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Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 7
The villa benefits from its own private pool, with a shallow end perfect for the children. Leading from the living room is a spacious balcony with stunning countryside views, furnished with a table and chairs to enable you to dine al fresco for a perfect holiday home experience.
There are two bedrooms, each with a double bed a bathroom / shower, sitting room/ dining room and American kitchen. There is an option to rent a bottom unit unit that has one large bedroom containing a double and single bed, with a walk in en-suite. It also contains an American kitchen. The sitting room/dining room leads to a large covered patio ideal for dining or relaxing. Outside there is a very large veranda with spectacular views over the valley, ideal for sunbathing and dining. The property has been refurbished to a high standard and offers a real taste of the Lot Valley.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Catus Lac Vert 4 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse/Rodez/Carcassonne/Bergerac/Bordeaux 110 km, Nearest railway: Cahors 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The downstairs unit has one very large bedroom with a walk in en-suite.There is a kingsize and a single bed in the room. It contains a American kitchen with sitting room cum dining room.
|Further details outdoors|
The swimming pool is 10m x 6m in size and is absolutely essential in the long hot summer.
The Midi-Pyrénées region
Upstream from Cahors, the road follows the River Lot through dramatic and awe-inspiring countryside towards St Cirq Lapopie, Cabrerets and the prehistoric caves of Pech Merle. All are well worth a visit. To the South are the spectacular deep gorges of the Aveyron and Tarn Rivers leading to the mediaeval towns of Cordes en ciel, (The village in the sky) and Albi with its painted cathedral and Toulouse Lautrec Museum. West of Cahors and spread over miles of countryside are the vineyards which produce the robust and distinctive Cahors Wine. The Dordogne, Rocamadour and the Gouffre de Padirac are some 45 kms to the North.
The whole region enjoys an abundance of good wine and food. Particular specialties include duck, truffles and an array of different cheeses. Locally grown fruit and vegetables are plentiful and delicious. The smaller restaurants in the surrounding villages are well worth visiting and many produce amazing menus of great value, variety and quality.
The fascinating old market town of Cahors, almost surrounded by the River Lot, offers the visitor a vista of old buildings and streets to explore. Many of these date back to Roman times and include the famous Pont Valentré. The market and local vineyards are well worth a visit.
The local leisure centre and lake offers tennis, canoeing, boating and mini golf. The River Lot provides the more adventurous watersports enthusiast with a range of activities. There are a number of golf courses within reasonable driving distance
In St-Medard you can enjoy many walks through the idyllic countryside. One such walk through the top of the village leads to a vineyard. Most producers take great pleasure in sharing their know-how and love of their wines: each producer has a range of wines and vintages for you to try on the spot, glass in hand. Wine in this region is so inexpensive. You will also pass by the ex Maire of St-Medard whose farm provides a wide selection of homemade cheeses. At the end of a tiring day, treat yourself to a meal in the exclusive restaurant - Le Grindreau just around the corner.
Close to St-Medard are many other villages to be enjoyed, the nearest Catus (5km), has a lake where you can also enjoy many forms of water sports and fishing. The tourist office will provide you with many historic walks of their village. The village has a restaurant Le-Grindreau a Michelin star which although quite expensive is well worth a visit. Catus has all the shops necessary for daily living. Here you will find an excellent bakery, butchers, greengrocers, newsagent and small supermarket. Each Tuesday there is a local market which provides a colourful insight to the wealth of local produce and culture. There are also three large supermarkets in the surrounding areas.
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19 Aug 2013
"The perfect place for a family reunion"
Due to work commitments, we rarely get together as a family. This lovely, rural getaway in the picturesque village of St Medard gave us an opportunity to reunite. We rented both the upstairs and downs… More
22 Oct 2012
"An idyllic property in an idyllic location"
I made my customary visited to 'Eire' in the village of St Medard this year as I have in previous years. I can testify that this is my favourite place to holiday due to both the accommodati… More
10 Mar 2012
"One of my two favourite places to holiday"
My wife and I have holidayed in the villa 'Eire' in St. Medard approximately 6-7 times in the past 12 years or so - which, in itself, says a lot about how much we like it. We have mostly stayed in the upper of the two apartments because it is a little more private and has a balcony (with adjustable awning) around two sides of the building which provides beautiful views of the surrounding heavily wooded countryside. I have spent countless enjoyable hours on that balcony having long leisurely meals with a glass of chilled local white at my elbow, reading (ditto chilled local white) or reclining at night under the incredibly starry sky watching for shooting stars (ditto chilled local white).
St. Medard is a tiny village with neither a shop nor a bar so if you are looking for a vacation full of the high life it is probably not the place for you. If, on the other hand, you ache for an interlude of peace and quiet away from the madding crowd you could hardly do better. Although 'Eire' is close to other houses in the village the neighbours are anything but intrusive. When it is very warm the swimming pool provides cooling and gentle exercise. If you want to push your body a little more the local tourist organisation has information on a range of interesting local walks varying from the gentle to the (occasionally very) challenging. If you need to reconnect with the outside world the nearby village of Catus and town of Prayssac both have shops, restaurants, bars and very lively weekly markets. St. Medard is also well-placed for trips to a wide variety of beautiful and interesting tourist sites. There are also many first-class restaurants within easy driving distance and the Michelin-starred (but pretty expensive) 'Le Gindreau' is only five minutes walk from the front door of 'Eire' itself - a major advantage if you plan to carry out extensive comparative research on the local wines.
The facilities in the apartment are not, perhaps, what one would describe as luxury but will be more than adequate for all but the very fussy. We have really loved our time in St. Medard over the years. We are looking forward to being there again next summer, and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone seeking a beautiful tranquil retreat from the pressures of the everyday world.
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