou). Which last year 2014 was charging 12€95 for a full lunch week days! There is also a newly opened Boulangère with tea room and another hostel bar.
The nearest Super market is 4.25 miles (12 mins) also two Hotel Restaurants. The nearest town Latronquiere is 6.8 miles in the other direction as has more shops.
The kitchen, featuring an original bread oven, has granite work tops, gas cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and a dining area with table and chairs. It is sufficiently well equipped for up to 12 persons.
It has a quarry-tiled floor with a door to the cellar steps, and another leading onto a gravel terrace.
This is the heart of the house, with comfortable seating, carpeted floor, dvd and cd player. Here we have made a feature of the old stone 'souillarde' [kitchen]. The large 'cantou' [inglenook fireplace], with a wood burning stove. From this room there are steep open cottage style stairs to the first floor. An outside door that leads onto the verandah, another to 2 bedrooms (1 and 2), and a third down a small step into a bathroom containing shower, basin and wc.
Bedroom 1 has 2 single beds with a carpeted floor and leads through to the smaller.
Bedroom 2 has a small double regional bed (4 x 6 ft bateau-lit), wooden floor with rug.
From the first floor landing there is access to:
Bedroom 3 (master) has a double bed, large wardrobe (half used as linen store) and fitted carpet.
Bedroom 4 (weaving room) is a large room, fitted carpet, with a double bed, one 3ft single and another regional bed (bateau lit 4 x 6ft).
Tower Bedroom. This is reached by steep narrow open stairs and has 2 single pine beds, wooden floor with rugs.
From the first floor landing there is access to:
The main bathroom comprising of a full size bath, basin and wc.
Again off the sitting room a shower, basin and wc.
And off the cave/gamesroom a wet room with shower, hand basin and wc. Also very handy for the pool area.
Freeview TV, DVD, CD players
Both the kitchen or front door verandah lead onto a gravelled terrace with a shady walnut tree and open field. From there down through a gate, 3 steps lead to the barbecue area, and then a further step brings you to the same level as the swimming pool and lower side of the house where there is also a door leading out from the gamesroom/cellar.
There is more than adequate garden furniture to be found and a large shady area under the vine covered pergola. The house is surrounded by our own land which may on occasions be grazed by livestock.
The swimming pool is 12m x 6 m, with full width entry steps, then sloping from 1.1m to 1.80m at the deep end, with a further 'Roman' style paddling step at entry, adding an extra 2m to the length.
It has a chlorine free system (l'électrolyseur du sel) which if necessary will be attended to during your stay. The pool area is paved, fenced with gated access, grass with hedging and shrubs enhance its seclusion.
The driveway leads into an area where there is plenty of parking
The house is built on a hillside and is not suitable for those with mobility issues as there are many steps. Also if a high standard of 'finish' is required the house is old, full of character and therefore may be considered unsuitable.
It is mainly used by our own family and has all the basic equipment for a holiday home. We only let it out for a few weeks a year to give others the opportunity to enjoy when we cannot. There is no cleaning or laundry service available, however linen can be supplied at small extra charge.
Highly recommend to families looking for a house full of character.
Beautiful un-spoilt countryside, ideal for those interested in the flora and fauna
Excellent restaurants and market towns are within an easy drive as is Rocamadour, Gouffre du Padirac caves, canoeing on the Lot, Dordogne or Celé Gorge
Plus many other activities such as golf, riding, tennis, mountain bikes, sailing or even skiing.
Married with three children, six grandchildren and two dogs. Retired from farming in Hampshire and now settled in Devon. Now spending longer periods staying at our home in France and only letting the few weeks just to cover the running costs.
|Year property purchased||1989|
|Why this location?||Fell in love with the area in 1969 when I lived for a year in St-Cere.|
|Unique benefits of property||Away from the tourist haunts. Rural France at its best yet not too remote. Approached by a steady climb through undulating fertile valleys with backdrops of steep hills and deep gorges. Everything you need within a short drive. Just relax by the pool and appreciate the complete privacy, beauty and spectacular views.|
The beautiful countryside has a lot to offer. The walking and wildlife are wonderful. A visit to places such as Puy l'Eveque, Loubressac or play golf below the Chateau de Montal just outside Saint Cere. The list is endless. Guides are obtainable for every past time. Walks and rambles, pot holing, caves, cycling, including circuits for mountain-bikers [VTT], tourism and heritage, navigation on the Lot, canoe/kayak guides giving details of hire, starting and stop-off points and more or less difficult sections along the Lot, the Dordogne or the limestone Cele Gorge just west of Figeac, which is a beautiful place to visit. The river winds between steep limestone cliffs several hundred feet high where troglodytic villages are built into the rock.