This carefully restored 17c farmhouse is a textbook example of the Quercynoix style - pigeonnier, covered balcony, souillarde, two inglenook fireplaces. Superbly situated in a hilltop hamlet, perched above a charming working village, its generous accommodation could suit two big families.
Extensive grounds include a safe private 10m pool in its own attractive stone walled garden with two secure gates. There is also a large flat grassy area for games, a shady raised terrace for dining and a barbecue.
Facilities; washing machine room, three bathrooms, well equipped kitchen (dishwasher, microwave), wood burning stove. for those with young children, there is a bespoke wooden stairgate, two cots and a high chair.
The area boasts magnificent unspoilt scenery, fine regional architecture and affordable gastronomy. The property was selected for the Alastair Sawday 'Special Places to Stay in France' guide. There is a diverse range of attractions in the locality - a zoo, a monkey park, 'Reptiland' and an increasing number of low impact 'green tourism' activities, such as canoeing, which makes this an ideal base for families with children of all ages.
History: This majestic farmhouse dates from the late 17th century. Its ancient architectural features of pagoda-like roof, pigeonnier tower, bolet covered balcony and souillarde stone vaulted area evoke an atmosphere of past centuries in this most beautiful and historic region of rural France. Standing high above a village in a hamlet of five dwellings, the house has been carefully restored over the last decade and a half by skilled local masons and carpenters. It is described locally as a Maison Bourgeoise due to its grand appearance and size.
Location: The peaceful hilltop location affords lovely views to open countryside and across a charming village roofscape with church and chateau bellow. The extensive grounds include an enclosed private pool, mature trees, shady terraces and a large, flat paddock, ideal for garden games. This rambling farmhouse provides comfortable accommodation for large parties that might include several families.
Cuisine and activities: The region is renowned both for its gastronomy (spicy, full-bodied Cahors, confits, foie gras, fragrant cepe wild mushrooms) and for offering cultural and leisure opportunities to suit all tastes, historic towns with regular markets, unspoilt villages, chateaux and museums, canoeing, biking and horse-riding together with numerous prehistoric caves to explore. A charming, qualified English-speaking babysitter enables guests to enjoy evening entertainment at local festivals (jazz and classical music at Assier, St Cere, Rocamadour) or simply to sample the cuisine at one of the excellent local restaurants. Alternatively the evening might be spent with a barbecue on the raised terrace overlooking the floodlit pool!