Les Cerisiers

Lot

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Web Ref: 3408
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Accommodation

  • Steps down to Ground floor: Open plan kitchen (dishwasher, microwave)/dining/living room (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, wood burning stove) with doors to terrace. Corner sun room with dining area and patio doors to side terrace. Cloakroom (WC). Laundry room (washing machine).  Double bedroom with open en suite shower facilities, and door to terrace. Heating (payable locally).
  • First floor: Double bedroom with open en suite shower facilities (no WC). Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Cloakroom (WC). Dressing room. External access to upper ground level.
  • Outside: Enclosed spacious grounds of lawn, variety of trees, and terraces. Barbecue. Table tennis. Garage. Private parking.
  • Private fenced swimming pool (8m x 4m).

The recent renovation of Les Cerisiers has transformed a small, ordinary house into a spacious and welcoming home that combines traditional touches with contemporary elements to great effect.  Set within grounds of established trees and lawn, the original building has been extended to create an impressive property built from the beautiful honey coloured stone of the region.

Step inside and you are greeted with a large open plan space. Exposed stone walls are interspersed with steel framed windows and doors, enhancing the light and airy feel created by the double height ceiling and crisp white walls.  Bright splashes of colour are provided by the artwork found throughout.     

Outside, the dining terrace wraps around two sides of the house and offers views over the wide open landscape of fields and neighbouring homes. Cherry and plum trees provide interest, there's plenty of space for children to play, and the fenced pool sits in an elevated position with views over the countryside.  

Follow the country road for 1.5km and you arrive in Duravel, a charming village with amenities including a restaurant frequented by the locals. Head in the other direction and you meet the River Lot as it meanders its way through the rural landscape towards the sea.  Canoeing and boat trips are available along the river whilst further exploration leads to pretty villages such as Puy-l’Evêque and Prayssac, which still hold weekly markets where stalls are laden with local produce.

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Great Things to Do Near Les Cerisiers

Horse riding

The Lot is a great place for horse riding, especially on the heights of Lacapelle-Cabanac where Le Cheval Blanc has been organising horse rides for donkey's years! www.chevalblanc-lot.com

Keep fit

Active pursuits nearby include canoeing, rafting or hiring a pedalo on the River Lot. Or if you prefer dry land, why not rent a bike. All available in Puy l'Evêque, only 7km away.

Gastronomie

There are many restaurants around Les Cerisiers, particularly in Puy l'Evêque. Some have vegetarian options.

History

Visit the fabulous fortress of Bonaguil nearby or the spectacular château de Biron, stopping to see the Gavaudun donjon on the way and the picturesque village of St Avit.

Cahors Malbec wine tour

Join a half-day tour of 2 or 3 wine 'domaines' in the local area - the vineyards in the area surrounding Les Cerisiers provide the Malbec grapes for the famous Cahors wines. Must be booked in advance: www.malbecwinetour.com

Fantastic for kids and all

CapNature near Cahors is a leisure park with treetrop adventure courses, paintball, zorb/bubble football, laser-tag, climbing and kayaking. www.capnature.eu

Tree-climbing and animal park in Lacapelle-Biron

14 hectares of parkland with crazy golf, an animal farm and a treetop adventure trail through the trees with different routes for different ages.www.parc-en-ciel.com

A round of golf?

The Golf du Bouysset with its 9 hole course is just 7km away at St-Martin-le-Redon, or you could go a little further (2km) to try the 18 hole course at the Villeneuve-sur-Lot Golf & Country Club (at Castelnau-de-Gratecambe).

Play tennis

There is a tennis court in Duravel, which is open all the time. 1.6km from the house, so about 20 minutes’ walk or 2 minutes by car.

Take to the air...

To see the scenery from a different perspective, get in contact with ‘Air Libre Montgolfières’ in Carnac-Rouffiac, who organise hot air balloon tours, or call ‘Parapente Max’ who offer parapente jumps at Douelle in the Lot valley.

Pottery painting

A creative activity for all the family to have a go at! Paint a mug, plate, teapot, piggy bank… at Le Caillau café-restaurant in Vire-sur-Lot, a couple of km from the house.

Quercyland

This fantastic activity park in Souillac has lots to do including a water park with slides, a treetop adventure course, mini golf, trampolines and a maze. Situated right on the river Dordogne, you can also go canoeing or rafting, take a boat trip or rent bikes.

Go underground!

Visit the Grottes de Cougnac caves near Gourdon (just south of Souillac) which have lots of amazing rock formations as well as prehistoric wall paintings. A nice place to cool off on a hot day!

Explore Puy l’Evêque

This superb medieval town built on a rock by the river Lot is well worth a visit, with its 13th century donjon at the top of the town. Tuesday is market day in Puy l’Evêque, held in the square in front of the town hall.

Montcuq and Castelnau-Montratier

Two villages south of the River Lot which are lovely to wander around. Montcuq is built on a cone-shaped hill with most of the houses on the south side with fine views across the countryside. If you can, go on a Sunday morning for its market, classed as one of the ‘most beautiful in France’. Castelnau-Montratier is typical of the Quercy Blanc region, with its white stone houses.

Cahors

The main town of the Lot, Cahors was founded during the first century BC around a sacred spring. Built in a tight meander of the River Lot, it is compact and walkable. Sights include the lovely Cathédrale de St Etienne, a Romanesque–style cathedral, and the famous Pont Valentre, a fortified bridge with six pointed arches and three tall towers. The Musée Henri Martin is also worth visiting, housed in a 17th century former Episcopal palace. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, a wonderful open air market fills the Place Chapou whilst a flower market takes place on Sunday mornings. A daily market is held in the 19th century halle.

Nearby

Towns

Duravel 3 mins
Puy-l'Évêque 10 mins
Villefranche-du-Périgord 30 mins
Monflanquin 35 mins
Villeneuve-sur-Lot 40 mins
Cahors 45 mins

Airports

Bergerac 65 mins
Toulouse 105 mins
Brive 120 mins
Bordeaux 140 mins
Times are approximate

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