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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps from 2 - 6

This is French country living at its best with all the charm of traditional character but within light, open and uplifting spaces – brand new and designed especially for you by the architect owner! Access to the property is through a covered walkway which presents a first tentative glimpse of the shady half acre wood beyond the garden. The two storey cottage, with open plan living spaces on the ground floor, leads to an extensive shaded verandah facing south over the 9m x 4.5m salt water heated swimming pool. The master bedroom and en-suite bathroom at this level (designed to be wheelchair friendly, see below) also gives access to the verandah. The luxury kitchen with its breakfast bar facing the open plan dining and lounge is fully equipped to a high specification. A Harmony wood burning stove provides a focus and comfort through those winter evenings. Upstairs are two delightfully furnished double bedrooms which share a second luxury bathroom. Bedrooms are dual aspect with wonderful views across rolling countryside. Bliss!!

The architect owner has pursued his passion for the design of residential and vacation developments over a forty year period in various parts of the world. This property is the distillation of all of that, purpose designed to provide exactly what you want to find on your holiday to the French countryside. The site has been chosen close to a quintessentially French village which has shops and restaurants set around a tree lined square. Its lake, even closer to the site, has boating, tennis and a café, a place where the kids would be happy all day long. It is, however, firmly in the country, up a little winding lane, quite secluded. It slopes gently down to the south east allowing extensive views from the verandah beyond the pool across open countryside. Half an acre of woodland offer endless opportunities for childrens’ play and maybe too for those a little older that quiet doze in the hammock out of the sun’s glare. A natural circle in the trees is the site for King Arthur’s round table which seats up to 12 and with the portable gas bar-B-Q not far away. Hiawatha's wigwam and the tree house are also to be discovered hiding n the undergrowth. Internally, living spaces are designed open plan, interconnected and sociable. The island induction hob in the kitchen faces the dining area so that the cook doesn’t need to miss out on the conversation! Appliances include dishwasher, double eye-level fan oven and full height fridge / freezer. The dining area leads out onto the shaded verandah from where steps lead down to the pool terrace. Bedroom 1 also opens out through French doors onto this verandah. The wooden stair leads up from the lounge to the other two bedrooms and shared bathroom above. Everywhere there is daylight and views over quiet countryside. All rooms are furnished and equipped to a high standard. Externally the property is finished in stone, timber and clay tiles in traditional style including it’s own pigeonnier. It is full of french character but within has bright open spaces designed for modern living. A winter holiday here would be spent warm and cosy in front of the roaring log burner without all those nasty draughts old properties find it impossible to get rid of. Everything of course is brand new and supplied to a high standard to include all of those little things for the baby that you don’t want to have to squeeze into the suitcase.

Wheelchair Access: The property is designed to be as wheelchair friendly as possible without commitment to full 'disabled' access as defined by UK Building Regulations. A one metre wide level path leads from the driveway across a level threshold at the front door into the open plan living spaces. Wider doors allow wheelchair access from the Lounge into the ground floor bedroom (Bedroom 1) and to the ground floor Bathroom (door opens out) with walk-in shower enclosure (30mm high lip to the shower tray). There are no wall-mounted grab bars. Level thresholds lead from the Dining Area and Bedroom 1 onto the wide shaded Verandah with its view across the pool terrace to open countryside. While access to the pool terrace from the Verandah is via steps there is separate ramped wheelchair access (assistance may be needed) from the parking area across the lawn to the pool terrace. (See reviews Philip H.July 2014; Anonymous August 2013)

This part of France excels at all times of year, not just in the hot summer months. Winters are predominantly dry and sunny with crisp, clean air, perfect for a walking holiday in the low season. there are many hundreds of trails through wooded valleys and over open hills, all clearly waymarked and described in booklets available from tourist offices. (See reviews Anonymous(2 No.) March 2014). More information is available about the property, local area and activities of all sorts with links to relevant websites in our personal website at - www.luxuryfrenchcountrycottage.com. We recommend a look.

More Details

Owner
Mr. Edmund McManus
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2017

About Mr. Edmund McManus

Averil and Edmund are irish in our sixties. We settled in France in 2011 in time to start building Nyumbani in August of that year. With a great local builder and lots of hard work we were able to receive our first guests in July 2012.

Edmund is an architect with in excess of forty years experience in the design of residential space. We lived and worked for over a dozen years in tropical climates in parts of Africa and the Caribbean where we both developed our love of living outdoors as much as possible, in the shade and open to the breeze. Edmund's work also included the design of holiday resorts where the spatial requirements of short term living accommodation are somewhat different from those acceptable for a permanent home. Internal areas need to be easy to move through, open and inclusive, immediately inviting and cabable of being warm or cool depending on the season of the year. When the weather is warm, ease of transitition between inside and outside is so important.

We have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to design and build a number of new houses for ourselves and others over the years and Averil has used these opportunities to develop her skills in the choice of colours and interior furnishings.

Mr. Edmund McManus purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Mr. Edmund McManus chose Lot

We have loved this part of France since our first visit to friends some 20 years ago. We have always entertained the thought that it would be wonderful to retire here but on a visit in the summer of 2010 we made a sudden joint decision that now was the time to make it happen.

We bought land rather than an old structure so that we would have total control over the design and so that we could create a 'warm' building capable of being comfortable throughout the whole year. We chose the location because of our belief that people on holiday want the peace and quiet of the countryside in contrast generally to their normal existence but also want to be close to a village which has shops and restaurants. Our location close to Cazals but firmly in the country achieves, we think, that perfect balance.

What makes this cottage unique

The village of Cazals is quintessentially french with its tree-lined square containing the cafe-bar, the restaurant and the shops, especially the boulangerie for those morning croissants. It even has a cash machine, a medical centre and a small but well stocked local supermarket. Just on the edge of the village and half way along the ten minute stroll to our property is a lake with swimming, boating, tennis and a cafe.

The countryside is beautiful with wooded hillsides and deep valleys, perfect for walking. The local roads are quiet with very little traffic, perfect for cycling.

We like to believe that our holiday cottage works in all the ways we had planned. Certainly the very positive reviews and repeat bookings we have so far received suggest this to be the case. Our heated salt water swimming pool has been a great success offering a refreshing swim but not one that feels cold after a few minutes. Our sun loungers have been very popular also for gazing into a night sky free of light (and every other kind of) polution. Our raised verandah has been extensively used for dining in the relative cool of the evening. The kids have enjoyed exploring the wood and those a little older have loved a doze in hammocks in the shade of the trees.

This area of France does, of course, have a winter also. We have invested in an 11Kw log burning stove capable of heating the whole cottage and of staying in overnight. The stove even has remote control so that the you can raise or lower the flame without dragging yourself out of a comfortable seat. We have portable electric heaters also for that exceptionally cold night - thankfully quite rare.

Winter too can present surprisingly warm days, great for taking in wonderfully clear air walking across wooded hillsides.

All in all, we believe that what we have here, in this glorious corner of France, offers a very unique opportunity for a totally relaxing holiday.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a fantastic holiday here in this gorgeous house and its surroundings! We've utilised the pool to the extreme and we're all completely relaxed. Thank you for all your help and hospitality, you have made all the difference to our stay! We look forward to coming back very soon!
Jul 2012
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Location

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Cazals
Nearest Ferry
640 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Train
33 Kilometres
Cahors
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Cahors Nord
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Cazals
Car: necessary

Cazals is located almost midway between the Dordogne and Lot rivers offering all of the attractions of the Dordogne without the price tag. Your morning croissant is only 10 minutes walk away (less if you borrow one of our bikes). The nearby lake (5 minutes walk) has boating, swimming and tennis. The rolling heavily wooded countryside offers wonderful walks winter as well as summer. Canoeing on the Dordogne; fishing in the Lot; strolling through those gorgeous villages of Rocamadour, St. Cirq Lapopie, Domme, Sarlat; exploring the prehistoric caves at Peche Merle and elsewhere; wine tasting through the Lot valley - are all less than an hour away. Visit the owners’ website (www.luxuryfrenchcountrycottage.com) for more details. We warn you, however, that after you have experienced a dip in our heated pool, a doze in the hammock slung between the trees and that glass of wine on the shady verandah as the sun goes down, you may not wish to go anywhere else!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cazals in Lot

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Plastic glasses only please around the pool - no glass
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ground floor en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , first floor
  • Bathrooms are finished to a high standard with ceramic tiles to walls and floors. Bathroom 1 has a large walk-in shower enclosure with thermostatic shower. Bathroom 2 has a thermostatic shower over the bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , ground floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , first floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , First floor. Beds can be put together as a super king double
  • We recognise the importance of a comfortable bed. You will not be disappointed. The single beds can be placed together and made up as a double bed. A (proper) cot is available to be placed in either of bedrooms 2 or 3. All bedrooms have clothes rails, shelves and drawers with a separate store room for suitcases.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The property was completed and furnished in early July 2012. The gardens are now fully matured. Every party of guests has been extraordinarily complimentary and all have awarded us a five star rating. We have three hammocks strung up between trees in the wood for that so relaxing laze in the shade. We have developed the wood further with Hiawatha's wigwam, King Arthur's round table for his twelve knights (also usable by adults) and a treehouse for that cooked breakfast among the trees.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Luxury Country Cottage Close to Lively Village on Lot Dordogne Border
average rating of 5.0 based on 58 reviews
5

Enjoyable stay in Lot region

  • 5 of 5

The property lives up to the impressions gained from the website, superbly appointed in a perfect location. The owners, Edmund and Averil are the ideal hosts, welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. Thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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'Just wonderful'

  • 5 of 5

Edmund and Averil are the most wonderful hosts, welcoming, thoughtful, kind, but never intrusive. They ensured our holiday began in style with a champagne toast and we're on hand to offer recommendations from restaurants to trips out and so much more. On one occasion, after a full day out exploring the local area, we returned to find a picnic basket full of freshly baked warm scones on our doorstep with a lovely note from Averil to enjoy them. Edmund and Averil don't just look after their guests, they nurture them! The villa itself is beautifully decorated, very well equipped, light,airy and immaculately clean. The gardens are beautiful too, tended by Averil who is obviously a very talented gardener. The pool is exceptionally clean (Edmund cleaned the pool every other morning) and beautifully warm. The steps into the pool are wide and smooth and the surrounding paved area Is smooth and non slip too. The location could not be better, close to the local village as well as the many sights to see and places to visit in the Lot and Dordoigne areas. All in all, a wonderful holiday, we can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Sincere gratitude for neighbourly landlords

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from Nyumbani after two weeks of mixed weather but an altogether heartening experience.

Our welcome ,was just as described by other families,but our experience of a nine year old in great distress because of an ear infection was just wonderful.

On a Sunday morning Edmund and Averil gathered us up and whisked us off to see the Mayor of Cazals,also a local Doctor,and fighting through Market Day traffic to the Pharmacy in the next village ,we were sorted ! We honestly would have been lost without our lovely Landlords.

It got better,next event was a birthday, homemade lemon meringue pie and hangovers.Followed by a day canoeing on the Dordogne for my daughter and her boy,and a trip to Prayssac market ,again through murderous traffic negotiated with great cool by Averil.

Can we go again ? - this could be difficult,as bookings for next year are hectic, but yes !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Truly outstanding location, hosts and holiday

  • 5 of 5

When reviewing places to stay you do wonder if this truly is a place that consistently receives 5 stars. Let me reassure you - it is.

Avril and Edmund cannot do enough for you, from the time you book to when you have to sadly leave at the end of the holiday. They greet you upon arrival, ensure you're settled in then leave you to it. They are at hand if you need anything but are discreetly tucked away so will never trouble you.

We travelled as 2 families both with a teenage daughter each. Both loved the location and wifi by the pool! No teenager can do without this.

Accommodation is exactly as the pictures show, to a very high standard. Everything you could possibly need is already there.

Cazals itself is a lovely little town with all you can need. Sunday morning market is a must. Up in the morning, collect your fresh baguettes, croissants etc and chill by the pool. Alternatively, explore the area. Plenty to see and do - Sarlat, Domme and more or there are the vineyards 30 minutes away to sample the wine and take some home with you. Caves to explore, which even the teenagers had to agree were good and canoeing down the Dordogne was a fun day out.

Cooking is easy with a great BBQ or there are plenty of restaurants close by and are reasonably priced.

A great place, lovely hosts and will not be the last time we come here.

Would love to keep this a secret.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful well-appointed home in a gorgeous setting

  • 5 of 5

We were welcomed to our holiday home by Edmund and Averil who answered our questions with ease. Every time we asked for help (walks, Vegan restaurants, nearest supermarkets etc) they were able to answer very quickly and knowledgeably.

The pool is a nice size for cooling off in and the many places for dining, on the shady veranda or the other options in the wooded garden. The kitchen is fully equipped including SHARP knives (a first in a rental property for us!). The kitchen facilities were first class and important to us and as we spent a lot of time eating there. The garden is beautiful with some lovely planting and plentiful visitors in the form of bees and lovely hummingbird hawk-moths.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are well appointed and comfortable. We were pleased with the large Smart TV, FreeSat and DVD player, so we were able to watch BBC coverage of Wimbledon and Netflix for films. There is a good selection of DVDs too!

All in all we had a wonderful holiday and this was assisted greatly by the friendly help from Edmund and Averil.

All 6 of us had a holiday to remember. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ian and family were wonderful guests. Daughter Alex even fixed one of our bikes that has had gear problems for a long time. They also made use of our tree house for lunches which was very pleasing. With one vegan and two vegetarians, it was a challenge to find suitable restaurants in France but we did manage to find a couple. We always ask guests in advance if they have any special needs or aspirations so that we can do some research if necessary. Indeed we find that all of our guests are wonderful. We can't remember any that we would not wish to share a glass of wine with - but that is not to say we interfere. We are as invisible as our guests want us to be but there when we are needed
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5

A highly recommended property for a peaceful and relaxing break!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very nice inter-generational two weeks here recently. The house (really well-equipped), the pool (warm, very good for swimming and having an even depth that meant games with a young child were easy) and the woodland (especially the hammocks [peaceful dozing only interrupted by noisy nuthatches]) were all great. Edmund and Averil were wonderfully genuine, helpful and friendly hosts. The place is teeming with woodpeckers and butterflies, there were black kites over the lake on the way into the village and we caught the sound of golden orioles and (at night) owls in the distance. Hummingbird hawk-moths seemed to love the jasmine on the terrace in the evening. We made good use of the local food markets and only ate out at restaurants a few times (we would recommend La Recreation in Les Arches [paying with a credit card rather than cash helped!]). There are lots of walks in the vicinity that could easily be combined with more ambitious restaurant goals. The easy morning walk to the baker (try the tarte aux poires) is a smidgeon over a kilometre. A highly recommended property for a peaceful and relaxing break!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Cazals, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,050
for 7 nights
£1,050
 
 
Couples Sept Special
23 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£800
 
 
Low Season 2017 / 18
30 Sep 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Spring 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
Early Summer 2018
16 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,275
for 7 nights
£1,275
 
 
High Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,810
for 7 nights
£1,810
 
 
Late Summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
Low Season 2018/19
29 Sep 2018 - 29 Mar 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
Spring 2019
30 Mar 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,050
for 7 nights
£1,050
 
 
Early summer 2019
15 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,325
for 7 nights
£1,325
 
 
High Summer 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,860
for 7 nights
£1,860
 
 
Late Summer 2019
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,110
for 7 nights
£1,110
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £200

** PLEASE NOTE THAT £800 FLAT FEE FOR THE 'COUPLES SEPTEMBER SPECIAL' IS THE MINIMUM FOR A SINGLE COUPLE ONLY. PRICE FOR TWO COUPLES IS £850 AND FOR SIX PEOPLE THE PRICE IS £900.
We have full building and contents insurance for the Property as a holiday rental (gite) but in France this may not cover for accidental property damage caused by the client.Travel and many home insurance policies include such third party cover as a matter of course. We require that you arrange to have adequate insurance to cover your liabilities.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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