Lot Sous Toile

Europe France Midi-pyrénées Lot

  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
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Safari tent glamping in the grounds of a charming old stone farm house, with dark skies, quiet roads and a beautiful swimming pool.

Backed into a blanket of native woodland at the top of a long, gently sloping meadow, the trio of safari tents at Lot Sous Toile have quite the view. Sweeping fields with green-blonde grass give way to the forested valley beyond. It’s at nighttime, however, that the view really comes into its own. Here, in the truly rural, single-lane-road reaches of France, the stars dazzle. With no street lighting for miles and no glowing metropolis on the horizon, this part of the Lot department has some of the purest dark skies in western Europe. The neighbouring village of Escalmels even has its own observatory.

It’s these wild views and the slow, rural pace of life, that attracted British owners Amy and Garry to move here permanently in 2016 - having had the property in the family for 18 years previously, crafting not only their own smallholding and home but also opening the place up to glampers. The three, well spread out, safari tents can each accommodate up to six people, with a four-poster master bedroom, bunk beds and a quirky ‘cabin bed’ tucked away inside the wall, while the land around the glampsite is also home to a small flock of sheep and chickens. It all makes up a pleasant picture of rural, easy-going France. Garry, who had a high-pressure, corporate job in England, now cuts the grass on a little, red, Yanmar tractor.

Facilities-wise, the safari tents are kitted out with everything you need. Bedding and linen is all provided (beds are dressed and ready for your arrival), while the kitchen and living space has a gas hob, a fridge, a sink and dining furniture for up to six people. Each tent has its own ensuite bathroom with a glorious rainfall shower and it’s just a short walk across the meadow to the farm’s heated swimming pool. The mix of pearly new tiles and local natural stone slabs around the water are juxtaposed against the ancient stone walls of the farm courtyard, where moss blotches the roof tiles. It’s a beautiful place to relax, with a ping-pong table, swing ball, table football, badminton net and rackets and a pétanque space you can use.

While swings in the trees and hammocks in the woods facilitate relaxing in the grounds of the old stone farm house for hours, there is plenty to do nearby. The best way to enjoy the countryside (and practically car-free roads) is to bring or rent bikes and cycle around the old local villages or to the tiny town of Gourdon, about 30 minutes away, Gigouzac is only 4km away and is a very small pretty stone village. It’s an hours cycle or 15 minute drive to Catus, too, where a lake – Le Lac Vert – is great for a refreshing swim. Not that every attraction need be rural though: Cahors, entrapped within a huge meander in the River Lot, is a fabulous medieval town to explore, with narrow streets of half-timbered buildings and a famously large number of municipal gardens. The old, turreted bridge there – the Pont Valentré – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are stretches of the river with swimming access. It takes almost two hours to cycle there but it’s 25 minutes by car.

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Facilities

Safari tents feature a fully equipped kitchen, dining and living space, a four-poster bed, bunk beds and a cabin bed, accommodating up to 6 people in total. All bedding and towels are provided. An interior bathroom with a flushing loo and a lovely hot shower. Terrace with outdoor furniture. Cots and high chairs can be provided by request (please request at the time of booking). For all guests at Lot Sous Toile, there is a heated swimming pool, a pétanque court, a ping-pong table, a table football, a play tent with toys and a 'natural playground' in the woods with rope swings and hammocks. No WiFi but good 4G signal. Campfires are permitted in spring and autumn but not between June and early October because of the forest fires risk (this is weather dependent and may sometimes be extended as far as end of October). Chickens (often with chicks) on the site, along with sheep, a sheepdog and a very lazy cat – guests are welcome to help out with the animals.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Pets not permitted. Groups welcome.

Nearby

The rural location makes Lot Sous Toile a boon for cycling and walking (less good for public transport). Hire bikes locally or bring your own to make the most of the area, with miles of tracks and exceptionally quiet country roads. There is a small hamlet nearby with a handful of homes and the pretty stone villages of Larroque, (1¼km across a lovely valley), Montamel (2¼km) and Gigouzac (4½km). Catus (13km) is a market town with a lake on its western edge. There is a lakeside café-restaurant (0033 6 7780 4406) and you can hire pedalos by the beach there. Swimming is also permitted and there are play tennis tables too. For bigger towns, medieval Gourdon is well worth a visit, while Cahors sits in a tight, horseshoe bend of the river Lot creating a dramatic backdrop. As well as the local red wine, Cahors is known for having some 25 secret gardens, linked via narrow alleyways of half-timbered houses. Look at the river from the Pont Valentré, a medieval bridge with 3 towers (the symbol of Cahors and a UNESCO world heritage site) and visit Cathédrale St-Étienne – the town's Gothic and Romanesque cathedral. Cahors also creates a fantastic 'pop-up' beach on the banks of the river for a month in summer, with a safe swimming area, bouncy castles and pedalos. Kayaking and canoeing on the Lot (as well as the River Dordogne) is also easily arranged and makes for a fantastic, day-long family activity. There are plenty of famous châteaux within day-tripping distance; Château Beynac (0033 5 5329 5040), Castelnaud-la-Chapelle and Château des Milandes (0033 5 5359 3121) are all less than an hour away.

Food & Drink

There is a small on-site shop selling essentials, homemade or locally produced food and veg and gifts. There is a market in Gigouzac (4½km away) each Friday night and a café-restaurant that is opening in June 2019. Pizzas are available to take away on a Tuesday nights. There is a great, traditional French cuisine restaurant in the beautiful nearby village of Peyrilles (Restaurant Mourgues; 0033 5 6531 0105) and in the neighbouring village of Ussel (Le Canard Sous L’Olivier; 0033 5 6523 6489). All the basic, essential facilities such as a spar shop, boulangerie, butchers, cash point, post office and doctors in Saint Germain du Belair (8¾km away).

Opening Times

May–October.

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The Owner Says

We have three safari tents, nestled at the edge of a wood, on the top of a hill, with beautiful views over the glorious countryside of the Lot Department. It is a lovely calm and restful place for people to come and relax, to walk or cycle, swim in the pool, and visit the local sites, including our nearest towns of Cahors and Gourdon.

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Accommodation

3 large, well-spaced-out safari tents (each sleeping up to 6 people) with superb views over the surrounding countryside.

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Contact Lot Sous Toile, Augié, 46310, Montamel, Cahors, Lot, France

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Getting There

Toulouse airport is 1½hrs away and receives flights all year round from Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, London Luton, London Stansted and London Gatwick airports. Brive (50mins) receives Ryanair flights from London Stansted twice weekly from April–end of October. There is a regular railway service from Toulouse to Cahors, which is then 30 minutes drive from Lot Sous Toile.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Fantastic holiday

In the first two weeks of August we’ve experienced one of the best holidays of our lives. With two girls (2y & 4y) staying in one of the three tents. The tents are that big and luxurious that the word tent is a bit misplaced. There is a rain shower, comfortable lounge seats, big bbq and six good beds in three bedrooms. In front of the tent is 100m long hill wit grass and flowers where the kids could play. Tents are placed on top of the hill with a great view. We went to Cahors (old city nearby), canoeing on the river lot, swimming and pedalos at lake Au Vert and visited local restaurants. Also spend a few afternoons at the pool. The hosts are very welcoming, the girls could help Amy every night with feeding the chickens which was nice!! We would go again for sure
Aug 24, 2019 by Rick Glas
★★★★★

Great location. Wonderful hosts.

Our stay here was very enjoyable. The hosts make you feel very welcome. We had amazing sunny weather. Location is great. Highly recommend a visit. We can't wait to come again!
May 11, 2019 by Debbie Wordley

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