Auvergne house 'Les Cayrouses' quarter part share for sale
One of the four
One of the fourcurrent Aussie owners who reside in Newcastle (NSW) are seeking to sell their quater share in this cottage in the southwest of France
The cottage is located in Florentin la Capelle in the Auvergne region, the Department of Aveyron, between the medieval villages of Entraygues (7 kilometres) and Estaing (10 kilometres). The nearest city is Rodez, located about an hour from the cottage. Toulouse is about a three hour drive south west of the cottage. There are lots of places to visit in the area. e.g. Conques, Espalion, Albi, Laguiole, Belcastel, Millau, to name just a few.
The cottage is located on a hillside 800 metres above the Gorge du Lot in a hamlet of five cottages. It is restored in traditional French style over three levels which sleeps six people, but could easily sleep ten.
One staircase leads up to two bedrooms in the top level, with a double bed and two singles. One bedroom has a panoramic view of the Lot river valley.
The other staircase leads down to a large bedroom with two single beds, a bathroom and laundry/storeroom.
There is a lovely terrace outside the front door with beautiful views over the Lot River valley.
The cottage is fully equipped and includes all linen and towels.
MANAGEMENT OF COTTAGE
The agreement between the partners is quite casual with each couple using it during the year as required. The only rentals now are to family and friends and recommended others.
They have English speaking caretakers who clean and prepare the cottage for arrivals and clean and close after our visits. There is a cleaning cost per visit to cover washing of bed linen and towels.
Outgoings have been running at about $AUD1,600 per annum to cover all rates and taxes, garden maintenance, electricity and general repairs.
Currently cottage facilities are managed in France under instruction by one of the retired owners. The same person manages payments and accounts in France.
WHATS AROUND LES CAYROUSES…
Situated between Montsalvy and Espalion at the southern end of the Auvergne, there nestles one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of South West France.
The road through the Gorge du Lot links the three enchanting small towns of Entraygues, Estaing and Espalion, all of which are set in spectacular surroundings. Above the Gorge is the Aubrac plateau with the backdrop of the Pare des Volcans in the Massif Central.
For the more energetic holidaymaker, the canoe center in Entraygues offers a range of outdoor activities, and all three towns have tennis courts and swimming pools. The area is perfect for walking, cycling or birdwatching, and generally having a 'get away from it all' holiday. The numerous restaurants offer a wide range of menus serving both local specialties and traditional French fare.
A visit to one of the many weekly markets is a must, if only to savour the atmosphere when the locals come together to discuss the events of the past week. These friendly and welcoming people are one of the area's greatest assets.
For those wanting to explore a little further afield, the Gorges du Tam are about 1 hour by car. The Tam River has cut its way through limestone to form spectacular cliffs and fascinating formations and caves. There are several caves open to the public, the most famous being AVEN ARMAND.
In the Cahors direction, the market town of Figeac is well worth a visit, where the River Cele runs parallel to the Lot. Cahors itself is a 3 hour drive. It is a very attractive Roman town where the River Lot is transversed by the famous Pont du Valentre - a medieval fortified bridge. The town centre is on a gentle hill and the main street is lined either side with shops and cafes.
Conques is a must for every holidaymaker to the area. It is a picturesque medieval village perched on a hill. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, Conques was a stopover on the pilgrimage route to Compostelle in north west Spain. However, the centre point of Conques is the collection of treasures housed in the cloisters of the 11th century Abbey.
This is, as one visitor said, "Real France", far from the main tourist areas, where you are guaranteed a holiday to remember.
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