Languages Spoken: English, French
Dournie Basse offers excellent family accommodation in an informal character property overlooking the valley between Montaigu de Quercy and Roquecor.
With five bedrooms and including a good number of single beds, the sleeping arrangements are flexible for all families, and there is space both inside and outside for all members of the party to escape to their own space if they wish.
Dournie Basse stands at the end of the road and on the edge of small hilltop hamlet and enjoys stunning views to the north and west across the valley. There is no passing traffic, save the odd farm vehicle, and the property is nicely separated from any nearby neighbours.
GROUND FLOOR: Double bedroom, Bathroom, WC, Laundry area. Access to the garden.
FIRST FLOOR: Entrance lobby, Kitchen/Dining room, Salon with Double bed, separate Double bedroom, Shower room with WC. Separate WC. Doors to the balcony, with steps down to the garden
SECOND FLOOR: Double Bedroom with supplementary single, Dortoir Bedroom with Double and two single beds, bathroom with WC
Parking for 2 vehicles is adjacent to the house.
Entering the house, you are in the lobby which reflects the rural location and style of the house.
Also in the lobby area is a WC with basin.
Stairs lead up to Bedrooms 4 and 5
Through the door in the image is the LARGE KITCHEN with an impressive fireplace and traditional style sinks. Cooking is done on an impressive range, and there is also a dishwasher and fridge/freezer. A large table, seating up to 10 and some easy chairs by the fireplace complete the furnishing.
A feature of the house is the extremely large stone back to back fireplaces in the Kitchen and the Salon ( see pictures below)
Built of the finest Quercy white stone, the fireplace in the kitchen is still open and active, although the property is heated throughout.
Opening through glazed doors from the Kitchen is a beautiful large AU VENT BALCONY with a remarkable view across the valley to the north-west over woodland and fields.
A large table and chairs almost automatically make this the focus of the family activity with shade and cooling from the gentle rising air from the floor of the valley below.
The balcony continues along the whole face of the house, and around the corner, steps lead down to the garden and pool. The balcony is netted for the safety of younger members of the party.
From the kitchen, a door leads into the SALON, with a fireplace matching the kitchen: This large room has a sofa, easy chairs and a chaise longue, as well as a sleigh style bed.
A couple of steps up lead onto a small gallery, off which is BEDROOM 4 - a good sized double room. On the opposite side of the Gallery is a large Shower room with WC. The gallery then leads back to the Entrance Lobby.
Again, from the entrance lobby, stairs lead to the Ground level, and under the stairs is a utility area with a washing machine and plenty of storage.
Opening off the Utility area is a large tiled BATHROOM with a separate wc. The bathroom has a large free standing bath, walk in shower and basin. Doors open out onto the garden across from the Swimming pool.
A couple of steps down from the bathroom leading into a very large double BEDROOM with a king sized bed, which being at ground level will be the coolest in summer: Glazed doors open onto the garden
Returning to the Entrance Lobby, stairs lead up to the top floor where there are TWO BEDROOMS and a further BATHROOM
The first bedroom is very spacious and has a Double bed with a supplementary Child's sleigh bed
The second bedroom has a Double sleigh bed and two Single beds, along with a large selection of toys and games. There is also an electric keyboard.
(This room has a low roof beam)
The accommodation on this floor is completed by a BATHROOM with bath, wc and basin (restricted height)
Dournie Basse is at the end of its own road in, and other than the occasional farm vehicle there is no passing traffic, making it safe for play. There is a good-sized garden with a mixture of fruit trees and shrubs growing, and with land on both sides of the house, shade or sun can always be found.
The private Swimming Pool is partially above ground, with steps up, and from the pool area, the spectacular view to the north and west can be enjoyed. The pool measures 3m x 9m and also has a hardcover. Integral steps into the water aid entry for the less confident.
A table tennis table is provided, as is a charcoal barbeque. There are also 6 bicycles available.
The Owners have created their own private short woodland walk - this takes you down into the lush green woodland immediately below the house.
A registered footpath (Chemin) runs past the house and this leads down into the oak woodland beside the house, offering great opportunities for the inquisitive to explore, or a great starting point for keen walkers to explore the ridge that runs from Montaigu de Quercy through to Lacour de Visa.
The roads around Dournie Basse are very quiet, although undulating, for cyclists, but with a quiet back road route to Montaigu de Quercy a quick ride in the morning to get the freshest of bread and produce will be well rewarded.
Dournie Basse is very well placed to enjoy the many attractions of the Quercy area, although the view from the balcony will be quite hard to equal as you travel around.
The area is very rich in agriculture and food production, and you will see soft fruit, nuts, melons and vegetables growing in the fields alongside the usual sunflowers and cereal crops. Many of these products are available either fresh or made into delicious dishes at the local markets which can be found every day of the week. Montaigu de Quercy market is on a Saturday, and Roqueor and Montcuq are on Sundays. There is no finer way to eat than to buy direct from producers at the market and enjoy an outdoor lunch.
A list of the markets is available under the Area information above, or there should be a list at the property.
A few miles to the north, along the River Lot, is the centre of the Cahors AOC wine production area, with many wineries open for tastings and direct purchase: Many, such as Chateau Chambert near Floressas, are based in chateaux and farmhouses worthy of visiting themselves.
Eating out is a pleasure, as many of the restaurants use only locally sourced ingredients: Quality is generally high, and prices generally reasonable. Restaurant recommendations from Halcyon Leisure guests can be found in the Area information above
History and natural history abound locally, with medieval fortified villages to explore, and locally Pujols and Lauzerte are named among 'Les plus beaux villages de France'. From the hilltop villages, evidence of long straight Roman roads can be seen, and both Villeneuve Sur Lot and Cahors have evidence of Roman activity. Nearby Penne d'Agenais was a stronghold of Richard I (The Lionheart) of England.
To the north of the River Lot are two large castles that are worthy of visiting: Bonaguil often hosts events, and Biron can be seen on the skyline for miles around.
The major historical attraction of the area is at Moissac where the world famous Abbey and Cloisters are open to the public. Combining this with a visit to the rose coloured brick buildings of Montauban make a good day out.
The area to the north and east of Cahors is limestone country, and this means caves and gorges: Within an easy drive are the caves at Pech Merle which are a good visit, and not far from there is the very picturesque village of St Cirq La Popie which sits on a steep bank of the River Lot.
Sports are well catered for, with plenty of footpath walking available, and bicycles available for hire locally. Tennis courts can be hired in both Montaigu de Quercy and Roquecor. The River Lot has a wide assortment of river-based activities including fishing and boat hire. If you fancy a day at the beach, both Montaigu de Quercy and Montcuq have 'Base de Loisirs' - Leisure lakes - with lifeguard patrolled safe swimming, sandy beach areas and water-based attractions including boat hire and floating fun castles. There are bars and restaurants at the Montaigu de Quercy park.
For shopping, there is a supermarket and all other small town services at Montaigu de Quercy, and at Montayral near Fumel is a large out-of-town superstore.
Larger town shopping is available at Villeneuve Sur Lot or Agen, and for a city experience, you need to head to either Toulouse, approx 90 mins drive, or Bordeaux, 2 hours drive. Both cities have a rich history and plenty to see and do: Toulouse is a noted centre of the aerospace industry, and Bordeaux is an international centre - indeed maybe the capital - of the world wine trade.
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