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Writer's Retreat, Tranquil Stone Farmhouse, Views, Ancient Barns, Rose Garden

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View of the house from the sheep lane to the West with the Dordogne River below

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Last updated: 10/26/2016

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes were visitors to this beautiful, traditional two-bedroom original stone farmhouse located in the tranquil rural village of Lacam de Loubressac overlooking the Dordogne River Valley. The farmhouse and its historic stone barns, which have been featured in a number of architectural magazine articles, overlook a wide loop of the river and the great 12th century castle of Castelnau de Bretenoux dominates the panorama below. The village of Lacam is 3 kilometers west of the medieval walled village of Loubressac, perched on a rocky promontory. Lacam is very quiet as it is not a through way to anywhere and is rarely used as a short cut.
From here the road descends to two medieval towns, Bretenoux and St Céré, the latter famous for its summer music festival and 18th century houses.
The house is an original “Quercynois” stone building with exposed beams, central heating, a wood burning stove and an open fireplace. Twin barns, fine examples of the local stone architecture, are part of the property.

Accommodation: 2BR/1 Bathroom, sleeps four.
The ground floor consists of a large sitting/dining room, approximately 35 x 20 feet and a separate kitchen, 20 x 10 feet. Upstairs are a large master bedroom, smaller bedroom with twin beds and a bathroom.
Great room: Entered by the main door on the south side, the large sitting room has two inglenook fireplaces (one with the stove) and a north facing terrace (without safety railings) with views over the River Valley and the lower village. The ceiling has exposed beams and the floor is tastefully covered in rush matting and kilim rugs.
Kitchen: There is a new electric stove/oven, new small refrigerator and double sink with good counter space under a window overlooking the valley below. There is a large choice of cooking equipment and crockery as well as cook books. There is no washing machine but public launderettes are available locally. Four people can eat comfortably at the round table in the kitchen or 6-8 can eat comfortably at the long antique dinning room table. The best place to eat in good weather is on the north-facing terrace, which has a simple table large enough to accommodate six.
Bedrooms: The master bedroom is painted white with original exposed dark wood beams, a queen size bed with french windows overlooking the Dordogne River and Castelnau castle. The bedroom has a full-size day bed in a separate alcove, a double armoire in which to hang clothes, a double clothes bureau with four drawers, bedside tables and lamps. The floor is oak.
The second bedroom is much smaller and has two narrow twin beds with small windows facing east and north. The floor is carpeted and the room has a hanging cupboard, shelves, and bedside lamps.
All the beds have firm mattresses with duvets, square pillows and extra blankets. Linens and towels are provided.
Bathrooms:
The cozy bathroom is tucked under the eaves of the roof. It is carpeted, with a bath tub and a hand-held shower. There are tiled areas around the bath that provide extra areas to place things, a porcelain sink and toilet. The east-facing window opens on a view of the barns and the hillside.

Safety and a note about children:
While the interior of this beautiful old stone house has been renovated and is completely comfortable, it lacks a number of modern safety devices such as railings on the outdoor terrace. For this reason, we do not generally allow children younger than 12 to occupy the house.

Activities:
All the local towns have swimming pools and there are two larger bathing lakes within six kilometers.
There are several companies renting canoes on the Dordogne and they deliver you back to your point of departure after the day’s outing.
There are two restaurants in Loubressac as well as a shop that sells groceries, fresh bread daily, fruit and vegetables.
Bicycles can be rented in the local towns.
There are walks along the sheep tracks in every direction, including the renowned Grandes Randonnées.
The Gouffre de Padirac and the pilgrimage village of Rocamadour are within half an hour’s drive. A little further away are the Lot and Célé rivers, the towns of Cahors, Figeac, and St Cirque la Popie. Going west along the Dordogne river is Sarlat, with, to the north, Les Eyzies and Montignac, where you can visit the reproduction of the Lascaux caves and their prehistoric paintings.

Airports: Toulouse, Limoges, Rodez, Brive.
Nearest railway station: Bretenoux-Biars.

Manager

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, Indonesian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/26/2016

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    While the interior of this beautiful old stone house has been renovated and is completely comfortable, it lacks a number of modern safety devices such as railings on the outdoor terrace. For this reason, we do not generally allow children younger than 12 to occupy the house. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    A dog or cat may be permitted as long as it is well behaved and won't harm wildlife....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    Beds are slightly narrower than traditional twin beds. ...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • The master bedroom is painted white with original exposed dark wood beams, a queen size bed with french windows overlooking the Dordogne River and ancient Castelnau. The bedroom has a full size day bed in a separate alcove, a double armoire in which to hang clothes, a double clothes bureau with four drawers, bedside tables and, lamps. The floor is oak. The second bedroom is much smaller and has two narrow twin beds with small windows facing east and north. The floor is carpeted and the room has a hanging cupboard and shelves. Bedside lamps. All the beds have firm mattresses with duvets, square pillows and extra blankets....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    The ceiling is not full height over the tub....moreless

  • The cozy bathroom is tucked under the eaves of the roof. It is carpeted, with a bath tub and a hand held shower. There are tiled areas around the bath that provide extra areas to place things, a porcelain sink and toilet. The east-facing window opens on a view of the barns and the hillside. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    There is a wonderful collection of fiction and non-fiction selected by the owners. ...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural:

    There are many sheep farmers, walnut groves and truffle areas around the house and there are numerous hiking trails minutes away. There are also amazing caves within hiking distance. ...moreless

  • Village:

    The beautiful medieval village of Loubressac is about 3 km away. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    The terrace and upper windows have a view over the Dordogne River and its valley to the North. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    There is an elegant french farmhouse dining table that seats six comfortably. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Fireplace:

    There is a very large, original fire place in the sitting room....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Internet service is new in 2016....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Is 20 x 35 with exposed original wood beams, sitting and dining areas, two inglenook fireplaces, a north facing terrace with views over the River Valley and the lower village. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    There is a parking area across the street from the front gate with space for one car. ...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    There is a small automatic drip coffee maker as well as a stove top espresso maker. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There are plenty of dishes as well as eating and cooking utensils. ...moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Oven:

    There is a new top-line electric oven....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    There is a new small refrigerator with 17 liter icebox....moreless

  • Stove:

    There is a new top-line electric stove....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    The master bedroom has a large, three-sided dormer window that opens to the outside and functions as a balcony. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a stone terrace with views over the village and partial views across the river valley below. A rustic table seats six for great al fresco dining. The terrace does not have safety rails....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is a natural lawn running in front of the house, bake house and the two barns. There is also a beautiful rose garden with a gazebo just across the sheep lane. ...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
April
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$528
May
May 1 - May 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$554
June
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$581
July
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$633
September
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$581
October
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$554
November
Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$528
April
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2018
7 night min stay

$528
May
May 1 - May 31, 2018
7 night min stay

$554
June
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2018
7 night min stay

$633
July-August
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2018
7 night min stay

$686
September
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2018
7 night min stay

$633
October
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2018
7 night min stay

$581
November
Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2018
7 night min stay

$528
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$633 $2,533
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee $79.17
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

While the interior of this beautiful old stone house has been renovated and is completely comfortable, it lacks a number of modern safety devices such as railings on the outdoor terrace and interior stairs. For this reason, we do not generally allow children younger than 12 to occupy the house.


Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

175 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, 31703 Blagnac, France
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Relais de Castelnau
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Bretenoux-Biars
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A 20
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Relais de Castelnau
11 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Girac Sur La Dordogne River

Car: Recommended

Lacam de Loubressac is located in a scenic and historic area filled with castles, chateaus, caves, sheep farms and walnut groves overlooking the beautiful Dordogne River Valley. The house itself is located on the Causse de Gramat, an amazing limestone plateau that runs between the Dordogne and Lot River Valleys. Nearby attractions include the Gouffre de Padirac, Rocamadour, Grotte de Pech-Merle, Chateau de Castelnau-Bretenoux, the historic villages of Loubressac, Carennac, Autoire and towns of Martel, Saint-Cere. The wine area of Cahors is also about 45 minutes away.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1952

About: The actual owner of this house is a well known poet. He and his wife wish to remain anonymous. The caretaker of the house, Romilly Waite, is the poet's cousin by marriage. We, Matthew Schwartz and Karen Levesque, are the children of the poet and his wife.

Why Loubressac, France:
The owner fell in love with this house and the region when visiting friends in the area after World War II.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
It is difficult to convey the peace and beauty that come with staying in this simple but elegant house that was designed and served for many years as a retreat for a great poet and his wife, who together lovingly and painstakingly restored the beautiful rose garden just outside the front gate over a period of ten years beginning in 1990. There is a sense of history and purpose in the house and the surrounding area, which in addition to its bucolic beauty, was home to the French resistance and witnessed many acts of bravery during World War II. It's proximity to the beautiful Dordogne River, many historic castles and towns, some of the most interesting caves and cave paintings, and delicious regional produce make for endless opportunities for excursions and great meals.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, Indonesian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/26/2016

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Photos

  • View of the house from the sheep lane to the West with the Dordogne River below

    View of the house from the sheep lane to the West with the Dordogne River below

  • The house in late June looking down from the front gate

    The house in late June looking down from the front gate

  • Day bed in alcove of Master Bedroom

    Day bed in alcove of Master Bedroom

  • 2nd Bedroom, facing East. Another twin bed is behind along with a clothes closet

    2nd Bedroom, facing East. Another twin bed is behind along with a clothes closet

  • The writing desk in the main room looks out over the front garden.

    The writing desk in the main room looks out over the front garden.

  • View from the picnic table on the terrace overlooking the river valley below

    View from the picnic table on the terrace overlooking the river valley below

  • Sunrise over the valley from the master bedroom window

    Sunrise over the valley from the master bedroom window

  • The gardening shed in the rose garden above the house

    The gardening shed in the rose garden above the house

  • Typical walking lane from Lacam over the Causse de Gramat

    Typical walking lane from Lacam over the Causse de Gramat

  • The church in the nearby village of Carennac

    The church in the nearby village of Carennac

  • A cross roads indicating the many walking trails for adventures on the Causse

    A cross roads indicating the many walking trails for adventures on the Causse

  • View from the road of the Bake House with Main House behind

    View from the road of the Bake House with Main House behind

  • Top of the bake house with the barns and the pigeonier behind

    Top of the bake house with the barns and the pigeonier behind

  • Master bedroom with original beams and large dormer window

    Master bedroom with original beams and large dormer window

  • Upstairs hallway looking from master bedroom to bathroom. 2nd bedroom is on left

    Upstairs hallway looking from master bedroom to bathroom. 2nd bedroom is on left

  • View of Main room from stairs leading to upper floor

    View of Main room from stairs leading to upper floor

  • Wood burning stove in great room

    Wood burning stove in great room

  • Sheep coming home along the lane next to the house

    Sheep coming home along the lane next to the house

  • Sunset over the village from the master bedroom window

    Sunset over the village from the master bedroom window

  • West gate from the sheep lane.

    West gate from the sheep lane.

  • The Dordogne River

    The Dordogne River

  • Market day in nearby Bretenoux

    Market day in nearby Bretenoux

  • La Cascade in beautiful Autoire river valley, a great 45 minute walk

    La Cascade in beautiful Autoire river valley, a great 45 minute walk

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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