Petite Cabanes is a little piece of rural heaven in a fabulous setting with views over rolling hills, vineyards and woodland, offering the perfect retreat from busy lives. Peace, tranquillity space and views combine with all mod cons and extensive baby and child friendly facilities to make this a special place for everyone to unwind from the moment they arrive. A Pre arrival grocery and baby items shopping service means everything can be ordered in advance so that relaxation really can begin the moment the car pulls up on the drive.
Once settled into the comfortable spacious renovated barn, the only dilemma is what to do next: Whether to chill by the pool with a glass or wine watching the little ones play in the warm shallows or wander the grounds to discover the outdoor play area with swings, slide, ride ons, tepee and play house, the animals to feed or the games equipment and bicycles, there is plenty on site inside and out to entertain for at least two weeks!
And once the sun goes down, there are long balmy candle lit evenings, barbeques and local food and wine to be enjoyed, whilst the children are safely tucked up in bed. Sheer bliss!
Julie and Steve, the on-site English speaking owners offer a warm welcome and help and advice when parents need it, but otherwise are discreet and largely invisible. They are on hand to offer tips and advice on local places to eat, drink, horse ride, kayak, or anything in between to make the most of precious holiday time.
'Petite Cabanes' is actually one and the same as the 7-bedroom 'Las Cabanes', which can be rented here (click to view), the difference being that as 'Petite Cabanes' it is rented as a lower cost, 4-bedroom barn, with the guests' choice of four of the seven bedrooms i.e. doubles, twins, bunks, singles, agreed and made-up in advance, with the other bedrooms available only if required and at an extra cost.
This spacious barn conversion is situated on a 3-acre former farm set 50-metres from a quiet country lane with very little traffic. A 10-minute cycle ride finds the pretty village of Le Temple-sur-Lot with restaurant, boulangerie, grocery shop, organic mini market and access to the River Lot.
The six ground floor bedrooms comprise: 2 double rooms with king size bed, a family room with king size bed and bunk beds, a twin room (two single beds), a single room and a room with a set of bunk beds. This allows families can pick the ideal three bedroom layout for them. Cots can be added to any room and beds are made-up prior to arrival.
The accommodation is adjacent to the pool terrace with access to the large private alarmed solar heated pool, sun terrace and children’s play area. There is plenty of outdoor space including a play lawn for ball games, sunny and shaded seating areas and mature grounds to explore or build dens in. And all of this is for your exclusive use. Behind the owners accommodation there is a chicken coop and animal petting area where guests are welcome to come and feed the chickens or collect their eggs.
Petite Cabanes is entered via a vine covered terrace into the rustic country kitchen with exposed beams and terracotta floors and plenty of storage space for essential supplies. The Kitchen (new for 2016) is well equipped with stainless steel 5-ring gas cooking range, dish washer, washing machine, large fridge freezer, microwave, nespresso machine, cookery books, table and chairs.
There's a large comfortable lounge and entertainment area to the first floor with leather sofa seating TV, DVD, Freeview, IPod dock and a range of books, games and toys for all ages as well as additional dining facilities and full size pool table.
The property has been carefully restored to retain all its rustic charm with exposed beams, terracotta or wooden floors and exposed stonework.
All bedrooms are situated on the ground floor with either direct access through French doors to terraces or pretty views or both. Guests can choose 3 bedrooms form the following: 3 large double bedrooms have king size beds and room for cots or fold out beds. 1 bedroom has twin single beds. 1 single bedroom and 1 bunk bedded room. One bathroom and three shower rooms complete the ensemble.
Outside, petite cabanes has terraces to three sides, with areas of sun and shade, plus dining furniture, large gas and traditional charcoal barbecues (bottled gas supplied), refrigerator for chilled drinks and outdoor food preparation and a secure under 5’s play area on one of the terraces.
Children of all ages are well catered for here with secure under fives’ indoor and outdoor play areas, swings, slide, tepee and den, playhouse, table tennis, bicycles, football and basketball nets, ball games, toys, books and games as well as U rated DVD’s, friendly on site animals, pool table, table football, paddling pool and of course the large heated swimming pool and inflatable toys. Two weeks just isn't enough!
Petite Cabanes is ideal for getting away from it all, deep in beautiful French countryside but the villages of Le Temple Sur Lot and Castelmoron are also only 3km away for the nearest boulangeries, bars and restaurants. The villages are also on the banks of the Lot, where river beaches are just the place for a picnic, paddling and fresh water swimming, or motor boats, canoes and funky paddle boats are available for hire.
To stock up on essential shopping, there are four supermarkets within 15 minutes drive but the local artisan shops and markets are a highlight in themselves. Throughout the summer, evening markets also have a friendly family atmosphere for a memorable night out, sampling local delicacies and the fine regional wines. The Lot region borders mile upon mile of famous Bordeaux vineyards so there are numerous chateau and ‘caves’ offering tastings and tours. Plus there are great restaurants to suit all budgets including Michelin-starred establishments, in nearby Pujol and Villeneuve-Sur-Lot.
For guests who can tear themselves away from Las Cabanes, there are free passes to the local tennis courts available and a variety of family attractions nearby including two water parks with slides, pools, jacuzzis and cafe/bars within an hours drive. Parc Walibi features a variety of rides and roller coasters plus sea lion shows, or at Parc en Ciel little monkeys can clamber around on a special web of Tyrolean cables for little ones 2-6 years and older kids and adults can sample more challenging courses or simply relax by the outdoor pool and playground there. Facilities for horse-riding, 10-pin bowling, underground cave exploration and fishing are available nearby and the owners also provide a variety of child and adult bikes for exploring the surrounding countryside and villages.
Getting There: The nearest airport is Bergerac (70km) with flights available from several UK airports with low cost airlines including Ryanair, Flybe, BMI and Easyjet.
Nearest Medical Services: GP at Castelmoron, 3km. A&E at Villeneuve sur Lot (15km)