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Traditional Stone Quercy Cottage With Superb Exclusive Pool



Updated: 01-Oct-2016
Traditional Stone Quercy Cottage in St Martin Labouval, Nr St Cirq Lapopie, Lot - Peaceful South-Facing Hillside Position Within National Park

Situated within the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy, Genévrier is a traditional Quercy cottage occupying a secluded, south-facing hillside position above the small village of St. Martin Labouval in the Vallée du Lot. Set in eight acres of its own land amid oak trees, juniper bushes and box together with wild orchids and honeysuckle, Genévrier has all the ingredients for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. The Vallée du Lot is further south than some people realise, spring comes early, summers are usually hot and dry and autumns are delightfully warm. It is a land of warmth and sunshine and spectacular beauty, scented with juniper and thyme and alive with butterflies, the perfect place to relax and unwind. Providing exclusivity and independence the cottage, which has recently been lovingly restored, offers simple but very comfortable accommodation for five guests and has been furnished as our home as opposed to a ‘holiday house’.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Newcombes: ‘in 30 years of holidaying in France it was by far the best we have ever had… the cottage was so comfortable, the location was so peaceful and the pool was just ‘the icing on the cake it was the perfect holiday’

Smiths ‘”We have just returned from the most wonderful week at Genévrier… we all agreed it was the most beautiful and peaceful place we had ever been and the memory of sitting there in the evening sun with a glass of wine in my hand will stay with me forever. The cottage was all we could have asked for and more’

Turners ‘a short mail to say how much we enjoyed our stay at your lovely house, even though the pictures on the advert looked very nice they didn't do it justice, we have been to France many times hoping to have the idyllic place to stay but until now have always fallen just short of the mark’

Scards ‘Thank you so much. We have just returned from a wonderful holiday. Your house and property and the whole area are absolutely beautiful’
Nov 2008
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent location and a very peacefull setting

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic property, very homely and welcoming. Plenty to explore and some beautiful villages and towns in the area. We had a fantastic two weeks and really enjoyed the peaceful setting and spent hours relaxing and enjoying the pool with our family. I would fully recommend this property and is one of our favourite holidays...

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The perfect gite!

  • 5 of 5

Genevrier is a lovely old farmhouse, sitting in large grounds on a hillside looking down over woods to the Lot valley. It's wonderfully quiet and peaceful and surrounded by nature - deer, wild boar, red squirrels can be heard and, occasionally, seen along with numerous birds, bats and butterflies...

The house feels much more like a family home than a holiday let - it's very comfortable and extremely well equipped. We had everything we wanted for a great holiday - the welcoming bottle of wine was a generous start to that holiday!

This part of France is very scenic, peaceful and relaxing - there's lots to do either in the immediate area or within a short (one hour) drive. Local markets provide a great shopping experience - the one in Limogne (on a Sunday) is a good start to any holiday, big enough to offer a great selection of local produce...

We've stayed in a number of holiday homes in France over the years, but this is the only one we want to return to but for two weeks (or more) not one!

A little piece of heaven here on earth...

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A magical, serene place

  • 5 of 5

This is a magical place, full of character. It is set in a beautiful location in its own grounds where you see nothing but trees and greenery and flowers, and hear nothing but the birds and the cicadas. We were able to relax and unwind in complete peace and tranquillity. The cottage is very well equipped, clean and very comfortable, and the cuisine d'ete is a wonderful shaded place to have all meals (and it's especially useful to have the extra fridge/freezer and sink).

The delightful pool is just down a few steps from the cottage and has lavender along one side which attracts hundreds of butterflies. There is plenty of space for lounging in the sun.

The property has only one small bathroom, with no bath, but the shower is good and strong, and we were never short of hot water. Note there is no dishwasher.

During our stay we entertained a cat (feral, but seemed to "belong"). She demanded food, and we fed her, but if you're not fond of cats you might want to check the cat status before booking!

This cottage will welcome you, befriend you and beguile you ... and you will never want to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse & Rodez at 90 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cenevieres at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Cahors at 40 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A20 at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Cirq Lapopie at 8 Kilometres Car: necessary


Genévrier is situated in the Lot Valley near the confluence of the Lot and Célé rivers. Cahors, the charming capital of the Lot is a leisurely forty minutes drive west along the wonderfully scenic river valley road.

It is around nine hours driving time from Calais; all but the last 20 minutes can be driven on the autoroutes. Rodez airport is the closest at around an hour. Toulouse airport is about a 90 minutes drive, whilst the airports at Carcasonne and Limoges are both around 2 hours.

Further Details:

The cottage is approached off a quiet lane and there is ample space for parking. The area within the immediate vicinity of the cottage is grass and has a mixture of mature oaks, scrub oaks, juniper and box bushes. The rest of the land is a combination of woodland, field and ‘causse’.

Daily essentials are available in the village of Cénevières, about 3kms. Whilst the small town of Cajarc, which is an enjoyable 10-15 minute drive along the beautiful, superbly scenic river road, has a wider range of shops and cafés as well as a regular market. An excellent local Sunday morning market is held in Limogne, 10 minutes or so away.

Cahors is the principle town of the region and a visit to see the beautiful fortified Pont Valentré with its Devils tower is a must. Stroll around the narrow medieval streets of the old quarter, visit the Romanesque cathedral of St. Ètienne and enjoy the colourful market on Wednesday and Saturday morning in the cathedral square. And, during your visit take time out to have a meal at one of the many splendid restaurants or just relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by.

Situated within a national park, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty, rich in history and architecture, where rugged limestone cliffs surmounted by ancient, picture postcard villages, rise hundreds of feet above the river Lot as it meanders and winds its way through fields of sunflowers, tobacco and maize.

There are many places of interest to visit in this beautiful region. The medieval village of St. Cirq Lapopie, perched on the cliffs high above the river, the prehistoric cave paintings of Pech Merle at Cabarets, the working museum of agricultural life at Cuzals and the 13th century Château de Cénevières, are all within a very short drive. A little further afield is spectacular Rocamadour, a medieval town that seems to defy gravity as it clings to a sheer rock face 1600 feet above the Alzou river.


Rental rates

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27 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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10 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
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24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
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8 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
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15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
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22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
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26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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9 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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16 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Prices are per week and include bed linens and bathroom towels.
Following your initial enquiry we will email you a booking form for you to complete and return with your deposit.

A deposit of 30% is required to secure your booking, with the balance due eight weeks before the start of your holiday.
On receipt of the balance we will send you full directions on how to find us.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is a Saturday, with arrival at 4pm and departure by 10am. The cottage will be clean and tidy on your arrival. All we ask is that you leave it in the same condition on your departure.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

A 30% deposit is required on booking.
The balance is due eight weeks prior to the beginning of your stay.

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 108 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower, hand basin and wc.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Two delightful pretty double aspect bedrooms (1 double and the other twin beds) with polished wood floors, sloping ceilings and original oak beams. An attractive mezzanine area at the top of the oak staircase provides a further single bed if required.


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Outside: To the side of the cottage is a wonderful ‘cuisine d’été’. This very attractive covered area with its stout oak beams and old canal tiles on the roof provides comfort and shade - an absolute necessity. A round metal painted table enables six to eat in comfort and a number of wicker chairs with squashy cushions gives the opportunity to put your feet up and relax with a glass or three of the famous local Cahors wine and read those books. The exceptional pool area is close to the cottage, sheltered and completely private. The wall of the barn, a terraced wall with lavender and cypress together a lower wall leading off into the copse, bound it on three sides. The fourth side is completely open to the views over the valley. The pool is 10m x 5m with shallow steps by the barn end and varies in depth between 0.9m and 2.1m. There is a solar heated shower and the pool can be illuminated for those night-time dips. The pool is fitted with an AFNOR approved alarm system. Utility Room: Approached off the cuisine d'ete, the utility room houses the washing machine/dryer, double sink and a large fridge/freezer. It has large oak worktops and offers plenty of cool storage.

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