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Gite Le Sabatou. Independant Private Property, Pool & 30 acre nature reserve.

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Gite Le Sabatou, near Cahors - Set In Its Own 30 Acres Of Private Land, Not Shared With The Owner. Priced for couples out of peak season.

Vineyard to Nature Reserve.

The 30 acre Domaine Le Sabatou was previously a lavender plantation with small vineyards on the slopes of the horse shoe shaped geography surrounding the property (sabata/zapato from which the present name derives). Since 1989 Le Sabatou has flourished as a protected nature reserve free from pesticides and other agricultural chemicals and the land has been returned to nature. After 25years Le Sabatou has seen the return of an extraordinary abundance of wild flowers, particularly orchids and healing Bach plants. This, in turn, has stimulated the return of the bees and a huge diversity of insects which has triggered the revival of a fabulous eco system. We have witnessed the return of many species of birds, including eagles and owls, small animals such as the pine martin, hare and fox. Today the tranquil deer are visible in the open wild flower meadow around the house.

Walking and Cycling Holidays

Leading off directly from the house small footpaths join onto the network of public footpaths. A printed guide to these walks is provided upon your arrival at the property. There is enough choice and variation for all levels of walkers and all levels of enthusiasm to keep you occupied for a two week holiday, if this is what you are looking for. Immediately above the property on the plateau (locally called the “Causse”) is the stone remains of an old windmill. From here it is possible to see, across the next valley, the fully restored and working windmill at Bois (open to the public) and then further onto the 3 windmills of Castelnau-Montratier. These windmills are land mark features in the Quercy Blanc.

On the opposite side of Cezac, the village to which Le Sabatou belongs, runs the famous GR65 walking pilgrimage route of St. Jaques de Compostella leading towards either Cahors or to Montcuq and Lauzerte.

Enthusiasts of off road cycling will find these paths create the perfect combination of up and down gradients and enjoyable challenges on low hill heights.

For on road cycling this area offers quite, traffic free roads with picturesque villages to stop at for refreshment.

Medieval Hilltop Villages, local produce markets, cafes & restaurants.

The three surrounding medieval hilltop villages of Castelnau-Montratier, Montcuq and Lauzerte (8 to 17kms from Cezac) are some of Frances “most beautiful villages”. The local produce markets are a must to visit. Full details of dates and times are provided in the property. The Wednesday evening market at Castelnau-Montratier, for example, has live music and outdoor tables for dinning throughout July and August. This is the real France with children and teenagers running around the village square, old men playing “petanque” and wine intoxicated parents dancing.

Restaurants and Cafes are in abundance to choose from everywhere. There is no need to ask for specific recommendations, you will discover these yourself.


Cahors is without question one of the most beautiful historic towns of France, set in the meander of the river Lot with the medieval Valantry bridge. Take a day or two to explore Cahors and its many back streets. Again the market on Wednesday or Saturday is a must. For traditional South West cooking try the reasonably priced Auberge de Vieux Cahors.

Lot River Valley (East of Cahors) – Canoeing, Grotte de Peche Merle, St Cirque Lapopie.

A day trip to do along the overhanging sculpted cliffs of the Lot river valley. Visit the world famous prehistoric cave paintings in the refreshingly cool Grotte de Peche Merle at Cabrerets before going to explore the village of St Cirque Lapopie. Do not miss the restaurant “La Truite Doree” on the way at Vers for lunch.

A subsidiary of the Lot, the Cele valley and river are a nature paradise. Canoe hire is available for all the family including children and older first timers. This is a day out on its own and will be a day for future family memories.

Lot Valley Wine Tasting

Along the valley east of Cahors is a concentration of wine chateaux and domains, traditionally the home of malbec grapes. This black wine area is another “must do” for a holiday at Le Sabatou. Mercues, Douelle, Luzech, Puy L’Eveque, Albas up to Fumel is full of Chateaux to discover, including Chateau Lagrezette, Chateau Chambert and the Chateau de Caix – the home of the French Prince of Denmark.

St.Antonin Nobel de Val & Canoeing

Another day trip to make, in a different direction taking the D820 through the hat making town of Caussade, is to St Antonin set in the spectacular gorges of the Averyon river. This small medieval town is a delight to explore. The 9km stretch of river through the gorge is great family fun for canoe hire, swimming and jumping into the river.

More Details

Geoffrey Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Member since: 2013
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
15 January, 2018

About Geoffrey Brotherton-Ratcliffe

Hello, we are an English & German couple and are the property owners. We have been providing private holidays for 20yrs.

Geoffrey Brotherton-Ratcliffe

Geoffrey Brotherton-Ratcliffe purchased this farmhouse in 1990

What makes this farmhouse unique

Independent property, not shared with other guests or the owner. No through road and not over looked. Surrounded by its own fully established nature reserve.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Cézac in Lot

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom with bath tub, wash basin, shower, loo, bidet. Two shower rooms, one upstairs with loo, wash basin and one downstairs with wash basin and separate loo.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 Notes on bedrooms: 3 double bedrooms and 2 single bedrooms to choose from depending upon your family requirements (limited to a maximum of 6 people). For tall people 2 of the double beds are extra long !
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Ground floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower and loo. Laundry room with washing machine. 1st floor: Stone steps lead from the courtyard onto a south facing covered terrace with table and benches for dining. The front door leads into the kitchen equipped with wood paneled kitchen cupboards, dish washer, cooker with oven and a large fridge freezer. Kitchen table and chairs beside an old stone chimney. Terracotta floors. The living room has a fireplace, large corner sofa, armchair, TV & DVD. Wi-Fi. Double doors then lead into the conservatory, with sliding glass windows on three sides overlooking the estate grounds. Two double bedrooms. Main bathroom with bath tub and shower, wc and bedet. Second floor: Two single bedrooms. One shower room with wc and wash basin. Outside: 11 x 5m pool with shallow area and deep end and easy access stairs. The pool area is gated and fenced and is completely private. There is also a barbecue area with picnic style tables and benches. Utility Room: Washing Machine Bed linen available. Wi-Fi Internet access. Free incoming telephone calls. Other: Covered terrace for outdoor dining. Garden tables for BBQ. Outdoor sunbeds and chairs.


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Gite Le Sabatou. Independant Private Property, Pool & 30 acre nature reserve.
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Perfect Peace!

  • 5 of 5

Exactly what we needed - time to relax in perfect peace and tranquility. The house is in a lovely setting and has a number of seating areas from which to enjoy the scenery. It was full of butterflies due to the surrounding wild meadows and the only noise is that of the tree frogs. The pool is very private and is a good size so ideal for swimming.

Although the house is set well away from everything, there are so many places to visit within reasonable driving distance. We really enjoyed our day in Cahors and visits both up and down the river Lot. There are many bastide villages and also vineyards along the Lot. We've eaten extremely well, and remarkably cheaply bearing in mind the current exchange rate, by taking the menu de jour during the weekday lunchtimes and there are some good restaurants in the area. The Hotel du Query in Lauzerte was very good value at lunchtime and the Vieux Auberge is very good in Cahors.

The house is very well equipped and comfortable. This was our 2nd stay, the first being 4 years ago, and we enjoyed our stay every bit as much as the first time. Thank you to Geoffrey for his welcome and hospitality - we do hope to return again in the not too distant future.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious old farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our week in the old farmhouse 'Le Sabatou', it is a place to seek out if you wish to enjoy a rural setting away from the noise and hustle of the city, at Le Sabatou you only hear the sounds of birds and insects. The owner lives only a few minutes away and was helpful and attentive.The house is well equipped with plenty of kitchen items, lots of crockery, saucepans etc. and a large fridge. We also appreciated the use of a washing machine. Most of our meals were taken on the front veranda where there is a large dining table shaded from the sun; take the owners advice and bring your groceries with you as there are no stores nearby. The large pool we only used twice but families I can imagine would make better use of it. Not too far away are the lovely bastide towns of Lauzerte and Castelnau Montratier. In Montcuq there is an excellent Sunday morning market and a large food & vegetable one in Cahor on a Wednesday. The sun room was spacious but too warm on really hot days, we didn't use the upstairs bedrooms. Good wifi and a T.V. with satellite stations. In all an excellent stay, thank you Geoffrey.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had 2 weeks at Le Sabatou, and found the gite to be everything we had hoped and more. It's setting is ideal, and although you feel that your in the middle of nowhere, only a 15 min drive, and you can be in Cahors, which is a lovely town with so much history. It's a great area to be to get out and explore with places like Rocamadour only just over an hour away. All in all, we had a wonderful time and will definitely be returning as soon as we can. I also just wanted to say how great Geoffrey was. He was so informative about the local area, recommending some great markets and places to visit. Thank you. Look forward to returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great house and fab pool

  • 5 of 5

we spent a week here with the family in the hottest weather and were extremely grateful for the pool, which I must point out was bigger than we expected so we could really swim, not just dip into as with some places. The house was lovely and set in beautiful grounds, and the area is stunning, our teenagers loved it as well. Plenty to do and see for all ages. Thank you Geoffrey, we will be back and the only downside is that we should have spent two weeks there!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and spacious house in a really beautiful setting. We both loved it, had everything we wanted and owners very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent two weeks at Le Sabatou, a perfect retreat in total seclusion for anyone who appreciates open spaces, nature and walking. The gite is charming and has been thoughtfully arranged to enjoy the views of the countryside. Geoffrey the owner is charming and discrete and was on hand when assistance needed. The swimming pool was perfect and cannot recommend the gite enough.

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Toulouse, Bergerac, Brive,Rodez
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Golf de Rouscous
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Cahors, Agen TGV.
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Walking, cycling on road and off road, family canoeing, bird watching, photography.

Wine tasting in the heart of one of the best wine regions of france. Previously drunk by the Romans, sold to the Popes and Tsars of Russia and now available to tourists at very reasonable prices !

Gastronomic holidays. Every village has something good and inexpensive but further details are available for nearby restaurants to use your gold card.


Cahors is connected to Paris and Toulouse by motorway and we are not far from the motorway exit. We are also about an hour away from Toulouse international airport (Easyjet). Brive(Ryanair,Cityjet), Bergerac, Rodez(Ryanair) airports are about an hour and a half away. TGV Train to Agen with one stop at Lille from London.


Montcuq 15kms (medieval hilltop village).

Lauzerte 17kms (medieval hilltop village).

Castelnau-Montratier 7kms fresh produce markets.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Cézac, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
30 Sep 2017 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
June 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season 2018
28 Jul 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2018
18 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £350
Stay tax £0.88 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.
Tax Rate 3.0%

Prices do not include heating.
Changeover Day: Saturday to Saturday Departure 10:30am. Arrival after 5:00pm
Cleaning Services are not provided. The property must be returned to the owner in a fully cleaned condition. If you are planning to leave early in the morning please ensure that you leave the property properly cleaned. Otherwise do not make early departure plans !

A completed Booking Form with details of conditions is required for confirmation of booking from the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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