|Le Marronnier||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||None|
The farmhouse which dates back to 1769 was extensively restored by the current owners a few years ago and is
maintained with great attention to detail both internally and externally. The private grounds of 1.5 acres are mostly laid to grass and interspersed with some flower beds, trees and shrubs. There is parking space available for guests together with benches and seating throughout the grounds.
The stone walls of the farmhouse are about one metre thick and keep the house cool in summer and warm in the winter. The beams are all original and upstairs you can still see the carpenters numbered marks. There are fly screens at all windows.
The kitchen is well equipped with a fridge/freezer, dishwasher, gas hob, electric oven and microwave. There is a large selection of pots and pans, cutlery, mugs and glasses. Plastic glasses for drinks around the pool are also supplied.
There is a spacious living/dining room. The dining table seats 6 people comfortably.
In the lounge area is a large L shaped sofa.
There is a satellite tv providing all free to air UK channels together with a dvd player and selection of films. A cd/radio player is also supplied.
The stone floor in this room is a beautiful feature as is the large fireplace where there is a wood burning stove for cosy winter evenings. The wooden open tread staircase leads up to the first floor bedrooms.
There are 3 bedrooms.
One is located on the ground floor with a king size bed and incorporates an en suite bathroom. The bathroom comprises a shower, basin and toilet and additionally, the washing machine and water heater are located there. There are drawers to store clothes and a hanging rail.
Upstairs there are 2 further bedrooms which share a bathroom.
The largest of the bedrooms has a king size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers. This room has the beams in the ceiling exposed and the original wooden floor.
The second bedroom contains 2 single beds, a chest of drawers and a small area for hanging clothes. The large bathroom has a shower, basin, bidet and toilet.
The en suite bathroom downstairs, comprises a shower, basin and toilet. In addition, the washing machine and water heater are located behind a curtain.
The upstairs bathroom comprises a shower, basin, toilet and bidet.
There is a wood burning stove in the living/dining room and electric heaters throughout the property.
Satellite tv, dvd player, cd/radio, a wide selection of books and a variety of indoor and outdoor games.
1.5 acres of private garden laid mostly to grass with some trees and shrubs. Plenty of private parking and a fully fenced private swimming pool for the sole use of guests. There are beautiful views over the Causse.
Suitable for couples, friends and families with children.
If you are interested in taking a guided walk through the beautiful byways and green lanes surrounding Le Marronnier, please let us know and it can be arranged. Additionally we can organise basic provisions to be at the house on arrival if you let us know in advance.
Bob & Min love France for a whole variety of reasons, not least the wonderful countryside, food and outdoor living. They enjoyed breathing new life into this 16th Century farmhouse and spend as much time as possible there, gardening, welcoming friends and family and eating at the local Auberge Beauville 3 minutes away!
|Year property purchased||1999|
|Why this location?||They visited the Lot for the first time in 1999 and were immediately drawn to the superb location of the village, high up on the Causse de Gramat in the shimmering limestone Quercy National Park.The views from the house and village are outstanding and at night the skies are unspoiled by light pollution providing amazing star gazing in this, the Black Triangle. Espedaillac is rural but not isolated and within easy reach of restaurants, markets, historic towns such as Rocamadour and Figeac.|
|Unique benefits of property||The house sits in its own grounds 1.5 acres and has a fenced and private pool. It is full of character whilst at the same time providing pleasing accommodation which makes it more than just a 'holiday let'. The beds are comfortable with linen and towels provided.There are two bathrooms with shower basin and toilet, with the advantage that one room on the ground floor has 'en suite' facilities and a king sized bed .Upstairs, are two bedrooms,one with king size bed and one twin bedded room and a bathroom. There is a well equipped kitchen with fridge freezer, microwave and oven and hob. The sitting/dining room is well furnished and everywhere the old stone and beams add to the rustic feel. There is wi-fi, satellite tv, dvd and cd player together with a variety of games. Outside, there are places to sit and enjoy al fresco dining under the chestnut tree in the delightful gardens and round the pool with bbq provided. There is plenty of space for games as well as a private parking area.|
Why not visit the pilgrimage site of Rocamadour, the village built into the side of a gorge. St Cirq Lapopie the artisan village perched high up above the Lot river is a great place for arts and crafts. There are many markets in the area, some of which are night markets where you can buy food and drink and sit and enjoy the atmosphere (take your own glasses and cutlery!)
You can go wine tasting in Cahors or visit any of the recommended restaurants nearby, the nearest being our very own Auberge Beauville which attracts visitors from far and wide. Another well known town Sarlat, is an easy drive away.
For our younger visitors there is canoeing on the Lot, Cele and Dordogne rivers and the Parc Animalier in Gramat is well worth a visit .Try an outing to the Gouffre de Padirac, an extraordinary cave system with underground trip on a boat or a visit to Peche Merle where you can see prehistoric cave paintings and petrified footprints.
Walk with the monkeys at the Foret de Singe or take the steam train at Martel high into the hills to see more of the lovely countryside. If our pool is not enough, there is a water park in Figeac, a Knights Templar town famous as the birthplace of Champollion who was involved in the translation of the Rosetta Stone. The museum there is worth a visit and the cafes and restaurants around the town are great for simply watching the world go by.
There is a river trip from Bouzie which takes you through a lock and alongside the path created by bargees under the overhanging rock where the face has been etched into intricate patterns.
You can of course just spend time lying by the pool, reading and watching the swallows dip and swoop,and marking the hour by the church clock bells.
In the house there is a file with lots of up to date information re things to see and do and a well stocked, bookcase.
The property was accurately described both in words and pictures.
It was beautifully presented inside and out - cleanliness and maintenance of the highest standard.
The owners of Le Marronnier were extremely helpful and provided us with all the information we
needed. We would thoroughly recommend the property to others.
Our only rather negative comments would be that in unpredictable May the house was rather cold at
night due to the thick stone walls. There was however a very efficient wood burning stove.
The other negative comment was that the village did not have any basic shops etc. There was one
Auberge but it only opened for lunch. There was nowhere in the village where you could go for an
evening meal or drink. Other than that a lovely property in which to spend a relaxing holiday.