We had a lovely 2 weeks in the utterly seductive Domaine du Cardou, just outside Puy l'Eveque, a picture perfect medieval village. We rented Gite Bellevue, which lived up to its name; very spacious, with a beautiful glazed terrace looking onto trees, well-equipped kitchen, comfortable sitting room & bedrooms that conspired to give us the best sleep ever...Even our 5 year old son slept until after 9:30!
Corinne and Annie welcomed us with cool drinks, homemade quiche, cake & jam,wine and a starter pack of kitchen stuff that was actually useful & well thought out. They looked after us brilliantly and it was very hard to leave.
We loved the gorgeous ( & warm) pool, the extensive and immaculate grounds, and the table tennis and pétanque area. The outside sitting/dining terraces gave stunning views of the valley, as well as a deer who came to munch apples every night. The surrounding area is perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities (cycling, walking, kayaking) and further afield there are many famous sites, although the 13th century church and 15th century frescos at Martignac, 2 km up the road are hard to beat.
We really did have a fantastic time & hope to return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Domaine du Cardou is located on the borders of Périgord and Quercy.Two kilometers from Puy l’Evêque, one of the most beautiful villages in the lot region, we invite you to discover the remains of its history and its rich past.The Lot , south west region of France is a great place to live and stay:You will be surrounded by nature and there is a rich gastronomic culture : You will enjoy its wines, foie gras, truffles, fruits… But that’s not all…The landscape is varied and wonderful with a rich heritage dating back to the middle ages.In addition, the numerous underground caves and chasms are filled with relics from the past, reminding us of our world’s natural power and beauty.Your accommodation is a good example of the Quercy style :- It dates back to the XIII century- It is situated in very peaceful area surrounded by 4 acres of hilly and wooded land- The gîte complex forms a small hamlet, allowing everyone to enjoy their stay with complete independence. ... more less