Quercy house and 2 gites
wooded environment, pool and horse paddock
near Lalbenque (truffle capital) and St Cirq-Lapopie
going-concern - excellent turnover
€435,000 * (ref: 159)
one of the gites and pool
As one leaves the main Paris-Toulouse motorway just after Cahors the predominant vegetation suddenly becomes dense oak forest. Some patches seem extravagantly well-maintained: the undergrowth has been cleared and the grass cut! The reason is simple: this is truffle country - Tuber Mélanosporum to be exact - the 'Black truffle of Quercy', which grows in symbiosis with the local variety of oak tree. Hidden beneath these patches of oak is the black gold that appears each year in the truffle market of Quercy's truffle capital - Lalbenque.
Hidden in another part of this vast oak forest is this little property: a traditional stone-built two-storey Quercy farmhouse and two independent gites. There's a pool and a horse paddock with stabling and a couple of out-houses. Wander off the beaten track and you're liable to stumble on some excellent edible mushrooms or, if you know how to look, a few black Quercy truffles!
The traditional stone houses of the Lot are as beautiful as those of the Dordogne, except for the fact that the local stone here is white. Huge blocks of white limestone hewn to shape by nameless stone-masons of generations past have left the département peppered with these sublime farmhouses, each with a wide terrace on the upper floor where the main entrance is found.
The front terrace/balcony of the main house
The gîtes are quite separate from the main house and from each other. They are fairly upmarket gites with two bedrooms - each with their own bathroom - as well as spacious living/ding room with fully-equipped kitchen. Recently re-roofed, well insulated and decorated, they are both centrally-heated, one by gas-fired radiators the other by a sophisticated underfloor system. They are labelled 4-star by Gîtes de France.
Both gites have access to the pool, a beautiful secluded basin with spacious decking and dense forest background. There's a children's play area as well as the horse paddock a bit further away.
The main house is on three levels: downstairs there is a bedroom or office, on the middle floor (the traditional ground floor in Quercy houses) there is a vast open living room with stone fireplace, a large kitchen and another bedroom/lounge/study with ensuite bathroom. Upstairs again we find the master bedroom and its bathroom.
A plot of building land is being sold next to the estate - as an option - for another €25k.
The local village is just down the road but it has nothing in the way of services. Nearest bakery and café 10 minutes away in Concots or Lalbenque.
Our opinion: This is the classic lifestyle property with gite business. An ancient stone farmhouse, full of charm, with two excellent authentic gites and a pool. The area is very attractive to tourists and the gites bring in a hefty annual income. There is no work to be done on the place, no barns to be converted or bathrooms to be updated: it's in great condition, fully furnished and ready to let. The optional building land is a very good deal. Go for it!
DPE - C et D
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* 3% agency fees included ____________reference n°: 159
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The Lot Valley
South-West France is basically a low-lying sun-baked plateau bisected by deep river valleys running off the Massif Central to the Atlantic Ocean: the Tarn, the Aveyron, the Lot and the Dordogne. As elsewhere in France, the départements (or counties) are named after these river valleys and their catchment areas.
The Lot valley is in the middle, sheltered and warm, and has long been home to some of the best vineyards of the region. The wealth created from the wine trade has contributed over the centuries to the construction of numerous magnificent chateaux and manor houses throughout the département.
Well before this trade, prehistoric man thrived in these valleys, leaving traces in a number of caves . One of the most spectacular caves with rupestrian art is at Pech Merle, in the Lot valley East of Cahors and a few minutes from St-Cirq-Lapopie.
'spotted horses' from Pech Merle
- between Cahors and St Cirq-Lapopie
- Farmhouse + 2 gites
- going concern
- 0.77 hectare grounds
- paddock and stabling
- 10 metre pool
- there are neighbours
other property in St Cirq:
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