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Luxury Renovated Old Convent With Heated Pool Sleep 6

Overview

Property

Updated: 04-Nov-2016
House in Frayssinet le Gelat, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Totally Private Set In Picturesque Village In The Lot. Close To Both The Lot And Dordogne Rivers

As a former convent, L’Ancien Couvent was home to the nuns of the region for many years. The Convent shielded many Resistance fighters during World War II and a monument to the young men and women of the village who were killed by the Germans on one day in 1944 can be seen up by the church.

The house retains its original features and charm and has been lovingly renovated to the highest standards inside to provide a modern, spacious and luxurious living space.

Sit by the original fireplace - use the original stone sink used by the nuns - walk on the original stone floors. Nothing has been spared and the finish is superb.

With three large bedrooms and two bathrooms, the house can easily accommodate six people in total luxury. Downstairs has the enormous open-plan kitchen/diner and the large spacious living has a flat screen TV with UK satellite channels.

The large traditional French doors and windows bring a warm glow throughout the property, which also has central heating for the cooler months.

Up the beautifully restored staircase, the rooms are all tastefully decorated with only the very best linen and quality duvets and pillows. Everything has been thought of to make your stay as comfortable as possible, but if you really appreciate bespoke furniture and great art, then this is the property for you - a home away from home you'll never want to leave!

There is ample private parking behind the original metal gate into a totally private mature garden with trees and shrubs. There is an outdoor dining area which sits below an electric awning to shelter you from the midday sun. There is also WiFi throughout, but why not just sit back and relax and take it all in instead.

Situated in the heart of the pretty village of Frayssinet-le-Gelat in the Lot, The Old Convent rests in the shadow of a beautiful stone church. The village boasts two restaurants, an excellent bakers and mini supermarket. The honey-coloured stone makes the buildings glow even in the winter and it is within easy reach of both the Lot and Dordogne Rivers. From here you can explore the enormous selection of ancient monuments, world famous caves (e.g. Lascaux and Pech Merle), and countless Chateaux (e.g. Château de Beynac, Château de Castelnaud & Les Chateau Milandes).

Many of the most beautiful villages of France are located in the region including St Cirq Lapopie, La Roque Gageac, Rocamadour, and Domme and you'll also be spoiled for choice when it comes to the local cuisine which is famous for it's duck, wine, truffles and walnuts.

Both the Lot and Dordogne are fantastic places to explore for all ages with canoeing being the most popular past time. There are also many larger boats taking people further along the river where you'll be able to marvel in the sheer limestone cliff faces, unspoiled countryside and huge variety of wild animals including deer, boar, and many birds of prey.

In Spring the verges and river banks are covered in wild orchids of every colour and in May the poppies cover large areas. Move on to summer and these are replaced by fields of sunflowers or maize and then the incredible colours of Autumn have to be seen to be believed. The bronzed oak leaves can be seen for miles.

There is also a downstairs toilet, central heating and constant hot water. Upstairs: The landing features a small writing desk and the entire first floor has been furnished with pure wool carpets for ultimate comfort.

Pool and Gardens: Outside there is a large private heated swimming pool (12m x 6m) with Roman steps and non slip surrounds. There is also a fully operational barbecue.

The enclosed walled garden and terrace is well maintained with abundant honeysuckle creepers and mature plants. There is a large outdoor dining table, plenty of chairs, and sun loungers. There is also an electronically operated awning for shade.

So whether you're in to your history, gardens, water sports, gastronomy or just sitting by a pool, you will not be short of things to do while staying in this uniquely beautiful and comfortable property.

Saturday Changeover

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the manager

We struck gold booking The Old Convent. The renovation has been done to a very high level - I would die for the kitchen, which we made a lot of use and the quality of the fittings were top notch. I would highly recommend this property to anybody wanting to completely relax in luxury. The baker's in the village is very good, as is the restaurant / bar of Café Bourian - excellent food. Thank you Roland for all your help. We'll be back next year for sure!
Aug 2014
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based on 2 holidaymaker reviews

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Amazing accommodation brill location

  • 5 of 5

5 adults and 2 children (0 and 3 year olds) had a lovely two week holiday at this beautifully designed home. It was lovely to be able to walk to the local bakery and the local bar was really friendly. I can never work out French times but that doesn't matter you are on holiday.

The bells do go every hour however you get accustomed to this pretty quickly.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great holiday home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I booked a last minute holiday as a treat and what a treat this was. The best accomodation I have stayed in France by far. Lovely village. The property description was spot on - luxury throughout. It was very clean and the owner had thought of everything. The property manager Roland was not far away and when the filter in the pool got blocked, he sent somebody over that afternoon and it was a Sunday! Wish I lived here!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac is 1 hour away at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : In the village Nearest Golf : Le Bouysset Golf Course at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Cahors - 30 mins away at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A20 at 70 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Café Bourian Nearest Ski : Pyrenees - 3.5 hours away at 350 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Narbonne - 3 hours away at 300 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

If you stay at the Old Convent and you'd like to do something a bit different we can organise a bespoke cookery lesson with a local chef or perhaps an art class with a local artist. We can also organise a scenic flight either in a hot air balloon or plane. We also offer a police-checked babysitting service.

Travel:

Having a car is essential in this rural region of France. Nearest airport is Bergerac (1 hr - 75km) then Brive (1.5 hr - 118km) then Toulouse (1.5hr - 146km). Calais is 8.5 hours away (882km) while Dieppe is 7.5 hours away (742km).

Distances:

Frayssinet le Gelat - meters

Gourdon - 30 mins

Fumel - 23 mins

Cahors - 30 mins

Sarlat - 50 mins

Chateau Castelnaud - 50 mins

Domme - 40 mins

La Roque Gageac - 40 mins

Saint Cirq Lapopie - 1 hour

Rocamadour - 1 hour

Caves at Pech Merle - 1 hour

Chateau de Beynac - 50 mins

Further Details:

Apart from the little village mini supermarket, bakers and restaurants, there are plenty of choices for food shopping.

Fumel has a huge Le Clerc as well as many of the other food outlets including Lidl and Leader Price. Gourdon also has 3 large supermarkets and an excellent weekly market on Saturday.

The best markets are in Cahors and Sarlat on Saturdays. They have a large number of stalls selling everything from local food products to hats and small gifts.

You are spoiled for choice in this region for things to do. It is famous for it's gastronomy, it's historical sites and Chateaux, as well as it's world famous caves such as Lascaux.

Whether you prefer relaxing by the pool, or taking part in the many activities available in this region, such as canoeing, wine tours, boat trips, trekking, horse riding, hot air ballooning, painting or cooking retreats - there is something for everybody.

If you want to try some of the local foie gras or taste the world famous Cahors wine, or you like truffles from Lalbenque, come and discover this magnificent area.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,024
for 7 nights
£1,024
 
 
Early Summer 2017
21 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,195
for 7 nights
£1,195
 
 
Summer 2017
25 Jun 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,579
for 7 nights
£1,579
 
 
Peak Summer 2017
9 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,134
for 7 nights
£2,134
 
 
Late Summer 2017
27 Aug 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,579
for 7 nights
£1,579
 
 
Autumn 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,281
for 7 nights
£1,281
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,024
for 7 nights
£1,024
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £427

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Saturday - the property will be available from 16:00 and guests are asked to leave by 10:00. The house should be left in a tidy state with all bins emptied and BBQ cleaned.

Notes on prices:
We take a €500 refundable damage deposit to cover any breakages. If you are paying by PayPal there is also a 3% surcharge.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to Bedroom 1 with toilet and luxury wet room with a rainfall shower. The sumptuous family bathroom has a large modern bath, toilet, heated towel rail, and shuttered window with views to the church. All have the best fixtures & fittings.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The Master Bedroom has a super-king size bed, walk-in wardrobe & en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 has a luxury king size bed and custom build wardrobe. Bedroom 3 has two highly comfortable single beds. They share the family bathroom. All have electric fans

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: This highly desirable property gets booked very early on in the season, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Outside: You enter the property through the large original metal doors, overlooked by the recently restored statue of The Virgin Mary. The well maintained private garden also has parking for 2 cars. Mature shrubs and trees frame the large heated pool (12m x 6m) patio and a small lawn. There are plenty of sun loungers and also an outdoor dining table for 6 people. An electric awning provides well-needed shade during the hot summer months. You will love sitting outside watching the stars which look amazing with very little light pollution in this region. Utility Room: The washing machine is located in the kitchen which also has kept the original stone sink used by the nuns Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Changeover days are Saturday. All bedding and towels are provided. We charge a supplement for cleaning the property Other: There is also a small office area on the landing with writing desk and chair.

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