Just off the village square of a small quiet thirteenth century medieval village, this two en-suite double bed, luxury, modern renovation of an ancient stone barn offers the highest standard of luxury accommodation. Only the top floor of the barn has been converted to living space (this is at street level at one end and elevated at the other as the barn is on the valley side) so the living 'apartment' is on one level and is based on open plan living. The living space opens out onto an elevated covered terrace projecting the occupants out into the valley below. The terrace faces away from the village and other properties offering high levels of privacy. It is above the roof line of those few properties below it. Large triple glass floor to ceiling doors and a glass balustrade on the terrace ensure the tremendous views are always available, from inside the apartment or out on the terrace. Facing South East, the apartment makes the most of the sun all year round and is especially evident from early morning when it fills both the terrace and apartment. High tech energy reflective glass patio doors and remotely controlled velux windows in the roof, supported by an air exchange heating / air conditioning system ensures maximum comfort all the year round. There is also a ceramic wood burner that rotates 360 degrees to offer warmth where ever you decide to rest in the living space and terrace if you are lucky enough to find yourself there outside of the super sunny summers.
The property is a stand alone house and has its own entrance off the village street but shares a large terraced garden plot with the owners holiday home next door. The garden plot is divided into two and this property has its own entrance to the pool garden. The owner also has an entrance down a small slope from the terrace garden above and this makes it very easy to arrange exclusive periods of access to the pool garden if desired. As the pool garden is separate from the garden terrace around the owners property it offers several discrete private seating areas as the terrace is higher than your average person (I can't remember exactly how high but I'm 6' and can't see over). Great privacy and a large garden considering we are in the center of the village. Visitors are ensured of a private place to sit in the garden and enjoy the view, or watch the swallows and house martins dive down to drink from the pool. Seating at the pool is also as secluded as it could be considering you are within a village. There are certainly areas where you can sunbath without being overseen. No properties directly overlook the pool.
The apartment has a continuous floor surface stretching from the front door to the end of the terrace with no steps or ridges to navigate. With all interior doors 83cm wide and central floor draining in one of the en-suite bathrooms and extendable shower hose, the apartment is welcoming to visitors in wheelchairs.
The village is very quiet as it has no through road, Visitors drive in and out by the same route. The 500 year old bakery with traditional wood fired ovens brings in the locals from the surrounding area for morning croissants and fantastic bread. It also serves ice creams, soft drinks and essential provisions. The village is a peaceful sanctuary even when it bustles into life, offering weekly culinary fetes in the church square and classical concerts in the medieval church. Montcabrier is set in beautiful countryside with an abundance of small market towns nearby, and famous for its food and wine. Confit de canard, foie gras, goats cheese, walnuts, prunes, melons, peaches are all locally produced in abundance. Montcabrier hosts a marché des produits every Friday evening in the summer, for local producers to bring their fresh produce, BBQ, wine and often music and fairy lights with trestle tables set out in front of the 13th century church make this a very popular event. There is also a marché aux puces and Festival de Montcabrier later in the summer. This is the local traditional dinner and dancing where local matchmaking has helped along generations of would be romantics. Montcabrier hosts the wonderful "8 de Montcabrier" classical music festival (Check it out on Youtube), a really outstanding event if you can be organised enough to get tickets. Motcabrier is on the Grande Randonnée G632 so boasts fantastic walking opportunities along with mountain bike trails, horse riding and rock climbing. The great rivers of the Lot and Dordogne offer boat trips, canoeing and there are many tributaries if you are keen on fishing. There is also a free tennis court available for your use in the village. There are so many things to do for every ability, it is best to ask us if you are heading here and we can help you plan a full itinerary including shopping, eating, entertainment, and what ever activity you seek.
The Lot valley in this area, stretching from Cahors 40Km to the East, is the main area for the famous Cahors vineyards. It is all about the food, wine, markets and restaurants in this area of the Lot. Wine tasting is encouraged! The nearest market town is the beautiful medieval Puy-l' Eveque 7km although there is a market on everyday of the week in one village or another a short drive from Montcabrier. Plenty of fantastic restaurants, again within a short drive, with the nearest a restaurant and bar in Duravel 4Km. There are large supermarkets in Fummel 11Km and Prayssac 12Km.