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Charming Farmhouse With Private Pool and Views All Round



Updated: 25-Nov-2016

Nougayrede Bas, near Cahors in the Lot Valley. Traditional farmhouse and converted barn, refurbished to a high modern standard with a large private pool. Five bedrooms sleep 12. The property stands on its own in an elevated hillside position, surrounded by spellbinding vistas of farmland and hilltop towns. Two miles from shops and restaurants at Montcuq. Twenty miles from Cahors (historic regional centre) well placed for visiting one of the loveliest parts of France. Pool with underwater lighting, 40x20ft. Grounds of one acre, parts in deep shade. Garage plus ample parking space.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

Tony and Judy Lane are retired and live in Somerset. We bought Nougayrede Bas in 2001 as a retirement project, after we had done with working and raising our family of three. We found the work of refurbishment hard but satisfying. We use it for entertaining and family parties, as well as for letting.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

‘The house was perfect and we will be recommending it to friends’ - Mrs Kate J, London

‘What a fabulous place. We will definitely be re-booking’ - Mr Andrew A, Tyne & Wear,

‘Best house we've ever stayed at ‘ - Mrs Karen W, West Midlands.

‘We loved our stay at your villa. We will be recommending it to all our Dutch friends’ - Mr & Mrs Ben B, Amsterdam, Holland

‘Beyond our wildest dreams. A great place for friends to spend time together.’ - Mrs Carol P, Ontario, Canada

‘What a wonderful place! We fell in love with the house and the pool, and would love to return sometime soon.’ - Mr & Mrs Andrew S, Kent

‘We had a fabulous holiday last time. This time we had another fantastic week, it was just as lovely as before. Thank you.’ - Mr & Mrs Kevin W, Yorks
Mar 2004
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From the Owner

We chose Nougayrede Bas as picturesque a base in the lovely French region fed by the rivers Dordogne, Lot and Tarn. We were enchanted by its views. Since buying it we have renovated it throughout. It dates from the C17, we believe, and it was a working farm right from its origins up until the early 1970s. After that the house was used for many years as a Parisian artist's country studio, until we bought it and converted it for holiday use.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : MONTCUQ at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : MONTCUQ at 2 Kilometres Car: necessary


The A20 autoroute from Paris has an exit at Cahors, and from Cahors, Nougayrede Bas lies 20 miles to the SW.

From Dieppe, Le Havre or St Malo, the house can be reached in an easy day's driving, and from Calais (ferry or tunnel) after a longer day's drive.

Toulouse,Bordeaux & Bergerac airports, all within 2 hours of Nougayrede Bas, have several flights a day from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

Trains run to Cahors from the Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris.


Nougayrede Bas is two miles from the hilltop market town of Montcuq, with restaurants, street cafes and all shops for day-to-day living.

Cahors, the historic regional centre, is 20 miles off, with a wider range of shops.

Further Details:

The River Lot is one of the loveliest in France. Flowing parallel to the Dordogne, its valley is more sinuous, its uplands wilder. Every valley in the region has its mediaeval castle, prehistoric cave, fortified bastide, or pilgrimage town. All have atmospheric restaurants. The local economy is agricultural.

The local cuisine is rich and varied. Specialities include duck, geese, foie gras, plums, walnuts. The deep red wines of Cahors, raised on these stony hillsides, were known to the Romans, and have seen a lively revival in recent years.

Festivals and concerts are widespread in the summer. Every village has its weekly market and its annual fete, often with fireworks.

Summers are very hot. Remember you are on the same latitude as Rimini! However your thick stone walls give good insulation, and your elevated position is exposed to breezes.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
10 Sep 2016 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Oct 2017 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
We accept bookings by telephone, e-mail or post. It is usually best to ring and enquire about availability, so that if satisfied you can make a verbal reservation then and there. This will then be held for three days.
This gives you time to to send us a completed booking form and a rental deposit of 50% of one week's rent.
After that, we ask you to pay the balance not later than two months before your arrival date.

Changeover Day:
All lets start and finish on Saturdays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 25-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

We love the solid dignity of its architecture, its champagne-coloured stone walls, its all-round panorama, and the constantly-changing light on the surrounding hills and valleys. We love hearing that our visitors enjoy all these things too. They always sing the praises of its hillside position and its views, its traditional farmhouse character, its expansive pool and its overall sense of spaciousness. They often come again.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • 5 x bathrooms. Large family bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and hand-basin. Each of bedrooms 2 - 5 has its own bathroom en-suite, with shower, WC and hand-basin.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Bed-sitting room with bathroom. French windows to garden.
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, With en-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Sleeps 3. With large en-suite bathroom.
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed, With en-suite bathroom.
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, With en-suite bathroom.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Spacious bed-sitting suite 1 with king-size bed. Suite 2 with twin beds. Suite 3 with one king-size, one single bed. Spacious bed-sitting suite 4 with one king-size, one single bed. Spacious bed-sitting suite 5 - twin beds.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: There is full oil-fired central heating and a large open fire, with logs provided in season. The barn is electrically heated. Outside: Converted barn contains two spacious bed-sitting rooms and an entrance hall/kitchenette. Large private pool 40x20ft, underwater lighting, enjoys direct sunlight all day. Depth 4 ft to 7 ft. Roman steps into the shallow end. Water cleaned by automatic pump and filter: chemical balance monitored regularly. The pool is surrounded by a sun terrace, with sunloungers and wide views. Shady pool-house equipped for barbecues. Grounds of one acre, part shaded by trees. Walnuts, figs, plums, vines. The plot is surrounded by undulating farmland (sunflowers, meadows) giving onto distant views. Utility Room: Separate laundry room with washing machine & water-softener. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: English manager lives in the village. Property is cleaned before each let. Guests bring own bed-linen and towels - however hire can be arranged if necessary. Other: Pretty external dining terrace at first floor level for open-air living, shaded with commanding southerly views. Dining space for 12. Steps down to garden.

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