Stone Barn in Larroque Toirac, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Lovely Location In The Lot Valley within 5 Minutes Walk From The Lot River
Our lovely stone barn is situated in historic village of Larroque Toirac in the Lot Valley, Midi-Pyrenees with its medieval 12th Century fortified Chateau. Tastefully renovated in Spring 2011 whilst retaining original features, 2 pretty double bedrooms with comfortable double beds (plus fold out child's bed) chest of drawers/hanging rail & good lighting/mirrors. A safety gate for young children is available. Downstairs is a comfortable living & dining area with table/chairs & breakfast bar. There is a TV & DVD player & radio/cd player, plus books, DVDs & family games. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge/freezer & separate freezer & everything one could possibly need in one's own kitchen. There is a modern shower room with toilet & wash hand basin. All bed linen, towels, tablecloth/tea towels are included. Beds are made up prior to guests arriving & clean linen/towels etc are provided for their second week. The outside space consists of a split level terraced sitting/eating area with BBQ & a secluded garden at the back. 2 bikes are available for FREE use, plus a table tennis table The property offers great views and is set in a 2 acre site providing lots of quiet sitting/reading areas. The star attraction is our 10mx5m Salt Water Pool with panoramic views of the valley which has been loved by everyone. There is an additional kitchen near the pool with fridge, microwave & utensils & a solar heated shower. The pool is for the exclusive use of our gite guests between 09.30 & 14.00 & again from 16.30 to 19.30. Some flexibility can be offered by mutual agreement. Pick your own fruit from our trees...there are plenty of choices. Our large secure car park offers easy parking for more then one car or even a caravan for those touring. Just 5 minutes walk from the Lot river and lots of interesting walking paths, with "standing stones" from our doorstep....tested & recommended by our guests see our 2014 reviews. Larroque Toirac is also on a direct bus and cycling route between Figeac and Cahors (our bikes were put to good use by our guests in 2014) The Lot is also a superb wine producing area particularly for red wine. With so many beautiful villages offering Fetes/markets during the summer, the Gorges of the Lot, Aveyron and the Tarn to explore & the Grottos/Caves of Foissac, Peche Merle( with authentic cave paintings) & Padirac (with its underground river & boat trip) to visit you are spoiled for choice. Canoeing on the Lot or Dordogne river are also very popular and there is even water skiing in Cajarc. There are so many castles & churches within easy reach of our gite & there is Larroque Toirac's own fortified 12th century Castle/Chateau just a 5 minute walk away. There is so much to see & do "a week is not enough" as quoted by many of our guests. We are situated 15 minute drive from from Cajarc and Figeac and within easy driving to Villeneuve, Villefranche, St Cirq Lapopie, Conques, Rocamandour & many other beautiful towns. May, June & September are especially good for couples who enjoy swimming, walking/hiking, cycling, horse riding & weekly markets but these are good for families too. The weather is excellent from May onwards and this area is well known to the French who holiday in the Lot each year. We have had one French family who booked in 2012, 2013 & 2014.....not a bad recommendation!!
Top Traveller Review
We just loved our week in this gite
About the Owner
We are a well travelled retired professional couple interested in Art, Architecture, and food. He trained at the Royal Academy, London and Lectured/taught Art & now paints and she ran a restaurant in France following retirement from a professional business career with a large American company covering Europe. She now enjoys gardening & cooking. We both enjoy meeting people, having friends for dinner & BBQ's & ensuring that our guests are happy & comfortable.
Guestbook comments from the owner
2011 was our first year and the comments were great.... we even received photos from guests by e-mail.
In 2012/13 we welcomed many English,French & Dutch guests (some back for the third time) with & without children from our other two web sites. We return to Owners Direct in 2014 & hope we will see some British Clients. May, June & Sept is a great time for those who like walking, cycling or just relaxing/sightseeing. The weather is great during these months & our prices offer real value for money incl. a POOL. What more could you wish for. Visit & you will not want to leave. Excellent comments from our 2014 guests.
4.9 based on 12 holidaymaker reviews
We just loved our week in this gite
Yvonne and Ken were remarkably friendly and helpful, and we and our two daughters (11 and 8) had the most marvellous week. The girls particularly liked the salt water pool that we were able to use much of the day, but when we could drag them away from that we were well positioned to drive to local villages to shop or eat, or to go on a canoeing trip on the Lot, or to visit Cahors. The gite had everything we needed for a week in terms of cooking facilities, small telly, shower etc etc. Terrific view too. Thoroughly recommended.
Cheval blanc is a small but perfectly formed gite just right for a couple or a family of four. Inside there is everything you want to feel like you have your own little home in France, if only for a week or two. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen well equipped and the outside areas have all you need for bbqs, sunbathing, or just relaxing. The location is idyllic, with the pool situated on higher ground above the gite, offering stunning views over the Lot valley both in the pool or from the additional loungers and seating, poolside.
Ken and Yvonne are amongst the kindest, friendliest and most generous hosts we have ever met in 15 years of travelling all over France. Nothing is too much trouble for them - for example, as we were arriving late on Saturday evening they insisted on visiting the supermarket on our behalf before we arrived so we would have a well stocked fridge for the evening and following day.
The Lot area is the real 'France profonde', a rural area full of stunning scenery, historic, characterful towns and villages, superb food markets as well as surprises, such as a renowned museum of modern art in the nearest town, or a first class Egyptology museum in nearby Figeac.
Larroque Toirac is even served by a local bus service taking you along the Lot valley between the interesting towns of Figeac and Cahors, if you want to take a day off from driving!
For either a lazy holiday eating and lounging poolside, or a more active time, exploring, rambling, cycling and sightseeing, Cheval Blanc is your ideal base.
A charming gite in a stunning location !
We stayed here at the beginning of September and a lovely 9 day break . The cottage is finished to a very high standard and contains everything that you might need.The pool area is wonderful with a stunning view across the Lot valley and the little "poolhouse" even contains a kettle, fridge and microwave so that you don't need to keep going back to the gite for refreshments. We very much enjoyed having our poolside morning coffee and croissants while listening only to the sound of church bells drifting down the valley.
This was our first visit to Midi Pyrenees and it certainly wont be our last. The area is beautifully green and lush and it seems almost every village should be a contender for "Best in France"! Eating out was not expensive and we would recommend the "Bar de I'ete" in the nearby village of Beduer.
We visited Figeac, Cajarc, Rocamador, Najac and our favourite St Cirq-Lapopie.
The owners Ken and Yvonne were informative about the area and where to go and were generally extremely helpful.
We would not hesitate in recommending this property to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in this tranquil and idyllic part of France
Perfect gite, perfect holiday!
We spent 1 fantastic week in this charming cottage and we loved it. The cottage is beautiful, clean and very comfortable with lovely outside sitting areas.The cottage has everything you need and more and we much prefered the Lot area to the Dordogne where we've been many times before. The salt water swimming pool is stunning with breath taking views. We spent a lot of time in the pool, as our two boys (4 and 7) just loved it. It is clean and kept at a perfect warm temperature, never cold. The owners, Ken & Yvonne are two lovely and very interesting people who we loved chatting to, and they made us feel very welcomed. (Our two boys liked them so much and are still asking about them!) We are definitely going back here as it was the perfect holiday for us and there is so much more to experience in the area.
Thank you from,
Kiki, Mathew, Ellis & Frankie
Great week in the Lot Valley!
We had a wonderful time staying in the Gite with our 2 children aged 6 and 8. Really nice welcome from Yvonne and Ken, who were always on hand to help, and live on the same plot of land (though we always had our privacy). The location is really convenient for exploring the Lot and Cele valleys - with plenty of river bathing and canoeing available in both - as well as the picture-perfect towns dotted around within an hour's drive. The Gite itself is well equipped and clean and the pool is absolutely fantastic and was a big hit with the kids too. Thank you Yvonne and Ken!
Fantastic Sumer Holiday
Firstly many apologies for the late review, pressures of work and an ongoing Loft Conversion have held me up.
Upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised to see the Gite sitting next to a road in the lower half of a valley near where the River Lot passes through.
Our hosts Yvonne & Ken were two of the most charming people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and we were shown around the Gite and gardens and everything that needed to be explained was explained. To say the property was immaculate is an understatement. We had arrived on a Saturday and could find no shops open as unknown to us it was a religious festival.
On finding out this Yvonne was straight over to her fridge and insisted we took food from her to get us through until the Sunday.
The Gite itself was laid out beautifully and I cannot fault it, never once did I think oh if only they had this or why have they not got that, the kitchen was fully equipped including washing machine and dishwasher and the bathroom was of a very high standard with a fantastic shower.
The beamed lounge had a couple of comfy sofas and a tv and dvd player to boot, dvd’s are freely available from the owners upon request and there are books and board games to play.
Outside is a patio with a table and chairs and a couple of sun loungers and next to that a bbq and a gazebo to keep you shaded from the sun, which was extremely hot during our stay in August.
Up a small climb in the garden is the best part, the fantastic salt water swimming pool complete with tables chairs umbrellas and sun loungers, the pool is available to you exclusively bar two hours in the afternoon when the owners cool off for a dip, but if they are out they let you know and you have the use of it all day, it’s fantastic and a definite plus, besides the pool is a pool house with a fridge, sink and microwave and enough crockery and cutlery that you would not have to return to the main house all day other than to stock up with more supplies.
Cajarc is the nearest town where a Super Market is situated which during the summer opens on Sundays, there are various restaurants there and it is well worth a wander round for a couple of hours.
The region is an absolute delight, I’ve traveled to the Loire and Dordogne before and the Lot Valley is well worth the extra drive further south.
I cannot recommend the Gite and the Hosts highly enough and would stay there again with no hesitation.
From the Owner
“We both fell in love with this area of France, a passion shared with many French who know this area very well. We have settled in and been accepted by the French and have made many friends; though we both still struggle with the language. The Lot Valley is spectacular! Come and share briefly our paradise. The scenery & the weather is fantastic and it can be as quiet or as busy as you want it to be. Wonderful market towns where one can buy fresh fruit & vegetables and lots more.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Painting classes in 2017 based on interest. Prices on enquiry. Possibility of dinner with the owners on first night by prior arrangement. Please enquire at time of booking.
4 hours from the nearest coast but only minutes from riverside beaches.
50 minutes from Rodez, 2 hours from Toulouse & 75 minutes from Brive airport.
9 hours drive from Calais or 7.5hrs from Dieppe.
Nearest train Station is in Figeac which is 15 minutes away.
Car is essential but there is a good bus service between Figeac, Cajarc & Cahors which stops in Larroque Toirac just near the property. We can arrange collection from Rodez Airport or Figeac railway station. Price on request
15 minutes by car to Cajarc, Figeac, Villeneuve all with a selection of shops, bars and restaurants plus weekly markets. Other restaurants nearby. Historic towns of Conques, Rocamadour, Narjac, St. Cirq-Lapopie & Cahors are all a must and the Gorges of the Tarn & Aveyron offer many activities but are also excellent picnic and walking area. This area is little known to the British but well known to the French..... it needs to be experienced!!! Come & you will fall in love with our part of France.
Small bar/pizzeria/shop in pretty neighbouring village of St Pierre Toirac with its 11th Century Church, which is an easy 7 min. walk. A shop is also available in Ambeyrac which is just across the river. Canoeing on the Lot & Cele rivers. Caves of Foissac, Padirac & Pech-Merle are nearby. Supermarkets in Cajarc & Figeac.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Payment in full if less than 8 weeks before arrival date. Bookings from Sat to Sat. During July & August. 3 Night bookings accepted, by agreement, in April, May, June & Sept. Although we do not make a charge for cleaning we do request Clients to leave the property clean & tidy & to report ALL breakages. Breakages for small items are not charged but items over £15.00 will incur a charge. Additional cleaning can be arranged at a charge of 35 euros. If property not left clean & tidy an additional charge of 35 euros may need to be paid on departure.
Saturday to Saturday changeover with arrival after 4pm and departure by 10.30/11.00 latest. Some flexibility can be offered during May & Sept for arrival/departure days.
Notes on prices:
A special discount of £25 for all two week will apply in July & August.This we believe is fair for our guests & offer them excellent value. Some caravan holidays cost more...you will not be disappointed. 2 weeks plus bookings in May, June & Sept are subject to a £35 discount. You get a beautiful Gite with all mod cons & a !0mx5m Salt Water Pool too with outstanding views across the valley!!
Extra Cleaning can be arranged for 35€.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Easy to find with a large car park offering ease of parking. Direct cycle route (3 free bikes) & on a direct bus route to Figeac & Cajarc/Cahors. Lots of fruit trees and 2 acres of ground. Real value for your money and a beautiful Salt Water Pool with incredible views too!!!”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- water parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- water skiing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Large new shower room with WC. urinal & washbasin Beamed ceiling.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 ( 2 double Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Good sized bedrooms, comfortable double beds in both rooms + fold up bed. Linen/towels supplied. The rooms are very pretty with stonework & exposed beams, chest of drawers and hanging rail. Good lighting & mirrors. Lovely view from main bedroom.
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: The property is thoroughly cleaned prior to the arrival of guests and we ask guests to leave the accommodation as clean and tidy as they find it. Extra cleaning can be provided at check-out at a cost of 35 euros. Please advise the Owners of any breakages, most breakages are not charged but we need to know so items can be replaced. We are at hand to ensure that your holiday is as enjoyable as possible and will shop for you before arrival if you need this service. Everyone who has stayed at our gite has loved our beautiful pool which although not heated sees temp. between 27c - 33c!! In 2014 we had Broadband Infinity installed in our main home which is accessible for our guests from the grounds which has proved very popular. The terrace has excellent lighting which allows our guests to sit out late into the evening. There is an additional green area behind the Gite. Outside: Large outside patio with garden furniture & loungers leading to raised pebbled terrace with further picnic bench & BBQ. Table Tennis & 2 bikes. Guests will have exclusive use of the salt water pool between 9.30 to 14.00 and again from 16.30 to 19.30 when the pool is closed. Being a salt water pool it is gentle on the skin. The elevated position of the pool offers stunning views across the valley. There is a small pool kitchen with fridge etc. and good quality plastic plates & glasses A Solar heated shower is also available near the pool. The pool is available during the period mid May - end Sept each year subject to weather conditions. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and bath towels provided at no extra charge, however, pool towels extra if needed. Property cleaned prior to check-in and at check-out. Clean bed linen & towels provided for those staying two weeks but no mid booking cleaning.