|Berty Gite||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||Double sofabed, folding single bed|
Relax and unwind in this charming, comfortable holiday cottage, set in idyllic rural surroundings in the heart of the Quercy Blanc region of South West France.
Berty Gite is an attached converted barn, built of local limestone, with all the comforts of home - comfortably furnished and superbly equipped with a modern kitchen and has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The gite has it's own entrance and is not overlooked.
The property benefits from extensive gardens, with plenty of space for family games.
Only minutes from Montcuq, in the heart of Quercy Blanc, this is an ideal 'home from home' and the perfect base for exploring this delightful region of South West France.
Outside the gite is a large patio, where you can relax listening to birdsong and the chirping of frogs and crickets.
Set in over 2 acres of organically managed gardens this is a nature lover's paradise and the ideal place for a family holiday or a relaxing vacation with a group of friends.
Our beautiful heated salt water swimming pool is 11m x 7m with easy to access Roman steps and is for your exclusive use.
Berty Gite is available for up to 6 guests all year round. Whatever the time of year you can be sure of a warm welcome.
Berty is in the midst of farmland, surrounded by a rolling landscape of sunflowers, wheat and melons in the delightful valley of the Tartuguie.
The nearby hamlet of Rouillac is known for its medieval chapel with 12th century fresco paintings and is often visited by pilgrims and hikers on the route of St Jacques, one of the great walking routes across France which goes all the way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
We are only 5 kms from the medieval market town of MONTCUQ with all shops and services, just 8 kms from LAUZERTE and 20 minutes from CAHORS, the departmental capital of the Lot.
The Lot is now being discovered and appreciated for its beautiful countryside, quiet roads and traditional Quercy stone buildings. Renowned for gastronomic produce and excellent wines, this relatively under populated part of France is becoming the destination of choice for discerning travellers.
Our nearest airports are Toulouse, Bergerac, Brive, Rodez and Carcassonne.
The nearest train stations are Cahors and Agen. We are 20 minutes from the A20 autoroute.
In the heat of the summer, there is nothing nicer than relaxing by the pool and enjoying the view, or playing in the spacious grounds; and ending the day with a barbecue in the garden and a glass or two of delicious (and inexpensive!) local wine. In the autumn and spring, enjoy days warm enough to eat outdoors and less crowds in the poular tourist spots. In the winter take walks in the countryside and cosy up in front of the wood burning stove.
This is a beautiful region with plenty of things to see and do when you want go out and about, and the Midi Pyrenees is as well known for its beautiful scenery and cultural events as it is for its good food and wine. There are some lovely places to visit on day excursions and you could take a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the river Lot or one of the other scenic or dramatic locations, like Rocamadour, St Cirq Lapopie or Belaye.
If you are feeling energetic, there are tennis courts, canoeing, horse riding and golf nearby; or perhaps you prefer the more leisurely pursuits of fishing or birdwatching, or reading a good book. For family fun there is trampolining, croquet, table tennis, badminton and boules in the garden. Whatever your age or level of fitness, there is bound to be something that suits.
In general the weather here is much warmer and drier than it is in England. From March through to October it is usually warm enough to enjoy eating lunch in the garden.
May and June are often the hottest time of the year, when the long days and balmy nights make outdoor living a real treat, but the landscape is still lush and green and the garden at its best. July and August are the traditional French holiday season, all the places of interest are open, and there are all sorts of special events, feasts and spectacles. Outside of the main holiday season you can enjoy a wonderful late Summer or Autumn break when the landscape colours start to change and the grapes are ready for harvesting in the local vineyards.
Our solar heated swimming pool will be open from April to October, and should be comfortably warm from early May through to late September, and longer if the weather is favourable.
Whatever the season, Berty is a wonderful location for a relaxing holiday,
or a great base from which to house hunt in this delightful part of the world.
Berty Gite is comfortably furnished and superbly equipped. We make a point of ensuring that you have comfort and convenience and we respond to guests' suggestions for improvements.
Superbly equipped for 12 place settings, a good range of pots, pans, serving dishes and utensils (including sharp knives) and everyday essentials to get you started.
The indoor dining table seats 6
The open plan living room has a modern fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable lounge with two settees and a dining table and chairs.
There is a wood burning stove.
One of the settees converts to a further double bed for occasional guests, if required.
The living area and dining room each seat 6.
The Master bedroom, with window to the front garden, features a large double bed (5' /150cm)
There is a fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets.
The room is carpeted.
All bed linens are provided, with two pillows per person and a medium weight duvet.
Then there are 2 further bedrooms with twin single beds (3' / 90cm).
The larger of these bedrooms can sleep 3 (with an additional folding single bed).
Both have windows to the front garden.
The bedrooms are carpeted.
Each bedroom has a good sized fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets.
The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom (shower, basin and wc), with heated towel radiator.
The family bathroom has shower, basin and toilet and two heated towel radiators.
Towels and bath mats are provided.
There is a wood burning stove.
Electric convector heaters are available if needed.
Satellite tv (UK and French free to air channels)
Selection of classic boardgames
Playing cards and dominoes
Selection of toys and books for small children
Library of novels
Free wi-fi internet access
Outside the gite is a large patio with comfortable seating, where you can relax listening to birdsong.
The solar heated, salt water pool is 11 m x 7 m and is kidney shaped and has Roman steps for easy access. The shallow end is 1.2m, gradually shelving to 1.6m. The pool area is fenced with self-closing gates, which is ideal for families with toddlers and young children.
There are loungers with cushions, parasols, a table and chairs with umbrella over and a separate roll out canopy.
Swimming towels provided.
In the garden there is a bbq, dining tables and chairs, gazebo, hammock and a rotating washing line.
Child's swing set and slide, Trampoline with safety net, croquet set, table football, boules, table tennis, badminton, tennis raquets, football, volleyball, frisbee
We also have a target archery range and can offer instruction.
The gite has its own drive and parking area.
Berty Gite is idea for families and groups of friends.
This is the perfect place for nature lovers, our organically managed garden and meadow has many varieties of wild flowers and is attractive to insects, frogs, lizards and butterflies. The lavender growing by the pool is a magnet for swallowtail butterflies and hummingbird hawk-moths, as well as many bees. We have been delighted by the large variety of birds that visit the garden.
The country lanes are generally quiet and there are some lovely walks and cycle routes in the area.
Because there are steps up and down into the entrance, it is not suitable for disabled access.
Iron and board
Free standing fans
Baby cot and highchair available on request. We also have a changing mat, baby monitor and a trainer toilet seat.
All windows are screened
Graham and Belinda enjoy the delightful rural surroundings of this tranquil region of South West France, where they can enjoy their passions. Graham is an enthusiastic amateur astronomer and a renowned TV cameraman and cinematographer. Belinda is a keen organic gardener and has published two recipe books inspired by local ingredients and healthy living.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||Beautiful countryside, lively towns. No immediate neighbours but not isolated. Friendly community. We were looking for a place with character and history - and the French way of life.|
|Unique benefits of property||Lots of open garden space for sports and games, beautiful pool, tranquil surroundings, local history, organically managed garden that is a haven for wildlife, dark skies for star gazing. Fully equipped and comfortably furnished, we delight in this being considered 'the best gite we have ever stayed in'.|
Montcuq has one of the 100 best markets in France, every Sunday morning. In the summer months, there is also a produce market on Thursday morning. Lauzerte, Montaigu de Quercy, Cahors and Moissac are also well worth visiting on market days.
This region is famed for its gastronomy and there are numerous excellent restaurants in the area. Some of our favourties are Le Caillau, at Vire sur Lot; Le Lamparo in Cahors; L'ecole in St Daunes; Le Quercy in Lauzerte; La fil de Douceur in Cahors; Auberge at St Matre; Cafe du Centre and Cafe de France in Montcuq; Auberge de la Tour in Sauzet; Auberge Lauzinie at Lacour; and if you really want to push the boat out - Chateau de la Treyne near Sarlat or Chateau de Mercues near Cahors, both Michelin-starred.
The local lake of St Sernin has supervised swimming in the summer, and is a lovely place for a picnic.
From the local chapel in Rouillac, to the abbey in Moissac, this area abounds in well-preserved medieval history. A wander through the old town of Montcuq or the streets of Lauzerte will be rewarded by interesting details and lovely views.
It is worth while taking a trip east from Cahors to visit the Grotte du Pech-Merle, with its spectacular limestone formations and 25000 year old original cave paintings (advisable to book ahead in July and August) and St Cirq Lapopie village, which perched on a clifftop some 300-400 feet above the Lot river, is quaint with good shops and restaurants.
Also visit the Lot's second largest town, Figeac. Within its charming twisting medieval streets you will find the Musée Champollion, dedicated to the man who cracked the heiroglyphic code.
Other visits could include the nature park or adventure park.
Situated to the south western edge of the department of Lot, we are also close to the departments of Lot-et-Garonne and Tarn-et-Garonne. Good day trips would include visiting some of the Bastide towns such as Cordes-sur-Ciel, Montpazier and Domme. Combined with exploration of chateaux, vineyards and the Dordogne or Lot rivers, you are really spoilt for choice.
In MONTAUBAN, capital of Tarn-et-Garonne, you can visit the Musée Ingres, which houses paintings by the locally born artist to whom it is dedicated. Montauban also hosts a Jazz festival through the months of July and August.
In MOISSAC, visit the Romanesque Abbey of St Pierre which is said to be one of the finest examples of medieval French sculpture and then have a wander down by the Canal du Midi and the river Garonne. There are some super places to eat out or you could take a picnic to enjoy in the shade of the plane trees.
The region of Midi Pyrenees has many splendid places to visit. Toulouse, home of Airbus industries, has a superb undercover market - the Victor Hugo, good streetscapes and quality shops and restaurants.
Longer day trips that we recommend include a visit to Rocamadour (one of the 3 most visited places in France) - combined with a visit to Chateau Montal near St Cere; and Millau Viaduct, the stunning modern design by Sir Norman Foster
During the summer months there are numerous special events, from the wonderful Shakespearean open air theatre, to the candlelit Nuits de Lauzerte. All the local towns and villages have summer fêtes which usually involve eating, drinking and music. Montcuq always has a special evening on 14th July which culminates in a splendid display of fireworks with the tower as a backdrop.
a two week long celebration of Blues and Jazz in various locations in Cahors takes place in July
This is a major favourite with our grandchildren, who ask to go there every time they visit us. With enormous fresh-water fish in vast tanks, there are also snakes including a giant Anaconda, alligators, lizards and terrapins as well as the favourite activity of feeding the giant carp. Next door is the rather scary Cro-Magnon Maze
The Lot, Garonne and Aveyron and the Dordogne rivers offer various watersports and sightseeing opportunities.
Berty is on the GR65, the pilgrim's route to Santiago de Compostela. There are numerous signed walking routes in the area and you can pick up a leaflet from the Tourist Office
Cap Nature climbing and abseiling, Lalbenque Go-Karting, Balloon Flights, Archery
Our dark skies make for excellent observing, with the naked eye (international space station, the Moon, planets and constellation), binoculars or telescopes. Come and join us for a star party!
You can learn how to use a bow and practice archery on our range in the meadow.
For many years we have run Image France digital photography workshops and are always happy to help you to get the best out of your camera.
There are several marked cycling routes and the roads are generally quiet. We have a couple of adult bikes that can be borrowed, or it is possible to hire bikes from a nearby town.