This charming gite sleeps from two to four people and is ideal for a relaxing stay. Situated on a quiet country lane and with wonderful views at every turn, this superbly built and traditionally furnished house has a large double height living room with an open fireplace, big kitchen/diner and generous bathroom on the ground floor. Upstairs is the large main bedroom which has a large double bed and drawers and hanging space. In the tower is a small office.
There is a separate outside barn with further sleeping accommodation for teenagers. Here there is a large single (approximately 4ft wide) on the ground level and a mezzanine sleeping platform with a futon. Those sleeping in the little barn will have to take a few steps across the garden to the house for the bathroom.
With a beautiful and large shade tree in the front garden and extensive grounds which slope down to a brook, there are several places to relax, eat al fresco or enjoy a barbeque.
Les Quatre Routes du Lot is five minutes by car and has a choice of bakery, a supermarket, wine merchant, post office, newsagent, pharmacy and ATM machine. It has its own market on Wednesday and a mini one on Fridays. Bread can also be bought from one of two neighbouring farms as can the famous Rocamadour goat's cheese. Full banking services are available in either Martel or Vayrac.
The gîte has a Sunday change-over when guests arrive to a welcome bottle of wine awaiting them!
Whilst the owners can arrange a simple meal for you on arrival, if you have a special anniversary or just want a meal ‘at home the owners can piut you in touch with a wonderful caterer who speaks English and French, ran her own restaurant in Nottinghamshire and was featured in the Good Food and Michelin guides, so you can be sure of a delicious meal!
Kitchen: Fridge/Freezer Oven Hob / Cooktop Kettle
Washing Machine Toaster
Dishwasher Cooking Utensils Dining: Dining table seats 4 Lounge seats 4 Bedrooms: 1 double bedroom
1 bed room in converted barn
(great for teenagers)
Bathroom/s: 1 Bathrooms General: Linen & Towels Cleaning Products Entertaiment: TV DVD Outside: Private Terrace BBQ Outdoor dining setting
The property is near Martel in the northern Lot, south of Correze, east of Dordogne and west of Cantal!, so ideally situated for this unspoilt part of France.
The famous Dordogne river is nearby, meandering through beautiful cliff-hung gorges where you can rent a canoe and glide gently downstream, perhaps stopping off for a picnic on the riverbank and taking a swim. Elsewhere, both short and long walks are clearly marked to take in the magnificent scenery that first attracted your hosts to the area. Get out your binoculars and watch the buzzards and red kite soar above you, listen to our nightingale or watch the cirl buntings and hoopoes in the garden - in April and May search out the wild orchids of the Causse.
There are very few large towns and a smattering of small ones and all are almost totally unspoilt by modern development. Many of these towns have wonderful markets which brim over with foie gras, duck, meats, local sausages, fresh vegetables, strawberries and other fruits, local wines, and the cheeses and breads for which France is so famous. Sit in a café and watch the world go by – or shop in the centre of Brive which has some lovely shops in its narrow streets. There are wonderful restaurants from the Michelin starred (6 within three quarters' of a hour) to the simple workman's café.
No visit to this area is complete without seeing Rocamadour, France's second most visited site after Mont St Michel. This medieval village clings to the rocks above the Alzou valley. It has been a place of pilgrimage for more than 900 years and has a lovely abbey reached via a steep stairway which the very devout still climb on their knees. It is quite commercial and very busy during the tourist season, so visit either first thing or in the early evening when the sun goes down the whole village is lit up. There is a good choice of restaurants and cafes to suit most pockets. Once you have explored Rocamadour, then visit the birds of prey in L’Hopitalet - or the monkeys! The children will enjoy the dinosaur park and the goat farm nearby. A great day out for all ages.
Turenne, with the ruins of the Richard the Lionheart’s eleventh century chateau perched on a craggy pinnacle, is just ten minutes drive from Le Ségala and Gîte Diane. Nearby Curemonte boasts three chateaux dating from the Crusades and Collonges-la-Rouge is really a red sandstone village that gleams in the sunlight! Autoire, Loubressac and Carennac are not to be missed nor are the caves at Padirac or, further afield, at Lascaux and Peche Merle.
There is a tourist train from Martel which takes in the spectacular scenery of the Dordogne valley. Martel, the town of seven towers and marvellous architecture, just 6 kms from Le Ségala, is well worth a visit and full of restaurants and cafés. Or venture further afield to Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Brive, Figeac, the ever-popular Sarlat, Domme, St Céré, the Célé Valley and St Cirq Lapopie - the list is endless.
Some of the activities, all within half an hour of Cazillac, include walking, rambling, waterpark fun, river swimming, canoeing, waterski-ing, trout fishing, golf, riding, cycling, pottery, painting and drawing..... or simply sitting and relaxing in a stress-free environment.
Guests not only can use the services of an excellent chef for a special meal or two, but also a qualified therapist for reflexology, facials and massages - a lovely treat. There are also art courses locally run by a Dutch artist (she also speaks fluent French and English).
|Mid||5 May - 25 May 2013||460€|
|High||26 May - 29 June 2013||495€|
|Peak||30 June - 13 July 2013||Booked|
|Peak||14 July - 31 August 2013||535€|
|High||1 September - 5 October 2013||470€|
Bookings are for a minimum of 7 nights. Change over is Sunday