Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
La Borie du Fourquet is a traditional former farmstead set in the heart of the Bouriane area of the Lot departement, 5 km south of the small market town of Gourdon. The immediate area is made up of wooded hills and meadows filled with flowers in springtime with small walnut orchards, truffle orchards and vineyards nestling here and there. It is ideal for walkers and nature lovers. May and June are the best months for spotting the many species of orchid within a few minutes walk of the house whilst September and October bring a wide variety of fungi including the highly prized cep. Within easy reach are the Dordogne and Lot valleys with their picturesque towns, cliff-top villages and castles as well as opportunities for swimming, canoeing and indulging in la gastronomie.
The accomodation is traditionally arranged mainly on the first floor of the original farmhouse adjoining the converted barn (now the owner's residence) and consists of a large living room with woodburning stove, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with WC and a bedroom with a large double bed. Stairs lead up from the living room to a second double bedroom and a second WC in the converted attic space, formerly used for drying tobacco. Opening from the living room is a good-sized partially covered terrace looking over the rose garden with views towards the southwest of the adjoining 12 acres of meadow and oak and chestnut woodland where you may see roedeer and wild boar as well as many species of butterflies and birds. The owners are keen walkers and naturalists and have provided maps of the many walks which can be taken right from the house.
The gite is centrally heated during the colder months (included) plus firewood for the logburner is available by prior arrangement for a fee payable locally.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brive, Limoges, Toulouse, Bergerac, Nearest railway: Gourdon|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
The Midi-Pyrenees region
Gourdon is ideally placed between the Lot and Dordogne valleys, both are steeped in history and there is a strong gastronomic tradition revolving round the local produce of duck, wild boar, goat's cheese, wild mushrooms, walnuts and chestnuts as well as the famous truffle of Perigord, and the full-bodied Cahors wine.
Along the Dordogne valley are dotted picturesque villages and story-book castles many of which are seen to their best advantage on a canoe trip down the river. Bathing is possible in the river for competent swimmers and there are also several swimming lakes in the area with lifeguards in high season, including one a few km away just to the north of Gourdon.
The Lot valley is perhaps less developed than the Dordogne but is no less picturesque. Cahors, the capital of the department sits on a loop of the river which is spanned by the famous Pont Valentré whilst a few km upstream is the cliff-top village of St Cirq-Lapopie, recently voted the prettiest village in France. The region is also famous for the many limestone caves with magnificient prehistoric art such as Lascaux II, Pech-Merle and the Cougnac caves just outside Gourdon itself.
Gourdon itself is an attractive hilltop market town with a picturesque medieval centre and a variety of supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants and is within easy reach of Sarlat, Domme, Souillac, Rocamadour, St-Cirq Lapopie , Figeac and Cahors. A weekly market is held on Saturdays all year round and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.
The surrounding area is still mostly devoted to mixed farming and Gourdon is the centre of production for many duck-based specialities such as confit de canard and foie gras. Many farmhouses still keep the traditional long barns with a basse cour of chickens, geese, duck and guinea fowl and traces of a time gone by still linger in the breadovens and lavoirs by the waysides.
The traditional farming methods ensure the existence of an abundance of wildlife. The first flowers to appear after the snowdrops are the violets and cowslips in March and April which then give way to many species of orchid. In June the meadows are tapestries of scabious, daisies and buttercups. Roedeer and hares are common as are wild boar although these are very elusive. In the spring and early summer you may hear the calls of the cuckoo, hoopoe and turtle dove and possibly the nightingale, whilst in high summer the plaintive cries of circling buzzards rise above the chirping of the crickets in the meadow.