House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A romantic old convent school house restored as a charming and elegant family home with a large, private garden in a beautiful medieval small village. In the stunning Lot region, with dramatic cliff top villages and near to the busy market towns of Cahors and Gourdon.
A holiday house full of character and charm - and a large garden with enticingly different areas to sit and relax.
It is positioned just on the outer edge of the village and the garden is tiered in three levels so that there are wonderful views of the village roof tops and the valley in which it sits. The Rivers Vers winds its way through the meadows.
Not far is the cliff-top village of St Cirq Lapopie - voted one of France's favourite villages, and the nearby small market town of Labastide Murat provides all the necessary shops, bank, restaurants and amenities. Cahors, the capital of the Lot with its cathedral and famous Pont Valentré, the finest example of a fortified medieval bridge in Europe, is less than half an hour away.
In June the owners are in residence in a separate apartment and can be on hand to help with your holiday if required.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||12 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brive 65 km, Nearest railway: Cahors 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The ancient front doors open to a spacious tiled entrance hall with a dramatic walnut spiral staircase leading up to the upper floors. Doors lead from the hallway to the dining room and to the elegant and cool salon with antique mirrors, simple chandeliers and vintage, painted furniture.
The large family kitchen with a wood-burning stove leads to a spacious back kitchen with washing machine, tumble dryer etc. and games cupboard.
The bedrooms all have a double aspect with tall windows and so are light and airy and two of them were originally the dormitory where the girls slept when a school in the 1800s, and the two large bathrooms with roll-top baths and showers were once the schoolroom. Antique French beds and armoires, lots of floaty muslin curtains, old linen and painted vintage pieces furnish the bedrooms. The house is built into the land at the back and so a door from the landing leads into the woodland part of the garden.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is surrounded by a high stone wall with wonderful old metal gates and so is very private. There are three levels to the garden providing intimate terraces for sitting or eating and relaxing. There is a hammock and a variety of comfortable and attractive benches and lounger chairs. The garden leads up to woodland where there is a natural spring filling a man-made pond. There is a large grassed area with table tennis and badminton for the more energetic. A top terrace provides an ideal spot for an evening drink overlooking the village. A small courtyard and garage is located at the side of the house.
The surrounding landscape is dramatic, with river valleys and cliffs and historic towns and villages. The many vineyards of the region produce the famous Cahors wine.
In May and June the owners are in a separate apartment up in the attic and are on hand to help with your holiday as much or as little as you wish. The owners use the entrance at the back of the house at the landing level.
Children are welcome but it is best to discuss with the owner first - not ideal for toddlers, although they do come.
A welcome pack of wine, water, milk, tea and coffee is provided.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The stunningly beautiful and dramatic Lot and Célé valleys are ideal for canoeing, boating and picnicking and the cliff-top villages such as St Cirq Lapopie and the famous Rocamadour make this region superb for holidays. Many of the chateaux of the Lot are open to visitors. The ancient market towns such as Figeac, Cahors and Gourdon, have regular produce markets and enticing shops and restaurants in addition to their historic buildings.
The Dordogne is within easy distance.
St Martin de Vers
St Martin de Vers is a charming small medieval village of special interest for its mellow stone houses, some dating back to the 1400s,narrow winding streets, the pretty church and the River Vers meandering through the village and surrounding meadows. Labastide Murat, 12 minutes away is the local town with all amenities, the birthplace of General Murat, one of Napoleon's generals. It has tennis courts, a pool, golf, a supermarket, a bank, shops, hotel and restaurants. There are regular brocantes (vintage and antique fairs) throughout the summer and a weekly market and flower festivals. The nearest baker is at Lauzes, with a general store five minutes away.