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Wonderful Classic Farmhouse for up to 8 in Tranquil Setting - with Heated Pool!

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The front of the farmhouse at Beral in classic limestone

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Last updated: 04/08/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom character house in big garden with full-sized heated pool

"We had a brilliant time!" We had to come back!"

Our beaming visitors say Béral is the perfect getaway for adults and for kids! The traditional 18th-century farmhouse in white Quercy stone is matched by the splendour of its private full-size heated outdoor pool (cleaned with salt), large terrace with ping-pong & barbeque, orchard with swings and hammock, and exquisite setting. All has been sensitively restored to be characterful but with modern conveniences. The property is set into the side of a hill, with everything facing south; the terrace, pool and gardens are spread out to give wonderful views over the fields of sunflowers.

Inside, the farmhouse has a large main living room, with stone and whitewashed walls, a traditional corner kitchen and a beamed open fireplace. To either side are delightful bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with a king and a cot if needed. All the rooms have views over the valley. The upstairs bathroom has a hipbath with a shower, and a toilet. Downstairs are two more bedrooms - both with antique floor tiles and two single beds - and a second bathroom. The house has been tastefully restored to retain all its ancient character, but with modern facilities throughout.

The house is particularly well laid out for a single family or two families together. But the upper floor is also fantastic for a couple traveling alone - see our Special Offers for couples!

There are too many attractions in the area to suggest more than a few. Among the distinctive villages, Lascabanes has beautiful flowers and a lovely church; Lauzerte, high on a hill, a carefully restored bastide with a remarkable town square and good festivals; Saint-Cirq Lapopie, a 45-minute drive up the Lot, is the most famous village of the area, a medieval town in a spectacular cliffside setting hanging over the river - good restaurants too; Montpezat-de-Quercy has a beautiful arcaded square, and half-timbered houses. Rocamadour is not far away. Figeac is well worth a visit, with its museum to Champollion, who cracked the code of the Rosetta Stone.

With the porous limestone prevalent on the causse, there are important caves in the area. The two most famous are the Gouffre de Padirac, a set of enormous chambers going on for miles, with incredible rock formations (north of Gramat), and the huge underground village of Peche Merle, with its prehistoric paintings and traces of early man (up the Célé river from Cahors).

The most interesting castle in the immediate vicinity is the Chateau de Bonaguil, near Fumel, an extravagant folly that mixes the medieval and the Renaissance.

The most well-known museums in the area include the Toulouse Lautrec museum in Albi (which also has a wonderful red-brick cathedral), the Musée des Beaux Arts in Agen, and the Musée d'Ingres in Montaubon. There are many other types of museum covering every aspect of Quercy life.

Among the cathedrals and abbeys, apart from Albi, you might consider driving to the wonderful abbey at Moissac, which also has a stunning set of well-preserved cloisters.

'I thought I would drop you a line to let you know what a wonderful time my family and I had at Béral. You are truly lucky to own such a beautiful house set in picturesque countryside. We all felt that the improvements you had made complimented the house and were in keeping with its origins. We all felt so relaxed and extremely sad when our week came to an end - no-one wanted to leave. Many, many thanks for letting us experience Béral.'

'We had a brilliant time while we were at Béral. It was the first time we have visited this area and were bowled over. The house was a perfect place to put your feet up and catch up with your reading.... Carol loved the Sunday market at Montcuq. Most of all the boys enjoyed jumping in and out of the pool!'
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Owner

Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/08/2017

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 1750 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The leader of the party must be at least 18....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Kids love the many spaces around the property, as well as the ping-pong and the pool (fully fenced). We have a cot for a baby if needed....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 baby crib

    A big light-filled bedroom with king bed and great views...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Second bed upstairs with double bed and valley views...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Large downstairs room next to the 2nd bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 3 twin/ single

    Lovely characterful downstairs bed with 3 singles...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    The downstairs bathroom has a shower, washer and drier...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    The upstairs bathroom has a traditional French hip-tub...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Rural:

    The property is set in unspoiled countryside and absolute quiet, with just occasional farming sounds. Everyone says it's the perfect place to relax!...moreless

  • Village:

    Lascabanes is a flower-filled small village half a mile away. Montcuq is 5 miles away, with all amenities and a terrific Sunday market - a great old town to visit....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    The big dining table with benches and chairs is a feature of the main living room...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    For colder days in the autumn and winter, the roaring open fireplace takes logs (provided) and makes a great focal point - but there's also full central heating throughout the house!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    For winter months there is full central heating throughout...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi available throughout the upper floor....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Space for up to three cars....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Takes incoming calls - you get a phone card for outgoing calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All you could need is provided!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The traditional corner kitchen is fully equipped - a full stove with oven, sink, fridge, microwave and dishwasher...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas top and electric oven...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    The big terrace has a ping-pong table, barbeque and large eating-out table for 8, all shaded from the sun...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There are lots of different parts to the garden: a sun-trap sitting-out area up on the hillside, a lovely Italian garden with pond, hammock, tables and chairs, the terrace + orchard to run around in...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    The full-sized pool is fully fenced, has Roman steps and a solar shower....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Intermediate season
Apr 15 - May 19, 2017
7 night min stay

$850

Changeover Day: Saturday

High season
May 20 - Jul 7, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,250
Peak season
Jul 8 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,850

Changeover Day: Saturday

High season
Sep 2 - Oct 6, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,200
Intermediate season
Oct 7 - Nov 10, 2017
7 night min stay

$775
Low season
Nov 11 - Dec 22, 2017
7 night min stay

$550
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,200

Changeover Day: Saturday


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning $100

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

  • Tour Donjon de Montcuq

    "The lovely ancient bastide town of Montcuq has all the amenities visitors need - banks, rest..."

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  • Saint Cirq Lapopie - famous cliff-top village

  • Pech Merle

    "Up the Cele river, the Pech-Merle caves are a huge underground of complex caverns with 15,00..."

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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Toulouse
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Montcuq
15 Miles
Nearest Train
Cahors
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Montcuq

Car: Necessary

At Béral, near the village of Lascabanes, the wine region of Cahors meets the plum and nut country of Agen. The Cahors vines ripen on the high limestone uplands of the causse and in the sun-drenched valleys of the Lot as it meanders spectacularly westwards from Cahors, studded with chateaux commanding the heights. This is bastide country, endlessly fought over in the Crusades. In these more peaceful times, the villages luxuriate in their heritage, with local markets for meat, cheese (Roquefort is not far away), vegetables, antiques, and everything else imaginable.

The countryside is also great for walking and cycling. From Béral, you can walk straight out onto the oak-strewn landscape of the hills, joining the pilgrim trail of St Jacques de Compostela (GR65) less than a mile away. This is one of the classic walks through France to Spain, a legendary pilgrim route from the Middle Ages. Or drive into nearby Montcuq, 5 miles away, with its shops, cinema and cafés in the village square, as romantic in the sparkling sun as under the late-night stars. Within easy reach are attractions as varied as kayaking on the Lot and Célé rivers, exploring France's most important prehistoric caves at Pech Merle, with their 15,000 year-old paintings, visiting the Toulouse Lautrec Museum in the painter's home town of Albi, and wandering through the exquisite cathedral and cloisters at Moissac.

The local Sunday market in Montcuq is fabulous. It fills the main streets with stalls selling local produce of all kinds. In addition, most nearby towns and cities host markets on certain days of the week. In Prayssac, the market is held on Friday mornings. In Cahors, the covered market (the best place for cheese, and good for wine, meat and vegetables) is open every day at the south end of the Place de la Cathedrale in the old quarter. There is an outside market by the Cathedral on Saturday mornings. Castelnau-Montratier has a Sunday market, and in Luzech it is held on Wednesday mornings.

Béral is situated in Cahors 'black wine' country. Cahors wine, particularly that made from Malbec grapes, is renowned worldwide for its unique style - a perfect accompaniment to the locally popular cassoulet. The Cahors vineyards are everywhere, from Béral to the river Lot. The drive to Prayssac gives you a good view, and the overlook of the Lot valley from Belaye is very special. The Clos de Gamot, outside Prayssac, is one of the most famous, but you are spoilt for choice. If you want to converse in English with an owner to find out more about it, Michael and Susan Spring run the Domaine du Garinet at Le Boulvé - good wine in a beautiful setting. You can get a nice 4 litres en vrac from them, excellent bottles of the Cahors red and of a refreshing Malbec rosé, and - a rarity - a new line of white wine (vin de Quercy). Outside the Cahors region, there are also interesting vineyards around Gaillac, specializing in white wine.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: We are a family living in New York, who love to spend our time in France! Richard comes from Bristol in England, Melissa from Illinois, and we both now work from New York, where we run a not-for-profit organization that supports arts and cultural organizations to innovate and adapt.

Why the Owner Chose Lascabanes, France:
We bought Beral as a way to spend time in a beautiful, relatively undiscovered part of rural France. The farmhouse and its land are simply exquisite - an 18th-century house in gleaming white and pink limestone, with gorgeous views and a relaxing garden. We also have a fantastic full-sized swimming pool that is HEATED and kept clean with salt (no chlorine). In fact, apart from the great red wine of Cahors, the Lot is the best area of France for food - goose, duck, fois gras are everywhere, the cheeses are to die for (Roquefort is nearby), the melons are world famous, the vegetables shockingly tasty.... There's something for everyone in the area: adults love the space and quiet, kids the pool, ping-pong and orchard. We've modernized the farmhouse to retain its character while providing all modern amenities. It's truly a memorable place to visit.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
No-one forgets the blissful quiet and peace of Beral. The sheer beauty of the surroundings and of the traditional house take our breath away. Yet the property is also great as a place for families to hang out, eat big meals out on the terrace, play together, and then walk it off or visit the wide range of attractions in the area - castles with festivals, prehistoric caves, rivers to kayak on, ancient villages, concerts, theatre, jazz, museums, it goes on and on! For over 15 years, we've been continuously surprised and delighted by all the things to do for all ages in this superb part of France - away from most of the tourists!


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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/08/2017

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Photos

  • The front of the farmhouse at Beral in classic limestone

    The front of the farmhouse at Beral in classic limestone

  • Restful quiet in glorious scenery + great walking

    Restful quiet in glorious scenery + great walking

  • View across the big living room, with fireplace and dining table

    View across the big living room, with fireplace and dining table

  • Elegant furniture and old-world charm in the other upstairs double bedroom

    Elegant furniture and old-world charm in the other upstairs double bedroom

  • The downstairs bathroom, with shower, washing machine and drier

    The downstairs bathroom, with shower, washing machine and drier

  • View from an upstairs bedroom - bright, tranquil and sun-filled all day

    View from an upstairs bedroom - bright, tranquil and sun-filled all day

  • Barbeque + ping-pong on the terrace - lit at night

    Barbeque + ping-pong on the terrace - lit at night

  • A quiet shaded corner of the garden for coffee and meals

    A quiet shaded corner of the garden for coffee and meals

  • Nearby historic village St Cirq Lapopie - one of France's most beautiful spots

    Nearby historic village St Cirq Lapopie - one of France's most beautiful spots

  • The swimming pool suspended over undisturbed countryside

    The swimming pool suspended over undisturbed countryside

  • Sunflowers revel in the hot summer sun.....

    Sunflowers revel in the hot summer sun.....

  • National hang-gliding centre at nearby Douelles - glide over the vineyards!

    National hang-gliding centre at nearby Douelles - glide over the vineyards!

  • Cool refreshment under the French summer sun

    Cool refreshment under the French summer sun

  • The traditional kitchen and living room

    The traditional kitchen and living room

  • One of the large, sun-filled upstairs bedrooms, with king-size bed

    One of the large, sun-filled upstairs bedrooms, with king-size bed

  • The first downstairs bedroom and second bathroom

    The first downstairs bedroom and second bathroom

  • The second downstairs bedroom with lots of single beds

    The second downstairs bedroom with lots of single beds

  • Tranquil private sunbathing at the pool

    Tranquil private sunbathing at the pool

  • Trees and flowering bushes abound all over the property

    Trees and flowering bushes abound all over the property

  • Big skies for an evening walk - with sunflowers!

    Big skies for an evening walk - with sunflowers!

  • Chateau de Montbazillac: amazing place and unique dessert wine

    Chateau de Montbazillac: amazing place and unique dessert wine

  • Roses abound all over the property!

    Roses abound all over the property!

  • The Pyrenees beckon less than 100 miles away, perfect high-level trekking!

    The Pyrenees beckon less than 100 miles away, perfect high-level trekking!

  • A place to retreat to at the sun-drenched pool

    A place to retreat to at the sun-drenched pool

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 16, 2017

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