The Horseshoe estate a small Nature Reserve

The 30 acre Domaine Le Sabatou was previously a lavender plantation with small vineyards on the slopes of the horse shoe shaped geography surrounding the property (sabata/zapato from which the present name derives). Since 1989 Le Sabatou has flourished as a protected nature reserve free from pesticides and other agricultural chemicals and the land has been returned to nature. After 25 years Le Sabatou has seen the return of an extraordinary abundance of wild flowers, particularly orchids and healing Bach plants. This, in turn, has stimulated the return of the bees and a huge diversity of insects which has triggered the revival of a fabulous eco system. We have witnessed the return of many species of birds, including eagles and owls, small animals such as the pine martin, hare and fox. Today the tranquil deer are visible in the open wild flower meadow around the house. Walking and Cycling Holidays.


Set In Its Own 30 Acres Of Private Land, Not Shared With The Owner. Priced for couples out of peak season.

• Sleeps 6
• 4 Bedrooms
• 3 Bathrooms
• Parking
• Garden
• Swimming pool
• Barbecue
• Internet
• Dish washer
• Washing machine
• Bed-linen provided

Notes on accommodation
Ground floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower and loo. Laundry room with washing machine.
1st floor: Stone steps lead from the courtyard onto a south facing covered terrace with table and benches for dining. The front door leads into the kitchen equipped with wood paneled kitchen cupboards, dish washer, cooker with oven and a large fridge freezer. Kitchen table and chairs beside an old stone chimney. Terracotta floors. The living room has a fireplace, large corner sofa, armchair, TV & DVD. Wi-Fi. Double doors then lead into the conservatory, with sliding glass windows on three sides overlooking the estate grounds. Two double bedrooms. Main bathroom with bath tub and shower, wc and bedet.
Second floor: Two single bedrooms. One shower room with wc and wash basin.
Outside: 11 x 5m pool with shallow area and deep end and easy access stairs. The pool area is gated and fenced and is completely private. There is also a barbecue area with picnic style tables and benches.
Utility Room: Washing Machine available. Bed-linen provided. Wi-Fi Internet access. Free incoming telephone calls.
Other: Covered terrace for outdoor dining. Garden tables for BBQ. Outdoor sunbeds and chairs. sorry no pets; no smoker-house; not conveyable for handicapped persons.


The property is in South-West France - Midi-Pyrennées, in the department of the Lot, 18 km south of Cahors. The Region is the Quercy-Blanc.


Season 2022: week 7 days min.4 people6 people (all incl. children)
June 1-281.215 €1.565 €
June 29 - July 191.475 €1.825 €
July 20 - 261.875 €2.225 €
July 27 - August 232.275 €2.625 €
August 24 - 301.875 €2.225 €
August 31 -September 281.215 €1.565 €

Additional pricing information
• No additional booking commision fees
• Refundable Damage Deposit € 300,- (£300)
• Tourist tax 1,15 € per adult/per night. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival in cash.
• Prices do not include heating.
• Bed-linen is included. You can rent a towel-pack (1 big swimmingpool-towel and 2 small towels) for 8€ per pack.
• Payments by bank transfer in Euros to La Banque Postale in France. Payment in Sterling Pounds to Lloyds Bank PLC in the UK; International payments from outside the euro zone or from outside the UK please add an extra 3% charge.
• Changeover Day: Saturday to Saturday Departure 10:30am. Arrival after 5:00pm
• Cleaning Services are not provided. The property must be returned to the owner in a fully cleaned condition. If you are planning to leave early in the morning please ensure that you leave the property properly cleaned. Otherwise do not make early departure plans !
• sorry no pets, non-smoker house, house is not barrier-free.
• At certain times of the year -during heatwaves- the use of the BBQ may be restricted..
• A completed Booking Form with details of conditions is required for confirmation of booking from the owner.


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Memee; Hampshire
Perfect Peace!
Exactly what we needed - time to relax in perfect peace and tranquility. The house is in a lovely setting and has a number of seating areas from which to enjoy the scenery. It was full of butterflies due to the surrounding wild meadows and the only noise is that of the tree frogs. The pool is very private and is a good size so ideal for swimming. Although the house is set well away from everything, there are so many places to visit within reasonable driving distance. We really enjoyed our day in Cahors and visits both up and down the river Lot. There are many bastide villages and also vineyards along the Lot. We've eaten extremely well, and remarkably cheaply bearing in mind the current exchange rate, by taking the menu de jour during the weekday lunchtimes and there are some good restaurants in the area. The Hotel du Query in Lauzerte was very good value at lunchtime and the Vieux Auberge is very good in Cahors. The house is very well equipped and comfortable. This was our 2nd stay, the first being 4 years ago, and we enjoyed our stay every bit as much as the first time. Thank you to Geoffrey for his welcome and hospitality - we do hope to return again in the not too distant future.
• Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017; Date of Stay: Jun 2017; Source: Owners Direct

Justin M
We had 2 weeks at Le Sabatou, and found the gite to be everything we had hoped and more. It's setting is ideal, and although you feel that your in the middle of nowhere, only a 15 min drive, and you can be in Cahors, which is a lovely town with so much history. It's a great area to be to get out and explore with places like Rocamadour only just over an hour away. All in all, we had a wonderful time and will definitely be returning as soon as we can. I also just wanted to say how great Geoffrey was. He was so informative about the local area, recommending some great markets and places to visit. Thank you. Look forward to returning next year.
• Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2016; Date of Stay: Jun 2016; Source: Owners Direct

Will A
we spent a week here with the family in the hottest weather and were extremely grateful for the pool, which I must point out was bigger than we expected so we could really swim, not just dip into as with some places. The house was lovely and set in beautiful grounds, and the area is stunning, our teenagers loved it as well. Plenty to do and see for all ages. Thank you Geoffrey, we will be back and the only downside is that we should have spent two weeks there!
• Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015; Date of Stay: Jul 2015; Source: Owners Direct