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Holiday Cottage With Private Salt Pool And Pretty Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Montcuq, Nr. Lot, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Peaceful, Pretty Views All Around, Within 10 Mins Of A Market And Shops

This is a pretty stone cottage situated on a high point in the surrounding countryside and the 13th century tower of Montcuq can be spotted from the terrace, as can the distant medieval village of Lauzerte. On clear days the Pyrenees are also visible. There are excellent markets around and the area is renowned for its gastronomy complemented by the famous Cahors wine. You are 5 mins from the village of Montcuq with its market, shops, cafés and also doctors etc. Plenty to do in the area with wonderful walls, canoeing or kayaking on the lot and célé rivers, Pech Merle caves and St Cirq Lapopie, Cahors Blues Festival, and much more. There is a pretty salt pool for your private use. The house is comfortable and tastefully fitted. The whole property comprises the owners' house and 2 barns (of which the cottage is one and the other is still a barn) - each house is in its own space and very private. We are tour organisers for walks in and around our region but also in Italy, Spain and England. We love our area where we have been for well over 20 years. The food is excellent, the countryside is beautiful and the people here are so friendly and keen to share their magnificent heritage. We are in the hospitality business and your well-being is our priority.

James Tamlyn
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
6 May, 2018

About James Tamlyn

We live in the countryside and enjoy beauty, nature, food and wine which is why we run walking tours in France and elsewhere, a walking party that we run like a house party with a relaxed but comfortable atmosphere. We enjoy our work and giving people the best possible holiday which is why we have decorated our guest house to be as as comfortable and as full of character as possible so that your stay will be memorable and enjoyable. We also enjoy all the arts, film, music, books and travel.

James Tamlyn purchased this cottage in 1992

Why James Tamlyn chose Sainte-Croix

We fell in love with the peacefulness and beauty of the area, the sunflowers, the poppies, the wild orchids, the migrating skeins of cranes, the vast skies with stunning sunsets and lack of light pollution for starlit nights. The sounds of the nightingale, the curlews, the nightjars, the owls, the deer and flocks of goldfinches and long-tailed tits. The food and wine, the lunches outside, the local markets, the culture and incredibly high standard of classical concerts during the summer. I could go on and on …...

What makes this cottage unique

You'll see when you come - this is a haven of peace.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for such a wonderful 2 weeks. All four of us enjoyed the gite and the pool was top notch. Best wishes to you all. Whilst a rural idyll, you can enjoy a great walk down into Montcuq for le petit dejeuner and other essentials
Aug 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sainte-Croix in Lot

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom with bath and WC One shower room with WC One bedroom with bath facilities combined
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 1 double bed Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds which can be combined to make one double bed Bedroom 3 with 1 double bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Fixed radiators in 2 of the bedrooms and mobile radiators are provided in the living/kitchen. Very snug. Outside: A wooden terrace which extends from the living room with great views. Another terrace extends from one double bedroom into a small garden. A larger garden with access to the pool is for the private use of guests. Utility Room: Washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels are included. Swimming towels are not provided except on request.


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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary


A variety of airports may be used:

Toulouse, Bergerac and Brive - 1.15 hrs

Bordeaux, Rodez and Carcassonne - 2hrs (approx)


Montcuq (all amenities and weekly market) - 7kms

Lauzerte (medieval bastide hilltop village with shops) - 10kms

Cahors (Pont Valentré, numerous festivals during the year, twice weekly market )- 30kms

Moissac (stunning Romanesque abbey) - 40kms

Further Details:

Montcuq, just 5/10 mins away has a supermarket, 2 good butchers, and numerous other small shops; a weekly market and a farmers market in the summer; numerous cafés and restaurants; tennis court and swimming lake.

Cahors - 30 mins is a town with all amenities and music and art festivals in the summer.

Canoe-ing, kayaking on the Lot and Célé rivers, Pech Merle pre-historic caves, stunning village of St Cirq Lapopie perched on cliffs, Dordogne castles and caves within easy reach.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Sainte-Croix, Midi-Pyrenees

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £437.03
Stay tax £0.35 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
Booking direct with the owners with a 25% deposit. Full payment within 8 weeks. Contract on request.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day in July and August is Saturday.

Flexible for the rest of the year.

Notes on prices:
The property may be rented on a weekly basis or a nightly basis (except July and August). Breakfast and dinner may be provided on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.