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Set in 2 acres of land, this very spacious French villa with heated private pool is a contemporary conversion of a classic Quercy white stone barn. Situated high up on the edge of a valley the house and pool enjoy stunning views out over the countryside towards the medieval Bastide town of Lauzerte (designated as one of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France - The Most Beautiful Villages in France).
Located in the Occitanie region (previously known as the Nord-Midi Pyrenees), this holiday property for rent with heated pool sleeps 8 comfortably in 2 SuperKing size Doubles (1 ensuite), 2 x Twin rooms. A total of 2 shower-rooms - each with masses of hot water - are fitted with luxury rain showers. Separate wcs. The open plan kitchen - new in 2016 - is equipped for real cooks, complete with proper knives and a full compliment of equipment including a large fridge-freezer, coffee maker, toaster and microwave. There is Hi-Speed WiFi throughout the house and immediate surroundings. UK Freesat and French Digital Terrestrial TV. The villa is available to rent for self-catering or a professional chef can be provided.
The pool is large at 12m x 4m and is private and heated with terracing, sun umbrellas and sun-loungers for all. Kept clean and sparkling with the latest in low-chlorine, natural salt purification. Exceptionally quiet, the house is situated on the edge of the small rural village of Miramont de Quercy. The village has an excellent traditional French restaurant and the village also has its own artisan French bakery - both are within easy reach of the house. Drinking and no driving and fresh croissants for breakfast!
Shaded terracing, super-comfortable outdoor sofas by the pool, a charcoal BBQ and outdoor table and chairs all contribute to wonderful summer evenings and happy memories of dining al fresco. We also provide a full-size table tennis table in its own courtyard complete with bats and balls.
Avoid the crowds, cheaper flights : please note we book Thursday to Thursday. And you arrive in time for the best local food markets.
Surrounded by agricultural land and set within a small sleepy village the house is an excellent base to explore the beautiful Bastide medieval towns of Lauzerte, Montjoi and Moissac. Situated on top of a hill, Lauzerte is just 15 mins away by car - here you can enjoy an excellent coffee or lunch in the square at the top, take a walk through the Pilgrims' Garden and admire the views out of the countryside or visit the small art gallery. On the way home, drop in to the excellent supermarket complete with butchers, fresh fish fish and cheese counters. There's an excellent fresh food market on Saturdays in Lauzerte's town square.
The area is also popular with cycling enthusiasts - the roads are quiet, generally pot-hole free, the 'ups' are challenging and the downs thrilling. In 2019 the house is not too far from the Albi-Toulouse leg of the Tour-de-France should you be looking for a villa to rent during mid-July when this world-renowned cycling race takes place.. For those who are into bird watching and nature you may catch a glimpse of our local hoopoe family in the garden whilst in the sky you frequently see buzzards and other raptors wheeling.
Slightly further afield, there's river kayaking, horse-riding and golf. Walkers can enjoy the trails and long distance paths in the area - we are situated not far from the main Santiago-di-Compostella Pilgrims route and in the region of at least one of the legs of the Tour-De-France. In mid July 2019, the Albi-Toulouse leg of the Tour-de-France passes not to far from our house if you are looking for a property to rent close to the Tour. Throughout the summer and in all the surrounding villages and towns there are traditional fresh meat, fruit and vegetable markets to be visited most days of the week and night markets in the summer - Agen (where the prunes originally came come from) is a favourite.
And if all that's too much, snooze by your very own private heated pool and let the world come to you. There really is something for all the family, something for everyone.
The major international cities of Toulouse and Bordeaux are within easy reach either by train or car being around 80 kms and 190kms away respectively. Alternatively, the house is appx 90km from Bergerac airport making it very convenient for flights from Southampton, UK.
Just perfect!.great relaxing holiday
By Mr&Mrs Ridsdill on 12-Sep-2019
Just Perfect! Very well equipped, comfortable beds and amazing location. Great relaxing holiday, just what we needed. We will definitely come again.
Lovely location, stunning views
By The Browns on 29-Aug-2019
We had a great time thanks. Lovely location and the views were stunning
There's so much to do.great fun
By Lavigne Family on 22-Aug-2019
Just wanted to touch base to say thank you for another 2 wonderful weeks in your lovely home. There’s so much to do in the area! It was great fun.
Definitely the best
By Mr & Mrs Hemmings on 08-Aug-2019
It is beautiful and absolutely perfect for our needs. We also loved the village and the restaurant. We have stayed in some lovely houses in France but yours is definitely the best. We will be in touch when we next head to France!
Wonderful house and pool
By W. Elahi on 04-Sep-2018
Thank you for our wonderful stay. We were a large party of friends looking for somewhere scenic to spend a week together. We were excited when we booked but over the moon when we arrived to the beautiful house. The space works really well for a large group of people with multiple areas to comfortably sit and hang out. We had some delicious dinners and breakfasts (cooked in the well equipped kitchen and BBQ) out on the deck and the view made them even more magical. Even though the house is wonderful to relax and play in the pool in we found some lovely things to do in the surrounding area. There's a wonderful restaurant right by the house and kayaking and wake-boarding about an hour drive and some nice villages not far. Overall if you want a place that feels private and scenic and is still functional and comfortable then this an ideal place. We hope to come back soon!
By Jessie L on 31-Aug-2018
Great Beds !
My family and I enjoyed a fabulous week at le clapier. The house is spacious and well equipped in a quiet location with easy access to places of interest. It’s got great beds! We particularly enjoyed the large pool which is well equipped with sunloungers, parasols and bbq. There is a good restaurant a short walk away. The house also has stunning views
Big, beautiful - and cool. Not a single thing missing
By Helen M on 24-Aug-2017
We loved our stay in Le Clapier. The villa is big, beautiful and cool (the weather was HOT!) and extremely well equipped. The beds, in particular, are super-comfy and we really appreciated the extra touches, like piles of big lizard-patterned pool towels (in addition to soft white bath towels for everyone), gorgeous soaps in the bathrooms and a huge range of kitchen equipment (including sharp knives - hurrah! - and a coffee machine). The pool is a good size (long enough to swim 'proper' lengths, if that's your bag) and it was lovely to take a dip in soft, salt water, rather than the usual strong-smelling chlorine. Our teens loved the ping-pong table (and we loved that it was in the courtyard, out of earshot!), the massive bean bag, the great wifi connection and (face of shame) the BBC channels on the TV. The village restaurant (literally 15 paces away) is great - really friendly, nice food - and there a lots of other good places to eat in the towns nearby (once you've worked out which ones are closed on which days - every one is different!). Thoroughly recommend this villa - we honestly can't think of a single thing it's missing - and the truly beautiful French landscape all around it.
Smooth booking, ideally placed for excursions
By Lawrence I on 23-Aug-2017
We (a family of four) stayed at the villa for a week in July 2017. The rooms, facilities, equipment and décor are to a very high standard. A nice touch is the welcome pack of bread, cheese, wine etc. when you arrive and there is a helpful housekeeper who introduces herself, but leaves you to it unless you need her help. The pool is wonderful and the grounds are not overlooked and the quiet hill-top location affords peace and quiet and beautiful views across the countryside. Ironically, one of the best restaurants that we went to is the one in the village itself where the food was good and the owners very friendly (we ate there twice). There are local shops and a supermarket within ten minutes’ drive and we made use of both the excellent oven and BBQ in the villa. Away from the village the beautiful medieval hill-top town of Lauzerte is ten minutes away and the main town of Cahors with its bridge, market, restaurants and vineyards and Moissac with its fine Abbey are no more than an hour. This means that the villa is ideally placed for making day-, or half-day, excursions in different directions before returning ‘home’ for a family meal around the BBQ or in the restaurant. There is a large TV with UK television channels, good wifi and high internet speed (if you are not satisfied with wonderful views, a nice swim or good food, that is). The arrangements for booking the villa, getting there and leaving were very smooth. Another nice touch is the information pack describing the villa, the village and places to visit, eat etc.
Perfect location and house, chilled restaurant
By Ian L on 10-Aug-2017
We have just spent a fortnight at Le Clapier and couldn't have asked for a more relaxing time in beautiful surroundings. The house combines its traditional roots with a large, modern open-plan living and kitchen area - huge windows bring in plenty of light and show off the far-reaching views towards Lauzerte and the east (Miramont de Quercy is perched high above the surrounding countryside). The bedrooms are all large with comfortable firm beds; a travel cot (and highchair) was provided for our youngest. Five of us shared the house (two adults and three children) with bags of room to spare - easily enough for the full complement of eight. The two bathrooms (one en suite) both have large walk-in showers with monsoon heads and plenty of hot water. Outside, a large decking area caught the morning rays and provided a great space to relax in the afternoons (despite reaching around 34 degrees, a gentle breeze meant that the heat never became oppressive). The pool is a real feature of the house – large, heated, and a child-magnet. The kitchen had every appliance, utensil and piece of cutlery you could need, and the TV (UK stations) kept the kids occupied when a break from the sun was needed. Plentiful WiFi flowed throughout – mostly consumed by children sunk into the massive orange beanbag. The region has plenty of attractive towns within driving distance, and we never seemed to be far from a market or event (the evening food market at Lauzerte and day market at Moncuq were highlights). All the local towns seemed to have large squares, great for a coffee or ice cream, or just letting the kids run-off their cheese and ham crepes (Pujols is definitely worth a visit). Bonaguil castle gives a real sense of the Bastide history of the region and its historically precarious position between the French strongholds of Toulouse and the English fortresses of the Dordogne (where we spent a great day canoeing from La Roque Gageac, and then escaped to the relative tranquillity of the Midi Pyrenees). The owner, Jo, was very responsive to our questions pre-visit, and Rosetta and Steve were on-hand to provide help and information during the stay. Given Le Clapier’s proximity to the village restaurant we had some concerns that we would pick-up some of its noise. However, this was totally unfounded since the two are effectively “back-to-back” and, in fact, having such a chilled restaurant serving great food (and wine) within walking distance was a godsend.
Spacious, well-appointed, of the highest standard
By Doramy C on 15-Sep-2016
We spent a fantastic week last month in this property and have already booked a return visit next summer. The house is spacious and very well appointed, situated in a quiet hamlet on the top of a ridge - the views from the terrace and pool are fantastic. It is easy to access from the nearest airports with an extremely well-stocked supermarket only a short drive away. The house is finished to the highest standard with the best stocked kitchen we have ever rented. Towels are fluffy, beds are SO comfortable and everything is immaculate. The area is very authentic with medieval hill towns to explore, nearby markets to sample and great walks from the house itself (a comprehensive file gives all the information you will need). We just loved our stay and can't wait to be back there next year.
Gorgeous house, we would love to return
By Krishanthi W on 01-Jun-2016
We absolutely loved this house for our week-long stay for a friend's wedding - a group of 8 friends plus 2 little ones stayed with plenty of space for all, and Jo was so helpful and accommodating, with quick responses, even at the last minute! The house itself is gorgeous - really stylish with luxury fittings and furnishing, ample kitchen crockery etc and even well-stocked to use the bbq and have food and drinks outside. The pool and view are just magnificent and there is a lovely restaurant just two steps away, as well as more bars and restaurants in nearby towns...just a perfect place for a relaxing south of France stay! We would love to return!