Maison d’Amis is a comfortable home with one double bedroom, ideally suited as a romantic holiday gîte for couples. The house was renovated from its previous use as a sechoir à tabac, or tobacco drying barn. Many of the beams are still visible , blending the house's historic character with more contemporary decor. All of the rooms offer plenty of space and natural light.
The house is located within the extensive grounds of the owners' property. The owners, Rob and Kim, have over 15 years of experience of renting out their property in the area and will therefore be able to answer a large majority of any questions you may have.
The open-plan ground floor opens onto the south-west facing terrace, which looks onto surrounding fields and hills. The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric fan oven, gas stovetop and microwave. Visitors generally like to make the most of the produce offered in the village of Prayssac and cook in the comfort of the house, although there are plenty of good options for eating out nearby.
The living and dining area has a comfortable sofa, a dining area for four, and satellite television with both French and English language channels. The property also has wireless internet access and there is washing machine on site (in a separate building) should it be required.
Upstairs is the double bedroom, and a shower room with basin, toilet and shower cubicle. A mezzanine area supplies plenty of storage space.
The house has been renovated to maximize space and comfort. Views are directly over the large garden and towards the hills. The adjacent fields are planted with crops and vines.
The nearby village of Prayssac offers markets, shops and a friendly atmosphere. The village holds a very popular weekly market with a wide variety of fresh food grown locally. The shops include four boulangeries, two grocery stores, a high quality butcher and three cafés.
Cahors is the closest large town, and offers every amenity guests require. The town is famous for its locally produced Malbec wine. The villages of Catus, Fumel and Cazals are all close by, each offering its own unique shopping, attractions, and friendly locals.
Local activities include tennis, horse riding, rock climbing and marked cycling and walking routes, plus boating on the river Lot.
Local lakes and river beaches also offer good places to swim on those hot summer days and several places offer bicycle rentals.
The property is well situated for a day out in the Dordogne, with its many châteaux and attractive and historic towns. The Lot is one of the more peaceful and scenic regions of France, with popular cultural and historic sites to suit all intersts. Visiting the clifftop villages of Rocamadour and Saint Cirq-Lapopie is highly recommended, as are the area's many prehistoric caves including the Gouffre de Padirac and the Grotte du Pech-Merle.
The town of Sarlat, with its mix of Roman and gothic architecture, is just an hour away. Enjoy Sarlat's popular Place de la Liberté, a pedestrian square housing many shops and restaurants. The storied and scenic Toulouse is just over an hour and a half away as well, with its chateau, cathedrals, shops and every type of museum.
There are many sign-posted hikes, which lead past sites of interest, including prehistoric dolmens. In the town of Bonaguil, there is a very impressive castle built between 1480 and 1520 by Bérenger de Roquefeuil, a powerful baron from the south of France. A perfect example of medieval fortification, this enchanting castle is now considered one of the most important legacies of feudal France.
The town of Cahors is the capital of the Lot region, built on an isthmus with the river Lot flowing right around. It’s well worth a visit, even if only to see its wonderful bridge, the Pont Valentré. There are many shops and cafés here, as well as museums and art galleries and a remarkable collection of medieval houses belonging to the religious orders. There are many festivals, both indoor and outdoor, and the bustling market visits twice a week.
The whole village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is classified as a historic monument. Perched on a high cliff above the Lot with breathtaking views over the Lot valley, it is a flawless medieval town of old streets and beautiful houses, many of which once belonged to the nobility.
Clinging to the cliffs of the Alzou canyon, the spectacular medieval village of Rocamadour offers many interesting things to see and do. Once an important Christian site, Rocamadour is still a waystation for people travelling the medieval pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela.
“A week is not long enough, this Gite exceeded all our expectations. Rob and Kim have been wonderful, their local knowledge has been most useful. Next time we will see and do more.......see you in 2015”
Liz H - Harwell, Oxford, UK
“Well here we are again, what a lovely peaceful place. The only problem is now we have to go back home. We shall return.”
Ann C - Middleton, UK
“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The gite was lovely, refurbished and nicely decorated. It had everything we needed for our stay.It was impossible not to feel relaxed in such a beautiful and peaceful setting. The terrace offered a perfect place to enjoy views across the countryside and some stunning sunsets. ”
Sally and Roy E. - Reading , United Kingdom
“Many many thanks for a very warm and generous welcome. La Maison d’Amis is a very comfortable and spacious Gite. We enjoyed lots of scenic walks and the very good food in the area. Thanks also for your valuable hints and information which as made it a very enjoyable holiday.”
David and Maureen D. - Endinburgh, Scotland, UK
“Thank you for your welcome, kind attention and all the hard work which makes this such a restful place to stay.”
Zoe & Meindert W. - Amsterdam, Holland