Holiday home set in a rural location, in the heart of the wonderful vineyards of Cahors

Sleeps: 12
Bedrooms: 6
Weekly price guide: £3289-£8107
Pool: Yes
Type: House
Property Ref: MAI3075

General Description

Set in the famous vineyards of Cahors, this is a beautifully renovated home owned by the former president of one of the world's most famous jewellery brands.

Being more than accustomed to things of beauty, it is not surprising that he has a long history with this stunning region, since falling in love with the nearby medieval Château, which he brought back to its former glory and ensured its wines achieve international accolades. His latest project is a luxurious holiday home set amongst the wonderful vineyards of this area where you can experience ultimate comfort in characterful and peaceful surroundings.

The Maison is divided into two parts, the first featuring an elegant living room with a grand open fire and extensive library, a charming country kitchen and an ornate dining room. In the second part of the house there is a delightful summer kitchen by the swimming pool and a games room featuring an impressive home cinema alongside table-football and a poker table. There's an air of simple decadence around the six en-suite bedrooms, featuring sumptuous beds and antique furnishings. Exquisite pieces of art and sculpture fill the house, chosen by the owner who is also the president of a famous Art Foundation in Paris.

Outside you can relax by the swimming pool or dine with family and friends by the Weber barbecue, all the time surrounded by the relaxing landscapes of vines and gentle hills beyond.

The vineyards of Cahors surrounding the Lot river are some of the oldest in Europe. The main grape variety produced here is Malbec and there are many opportunities to visit estates to sample some of these excellent wines. Indeed, guests are invited to take a VIP tour of the famous winery at the owners Château, just a ten-minute drive away, where one of the most prestigious Malbec wines in the world is produced.

Food-lovers should visit the wonderful market in Cahors on a Wednesday or Saturday morning where they can buy delicious local produce such as cheese from Rocamadour, melons from Quercy or local foie gras and truffles. The historic town is a delightful place where you can explore the medieval cobbled lanes discovering pretty squares and secret gardens. Cross over the UNESCO World Heritage listed bridge, Pont Valentré, before taking a river cruise along the Lot. In the height of the summer the boats even travel as far as the enchanting village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, known to be one of France's 'Plus Beaux Villages'.

Other wonders of the region include Puy-l'Évêque, Gourdon and Rocamadour or head further north to the valley of the Dordogne with idyllic places such as Domme, Monpazier and Sarlat all just over an hours drive.

Accommodation Facilities

Main House Interiors:

Ground Floor:
- Living room with fireplace and large library.
- Dining room.
- Kitchen, well equipped including dishwasher, two gas ovens, fridge, freezer and microwave.

First Floor:
- Bedroom (17m2) with double bed (180x200cm) and air-conditioning/heating. Bathroom and private WC.

Top Floor (via a narrow spiral staircase):
- Bedroom (24m2) with double bed (180x200cm) and air-conditioning. Bathroom with shower and bath plus private WC.

Second House (connected to Main house via walkway):

Ground Floor:
- Summer kitchen (30m2), facing swimming pool, well equipped including electric cooker, dishwasher and dining table.
- Children's bedroom (10m2) with twin beds (90x190cm each), air-conditioning and bathroom with shower and private WC. Underfloor heating.
- Master bedroom (20m2) with double bed (180x200cm), air-conditioning and bathroom with bath and shower. Underfloor heating.
- Home cinema/games room with table football, poker table and home cinema system.
- WC.
- Utility room with two washing machines and a dryer.

First Floor:
- Bedroom (18m2) with double bed (160x200cm) and air-conditioning. Bathroom with bath and shower.
- Bedroom (22m2) with double bed (180x200cm) and air-conditioning. Bathroom with bath and shower.

Outside Grounds:
- Heated swimming pool (16mx6m), open May to October. Pool safety alarm.
- Weber BBQ.
- Table tennis.
- Bikes (rental fee applies).
- Pond.

Additional Notes:
Baby and Toddler Equipment: cot(s) and high chair(s).
Extras available at this property (payable locally): daily maid service included (2 hours/day),
chef on request and catering, home-delivery, babysitting, car hire, transfers.
Arrival time: 4.00 p.m.
Linen and towels included (including pool towels). Mid-week change is also included.
End of stay cleaning included. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Minimum stay: 7 nights from mid-June to mid-September. 3 nights during all other periods.
Smoking not allowed.
Pets are allowed on request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
The swimming pool is open from May to October (cooler months may not be suitable for swimming).
No pool heating charge. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Heating costs included (underfloor heating).
A/C in all the bedrooms.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Local Area / Activities

The property is set in a rural location in the heart of a beautiful vineyard, in the Lot region of southern France.

The nearest village (8km) is a 10-minute drive away where there is a very good restaurant as well as a lovely grocery store and bakery.

The River Lot is also only a ten-minute drive away - ideal for fishing, river swimming as well as boat hire. River cruises take you out to explore Cahors (May to Sept) or there are day trips in July/August all the way from Cahors to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. The wildlife along the river is beautiful, spot otters or rare birds in the wonderful landscapes along the river's banks.

Wine-lovers are invited to the owner's prestigious winery, just 10km away, where they can have a VIP private tour and enjoy discounts on the wine, one of the most famous Malbec vineyards in the world. There are of course many other wineries you may wish to visit across this region - this area is well known for its estates producing Malbec wines.

Cahors (9km) is a beautiful historic town with the River Lot running through it. Just a fifteen-minute drive away, there is a good choice of supermarkets on the outskirts and a great variety of charming restaurants in the town. On a Wednesday and Saturday morning experience the open farmers market with many local delights to buy from Quercy melons to truffles and foie gras. The famous bridge, Pont Valentré, is UNESCO World Heritage listed and there are other wonderful sightseeing opportunities including the Resistance Museum and the Cathedral. Or simply wander through the medieval lanes, discovering one of the many little squares and secret gardens across the town.

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (33km) is an enchanting hilltop town and classified as one of France's 'Plus Beaux Villages'. Discover the pretty shops, many selling their crafts or explore the art galleries in the flower-filled lanes. Many artists have been inspired to come here over the years due to its remarkable beauty and charm.

Heading north, the beautifully preserved town of Rocamadour (66km) is another amazing place to visit, built on the edge of a cliff with the river at the bottom of the gorge. Puy-l'Évêque (30km) and Gourdon (52km) are also stunning places worthy of a visit, as are the Grotte du Pech Merle caves (35km) with its prehistoric paintings.

Further north, enter the valley of the Dordogne and famous villages such as Domme (55km), La Roque-Gageac (58km) and Monpazier (65km) can each be reached in just over an hour. Sarlat-la-Canéda (66km) is one of the area’s most famous towns with its maze of medieval narrow streets, lovely squares and amazing restaurants plus a famous market on a Saturday morning.

Local Amenities:
Nearest Airport: Brive–Souillac Airport/Toulouse (93km(1hr)/118km(1hr20))
Nearest Train Station: Gare de Cahors (9km)
Nearest Village: 7km/10-mins drive
Nearest Restaurant: Local village (7km/10-mins drive)
Nearest Shop: Bakery/grocery store in local village (7km/10-mins drive)
Nearest Supermarket: outside Cahors (7km)
Nearest Town/City: Cahors (8km/15-minutes)
Nearest Golf: Cahors Golf (10km)

Kids Activities Close-by:
Tennis Nearby
Horse Riding
Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
Tourist Towns & Villages
Historical Sites

Explore the old town of Cahors by the little road train that is perfect for young families. From Cahors you can also take river cruises around the town or day trips in the summer all the way to St Cirq Lapopie.

Hire a boat along the River Lot or simply pack a picnic filled with local delicacies for a day out by the river. There are also many spots perfect for splashing around in the river with the kids. Head north to the Dordogne river where you can hire canoes and kayaks for an idyllic experience.

This region is full of historical delights such as the Grotte du Pech Merle caves (35km) with its prehistoric paintings.

The more energetic can hire bikes and go for rides through the wonderful vineyards of Cahors or follow a local route to discover the marvellous landscapes of the Lot region.

Price Guide

These prices are a guideline only, please use the calendar at the top of the page to search availability and prices for specific weeks. Then you have the option to book the property online.

Low Season: £3289
High Season: £8107

Security deposit: £2000 charged to clients' credit card prior to the arrival and refunded two weeks after departure subject to full inspection

Key Features

  • Exclusive Property
  • Swimming pool
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • English satellite TV
  • Internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Fire / Stove
  • BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Close to local amenities
  • Suitable for young children
  • Pets considered
  • Tennis nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Watersports nearby