In the heart of the Lot Valley is our comfortable cottage 'Maison Mariela', five minutes walk to the village which has a small supermarket, a fuel station, a public outdoor pool in the summer months, boulangeries, cafes, delicatessen, bank, florist , hairdressers, post office and the weekly market. A larger supermarket is available within a five minute drive.
The property is ideally situated to explore the numerous villages and vineyards along the river where you can sample the famous Malbec the 'Black wine of Cahors'! The tourist sites of Chateau Bonaguil, Rocamadour, St Cirq-la-Popie, Grottes de Peche Merle and Gouffre de Padirac, 25 mins, to Cahors and within an hour of the sites in neighbouring Dordogne.
The property in more detail
The cottage stands in its own garden with private parking for 3 or 4 cars and terrace within the grounds of the owner’s property. On the ground floor the spacious living room has 2 sets of French doors out to the terrace and lawned garden with mature trees, perfect for sunbathing with shade when required. There are 2 large sofas and an armchair. There is a large dining table in the lounge, which can also be used as a work-space. There is a fully fitted kitchen with modern white cabinets and a tiled floor. There is an 8 gas burner, double oven range cooker, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, toaster and a slow cooker. Everything you need for a self-catering holiday! There is a table in the kitchen for dining too.
There is a large, bright, bedroom on the ground floor overlooking the rear garden with king-size bed and built in wardrobes. It has an adjoining bathroom with modern fittings. There is a full size bath, separate shower, vanity and WC. A staircase leads to the other bedrooms on the first floor. Bedroom 2 has a king-size bed too and en-suite shower-room, with double head shower, vanity and WC. Bedroom 3 is a large twin room with 2 large single beds and bedroom 4 has a single bed. They share a shower-room with vanity and WC. N.B. The 2 x large singles beds can comfortably sleep 1 adult or 2 young children.
The cottage is well equipped with good quality modern fittings and utensils.The price includes all utilities, including a supply of logs for the wood-burner and heating during the winter months, bed linen, tea towels and bath towels.There is an excellent fibre broadband connection and wifi access throughout the property. There is a CD player, DVD player and a 40" TV with UK Freeview and French channels. There is a selection of DVDs, books and games for you to enjoy.
We can provide, at no extra cost, high chair, stair gate, baby bath support and travel cot (bedding is available too) should they be required. Please let us know if you need these.
A welcome pack of local wine and bread is provided. Some freshly stocked, basic supplies such as tea, coffee and sugar are also provided so that you can start your holiday right away!
The owner will be on site to welcome you when you arrive and ensure you get settled. The property has smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted, as well as a fire extinguisher for your safety.
There is a pergola in the private garden with a table and chairs to seat 8 so that you can enjoy dining al fresco. There is a large barbecue and other seating areas with parasols set out in the grounds for you to relax and enjoy your holiday.
A couple of minutes walk across from the cottage and you can be fishing on the River Lot. The area is popular for cycling and has many walking trails. Secure overnight storage for cycles can be provided. The property is a great base for cyclists and walkers.
The village of Luzech is known for several specialities of the region like pastis, millassou, croustilot or pescajoune, a kind of sweet crepe. The town produces Cahors wine too. Luzech has great cultural and historical interest, as well having breath-taking scenery. A market is held every Wednesday morning.
Luzech is home to Ichnospace, Musée d'Empreintes de Dinosaures which is the first European museum of dinosaur footprints and fossils of animals such as crocodiles, turtles and ammonites. You’ll also find the Musee La Planete des Moulins, a museum dedicated to models of windmills animated by water and wind, taking you around the world and back in time.
There is a bus-service in the village which links the villages along the valley from Monsempron-Libos in the West through to Cahors. The train-station at Monsempron has a service through to Bordeaux and from Cahors station there is a service to Paris and Toulouse.Cycle-hire is available at Duravel which is only 23km away and prebooking and delivery service can be provided by online cycle hire company ' Ouibike'.
The River Lot is situated across the road from the property. Swimming is recommended at the designated safe areas for swimming at Camy- 5 minutes and Castelfranc-10 minutes away, both by car. Fishing is allowed on the river, just walk across the road.
A short drive away (2.5km)at the Base Nautique Copa Caix Bana you can hire canoes, kayaks, stand up paddles and motor cruisers. Boats can be hired in nearby Douelle as well.
Visit Cahors - From the Valentré Bridge to the Cathedral of St. Etienne, the Lot's major city combines a Southern atmosphere with a wealth of history. Enfolded within a meander of the river Lot, Cahors, City of Art and History, is just waiting to be explored. Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday morning. There is a Petit Train to discover the town in comfort.
Château de Bonaguil, the last of the fortified castles, is in the commune of Saint-Front-sur-Lémance, but actually owned by the neighbouring commune of Fumel in the Lot-et-Garonne département. It has been classified as a Monument historique since 1862.
Rocamadour is a small clifftop village known for the Cité Réligieuse complex of religious buildings, accessed via the Grand Escalier staircase. It includes the Chapelle Notre-Dame, with its Black Madonna statue, and the Romanesque-Gothic Basilica of St-Sauveur. La Forêt des Singes, a park where macaques roam free, is to the northeast. The Rocher des Aigles bird park lies to the west.
St Cirque La Popie’s position on a steep cliff 100m above the river, originally selected for defence, has helped make the town one of the most popular tourist destinations in the department, and the entire town is almost a museum. After being 'discovered' by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin it became popular with other artists and the home of the writer André Breton.
Grottes de Pech Merle is a cave which opens onto a hillside at Cabrerets about 32 km by road east of Cahors. It is one of the few prehistoric cave painting sites in France that remain open to the public.
Gouffre de Padirac - explore an underground lake with impressive stalactites, which over the centuries have created a spectacular backdrop.