Farmhouse for holiday rental Lot - ML003192

Gorses (30km from Figeac), Lot, Midi Pyrenees Reference: ML003192 Advertiser since: 15 March 2013
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Las Descargues Self Catering Saturday 5 11 3 Small bed and travelcot

About this property

Five Bedroom Farmhouse with Magnificent Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

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 and 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 2019 was charging 12€95 for a full lunch week days! There is also a fantastic Boulangère with tea room and another hostel bar.

The nearest supermarket 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.



Kitchen and dining

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.

Living rooms

This is the heart of the house, with comfortable seating,(2 two seater sofas and 2 armchairs) carpeted floor, Free-sat TV, 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 two single beds with a carpeted floor and leads through to the smaller.

Bedroom 2 has a small double regional bed (4 wide 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 (4'6"), large wardrobe (half used as linen store) and fitted carpet.

Bedroom 4 (weaving room) is a large room, fitted carpet, with a double bed (4'6"), and another regional bed (bateau lit 4 wide 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, table tennis, swimming etc.

Garden and outside

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.

Parking and garages

The driveway leads into an area where there is plenty of parking

Visitor suitability

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. The floor boards creak, the occasional cobweb may be evident and being pet friendly the odd dog hair is possible.

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. Being self-catering you are expected to take your own linen, however it can be supplied at small extra charge. Please ask.

Highly recommend to families looking for a house full of character.

Beautiful un-spoilt countryside, ideal for those interested in the flora and fauna

Information about any additional facilities

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.


  • Pets welcomed *

  • Private pool

* Vet details: Vet: Barberet Blaise Morin, 46210 Lantronquire 05 65 40 35 47


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Figeac and Saint-Cere
Distance: 15 km


Distance: 25 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Lac du Tolerme, Rivers Lot, Dordogne,Bave
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Montal, Saint-Cere
Distance: 16 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Figeac
Distance: 12 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 20 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Coteaux de Glanes + Cahors


Name of nearest resort: Super Lorian
Distance: 55 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR6


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Les Vignerons du Haut-Quercy 46130 Glanes
Distance: 12 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr David Mendus-Edwards

Married with three children, six grandchildren and two dogs. Retired from farming and now living in Devon,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 Owner Recommends

Things to See and Do

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.