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Comfort and Calm in Secluded Rural Setting

Region: Occitanie
Department: Lot
Dept No: 46
Location: 5 kms Montcabrier and Puy l'Evêque
Situation: Secluded
Property Type: Gîte
Ref. No: 1251
Rent per month: 850€ pm Inclusive of some extras
Long letting period: September to June
Min. rental period: 1 month
Bedrooms: 1 Double bedroom. 1 Twin bedroom. The double bedroom is 1st floor gallery
Sleeps: 2 to 4  (plus optional guest annex)


The Barn and Tower

The Barn and Tower

View of Fraysse Haut from our top field

View of Fraysse Haut from our top field

Description of Property:   The Barn offers comfortable and spacious accommodation on two levels. Perfect for two, but sleeps 4, and should you have visitors there is more accommodation in the Tower alongside, or you may use it as an extra sitting room, music room, gym, art room... (available as optional extra). The open-plan living area in the Barn is light and bright with roof windows and large glazed doors opening onto the sunny courtyard, where there are several seating areas, a barbecue and herb beds. Outside the kitchen, under the arch below the Tower, is a covered loggia for sheltered dining and useful storage space for bikes etc. The south and east facing courtyard is a sun trap even in winter. The dining area, two steps down from the living area, has a large pine dining table; modern kitchen units are easy to clean and well equipped for self-catering. Off the kitchen is a cloakroom/utility room, with a washing machine, tumble dryer and a downstairs toilet/shower. On the gallery overlooking the living area are a double bed, fitted shelves and a large curtained wardrobe. Plenty of storage space. Off the gallery is a bedroom with twin single beds, and a shower room with shower cubicle, toilet, bidet and basin. Lots of books for holiday reading and wet days. Sky digibox (free-to-air channels) and French channels TF1, France2 & 3, Arté, etc. plus DVD and video players and selection of films in English & French. Wifi access to internet is available for those with a modern laptop, for emails and web.
When we converted the old barn it was for ourselves and we lived in it for 4 years; we tried to keep it as much like a barn as possible, hence it is largely open-plan and there are low beams; the double bed is on the gallery above the living area (this was the hay loft). The lower kitchen level was the cowshed with a byre (in wood and sadly unsaveable) where there is a change of level. We made the barrier out of the old yokes used for the cattle in plough harness.
The Barn has proved itself popular for return bookings and long lets. These are some comments from our guestbook:
"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." R & C, Surrey.
"From the moment we were greeted by our hosts on arrival and were “introduced” to the barn, where we stayed for the next six weeks, I felt completely at home... In six weeks of walking, we never ran out of tracks to pursue, we did two over-nights in Spain, and several day trips in every direction. Each time in returning, from walks or driving, we knew we were coming home again."
M & B, California
"It is one of the few places that we have visited that you could actualy hear the peace and quiet. Fraysse Haut is everyone's dream of real rural French life. It even had its own resident owl." A & S, Nottingham



Dining area under the Tower

Dining area under the Tower

The buildings from the lower fields

The buildings from the lower fields

Outside Amenities:  Arriving from the lane, you drive into the south-facing courtyard. Once unpacked, your car can be parked nearby in the small guest parking area, leaving the courtyard free. The Barn is at right-angles to the owners' house; each habitation is accessed from the courtyard but has its own seating areas, and the buildings do not overlook each other. The Barn faces east and the view from the large double-glazed French doors is across the courtyard towards the meadow. There is a small grass area with a washing line, some fruit trees, herb beds and potted plants. A charcoal barbecue and a large stone table are for the use of guests. The courtyard opens directly onto grass fields where the pool and gazebo are situated. Shed space is available for bicycle storage. There is open access through our fields and woods and orchard area and guests may wander freely, and if lucky, find mushrooms in season, or chestnuts and walnuts.



The Barn kitchen and pine dining table

The Barn kitchen and pine dining table

Living room with the log burner

Living room with the log burner

Surrounding Area:  Fraysse Haut is the perfect location for walkers. Several circuits pass nearby and our access track is the GR652. We are on the Montcabrier circuit; the walk to the village is 3,5 km and the full circuit is 12 km. Taking the track in the other direction, there is a woodland route to Puy l'Evêque, or to the church (with frescoes) at Martignac. The full "circuit de 7 églises" (7 churches) walk is 15 km. A network of small tracks go off in all directions. Maps and guides are provided and Sheila (was once a walk leader for Ramblers Holidays) can advise you. Cyclists will find the nearby countryside and roads quiet but challenging, with lots of hills and valleys. For flatter cycling, head down among the vineyards in the meanders of the Lot or along the disused railway tracks along the river.
Down in the valley there are several bases for hiring canoes or getting into or onto the Lot river, and some allocated fishing sites. Puy l'Evêque is a charming riverside town surrounded by vineyards. Prayssac at 8 km has a busy weekly produce market and more shops and supermarkets are here and at Fumel (20 km) just over the border into Lot-et-Garonne. The Dordogne border is also only a few kms away. Our nearest bigger town is Cahors, the cathedral and old quarters and Pont Valentré are a must-visit, and the town has a strong southern France feel.
The major sites of the Lot, apart from Cahors and Puy l'Evêque, such as Rocamadour, St Cirq Lapopie, Pech Merle, Padirac, Figeac are all just over an hour away and easily combined into day trips on quiet roads through beautiful scenery. Other nearby features are the Chateaux of Bonaguil and Biron, the bastide villages such as Monpazier and Monflanquin. Not forgetting the many attractive villages often with small museums in the area. Dinosaurs and fossils at Luzech, prehistory at Sauveterre, Zadkine sculptures at Les Arques.
From September to June, to keep fit and active in winter there is a good choice of activities and no shortage of gym or yoga classes, country line dancing, ballroom or salsa, tennis courts and clubs at Puy l'Evêque and Prayssac, walking groups, etc. Horse riding and hacking is possible at several small equestrian centres.

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Heating system: The Barn is primarily heated by the large log burner which is an "insert" (glass door at the front of an iron body, with a decorative stone surround); with the internal steel smoke stack, the heat circulates through the open-plan areas. Underfloor heating supports this in the colder months.
Services / Facilities: Mains water. Septic tank. Electricity. WiFi Broadband Internet Access. Television. Satellite TV. DVD.
Kitchen Facilities: Conventional oven. Hob. Microwave. Combined Fridge/Freezer. Dishwasher. Washing Machine. Tumble Dryer.
Additional Info: Not suitable for children. Smokers accepted. No smoking inside
No pets allowed. BBQ. Pool.
Suitable for horses.
Reasons to book this property:
Off the beaten track, great walking possibilities.
Good kitchen - for those that want to cook the seasonal vegetables or locally farmed meat to be found on the market.
French-speaking owners, well integrated, can offer help with your French and "meet the locals", and local knowledge.
Proximity to Puy l'Evêque, picturesque riverside village with several good restaurants, shops and market, sporting facilities and social activities all year round.
Near to Cahors vineyards, and the Lot river valley.
We have many return bookings!
Property is suitable for more than one family.

Distance to Nearest (in kms):

Village/Town: Puy l'Evêque 5 kms
Supermarket: Puy l'Evêque 5 kms or Prayssac 8 kms
Shops: Puy l'Evêque 5 kms
Market: Puy l'Evêque 5 kms or Prayssac 8 kms
Airport: Bergerac 85 kms Toulouse 120 kms
Train Station: Cahors 35 kms
Bus Station: Puy l'Evêque 5 kms
Port: St Malo 640 km



Pricing Info:  Payment in euros or GB pounds for a 4 week period. One month in advance plus one month deposit. Linen and shower towels included, 2 sets for long lets; also kitchen towels. Bedding is cotton/cotton mix. Duvets, Hollofill pillows (please ask if you prefer feather).
A contribution may be requested for logs for the fire in the colder months if we need to buy in extra logs for the Barn. The underfloor heating supports the log burner in the colder months. Services are included, we ask you to remember that water and electricity is metered and to use considerately and not waste water or leave taps running or leave lights on when you go out.
Taxe de séjour (local stay tax) is not included in the price, 0.95 cts per person per day which is about 53 euros per month for 2 people, payable on the spot in local currency (euros). This is collected by the tourist office and allegedly goes towards improving amenities and services. You do not pay for any nights that you are absent e.g. on a trip elsewhere.

Availability: This property is available for longer rentals: September to June

This property is available for weekly summer holiday rentals.

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For further information and to book please contact:
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Name: Sheila Cosma
Telephone No 1: +33(0)5 65 36 61 67
Telephone No 2: +33(0)6 79 21 53 11
Website: http://www.cosmafrance.com
Languages spoken: English, French, Romanian
Time to contact: Any reasonable time
Time to contact: Any reasonable time
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