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Live Our Dream Life in Cabrerets in the Beautiful Unspoilt Lot Region!

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La Maison Blanche - a traditional French house in the small village of Cabrerets

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Absolute comfort, convenience & charm. 3 bedrooms, 2 each with a queen & a single bed, 1 with a double bed to offer a range of sleeping options. Stone house, beautifully cool in summer (fans for extra comfort on hot days), electric heating throughout. Up-to-date stainless steel kitchen with 900mm oven & gas burners, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, electric rice cooker, large fridge/freezer, iron & ironing board. Plenty of crockery, cutlery & cooking utensils. The dining & sitting areas are divided by stone 'roman' columns. The dining table seats 8-10 people. Reliable WiFi. Satellite (English only) TV plus DVD library (French & English). Books & magazines, mostly in English. Two bedrooms on the first floor (one with double, one with queen-size bed plus a single bed).The first floor bathroom has a shower over the bath tub plus a toilet & hand basin. The charming attic (accessed by a ship's ladder - take care!) houses the third bedroom (with a queen-size and a single bed) & an extra bathroom with sink, shower & toilet, plus a washing machine, tumble dryer, clothes rack, iron & ironing board. Very 'French' & romantic but practical & modern at the same time. Your 'home away from home', no detail has been overlooked to ensure your stay is memorable & enjoyable. Exciting living, indoors & out. Please take a look at all the photos!

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children over 6 years old only - babies under 6 months (non-mobile)...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Guests may smoke outside only....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    The property is not completely fenced so unsafe for animals....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Bedrooms & bathrooms only accessible via stairs. Property not suitable for guests with mobility issues....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

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  • Three (3) bedrooms. First floor - one large bedroom with 1 queen-size & 1 single bed and a second bedroom with a double bed. Attic - another large bedroom with 1 queen-size and 1 single bed. Sleeps 8, maximum number of guests permitted is 6. White linen, doonas (duvets) for all beds plus many pillows....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

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  • Two bathrooms. First floor -1 bathroom with shower (duel shower head, fixed & hand-held) over family size bath tub, plus toilet & hand basin. Attic - 2nd bathroom with shower (dual shower head, fixed & hand-held) plus toilet & a large duel-purpose porcelain sink. Good hot water service, good pressure to both bathrooms. Laundry facilities in attic bathroom also - washing machine & dryer plus iron/ironing board (second iron & board downstairs in kitchen)....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Peter & Michelle Paulin manage La Maison Blanche and live in Cabrerets. They speak French & English and offer all assistance to guests to ensure their stay is comfortable & enjoyable. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Music Library:

    Small CD collection...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Two English free-to-air satellite TVs (one in loungeroom, one in attic)....moreless

  • Stereo:

    CD Player...moreless

  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Extensive DVD collection, English, French & Chinese....moreless

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Water View:

    La Maison Blanche faces the river Cele, a private river, no motorized boats, canoeing between 11am & 7pm only, swimming, fishing(permit required), duck watching compulsory!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Table seats 10 comfortably. Pretty table mats & cloths supplied....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Please take care with the condensation model dryer. Follow instructions carefully, empty water reservoir regularly. Clothesline outside plus 2 clothes racks available for air drying....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric heating to all rooms including heated towel-rail in attic bathroom. Rental includes 100kws electricity p.w, usually sufficient.This stone house is beautifully cool in summer....moreless

  • Internet:

    WiFi at house. Internet cafe (with printer/fax) in Cahors, 35 kms....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    White bed linen - laundered professionally at end of stay but renters responsibility to launder during stay as necessary. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Comfortable & attractive living room with TV (English satellite only), DVD player, CD player. Leather lounge suite, cushions and floor rug. Books, magazines, DVDs, CDs....moreless

  • Parking:

    Safe parking readily available on the street - quiet village....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Skype on own computer using WiFi....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    White towels for inside use only - please launder regularly to preserve them! Dark blue towels for swimming in the river. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Front-loading washing machine....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee plunger - purchase ground coffee as no grinder available....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Attractive Crockery & Cutlery for 8 - 12 people; modern & vintage glasses, wine glasses, mugs, plates, bowls, large range of utensils, serving dishes, platters & storage containers. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Large stainless steel dishwasher....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Modern but charmingly appointed stainless steel kitchen. The ground floor has a travertine marble floor, beautifully cool in summer....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Medium size stainless steel microwave....moreless

  • Oven:

    Large 900mm gas oven & grill....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic items, eg. oil, salt & pepper, tea, coffee, sugar, spices, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, wine....please ask when booking. Local epicerie (all food, meat, wine) & bakery open most days....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large stainless steel refridgerator/freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    900mm stainless steel gas stove with 5 hotplates, including wok burner (wok available). Stainless steel range hood....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Boat:

    Boat cruises on the nearby Lot river at Bouzies....moreless

  • Golf:

    Nearest golf course 1.5 hours drive....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Several canoe/kayak hiring outlets, nearest is 4kms at Conduche....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Outdoors - under the grape arbour with table, chairs & umbrella for relaxed dining & coffee!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Small garden - roses, grapes, herbs....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Available for hire at Conduche 4kms....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
May 30 - Aug 28, 2015
7 night min stay

€750 €2,700
Mid Season
Aug 29 - Oct 30, 2015
7 night min stay

€650 €2,300
Low Season
Oct 31 - Mar 25, 2016
7 night min stay

€500 €1,800
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Tariffs include 100 kws of electricity per week (usually more than sufficient). Extra electricity is charged at 0.14 euro per kw.

Discounts offered for stays of 3 or more weeks.

Short stays (minimum 4 days) may be considered - please enquire via email to discuss.

Payment in full required at time of booking. Payment refunded (less 75 euro administration fee) if 12 weeks notice of cancellation is given. We respectfully suggest that you take out travel insurance at time of booking.


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Location

149 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Toulouse
300 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Cabrerets - La Roue
57 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
St Jean Lespanasse
32 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Cahors Railway Station
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A20
250 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
O'Louise

Car: Recommended

A charming riverfront cottage in a quaint French village, La Maison Blanche in Cabrerets is on the pilgrim route Santiego de Compostella & only 8 minutes from St Cirq Lapopie, the winner of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France' for 2012.

Cabrerets, in the unspoilt Lot region, welcomes you with its lazy meandering river Le Cele & towering limestone cliffs. Clinging to the rock face is the legendary Château de Diable from the 9th century.

A row of houses adjoin the rock face between the mountain and the river, “La Maison Blanche” is one of them. Beautifully situated, the house is only a stones throw from the water.

Nearby is Pech Merle, caves that are world famous for their ancient paintings (discovered in 1922 by our neighbour's father Monsieur Andre David & friend).

The spectacular scenery showcased by the Tour de France surrounds Cabrerets. In fact, the Tour passed through Cabrerets in 2011, and nearby in the previous few years as well.

So much to see and do! Visit the nearby fresh food markets, brocantes for antiques or the fabulous 'vide greniers', bric-a-brac markets held every Sunday & public holidays in a village nearby.

Explore the nearby medieval village of St Cirq Lapopie, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Lot River. A haven for artists & artisans, the perfect place to buy a beautiful painting, sculpture or piece of jewelry.

Canoe & kayak hire is available locally - Le cele and Le Lot are peaceful and picturessque. No motor boats to spoil the peace!

Bring or hire a bike, the area is renowned for its cycling - think Tour de France! Great for casual and serious riders.

Guided activities include rock climbing, abseiling, parachuting & hiking. For scuba divers, caving is popular in Le Cele in nearby Marcillhac.

Visit vineyards or take a guided wine tour. The area is famous for its strong Cahors 'reds'.

Try the local goat's cheese or 'cabecou' at a nearby goat farm, or visit a local producer of 'fois gras' or 'confit de canard'.

There are several restaurants in the village & nearby that serve wonderful regional food. See for yourself where Jamie Oliver filmed his recent documentary in France - Lalbenque for truffles, the boucherie at Limogne, the restaurant Auberge Lou Bourdie at Bach and the special food market at Cahors.

Pinic on the river banks, swim in the Cele or laze on the beach at the 'moulin' 200 metres down river.

Visit the pottery in Cabrerets and watch the potter at work - he creates wonderful colorful pottery pieces.

Go fishing in Le Cele, outside your front door. Trout fishing is popular up-river.

Nearby is Equestre du Pech Merle which offers horse riding. Further afield, within 1 - 1.5 hours drive are Rocamadour, the caves 'Gouffre de Padirac', medieval Sarlat, Figeac, Toulouse, Albi....chateaux, abbeys, market places, bastide towns, rivers, lakes.......!!

You will never want to leave!

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2005

About: We are an Australian couple who went on a 3-month holiday to France in 2005 and surprised ourselves, & our family & friends, by buying a house one morning over breakfast - and it wasn't even for sale! We were staying in La Maison Blanche by chance, fell in love with the house and village and made an offer to the owner. Not one regret - we have spent 3 - 4 wonderful months there every year for the past 10 years, sharing it with family and friends, having adventures, making new friends and learning to speak French. It is the life many dream about - and we are living it! Why don't you share it?

Why Cabrerets:
We have lived in a beautiful area of Australia, the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne Victoria, for the past 20 years. We love the peace and beauty of both Olinda & Cabrerets and truly have the best of both worlds! Spending part of Spring & Summer in France allows us to avoid the coldest months in both countries - well-worth the long trip from down-under!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We have never written a blog but often read of others living their dreams. Well, we live ours! The charming village of Cabrerets crouches beneath the soaring limestone cliffs of the Valley du Cele and overlooks the serene Cele River. We awaken to the birds & ducks greeting the day and look out over the foot of the bed to the green riverbank on the opposite side of the river. A short walk (or ride, we have bikes) to the boulangerie for a 'pain au raisin' or 'flute de compagne' (or both) and home to breakfast under our own arbour of grapevines. Our charming neighbour Monsieur Roger wishes us a 'bon apetite' and thus the day begins. Friends drop by for un cafe, plans are made to visit a market or vide grenier, go for a bike ride along the river or to expend a little more energy and ride up on the causse. Perhaps a picnic on the riverbank followed by a lazy swim. Every weekend we enjoy a 'vide grenier' (bric-a-brac market - think French linen!) in a nearby village. Maybe a trip to a nearby winery for some serious tasting, a meander in St Cirq Lapopie nearby or a little bit farther afield to a chateau or abbey. We love the availability of fresh food, and local produce like the 'cabecou' or goat's cheese, foi gras, confit de canard, truffles and saffron. Our big oven has cooked many a meal, shared by friends & family - or eaten in peace by ourselves. If the weather is unkind & cool, we cosy with the heaters on & read a book, watch TV (only English satellite at this stage) or one of the many DVDs we have collected in France. Such a wonderful life and we offer you the opportunity to experience it for yourselves.


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Speaks: english, Cantonese & French

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Photos

  • La Maison Blanche - a traditional French house in the small village of Cabrerets

    La Maison Blanche - a traditional French house in the small village of Cabrerets

  • La Maison Blanche overlooking Le Cele River

    La Maison Blanche overlooking Le Cele River

  • Relaxing sitting area.

    Relaxing sitting area.

  • Wake up to the birds calling across the river!

    Wake up to the birds calling across the river!

  • Romantic attic bedroom - ancient beams from 9th century Chateau Diable Cabrerets

    Romantic attic bedroom - ancient beams from 9th century Chateau Diable Cabrerets

  • Watch the world passing by - ducks, canoes, more ducks.....

    Watch the world passing by - ducks, canoes, more ducks.....

  • Canoeing on Le Cele past the ancient troglodytes or cliff dwellings.

    Canoeing on Le Cele past the ancient troglodytes or cliff dwellings.

  • The towering limestone cliffs of Caberets and the length of the Vallee du Cele.

    The towering limestone cliffs of Caberets and the length of the Vallee du Cele.

  • Wander the streets in St Cirq Laopopie - a medieval village 8 minutes away.

    Wander the streets in St Cirq Laopopie - a medieval village 8 minutes away.

  • Early morning walk along the Chemin de Halage in nearby Bouzies.

    Early morning walk along the Chemin de Halage in nearby Bouzies.

  • Visit Cahors 35 kms away and walk on the 14th century fortified bridge Valentre.

    Visit Cahors 35 kms away and walk on the 14th century fortified bridge Valentre.

  • Just the spot for morning coffee!

    Just the spot for morning coffee!

  • Modern charming kitchen and dining.

    Modern charming kitchen and dining.

  • Main bedroom first floor - paintings by St Cirq Lapopie artist Nerida de Jong.

    Main bedroom first floor - paintings by St Cirq Lapopie artist Nerida de Jong.

  • The "Princess" bed in the second bedroom.

    The "Princess" bed in the second bedroom.

  • Past the wooden screen, through the door, to the second bathroom plus laundry.

    Past the wooden screen, through the door, to the second bathroom plus laundry.

  • Le Pont du Cele - the occasional car, a flock of sheep, horse or donkey.

    Le Pont du Cele - the occasional car, a flock of sheep, horse or donkey.

  • La Sagne, a picturesque stream in Cabrerets - the ancient washing trough.

    La Sagne, a picturesque stream in Cabrerets - the ancient washing trough.

  • Nearby St Cirq Lapopie - winner of 2012 most beautiful village in France.

    Nearby St Cirq Lapopie - winner of 2012 most beautiful village in France.

  • View from a friend's house in St Cirq Lapopie.

    View from a friend's house in St Cirq Lapopie.

  • Summer sunflowers in the Vallee du Cele.

    Summer sunflowers in the Vallee du Cele.

  • Famous Wednesday & Saturday Markets beneath Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Cahors.

    Famous Wednesday & Saturday Markets beneath Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Cahors.

  • Ancient cave painting in Pech Merle Cabrerets - "grands sites de Midi-Pyrenees"

    Ancient cave painting in Pech Merle Cabrerets - "grands sites de Midi-Pyrenees"

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