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The Old Barn, Mercadiol – Home 1370663 Gite

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 7 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

The Old Barn, Mercadiol – Home 1370663

Excellent Excellent – based on 6 reviews

  • Gite
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 7 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Gite / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 7

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

The house

La Vieille Grange is on the northern edge of a rural hamlet, with woods to one side and across the valley below. It began life as a barn, with the oldest parts of the building dating from the 18th century (or even earlier), and in its transformation to a house the original stonework and massive oak beams have been left exposed. It is now a spacious and comfortable family-friendly holiday home. Offering self-catering accommodation for six (and a baby), it is a great place to relax and unwind. The country lanes are ideal for walking and cycling.

Large windows on each floor look east over valley meadows and to the north are woodlands. There are double doors on both sides of the ground floor – three sets to the south opening onto a terrace area and grassy courtyard which enjoy long hours of sunshine and a set to the north opening onto another sheltered terrace. Herbs and, in season, tomatoes and salad greens, grow near the front door. The house has electric wall

The house

La Vieille Grange is on the northern edge of a rural hamlet, with woods to one side and across the valley below. It began life as a barn, with the oldest parts of the building dating from the 18th century (or even earlier), and in its transformation to a house the original stonework and massive oak beams have been left exposed. It is now a spacious and comfortable family-friendly holiday home. Offering self-catering accommodation for six (and a baby), it is a great place to relax and unwind. The country lanes are ideal for walking and cycling.

Large windows on each floor look east over valley meadows and to the north are woodlands. There are double doors on both sides of the ground floor – three sets to the south opening onto a terrace area and grassy courtyard which enjoy long hours of sunshine and a set to the north opening onto another sheltered terrace. Herbs and, in season, tomatoes and salad greens, grow near the front door. The house has electric wall heaters for the cooler seasons.

Check-in time is from 15.00 on Saturday; check-out time is 10.00 am Sat (in order to allow cleaning time for changeovers)

The hamlet

The hamlet of Mercadiol is a hilltop cluster of a dozen or so old farmhouses and stone and timber barns lying either side of a rural lane. It is surrounded by fields, walnut groves and woods. Through traffic is minimal and both the days and nights are peacefully quiet, with little more than the sound of bird calls or, in summer, the distant music of a village 'en fete'. A local walking track passes through Mercadiol, so on weekends you might see small groups making their way up from the field below.

Regional attractions

Happily, Mercadiol combines its peaceful rural setting with easy access to a rich and diverse number of attractions. The medieval market towns of Sarlat, Gourdon and Souillac are each less than 20 mins drive away, and all have a choice of large supermakets as well as food markets – the Sarlat market in particular is renowned for the local produce on offer. Also close are castles – Fenelon is a 20 minute walk way, while Montfort, Beynac and Castelnaud are a short scenic drive down-river; prehistoric caves, including the nearby Cougnac; the pilgrim site of Rocamadour; wineries, restaurants and, a 5-minute drive away, the Dordogne River with kayaks, canoes and cycleway.

Seasons and weather

In spring and summer the roadsides and meadows are bright with wildflowers. Summer temperatures average 25 C (75 F) although up to 35 C in August is not uncommon. This is the main tourist season. Our local markets and restaurants are buzzing with crowds, flotillas of canoes take to the river and music festivals and village fairs offer a range of entertainment in the long evenings, sometimes vying with stunning sound and light shows provided by summer thunderstorms! Autumn (September to November) is usually dry, with misty mornings, mild days and crisp nights. This is a lovely time to stay, the days are still warm, around 15 C (60 F), the harvest is done and the markets brim with produce. Early winter days can be bright and sunny with temperatures of around 5C (40 F), but often freezing overnight; sleet and snow are possible. In spring (March to May) you can expect sunshine and showers with daily temperatures of around 13 C (55 F) as you watch the greening of woods and meadows; we particularly like watching the transformation of the large linden tree in our courtyard as leafbuds unfurl into delicate green foliage. Throughout the year brilliantly clear stars fill the night sky.

Location description from owner

The Occitanie region

The South-West of France is famed for its natural beauty, spectacular castles, caves and gastronomic delights. The region's towns and villages have great shopping, including colourful and historic food markets as well as a range of wonderful cafes and restaurants (we supply full details). In summer there are festivals every week: a bread festival at Salignac, wine at Cahors, music at St Cere and a strawberry festival at Nabirat. If you're interested in antiques or bric-a-brac, add to this the many antiques and brocante markets (Sarlat, Gourdon and Souillac) and the ever-tempting weekend 'vide greniers' (attic sales) where people sell unwanted goods - from furniture to clothes, books and kitchen items.

Masclat

The Dordogne Valley is one of the most spectacular in France. The river rises in the Massif Central and passes through beautiful countryside, the valley sides dotted with imposing chateaux, historic towns and villages towns and a mixture of woodlands, meadows, farmlands and vineyards.

Within short and easy drives from the house are several historic towns, such as Sarlat, a medieval jewel that has been immaculately restored, the former river port of Souillac and the hilltop town of Gourdon. Also within easy reach are the Vezere valley with its rich heritage of prehistory - the cave paintings of Lascaux, the Museum of Prehistory at Les Eyzies de Tayac, and the Lot Valley, with its vineyards, and Cahors with its world-heritage listed fortified bridge. The house is close to marked woodland walking tracks and back roads for cycling or gentle drives to visit the many pretty villages and farmer's markets. It is 5 mins drive from the Dordogne River and a canoe hire station. It is ideal for walkers, people with an interest in nature, prehistory and history, and food markets, or those who are simply seeking a tranquil rural retreat.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Derek B
Response rate:
92%
Calendar updated::
30 Dec 2016
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French


This Gite has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 7. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 14 Jul 2014. Located in Lot, it has 6 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £630 to £777.

The Owner has a response rate of 92% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 30 Dec 2016.

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“A very comfortable rustic property ideally located in the Dordogne.”

Reviewed 12 Nov 2014

A very well equipped property with garden, outdoor furniture, BBQ, undercover parking, WiFi, extensive collection of books,and excellent heating for winter. Detailed notes with recommendations for restaurants, supermarkets, shops and markets, chateaux and general places of interest, are provided by the owner. Take note of the directions to find this property provided by the owner - it can be difficult to find. We have travelled widely in France, from Normandy to Nice, Brittany to the French Alps, and Bordeaux to Dijon, and La Vieille Grange is our favourite rental property, As a result we have stayed in this villa on 6 separate occasions, from 2002 to 2012.

Many thanks for this review - and for returning many times. We try to upgrade the facilities in some way every year and all suggestions on how to improve the appeal of the house are carefully considered.

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