Vacation Rental Description
The old dovecot (pigeonnier) is restored in style, using natural materials and with respect for the old features of the building. The gite is spacious - we've avoided trying to getin as many people as possible! The south facing terrace looks out onto rolling meadows, surrounded by woodlands. You'll see grazing deer, cows and of course our own pigs, sheep and chickens. The garden around the gite is fenced off and well furnished. In spring the fields are full of wild flowers, including a wide variety of orchids and the bird life is fascinating and rich all year through: hoopoes, golden orioles, kestrels, etc. Walkers, bird watdchers, fishermen riders, all alike can have a wonderful time i this unspoiled and green part of the Quercy.
You enter the gite into the living room, which is comforably and stylishly furnished. Its walls are made of the old original stones. It offers a "living library" which includes flora, bird and wine guides and maps of the area. There is UK and French TV, DVD (+ films), hi-fi and a pack of cards dice as well as various board games.
The kitchen is spacious and equiped with a dishwasher and all kitchen utensils requiered to cook a proper meal. You'll find an initial supply of tea, coffee, toilet paper etc. Kitchen linen provided.
Th bathroom is on the 1st floor and contains a large shower and a sink. Towels provided. The toilet is also on this floor, separate from the bathroom.
The bedroom is on the 2nd floor and has a double bed of good qualit. A cot is available. This room is air-conditioned.
The utility room is next door and has a washing machine, laundry dryer andiron board. We provide biodegradable washing powder which we ask you to use - no extra charges. If you like, you can store your bicycles here.
The garden around the gite allows you to lounge arond the house. A big tree provides shade in the afternoon. There is a floral garden as well as some herbs for your use. The garden furniture includes wicker chairs & a table, lounge beds, parasols, a dining table and chairs and a bbq.
The swimming pool is to be shared (with us) and is more for cooling off than for having a good swim (9 - 4.5 m.)
- Cable Satellite
- Cleaning Service
- Cooking Utensils
- Linen Service
- Amenity Parking
- Shared Pool
Upon the day of your arrival you are offered a free meal to save you having to go shopping and cooking staight away. Marcia is an enthousiastic cook, using "home grown" meat and vegetables - ask a day in advance. The meal will be served in the gite, catering style. A menu in the gite will help you to make your choice.
We try and live as "green" as possible and ask our guests to be careful with water and electricity. The light bulbs in the gite are all energy savers and we catch rain water for our gardens.
The kitchen is supplied with various products like tea, coffee, washing-up liquid ad tablets, garbage bags, matches, salt, pepper etc. You will not have to buy all these day-to-day products or bring it all with you. In this way we also make sure that only bio degradable cleaning products are being used.
- Horse Riding
- Mountain Biking
The Midi-Pyrénées has an immense historical heritage and you find old castles and fortifications all around. Some of them have been restored and are open to the public. Every day of the week there is a market in one of the villages offering local produces. During the season, every Saturday a "fete" (festival) is held in one of the nearby villages, giving you a taste of French life with local food specialities and the typical French "musette". Programmes are available in the gite.
Because of it's spaciousness and vast number of small roads through meadows and forests, this is superb walking and riding country. Fishermen can go fly fishing in the Viaur or the Aveyron - license required.
Bird watchers have a great time wathing hoopoes - a couple nests nearby every year - golden orioles (you'd have to be lucky, but you do hear them)or young kestrels learning how to fly.
At night the sky is star riddled - a rare sight nowadays.