Sunny farmhouse in picturesque Lot River Valley
|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
|Living space||3000 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Adventure, Historic, Romantic, Away from it all, River, Rural|
Description from the owner
Beautifully restored farmhouse with large swimming pool set in French countryside. Authentic stone house and barns tastefully rebuilt as a family home with original Quercynoise character intact, but the light and air of a California villa. With 3 bedroom suites and 3,000 square feet, the house is easy and comfortable for families. Great kitchen. Terraces adjoin living areas for indoor/outdoor living and al fresco dining. Medieval hillside towns of St. Cirq Lapopie (voted the favorite of "les plus belles villages de France" by the French) and Calvignac within a few minutes. Roman bastide town of Cajarc nearby offers shopping, bank, P.O., b...Read more
Sunny farmhouse in picturesque Lot River Valley
Calvignac, Midi-Pyrenees, France
Additional Location Information
The house is situated in an ideal location for exploring the best of the Lot River Valley. This river valley has remained much as it was in the 19th Century, carefully protected from the ravages of industrialization. Medieval villages, pre-historic caves, beautiful rivers, unspoiled countryside that's great for hiking and biking. Many French and others find the Lot and wish never to leave. So appreciated by the French, this landscape has been given the designation of "Natural Regional Park", where traditional farming co-exists with tourism. The house is located on a country lane that passes through farms, on a bluff above the Lot River, not far from busy small villages and towns. Surrounded by fields and farms, with the Lot River at the end of the property, below the bluff, the location is peaceful and scenic. There are no immediately adjacent houses, but two farm houses and a small chateau are a few hundred feet to the east, and 1/4 mile further down the lane to the north is the tiny hamlet of La Bruyere (10 houses) and the river. Beautiful views to opposite limestone cliffs above the river, and Calvignac in the near distance. Very private and peaceful. The neighbors are typically farming families, with a sprinkling of houses owned by Parisians. They are unfailingly friendly, and helpful if ever needed. We all agree that this place is heaven-on-earth, and feel lucky to have found this particular spot. The house has an adjacent graveled parking area with ample parking. The old Roman town of Cajarc across the river offers all amenities, including post office, banks, restaurants, cafes, newspaper store, local tourist office and a fabulous bakery, plus a small waterfront with boats and summer cafes. The medieval town of Calvignac is a lovely walk of two miles, where you will pass an ancient "lavoir" (community washing well) sited near a natural spring. A bike ride away you can visit St. Cirq Lapopie, voted last year by the French as their favorite "beautiful village in France", where you will find artists' studios, local products and fine restaurants. If you prefer a more ambitious outing, a trip to Pech Merle, one of the largest and most signficant prehistoric caves of France, is about 30 minutes to the west along the river. Options for day trips and outings abound throughout the area.
Location Type Away from it all, River, Rural
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$449 - $514||$449 - $514||$2,825 - $3,082||$11,300 - $12,327||4 nights|
|Jun. 1 2013 - Sep. 15 2013
|All Other Dates||$449||$449||$2,825||$11,300||4 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Damage deposit - $1,926 - Security Deposit
- Damage deposit - $1,926 / stay - Security Deposit
- Additional guests - $128 / person - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than guest(s)
- Cleaning fee - $257 / stay - Cleaning Fee
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 11, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Fantastic spot for families
This is an incredible home! My family of four stayed here for a few weeks. There were lovely lazy summer days of going on morning walks through the countryside lounging by the pristine pool, spending mornings at local farmer's markets and cooking meals in the beautiful kitchen and enjoying leisurely long dinners in the warm night air. The house is modern, spacious, elegant with all the amenities you might need. It is within a few minutes driving distance to a small town, w/ grocery store, bank, bakery, restaurants, etc.
There also is plenty to do in the area with small children, including:
activities on the rivers: canoeing, rafting, swimming, etc.
Little hikes and explorations
We'd highly recommend this home and the area as a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the quiet, the home, the pool and the lovely french countryside, and as a base to explore the fascinating region of the Lot river valley and beyond.
"Idyllic French getaway, perfect setting, lovely home, convenie
This lovely french farm house is nestled among several small villages along the Lot River. It is an island of peace and beauty in a very bucolic setting. The home is comfortable and very nicely appointed. The hostess has seen to every possible need or want. The outdoors spaces are wonderful. We followed the sun from one patio to another and loved floating and exercising in the infinity pool. The hiking is great. Right from the house, we wandered old pilgrimage roads and trails. We enjoyed local markets, wine tasting, and restaurants, visited flee markets and brocantes in neighboring villages and toured widely using "Maison Bons" as our base. It was a perfect "10!"
Newport Beach, CA
Idyllic stay in south of France
We had a wonderful 10-day stay at the house in august 2011 - so wonderful, in fact that my husband has been checking real estate listings since to buy our own place in Lagarrigue!
It was a great base for trips to Fijac, Pech-Merle cave, St-Cirq-Lapopie, Dordogne Valley, tiny hamlets perched above the Lot Valley, etc. The small town of Cajarc was an easy hop for daily baguettes, shopping and drinking apertifs in the shade by the Lot River. The house itself is lovely, pairing portions of the original 200-year old farmhouse (sturdy, thick walls keeping the cool air in) with soaring ceilings and big windows looking out to the views of beautiful grounds, swimming pool, and fields beyond. It's a beautiful & very comfortable home with all the modern conveniences (e.g., Wi-Fi), but we felt like we'd stepped back in time during our stay in "La France Profonde." We loved every minute.
Comfort and ease in the Lot
We spent a week in this beautifully remodeled French farmhouse. Adding lots of windows and skylights has produced spacious, airy rooms - a nice combination of warm stone and interesting spaces. Favorite hangouts: the big kitchen and the sunny patio, which faces a landscape of chalky plateaus covered with oak trees and cut by deep rivers. A lovely, comfortable place in a dramatic setting.
A stunning house in a beautiful, fascinating part of France.
This former farmhouse is both elegant and warm, with original stone walls and high beams. The house is roomy with lots of nooks and terraces for quiet moments, but also perfect for entertaining family and guests. The kitchen is lovely and modern -- a cook's dream. The house is a short drive from the village for hot croissants in the morning. From our visits, I remember especially the views across the valley at sunset and the breezes at night through our room at the top of the house.
Buck & Char
The home has been completely "redone" to afford all the modern amenities, while maintaining the charm of the original country home. The ambience is wonderful, and home is designed and furnished with style and grace. It is a place to relax, and truly experience the real life style of the country French. It is a fairly rural location, but with access to all the grocery shopping, and small village life that you would need. We have stayed here twice, and look forward to being here again.
This house is absolutely the most lovely house imaginable! The setting and the decor are perfectly suited. Quiet, warm, livable--perfect for a couple or small family. If only, I'd go back in a minute!
Paradise in the undiscovered Lot river valley!
We fell in madly love with the Lot Valley in 1989 and have been coming back virtually every year since. We had our eye on this now-magnificent house as it was getting built a few years ago, and saw its magical transformation from a remote, rundown farmhouse to what is now our favorite house in the valley. Sheila has brought all of her professional architectural and landscaping expertise to bear on renovating this fabulous property, which is now our very favorite place to stay. The original integrity of the ancient farm has been maintained while being infused with all of the sleek modern conveniences one could possibly desire. The interior is luminous, and the exterior, complete with infinity pool, patios, and professional boules court, is a joy to be in. The house and its terrace have views across the green fields to the cliffs of the Lot River and the wooded hills above them. There are wonderful hiking paths through oak forests in one direction, to the river in another, and toward the fortified medieval village of Calvignac, with its church, towers, and stone houses hanging precipitously from its rocky heights. We can't wait to return!
Architectural elegance in a bucolic setting.
If you are looking doe a vacation rental in France, This lovely home combines the best it has to offer: beautiful stone house with a pool and all the modern conveniences. The owner, a internationally known landscape architect, has married the best of French gardens with the gentle hills of the Lot. The house is close to Cahor, the caves of Peche Merle, farmers' markets, but is tranquil. There are two terraces, one for breakfast, one for dinner, multiple levels in the house with lots of light.
A fantastic house in which to relax and explore the Lot Valley
My wife and I stayed in this house for several days. The location is ideal, centrally located for lots of exploring; the site is beautifully sited on bottom land along the river. The house in very comfortable and easy to relax in; the recent remodeling makes it a great place to live. There are many hiking trails and several local villages are an easy walk. Within a short drive you'll find larger towns like Cajarc, Figeac, and Cahours (among others). Every day, one of the towns has a market, so the shopping for food is fun and you get all the fresh fruits and vegetables you could ever want. If you decide not to cook in the great kitchen in the house, there are a number of wonderful restaurants not far away. There are also wineries, ancient caves, ruins of houses and churches, etc.
You will be hard pressed to find a better locale or a better house. And Sheila was great to work with. I'd return in a minute.
Santa Barbara, CA
Every romantic idyll of a country home in France comes true when
Every romantic idyll of a country home in France comes true when you stay in this lovely home! Like to cook? Cook in this well equipped kitchen surrounded by views of the French countryside and using ingredients from your local marché. Eat in the lovely dining room or better yet outdoors in the garden, front garden for breakfast, back garden for dinner. Plan to share a house in France with family or friends? Perfect choice because each area is private so that you can enjoy being together without sacrificing privacy. Kids? Any age from young children to teenagers will find lots to do, leaving you to enjoy your vacation. This authentic house has been tastefully restored with loving attention to every detail. We felt we were living in an issue of architectural Digest. We stayed here for a week last year and thought we had died and gone to heaven. Why had we only planned on one week?
Not only is this house lovelier than we dreamed, the area is the best-kept secret in France with so much to see and do. Next door to the very popular Dordogne Region, the Lot Valley has the same prehistoric caves, medieval hill towns, troglodyte ruins, castles, navigable rivers, and secret swimming holes, all without the crowds. Sightseeing was fun for kids as well as adults. As if that weren't enough, the Lot is a region known for gastronomy, the best of France. Once you've been here, you will never return to Provence! We can't wait to come back here, and the next time will be a longer stay.
One more plus is Sheila, the owner, a true Francophile who willingly shares her knowledge of the region to make your stay even more enjoyable. It really is heaven on earth to be here!