|Le Bourg||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||3|
Just off the village square of a small quiet thirteenth century medieval village, this 2 en suite double bed, luxury, modern renovation of an ancient stone barn offers the highest standard of luxury accommodation. Only the top floor of the barn has been converted to living space (this is at street level at one end and elevated at the other as the barn is on the valley side) so the living 'apartment' is on one level and is based on open plan living.
The living space opens out onto an elevated covered terrace projecting the occupants out into the valley below. The terrace faces away from the village and other properties offering high levels of privacy. It is above the roof line of those few properties below it. Large triple glass floor to ceiling doors and a glass balustrade on the terrace ensure the tremendous views are always available, from inside the apartment or out on the terrace. Facing south east, the apartment makes the most of the sun all year round and is especially evident from early morning when it fills both the terrace and apartment. High tech energy reflective glass patio doors and remotely controlled velux windows in the roof, supported by an air exchange heating/air conditioning system ensures maximum comfort all the year round.
There is also a ceramic woodburner that rotates 360 degrees to offer warmth where ever you decide to rest in the living space and terrace if you are lucky enough to find yourself there outside of the super sunny summers.
The property is a stand alone house and has its own entrance off the village street but shares a large terraced garden plot with the owners holiday home next door. The garden plot is divided into two and this property has its own entrance to the pool garden. The owner also has an entrance down a small slope from the terrace garden above and this makes it very easy to arrange exclusive periods of access to the pool garden if desired.
As the pool garden is separate from the garden terrace around the owners property it offers several discreet private seating areas as the terrace is higher than your average person (I can't remember exactly how high but I'm 6' and can't see over). Great privacy and a large garden considering we are in the centre of the village. Visitors are ensured of a private place to sit in the garden and enjoy the view, or watch the swallows and house martins dive down to drink from the pool. Seating at the pool is also as secluded as it could be considering you are within a village. There are certainly areas where you can sunbathe without being overseen. No properties directly overlook the pool.
The apartment has a continuous floor surface stretching from the front door to the end of the terrace with no steps or ridges to navigate. With all interior doors 83cm wide and central floor draining in one of the en suite bathrooms and extendable shower hose, the apartment is welcoming to visitors in wheelchairs.
The village is very quiet as it has no through road, Visitors drive in and out by the same route. The 500 year old bakery with traditional wood fired ovens brings in the locals from the surrounding area for morning croissants and fantastic bread. It also serves ice creams, soft drinks and essential provisions. The village is a peaceful sanctuary even when it bustles into life, offering weekly culinary fetes in the church square and classical concerts in the medieval church.
Montcabrier is set in beautiful countryside with an abundance of small market towns nearby, and famous for its food and wine. Confit de canard, foie gras, goats cheese, walnuts, prunes, melons, peaches are all locally produced in abundance. Montcabrier hosts a marché des produits every Friday evening in the summer, for local producers to bring their fresh produce, bbq, wine and often music and fairy lights with trestle tables set out in front of the 13th century church make this a very popular event. There is also a marché aux puces and Festival de Montcabrier later in the summer. This is the local traditional dinner and dancing where local matchmaking has helped along generations of would be romantics. Montcabrier hosts the wonderful "8 de Montcabrier" classical music festival (Check it out on Youtube), a really outstanding event if you can be organised enough to get tickets. Motcabrier is on the Grande Randonnée G632 so boasts fantastic walking opportunities along with mountain bike trails, horse riding and rock climbing. The great rivers of the Lot and Dordogne offer boat trips, canoeing and there are many tributaries if you are keen on fishing. There is also a free tennis court available for your use in the village. There are so many things to do for every ability, it is best to ask us if you are heading here and we can help you plan a full itinerary including shopping, eating, entertainment, and what ever activity you seek.
The Lot valley in this area, stretching from Cahors 40km to the East, is the main area for the famous Cahors vineyards. It is all about the food, wine, markets and restaurants in this area of the Lot. Wine tasting is encouraged! The nearest market town is the beautiful medieval Puy-l' Eveque 7km although there is a market on everyday of the week in one village or another a short drive from Montcabrier. Plenty of fantastic restaurants, again within a short drive, with the nearest a restaurant and bar in Duravel 4km. There are large supermarkets in Fummel 11km and Prayssac 12km.
A new modern fully equipped kitchen with fridge, freezer, hob, oven, combination microwave, dishwasher, coffee-machine etc. There is a large island with seating within the kitchen space but also a formal dining area within the living space as well as the opportunity to dine on the terrace.
The living space is open plan. This is a large space with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams extending to the end wall which is almost all glass, floor to ceiling. Large triple glass doors open out onto the terrace which is covered, combining the outside and inside living space into a seamless experience. A large comfortable sofa looks out into the valley past a ceramic woodburner which can be rotated 360 degrees.
Two luxury double bedrooms both with en suite
En suite bathrooms with showers in both bedrooms. There is also a separate wc.
There is a woodburner. There is also an air exchange pump providing very efficient and fully programmable heating and air conditioning - climate control.
There is a large tv with a dvd and satellite, hi-fi system with cd and dvd library. Wi-fi of course. Also a good supply of reading material and games. The village has its own tennis court which residents can use free of charge - no booking required, just look out the window and check if it is free.
Considering we are in the center of the village the plot is large. The house is on the corner and completely separate from the owners holiday home. The garden is split into 2 terraced areas, one of which contains the pool. This garden is shared with the owner, i.e. so is the pool. However there are many different areas to ensure residents can have full privacy to sit and sunbath without being overlooked. The house has its own private entrance to the pool garden. Depending on how you feel, your use of the pool can be prioritized with your required times respected as your use only.
Our experience is that, with sun on the terrace all day, residents spend much of their time here as there is very comfortable outdoor furniture provided and the views are so spectacular.
There is space to park immediately outside the house however as the street is narrow most people park in the village square where there is ample parking. The house is just off the square.
Designed to offer the highest level of luxury and relaxing living, the house has not been specifically designed for large families and to prioritize children although they are very welcome. The furniture is of a high quality and the house is fully equipped for the passionate cook and those wanting to relax and let go.
The village has no through road so is very quiet and suited to wheelchair access. The 13th century church has recently been equipped with wheelchair access.The apartment has a continuous floor surface stretching from the front door to the end of the terrace with no steps or ridges to navigate. With all interior doors 83cm wide and central floor draining in one of the en suite bathrooms and extendable shower hose, the apartment is welcoming to visitors in wheelchairs. Access to the garden and pool area is also available via a slope, however assistance would be needed as the slope is fairly steep from the road.
I'm a teacher in Hampshire, married with four children. We have been visiting Montcabrier for over 30 years. It is a wonderful place.. This year we renovated the old barn in our grounds and this is our first adventure into rental. The renovation is immaculate and a very high level of quality.
|Year property purchased||1982|
|Why this location?||Food, wine and outstanding countryside|
|Unique benefits of property||Combines the best of the beautiful remote quiet countryside with an ancient historic vibrant village setting providing a real feel for traditional French rural life. A new high tech renovation of an ancient barn giving maximum luxury and comfort.|
Montcabrier is set in beautiful countryside with an abundance of small market towns nearby, and famous for its food and wine. Confit de canard, foie gras, goats cheese, walnuts, prunes, melons, peaches are all locally produced in abundance. Montcabrier hosts a marché des produits every Friday evening in the summer, for local producers to bring their fresh produce, BBQ, wine and often music and fairy lights with trestle tables set out in front of the 13th century church make this a very popular event.
There are many local producers markets in the area, indeed you could visit one every day of the week if you wish. However Prayssac, on a Thursday is particularly lovely.
Cahors on a Wednesday is also worth the drive, set in the shadow of the great cathedral.
The surrounding area is littered with high quality vineyards and a wine tasting tour is a must. However, over the years Le Château Nozières has been assured of our regular custom. Fantastic and great value.
We stayed in Sept. We have self-catered in many nice places in many countries and often in France. This place was a real highlight. The photos refelect the place well, but it is even better in reality. The pictures can't do justice to the spaciousness of the open-plan layout or the light that floods in from the glass wall and the clever extra windows.
The view out over trees is restful and we spent many hours at all times whiling away time out on the balcony just enjoying being there.
The kitchen is well-equipped (some basic instructions rather than the manufacturer manuals for oven and other gadgets would be a possible improvement). We didn't find much we could watch on TV and there's not a DVD player, but this didn't bother us.
The garden and pool area is great and as described fairly secluded for a village setting. We were never disturbed by noise (apart from the bells at 7 and 7!). That might change in the summer with more residents? The bakery has a few basics (milk, canned veg etc) if you get desperate. E.Leclerc is only about 15 mins away and is very good. Its not open on Sundays so stock up on the way down.There is a bakery which is open Sunday morning if Montcabrier is not (turn right at the roundabout by Leclerc and it's the on the left).
Only slight downside for us was a very soft bed which is just about long enough for a 6 footer. Otherwise we not only cannot fault this place, but fell in love with both the gite and the location.
Stunning apartment/barn conversion in a fantastic setting with a beautiful pool and garden area.
Ideal location for exploring the local area with loads of local attractions and places to visit. Chateaus galore and stunningly beautiful little French villages and hamlets all around.
The apartment is of the highest standard and if very tastefully furnished. Lovely little boulangerie in the village selling amazing bread and pastries and even has a post office.
Great value for money and the owner was extremely helpful throughout the booking process and during our stay.
Can't recommend this highly enough. An absolute must, if you are ever visiting the area.