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Review 4617: Six Cottages in France, La Grange à la Teulière (Lot)

www.fhills.hotkey.net.au/~frenchcottage/

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Review by SL Jones from IL who is a SlowTrav Contributor

3bed/1bath house near Gagnac-sur-Cere, Aquitaine


When

May 2010, 1 week

Review

This house had lots of character. It's all stone - even the roof - and red roses climb up the front. It was beautiful and characteristic of the regional architecture. The large upstairs room is certainly as attractive as photos on the website indicate. We loved the little table for eating or drinking while looking out a big window. The furniture was comfortable, and there was plenty of space for even a large group to relax and to eat. The kitchen wasn't large, but it was just fine. I had everything I needed.

Below are three bedrooms and a bathroom, which during our unusually cold and damp week in early May, tended to be cold. It was in the 30s and 40s each morning. We were glad for heated beds and heaters which could be turned on. The downstairs and the bathroom were certainly less charming than the wonderful upstairs room and in that weather felt a little bit basement-like. My guess is that they'd feel just fine in the summer, and they had nice big windows. These bedrooms were large enough and the closets had generous storage. Double beds in two rooms, and twins (trundle) in another. There is a washer and dryer in the lower level as well.

There is an outdoor area, with a grill. Gardens are attractive. The grassy area of the yard is up some steps, and has a bit of a slope to it. The house is right on the road, but there is very little traffic up there. The windows of the house face out over a nice view. It is very quiet, with the sound of birds, most notably a very vocal cuckoo. The hamlet, less than a dozen houses, is way up a small tree covered mountain, on the River Cere. There are plenty of opportunities to hike on trails or roads. The caretaker lives in the hamlet, though we never had reason to talk with her.

The little town of Gagnac-sur-Cere is at the bottom of the hill. It is small, but has a restaurant that serves at noon, and a small food store which pretty much meets your needs. The town is lovely. Directly across the river are two very good restaurants along the road. It takes about 10 minutes to get up or down the hill in your car. We really liked the location, but it was remote.

The Richards, the Australian owners, think of everything, and the house is extremely well equipped for cooking and activities. Example: they provide a picnic backpack and some boules. There is a wealth of information in the house, plus a robust library of books, CDs and DVDs. They clearly love this place, which was their first purchased home in France. They now have seven. On the website, this house is called LOT. (We stayed in three of them this trip, all in SW France, and they are all three reviewed by us). We found them very easy and pleasant to communicate with about these rentals, and the amount of information they provide is exceptional. It is a great website - very thorough. Most of their guests are Australian, though certainly not all of them.

We loved this part of Lot, and found the towns really attractive. It is directly east of Sarlat, in the Dordogne region. We especially liked nearby Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, across the border in Correze, St. Cere, and the small villages of Lot. We visited a couple of castles, and greatly enjoyed the local cuisine at restaurants. The scenery is beautiful, with the rivers and the low green mountains. We would certainly recommend this house, especially in warm weather, and felt lucky to be there for a week despite the bleak weather.

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