Farmhouse Gite in Montmurat, Cantal - Rural Location In Rolling Countryside
Laval is a recently renovated stone farmhouse with all mod cons but retaining its rustic character. The 10m by 5m pool is for your sole use and is fully secure. The gite will be personally prepared by us, the owners, who are available on site for questions and advice to help make your stay memorable. A "Welcome Hamper" will be waiting for you on your arrival and to avoid the hassle of cooking on your first night, we can prepare a meal for you. We are dog-friendly and Enzo, our Miniature Schnauzer, knows all the local walks. It's a great place for bird watching with buzzards and hoopoes, and also for star gazing (as there's very little light pollution).
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Great holiday thank you from the Guertins
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Great holiday thank you from the Guertins
We have just returned from this lovely Gite. The way the property was maintained and presented was superb. We had everything we needed and more. The swimming pool was excellent and it was difficult to leave to go out and explore this lovely area of France. Thank you to Sue and Tom the owners were so helpful and it was nice to be able to speak to them who could give us ideas of places to visit in English. We would definitely recommend this property.
I can highly reccomend staying in this beautiful gite. We (myself, husband and 2 children aged 8 & 3) had a lovely week here at the start of August. Sue and Tom really are the best hosts you could wish for, they have thought of everything. I was initially a bit worried about the gite being adjoining to their accommodation as my three year old can be loud (!) but when I mentioned this to Tom, he was taken aback and said that it was our holiday and we could make as much noise as we wanted. It was such a lovely, genuine response that I was so relieved and really made me feel at ease. Both he and Sue have the perfect balance of being there to help and advise but also to leave you to get on with things as well. We all loved the pool - which is immaculate and the kids went in every day even when the weather was cooler. I think it is rare to have such thoughful owners who let guests have use of the pool 100% of the time. The gite has been finished to a very very high standard and the kitchen is so well equiped. Sue and Tom also provided a beautiful welcome hamper including beers in the fridge which was very thoughtful and generous. It really is as beautiful as it looks in the photos.
Absolutely Wonderful - a little slice of heaven!
Oh goodness, where do we start? Laval is utterly beautiful - the renovations that Tom and Sue have done are so sympathetic and yet very practical. Everything you will need is in the Gite, but that is also down to Tom and Sue's excellent hosting. We thoroughly recommend booking a meal with Sue for your arrival evening; there is no better welcome after the long drive down than a huge pan of Coq au Vin, dauphinoise potatoes and LASHINGS of lovely french wine!
The pool is really lovely, and we were so touched and impressed that even on very hot days, Tom and Sue allow guests to have full and free reign over it. Our girls loved it, and it's incredibly safe with toddlers as there is a decent shallow end and it's fully enclosed with locks, meaning that no excited little ones can attempt a midnight swim without you being fully aware.
Everything you might expect from the listing is here - and then some. The pictures don't do this lovely place justice, and they are lovely! It's immaculate, and so well stocked that they even provide pool towels, candles, cling film! Tom and Sue have the perfect balance between being fabulous hosts who are on hand for any questions or advice, and yet leaving you to enjoy your holiday and having plenty of time to relax and enjoy their property in privacy.
We will, without a doubt, be coming back to Laval, to that gorgeous view from the living room and that lovely pool! Thank you again, so much, for a fantastic week (and for sending B's dressing gown!). We loved it and will recommend again, and again and again!
Stynning views and relaxation
If its peace and quiet you want look no further. Stunning views across the valley, bird watching, sitting out doors eating and relaxing by the pool what more could one want. Tom and Sue were A1 hosts from the welcoming basket and drinks to being on hand for information whenever needed. Lots to explore and canoeing on the river was a favourite. Our son who has learning disabilities loved the pool. Thank you so much for a special place and I hope the changes you are making will be complted which will make it even more special.
Superb quality gite and pool in relaxing surrounds
Susan was very welcoming and friendly and has thought of everything that the visitor would need. The quality and decor is excellent, so much so that we have returned with ideas for our own house.
The welcome starter pack of provisions is an excellent idea but even better, and thoroughly recommended after a long drive from the French coast, is the optional and excellent value meal on the arrival evening - expertly cooked and presented, including a bottle of wine.
Despite the weather being a bit mixed (to put it kindly!) we had a very relaxing stay in peaceful surroundings, readily accessible both to the well known areas of the Dordogne/Lot but also the Cantal region which was new to us.
Beautifully appointed farmhouse & stunning pool
Our third summer holiday at Laval because we love it so. Top reasons why, and not in any particular order: Stunning large pool with plenty of seating and lovely sun lounges, beautifully appointed farmhouse gite with huge range cooker in stunning kitchen, good shower in lovely large bathroom, rolling countryside with fields right up to your window, peace and quiet, wonderful night skies (satelites and milky way to be seen), swallows and swifts dipping and diving on the surface of the pool in the calm evenings, good supermarkets nearby, fabulous weekly markets in nearby Maurs and Figeac, extremely comfortable beds with pretty bed linen, gite is immaculate on arrival, and finally - the warmest welcome from the lovely owners, Sue and Tom, for whom nothing is too much trouble to ensure your holiday is just perfect every time!
Activity and Interests
Rodez Airport is 40 minutes away, and Brive Airport is 1 hour 25 minutes. Ryanair fly from London Stansted and Dublin.
Toulouse Airport is 2 hours away with numerous international carriers.
By car, we are about 700km from Caen and 880km from Calais.
Bagnac-sur-Cele with all amenities is 5km - easy for fresh croissants in the morning.
Figeac, with its Egyptian connections, is 20 minutes away.
There is so much to do and see in this area to suit all interests.
Lac du Tolerme is a 38ha lake with a beach, bar, waterslide and picnic areas about 20 minutes away.
Slightly further afield are the mountains of the Massif Central, Puy Mary (1783m) & Plomb du Cantal (1855m).
A day out to the medieval site of Rocamadour with its 9 churches can be combined with a descent into the Gouffre de Padirac complete with an underground boat ride.
The village of Conques is a major staging post on the Route de St Jacques de Compostella, an important pilgrimage since the Middle Ages - walkers are often seen nearby with their trademark scallop shell attached to their rucksacks.
The local towns of Figeac, Maurs and Decazeville all have their colourful markets and have all sorts of entertainment especially in the summer, from music festivals and night markets to donkey fairs and firework competitions.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A 25% deposit will secure the booking with the balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival. A security deposit of £150 is required for accidental damage, this will be returned 14 working days after the departure date (although we won't charge you for the odd broken glass !)
Payment in sterling or euros by bank transfer / PayPal.
Change over days are Saturday. Arrivals no earlier than 4pm and departures by 10am please. If these days and/or times do not fit in with your travel arrangements, please contact us as we can often be flexible.
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dishwasher ...
- Kitchen ...
- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
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Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- children welcome
- pets considered
- smoking allowed ...
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom has twin basins with ample storage below, fully tiled walk-in shower and toilet.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with king sized bed and a range of storage options. Bedroom 2 has twin beds and a wardrobe. By prior arrangement, the sleeping arrangements can be varied in both bedrooms.
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- Barbecue ...
- 2 bicycles
- Notes on accommodation: Smoking is not permitted inside the property - too many wooden beams. Outside: The private pool is 10m by 5m with Roman steps surrounded by a large deck. There are loungers and deck chairs as well as dining furniture and parasols. There is a pretty courtyard just outside the kitchen door which is partially covered and ideal for a leisurely breakfast. You have a choice of barbecues, either a modern gas BBQ or a traditional charcoal one. Bikes are available if you wish to explore the local area and if you're feeling competitive there is a set of boules for playing petanque. The property sits in nearly 4 acres of meadows, with an orchard (although the fruit is normally eaten by the jays !) and mown grassy areas with benches dotted around. Utility Room: Washing machine, vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board are all available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and bathroom towels are included - these are changed weekly. Pool towels are also provided free of charge. The gite is cleaned weekly and at the end of your stay, so you haven't got to worry about it before you leave.