|Chez Caro||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1||A single bed in big double bedroom|
Chez Caro is an Auvergnat farmhouse situated down a quiet country lane in the hamlet of Lessal near to the village of Mourjou about 4 kms away. The owners house, a converted barn, is in the grounds of the farm house, the immediate surroundings are old farm buildings, fields and woods where local farmers graze their cattle.
The house is spacious, attractively decorated and generously supplied with everything needed for a relaxing holiday, including guide books and suggestions for local outings.
Alongside the barn is an 11 m swimming pool shared by both the gîte and the owner.
The Cantal is known for its sweet chestnut woods and the path which runs beside the farmhouse leads directly into beautiful deciduous woods, full of chestnut, beech, and oak trees; and home to deer and other wild life. These woods are a joy at all times of the year, spring flowers, welcome shade in the summer and exciting fungi and nuts in the autumn. A pretty babbling stream called le Sauvage runs through the woods making a wonderful play area for children, the woods and surrounding areas are an undiscovered walkers paradise.
This room gets the morning sun and is the perfect place to sit around the large cherry wood farmhouse table and plan the days activities. The new kitchen units include an induction hob and an electric oven and a microwave. There is a full battery de cuisine and tableware, cutlery and glasses for at least 6 people.
The scullery has the fridge-freezer (there is a second fridge in the cellar) a dishwasher and a washing machine and the dust bins and reycling bins.
The large comfortable sitting room has a cantou fireplace with a wood burning stove. There are 2 sofas and 2 armchairs and a coffee-table. The artwork through out the house is all original some of it from local artists.
The double room has a king sized double bed that can be split to make 2 small single beds if that should be preferred.
The Family bedroom
The large family room has a double bed and a single bed there is ample room for a childs bed or a travel cot as well, both of which can be supplied.
The third bedroom has full size single bunk beds suitable for any age over 6 years old. (French law does not allow children under 6 to sleep in bunk beds.)
The shower room has a toilet and wash handbasin and a walk in shower with a fixed overhead rain water showerhead as well as a hand held shower head. If you need a babybath please let us know in advance.
There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room and the bathroom has an electric towel rail. We also supply fans in case it gets too warm in the summer.
Lots of books, games and jigsaws for all ages. French tv set with a dvd player and we have a wide choice of english dvds available. There is free wi-fi and a sound box that links to your phone by blue tooth for your music.
The extensive gardens have room for children to run and play ball games, there are swings and ropes as well as trees and flower beds. There are plenty of quiet spots for sunbathing and relaxing as well as a sheltered hanger and barbecue area. Help yourself to herbs such as thyme, sage, rosemary, basil and coriander. We are lucky to have the most wonderful sunsets every evening and sitting with a glass of something watching the sun go down becomes a holiday ritual.
The salt water swimming pool is 11m by 4.5m and is 2m deep at the deep end. We keep it covered with a safety cover unless it is in use, just ask if you want it opened up. We do ask you to be by the pool when your children are swimming. We are happy to have the pool open all day if your children are good swimmers. There is plenty of seating areas with lawns around the pool and the large paved terrace situated in full sun with recliners and chairs by the pool.
There is an off road parking space for you next to the house.
Ideal spot for families with children, or for people seeking peace and quiet.
We are living the dream after retiring to France in 2005. I love pottering in the garden, swimming and soaking up the sun with a glass of something. We both read a lot. Den loves old citroen cars and has become a very good woodworker since retiring. He built two storey oak stairs from scratch for our daughter and her family who have all moved out here. They are rescuing a 13th century fort in a village nearby.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with the countryside, rolling hills, small farms ,deep valleys. We were made so welcome by the local people, and we can drive from Calais in 10 hours if we have to. We wanted to make a house the way we wanted it and so this property was perfect with a substantial barn for us to convert. We lived in the farmhouse, Chez Caro, while we converted our barn opposite for the first 4 years.|
|Unique benefits of property||The farm house has wonderful views, and lots of space. There is a lovely big garden and woods to play in and explore, a salt water pool and barbecue areas. We are near to a Michelin starred restaurant and lots of pretty medieval villages. The mountains of the Cantal are only an hours drive away and there are 5 AOP cheeses produced around us.|
Auberge de la Tour Marcoles. Owned by chef Renaud Darmanin.
Conque an impressive medieval little town built on the road to Compostela.
Maison de la Chataigne, Mourjou. A charming museum dedicated to chestnuts.
Figeac has a great market and has a museum deicated to the Rosetta Stone.
Cannoeing on the river Lot.