“Domaine Fabrige”, in the middle of its own 75 acre plot, is an old Quercy domaine encircled by beautiful landscaped gardens with every window looking out over the surrounding countryside. Passing an ancient wood to one side, the house is approached by a long graveled drive and, arriving at the original front door, guests are warmly welcomed inside to begin their holiday in traditional but luxurious comfort, 9 en-suite bedrooms with a huge selection of reception rooms available. Great facilities, swimming pool/tennis court/billiard table/table tennis……
Getting here Toulouse Airport – 1 hour Brive Airport – 1 hour Cahors Aiport – 20 min – Private aviation Bergerac Airport – 2.5 Hours Train – SNCF to Toulouse Car – From Paris 4.5 Hours
As the double wooden doors close under the stone arch entrance into the grand front hall you are greeted by a rare 1895 Steinway and, in the winter, by a roaring fire in an original fireplace, a feature of many rooms around the house.
Through the door to the left, walk past the full size antique billiards table and another fireplace, and you will reach the Salon D’Hiver, beyond which, you will reach the fully specified study. While the whole house has Wi-Fi, if you cannot completely leave work behind, this is a quiet spot for checking up on the office. Along the internal corridor, straight ahead from the entrance hall you will pass the old stone stairs on your right, and a downstairs bedroom and bathroom especially useful for the older of our guests. Further along, past a small anteroom (very useful if you would like to keep a close eye on a young child during dinner) you will find, looking out over pollarded plane trees, the banqueting table for 20 adults set under the hanging candelabra, with another fireplace to keep dinners warm, although, with under floor heating in many rooms, the lovely fires stoked with wood from the forest are not always necessary. Leaving the dining room through the double doors on to the breakfast terrace you will find a solid stone patio, table and benches perfectly matching the original limestone and capturing the sun to warm, waking guests gently over fresh croissants.
Leaving the dining room, to the right you will pass by the passage leading down to the mediaeval vaulted wine cellars equipped with air conditioning and oak racking created by a local master carpenter. This is a fully stocked cellar and a great space for wine tasting, it will definitely get you in the mood for trying the famous Quercy black wine. The cellar is also well stocked with Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, with many famous names and vintages available to guests. The housekeeper has the list and this can be sent by email on request.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a Le Cornu range with 6 hobs - 4 gas and 2 electric. While this cooker is the choice of professional French chefs, it is perfect to for an enthusiastic amateur. It also offers a large hot plate for woks and simmering 4 saucepans. There are two large oven - a gas and electric, microwave, fridge, 2 dishwashers a prep sink and a large stone sink. The air conditioned cellar offers additional storage for food. The kitchen is ideal for cater for parties or events.
On the other side of the kitchen from the breakfast terrace, is the lunch table under a leafy pagoda with an integral cooling misting system allowing even the hottest of afternoons to be shared over lunch.
Perhaps, leaving the best to last, beyond the kitchen, is the Salon D’Ete, a converted barn with an amazing timbered oak supported roof, 6 sets of French windows leading out to the gardens and both terraces and a wonderful picture window, framing the plane tree avenue in the gardens.
Wi-Fi and SONOS zones cover most of the area downstairs. If you have your own collection of music on an iPod or similar, this can be added to the music collection in the Residence and accessed from each zone either separately or as a whole
Bedrooms There are ten guest bedrooms, all have en-suite bathrooms with lots of fluffy white towels, soap and slippers for that extra bit of luxury and comfort and all the beds have crisp white Egyptian linen. If you have any special requests e.g. Feather pillows or synthetic pillows we will be happy to accommodate you. Each of the bedrooms is provided with bottled water, although the tap water is completely drinkable too. All rooms have hairdryers.
In Domaine Fabrige, the bedrooms are located upstairs off the large hallway.
- Master suite – Super king bed 2 bathrooms and 2 dressing rooms!
- Cream bedroom – Large super king bed.
- Blue bedroom – A delightful room with dual aspect. The smallest of all the bedrooms but the most popular room!
- Sunflower Room – Extremely large bedroom with a super king bed with canopy. It has a small bed in the dressing room ideal for children.
- Triple Bedroom – Perfect for kids in a dorm situation! – This has three beds in it.
Downstairs - Red Bedroom – Another dual aspect room with a king size bed with canopy, a romantic room. This is a very comfortable room for anyone that may not be able to manage the stairs and is well separated from the downstairs reception rooms.
A stone’s throw from Domaine Fabrige is Le Grange with four double newly refurbished bedrooms:
- Moulin – Beautiful en suite bedroom, comprising of a double bed. The bathroom has a shower and a roll top bath and double vanity unit.
- Magnolia – Beautiful en-suite room with a super king bed and a bathroom with a roll top bath and shower. This also has a double vanity unit.
- Jardin – A twin room, perfect for friends sharing or children. This has an en suite bathroom with a shower in it. It has French windows that open onto the garden.
- Feu – Beautiful bedroom with en suite king size bed, opening onto the garden via French doors.
Outside Grounds In the grounds, as you walk through the well attended gardens you will find two fenced ponds, vegetable and herb gardens.
The all weather hard tennis court installed, with a practice wall, in 2012, is well away from the house having its own pavilion. The court is floodlit allowing guests to play during the cooler hours of the Summer months.
The swimming pool is a stunning construction of Quercy stone. At 15m in length, it is perfect for swimming lengths and playing children, who love the small stone waterfall that rises from one end. Built from the remains of a ruined local chapel and with a terracotta, tiled roof supported by huge oak beams, there is a shaded bar and seating area with an adjoining shower and loo. Around the pool, there are all weather wicker loungers lying beneath a discrete misting system that can be controlled from the bar, so you can maximize your time in the sun sipping your cocktails.
There is a large wood on the property, where adventurous children can explore or even pitch a tent for the night.
The large flat lawn area is perfect for kicking around a football and other family and children activities. The garden also provides a children’s play area with swings, slides, trampoline and playhouse.
All outside areas are served with a sonos music system so that you can enjoy the music of your choice.
Parking is to the rear of the property, all vehicles out of sight. Once you arrive you will not feel the need to leave. There is ample space for all residents and visitors.
There are large terraces. To the east of the kitchen where the sun rises and sets, it is wonderful, enjoying a coffee and a croissant, looking over the rolling hills and through the avenue of Plane trees. Another terrace is perfect for lunch with a table large enough to accommodate all guests and children. BBQ’s can be arranged here for lunch or dinner. It is shaded and also offers the misting system! This is also where canapés and drinks can be served of an evening where there is further soft seating, overlooking the pool area and tennis court.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only
Surrounding Area The local area is ideal for walking, exploring fine medieval villages, antique markets, horse-riding tours, playing golf and more. There are wonderful villages in the neighborhood. Moliere is the closest village to get bread, a newspaper and a cup of coffee. 2.5km
A nice place to have lunch is under the medieval open marketplace in Castelnau Montratier where the owners are friendly and the lunch menu of the day is simple but good. Castelnau Montratier is 5 km in the other direction and is a famous Bastide town. There are a number of banks, good pharmacy, friendly doctor, beautician etc.
Cahors is a beautiful medieval town, full of upmarket shops and a great market on Thursdays and Saturdays. There are also a number of good restaurants and cafes. This is about a 30-minute drive.
Montcuq is also highly recommended. It is a beautiful drive there. The town offers good restaurants and cafes. The market on Sunday is packed so an early start is recommended!
There are daily markets and schedules are announced in the local newspaper. Local farmers sell their produce here. Don’t miss the spring-only strawberry variety “Gariguettes” filling the stands or the bundles of green asparagus. Look out for announcements for antique markets (Brocantes or vide-greniers) on the roadside at roundabouts or intersections. Our staff on site will be happy to provided you with any further information that you may need – vineyards, riding, kayaking, caves, water parks….
Moissac (20 km) has a beautiful church and an impressive monastery visited by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella. Next to the monastery is the Bistro de l‘abbaye on the church square where lunch outside is wonderful in the shade of the magnolia trees.
Toulouse is a one-hour drive over a comfortable highway. It’s a beautiful city and perfect for shopaholics. A hot tourist attraction is St Emilion; the authentic wine town next to Bordeaux with wine history at every corner. It’s a must but not less than a two hour drive to the west. Bordeaux is a stunning city at 1½ hour.
Facilities - Heated Swimming Pool – May until September - Tennis court – Floodlit - All bedrooms en-suite - Ground Floor bedrooms - Internet Access - Extensive cellared wine and Wine tasting – Wine list available to purchase - Internet Access - Staffed – Chef extra cost - Snooker Room - Games Room - Table Football – championship specification table - Table Tennis - TV room with Sky and Apple TV 1080, use your own content Sonos for the main receptions rooms, outside dining areas, pool area and even in the pool – bring your own iPod and fill the house and grounds with your music. - Cooling misting jets at the outside lunch table and over the loungers in the pool area - Outside bar with fridge and ice - Trampoline and climbing frame - Gas and coal barbeque.
Our in house team will provide 8 hours of service divided equally between outside areas and cleaning 6 days a week. Your bedrooms and bathrooms will be freshened up daily. (Sheets and towels will be changed weekly) unless by special arrangement. Reception rooms will be cleaned and tidied as will the kitchen. The pool area will be set up and cleared up daily. Towels will be provided by the pool area. The tennis court will be prepared daily. The garden will be maintained daily to a high level. Terraces will be cleaned daily. If you require the bar set up by the pool please liaise with our in house team. If you would like evening drinks set up again please mention and it will be arranged. If you do not fancy being waited on hand and foot, we can fill the fridge for your arrival and a breakfast service only. Washing and ironing - Hourly price is 15 euros. Airport pick ups and drop offs – 200 euros round trip (all prices made approximately) Babysitting – 15 euros per hour All services must be settled upon departure in Euros.
- Security deposit: 1000 euros. This is paid prior to arrival and will be refunded after departure subject to damage inspection and settlement of final account. - Linen & towels: All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price. - Energy costs: Included in the rental price. - End of stay cleaning: Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it. - All booking are run from Saturday to Saturday. - Arrival time: 4pm onwards. - Departure time: 10am. - Pets: No pets. - Smoking: No smoking in the property. - For groups over 10 people, it is mandatory to hire the in house chef. This is an additional cost of £1000 per week which is to be paid in advance of arrival by bank transfer. The chef will prepare, continental breakfast, lunch, kids supper, canapés and dinner. The chef will take care of grocery shopping. Please enquiry for all menus. There will be an additional charge for food. - It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Posted by stephen platton 06/10/2012
We have been guests at Domaine Fabriges in both Summer and Winter (New Year) with our young family and friends. It is difficult to overstate how relaxed one feels, once esconced. The property offers complete privacy. It has been renovated to the highest standard and offers a sublime environment of casual elegance. It surpasses the standard of luxury afforded by a five star hotel. Thoroughly and unhesitatingly recommended.
A little piece of heaven
Posted by Nicky de veulleon 06/10/2012
My family and I spent a week at Domaine Fabriges in the summer and it felt like a little piece of heaven! The accommodation is of the highest standard & the facilities are second to none. The swimming pool area is beautiful and provided hours of entertainment for the children. Meanwhile the adults loved the bar area and the 'misting system' which left you feeling like you were staying at the most luxurious spa retreat. There was so much to do (or not do!) the tennis court, billiard room, table tennis table, exploring the grounds, or even feeding the chickens no one wanted to leave! With plenty of terraces to enjoy your meals, all carefully positioned to make the most of the rising or setting sun, and providing shelter from the midday heat - there is absolutely nothing to complain about. Whilst we visited in the summer I could imagine spending a equally amazing week curled up on the comfy sofas with the fires blazing in the middle of winter. Just the perfect venue for family and friends to enjoy. We spend a most amazing week here and would eagerly return for more. A little piece of heaven!
Posted by Julian Anthonyon 02/10/2012
Having stayed at Fabriges every year for the last 3, I would like thoroughly to recommend it. It is not just how comfortable the rooms and bathrooms are, not simply how organised the whole set up is, but the overwhelming ability properly to relax and enjoy your holiday while staying there that keeps bringing me back each year. Never have the staff been anything other than splendid, I suggest using them as much as possible. All the facilities are brilliant, there is plenty for everyone to do and lovely settings for lunch and dinner. It is special, book it if you can find a time when it is available.
Posted by Danielle Kingon 24/09/2012
I had an amazing two week stay with my family. Facilities were fantastic, staff were friendly and the place was spot on for children of all ages. The cook was great and happy to alter the menu for fussy eaters like myself which is always a bonus. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a perfect holiday.
Posted by Jane McGeeon 24/09/2012
We stayed for a long weekend at Domaine Farbridge to celebrate a friends 40th Birthday and had a wonderful time. The Chateaux is very easy to locate and when you arrive you are met by the staff and shown the facilities. We all had a great celebration with the food and selection of wines available second to none. The staff were excellent and very descreet - nothing was too much trouble!The pool area was a hit as well as the tennis courts. We look forward to returning soon.
Posted by Naomi Nunanon 14/09/2012
We stayed for a week at Domaine Farbridge, it is like paradise on earth. We had the most amazing time and have very fond memories of our wonderful evening meals. The staff are friendly, polite and descreet. The facilitites are just perfect for a relaxing family holiday. The kids enjoyed playing in the pool as well as tennis and they even camped in the garden. I loved the opportunity to truly relax and have fun with my family, I hope we will be able to visit again soon.
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