The Gite in Marcilhac is a renovated cowshed built in traditional Quercy stone. It is located in the monument town of Marcilhac-sur-Cele in the beautiful Cele Valley. Marcilhac is on the secondary route to Santiago de Campostella. Situated in the Parc naturel regional des Causses du Quercy; an area of outstanding natural beauty, rich in history and architecture.
The town has a small grocery store, a bakery and a restaurant. The butchery-van visits four times a week and the fish-van once a week.
The bedroom, with a view over the town and the limestone cliffs, has a double bed. The bathroom is fitted with a bath/shower, toilet and... washbasin. The well-equipped, fitted kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, microwave, electric kettle, washer/dryer and fridge. The terracotta tiled sitting room is also supplied with a CD player and reading material. Internet is available at the Post Office in Marcilhac.
The private courtyard/garden has a barbecue and garden furniture for outdoor eating. The Cele River is less than 100 metres away where one can have picnics, canoe, or go swimming.
A 12-minute drive from Marcilhac takes you to Cajarc, the closest commercial town, with its own miniature Pompidou art centre. It has a municipal swimming pool, various good restaurants, and a pretty waterfront from where one can take boat trips up the river.
Figeac, less than half an hour's drive away, is an old and interesting Templar market town, with medieval streets, squares, many well-restored buildings and stylish modern shops. It has a good hypermarket nearby.
Marcilhac is the ideal base from which to explore the Cele and Lot valleys.
There is excellent walking, varying from Grandes Randonees forming part of the ancient pilgrim route to Santiago de Campostella, to smaller tracks and footpaths.
Cycling offers another way to explore. Bikes can be hired inexpensively in Cajarc and Marcilhac. You can also hire canoes and kayaks on both the Cele and the Lot, and there is horse riding at various nearby centres.
The following sites are also within easy reach: -
Rocamadour, St. Cirq Lapopie, Grottes de Pech Merle, Cahors and the winelands, Figeac, Gouffre de Padirac, Cuzals, Cajarc, Gramat, Carennac, Autoire, Conques, Laguiole, Albi, Cordes, Sarlat, Moissac, Brive and the Aveyron Gorge.
This is a two-person gite - unfortunately no animals, children, or smoking are allowed. All prices include linen, gas and electricity. There is a supplement for heating if required.
The Gite is tastefully decorated and beautifully furnished, with Persian carpets throughout.
The Midi-Pyrenees is one of France's largest regions, and it is certainly one of its most precious. Its landscape is beyond compare with the mighty Pyrenees bordering Spain to the south, the lush forests of Dordogne to the north, and in between the spacious valleys stacked with a history blended by many forces and land marked by mountain top monasteries, sleepy stone and wooded hamlets, green fragrant groves and medieval castles.
The Romanesque abbey in Conques is legendary and the village itself has recorded a very interesting history and seems largely unchanged by the passing decades. The Canal du Midi is one of the region's treasures and remains the oldest canal in use in Europe. So impressive is the undertaking that the Canal du Midi has earned the prestige of being included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Star gazer's mouths will be agape at the Pic du Midi Observation and Research Centre perched at the mountain's apex. The Gite is situated in a "black triangle" - ideal for star-gazing. The sandstone facades of the buildings of Figeac are not the thing of beauty in the quaint village. Figeac boasts lovely palaces and artistic sculptures. Albi is a larger town with much history and heritage to offer its visitors.
Gavarnie is a naturally occurring mega circular valley more than two miles in circumference at the base and more than nine miles at the top. The depth of 5,500ft gives way to splashes of green flora and blue cascading water at this amazing site. Rocamadour is one of the Midi-Pyrenees' main attractions. This city in the sky is built from the very mountain atop which it is perched. The site of pilgrimages since the 12th Century, Rocamadour still amazes all who visit.
The sumptuous flavours of the Midi-Pyrenees have been delighted over for decades, even centuries. Like so many other French regions, the Midi-Pyrenees also capitalises on the best of what is available in the area. Travellers will see delicious and warming cassoulet on most menus, and this thick stew of slow cooked meat (duck and/or pork) and haricot beans is divine.
Wild mushrooms are abundant and fabulous cheeses, like Roquefort are prevalent. Armagnac brandy and foie gras are readily available. The southwest of the region has gorgeous duck and goose dishes, including foie gras, pate, preserved duck, as well as truffles.Read more
Left on 10/14/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Detlef Siegler
The equipment of the holiday house was simple but enough , the price is ok. We like that house and the location at Marcilhac is very good. For the livingroom we missed armchairs.
MICHELE BROUARD AND JOHN BENTLEY
SIMON'S TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
C'EST Magnifique !
Left on 09/11/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | MICHELE BROUARD AND JOHN BENTLEY
We knew of this stunning gite through Lillian Bell (a personal friend who used to manage out "Le Barn" gite near Bio). Service from her was superb. We could hardly think of a more comfortable and picturesque home from home had we tried. Décor and amenities very much to our taste. books great, music great, church bells great (!!), bed a little tight (!). This must be one of the most friendly and untouristy villages in the area with so much right on the doorstep. Delicious food, lovely wines, cosy little restaurants right in the village and on the river, local "characters" - you name it, Marcilhac has it. Bird life in the courtyard kept us entertained every late afternoon and evening. Great canoeing down the river, fabulous walks, mighty cliffs to admire. I'm running out of adjectives. Suffice to say we are recommending it to all our friends in South africa. We cannot think of anything we liked "least".
Lovely spot in a beautiful part of the world
Left on 06/22/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Nancy B
We had a wonderful time here. The gite is well-appointed, charming and comfortable and the setting is beautiful. The location made a great spot for exploring the area (Pech Merle, Figeac and Rocomadour are all easy driving distance) and it was pleasure just to hang around Marcilhac and hike or canoe. The music and book selection was exceptional, with handy maps and guidebooks plus some classics about the area. Wifi has to be paid for at the Post Office (and cellphone service is best at the town square) but it's a very short walk there. Having Madame's "tasting menu" and watching village life at Café des Touristes is a must. It was a pleasure to stay here (thanks to Lillian for the arrangements).
LIonel & Gi Alston
Johannesburg ,South Africa
A cozy, comfortable base from which to explore this beautiful ar
Left on 06/19/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | LIonel & Gi Alston
All our dealings with Lillian Bell and Laurence were a pleasure.Prompt and informative responses to all our E-Mail queries. The Gite was perfect. Well appointed, tastefully decorated and perfectly located for exploring this stunningly beautiful area of France.The village shop was well stocked and with Carjac only 15 kilometers with it,s Saturday market we could buy everything we needed. Madam,s Restuarant Turisto in the village was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed her fabulous home cooking on more than one occasion! As a senior couple two things could be improved on. The pathway from the lane to the Gite could be improved to enable one to wheel a heavy suitcase to the gate.We had to carry them in one by one. The only other thing was the bed. It is wedged almost wall to wall in the alcove next to the bathroom making it extremely difficult to get in and out of and to make the bed in the mornings was a mission! As South africans the Madiba table cloth made us fell quite at home.Marcilhac is also easily accessible by car from Brive where Europcar and avis have offices 50 meters away from the train station.
Stephania and Bradley
Wonderful little gite in a peaceful, beautiful village in a trul
Left on 05/16/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Stephania and Bradley
Comfortable and homely with modern facilities and a great gareden, the gite is a stones throw from the picturesque river Cele and the all essential boulangerie. Great base for exploring the area by car but also lots of walks from the door and a couple of great cafe/restaurants in the village if you don't fancy driving.
A perfect retreat for couples
Left on 08/29/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Wellsy
A lovely, comfortable, clean and well equipt gite in the beautiful village of marcilhac-sur-cele.
Situated in the heart of the village, this gite feels remote and private and is a great base in which to discover the local area. All one could want from a home from home.
The gite itself is tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and some great quirky features! The private walled garden has a delightful outside dining area and it a wonderful place to lay on the loungers and watch the stars come out.
The best thing about this littel gite was the view of the iconic cliff faces and the sound of the local church village bells. The poeple in the village are so friendly and the night market is an absolute must - especially when they have live bands. We are sure to return!
Peaceful, well-equipped / renovated and lovely location
Left on 08/19/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Nicola1959
Perfect for a relaxing break in the Cele Valley. Nicely renovated, peaceful garden with cliff views and only a few metres from the river. All basic amenities on the doorstep. Excellent local market Tuesday evenings. Abbey a real plus and some lovely walks. Highly recommended.
David & Lyn
Lancing, West Sussex
Lovely little Gite
Left on 08/14/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | David & Lyn
My wife and I spent a week in the Quercy Stone Gite whilst we explored the region. It was a lovely little place just suitable for two people. A week is just long enough as comfey seating is limited and there is no wi-fi (contrary to the advice). However, access is fine once you've located it, it is very peacful and the privacy is perfect. The village of Marcilhac-Sur-Cele is welcoming and a lovely place to stay. Read more
Thank you for your generous comments about the Gite. As indicated on the website, wifi and internet is available only at the Post Office in Marcilhac.
Stevens Point, WI USA
Lovely stay in Marcilhac
Left on 08/13/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | wayne
We couldn't have had a better stay and it rained nearly every day. The cottage was comfy. All the equipment worked. The bakery was a lovely walk around the block and the bread was a-1, so were the croissants. The two restaurants were very nice. The older couple running the "tourist" restaurant were straight our of a movie. Loving and functioning like a well-oiled machine. The other place had a great evening meal for a very reasonable price.
High lights? No american tourists (did I really say that?). A really great cave with prehistoric painting 20 minutes away. Lovely scenes at every turn of the road. One beautiful village after another. And the cliffs!!! They rise straight above you. At times you drive through them.
Idyllic honeymoon in Marcilhac.
Left on 07/10/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | BBE
We had an amazing stay at the Gite and thoroughly enjoyed the region. I can't imagine a better option for those looking to explore the Lot River Valley. We stayed just before tourist season began, and so avoided long lines and crowds but still had the sunshine. We almost didn't come home. Thanks to Lillian for being ever so accommodating. Cheers.
Wonderful stay in Marcilhac-sur-Cele
Left on 01/25/2011 for a stay in August 2010 | JK
This was our first visit to the Lot and we really fell in the love with the area. The gite was a great base for exploring the area - very well appointed and very comfortable indeed. The private enclosed garden made a lovely sport for an evening BBQ accompanied by the viewsof the cliffs. I would not hesitate to recomment the gite as a place to stay to anyone wishing to visit the area.
Johannesburg, South Africa
The ultimate in slow living!
Left on 12/15/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | Louis Calitz
My second visit. What a pleasure to stay in a beautifully decorated place in a sleepy country hamlet. Watching the ever-changing cliff face is pure Zen.
The location is perfect for slowly exploring the Lot - from the Templar roots of Figeac, the Black Madonna of Rocamadour to the not-to-be-missed wolves of Gramat.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Stylish gite in charming village - wonderful French experience
Left on 12/14/2010 for a stay in December 2007 | Susan Nel
Loved staying in this stylish gite and cooking in the well appointed kitchen. The village is charming with beautiful views, great walks and drives, and close to historic and tourist sites.
A magical discovery of ancient and Rural France
Left on 12/08/2010 for a stay in November 2008 | Diana
We found this gite to be absolutely comfortable, fresh, clean, extremely tasteful and aesthetically pleasing to boot!
This is a particularly interesting part of the french country side with all the ancient caves and rock paintings as well as breathtaking ancient ruins and architecture! The village itself it very charming and well situated to explore this area.
I will definitely return to this destination!
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