Domaine du Cardou is fabulous! We have stayed at 39 different gites over a period of many years and we both agree that this one (we stayed in the Gite Bellevue) is the BEST gite ever (and we have stayed at some excellent properties throughout France). We stayed there 2 weeks and hated to leave at the end of our stay - I wanted to move in for the whole summer! We received an incredibly warm welcome from the proprietors Corinne and Annie - not only did we have the chance to chat, they had prepared a delicious home-made quiche, a gateau as well as an assortment of jams and conserves made from ingredients on their property. Incredible! The gite itself was lovely - beautifully furnished and decorated and impeccably clean and well-maintained. So much attention to detail - I could go on and on about the beautifully chosen upholsteries, draperies and decorative objects. My husband likes to cook when we vacation in France and the kitchen in this gite was not only beautiful, but it had every amenity you could imagine in terms of appliances, utensils, and cooking staples. But our wonderful experience staying in the gite itself was only equaled by the setting. The architecture of the building was stunning - beautiful honey-colored stone facade with historic squared towers and stone patios with private outdoor dining areas. The grounds rivaled some of the gardens of castles we visited: flowers, lawns - even a herb and vegetable garden! Although it wasn't warm enough when we were there (a very delayed summer this year) - the large pool looked so inviting surrounded by comfortable lounges. There was also a fully-equipped fitness center (a good idea because the dining in this region is so excellent!) and a boules/petanque court. The proprietors had thought of and offered everything to make our stay truly memorable. The gite is just outside the lovely town of Puy l'Eveque, is close to excellent restaurants and is near enough to general commerce (markets, retail shops and gas stations). Location-wise it is an excellent base for touring. Honestly, I cannot give this gite (and the wonderful proprietors) enough praise!!
- 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