Delightful holiday let with pool in the Lot - ML005069

9.6/10
Salviac (14km from Gourdon), Lot, Midi Pyrenees Reference: ML005069 Advertiser since: 17 November 2016
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Combe du Bos Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 Folding bed with regular mattress.

About this property

A Lovely Private Home and Pool with Extensive Views.. This villa is in a village setting.

Built in 1998 Combe du Bos is a delightful private home offering spacious well planned accommodation.

There is a large flat screen HD tv and English Sky satellite tv is installed. There is also a cd player and a wide range of cds, books and games for use of guests both adults and children.

The views from the terrace and the first floor master bedroom suite and its terrace are quite simply amazing.

There is a large area for car parking of up to 5 or 6 cars in addition to a covered car port.

The grounds are lovely for children to play in and there is also a swing combination unit sheltered from the sun under the trees.

A new covered terrace extension with over table lighting was constructed early in 2013 which ensures that there is a really large shaded area for eating and of course during inclement weather should you be unlucky enough to get a shower.

The whole arched terrace at the front of the property ensures that there is always adequate shade should you require it and it also keeps the house cool during the hot summers.

Combe du Bos and its South facing situation takes your breath away the first time you see it as its position on a hill ensures far reaching views across the rolling countryside of The Lot together with no light pollution so that you can almost reach out and touch the stars at night - or even use the telescope that is at the house?

Combe du Bos is, quite simply, a home away from home and our little piece of heaven that is The Lot..

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

The large well fitted kitchen area is integral to the lounge and dining area as is normal in France but also ensures that you can always chat to your fellow guests whilst preparing or cooking meals.

The kitchen has a full size electric cooker and a full size dishwasher. There is a small fridge for the convenience of cheeses or drinks and in addition there is a large fridge with an integral freezer compartment.

There is a microwave, toaster, kettle, electric crepe maker, food mixer and blender, a filter coffee machine and a wide and comprehensive range of top quality saucepans and cookware for baking and serving.
There is a belling hot cupboard for keeping food or plates warm till required.

There is a large range of china crockery and glassware (not simply the 6 of everything that you might find in an everyday rental property)
There are mugs tea cups and saucers and a large range of top quality Villeroy and Bosche coffee cups

Living rooms

The lounge is furnished in cream leather. There is a 3 seater settee and 3 chairs along with a matching pouffe.
There are side tables and coffee tables and table lamps of the best quality.
Aside from the outside eating area there is also an extending dining table and 6 chairs and a desk should you need to work or simply use your laptop and where the wi-fi modem and the telephone are placed.
The floor is beautiful amber coloured tiles and there is a cream rug in the lounge area.
There is also a large 'zapping' fly and moth killer (the kind with the blue lights) because we all forget and leave the doors open during the evening - much to my husbands annoyance!

Bedrooms

There are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor. They are both very spacious and have loads of storage for clothes.
The double south facing bedroom has a double (4'6") bed, a double fitted wardrobe, a free standing wardrobe and 2 chests of drawers.
The twin bedroom faces west and has two 3' beds, two chests of drawers and a double fitted wardrobe and a bedside table.
For my guests who may require it there is an additional fold up 'Z Bed' with a full single size and depth mattress kept in the twin room
The master bedroom suite in the pigeonairre has a double (4'6") bed, a free standing wardrobe and bedside tables.
This bedroom also has its own personal terrace furnished with a white cane settee, chairs and coffee table and has far reaching views.
Although there was absolutely nothing wrong with the beds all the bedrooms were fitted with thousands of euros worth of new beds early in 2017 as I found the previous ones a bit too firm and I feel that the new ones are much more comfortable.

Bathrooms

The en suite bathroom in the pigeonairre master suite has a toilet, wash basin with mirror over and a walk in shower. There is a hair dryer for the convenience of my guests.
The ground floor family bathroom is simply enormous with a huge corner bath with steps up into it and a hand held shower unit or mixer taps, a walk in shower, a toilet and twin basins in a large unit with a mirror over and stage spotlights.
This bathroom also has a hair dryer, kept in the cupboard under the basins, for the convenience of my guests.
Also in the ground floor family bathroom is the automatic washing machine and the tumble dryer which again is normal for France.

Heating

There is no heating arranged for summer guests as this is entirely unnecessary due to the temperatures in The Lot in the summer.
The boiler in the cellar provides constant hot water on demand.

Entertainment

There is a flat screen tv with English Sky satellite tv installed with a wide range of programmes available.
There is a cd player and a range of cds.
There is a dvd player and a selection of dvds but please feel free to bring your own if you have children who have special favourites.
There is a wide selection of books for adults and children and in addition there are many games and puzzles.
The wi-fi at the house is free and will connect automatically to your device.
You may also make free telephone calls to the UK (up to an hours duration)

Garden and outside

The large south facing terrace contains the 5m x 10m pool which is 1.2m deep at the shallow end and 2m deep at the end nearest the house and is accessed by steps into the shallow end.
The pool is professionally cleaned every week but is fitted with a Polaris automatic cleaner which cleans the pool every night ensuring that it is sparkling and ready for you when you get up.

At the far end of the pool is a granite round table and benches and a swinging hammock.

There is a large table and 6 chairs for eating under the covered terrace area and this is lit at night by an iron chandelier over the table.

There are large glass containers with church candles for your use and there are spares at the house.

There is fabulous terrace furniture just outside the patio doors with comfortable seating for 8 and coffee tables and this is a lovely area to sit and relax in the evenings.

There are loungers with top quality cushions on the terrace for sun bathing.

Parking and garages

The area alongside the ballustrades that border the pool and terrace area is large enough for about 5 or 6 cars to park in comfort and in the shade from about noon.
There is also a covered car port which was constructed in 2015.
There is a huge garage beneath the house but the area mentioned above is more convenient and is also in the shade.

Visitor suitability

The house is absolutely perfect for children who can be seen at all times from the house and those sun bathing relaxing or eating.
There is a personal alarm system for young children at the house if you wish to use it.
The house is ideal for those with less mobility, disabled or even in a wheelchair with wide doors and easy accessibility to all areas on the ground floor.
One of my guests in 2016 was Baroness Winchester who is the Governments Spokesperson on Disability as she suffers from Muscular Dystrophy herself and is in a wheelchair and she spent the most enjoyable 2 weeks at Combe du Bos and experienced no problems whatsoever nor any trouble entering or leaving the pool.

Information about any additional facilities

There are lots of pool toys at the house for the use of my guests and pool lilos for sunbathing in the pool if you want to be a bit cooler.
The pool is lit with underwater lights at night for that late night dip.
As the house is on the edge of the village there is no residual light so there is nothing better than stargazing.
You can either lay on the loungers and prepare for the nightly mind blowing display of stars or there is a telescope at the house on a stand for the more adventurous amongst my guests.

Although the property is self catering I always ensure that there are adequate supplies of the following at the house for my guests:-
Washing machine tablets,
Dishwasher tablets,
Bin bags,
Washing up liquid,
Toilet paper,
Kitchen rolls,
Cleaning supplies (if required),
First aid box (used at your own risk and discretion),
Candles for both inside and outside.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Salviac
Distance: 0.5 km

Cycling

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Puy L'eveque

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Lavacantiere

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Vin de Domme
Distance: 1.5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Hilary Casey

My husband and I have both been retired since 2007 and have owned Combe du Bos since 2003. We have 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren who are all now getting older and want to spend their holidays in the 'party towns'.<br/>We still spend a lot of time in Salviac at the beginning of the season and in the autumn and have many friends in both Salviac and the surrounding villages some of whom used to holiday with us and have since made this glorious part of France their permanent home.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? This area of France was well known to us when our children were tiny and we holidayed regularly in The Lot and the Dordogne.
It is quite simply the most beautiful area with lakes and rivers, mountains and valleys, chateaux and vineyards and is the area of the best cuisine in France with fantastic restaurants.
The old medieval villages that abound are beautiful to see and during the summer months they all have their own Fetes with dancing and eating in the squares.
Unique benefits of property Combe du Bos is very much our home. It is beautifully furnished to the highest standard and doesn't just have the '6 of everything' fittings.
The china cutlery and glassware is all top quality and you could feed 20 people if you so wished! There is even a beautiful Limoges breakfast set.
The bedrooms have loads of drawer and hanging space and there are hairdryers for both bathrooms.
Combe du Bos is quite simply a home away from home and my family pictures abound.

The Owner Recommends

Le Casserole in Salviac

This is our local restaurant situated in the heart of the village of Salviac. It has various menus at fixed prices or an a la carte selection.
There are quite simply too many fabulous restaurants to name in the area but the full information is in the house for guests to peruse at their leisure.

Fanny's in Marminac

Marminac is only a short drive along the valley and well signposted. On the right as you enter the village is a fabulously restored restaurant called Fanny's.
Open throughout the year they serve amazing 3 course lunches complete with wine for 12 euros per head and in the evenings they have the most superb a la carte menu which is from around 20 euros a head.
Fanny's is a real favourite of ours and can be highly recommended.

The Auberge in Cazals

Most of my guests find themselves in Cazals on a Sunday morning for the weekly market held in the main square which is one of the best in The Lot.
On the right hand side of the square (next to the bank) is the local Auberge where Phillipe, the owner, will provide you with a 3 course lunch and wine for 12 euros or 2 courses and wine for 10 euros.
The food is beautifully cooked, seasonal and typical of the region.
Do give this a try while you are on holiday although the cuisine is not up to the very high standard of Fanny's it is still excellent value for money.

The Campsite in Salviac

Down in the village and on the road towards Gourdon is the local campsite which you may have already noticed.
They have a lovely open sided restaurant which is excellent if you have children as they can hop down from the table and play on the swings or run around and play in your plain site whist waiting for the next course.
The menu is varied from burgers or chicken to duck or game and is quite inexpensive.
Watch out for the evenings when they have musicians and singers there as they are always great fun although you may need to book a table on these evenings.

3 Reviews
9.6/10
  • Cleanliness: 8.7
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.3
  • Facilities: 9.3
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.5 / 10 fourandahalf fingers 9 July, 2018

Did the advert description accurately describe the property?
YES
Was the property clean, was it well-maintained, etc?
YES
Did the owner provide good customer service?
YES
Would you recommend this property to a friend or relative?
YES but depending upon the relative or friend
What activities, attractions and restaurants did you like or dislike?
Salviac is one of many villages in the area but there are no large towns or cities nearby The two medieval towns of Domme and Rrocamadour are definitely worth a visit but some steep walks are involved in some areas of both. If going to Rocomadour, park in P2 which is behind the Chateau and then you have access to lifts, up and down the area, close to the car park.
As this is not a "tourist" dominated area most of the restaurants in the villages are small family run affairs with limited menus. also check the opening days and hours as they vary considerably.
The delight was the museum just outside Salviac with an amazing collection of old farm machinery, cars lorries and other agricultural devices but it also includes many different collectables from dolls to dinky toys, motor cycles to power assisted cycles that are of interest to adults and children. it is called the Museum of Agricultural Machinery and Automobile Salviac.

The whole area is rural and pretty and if you like that, it is worth a visit

Do your research carefully and use the local tourist office as many establishments are not on the web

Owner response

Thank you for your review Colin.
Not sure why you only rated condition and cleanliness 9.00 as I personally left the property the morning on the day you arrived and I can promise you that the house was absolutely spotless and the condition is absolutely superb with everything being of the highest quality!
Perhaps you have not stayed in many rental properties to experience the basic condition of them?
Its not possible to please everyone I guess but I do my very best hence my bookings over a year ahead?

9.8 / 10 JSOG 21 August, 2017

We had a great stay at Combe de Bos - a lovely homely villa with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside, a fantastic pool and peace and quiet! Very well kept and equipped villa.
Excellent communication from Hilary - always helpful and very promptly answered emails.
Our weather was mixed but that meant we made the most of sight-seeing on less sunny days. Would recommend visits to Domme, Rocamadour, Rocque de Gageac, Bergerac, Cahors, wonderful gardens at Marqueyssac, boat trip on the Dordogne and a marvellous steam train ride at Martel. We loved the countryside of both Lot and the Dordogne. Salviac is a nice little village and a great base to explore from.
Our daughters appreciated the wifi... but not quite so much the spiders - a few cobwebs hence not quite 10/10 for cleanliness. Sorry!
We would not hesitate in recommending this property and would love to return.

Owner response

I'm so pleased you all had such a good holiday and you loved the area as much as we do.
Sorry about some spiders but we are in the middle of rural France so guess they think they have priority?
You should see it after the house has been shut up for 6 months over the winter!
Cobwebs are all removed on changeover days but are bound to come back.

9.3 / 10 Peebles Caultons 2 August, 2017

Combe du Bos is very well located, just over the 'border' from Dordogne in Lot, and close to the places we wanted to visit (Rocamadour, Sarlat, Domme, Monpazier, the Dordgone river for kayaking, and the numerous chateaux - Castelnaud and Beynac in particular). When you're there you'll discover numerous other places you'll want to visit - it's such a dense area for things to see and do! We spent a lot of the day away visiting, coming back late afternoon for a swim in the pool (large by the standard of most places we've stayed in) and dinner. All facilities for the latter are there. The area is quiet (erm...we were possibly the noisiest phenomenon in the vicinity...), in the middle of fabulous countryside. The house itself is perched on the side of a hill so you have great views. And if it takes your fancy, you can have a very pleasant walk into Salviac, as we did not long after we arrived. Very comfy rooms so we all slept well too. In the build-up to our holiday, we were in regular contact with the owner, Hilary, who was always prompt in responding to queries, etc. and more than happy to offer suggestions and so on. We felt well 'looked after'. So, all in all, I would not hesitate to recommend staying here, if you're looking for countryside, peace & quiet and some really wonderful driving along the country roads and a good location for access to the sites mentioned above as well as, if you want a break from cooking, to nearby restaurants (we were happy to cook for ourselves).

Owner response

Hi David,
I am so pleased that you and your family had such a good holiday and that our 'home from home' met all your expectations.
It is really lovely when my guests enjoy Salviac, our little piece of heaven in The Lot, as much as we do.
Regards
Hilary

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