The house lies in the heart of the Quercy countryside not far from the small market town of Caussade. The original building may date back to the 16th century but like many of the farms in the area it has been added to over the years. The cottage that is available to rent has two dates over windows, 1689 and 1732.
The house is part of a small hamlet of about 8 houses containing a listed building and is surrounded by working farmland. The hamlet nestles in a shallow coombe with fields behind rising to a low chalk ridge from which there are spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. There is a way marked walk through the village and in spring there are wonderful wild flowers including many orchids. The situation is ideal for botanists, ramblers and families alike.
The house is newly restored. There are three double bedrooms, one with two single beds, and a large bathroom upstairs with a further shower room downstairs. There is a large (8 metres by 5 metres) fully equipped kitchen/dining room and a further sitting room with French windows to the garden. Both are heated by wood-burning stoves. There is a secluded outdoor dining area and a large lawn area for games, sunbathing, boules etc.
All the necessities of life are available in a small market town 7 minutes away and there is a traditional boulangerie in an adjacent hamlet. There are restaurants within easy reach and an area of rich historic interest to explore. There is swimming available in a natural lake nearby and in the valleys of the Lot and the Aveyron there is canoeing.
The film Charlotte Gray was made in the area, largely in Saint Antonin le Noble Val on the Aveyron and in the countryside near the house. We recommend viewing the film to get the flavour of the area. There are local maps in the house for your use and a ‘house book’ to help you find your way about which we hope you will add to. Linen is provided but please bring your own swimming towels. The house is fully equipped and has laundry facilities and we hope that you will find it a home from home.
Travelling from England, the nearest airports are Toulouse or Rodez, many flights by budget airlines use these as well as BA. Modestly priced car hire is easily available at the airport. It is an 8 hour drive from the Channel ports of Caen or St. Malo, directions available on request.