Fabulous cottage with pool: Set in the heart of the Regional Park of Causses of Quercy in the department of the Lot, this beautiful stone-fronted house Quercy, icts with lovely views and large swimming pool, provider Botha perfect base from Which to explore the delights of the region and year Extremely comfortable place to relax and really "get away from it all" at all times of the year. Sleeps 4-6, large kitchen / diner, spacious lounge, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
Description of Fon Niove Gite :General description
Summary - 2 double bedrooms (sleeps 4 – 6+) 2 bathrooms, large kitchen/dining room, large living room, terrace, large swimming pool, parking, 3500m2 of land.
Price : 495 – 950 euros per week
Fon Niove is a south facing stone fronted house built in the typical Quercy style, with steep roof, traditional oak carpentry and dormer windows giving beautiful views of the forested hills and valleys stretching away as far as the eye can see.
The house has central heating and is well insulated keeping it comfortably cool in the long hot summers and cosily warm in winter.
The main rooms have both south and north facing windows creating a living space that is light and airy, with traditional wooden furniture adding warmth and colour to a pleasingly simple interior decor.
The tiled groundfloor has traditional oak ceiling and beams, south-facing dressed-stone windows and opens onto the covered terrace. There is another south facing terrace in front of the kitchen. The spacious kitchen/dining room features a fully fitted kitchen with local granite worktop and large oak dining table (seats 10 comfortably), oak sideboard and dresser.
The amenities include good quality cooking utensils, crockery sufficient for 12, electric cooker with hood, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle, toaster, iron and ironing board.
There is a small hall leading to the central heating boiler room and to the spacious downstairs bathroom with pedestal washbasin, power shower, bath and WC .
The large and comfortable living room features a large stone fireplace with traditional Godin wood stove. Two double convertable sofas provide extra beds if necessary (movable screen provided)
A selection of books games and puzzles are available.
The stairs lead to the first floor with exposed traditional oak carpentry and oak flooring and is well insulated against both heat and cold.
Both bedrooms and the landing have south facing dormer windows with beautiful views, and north facing velux windows for extra light.
Bedroom 1 (with ensuite bathroom)has a wooden queen size bed, and wooden chest of drawers and cupboard. This room has an ensuite bathroom with shower, pedestal washbasin, shaver point and W.C.
Bedroom 2 has a brass queen size bed and wooden bedroom furniture. There is also a folded single futon-style bed, and a folded foam bed suitable for a child which can be moved as required.
Fon Niove is set in 3500 m2 of land two minutes walk away from the attractive village of Sénaillac-Lauzès and 9 k from the small town of Labastide Murat ( supermarket, bank, post office, bakery, butcher etc) The property enjoys complete privacy without being isolated.
The house is approached from the north side (the back of the house) where there is plenty of space for parking.
In front of the house (south side) there is a small covered terrace and a larger terrace with wooden table and chairs, parasols and a barbecue for al fresco dining.
Guests at Fon Niove have exclusive use of the large swimming pool. The 12 x 6 m free-form pool is in front of the house and has lovely views over the countryside to the south. There is a large shallow end (depth 80 cm) allowing small non swimmers to play (supervised by an adult) in the pool .There is a steep slope down to the large deep end (depth 2m40).
The pool is surrounded by wooden decking and gallet stones, with a paved terrace,a grassy area and a herb and flower border, There is a shaded area . Sunloungers, table and chairs are provided.
For parents’ peace of mind the pool is fenced and can be padlocked. For extra security for your children we recommend using the « fall » alarm (confoming to EU norms ) which has been installed in the pool.
Fortuitiously placed in the heart of both the Lot departement and the Parc Naturel Régional des Causse, Fon Niove is well placed for exploring the rich cultural historical and natural heritage of the area. Unspoilt stonebuilt villages are scattered amongst the hills and oak forests, impressive fortifications and steep-roofed Quercy houses cling to the spectacularly beautiful cliff-lined river valleys, and a multitude of caves, some with elaborate cave paintings, are testament to a landscape shaped by stone and water.
The region has very little industry, a low population and no big cities. Our village is on a limestone plateau 400m above sea level – clear air and expansive horizons enhance the feeling of really having room to breathe.
There are innumerable villages and sites close by well worth visiting, amongst the most renowned are :
Cahors – nestles in a loop of the river Lot, shady central boulevard with busy cafe terraces , a vibrant Saturday market, Pont Valentre (wonderful example of medieval military architecture).
Figeac – beautiful medieval town,winding alleys, half –timbered houses, iron-work balconies and mullion windows , Museum Champollian
Rocamadour – on the route of St Jacques de Compostella and pilgrimage site since the year 1000,a magnificent village and castle clinging to a sheer 150 m rock face.
Gouffre de Padirac – an enormous natural well more than 75mdeep and 32m in diameter leading to an underground river and and huge caverns decorated by enormous stalactites and stalagmites ; the caves are accessible by foot and by flat bottomed guided boats along the river.
St. Cirq Lapopie – perched on a high escarpment dropping vertically to the river bank, the steep narrow streets of the village have been lovingly restored (mostly by painters and wood-craftsmen)
Pech Merle – cave and galleries more than 1500m long, with impressive pre-historic paintings and petrified footprints
There are many lesser known spots which are off the tourist track but well worth a visit.
Activities available (within 20k)
For the family
Cuzals open air museum.
Monkey forest,Rock of Eagles, Faerie de Rail at Rocamadour
Animal park at Gramat
Truffles, foie gras, duck, plum eau-de-vie, cabecou (goats cheese), locally produced saffron and and ruby red Cahors wine are just some of the delights available in the local restaurants.
Directions to Fon NioveTransport
Fon Niove is 15 minute drive from exit 56 or 57 of the A20 motorway and less than 6 hours drive from Paris.
Airports within two hours drive– Toulouse, Rodez, Bergerac, Limoges.
Approximate travelling time by car from all the channel ports is 8 hours.
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