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If you have imagined yourself living life in a rural french village in a beautiful house, surrounded by the most amazing scenery and visiting produce markets and vide greniers, then this is for you...... The Village of Cabrerets nestles at the foot of the high cliff of Rochecourbe where the Rivers Cele and little Sagne meet. It is a lively village with its own boulangerie, post office, supermarket and numerous restaurants serving wonderful, local dishes. The produce market full of local characters bustles every Friday morning in the summer. Bring home fresh, organic vegetables, meats and pates to create a French feast. The open-plan, gourmet kitchen is on the ground level with doors opening onto the courtyard which is ideal for entertaining. Enjoy aperitifs, BBQ and alfresco dining with friends while seated at the large wooden table under the grape vine. While sitting in the courtyard you will often see pilgrims walking with sticks and a shell on their backpacks sometimes even with a donkey! making their slow progress on the Route of the Camino de Santiago or the way of St. James.
The famous caves of Pech Merle are within walking distance. The original drawings date back 25,000 years. There is even an adolescent’s footprint preserved in mud for 10,000 years! There is a fine museum there also worth visiting. The River Cele is popular for swimming and canoeing and is a wonderful location for a spot of fishing or a picnic. A rare book market is held in the village in July, and the festival de la musique is held in June. August is a wonderful time to visit the village, towards the end of month the festival du village (the white goat festival) is held, this really is an amazing time to be living the french life!
The well-known village St. Cirq Lapopie is only a 10-minute journey from your front door. It is famous for its medieval architecture and considered premier among France’s Most Beautiful Villages, a most delightful place to visit, during the summer months it can be very busy with tourists, so it is wonderful to be able to access such a treasure but then return to Maison du Cele for an enjoyable relaxed drink in the courtyard away from prying eyes of too many tourists!
The house is very pretty and fully-renovated. Overlooking the River Cele, the three-level home was built with natural stone which insulates against the summer heat and keeps the warmth during winter. Maison du Cele is bathed in sun all day, which makes it especially attractive during the winter months.
You will enjoy the lovely view of the River from the first level bedroom. There is also a large sitting room where you can relax with a glass of the famed Black Wine of Cahors whilst watching the day’s activities out on the water. The Master Bedroom on the top floor features a queen bed and spectacular views over the River. The daybed in the Sunroom is perfect for settling in with a good book for an afternoon. There is also a desk should you wish to do any writing during your stay. The second bathroom features a large rain-shower and views onto the impressive cliff.
Keywords: villa, village house, french gite, private, river view,
Our love of The Lot began in 2004 when we made our first trip from Australia to Southwest France, following in the foot steps of Mary Moody author of Au Revoir: Running Away From Home at Fifty. Our love affair began immediately: the scenery was spellbinding, the food amazing, and the black wines of Cahors, rich and strong. Among the greatest pleasures of life in rural France is easing the cork from a bottle of wine and pouring your self a glass to enjoy while relaxing in the courtyard. Perhaps add a baguette from the village boulangerie, maybe a round of fromage de chevre and a bowl of olives, and voila!
Our dream of one day owning a property in our little piece of paradise slowly began to take shape during our first visit. But with so many beautiful villages to choose among, where to begin? Over the next six years we made numerous trips back to France. We explored several regions but found ourselves increasingly drawn to the beautiful Midi-Pyrenees. In early 2010 friends we had made in the village of St. Cirq Lapopie made us an offer that we could not refuse. They had found a gorgeous home in nearby Cabrerets and knew it would be prefect for us. Over the next few months, we embarked on the sometimes stressful but ultimately rewarding process of purchasing it. In September 2010, we became the proud owners of Maison Du Cele. Our home is currently managed by Peter and Michelle Paulin a local couple who speak good English and are on hand if you require any assistance during your stay.
The Owner purchased this house in 2010
After several happy visits to the region, we knew it had everything we could ever dream of wanting. Activities and tranquility rolled into one, it suits every member of our family year-round. The entire Valley is a treasure trove of delights just waiting for you to discover: Medieval villages, chateaux, markets, wildlife, rugged cliffs, bird watching, canoe and cycle hire available only a short distance from the house, walking and hiking in every direction, just to name a few!
The Midi-Pyrenees region offers plenty for families, couples and singles, no matter what the season. During summer you can take a dip in the river or canoe down stream, spotting Kingfishers and Herons along the way. Fishing is also a popular past-time of the area. During winter you can ensconce yourself in one of the local restaurants for a hearty, long lunch…. or perhaps go horse riding? During August the Legend of the White Goat festival is a fun-filled local custom.
We spent a wonderful week at Maison du Cele in early June. The owners have done a beautiful renovation of the house, preserving its authentic character but adding comfort and style throughout. All the comforts we look for in a gite were here, just as the photographs and the other reviews suggest. The house is spacious and full of light, with delightful views from the upstairs rooms. We appreciated the fantastic kitchen, the very nice bathrooms and shower, the quality of the linens and towels, the sitting room with its collection of books about France, and of course the terrace. Cabrerets is a small but lovely old village set in a spectactular site. It has an extraordinary bakery (try the croustade and various rustic breads), a good little epicerie and a weekly market on Friday mornings. What a treat to step out the back door into the lane under the cliff, and walk right into the heart of the village -- like stepping back in time. The Cele and Lot valleys will appeal to those who enjoy unspoiled French countryside and regional architecture, food and wine. Last but not least, the friendly hospitality of managers Peter and Michelle helped to make our stay truly memorable. We recommend arranging for one of Michelle's gourmet meals. We look forward to returning to Maison du Cele on our next trip to France.
We had 10 days to explore as much of Southwest France as we could and had chosen to divide our evenings into 3 base camps. We found le Maison du Cele through VRBO...what a gem! From the moment of arrival our stay was magical. We were treated to wine and fresh flowers on the table, historic period furniture throughout, real linen on the beds, stars shining brightly at night, wonderful river vistas at every turn and each morning, the best croissants ever made (I've tried them all over France). Cozy conversations with Peter and some of the villagers added to the delight. Yes, they speak English. When we return to the Midi Pyrenees, le Maison du Cele will be first on our list of must dos. Thank you, Peter for you kindness and for suggesting that fantastic patisserie. Please tell the owner if we could have communicated we would like to have asked her to return to America with us. Merci beaucoup, mon ami.
The beautiful French village of Cabrerets overlooks the River Cele. It is a tranquil setting within the framework of a 7th century village.
The accommodation is very comfortable and sleeps 6 adults easily. It is a beautifully maintained and appointed property that provides for lovely alfresco dining out doors under the sprawling grape vines.
The quaint village of Cabrerets is well serviced with a bakery, a deli / store and restaurants.Our favourite being " The Wheel " . Only 30 minutes away is the lovely city of Cahors. Trendy and vibrant, it provides for great shopping in many fashion stores. Ideal for those who want "retail theropy ".
Locally in Cabrerets is the World Heritage listed "Peche Meule Caves " there you can visit the times of the civilisations in the days of cave dwellers.
We spent an amazing 10 days at the delightful Maison du cele .The house was beautifully prepared when we arrived fresh flowers,sparkling clean rooms and a cosy comfortable atmosphere. The village of Caberets is charming and has a variety of wonderful restaurants, activities and world famous caves to visit. We spent some of our days swimming and canoing in the lovely river cele which is directly in front of the house. Every morning we walked down to the bakery and bought our fresh croissants for breakfast and delicious baguettes for lunch and usually went to a village market to buy fresh produce for dinner which we would eat outside in the vine covered courtyard. This amazing house has beautiful views from every window ,our bedroom overlooked the river and gorgeous french countryside .You can do as much or as little as you want in this lovely village ,we were often happy to just relax in this gorgeous house read a book or have a glass or two of wine.We have recommended this beautiful holiday house to family and friends ,it is truly a wonderful place to stay.
Great residence, clean, quiet, well equipped, and charming. Located in a picturesque region.
Perfect property for relaxation and indulgence.
Would recommend trhis property to the most fastidious holidaymaker.
This beautiful home made our holiday very special. All the rooms are comfortable and cosy from the wood burners, should the night air have a chill, to the lovely courtyard trapped in sunshine when you sit having a croissant for breakfast. You can relax all day and not venture far or visit the local caves at Pech Merle, to wander round the little streets of Cabrerets, watch the cyclists ride by and maybe sample a glass of wine or two at the local restaurant. At night you can sink into lovely comfortable beds with the most luxurious French cotton sheets and listen to the Rive Célé as it meanders past your window and all the local wild life settle down for the night as you drift off. This home offers everything you could want and so much more, you can visit many places and St Cirq Lapopie is definitely worth a visit, a very enchanting little village nestled in the hills. All the locals are very friendly and a walk to the local Boulangerie is a must to set you up for the day. A home that becomes yours for the time you stay and a place you really won’t want to leave. Book before I do because we will definitely be going again !
Almost forgot but my son who is 9 found exploring the brooks that run through the village a fab place to have hours of fun and great place to cool off in the summer.
Anyone travelling back to Calais will find Park Asterix a perfect place to stop enroute too
Bike and Canoe Hire available close by
Nordic Walking /hiking
Peche Merle Cave within Cabrerets
Pottery in Cabrerets - watch a pot being thrown!
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Low Season spring Sat/Sat
Mar 4 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season Sat/Sat
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
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