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2 bed family, dog-friendly gite with pool on hills near Cahors

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bed stone cottage with shared pool, garden and play area in quiet hills

One of two gites at Le Mas des Cyprès near Cahors, Saint Cirq Lapopie and Rocamadour. Each is a separate building set around a central U-shaped courtyard with its own private terrace set away from the other.

Les Lavandes is a two bedroom detached, stone cottage sleeping up to 4 plus a baby.


entrance into sunroom with foc wifi

separate fitted kitchen

fully tiled shower room

double-aspect living/dining room with fireplace and wood-burner

corner staircase to

first floor mezzanine double bedroom

which leads to

a smaller twin room.

In the entrance sunroom you enjoy the morning sun; here there is foc wifi, a sofa, comfortable chairs, a small dining table for breakfast in the morning sun.

Next is the well-equipped kitchen with an oven, hob, extractor fan, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, kettle, toaster, coffee percolator, Nespresso Dolce Gusto capsule machine, blender and all the glasses, crockery and cutlery you will need. There is also a broom, dustpan and brush, hoover, iron and ironing board.

The shower room is fully tiled with a walk-in shower, washbasin, cupboard, toilet, radiator and hairdryer.

In the living/dining room you have an extendable dining table with seating for up to six, comfortable seating and a footstool housing the terrace chair cushions, a new flat screen TV with English Freeview and French channels, a DVD player, a stereo with ipod dock and a selection of board games. There is also a fireplace with wood-burner for those chilly evenings.

Upstairs there is a double mezzanine bedroom with wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables with lamps and a tower fan. This leads to a smaller twin with storage and a fan.

Outside you have exclusive use of a south-facing terrace with Weber BBQ, pergola and a wooden table and chairs. You also have use of two wooden picnic tables set in the garden taking advantage of the views.

Set away from the gite is the fenced pool area protected with auto-closing gates and magnetic latches. This 11 x 5m saline pool has steps at one end where you can relax and enjoy the views. It is surrounded by a paved terrace with ten sun loungers, parasols, side tables, a solar shower and table tennis table. This area is shared with the second gite and the owners who use the pool on hot evenings. It is a popular place for all to meet and chat and children to make new friends.

There is a shaded, childrens play area with trampoline, chalet, sandpit, swings and slides.

We are about 10 mins from the local A20 motorway and 8-10 mins from Cahors with its famous market, medieval old town and good choice of restaurants. About 1hr20mins north of Toulouse with its airport served by low-cost airlines, 2hrs from Bergerac and Rodez airports, 2 hours from Caracassonne, 5 hours by car or train from Paris and 8 hours from Calais.

Set between many historical sites such as two of France's prettiest villages St Cirq Lapopie and Rocamadour, medieval Carcassonne, the pink city Toulouse and the beaches on the Med and Atlantic. The Med beaches are one of our favourite summer holiday days out.

*Dogs welcome

*Breakfast option available in low season

*Bedding included

*Shower towels included

*Pool towels provided from last Sat in May

More Details

Virginia Paschall
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

About Virginia Paschall

We moved here from southern England over 10 years ago for a quieter pace of life and have never looked back. Returning guests have become friends.

With easy access to the UK, Paris and Barcelona not to mention the Med villages and beaches we are spoilt living on the lovely area with the hot, sunny summers yet close to family, friends and city shopping!

Virginia Paschall purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Virginia Paschall chose Bellefont-La Rauze

We loved this at first site although it looked quite different. We have invested a lot of time and effort to ensure this property offers all you need for a home-from-home. We also installed the popular saline pool which takes advantage of our views. We are in the quiet of the hills of a national park yet just 10 mins from Cahors and its shops, restaurants, station and hospital!

We love weekends by the med, visiting Barcelona or lunch and shopping in Andorra followed by a day at the med

What makes this cottage unique

In the peace of quiet of the hills where you enjoy a gentle breeze in the summer heat yet close to restaurants, shops and activities with easy access to the motorway and regional airports. Not to forget the wine and local gastronomy!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We totally enjoyed our stay the accommodation was perfect everything was catered for. The owner made our week delightful even booked the dogs vet appointment for our return back to the U.K. The gites are clean and comfortable, the pool area is enclosed with amazing views over Cahors. Lovely patios beside each gite with BBQ's provided. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting peace and tranquility.

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Jun 2017
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Bellefont-La Rauze Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Doors and windows must be locked when you go out.
  • Max 4 people plus a baby. Note that you cross the double bedroom to reach the twin.
  • Dogs are welcome outside July and August. All dogs must be approved by the owner before a booking is accepted. Other animals are not accepted.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Ground floor. Fully tiled with radiator and two windows. Walk-in shower with curtain, washbasin, storage, hairdryer and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Storage and fans in both bedrooms. Hairdryer provided. All bedding and towels (including pool towels from last Saturday of May) provided. FOC baby pack available - travel cot with fitted sheet and mattress protector, baby bath and highchair - must be reserved at time of booking.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Babysitting is possible - please speak to the owner. A local taxi firm can do vineyard tours or run you in/out of town. B&B rate available off-season


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2 bed family, dog-friendly gite with pool on hills near Cahors
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 15 reviews

Characterful, comfortable, and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Les Lavandes is a very well equipped and comfortable gites in a quiet setting in the countryside outside Cahors. There is a lovely pool which is shared with the other gites owned by the same owners next door from which there are spectacular views. The gites itself is an old cottage with wooden beams and is well appointed and nicely done.There are plenty of places of interest to visit in the near vicinity.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michael and Juliet. We work hard to ensure everything is just right for all to enjoy their holiday. Hopefully we'll be welcoming you back here next year.
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Flawless visit to great gite with lovely pool in a wonderful part of France

  • 5 of 5

we (myself, my wife and two 12 year old girls) stayed for 2 weeks and had a wonderful time here - we could not have wished for more!

The site is very well-equipped, self-contained with a beautiful pool - absolutely spotlessly clean, with a lot of space and seating around it, kept secure (so little ones would stumble into it) and at the end of a long hot day, an absolute delight to use. The views from the pool terrace, especially at sunset, are amazing.

The location is great - quiet at night so you can get a good sleep, but close enough to Cahors (10 mins), the Lot river area, Saint Cirque Lapopoe, canoeing on the Cele river, swimming at Vers, cycling and walking on the tow-path, Rocamadour, etc., etc. - it feels like we only scratched the surface in this beautiful part of France - I have seen a lot of France, this is definitely one of my favourite areas.

The previous reviews have said most things already (I really do not understand the 2 star review btw), but just wanted to mention how helpful and friendly the owner Virginia is, whilst respecting your privacy - she takes great pride in keeping the gite and the pool in beautiful condition and her guests happy. She has detailed knowledge of the area and gave us loads of good tips - thank you, we hope to be back some time soon....

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Val. We are always pleased to hear that guests have enjoyed themselves. We enjoyed welcoming you all especially our Beagle Sam who was loved all the attention!
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Wonderful, relaxing property

  • 5 of 5

The gite was extremely well equipped. The owners have actually lived in the house in the past, which has resulted in extensive kitchen utensils, large amount of storage for clothing, and a washing machine (plus clothesline outdoors for drying). TV is available in English or French. The grounds, which include a play space, pool, ping-pong table and outdoor dining area, made it a fun place for the kids and relaxing environment for the adults. It was simple to book and the owner Virginia was very responsive to all my questions. She has lived in the area for 12 years, so she can recommend all sorts of restaurants and activities as well as give directions & maps to anywhere you plan to go. In the area, I would say that dining at La Truite Doree in Vers and taking a tour of La Grotte du Pech-Merle were our favorite activities (besides lounging by the pool, that is). Of our 4 weeks in France, we enjoyed our stay at this gite the most. Will definitely give this address to friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words - we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay here with us. I know the pool and trampoline were particular favourites as well as the local sites and restaurants.
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Like in a dream....

  • 5 of 5

The beauty of the place is breathtaking, tranquility , repose of the soul and body is assured.

House is very nice with good comfort.

Very welcoming and very discreet owners.

A stay that makes you want to come back just !

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are always very pleased to hear that someone has enjoyed their stay. We work hard to ensure everything is as it should be to ensure a comfortable, relaxing stay for all guests.
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Wonderful stay near Cahors

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at "Le mas des Cypres" a few minutes away from Cahors and in the vicinity of great touristic sites in the Lot department.

The two-floors house was clean and well equipped. It could easily accomodate a family of four, we even had an additionnal guest on site.

The landlady is easily available and always helpful.

Concerning the property around the house, kids enjoyed the many outdoor toys and swings available, and of course the swimming pool (very well tended).

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are always pleased to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay and find the property comfortable and well-equipped. We work hard to ensure that everything is working and well-maintained to ensure a happy holiday for everyone.
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Lovely property in an interesting region

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a marvellous time in this comfortable, spotless and beautifully equipped stone farmhouse. The saltwater swimming pool was lovely and our girls (3 and 6 years old) enjoyed the play equipment in the garden, especially the trampoline. We enjoyed exploring the surrounding area (visits to Rocamadour, Cirque La Popie and river swimming in the Lot and Cele were highlights) and Virginia welcomed us warmly. We would happily stay here again on a future visit to the Dordogne - thanks again Virginia!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We work hard to ensure everyone enjoys their time with us and are always happy to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay.
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
La Truite Doree
Car: necessary

Pech Merle cave

Saint Cirq Lapopie




Figeac and Cele valley


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0
End-of-stay clean $82.25
Local tourist tax $ 0.59 per person per night
Refundable damage deposit $411.23

Dogs are permitted on a case-by-case basis off season and must be approved by the owner before the booking will be accepted.Other animals are not permitted.
The owner has a friendly family dog (Beagle/Labrador cross) and two cats.

Price includes bedding and towels.
Tourist tax of 0.35 cents per person per night from 13 years
Only those guests detailed in the booking are permitted in the property
Bookings in July and August are Saturday to Saturday

Le tarif inclus les draps et les serviettes.
Taxe de sejour de 0,35 cents par personne par nuits - age 13+
Seulement les locataires indiqué à la réservation sont permis à la propriété
En juillet et août les réservations sont de samedi à samedi
Les chiens sont permis avec l'accord des proprietaires avant la reservation. Les autres animaux ne sont pas permis.
Les propriétaires ont un gentil chien et deux chattes

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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