Restored with great care by the previous and present owners over a period of more than ten years, this elegant old house now provides fabulous accommodation for up to eleven guests in six bedrooms. Approached by a long private drive from a country lane, it sits high on the side of a fertile valley with oak woods behind and with long views to the south and the west.
The accommodation is on three floors. The house is on a hillside, so you enter at the middle level, which has an entrance hall, grand salon, master bedroom and bathroom (with shower and bath) and single bedroom or study.
Downstairs on the lower ground floor is the sitting room with open fire, television and large, comfortable sofas. Doorway to the fully equipped kitchen with its dining area seating 12, which has french windows to the garden and dining terrace.
On the top floor, there are three double bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a bath and the other with a shower.
Opposite the front door of the house there is a separate guest house with a double bedroom and en suite bathroom.
Each of the five double bedrooms have beautifully comfortable 6’6” English beds, zip-linked to allow them to be made up as doubles or singles.
There is gas-fired central heating, under-floor on the lower ground and on half the ground floor, elsewhere by radiators.
The house is set in 8 hectares of hillside and gardens with spectacular views over the fertile valley of La Grande Barguelonne (a modest stream). There is a heated swimming pool (12m x 6m) with underwater lighting and electric safety cover, a pigeonnier with shower and loo, and several barns, one of which is a covered floodlit boule/petanque pitch.
As well as activities in and around the house, such as swimming, boules, table tennis, bridge, chess and other games, there are masses of other activities available. Only 400m away, at the end of the drive, is the challenging Golf des Roucous, a 9-hole course which will test even experienced players. There is a hard tennis court there too, and drinks and meals are available when you are looking for a break from catering.
The area is a mecca for walkers with networks of long distance walking routes traversing the countryside linking to the pilgrim route to Santiago di Compostella in northern Spain. For horse riders there are various places locally to find horses for hire.
The area is famous for its producers markets the largest being in Cahors, 30 minutes north, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are others in Castelnau-Montratier and Montcuq, 4kms and 10kms respectively.
The house is available for letting by the week, from Saturday to Saturday, or possibly for long weekends at certain times of year. Weekly rentals range from £1000 to £1900 depending on the season.
There is a Gardienne, Fiona, who looks after the property and who lives only a few minutes away. If any cooking is required, Fiona may be able to assist or recommend others. There is a femme de menage who will come in once a week or more often by prior arrangement. Laundry is changed once a week or more often if required.
Set in the Quercy Blanc, on the borders of the departements of Lot and of Tarn et Garonne, Le Souquet Haut is in the commune of Sauveterre. Cahors is 24 kms north and Montauban about 30kms to the south-west.
Le Souquet Haut is served by several airports: Toulouse (72km) about an hour and a quarter, Bergerac about 2 hours, Bordeaux about 2 hours and Rodez also about 2 hours. Check BA, Ryanair, Easyjet, and Flybe. The nearest railway station is Cahors (c.25km), about 5 hours from Paris. Montauban (c.30km) has direct TGV trains from Paris in just under 5 hours (fastest).