5 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, three toilets, sleeping 12 + 2 cots,
This carefully restored 17c farmhouse is a textbook example of the Quercynoix style - pigeonnier, covered balcony, souillarde, two inglenook fireplaces. Superbly situated in a hilltop hamlet, perched above a charming working village, its generous accommodation could suit two big families.
Extensive grounds include a safe private 10m pool in its own attractive stone walled garden with two secure gates. There is also a large flat grassy area for games, a shady raised terrace for dining and a barbecue.
Facilities; washing machine room, three bathrooms, well equipped kitchen (dishwasher, microwave), wood burning stove. for those with young children, there is a bespoke wooden stairgate, two cots and a high chair.
The area boasts magnificent unspoilt scenery, fine regional architecture and affordable gastronomy. The property was selected for the Alastair Sawday 'Special Places to Stay in France' guide. There is a diverse range of attractions in the locality - a zoo, a monkey park, 'Reptiland' and an increasing number of low impact 'green tourism' activities, such as canoeing, which makes this an ideal base for families with children of all ages.
History: This majestic farmhouse dates from the late 17th century. Its ancient architectural features of pagoda-like roof, pigeonnier tower, bolet covered balcony and souillarde stone vaulted area evoke an atmosphere of past centuries in this most beautiful and historic region of rural France. Standing high above a village in a hamlet of five dwellings, the house has been carefully restored over the last decade and a half by skilled local masons and carpenters. It is described locally as a Maison Bourgeoise due to its grand appearance and size.
Location: The peaceful hilltop location affords lovely views to open countryside and across a charming village roofscape with church and chateau bellow. The extensive grounds include an enclosed private pool, mature trees, shady terraces and a large, flat paddock, ideal for garden games. This rambling farmhouse provides comfortable accommodation for large parties that might include several families.
Cuisine and activities: The region is renowned both for its gastronomy (spicy, full-bodied Cahors, confits, foie gras, fragrant cepe wild mushrooms) and for offering cultural and leisure opportunities to suit all tastes, historic towns with regular markets, unspoilt villages, chateaux and museums, canoeing, biking and horse-riding together with numerous prehistoric caves to explore. A charming, qualified English-speaking babysitter enables guests to enjoy evening entertainment at local festivals (jazz and classical music at Assier, St Cere, Rocamadour) or simply to sample the cuisine at one of the excellent local restaurants. Alternatively the evening might be spent with a barbecue on the raised terrace overlooking the floodlit pool!
Top Traveller Review
Perfect place for family holidays
About the Owner
Michael and Clova Stinton fell in love with this lovely old house whilst on honeymoon nearby in August 1988. The folly of such a rash purchase has become a joyful element in their marriage and they have enjoyed returning regularly as their children, now 26, 25 and 18 have grown up, making many good friends, including their near neighbours, Marie-Helene and Jean-Marie.
As creative people and school teachers (musician and artist, respectively) the long holidays have given the family the experience of a rural idyll away from the city environment of Oxford, where they live.
Renovating the house, using craftsmen from the village and nearby, has been a special source of satisfaction and many guests have commented on the tasteful way that the house has been restored, using local materials and respecting the rustic character of the house.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a really wonderful time and totally adore your house !
I am writing to thank you for the opportunity to use your quite
extraordinary house for our holiday this year.For all three families, the fortnight was an experience to treasure; the house at the top of the hill in Born was central to the holiday.
Excellent house,garden and pool.Great location.Great holiday.Would recommend it. T.K.
The countryside is simply 'jaw dropping' D.K.
4.4 based on 8 holidaymaker reviews
Great house and grounds full of character
A wonderful week spent with family in this gite. The house is full of character and the pool area was spacious and great fun for the kids. The owner was very helpful and managed our expectations well. Would thoroughly recommend for large family groups.
Ideal place for a holidays with a large family!
This property is ideal for a holidays with a large family or group of friends. The place is clean and well-maintained and is also very authentic. The house is very well equipped, probably just missing an internet connection (though we actually enjoyed in the end having no internet).
The pool is safe and very beautiful. The region offers plenty of activities and attractions (Rocamadour, Gouffre de Padirac, Sarlat, la Dordogne, etc).
The owner has been very kind and helpful and easy to communicate with.
We recommend it to a friend or a relative.
Perfect place for family holidays
We had a wonderful time in Maison Lafeuille. Great house, with many rooms, plenty of services. The swimming pool was perfect. Located in a small typical south french village. Not far from Lacapelle, which has restaurants, grocery, and a nice small market every morning. Highly recommanded !
The perfect balance
Peace and tranquillity guaranteed, two excellent master bedrooms and room for many children - who have a safe enclosed garden for play and a lovely pool. Very good dinning out - canard the local speciality - a short drive away. If your party includes keen cooks (as ours did) then you will immediately realise that the excellently equipped kitchen belongs to people who care about cooking.
Depending on your mood, and the weather, there are four eating areas.
Birdwatchers need not leave the garden and walking and hiking start virtually at the front door. There is a piano, a good music system and very comfortable chairs for relaxing indoors, and plenty of chairs and shady spots for relaxing outdoors. History in abundance is a short drive in any direction with Rocmadour a quite breath taking jewel in any crown.
There is boule in the garden, tennis in the next village and stunning canoeing on the Dordogne just a short drive north. If you need to stay in touch then bring your own dongle and there is excellent internet reception. There are books but no TV. Even the local French neighbours are absolutely charming. What else does a family holiday need?
pleasant, rustic base for exploring pastoral Lot
The house itself has an appealingly solid, antique and rustic feel, balanced by a modern kitchen with several charming eating spaces (outdoors, under a roof, and indoors) and a beautiful pool with a lovely patio for sitting and reading and looking out at the trees.
The house's location made it an excellent base for exploring charming old towns and cities like Figeac, Rocamadour, and Cahors by car, and staring out at the marvelous pastoral landscapes of Lot and Dordogne.
But on days with pleasant weather, we most enjoyed setting out walking one way or another right from the house on the nearby GR 10 footpath, which winds over meadows and through woods before dipping into small villages. The fields, orchards, woods, and meadows surrounding the house are lively with birds, and over a few days we spotted over 30 species of birds on our walks from the house. We loved walking at all times of day, on the paths and down the quiet roads nearby, with marvelously pastoral views across rolling hills. Similarly, we loved hiring canoes on the Dordogne, not far away, to paddle through forest and gaze up at cliffs and quiet villages among them.
I would be eager to return to the house for more relaxing and walking.
A tranquil holiday centre
Just returned from a blissful week in the tranquillity of Maison Lafeuille. It was great to stay in a 17th Century farmhouse - typical of the area, traditionally restored, very well equipped, and ideal for a large family. It was even better than described. For those requiring total relaxation, the garden and swimming pool provide it. For the more energetic - cycles are available at the house, and canoes on the Dordogne. However, for those wishing to enjoy the marvellous countryside between the Dordogne to the North and the Lot to the South, Rueyres is a perfect centre. In particular, the Grottes at Padirac are fascinating and well worth a visit. Those interested in History, will be able to visit numerous Châteaux and ancient towns, such as Rocamadour and St. Céré. Despite the adverse rate of the Euro to Sterling, it is still possible to find a four course meal with wine for 11 Euros, and how better than to relax after a day of sight-seeing than with a glass of Cahors in one’s hand ! All-in-all, we had a wonderful time - and it was reassuring to know that if we had a problem
(which we didn’t) we were able to contact the owners.
From the Owner
“This large, safe and family-friendly farmhouse is ideal for large parties of up to fourteen plus two babies, and, in the past, three generations of the same family have regularly taken the house for holidays. Whilst it serves as a great base for those wishing to explore, it is also a safe haven to enjoy, just staying by the pool and relaxing in the sun.”
Activity and Interests
Maison Lafeuille is located in a village 15 minutes south of St. Cere, roughly equidistant from the Lot and Dordogne rivers. Rueyres is on the edge of a National Park (Parc Naturel Regional des Causses du Quercy). It is immediately surrounded by attractive hilly, wooded, farm land, but very close to the wild and characterful plateau of the Gramat Causse and near the majestic valleys of the Dordogne and the Lot ( the latter with the additional attraction of fine vineyards). Rodez Airport (Ryanair) is just over an hour away and the new airport, south of Brive-la- Gaillarde, is 45 minutes away. A subsidiary of Air France operates a regular service from London City Airport.
Other Activities: historic buildings, bird watching, gastronomy, markets. Canoeing on the nearby Dordogne is a must, as well as a visit to the nearby cave paintings of Peche-Merle and a boat ride on the underground river at the Gouffre de Padirac.
Local villages/towns: Rocamadour (Deuxieme site de France) occupies breath-taking, perched village site and, at only 20 minutes away, is perfect for an evening restaurant meal at the Lion d'Or). St Cirq Lapopie is also a beautiful local village
Golf: Golf is available at nearby Montal adjacent to its famous Renaissance chateau just before St Cere, about fifteen minutes to the north.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£134|
MAISON LAFEUILLE WEBSITE
For further information please request our web site address by telephoning us or by email
Deposit: This is €150 and payable with the second 50%, 60 days before check-in.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The house is situated in an unusually unspoilt village location, with lovely views from the house and good walks in all directions. The building, too, preserves the integrity of its original rustic architecture and all its local features, such as walk-in fireplaces, together with citerne, souillarde and bolet. The grand pigeonnier (now housing all three bathrooms) and stone staircase are all original and intact. There are many activities nearby, as well as a lovely, very safe private pool that guests can enjoy.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Baby Gate
- Free Local Calls
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Living Room
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- 4 Ring Stove
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Refrigerator ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Books ...
- Stereo ...
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- theme parks
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- 200 m²
- Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Basin
- Bathroom - Toilet, Bidet, Basin
- Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Bathroom - Basin and washing machine
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
- Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, 2 fauteuils Voltaires
- Curtained Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 2nd bed is lit bateau
- Large dormitory - 6 Single Bed
- Art Deco Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, Interconnects to...
- Curtained Box Bed - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, original refurbished
- 3 doubles, 1 family bedroom, 6 childrens beds, 2 cots
- Outdoor Furniture
- 16 garden chairs
- 6 deck chairs
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- *The six children's beds are comfortable metal dormitory beds located in a large, airy dormitory space. *The family bedroom is located behind a large, heavy curtain (see our web site for bedroom plan). *Serious cyclists should bring or hire their own bicycles *Wood for heating is available for spring and autumn lets.