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5* rated traditional farmhouse on the banks of River Lot with private pool.

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Duravel and Vire, Lot Valley, France - Set in 7 Acres Surrounded by Vineyards

Old farmhouse on the River Lot with private pool. Set in 7 acres surrounded by vineyards. There is plenty of garden furniture and parasols to let you enjoy outside eating at the fixed barbecue. The pool has its own terrace and there is plenty of space to play all sorts of games from badminton, football to boules!

For anglers, you are in for a real treat as the garden literally runs down to the river Lot with its abundance of carp, catfish and other species and is just enjoyable to sit and while away some time watching the riverlife go by.. You can fish in seclusion whilst only being a stones throw from the rest of the family.

There are walnut trees planted on one side of the property and vineyards to bee seen from most windows. Whether you are sipping wine on the balcony, sun bathing on the terrace or simply messing around in the pool, there is something for every member of the family at Picherre.

More Details

Christian Hoy
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2017

About Christian Hoy

As owners of an insurance and transport business in Surrey, it is always a treat to get away from the stresses of work and head off to our home in southern France.

“Our two daughters were 5 & 6 when we bought Picherre” recalls Kim, “and we wanted a family home that would allow us to bring friends and our large families away for a holiday that would be enjoyed by everyone. Picherre was ideal. Within a few hours of leaving our house near Epsom, we can be drinking a glass of local Cahors wine around the pool or on the banks of the River Lot. If we catch the 6.30 a.m. flight from Gatwick, we can be in Picherre before lunch after stopping off for a food shop on the way through."

The privacy of Picherre allows us to completely switch off the moment we arrive at our old stone farmhouse.

Christian Hoy purchased this farmhouse in 1997

Why Christian Hoy chose Lot

We bought Picherre in 1997 whilst enjoying a holiday in the region. Being on the flat, bordering the river Lot and enjoying the seclusion of its 7 acre plot were the main attractions. We have been told that the property is over 200 years old. Local rumour has it that the bread oven in the barn served the local community during the Second World War. Although Picherre still has its own well, nowadays we are able to enjoy the amenity of mains water!

The village of Duravel with its local boulangerie, boucherie, tabac and weekly market provides a timelessness that seems a far cry from our world in and around London. Our children love walking or cycling to the village in the morning for our baguettes, pain au raisin and pain au chocolat and chatting to the friendly neighbours en route.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Whilst Picherre is private, it is not remote. If you wish for some solitude, you can sit quietly and fish from the end of the garden or simply watch the kingfishers dart by and fish jump at dusk. For those who enjoy exercise and wish to explore the area, there is a 7 mile circuit for cycling or walking right from the front door. Tennis can be played at the courts in Duravel. A day's excursion can take you to the underground river and caves at Padirac or the medieval cliff-hanging village of Rocamadour, or more locally the spectacular chateau Bonaguil. The numerous vineyards close by offer delightful wine-tasting experiences. Children love a day out at the water park at Agen. You can enjoy local produce and food at family restaurants or excellent fine dining for that special occasion.


Castle of Bonaguil (Château de Bonaguil)
Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

As the banks of the River Lot run along the edge of the property it is ideal for Anglers.


By air:

Flybe have direct services to Bergerac from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Manchester and Southampton. Ryanair fly direct from London Stansted, East Midlands, Bristol and Liverpool to Bergerac. Jet2 also fly to Bergerac from Leeds Bradford Airport. Easyjet fly to Toulouse from Bristol and London Gatwick. Slightly further afield are flights to Bordeuax.

By train

The TGV from Paris stops at Agen, Cahors or Bergerac. Car hire available at all these locations.

By road

As soon as you make your reservation we will provide detailed driving directions


Duravel is about 3km away and it is a pleasant walk to get your bread etc. in the mornings. A more comprehensive shop can be made at the supermarkets in Fumel which is about 8km away. The cities of Cahors and Villeneuve are both about 40 mins drive.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Duravel in Lot

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, wc, bidet. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, wc. Bathroom with bath/shower over, wc, bidet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite and private balcony. Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite and private terrace. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Bedroom 5 choice of 2 rooms that have sofa beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Instructions on how to use the equipment are at the property. Outside: There is plenty of garden furniture and parasols to let you enjoy outside eating eating at the fixed barbecue. The pool has its own terrace and there is plenty of space to play all sorts of games from badminton, football to boules! Utility Room: Behind the kitchen the Utility room contains the washing machine, iron and ironing board and additional refrigerator with combined freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are available for hire directly from our local agent. Prices on application. Other: The property also boasts a television room which has a satellite connection and DVD player. A sofa bed is amongst the furniture in this room.


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5* rated traditional farmhouse on the banks of River Lot with private pool.
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

A wonderful piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at the property and we were therefore desperately looking forward to our return knowing what to expect! It is beautifully maintained by the wonderful house managers, Kevin and Sandra who are really helpful should you require any advice.

Surrounded by stunning countryside and vineyards, the property is very private yet certainly not remote. How wonderful to cycle directly from the doorstep (on one of the several bicycles kindly provided for the use of guests) and be able to enjoy this lovely part of France, largely on little used roads and cycle tracks. I am definitely not a cyclist but really enjoyed it as the terrain was largely quite flat!! Although this beautiful stone house is set among the countryside, it is very private and close to the stunning river Lot (accessible directly from the property); yet it is also within walking distance of the village which provides a pizzeria, bakery, small convenience store etc. For more choice, there is also a huge supermarket along with many other amenities within a short 10-15 minute drive.

The kitchen is beautifully fitted with everything necessary along with dishwasher, microwave etc and the latest addition of a magnificent outside eating/stone BBQ area is quite simply spectacular! We spent the whole two weeks dreaming as we admired the beauty of the place. The pool is large and clean and enjoys an open vista of the surrounding fields. There is a selection of sun beds and also some much needed shade for when the sun is too strong.

There are three well equipped bathrooms, two lovely double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, and a sofa bed so plenty of room for family and friends altogether. Wifi is provided for those who need it for work or play and many dvds are available to watch on the flat screen tv should the weather change. The large double height sitting room (with mezzanine level) is stunning and it provided wonderful acoustics for my husband while playing his classical guitar!

We have visited the Gouffre de Padirac caves, Chateau de Bonaguil and the Foie Gras museum to name a few places of interest, but there is so much more yet to see.

We highly recommend this beautiful house and will definitely return very soon. Thank you so much for letting us share this little piece of heaven, we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Lindsey for your lovely review. I'm glad that you had another wonderful time and I couldn't agree with you more on all that you have written. We are lucky to have Kevin & Sandra looking after Picherre and they do help everyone settle very quickly into their holiday. We have plans to develop more outside areas to enjoy the sun and views in this coming close season and would love to welcome you back so that you give your opinion on those next year!
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A peaceful, comfortable and secluded location

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Picherre and, as usual, Kevin and Sandra were there to meet us and show us the super new outdoor seating and barbecue area. We are very familiar with the house and when we arrived it was spotless. We had excellent communication throughout our stay and we tried the restaurant just down the road recommended by the owner of Picherre (Le Callieu). This restaurant is thoroughly recommended and the owner speaks English which is useful for those who's French is very rusty. We would also recommend the market in Praysac and Villeneuve (Wednesday and Saturday). The markets are great places to pick up local specialities and fresh fruit and vegetables. For any fisherman that fancy a challenge the river can certainly offer that. There are barbel, chub and catfish in numbers but the carp can be a bit trickier to tempt!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House, Stunning Surroundings

  • 5 of 5

7 of us had a wonderful week here. The house and gardens were truly spectacular and the newly built pergola and BBQ area really made for fantastic evenings outside.

The pool was clean and the wonderful blue water was a great way to cool down in the heat, only topped by the spectacular river at the end of the garden. Teaming with fish and clear waters relaxing in the river and going for some good open water swims really became a highlight.

As for the sourounding area I couldn't recommend the Lot valley higher. It is a cyclist paradise, as long as you don't mind a few good hills, the rolling countryside l was stunning and with vineyard after vineyard the temptations are never ending.

My only regret was we only had the house for a week! There is so much to do in the area and many more places to visit I could certainly see myself returning in a year of two.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review. I'm glad that you had a wonderful time at Picherre. You certainly made the most of the time you were there and you must be very strong swimmers as I could not swim in the Lot river and could not recommend it although it is extremely tempting. You are right about the area being a cyclists' dream and French motorists have a very accommodating attitude toward two wheeled road users. It would be great to see you back down at Picherre in the coming years.
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Picherre is....

  • 5 of 5

This was our fifth stay at Picherre. So, we obviously enjoy the property and our holidays here. The question is, why? The answer lies in many things.

Picherre is fully equipped and well maintained. There is wi-fi, TV, and DVD equipment for those who need to stay in touch with outside world. The housekeepers are incredibly helpful (Thank you Kevin & Sandra).

Picherre is close to Duravel, and Puy l'Eveque for supplies, and eating places.

Picherre is utterly tranquil. Surrounded by fields, vineyards and Walnut trees and with a new covered outside eating and relaxing space to take full advantage. There is peaceful, relaxed walking or cycling on the lanes around the house.

Picherre is a place where you can do as much or as little as you choose. Where the world beyond this little bend in the river can recede into the background.

Picherre is somewhere we look forward to returning each time we leave.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again Simon for quoting what you like most about Picherre. We enjoy you coming to stay and you will have seen all the improvements that we have made over the years. Another project will be undertaken at the end of this year to yet further enhance your holidays should you book again. Hope to see you in 2018!
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7 nights stay end of August 2016

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at la Picherre. We were greeted by Sandra and Kevin and immediately felt relaxed and in holiday mode. The house was super and the pool was fantastic. We loved the outside space and the privacy of the gardens. We would definitely recommend this house to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Expansive and private rural setting

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with Picherre and had a fantastic time, helped greatly I must admit by the brilliant weather. Even without this, however, the house is comfortable and well-appointed with downstairs living space that is particularly spacious and family-friendly. The rural setting is wonderful - open, yet private, and very scenic. We appreciated the use of the bikes and thoroughly enjoyed the pool and its lovely setting. We also had a great visit to the vineyard on our last day. We hope to return one day!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and I am glad that you had such a good time at Picherre. As you mention, the bikes are an added bonus and do make it a great way to explore the local area and also to pick the daily croissants and pain au raisin etc. from the boulangerie in nearby Duravel. We look forward to welcoming you back to Picherre at some future date.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Duravel, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
End of Season
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
14 Jul 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
End of Season
8 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £400

Booking Notes:
We require a deposit of 25% to secure the booking. The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to the arrival date.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are Saturdays. Guests are requested to arrive after 4pm and leave before 10am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Discounts are available for booking of 3 weeks or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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