2 Bedroom (Sleeps 4) Gite in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Pigeonnier de Tivoli (La Petite Maison du Lot), Lot et Garonne

At a glance: Child Friendly, Pet Friendly, Wifi, Parking, Heated Pool, Private Pool, Garden.
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Owner/Property Manager: Barbara Millar
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Property Type: Gite
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
Bathrooms: 2
Minimum nights stay: 7
Low season price per week: £875
High season price per week: £990
🌈 NHS Discount: upto 10%
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Pigeonniers (‘dovecotes’ in English) are a distinctive feature of rural architecture throughout the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, and while most have fallen into disrepair, a few have found new life as holiday homes like this one in the quiet countryside of the Lot valley.

The Pigeonnier dates back to the 19th century, modernised some years ago by its English owners to provide a snug retreat for a family of 4, or two couples. Complete with its own swimming pool, shepherd's hut and extensive private grounds, it's the perfect place to locate yourselves in order to discover the many wonderful sites the Lot region has to offer. It’s hard to imagine from the outside, but the refurbishment has managed to accommodate a double bedroom, with a shower room, a balcony and a spiral staircase which leads to the attic where there are twin beds. There is a simple kitchen/dining area for brewing your morning coffee or pulling together a feast of local market goodies. The spiral staircase leads down to the cave where there is another shower, separate toilet and hand basin. The cave also houses the washing machine and large fridge/freezer. The interiors are quirky and a little creaky, as befits a hundred-and-something-year-old building, but if you’re looking for privacy, pretty views and genuine character you’ll be very happy here.

Of course, most of us like to spend more time outside than in on holiday, so there are sunbeds by the pool and a dining terrace with a seating area, bbq and gas plancha for outside dining beneath the shade of a tree which overhangs the terrace. The surrounding countryside is rural France at its most magical, an almost-forgotten world of medieval towns, imposing châteaux and deep gorges cut by the languorous river Lot.

The local area
The nearest town is riverside Castelmoron-sur-Lot, (4km), which has a few shops, and a Wednesday market. There is also a small port area from where you can take a leisurely cruise along the Lot. For an active break (or to work off the excesses of the rich dishes that characterise the cooking of the south west) you’ll find walking paths, cycle routes, horse riding, canoeing and fishing. Highlights include bustling Villeneuve-sur-Lot (27km), and Pujols (25km) - a charming fortified town classified as one of France’s 'most beautiful villages'. For a longer day out, Bergerac and Bordeaux are 60 and 90 minutes away by car respectively, and for top quality wine tastings, the celebrated Bordeaux, Duras and Cahors regions are all within easy reach.

Shops (Castelmoron sur lot) 10min drive, or Monclar (another 10 min drive)
Villeneuve sur Lot 25min drive
Monflanquin 40min drive
Agen 40min drive
Bergerac airport 1hr 10min drive
Bordeaux airport 1hr 30min drive

2 Reviews - 4.9/5 Average Rating

Beautiful, tranquil, a perfect break

By Darren and Beccy on 01-Jul-2023

The agent in France Kim was so helpful during our stay, really makes a difference, it's like you've got a best friend there. An absolute must is the farmers market at Laparade. Google it. The view is breathtaking from there. Great food, good music, fantastic company. Honestly trust me, it's amazing, a real slice of french rural life. Use the bakery on Rue Gabriel Chartetier in Castelmoron-sur-lot it's far better than the one on main road. In Castelmoron-sur-lot there's a small village shop, do use it they're lovely. There's also a small but well stocked supermarket in Castelmoron-sur-lot. That has everything you'll need. Almost every village/town in the area is breathtaking. Monflanquin, Villarreal, Biron, Pujols, Monpazier endless list of amazing bastides and châteaus. The pigeonnier itself is super clean and well equipped. No neighbours to worry about and it's down its own lane. Sunflowers or wheat field opposite depending on the year. Pool is amazing and totally private, not overlooked. Had a lovely time floating around listening to the first Ashes test:) Booking again for 2024, this will be our third stay. We love it!

Exactly as descibed

By BILL BARNES on 10-Jun-2023

Everything was fantastic from start to finish. The experience exceeded the description. The pool's heat pump was not working, but it made little difference to our enjoyment and we were warned prior to leaving for France. Local manager was great.


July-August 2024 Summer - high £950 p/w
May-June 2024 Spring £875 p/w
September 2024 Autumn - early £900 p/w
May-June 2025 Spring £950 p/w ( 10% discount for NHS )
July-August 2025 Summer - high £990 p/w ( 5% discount for NHS )
September 2025 Autumn - early £950 p/w ( 10% discount for NHS )



Children Welcome
Pets Welcome


Pantry Items
Dining Seats
Dining Room
Linens Provided
Washing Machine
Living Room
Ironing Board
Table Tennis
Heated Pool
Private Pool


Away from it all
Sports activities