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Spacious Converted Wine Barn, Nr Cahors

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Updated: 15-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

About the property

Converted Wine Barn in Cahors, Lot, Midi Pyrenees, France - Plafaisan Sits On Its Own Flat Plateau, A Lovely Peaceful Rural Location Very Close To All Amenties

Plafaisan is in the beautiful Quercy region of France it was built in the early 1800's in local stone with superb thick walls to keep you cool in the summer; with a salt water pool of 12x6m and a tiled pool surround of over 180sqm which incorporates a lovely traditionally built roofed area providing shade for outside eating for 10 or more, with fridge, sink and built in BBQ. The accommodation is very flexible and is ideal for 2 families or a family with grandparents. The wine barn 'Le Chai' is let as a whole entity but within, it offers great flexibility there are 2 areas of accommodation which can be used either together or independently by closing 2 double connecting doors which link the areas together. Fantastic location for walking, leisure pursuits, sightseeing, close to Lot River, beautiful villages and markets. Local restaurants, baker and outdoor activities only 5 minutes away and all you could want in the beautiful medieval City of Cahors only 18 minutes away.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Susan Spencer
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
15 February, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a really fantastic week at Plafasian and would like to thank you

for making our stay at your property so enjoyable. It really is a

lovely place and very well equipped.We would certainly recommend it to

Mar 2011
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a really fantastic week at Plafasian and would like to thank you

for making our stay at your property so enjoyable. It really is a

lovely place and very well equipped.We would certainly recommend it to

Mar 2011
  • 1 of 1

8 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Great place for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with this spacious, well equipped and clean pair of interlinked gîtes. The property sits on the side of a huge courtyard, on a hill, surrounded by vineyards in the countryside. There is a lovely breeze. The pretty town of Douelle is a short drive away, with a shop and excellent Auberge, and there are all the major supermarkets just outside Cahors.

Susie is an excellent host and always very helpful, should you need her.

Our four children loved swimming in the pool, playing table tennis and croquet and going for walks amongst the vines. The pool and dining area is lovely, with plenty of shade.

We also enjoyed kayaking and swimming in the Lot, tree climbing in Pradines, the Sunday market in Moncuq and wine tasting. But most of all, we liked to lounge by the pool!

We would love to return for another holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful fortnight we spent in this lovely converted barn! Everything was perfect for our family group, which spanned three generations. The older members of our party were able to escape for some peace and quiet in the downstairs annexe. We all made full use of the pool and outdoor dining area and BBQ. As mentioned in previous reviews, the salt water pool was fab. We were dubious, but having read them decided to try it and we are converted! There was a good selection of both indoor and outdoor games, as well as books.

Suzie was an excellent host who made us feel so welcome that the property being in her grounds was never an issue. Suzie was also very helpful with suggestions for trips out and ideas for eating out locally, including kayaking and some fab markets.

The youngest member of our party particularly liked visiting the donkeys in the neighbouring field!

We would not hesitate in recommending this property and only wish we could return soon!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic break with friends

  • 5 of 5

Plafaisan was a fantastic place to spend the week, we only wished it was longer!! The property is spacious and the kitchen has everything you could wish for in it. We ate in the covered dining area every night and lounged by the pool every afternoon. We are all in our late 20's and early 30's and have to say that the house was just perfect for the mix of relaxation and fun we were after. The pool was big enough for all 7 of us to enjoy at once and we partook in a few pool volleyball matches. There is lots to do in the surrounding area, we went to local markets, canoeing, the Grottes, took a day trip to Carcasonne and Sarlat, to name just a few activities. Susie was very friendly and welcoming and even assisted us in booking our canoe trip. We'd love to go back and were in agreement that for a group of young(ish) individuals who had got the clubbing holidays out of our system Plaf was just what we needed to unwind from our hectic life's and enjoy good company in excellent surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

La Plafaisan is a lovely place to spend a holiday. The property is spacious, comfortable, clean and well appointed with everything you need to have a fantastic holiday. The pool area is great with plenty of sun-loungers and umbrellas, the covered, outside kitchen and BBQ area makes outdoor eating so easy. We had great fun in the lovely pool and also playing table tennis. The area is beautiful, with lots of attractions not too far away. We went canoeing on the Lot near Prayssac which was great. Susie made us feel very welcome, but at the same time we had as much privacy as we wanted. There are plenty of games and dvd's should the weather not be too good. We ate in Douelle at the Auberge many times, which we loved. We had an amazing holiday and will definitely be going back as soon as possible.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A special place

  • 5 of 5

This was a holiday for three generations of the family and the dog and we all found something to love about Plafaisan. The accommodation was brilliant and allowed us to separate out the youngsters into their own part of the house. The main living room is large enough for the whole family to play games and eat if the weather is bad. We spent most of our time by the pool or playing games in the garden and there are lovely walks around the vineyard and further afield just by walking out of the garden into the orchard. The covered area by the pool was perfect.

I have always worried about being in close proximity to the owner of a gite but Susie made us so welcome and made it very easy for us to relax. There is loads to see and do in this area for every generation and there are plenty of games provided including croquet and table tennis.

The house is near enough to Cahors to make shopping easy and close to Douelle for bread, bars and restaurants.

We will certainly be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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  • 5 of 5

The house is well equipped, comfortable, clean and well thought out. There are plenty of games to suit all, both indoors and out. There is table tennis by the pool, boules, croquet, amongst others. The area is very pretty, plenty of good walks around. The house sits on a slight hill and so gets a lovely breeze, which is very welcome in the heat. The shady area near the pool is perfect, with a large table for outdoor eating, along with a barbecue. This is in addition to excellent poolside with plenty of loungers, and saltwater which is much nicer than chlorine. The owners are extremely helpful and friendly. I have no hesitation in recommending this house, we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Activity and Interests


Toulouse, Bergerac are about the same distance from Plafaisan allow 80-90 minutes. Car hire available. Flybe - direct from Birmingham Southampton Exeter Leeds Manchester London Gatwick to Bergerac Ryanair - direct from London Stansted and Liverpool to Bergerac. Easyjet - direct to Toulouse from Bristol and London Gatwick. Jet 2 Edinburgh direct Toulouse

By train. The TGV fm Paris stops at Agen, SNCF Paris/Cahors Car hire at all these locations. Road allow 8-9hrs please request directions


Douelle is just over 5 minutes away offering tennis courts, canoeing and hang gliding and a riverside beach! An abundance of small villages, including Montcuq with its large swimming lake, are all within a 15/20 minute radius with great markets and good eating. Cahors 18 mins with famous markets, restaurants and great shopping. A fun tree park can be found at Pradines about 15 minutes away and horse riding is available at about the same distance from Plafaisan.

Further Details:

There are numerous prehistoric caves to visit within easy reach of Plafaisan. Slightly further afield about 1 hour away consider a fun day out visiting Souillac's water park with 7 swimming pools, 3 water slides, go-kart area, paddle boats, tree games and bungees. St Cirq la Popie, one of the most beautiful and famous villages in France is about 50 minutes from Plafaisan.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
22 Apr 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
4 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
1 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
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

Booking Notes:
To make a booking please contact me preferably by e-mail. Booking is reserved on receipt of a 25% deposit. Balance due 8 weeks before start of holiday, together with refundable damage deposit of £200 per week booked. A reduction will be made for any bookings over 2 weeks. Small gite (suit couple) or large gite (suit family) available for long/short winter lets (minimum 1 month)very reasonable monthly rent + heating/elec costs. Water included in rent. Contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays, when guests may arrive after 4. 30 pm and departures by 10. 30 am.

Some flexibility may be available within these times however if needed guests may leave/deliver luggage outside of the stated times please discuss your requirements.

Notes on prices:
Discounts available for lets over 2 weeks, 10 day rentals may be considered on a pro rata basis discuss requirements with owner. Long/short (minimum one month) winter lets available, accommodation can be either one bedroom small gite from £385 per month or larger 3 bedroom gite from £740, both gites total £950 per month plus running costs please contact/ask owner for details. Depending on availability Christmas week/s may be booked £1450 per week inclusive.

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Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower,wc and basin. Family bathroom with shower,wc and basin + washing machine. Second family bathroom with shower, twin basins and wc.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Second lounge/bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/10 (4/5 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1 and 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Second part Bedroom 4 with double bed. Second Lounge /Bedroom 5 single bed plus 4ft sofa bed. Cots available on request no charge.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is ideally suited for families or a large group or 2 families looking to share, but retaining some independence. Or equally for extended family get-togethers. A cot, 2 travel-cots and 2 highchairs are available. A buggy is also available. In the interests of keeping the young further entertained board games, jigsaws, DVDs, and games console are also provided. Outside: Le Chai de Plafaisan forms part of a very large courtyard 600sqm with the owners house, this provides ample parking for many cars and a mega boule court. The floodlit private salt swimming pool is in the old vegetable garden with a grass area to one side for playing croquet (equipment provided) or whatever you want, the whole is surrounded by a beautiful old dry stone wall with lockable access for security. Ample sun loungers, chairs and 3 fixed 3 metre round parasols ensure ultimate relaxation. A large area with table and chairs and lighting provides the ideal place for Al fresco dining for 10+ poolside with built in BBQ. Table tennis also available. There is also over an acre of grass area which is ideal for playing football. A walk through Plafaisan’s vineyards takes you to the woodland area where you may discover the odd summer truffle!! In short everything is geared to making your stay as easy and relaxing as possible. Utility Room: One utility room providing additional storage and containing 1 washing machine, ground floor and a second washing machine is provided in upstairs family bathroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is thoroughly cleaned at each changeover. Linen and towels are included. Swimming towels can also be provided free of charge on request. Guests are asked not to use house towels for the pool. Extra cleaning available.

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