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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 5
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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 5
“Le Pigeonnier” is a fully restored, stone built house retaining many character features. The property sits right on the village square, but is very quiet and peaceful - there is no through traffic and only a few local inhabitants in the village. An ideal base for exploring the local bastide villages, food and wine and only 25 minutes from Cahors.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 100 km, Nearest railway: Cahors 25 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Further details indoors|
The front door leads from the tiled terrace into the kitchen/dining area, which extends into the lounge. The walls are Quercy stone over a metre thick to keep the interior cool in summer and warm in winter. A separate door from the lounge area leads to a superb tiled bathroom with full size corner bath, separate shower, washbasin and toilet. There are exposed beams throughout the house.
A wooden staircase leads to the mezzanine bedroom, with two single beds. Through a separate door is a double bedroom. At the top of the Pigeonnier there is a third tiny bedroom with one single bed. A favourite with children, this room has windows on three sides with lovely views.
The kitchen is equipped with every modern convenience including a gas hob, fridge, washing machine, microwave and dishwasher..
|Further details outdoors|
Parking available anywhere in the village square.
Outdoor seating on the terrace at the front of the property. Table and chairs can be set up on the village square.
NOTE: This is our own "summer holiday cottage" and we have spent every summer here for the last ten years. This year we have reluctantly changed our plans and are making the property available for holiday rentals.
The prices include electricity and water. Duvets and pillows are provided, but guests will need to bring their own bed linen (quilt covers and pillowcases) and towels. Alternatively, we can provide a full linen service for an additional cost of £20 per person.
All prices are per week. Arrival from 5.00pm on the first Saturday and departure 10.00am on the last Saturday. Different changeover days and short stays available by negotiation.
A non-refundable deposit of £100 is required to secure all bookings. The balance is payable in full not later than 8 weeks prior to date of occupancy. A security deposit of £100 is required with the final rental payment, which will be returned after the end of the holiday provided the property is left in good order.
The Midi-Pyrénées region
Whether it's colourful markets, swimming, eating out or wine tasting, all facilities for the perfect holiday are within easy reach. There are local markets six days of the week, bakery and restaurants within 5 minutes, supermarkets and Cahors itself within 25 minutes.
Cahors: Wednesday and Saturday
Prayssac: Friday and Sunday in summer
Puy L’Eveque: Tuesday
Sauzet: Thursday (few stalls only)
The hamlet of Rouffiac is just a five minute drive from the delightful and thriving village of Sauzet with all local facilities, including a renowned boulangerie and a very good auberge. The boulangerie is closed on Mondays, but the little shop over the road will obligingly supply you with your baguette and croissants that day!
For more extensive shopping facilities you have Prayssac, about 8km to the north, or Montcuq, about the same distance to the south, both have a variety of shops and renowned markets. Finally, of course, there is beautiful Cahors which is about 25 minutes away. Here you can choose between two vast supermarkets, one either end of the city, LeClerc to the north or Carrefour to the south and just about everything in between, including a huge and wonderful market and several wine warehouses. You are, after all, in the centre of the famous AOC Cahors wine district.
The nearest restaurant to Rouffiac is l'Auberge De La Tour in Sauzet. It is a good bistro, very reasonably priced and therefore very popular. If you’re planning to eat there on your first night, book ahead.
There are three delightful spots for swimming. The river Lot at Castelfranc, ten minutes drive to the north , the Plan d’eau at Montcuq, ten minutes to the south and the Plan d'eau at Cazals 25 minutes away. There is a pebble beach by the side of the river and a beautiful sandy beach at both lakes.
Places to Go, Things to See
You don’t really need to go anywhere of course. Relax on the terrace armed with a bottle of the local wine, perhaps a few olives and a few other local delicacies, and watch the world go slowly by.
Should you be feeling a little more energetic you may like to visit one or two of the neighbouring villages. The bastide town of Montcuq was on the medieval pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela, and the tower you can see as you approach, has a twelfth century dungeon…. It’s quite a friendly place now though!
A little further to the south there is an even more impressive bastide town. Lauzerte has been beautifully preserved, and although a thriving community, the old town looks very much as it must have done five or six hundred years ago. If you travel a little further to the west, to Tournon D’Agenais, you will find yet another splendid medieval bastide. Travel east from Rouffiac and after twenty-five minutes you will enter one of the most beautiful cities in France. Cahors is not a period piece, it’s a busy, bustling market town, but it is still beautiful. It was built in a loop of the river Lot and is bisected by the Boulevard de Gambetta (named after Leon Gambetta, who was born in Cahors). On the western side of this broad street, lined with plane trees, you will find the offices and the newer part of Cahors. On the eastern side, the labyrinthine streets of the ancient city, the old (and still current) market place and the cathedral of St Etienne.
Stop for a rest and a café crème in one of the many cafes that line the Boulevard de Gambetta, then travel down to the river. The most famous landmark for many hundreds of kilometres is Cahors’ Pont Valentré. This early medieval bridge with its three distinctive towers, is now fully restored, it is renowned, beautiful and it must be seen.
If you leave Cahors and continue to the east towards Rodez, you will quickly come across St Cirq Lapopie, a stunningly beautiful little village that tumbles precariously down the side of an almost sheer precipice. To the north you will find stone built Rocamadour, a larger and more famous medieval town that, like St Cirq, seems to cling improbably, to the side of an outcrop. Return to Rouffiac via the little back roads through the golden villages of the Dordogne valley, and you will notice as you cross the river again that the colour of the stone grows noticeably paler as you re-enter the Quercy Blanc.
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