Self-catering holiday rentals for 2 to 6; family and walking holidays
- english, french, Romanian
About Sheila Cosma
We are a couple who moved to France from near London, where we worked and commuted and dreamed of escaping the rat-race. We purchased this old farmstead in a state of ruin, and came to France in July 1997 to start work. It took us 3 months to clear the brambles, weeds and rubbish. The property had been unoccupied for almost 30 years. We wanted to do as much work as possible ourselves. We lived in a caravan for the first 6 months, then as winter approached we moved in to the first renovation project. Work continued over the next few years, and having converted the barns as accommodation for family and friends initially, we started welcoming paying guests, many of whom became friends and like us, fell in love with the area, and some even bought their own properties. However, we came to integrate and enjoy French life, and for that we couldn't have chosen better. Montcabrier is a friendly community and we have wonderful French neighbours who welcomed us and helped us and partied with us over the years. In July 2012 they joined us in celebrating 15 years here with a wonderful meal and party.
Sheila Cosma purchased this Cottage in 1997
Why Sheila Cosma chose Montcabrier
Location, location, location! Off the beaten track and yet we don't feel isolated; a delightful setting amid our own fields and woods. French speaking owners on hand to help if necessary.
What makes this Cottage unique
The setting. Attractive tracks and walking from the doorstep, in all directions. No main roads. The birdlife, wild orchids; unspoilt countryside around. The wild beauty of the Lot.
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An idyllic rural retreat
We loved Fraysse Haut so much we stayed for three months! If you’re looking for a get-away-from-it-all retreat in rural France, you really can’t do better than Dan and Sheila’s delightful renovated barn. The accommodation is extremely comfortable and well equipped, from kitchen pots and pans to wi-fi, washing machine and English and French television channels. For chilly nights, there is a terrific log burner with a plentiful supply of wood.
Fraysse Haut is located in idyllic surroundings at the end of a track and in the middle of a beautiful wooded area, so country walks are literally right there on the doorstep. You can take a stroll through the trees, nearby vineyards and farms or, for more adventurous walkers, there is a network of footpaths you can follow for miles.
By car, there are a variety of places to visit – our favourites include the ancient chateau at Bonaguil and the picturesque villages of Monflanquin, Pujols, Albas and Villefranche-du-Perigord. Parts of the local town of Puy L’Eveque are medieval with old buildings that rise up above a pretty stretch of the River Lot. There’s an excellent boulangerie, a good butcher and several restaurants.
A little further down the road, you’ll find Prayssac, which has a Carrefour supermarket and a not to be missed Friday market selling the best of the region’s fruit, vegetables, cheeses and jams.
Without doubt, Fraysse Haut has everything needed for a relaxing break, which is made perfect by Dan and Sheila. Always friendly and helpful, they are the ideal hosts.
Thank you so much Dan and Sheila for an unforgettable stay!
A great location for our two week cycling holiday
We had a great holiday in the area staying at Sheila and Dan's place.The accomodation in the barn was excellent with all the facilities we needed and it was a great base for our cycling which we did most days.The network of very quiet roads around was ideal for us and although there were some good climbs there is also flat cycling in the Lot valley itself always bearing in mind that a descent to the valley inevitably meant a gradual climb back up to Fraysee Haute each day! Given the very hot weather we had for most of the fortnight the shade of the trees was most welcome at times.Although we were on road bikes the short track to the gite was no problem for our skinny-tyred bikes.The location is very tranquil, a real away from it all situation.It is also a great centre for walking as way-marked routes radiate out from the gite.
Shopping was no problem with basics available in Puy L'Eveque or supermarket in Prayssac.Sheila and Dan were there if we needed them for general advice (and providing lovely freshly picked tomatoes)and were most welcoming.
All in all a perfect place to enjoy an outdoors sort of holiday and very relaxing.
Anne and Clan
For three weeks, three generations took over all three Fraysse Haute properties. As a family, we've spent 20+ years "giting" our way round France and this one definately "ticks all the boxes". For a start, the accomodation was even better than described and absolutely everything actually worked! Directions given were easy to follow yet the farmhouse was delightfully "remote" set between forest and fields with loads of space for the grandchildren playing.
The area is fantastic for walking and pottering about in the lovely little bastide villages while it is still close enough for the younger members to get to the more "active" centres of the Lot & Dordogne.
Sheila & Dan were welcoming, informative and great company but they were never intrusive. In fact, the whole area of Puy L'Eveque has a friendly feel to it and the nearby vineyards are just a delight to explore. Shops, restaurants and markets can be found within 5 miles of the property.
We opted to "eat in" most of the time because we loved getting the whole tribe around the tables in the courtyard and talking/eating/drinking until long after the stars came out. When in France....
A thouroughly enjoyable holiday, a lovely property and we'll all - very definately - be back.
Quality time with daughter and friends
In October 2007 my daughter and I were looking for the opportunity to just catch up with one another from our busy schedules. Sheila and Dan the owners of Fraysse Haut, we met some 20 years ago skiing had told us about there dream of building a special home in the Lot area. We decided we wanted to visit their home and see the beautiful scenery and forests and enjoy local French quisine.
Lots of us look for the "Wow factor", and we were not disapointed, Frasse Haut was a bit of a dream for us, accomodation was second to none, and the hospitality is just one thing to be enjoyed from both Sheila and Dan and the local community.
The forest walks, the river Lot and all the towns nestled along it banks are just very French, a great escape.
There are many activities on the river to enjoy if you want more than just walking and site seeing.
We are looking forward to another visit.
Lots of happy memories, from Paul & Kay
Our group of four were immediately made welcome by Sheila and Dan who have painstakingly restored their farmhouse and outbuildings with the addition of Dan's Pigeonaire to provide extra accommodation. Set in sweet chestnut woods with walking tracks from the door, it is peaceful and yet within easy reach of local amenities. The accommodation is flexible, comfortable and well equipped with everything in immaculate order. A file of tourist information was suppplied but helpful advice on walking and local attractions was always readily available from Sheila. The October weather was warm and sunny and we had a perfect five days walking and exploring many of the towns and villages mentioned in 'The Three Rivers of France'
Rustic ComforOff the Beaten Path in the Lot Valley
This is a lovely, modern, well maintained, but rustically appointed apartment just on the outskirts of the Lot Valley. Sheila and Dan are friendly and helpful and have done their best to make our stays pleasant. The barn is absolutely comfortable and charming with all the necessary amenities for a short or long stay. Bright and cheerful and pleasantly furnished, the whole setup is charming; getting there is through a wooded lane. Nearby fields are full of wild orchids in spring; chestnuts in the woods in fall. Easily accessible from this quiet and comfortable haven are scores of gorgeous towns and villages (many medieval bastides) filled with well restored and maintained houses, castles, churches, caves (prehistory and geology), museums (Zadkine is small but great) in the Lot, Lot and Garonne and Perigord regions, really one of the most beautiful corners of France. You live in wooded seclusion amidst lovely views of the Cahors wine growing region (visit the wineries) with its gentle, vineyard covered slopes above the meandering Lot river. Views may be savored through long walks on well set out paths over hill and dale, through forests past streams etc; maps with detailed itineraries available at the local tourist office. Every village has at least one charming restaurant with delicious cuisine. Local open air markets and supermarkets abound with regional provender (wild mushrooms in season), fruit and vegetables if you like to cook.Everything you might expect and need is found in Puy l'Eveque (7 km), Fumel (15 km) and Cahors (30 km). An hour's ride brings you to the must see Valleys of the Celé, Dordogne and Vezere. Nearby Lascaux, Ruffinac and Les Ezyies (prehistory museum) and Peche Merle (only a few) are meccas for prehistory buffs; Gouffre de Paydirac is a stupendous geological experience. In short this is a really beautiful place which provides a quiet atmosphere for a comfortable, rural based holiday in an absolutely restful atmosphere. You can just lounge around the farm and/or use it as a base for exploring an extremely pretty region. We highly recommend this place. We've spent a week in the spring, a month in the fall and we're about to go back for a month and take our son, his wife and grandchildren.
The bastide village of Montcabrier is 5km by road, less by woodland path. Shops, supermarkets and weekly produce markets are at Puy l'Evêque (5km) and Prayssac (8km). Visit Cahors, our nearest main town, with the Pont Valentre and old quarters; Cahors Blues & Jazz Festival in July. The Lot has charming villages and hidden treasures, frescoed churches, natural springs and old washing stones, dinosaur footprints, small museums and local craftsmen. Les Arques and the Zadkine museum; or the châteaux of Biron and Bonaguil, imposing hilltop castles; Monflanquin, Monpazier and other bastides with arcaded squares (in neighbouring Lot-et-Garonne & Dordogne). In July and August villages organise evening markets with regional specialities and in summer there are many wine fairs and music festivals. Discover the wine of Cahors with wine tasting at a friendly vineyard. Toulouse is the nearest main airport, but Bergerac at only 80 km is served by Ryanair and other low cost airlines.
Other Activities: Wine tasting, bird watching, wild orchids, language breaks. Walking holidays; nature walks. Canoe-kayak. River excursions.