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amaryllis Nov 10th, 2004 02:55 PM

would like to rent cottage in South West France
We are going "barging" in SW France next year-May-and would also like to spend some time in a beautiful village/town, where we can go to the local markets, enjoy gorgeous restaurants etc. Could anyone reccommend anything?
Eagerly awaiting some positive feedback!

Michael Nov 10th, 2004 03:10 PM

Try Gites de France for longer term stays.

AnselmAdorne Nov 10th, 2004 03:13 PM

Hi Amaryllis. SW France is a pretty big area. Could you provide a little bit more information on where you will be? I think you'd be more likely to get specific recommendations that way.


ita Nov 10th, 2004 03:15 PM

We just spent a week outside Vence in a delightful little house on the owner's property. It was recommende in Alistair Sawday's book. You need a car because it is 3 km. from town. the website is: Laurence. The price was 300E for a week at this season.

llamalady Nov 10th, 2004 03:43 PM

This September we rented three gîtes in
SW France: one near Castelnau de Montmiral in Lot et Garonne; the second
in Salignac near Sarlat and the third
in Caluzet, also near Sarlat. I booked
the first two from information on the
French Connections website and both
were exactly as described; our friends
had booked the third on the net and we
joined them - this gîte was exquisite!

The first two were around 330€/wk and
the last a little more. There are lots
of gîtes in SW France and you shouldn't
have any problem getting exactly what
you want/need if you book early enough.

Beautiful villages/towns abound - it's
hard not to land in a fairytale place
and if you like duck, duck and duck
you'll have no problem finding great
restaurants <g>!

cigalechanta Nov 10th, 2004 05:09 PM

llamalady, which one did you like best?

llamalady Nov 11th, 2004 02:56 PM

......cigalechanta - good question!
The one near Castelnau-de-M was in a
tiny almost deserted village backing
onto the Fôret de Gresigne and had
great hiking; only two eating places
in the hameau - one open for lunch &
the other only on weekends when the
owner had a sanglier on hand! Other
than that, no shops or Presse but
close to other slightly larger villages
by car. Gîte itself was nicely reno-ed
with a terrace off the bedroom.

The Salignac place was 12thC with a
view of the castle to die for; also
sympathetically restored and nicely
furnished - all mod.cons.

Les Charmes de Caluzet was a gorgeous
restored mas for a B&B plus a completely
rebuilt grange with three rooms and a
huge reception floor with a kitchen I'd
love to have in my own home....a private
pool and a huge garden. Again, very
rural; Salignac has a shop, resto and
a pizza/bar open on the weekend so
driving further afield is a necessary
pleasure. The towns around that area
are especially beautiful, sigh, and
wonderful to explore. I adore the
area around Bédoin but I've fallen in
love with SW France!!

amaryllis Nov 20th, 2004 12:32 PM

thankyou for all your replies-we are quite relaxed about where we stay-have all been to France before and are happy to find some special village/cottage that will delight us!
We have stayed in Brantomme, a few years ago and loved itso if anyone has had recent experience of accommodation etc. would be MOST interested!

RichardSpitzer Nov 20th, 2004 09:58 PM

We were in a villa in Le Coux et Bigaroque about 45 minutes from Sarlat. It was a 17th century farm house, restored, with two bedrooms and a private pool. We were there this past September. It was 900E and we rented it from a New Zealand couple who are living in the Dordogne area. We had a car and went to many of the markets, all within 1/2 hour...Belves, Domme, St.Cyprien and visited two of the caves, Font de Gaume and Peche Merle. It was very central and very lovely. If you are interested you may e-mail me and I can give you more [email protected]

cruisinred Nov 22nd, 2004 11:50 AM

Does anyone have a website for Les Charmes de Caluzet ? I can't seem to find information on it anywhere. Thanks

llamalady Nov 22nd, 2004 12:00 PM fault, cruisinred - I persist
in calling it by the wrong name! The
correct name is:

Les charmes de Carlucet
Helen and Eric Edgar
(33)05 53 31 22 60

They may be still on vacation in Tunisia
but should be back soon.

cruisinred Nov 22nd, 2004 12:01 PM

I have figured out that it is probably in Clauzet, not Caluzet, but still can't find the gite where llamalady stayed.

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