13th century medieval village
About the home
The ground floor comprises an open-plan kitchen and dining area with a large dining table. The kitchen is fully fitted and has a discrete separate fridge and freezer cupboard and a pantry. There is an electric fan forced oven and a 4 burner electric hot plate. A kettle, toaster and coffee machine will make life easier and a high chair is available should you require it.
The ground floor also features a large fireplace and small sitting area and a shower room with toilet and hidden washing machine and ironing board.
The first floor incorporates a sitting room with a large flat screen television (which can be concealed), a cast iron stove and 3 elegant couches.
There is also a bedroom on this floor designed for children which has a bunk bed, and a separate single bed.
The second floor has two double bedrooms both with wardrobes. One of the bedroom's has a chest of drawers and the other has a dressing table.
Also on the second floor is a large bathroom with large shower and toilet.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 3|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
Further details indoors:
There is a low ceiling on the first floor in the sitting room and the children's bedroom. Young children would need to be careful around the stairs.
The house is equipped with a land line phone and access to wireless internet. You are free to use the wireless on an unlimited basis if you have a laptop or mobile. If you're in need of a computer the library has computers that can be hired for half an hour. The house is next door to the library. Alternatively the tourist office offers a similar service.
The television has a range of channels available in French, English, German and Spanish.
You are welcome to use kids toys, 3 kids scooters, and 1 elite mountain bike with helmet.
Further details outdoors:
Parking is available in the streets around the house.
All bedding and linen is supplied.
A cleaning charge of 100 euros in cash is payable on departure.
Minimum booking period of 1 week.
The Midi-Pyrenees / Tarn-et-Garonne region
This region is known as the Quercy Blanc (white Quercy) and has many other small and beautiful villages closeby - Montcuq, Castelsagrat, Montjoi, and Roquecor. The region is characterised by the abundant white stone and the pigeonniers dotted across the landscape.
Set in beautiful rolling countryside of gentle hills and valleys, the area is made up of green fields, vineyards, farmland and historic hill top bastide towns.
The south-west of France is renowned for its warm, sunny climate and good food - local markets provide wonderful fresh vegetables,fruits and salads, also duck, foie gras and truffles (in season). The regional 'black wine' of Cahors, a Malbec blend, is experiencing a resurgence in popularity and is reputedly good for the heart.
The Sunday market at Montcuq is considered in the top 100 village markets in France.
Sightseeing opportunities include castles, lakes, medieval towns and villages. The chateau of Bonaguil, the Valentre bridge in Cahors, picturesque villages of St Cirq-Lapopie, Cordes-sur-Ciel and Rocamadour, Grottes de Pech-Merle and the Abbey cloisters at Moissac are all within an easy drive.
Local activities include walking, cycling, swimming, tennis, fishing and horseriding. The adventurous may be interested in parachuting at the local parachuting school.
Local swimming lakes include the plan d'eau at Montcuq (10kms) and base de loisirs at Montaigu De Quercy (15km). Both have access to a large swimming lake. The latter has water slides that are open in the summer. Both are a great place to take a picnic basket and enjoy a drop of the local wine on a warm night.
Immediately surrounding the village are numerous walking/cycling tracks. There are several circuits leaving the village, ranging from 1.5 hours (on foot) to 5.5 hours.
The Lauzerte area
Lauzerte is listed as "one of the most beautiful villages of France"*. Villages are selected for the quality of their heritage, of their architecture and their environment.
Lauzerte is an historic bastide (fortified village) and as such is perched on top of a large hill with spectacular views of the valley below. Many of the buildings and houses in this medieval village have been around since the 13th Century. It is an established stop on the pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela, with many travellers still following the same route today (on foot!). Lauzerte itself is divided into two sections, the haut (high) village and bas (lower) village, with the house positioned in the gateway between the two. Lauzerte dominates the surrounding valleys and affords magnificent panoramic views.
Weekly events in Lauzerte include a Wednesday fresh produce/butcher market in the bas village, and a much larger market on Saturday in the town square in the haut village for fresh produce, delicatessen, take-away food, conserves, wine and speciality breads. The house is a 30 second walk to the square.
In Summer (July - August) a Gourmand market is held every Thursday night, with local food and wine produce available to sample while sitting with the locals listening to traditional music in the warm night air.
Annual events include the festival of flowers (April), Potters' market (July), and 'Les Nuits de Lauzerte' (August), where for a weekend the entire town becomes a canvas for various art installation/projection exhibitions.
Dining out options include, the Hotel du Quercy (their lunchtime Menu du Jour is a real bargain at 11 euros), a pizzeria and 2 Auberges. There are 2 Cafes in the town square, and 2 boulangeries (bakeries) scattered around the village. Other shops include a hardware store, a fruit shop, a butcher, a dry cleaner, post office and a bank with an ATM. As far as groceries, there is a convenience store in the bas village suitable for small purchases, and a large supermarket at the bottom of the hill. Shops near the supermarket include a newsagent, petrol station, patisserie, hairdresser and a beautician.
The cafe in the town square doubles as a music venue at night hosting local music acts throughout the year.
Local activities include walking, bike riding, fishing, horse riding and swimming.
While it is very much a French town, there are also a number of friendly English speakers residing in the town, so you won't feel too isolated if your French is a little rusty.
How to get there
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Lauzerte is in the department of Tarn-et-Garonne, about 23 km north of Moissac, 38km Southwest of Cahors, and 38 km northwest of Montauban. Trains from Paris arrive at both Cahors and Montauban. The closest international airport is Toulouse Blagnac, 90km to the South.
We recommend hiring a car (in advance) from either the airport or train station.
Activities near Lauzerte
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
A winter sun break
02 Sep 2012
We just had a charming week in France .. living on a, on a hill ... in a wee slice of history. My brief was to take a house, in a town - have various kids come back to join me following exchanges... more
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|Low Season||30 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||1 Jun 13||1 Oct 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||1 Oct 13||31 Dec 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
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