Accommodation

  • Lower Ground floor: Two double bedrooms with French doors and en suite shower rooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom.
  • Main floor: Spacious open plan living/dining room (Satellite TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock, wood burning stove) with doors to dining terrace. Open plan kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave). Twin/double bedroom. Shower room. Utility area (washing machine). Underfloor heating throughout (payable locally). WiFi. Spiral stairs lead to…..
  • Mezzanine level: Spacious mezzanine room with twin beds & seating area (video, table football).
  • Outside: Main floor dining terrace with gazebo. Rear terrace and grounds surrounding pool. Grounds of woodland (1 acre). Boules pitch. Table tennis. Barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner steps.

In our quest for quality properties with style and character, it was a pleasure to discover Maison La Seguinie, a recently built house that impressively meets all these criteria. Indeed it came as no surprise that the owners are an architect and an interior designer. Their combined skills have created a beautifully finished property that evokes the local style yet is thoroughly modern, exuding flair and taste.

On the main floor, a double height ceiling makes a striking impression and creates an airy, spacious feel.

Within the open plan layout, there are three distinct zones: to one end sits the modern sleek kitchen providing everything (and more!) for a self catering holiday, the dining area enjoys views over the pool and at the far end plump sofas in blues and creams are grouped around the wood burning stove. A double bedroom and shower room complete this floor.

Oak stairs lead down to the other bedrooms, two of which have access to the garden. In keeping with the rest of the house, they are stylishly decorated, each with their own colour theme.

Attractively landscaped using local stone, with shrubs and flowers providing colour, the rear of the property is mainly given over to the pool, positioned to capture the sun throughout the day. Poolside furniture in blue echoes the interior colour theme and demonstrates the owners' attention to detail. Mature trees provide shady locations in which to sit or play table tennis and alfresco dining is catered for by way of the main floor terrace.

Martel (1.5km) hums with local life. Wander the narrow streets, past restaurants and shops, to reach the 'Place de la Halle', at the centre of which is the magnificent medieval wood framed market hall still in use today. It is the true heart of the town, where many events take place during the summer. This lovely town also boasts a number of excellent eateries, from a wine bar offering a modern take on local products to two restaurants that appear in the Michelin guide, the bible of good food!

Beyond Martel, the countryside is peppered with beautiful villages and places to explore. Enjoy a trip on the local steam train, canoeing on the River Dordogne (5km), and visiting the famous site of Rocamadour (21km). The interesting and pretty towns of Souillac, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Carennac and St-Céré should also feature on your list of places to see.

  • Groups paying the small party rate will have use of the bedrooms on the lower ground floor only.
  • Please note that whilst there are beds for 10 people, the maximum occupancy at the villa is 8 people.

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Great Things to Do Near Maison La Seguinie

Sit on the terrace overlooking the pool

and enjoy a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants from Martel, sipping a café au lait whilst contemplating what to do that day.

Head into Martel on a Wednesday or Saturday morning

for the market which takes place in the main square. Go shopping for lunch and dinner and try some of the delicious local produce on offer or simply soak up the atmosphere of a French market.

Have a game of table tennis

It is surprising how competitive everyone turns out to be!

Enjoy a ride on 'Le Truffadou' (steam train)

And discover the picturesque Dordogne valley. The train runs from St Denis to Baladou, stopping at Martel.

Summer evenings in Martel

Head into Martel on a Wednesday evening in July and August and join in the dances that take place in the market square.

Tour of Martel, the town with 7 towers

Pick up the leaflet from the tourist office which takes you on a self guided tour of the town. Although small, the town has a lot of history as well as being very pretty. For example, Place Gambetta used to be the Place du Sel, where people would come to trade and buy the salt, brought from the Atlantic along the Dordogne River.

Rocamadour,

claimed to be the second most visited site in France, is a 20 min drive due south of Martel and is a must on the list of things to do! Clinging to the rock face, cliff-hugging Rocamadour hangs almost 500 feet above the Alzou Canyon, one of the most extraordinary settings in France! A walk around the Chateau walls with views down into village is a must if you have a good head for heights.

Carennac (to the east of Martel)

is a stunning village on the banks of the River Dordogne, and is classed as 'One of the most beautiful villages in France'.

Day out at a Water Park

If the children want a pool with water slides, head to Quercyland for the day. In Souillac, on the banks of the river, this water park has 7 swimming pools, 3 water slides, bouncy castles, a go kart circuit, paddle boats, crazy golf....plus restaurants. Open from May to end of September.

Visit Cahors (1hr drive), famous for its wines.

It is said that the Romans, who planted the first vines here, circa 1BC, would still recognise the wines today. Explore the old town, a maze of mediaeval streets and buildings. Wander down to the banks of the Lot and take a boat ride around the meander in the River Lot which encloses the town, or walk on the Pont Valentre.

A 'cool' thing to do in high summer - Visit a cave.

Close by is the 'Gouffre de Padirac', where you descend 103m by stairs or lift for a magical underground journey (1 ½ hr). Cross the Rain Chamber in a boat and then continue on foot through the Grand Cours room and onto the Grand Dôme with its 94m high ceiling and the Lac Supérieur.

Come face to face with Dinosaurs!

Prehistologia is a prehistoric park, situated in a forest covering several hectares, between Martel and Rocamadour. Learn about the history of the world from 4.5 million years ago to the Neolithic period. It is the largest life size reconstruction in Europe of prehistoric creatures (dinosaurs, flying reptiles..)

Eating out in Martel

Enjoy a walk down to Martel (approx 1km) early evening for dinner out at one of the restaurants. With about 6 or 7 restaurants in total, there is plenty of choice. What better way to spend a summer's evening?

Antiques and Brocante

Take a tour of the antique shops in the Lot. The tourist office has put together a leaflet (with map) featuring all the antique and brocante (bric a brac) shops in the northern part of the Lot. See what gems you can uncover!

Reptiland!

On the outskirts of Martel is Reptiland - a living museum/collection of over 102 different species of reptiles (the largest collection in France). Children will probably be fascinated by the tour!

Take a relaxing trip on the River Dordogne in a 'gabarre'.

A gabarre is a traditional river boat, once used for transporting goods along the river. There are two companies offering trips from the riverside town of La Roque-Gageac. Trips last approx 1hr.

Nearby

Towns

Martel 5 mins
Carrenac 20 mins
Rocamadour 25 mins
Souillac 25 mins
Sarlat-la-Canéda 55 mins

Airports

Brive 25 mins
Limoges 90 mins
Toulouse 120 mins
Bergerac 120 mins
Rodez 120 mins
Carcassonne 135 mins
Times are approximate

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