|La Cassagne||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
La Cassagne is an old Quercy farmhouse situated in the hills equidistant between the delightful riverside town of Puy l’Evêque, the market town of Prayssac and the bastide town of Montcuq.
The property is a beautiful character 4 double bedroom stone house set in its own grounds of 3 hectares with a large chlorine pool.
The rural setting of the property and the unspoilt countryside of the Lot provides a habitat for many wild flowers and a variety of wildlife. The calm and quiet of the surroundings are a tonic for anyone seeking to escape from stress and take a break from work or city life.
The area offers historic sites, magnificent countryside, vineyards and the authentic golden-stoned villages of the Lot Valley, one of the most beautiful regions in France. Follow the winding roads, with vineyards bathed in golden light, which mirror the meandering pathways of the Lot River.
Children are welcome. We will be pleased to provide one travel cot, one high chair, a paddling pool, trampoline and a stairgate.
There is a modern and well-equipped kitchen with a large wooden dining table in the adjacent dining area for comfy and elegant indoor dining.
Outside, there is a beautiful Moroccan dining table and chairs (seats eight).
There is a comfortable living room with tv, dvd player and a library of dvds.
There is also ample outdoor seating.
Bedroom 1 (Geranium) - 1 king size bed.
Bedroom 2 (Honeysuckle) - twin beds.
Bedroom 3 (Lavender) - 1 double bed.
Bedroom 4 (Rose) - twin beds.
Bathroom 1 - Shower, sink and toilet on the ground floor.
Bathroom 2 – Roll top bath, separate shower enclosure, bidet, sink and toilet on the first floor.
The house has a remote controlled wood pellet burner in the kitchen and a double fronted wood burning stove plus two reversible wall mounted heaters/air conditioners.
The thick stone walls means that the house benefits from excellent insulation and remains cool in summer, as well as retaining the heat in winter.
Wi-fi (note data allowance is 6GB per week maximum due to rural location and satellite internet)
Tv, dvd player and a dvd library
Guests have exclusive use of the 12m x 5m swimming pool (maximum depth of 1.5m) and the pool terrace and furniture. Next to the pool there is a beautiful pergola wih curtains.
There is a large tiled pergola at one end of house near the steps up to pool tiled with hand-crafted tiles specially imported from Morocco.
The garden is extensive and beautifully maintained and the meadows and woodland of the house extend to 3 hectares with the house in the centre of the land.
There is ample parking either outside the front door or in the lane just outside the gates to the house where there are two parking spaces for the exclusive use of the house.
Unfortunately, the house is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.
We provide excellent information, both pre-arrival and during the stay, so that our guests can make a quick start on their holiday planning. We will be pleased to offer information about:
- Local towns and their weekly markets
- Local restaurants, bars, shops and vineyards
- The many gentle walks and longer rambles of this most beautiful area
- Transport links including local taxi firms
- The many outdoor facilities and activities available locally including tennis, golf, kayacking, climbing
- The many local attractions for days out including pre-historic caves and other pre-historic sites, picturesque villages
Hi, my name is Jane Pittaway and I am the owner of La Cassagne. I love this part of France and am completely passionate about La Cassagne and the surrounding area! During a long legal career in the UK and the Gulf, I often dreamed about restoring a house in France and that dream became reality in 2013. Having also established and operated a luxury boutique hotel in Marrakech, I understand what guests are looking for and will do everything I can to ensure that your stay is fabulous!
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||La Cassagne is superbly situated on a hill surrounded by its own land - its gardens and its own woodland - and is very green and very peaceful. The collection of stone buildings which forms La Cassagne is exceptionally picturesque, and the gardens, terrace and pool area create a haven of relaxation and good-living, away from the hustle and bustle of modern daily life.|
|Unique benefits of property||I fell in love with the house and its tranquil setting the minute I saw it! Most of all I loved its setting, the beauty of the stone buildings and the garden and pool. Since restoring the house and the gite, the property is attracting guests who appreciate the tranquility and high standards of accommodation. They also like the discreet service which we are able to provide (when required) for ideas for visits, restaurants, local markets etc enabling our guests to settle in and start relaxing more quickly.|
Visit Cahors, the regional capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site and also the wine king of south-west France:
Easy half or full day outings can also be made to the following attractive and fascinating destinations:
• The lovely medieval town of Cahors with the famous Pont Valentré
• Gouffres de Padirac (a cave system which contains a subterranean river system that is partly negotiable by boat)
• Pech Merle (famous pre-historic caves)
• The beautiful Quercy National Park
• The Cite Religieuse of Rocamadour perched on a hillside
For activities in the great outdoors there is plenty to do:
Swimming in the lake at Le Lac Vert at Catus (with various activities for children):
Cycling/canoeing/boating (Puy L’Eveque):
Follow this link for details in English:
or see their website:
Another option for cycling is Cycl’Art who will deliver bikes (follow this link for information in Englsih):
For fishing in Cahors follow this link:
The loop formed by the Lot, between the the Moulin de Coty and the Pont Valentré has been awarded the much envied label "Parcours Pêche Passion" in 2013 by the French National Fishing Federation.
For other options for fishing locally follow this link:
Go-Karting (near Cahors):
To see all the local options follow this link:
Name and address of nearest stables: Loges de Carlat
Distance: 3 kms
Name/number of nearest marked trail:
GR36 (either hiking from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (Dordogne) to Prayssac (Lot) or from Prayssac (Lot) to Savignac (Aveyron)
For suggested itineraries for walks, bike rides and riding trails follow this link:
With vineyards at every turn you will be spoilt for choice, here’s the full list of 47 nearby vineyards:
I recommend the following two nearby vineyards which are happy to welcome visitors:
Château de Chambert, 46700 Floressas
Distance: 3 kms
The Château de Chambert offers tastings (including introductory workshops), guided tours of the winery and in July/August, a bistro/wine bar is open on site for snacks/light refreshments. It is the largest certified organic vineyard in Cahors with 65 Ha of biodynamics.
Domaine de Berangerie, 46700 Grezels
Distance: 5 kms
Domaine de Berangerie also have their own shop which is open all summer in Puy L’Eveque:
There are no fewer than 10 of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France within an hour’s drive of the house including:
• St Cirque la Popie
• Villeneuve sur Lot
For a map follow this link:
The closest shop which is also a bar and a very good restaurant is Au Bout De La Rue, an épicerie or village shop in Sérignac which is about 2.5 kms from the house or a 5 minute drive. The shop sells wonderful fresh bread and croissants, fruit, vegetables, wine, milk etc and all the basics for the house.
There is an excellent summer restaurant in Le Boulve itself – Le Patio:
There is also Restaurant La Guinguette on the river at Grezels and there is swimming in the river nearby (the staff will explain where if you ask them):
And there are plenty of other gourmet options scattered throughout the local area:
The property is 15 minutes by car to the picturesque market towns of Puy L’Eveque, Prayssac or Montcuq which is handy for their excellent shopping, good range of restaurants and renowned markets
We had the most fantastic holiday - the house was a dream come true - the swimming pool was Hollywood stunning with lots of lovely loungers and the property location deliciously rural. It looks exactly as wonderful in real life as the photos - v clean and comfortable and well provisioned. The most perfect place to switch off from the world - the privacy and quiet were awesome. I know I’ve ranked location / amenities down a bit on the scale because there is nothing you can remotely walk to to get bread or food so you really need a car and to plan ahead which was ok for us but may be difficult for some guests. Other than walking for bread we did everything we could squeeze in to our stay comfortably - beautiful markets, medieval villages, prehistoric caves... we took DVDs for the evenings which was useful and some board games too . Fabulous French farmhouse