3 Bedrooms, 2 bath/WC's, kitchen, dining, large terrace with views, on 3 levels
David or Paula Reid
About David or Paula Reid
My wife is an interior decorator and I am a commercial property consultant. We have 2 daughters, one an architect and the other an artist. We live and work in Johannesburg, South Africa and since 1991 we have been annually visiting this part of France, always with friends and parents because we enjoy the quiet countryside and the many villages within easy reach. My brother, who is a headmaster at a well known school in Scotland, his wife Michelle, daughter and son have a house very similar to ours close by called Nougayrol, and it was to this house that we visited frequently before acquiring our own, Camphinie. As a family we enjoy going on interesting holidays whether to the wilderness of southern Africa, ('bushveld'), or to quiet and remote coastal regions or walking in the mountains. We are English speaking and do speak a bit of French, we have got to know our neighbours who farm the fields surrounding the house, and we enjoy meeting our friends at Soulomes and Labastide Murat.
David or Paula Reid purchased this Farmhouse in 2006
Why David or Paula Reid chose Coeur-de-Causse
We especially love this part of South West France for its quiet rural setting and its historic heritage. We have had many wonderful family holidays here with visits to local markets, acquiring excellent food ingredients and preparing wonderful meals into the long Summer evenings. In August 2006 on one of our regular visits to my brother's family at Nougayrol, Soulomes, we started looking at houses for ourselves close by. We met with the Mayor of Soulomes, a great character of the area, and it was through him that we were directed to Camphinie. Built in the 1850's and similar to many farmhouses in the area, the house immediately attracted us for its beauty and position and especially its magnificent views, it was in good structural condition with thick stone walls and ancient solid oak beams supporting a very sound roof, but it only had 1 of everything, 1 toilet, 1 light switch, 1 electric plug and 1 door. In 2007 a young architect and craftsman friend, James Mudge (see his website www.jamesmudge.co.za), agreed to move in and restore the house for us and make it capable of becoming a holiday house. James was taken by the place and did an amazing job, not just restoring the house, but also adding accommodation, and creating a place of beauty out of ancient materials. It took him a year and many visits on Paula and my part all the way from South Africa. Our house, Camphinie now has the character and look of the many and interesting villages in the Region. In the Summer there is a lot going on, each village takes its turn to host a market, which we like to explore, there are so many small villages, and for our daughters and their friends there is always a bar or party nearby. The house comprises 3 levels with wooden staircases between. It is built on a steep slope in an acre of garden which comprises dry stone walls, fruit trees and and pleasant and private meadow.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The house was carefully restored with the objective that it would be rented out. So all the fittings are of a good quality, Rosiere stove and AEG dishwasher, large fridge, large fireplace. While it is a great holiday destination, it is also ideal for a long stay because it is quiet and would suit someone wanting to escape the rush and busy side of city life, or for someone on sabbatical wishing to research the heritage of the area, or a writer requiring quiet time.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
- Towel and bed linen charge EUR 80.00 per stay. If you would prefer to use your own please indicate and this will be deducted from the charge.
- Attached Short Term Rental Agreement, to be signed, scanned and emailed to email@example.com by not later than 2 weeks before the Start Date.
Loved the Lot!
This is a beautiful property in a gorgeous location. Very convenient to a host of lovely towns and villages. The house itself is just as described. Very comfy. Well equipped. Owners extremely helpful and accommodating. It’s a place that feels loved and welcoming.
Thank you Bonnie, we hope to see you again and have you to stay again one day!
Great Building / remote and stylisch
This was our second stay in the house, so we knew exactly what we should expect and found it the same extraordinary as last time
This tastefully appointed house was very accurately depicted on the website and spotlessly clean. It is the perfect place for a very peaceful family holiday in a beautiful, undulating rural setting. The golden sunshine on the pretty terraces, endless views and wonderful walks were particularly memorable. We also loved our visit to Saint--Cirque-Lapopie in the picturesque Lot valley. All in all, a most enjoyable stay!
Fantastic house in an absolutely stunning setting!
We have just spent two weeks in this lovely house. We had five adults staying here and there was plenty of room. The layout of the house gives lots of privacy with the bedrooms all being on separate floors and two of them en-suite. There was everything you needed to be able to cook each night (which we did). Bed linen and towels were all provided and beds were made for arrival.
The setting of the house is stunning and extremely peaceful. Woken up each morning by sheep or the birds singing!! It was fantastic to sit out on the veranda until 10pm in the evening looking at the views and watching the beautiful sunset.
The owners were very helpful from the day we booked right through till the day we left. Always available by phone or email although we did not need to contact them during our stay as you are told everything prior to arrival. Neighbours were available if we needed any help.
I would highly recommend this property for your holiday especially if you love the Dordogne/Lot area as it is so central for everything.
We spent ten wonderful days here. The farm house has been sensitively restored, tastefully decorated and is excellently equipped. There are breathtaking views across the valley, particularly from the verandah at the front of the house where one can enjoy leisurely meals or simply sit and drink in the warmth and quiet beauty of the French countryside. There are beautiful local walks and the region is dotted with many charming villages, including the nearby Labastide-Murat. If you are in search of la France profonde then you will find something of it here at Camphinie.
Located in the Lot Region of France, midway between the Dordogne and Lot Rivers, Soulomes a quaint mediaeval village approximately 0,5kms away. Labastide Murat 3kms the nearest town and has all the conveniences such as well stocked Carrefour supermarket, boulangerie, newspaper and bookshop, hotel, restaurant and tennis club with swimming pool. Cahors 34kms is the nearest major town. This beautiful ancient Roman town famous for its Pont Volontre bridge across the Lot has a Carrefour, Intermarche, and Leclerck and is famous for its Wednesday and Saturday morning markets and Summer music festivals. The region is famous for its many ancient villages and towns and the unspoilt World Heritage site of Les Causses region which is a controlled development area, the well known caves of Peche Melle, the foods of the region which include foie-gras, truffles, Cantal and cabecou cheeses.
Other Activities: boating, cave exploring.