|Laval, Montmurat||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Laval is a recently renovated stone farmhouse with all mod cons but retaining its rustic character. The 10m by 5m pool is for your sole use and is fully secure.
The gite will be personally prepared by us, the owners, who are available on site for questions and advice to help make your stay memorable.
A Welcome Hamper will be waiting for you on your arrival and to avoid the hassle of cooking on your first night, we can prepare a meal for you.
We are dog-friendly and Monty, our Miniature Schnauzer, knows all the local walks. It's a great place for bird-watching with buzzards, red kites and hoopoes and also for star gazing - as there is very little light pollution.
Full sized, well equipped kitchen with a large dining table and chairs.
It has a range cooker with a gas hob and an electric double oven. There is an American style fridge-freezer and a dishwasher and also a microwave, toaster and electric kettle (not always supplied in French gites!)
Tea towels, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets are all supplied.
A large comfortable lounge with sofas and English satellite tv.
A selection of boardgames and books (lots of holiday reading as well as reference books to help identify birds and flowers).
Holiday information with maps, guides, places of interest and useful local info.
The master bedroom has a king size bed and a range of storage options with a wardrobe and chest of drawers. There is a free standing mirror and a love-seat.
Bedroom 2 has twin beds and a wardrobe with drawers below. By prior arrangement, this can be changed to a double.
All bed linen is provided and changed weekly.
The bathroom has twin basins with ample storage below. There is a fully tiled walk-in shower and toilet.
Both bathroom towels and pool towels are provided and changed weekly.
There is underfloor heating in the kitchen and radiators in the rest of the gite. But obviously they are not needed in the summer.
English satellite tv.
A set of boules for those who fancy a petanque competition.
The 10m by 5m pool is enclosed by a wall for privacy and security. There is a large decking with sunloungers, parasols and dining furniture.
A pretty courtyard just outside the kitchen door is partially covered and ideal for a leisurely breakfast.
There are 2 barbecues - a traditional charcoal kettle bbq and a modern gas fired one.
The house is set in 1.5 hectares (nearly 4 acres) with lots of mown grassy areas and seating to admire the far-reaching views.
There is ample parking next to the gite.
The gite accommodation is arranged over 3 floors:- Eat-in kitchen on the ground floor. Lounge, bedroom 2 and bathroom on the first floor. Master bedroom on the second floor.
My husband Tom & I have lived here for 15 years and started renting out our gite in 2013. We love this rural part of France and really enjoyed the challenge of renovating our dilapidated farmhouse. In the summer months I work for monks at a pilgrims' hostel in Conques (it's certainly a conversation starter!). Tom enjoys running and has been welcomed by the friendly trail running club in Maurs.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We wanted to live somewhere rural with interesting and varied countryside where we can walk our dog Monty. But we are also less than an hour from the A20 autoroute, which makes travelling around easier. Figeac, only 20 minutes away, is a small lively town where there is a lot going on especially in the summer.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our unique benefits include our large private pool of which our guests have sole use. At 10m by 5m it is plenty big enough for swimming lengths and a third of it is shallow enough (1.10m) for the whole family to play. There are inflatables on hand in the chalet so beware of sharks and crocodiles!!|
There is a big market in Figeac on Saturday mornings spread throughout the town with french delicacies under the covered market and plants, clothes, tools etc in the adjoining streets.
On Thursday mornings in Maurs, there is a farmer's market with a mixture of large stalls heaped high with fruit and vegetables plus little old ladies selling their surplus eggs and lettuces.
Whichever one you choose, there will be a cafe nearby for coffee and people-watching.
"The most beautiful villages in France" There are 6 of these villages within an hour of Laval all with very different characters. Capdenac-le-Haut, Conques, Cardaillac, Belcastel (with its Michelin starred restaurant), St-Cirq-Lapopie and Estaing.
The vineyards here were established more than a thousand years ago by the monks at Conques. Although not a huge wine growing region there are 13 cellars to visit for tastings.
Marcillac itself has a market on Sunday morning.
Conques is a medieval village renowned as a major staging post on the Route de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle (a 1500km pilgrimage to Northern Spain). It's like a picture postcard - we especially like to take photos from the viewpoint opposite. The abbey dedicated to Saint Faith and the Treasury are well worth a visit.
On the river Célé, Figeac is a vibrant town famed for its architecture and its links with Egyptology. There is a self-guided walk around the town (follow the key symbols) which takes in all the interesting facts, including the Champollian Museum. Jean-François Champollion, who was born here, translated Egyptian hieroglyphs (and the Rosetta Stone) and the museum is dedicated to him, his works and the history of writing.
During the summer, evening markets are often held in the large square. Long tables are set up and everyone eats together sampling the local delicacies of duck confit, aligot (a potato & cheese dish) and cherry clafoutis, all washed down with wine from Cahors or Marcillac.
There is plenty of walking and cycling to be had straight from Laval. However if you prefer your walking to be flat, a new 29km cycle path on the banks of the river Lot has recently opened. This pretty path is a mixture of sun and shade, and there are various places where you can paddle in the river.
There are many more way-marked paths, from a couple of hours to a whole day. The Botanical Path at St-Etienne-de-Maurs is only 3 km long but has over 100 plants with identifying plaques.
Canoes and stand-up paddle boards can be hired on the river Lot, between Entraygues and Grand-Vabre, for either half or a whole day.
A little further afield, the Dordogne river offers longer trips.
Whichever you decide to do - don't forget your hat!
There is a 5km walk around this man-made lake with a fitness trail. There is a sandy beach and children's playground plus a water slide. There is a bar/cafe on both sides of the lake and pedaloes and canoes can be hired too.
Every Bastille Day (14th July) we go to the lake with our neighbours, have a picnic and barbecue some sausages and then watch people getting very wet in the canoes!!
We quite often combine these two lovely places on a day out with visitors.
Rocamadour is built into the side of a gorge above a tributary of the river Dordogne. It's full of religious buildings and pilgrims come for the legend of The Miracles of the Lady of Rocamadour. There is a large hot air balloon festival in September.
The Gouffre de Padirac is a huge sinkhole which leads into a large cavern with impressive stalagmites & stalactites and you get to ride on a little boat as well. Great place to go if the weather is damp (or if it's too hot).
The old rural house has been carefully renovated by the owners and the accommodation is finished to a high standard. The swimming pool is large, lovely and safely enclosed.
The house is set in a very peaceful region of small fields and undulating hills. The historic town of Figeac is not far away, with its fascinating museum of Champollion and replica of the Rosetta stone. The valley of the river Cele is close and the Lot Valley not far away. The cave of Peche Merle is an hour away with its wondrous 39,000 year old prehistoric paintings. Puy de Dome is two hours away, and the medieval abbeys of Cahors and terrific Conques are not far. The Soulages Museum at Rodez and the Millau viaduct make a great day out.
Tom and Sue are welcoming and friendly hosts, who live next door. They offered us all the assistance we needed, balancing this with respect for our our privacy and allowing us to have a wonderful holiday!