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A relaxing momentout of time

Journey to Mas Merlin – EN

You wonder if you’ve taken the right road, if it’s normal to find yourself totally immersed in the nature of the Causses du Quercy? Then you catch sight of a bit of a house, a hamlet that seems to be emerging from the forest, before meeting the smile of Catherine and Jacques who warmly welcome you, at Mas Merlin. Put your suitcases down, and let’s go for a total change of scenery!

In a magical place

and preserved

Located on the quiet Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy, the Mas Merlin is surrounded by incredible biodiversity. Nature is omnipresent and the hamlet seems to be in total harmony with the surroundings. The gîte is labelled Valeur Parc, so it contributes to “the attachment to the territory, by preserving and enhancing the architectural heritage“. Jacques, a well-known artisan mason, has breathed new life into the hamlet, with a desire to respect and be in tune with the setting. “We’re in love with old stones, they’re in our DNA“. Here, everything is authentic, “we work with salvaged materials, with old techniques like lime plaster“. The decoration, elegant and meticulous, is found by Catherine, in flea markets and garage sales in the Lot. Rehabilitating this hamlet, working with the typical materials of the region was important to the Bariviera family. “Here, it’s our 5th child, we put all our energy and heart into it“!

A story


Several of the buildings belonged to Jacques’ grandfather, Félicien, a former tenant farmer. An ideal place to hide during the war, the houses were subsequently abandoned. Long afterwards, in 1996, Catherine and Jacques set aboutrestoring the ruins. “It’s a family affair, everyone pitched in and even today, our 4 children are very much on hand to help“. This secluded spot is a real treasure, everything has been meticulously crafted, the stone houses, the terrace and its view over the Lot valley, the piscine surrounded by the forest of oaks. As the owners say, “We feel like we’re on vacation, every time we set foot here“!

Tell us more

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Your favorite moment:Christmas, because we’re here with our family, vacationing at Mas Merlin in this magical place!

Your best memory:“The ones that are coming, the ones to come!”

Your favorite thing about the Lot:“It’s a surprise at every step!”

Catherine and Jacques

Family vacations

Ideally located, 8 min from Larnagol and 15 min from Cajarc, the hamlet consists of 3 accommodations: La Maison de Félicien, la Bergerie and le Pigeonnier for a total of 11 beds. The grangette (with pool table, library and musical instruments), Sarah’s grange (beautiful covered terrace, open onto the rolling landscape), the bread oven and its fournil are also available for holidaymakers. “It’s always a pleasure to welcome people, to meet them“. Mas Merlin is an ideal place to get together as a family. Some love it so much that they come back year after year. “The hamlet really comes alive, and that’s a real joy“!