High specification French cottages and properties in rural locations of France

Here you can experience the traditional rural French way of life in an area which is unspoiled by over-exposure to tourism. The welcome to visitors is warm and hospitable, as is the climate for a large part of the year. French Cottage Holidays offer a range of high-quality French country cottages and properties situated in the areas of the Lot Valley – the Aveyron & Cantal regions as well as Provence. Beautiful scenery, wonderful food and local produce, rich in history and culture with activities to suit everyone such as swimming, golf, horse riding, tennis, fishing, sailing, canoeing and rafting.

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    La Grange Fleurie

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    La Grange Fleurie is one of four beautifully converted outbuildings of La Domaine du Puech, an 18th century farmstead situated in a stunning hamlet high above the valley of the Auze river, which flows into the river Lot in the nearby village of St Projet.

    Ideal for one couple, La Grange Fleurie is a spacious converted barn constructed of local schist stone with a slate fishtail tiled roof particular to the area, which has been sympathetically renovated to bring together the traditional features of the 18th century and the style of the 21st. There is a communal pool for use of guests.

    The former farmstead known as “la Domaine du Puech Fleury” is in a magnificent setting with an abundance of historical and natural interest. Its wonderfully landscaped grounds, rich with ancient trees, interesting shrubs, palms and Mediterranean mimosas look out over stunning views of the Auze river valley below. At the turn of the 19th century, the hamlet and several of those surrounding it, was home to a religious sect known as ‘the floured ones’. A fascinating history surrounds them, elements of which are still visible today.

    This remarkable site is home to 4 lovely gîtes, formerly outbuildings of the original 18th century farm. Each property has been converted to retain their individual original features whilst offering modern comfort, convenience and privacy, with its own access and private secluded garden with shared use of the 8 x 4 metre saltwater pool overlooking the valley.

    Taken as a whole the Gîtes can sleep 15 people, which makes it an ideal holiday location for an extended family, a group of friends or a club.

    Contact us for special rates and availability.

    This little known area has many hidden gems and much to offer walkers, nature lovers, sports enthusiasts, culture seekers, gastronomes, historians or those who simply want to relax and enjoy the peace of rural French life, clean air and beautiful surroundings.

    Click on the links below to take a look at La Domaine du Puech’s 4 charming Gîtes:

    La Soue (sleeps 4)

    Le Poulailler (sleeps 3)

    L’Etable (sleeps 6)

    Location

    Cassaniouze, the nearest village only 5kms away, has a general store, boulangerie, café/restaurant and bank and nearby there is a large lake for swimming, fishing or hiring a pedalo.

    A further 5kms takes you to Calvinet where you will find all the necessary services, pharmacy, bank, butchers and bakers. There is also the Hotel Beauséjour, one of only two Michelin starred restaurants in the Cantal and very good value.

    Calvinet is renowned locally for it’s Christmas market and illuminations, so why not take a winter break in this beautiful unspoiled part of France?

    The La Grange Fleurie is a short drive from Conques, which dates back to the 9th century and is magnificently preserved. Classified among the most beautiful villages in France and a UNESCO “World Heritage Site”, Conques is also a major staging post on the spiritual path to Saint-Jacques de Compostella.

    Beyond Conques is Marcillac, a delightful town with banks, supermarkets and post office. Every Sunday morning it has a wonderfully colourful market. The large towns of Aurillac and Rodez are about an hour’s drive and both offer extensive shopping, culture, restaurants and activities to suit all tastes.

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    La Grange Provençale

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    La Grange Provençale is a recently renovated gîte that has been in the same family for over 70 years and comfortably accommodates up to 4 people. Built of mellow stone with typical Provençal roof tiles, this little house is in the sleepy village of Belvezet, near Uzès on the western reaches of Provence. The village is on a hill and so has stunning views, the name means “Beautiful view” in old French and is the perfect place for a peaceful holiday. There is a hot tub in the garden.

    Location

    Belvezet is a sleepy village with 90 inhabitants but it has a café which serves pizzas; a petanque court; an art gallery at the Mairie; a 12th century church and 13th century castle ruins. It is located in the valleys just to the north of the historic town of Uzes which is only 9km away and has all the services you will need, an excellent Saturday morning market; the Haribo museum and plenty of historic buildings including 3 feudal towers.

    Nimes is only 27km by car and Nimes airport is 46 minutes by car.

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    Caupels Farmhouse

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    Caupels farmhouse is a glorious place for a holiday and offers fabulous accommodation for up to 8 people with a heated salt water swimming pool and extensive garden and grounds. 2000ft up in the rolling hills and the deep valleys of the Truyère Gorges, this beautiful French country house is highly recommended for peace and tranquility, yet not far from several lovely local towns and villages.

    Many of the original features of Caupels farmhouse have been blended into the renovations and the house offers a very high standard of comfort. Guests have private use of the heated pool, pool house and extensive garden and grounds with many lovely areas for relaxation and enjoyment.

    Facing away from the farmhouse is the converted bakehouse, occasionally used by the lady owner. Although discreet, when in residence, Mary is on hand to share her knowledge of the local area. The Bakehouse can be booked with Caupels farmhouse to provide extra accommodation for parties of up to 11 people.

    Location

    The house is 5 minutes away is the village of Lacroix Barrez, which has a small store for necessities where you can also buy fresh bread and croissants daily. Two excellent restaurants are in Mur de Barrez 8 miles away. Entraygues, 8 miles away, is a bustling medieval town with 3 markets per week in summer. The large towns of Aurillac and Rodez are about an hour’s drive and both offer extensive shopping, culture, restaurants and activities to suit all tastes.

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    Au Riverain

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    Au Riverain is a lovely, extremely comfortable house offering luxury accommodation for 6 guests. The house, gardens and private heated pool have panoramic views over the Lot river and valleys below and Au Riverain is only a short walk from the pretty village of Vieillevie. It has been built in the traditional style of local houses and so offers French charm and every modern convenience.

    Location

    The village of Vieillevie has a highly recommended restaurant, charming chateau and local store selling basic supplies, fresh bread and croissants daily and is a short walk down from the house. It is also a post office and internet café. The nearest towns are Entraygues-sur-Truyère (17km) and Montsalvy (14km) where you will find banks, local shops, bakers, bars and restaurants plus weekly markets. The large towns of Aurillac and Rodez are about an hours drive and both offer extensive shopping, culture, restaurants and activities to suit all tastes.

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    La Ramonette

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    La Ramonette is a charmingly renovated 250 year old stone cottage with traditional lauze roof tiles, particular to the area. Perched on the slopes of the ancient Le Fel vineyards in spectacular fashion, with panoramic views over the River Lot and surrounding valley, the house can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people and has a private pool. It is 5 miles from the lovely village of Entraygues-sur-Truyère and 6 miles from the hilltop village of Montsalvy.

    Location

    The picturesque village of Le Fel with its two restaurants is a short drive or a 30 minutes walk through the steep vineyard terraces.   Montsalvy and Entraygues are both 9 kilometers away. In both of these small towns there are banks, shops, bakers, bars and restaurants plus weekly markets. The large towns of Aurillac and Rodez are about an hour’s drive and both offer extensive shopping, culture, restaurants and activities to suit all tastes.

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    Gineste

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    A former working farmhouse with several small charming outhouses, this beautiful renovated stone cottage for up to 5 guests sits amongst mature trees on a hilltop overlooking the valleys and hills of this lovely area close to the historic village of Conques. The house has a private swimming pool and sunny terraces surrounded by sweeping lawns. It is a perfect house for a family holiday or for those seeking seclusion and comfort in a peaceful setting with fabulous views.

    Location

    The cottage is located just 10 minutes from Conques, which dates back to the 9th century and is magnificently preserved. Classified among the most beautiful villages in France and a UNESCO “World Heritage Site”, Conques is also a major staging post on the spiritual path to Saint-Jacques de Compostella.

    Grand Vabre is just five minutes drive away. There is a small supermarket, two restaurants and a bar plus a garage with fuel. Beyond Conques is Marcillac, a delightful town with banks, supermarkets and post office. Every Sunday morning it stages a wonderfully colourful market. The large towns of Aurillac and Rodez are about an hour’s drive and both offer extensive shopping, culture, restaurants and activities to suit all tastes.

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    Canonge

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    Canonge is a lovely cottage for 5 people set amongst the terraced vineyards of Le Fel and looking down onto the Lot valley and river 860ft below. This is the oldest house in le Fel, built of stone with lauze tile roof and over many years has been creatively renovated by the French owners. They have filled the house with wonderful curiosities that give the house its own special ambience. The cellar goes back to the time when monks produced and stored their wine here as does the current owner. Guests are welcome to browse and select a bottle from the cellar leaving payment in the honesty box. The house and pool are set in magnificent surroundings enjoying views that will take your breath away. This has got to be one of the most amazing holiday properties in the region both for its views and the layout both in the house and outside.   There are many different levels and steps between terraces and rooms – all delightful and charming. Canonge is a house extraordinaire! However, we would not recommend the house for families with children under the age of 14.

    Location

    The picturesque village of Le Fel with its two good restaurants is a short drive away,or a 20 minutes walk through the steep vineyard terraces.   Montsalvy and Entraygues are both 9 kilometers away. In both villages there are banks, shops, bakers, bars and restaurants plus weekly markets, where good, reasonably priced local produce can be found. The large towns of Aurillac and Rodez are about an hour’s drive and both offer extensive shopping, culture, restaurants and activities to suit all tastes. Please note that for security purposes we cannot show the exact location of the property.

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    La Chapelle

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    La Chapelle is an extremely picturesque cottage with comfortable accommodation for up to 4 guests. It is built into the side of a hill at one end of the secluded hamlet of Crestes, just behind the tiny Chapel that lends the house its name. The cottage is over 200 years old, built of stone with the traditional lauze roof tiles of the region. It has been renovated sympathetically whilst retaining many original features.

    There is a private pool and terrace overlooking the Lot Valley and miles of walks in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

    Location

    The hilltop village of Le Fel has two very good and interesting restaurants and tennis courts about 10 minutes drive away.

    The nearest towns are Entraygues-sur-Truyère (16km) and Montsalvy (10km). In both of these small towns there are banks, shops, bakers, bars and restaurants plus weekly markets, where good, reasonably priced local produce can be found. The large towns of Aurillac and Rodez are about an hour’s drive and both offer extensive shopping, culture, restaurants and activities to suit all tastes.

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