|Montage France||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||5||2 additional single beds available|
This historic stone house has been beautifully renovated with all modern conveniences. Perched high on a hillside just a few kilometres from the bastide village of Lauzerte, the house enjoys stunning views across the surrounding valley and to the village.
The house boasts 4 large and comfortable bedrooms (3 with king size double beds, 1 with 2 single beds) each with its own private, brand new en suite bathroom. There is a separate powder room. The huge open plan living and kitchen area features leather sofas, dining table to seat 10 people and a fully equipped, modern kitchen. There are additional living areas off the 40 square metre rear terrace and downstairs. The terrace has a large dining table and chairs as well as a comfortable outdoor lounge suite. The front patio overlooks the garden out to the swimming pool (10m x 5m) with a sun deck equipped with loungers, chairs and umbrellas.
Character features include the romantic pigeonnier tower with quiet reading room on the top floor, and office (for those who have to work) set up on the lower floor. There is a large woodburner set into the original fireplace which together with the central heating keeps the home warm in winter. In summer months the thick stone walls keep things cool and refreshing with fans provided and air-conditioning in the master bedroom.
Outside there are garden and lawn areas leading out to the sparkling swimming pool, and below the house leading down to the valley is a private woodland area. The house is located in a peaceful area on a no through lane, keeping it private and quiet.
The surrounding area is full of historic villages and sites, beautiful countryside and rural activities including vineyards, fruit orchards and sunflower fields.
Fully equipped, modern kitchen. Stone benchtops, wall oven, microwave, dishwasher, gas cooktop, espresso machine, fridge and freezer. Plenty of cooking equipment, appliances and utensils supplied, dishware, cutlery and crockery for 10 people.
Upstairs living room with leather sofas, fireplace, tv, cd/dvd player, selection of dvds and cds, Sky tv. Downstairs living room with casual sofas, tv, PS2, video player and selection of videos. Small living room off rear terrace with armchairs and table. Reading room on top floor of pigeonnier tower. Seating and small table for 2 in 3 double bedrooms.
Four bedrooms each with private, en suite bathroom. Two bedrooms upstairs with king size double beds, clothes storage, 2 chairs. Two bedrooms downstairs, one with king size double bed, one with 2 single beds.
Four en suite bathrooms, with walk-in shower, toilet, basin, 2 with full baths.
Additional powder room/spare toilet upstairs.
Central heating and fireplace.
Tvs, cd/dvd player, Sky tv (UK), PS2, vhs video player.
Large grounds, with gardens, lawn, woodlands. Huge rear terrace overlooking stunning views, with dining and seating areas. Front patio with table and chairs looking out to lawn and pool. Lovely umbrella covered pool deck with sunloungers and table and chairs. Gas barbecue for outdoor cooking.
Large, private parking area that can accommodate 4 cars plus additional parking available on land beside house.
Visit the historic town of Cahors, see the secret gardens, walk across the 13th century fortified bridge and learn about its devilish history, enjoy lunch at some of the excellent restaurants, do some wine-tasting and the wine centre or take a drive around some of the nearby wineries. Visit the beautiful cathedral and cloisters and check out the shops and markets.
Summer-time (July and August) every Thursday evening, gourmet food market and outdoor dining in the historic town centre of Lauzerte
Historic villages abound all within a short drive of Montage. There is a market on somewhere every day of the week. Many villages have excellent local restaurants, there is even a Michelin star restaurant in Puymirol (about 35mins drive).
On the canal du midi and also on the river, there are many lovely restaurants in Moissac, particularly ethnic foods like Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, North African and more. Huge food and clothing markets every Saturday and Sunday morning in the town centre. An annual chocolate show in September. Magnificent cloisters and cathedral made famous by writer Umberto Eco.
Nearby Lauzerte is an official stopping point on the pilgrim route taken by Saint Jacques to Compostella in Spain. You can walk parts of the route using maps and information available from the Tourist information office.
A little further afield, the town of Rocamadour is built on a cliff face with a cathedral to explore, a lovely historic village centre full of art galleries, crafts and cafes. The castle ramparts provide a birds eye view down over the village and river below. Accessible by elevators so no need to take all the stairs if you don't wish to. Famous for locally produced goats cheese.
The surrounding area is famous for many food and wine choices. The region's foie gras is famous as are the many dishes created using it. Duck is plentiful and you can visit local farm auberges where they serve all manner of duck dishes. The prunes made from locally grown plums (known as pruneaux d'Agen) are reputedly the best prunes in the world. Also grown locally and available from roadside stalls in season are apples, peaches, pears, melons and cherries. It is a little known fact that this part of France grows saffron, one of the most expensive spices in the world. Here you can buy it for very reasonable prices. Two types of grape are grown here - the white chasselas with AOC designation (mainly a table grape but some juices are also produced), and the red malbec grapes which produce the "black wines" of Cahors - famous since the 13th century.
Buy at the markets and create your own culinary indulgences in Montage's well equipped kitchen, go out to local restaurants, or we can arrange a chef to come and prepare a special meal for you at the house.