Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4323: Owner, Saint Géry (#6488)
3bed/1bath apartment near St. Gery, Pyrenees
October 2009, 1 week
On a narrow road with three houses on the edge of the village. Pleasant views over fields and woods to the front, garden to the back. It forms one end of the owners' house but is completely independent. Very quiet location.
Less than five minutes' walk to the centre of St Géry, which has a small supermarket, excellent boulangerie, pharmacy, and bar/restaurant -- everything you need on a daily basis. The slightly larger village of Vers, with similar amenities, is 4 km away, and Cahors a 15-20 minute drive.
Both Vers and St Géry have good small Sunday-morning markets ... and EVERYTHING is closed on Monday! (at least out of season).
It's an 19th-century building I think, extensively remodeled. Downstairs is an open-plan room with kitchen at one end (separated by an arch) and living/dining area. Open staircase to first floor, which has two decent-sized bedrooms and one small one, plus bathroom. It's not luxurious, but clean and comfortable.
Pleasant patio area with plastic table and chairs at the back, separated from the owners' garden by a tall hedge that provides privacy. You can also use the owners' large garden. No pool -- just a pond with literally hundreds of fish in it!
The furniture was adequate, though the sofas could have been more comfortable and the living room is a bit gloomy in the evenings. I imagine most visitors spend the bulk of their sitting time in the garden, so this wouldn't be much of a problem in the summer season. A pity there's no television -- not that we wanted to watch TV particularly, but we watched a DVD on my laptop and a larger screen would have been nice!
Note, there is NO heating in the gite and it's poorly insulated (it's only rented out for the summer season -- we were the last visitors for the season) but the owners provided a very efficient paraffin heater without being asked, and this heated the living room perfectly well, without smelling of paraffin.
The bed we slept in was comfortable and there were enough blankets to keep us warm. Small electric fan heaters are provided for the bedrooms.
One bathroom, with (rather small) bath and overhead shower. The hot water was a bit unreliable -- it seemed to run randomly hot and cold, which was rather inconvenient if you were taking a shower.
I thought the kitchen was particularly well-equipped for a vacation rental: new-looking gas cooker, large fridge-freezer, dishwasher, plenty of good-quality pans and ample crockery and glassware. It is spacious too; we enjoyed cooking in it, and you could certainly cook quite lavish meals in it with no problem.
There's a separate utility room with a washing machine in it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owners, who are English and live next door. The gite was as we expected both from the website and the fact that friends had stayed there a month earlier! We paid £200 (sterling) for a week out of season.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If I went back to the area I would certainly consider staying here again. It's comfortable and reasonably priced. I think it would be more pleasant in summer than out of season, simply because one of the nicest things about it is the rural setting and the garden -- we'd have liked to spend more time sitting outside!
Things to do in this area
We really liked La Truite Dorée, a restaurant in Vers (4 km away). Very traditional French food, friendly staff, good value for money. The owners said that the restaurant in St-Géry, On Passe à Table, was good too, but we didn't get a chance to try it.
The Sunday market in St-Géry is tiny (six stalls!) but good products and a great atmosphere. I dare say it might be bigger in summer.
Further away, restaurant La Balandre in Cahors has amazing food. It's pricey, but go at lunchtime and have the €18 "formule rapide."
We went canoeing on the Célé -- high point of our trip. And the caves at Pech-Merle are a must.
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