Holiday gite only 3km Dordogne River - ML004653

Cales (12km from Rocamadour ), Lot, Midi Pyrenees Reference: ML004653 Advertiser since: 3 March 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Cales Retreat Self Catering Saturday 4 8 3

About this property

Regional Style, Modern Country House. This villa is in a village setting.

Modern regional style 4 bedroom house with pigeonniereĀ and heated swimming pool, sleeps 8.

Located in South West France's Lot region Parc National de Causse. The property is 3km from the beautiful Dordogne river. Nearby attractions include Rocamadour, the towns of Sarlat and Gourdon, underground river and caves of Padirac and many more. Set in a 2 acre plot with rural outlook Located on the edge of a beautiful village with rural views and within 2 minutes walk of the villlage centre.



Kitchen and dining

The property has a large open plan living area, with kitchen, dining and lounge, which makes for a more sociable experience the chef is not isolated in the kitchen when preparing meals. The Lounge area has double french windows opening onto a large terrace area for alfresco dining with large patio table bbq and chairs. The dining area has a large 10 seater oak table.

Living rooms

The living room as described above is within the open plan living area and includes leather settee and chairs, tv with UK free to air satellite channels. There is a hall way and desk and wifi printer to the side of the living area where a computer can be placed if needed.


Bedroom 1 double with kings size bed, en-suite shower room with toilet, sink and central heating. There are double french windows leading onto the terrace. Bedroom 2 double room with ensuite shower room, with toilet, sink and central heating. Located on the first floor in the pigeonniere views over garden and pool. Bedroom 3 twin bedroom located on ground floor with xbox games console. Bedroom 4 twin room located on ground floor with french windows opening to views down the garden.


Main bathroom on ground floor, with bath, shower, sink, toilet & central heating. Two ensuite bathrooms as described with double bedrooms. There is a further toilet and hand basin located off hallway.


Electric Central heating throughout


TV with free UK sky channels in lounge Play station which plays dvd's and games in lounge, Sony ipod doc music station. Xbox which plays dvd's in twin bedroom. French TV channels also available.

Garden and outside

The property is accessed via electric iron gates. Directly behind the terrace is a private 8x4 meter heated swimming pool with additional terrace which is in view of the main terrace and lounge french windows. Beyond the pool there are 2 acres of field which belong to the property

Parking and garages

There is ample parking and a garage although the garage is used for storing out door furniture and bbq's and laundry facilities, the garage is not available for car parking. The property can be accessed through the garage into the kitchen for loading shopping in.

Visitor suitability

With a rural location it is advised to have a car, all the accommodation with the exception of one double bedroom is on the ground floor so may be suitable for less able bodied persons. Although the property is not specifically adapted for disabled visitors we welcome any enquiries and would be happy to make any adaptions if required.

Information about any additional facilities

The property has wi-fi which is supplied free of charge (additional terms apply to wi-fi usage).


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Souillac & Gourdon
Distance: 15 km

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Don't know
Name of nearest fishing location: Dordogne
Distance: 3 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Souillac Country Club
Distance: 15 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Cahors Region


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Around the Village and Rocamadour Gorges


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cahors, numerous vinyards
Distance: 40 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Marc Shuttleworth

Marc & Deb Shuttleworth, both from near Stratford on Avon. We have french Family in the area and have been visiting this area for nearly 40 years. We bought a piece of land in 2005 and immediately commissioned the building of our house with a local french builder.

Year property purchased 2005
Why this location? France has many beautiful regions, however the Lot and Dordogne have a wealth of beautiful scenery, villages and local speciality foods, it's also about as far as one can drive comfortably in a day from the ferry ports.
Unique benefits of property Private, Modern, spacious extremely well quipped and in close proximity to many local attractions including Rocamadour, Sarlat, Le Roque-Gageac

The Owner Recommends

1 Rocamadour

Rocamadour is a mediaeval village perched on the edge of a gorge, it has ancient buildings, castle, Monkey park, Eagle sanctuary. Many restaurants and tourist shops.

2 Padirac Caves

Padirac is a series of underground caves accessed by underground river. You enter via a giant pothole in the ground walking or via lift. A short walk at the bottom takes you to a jetty where you can board a manned punt that will take you about half a mile along an underground river followed by a guided cave tour. A very unique experience. It is advisable to pre-book in the peak season as it is very popular.

3 Canoeing on the Dordogne

There are numerous location canoe stations along the dordogne the closest being at the bottom of the hill from cales in the village of pinsac, you can park your car and a bus will collect you at the end of your trip and return you to your car.

4 Sarlat

World renown character town.

5 Michelin Star restaurants

We have two Michelin star restaurants within 3 KMS. Firstly Chateau de la Treyne on the banks of the dordogne by the bridge at Pinsac and secondly Le Pont de l'ouysse on the banks of a small tributary of the dordogne a you enter the village of La Cave

7 Zip wire experience and paint ball centre

There is an excellent zip wire centre near Sarlat with about 20 zip wires ranging from suitability for small children up to advanced high wires for the brave ones amongst you. Thee is also a paint ball centre at the same location.

Too many more activities to list

Our welcome pack has a number of other activities and contact details for the local tourist information. There is loads to do and see in the area.

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.2
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.4
  • Facilities: 9.6
  • Local Amenities: 8.4
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 9.4
9.7 / 10 Lisa (Kent) 1 September, 2019

A fantastic house with great facilities and lovely pool. Set in a beautiful quiet location with lots of great places to visit. The house is fully equipped with everything you could wish for. We really enjoyed Le Belvedere at Rocamadour, canoeing on the Dordogne, Gouffre de Padirac Caves, Sarlat, Domme and La Roque Gageac. We were lucky enough to visit Sarlat during the market which was fantastic. If you plan to visit Gouffre de Padirac Caves during peak season, we would recommend booking on line. We ended up buying tickets there and returning the next day, as otherwise we would have had a six hour wait!

Owner response

Thank you for your review, we're pleased you enjoyed your stay and were able to visit some of the stunning locations near by. I have made a note in our welcome pack about the pre-booking at Gouffre de Padirac so hopefully future guests won't have the same problem.

Many thanks


7.7 / 10 Jackman 28 August, 2019

We enjoyed our week at Cales retreat despite some rather mixed weather! The house is in a lovely setting, very quiet and extremely safe with wonderful views. Marc's communication prior to the holiday was excellent and directions to the house were great - we found it first time!

The bedrooms are all a good size and the beds comfortable, there was enough room for 7 people adults to relax without getting in each others way. Plenty of utensils, crockery and cooking pots to use. The facilities at the house are good, although Wi-fi was a bit patchy. Plenty of loungers and outside seating, bbq, bikes and games on offer, we became quite competitive with our boules matches!

We loved the pool, particularly as it is heated, it is very clean and when the weather was kind to us we were in it all the time. Loved watching the birds take dip in the early evening too!

Unfortunately there is now only one restaurant in the village which was a little disappointing, whilst it was excellent food, it would have been nice to have a bit more choice.The Lamb, Tuna steak and puddings were all delicious. We did get involved in the lantern parade round town with the locals which was good fun.

As we just wanted to relax we didn't venture out much, however, we really enjoyed the 9km kayak trip from Meyronne down to Pinsac for 18euros per person and also went into Souilliac.

A great place to relax, unwind, sip a glass of rose and read!

Owner response

Thank you for your review. It's unfortunate that the weather was not the best for you as this year we've had some very high temperatures just not your week. It's also a shame that the one restaurant has now closed however I'm not sure if you were aware but there are two Michelin Star restaurants within 3km in Pinsac and Lacave, obviously someone would have had to drive though. The Lantern parade is the final day of the village fete usually the 2nd weekend in August which starts on the Friday evening, all day Saturday and then the parade on Sunday.
We're pleased you had chance to relax and use the pool.

10 / 10 june haydon 17 September, 2018

beautiful house lovely location, very clean and comfortable. surrounding area full of interesting things to see and do.

would recommend this property and am saving again so we can take the younger grandchilren next time.

Owner response

Many thanks for your review Brian, we're very pleased you found the house comfortable and clean, and you also managed to visit some of the numerous places of interest.

Marc & Deb

10 / 10 Benjamin (Warwickshire) 17 July, 2018

We enjoyed a supremely relaxing holiday as a solo couple for one week and then with friends for the second week.

The house catered for our every need, was clean, well maintained and cool (considering it was 30+ degrees everyday of our stay, this was a welcome relief from the heat).

We found that there was lots of things to do in the local area, especially visiting beautiful places, they are in abundance in this area but also found there to be many events including festivals, markets and a medieval day in Rocamadour during our stay!

I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing break away, we certainly did not want to come home!