Farmhouse & Cottage near Duras, Lot et Garonne Aquitaine, France – Perfect Venue For Large Groups Or Families Wishing To Share A Fantastic Holiday Together.
The property is situated within a small hamlet of four houses close to the end of a small country lane surrounded by the vineyards and plumb orchards of South west France. The location is tranquil private and peaceful, yet close to the village of St Sernin de Duras and a five minute drive from the local town of Duras with its imposing chateau, bustling Monday market and lively Thursday night market. Here you will find a bank with cash machine, post office, doctors and supermarket (Carrefour)
A substantial welcome pack is provided upon arrival for tired and hungry guests 🙂
The farmhouse and cottage provide the perfect venue for large groups or families wishing to share a wonderful holiday together.
Guests have the opportunity to spend time together around the heated pool, dine alfresco under one of the shady terraces, or party within the huge central entertainment/games room, before retiring to their own separate accommodation.
A rustic blend of oak beams, wooden floors and exposed stone walls in the farmhouse provide the backdrop for spacious living areas with generous sofas and comfortable beds.
Large lounge dining room, which has an extensive library of books and DVDs. and a fully equipped kitchen – double oven, fridge freezer, washing machine, coffee maker, microwave, iron ironing board etc
One downstairs bedroom and bathroom, upstairs three bedrooms and bathroom.
Large veranda stretching along the whole of the west side of the house, accessed via french doors from the lounge.
The cottage reflects the farmhouse in style. The main living space is one huge open plan room which is furnished with a gentle mix of antique and contemporary furniture.
The kitchen in the cottage is also excellently equipped with double electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and like the farmhouse, has the added bonus of a double white butlers sink.
When the kids get tired, they can snuggle up on one of the comfy sofas and read a book, watch one of the many children’s films on DVD or video, or play on one the games consoles.There are loads of great films, CDs, + classic and contemporary novels for all tastes for children and adults alike
Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Bed linen provided (White Egyptian cotton) + Bath/hand towels & tea towels
Guests are however asked to bring their own pool towels.
Linen is changed weekly.. Should the cot be required there is a £15 linen charge per week for bedding & baby towel.
THE GAMES ROOM:
Sub dividing the two houses lies an enormous stone barn, recently refurbished, which provides a welcoming refuge in the heat of the day, and a brilliant central area for games and socialising in in the evenings.
The full size slate bed American pool table provides the perfect arena for family tournaments, whilst the kids battle it out on the top of the range air hockey table. There are loads of board games, jigsaws, darts board etc, and toys for younger children.
OUTDOOR GAMES: table tennis, giant garden games, swing ball, boules, and quoits.
Heated pool (a must for evening bathing) which at 9 x 4m provides a calm oasis in the heat of summer. Sun loungers and sprawling deck chairs lie scattered around the pool and terrace. Olive trees line the poolside where lavender and rosemary scent the air. The immediate pool area (including the pool itself) is illuminated for evening bathing, and child safety being paramount, the pool has been securely fenced and the swing close gates fitted with child proof lockable handles. Shaded pergola alongside pool.
Pretty gardens, poolside pergola, shady terraces, sunny veranda overlooking beautiful open countryside.
At the front of the farmhouse there is a large covered terrace with table and chairs to seat 13 .
Further covered terrace overlooking the pool area seats 10.
Additional dining on upper terrace seats 8.
Landscaped gardens and lawned areas with various seating areas/tables chairs & parasols.
Private parking for 4 vehicles
THINGS TO DO
The fertile lush and peaceful countryside is perfect for walking, bike rides and picnics. There are literally hundreds of chateaux and vineyards in the area which open their doors for wine tastings. Our local wine is superb with a terrific Merlot and cool fresh Sauvignon Blanc.
Visit the local town of Duras 8km away with its imposing chateau, bustling Monday market and lively Thursday night market. Or treat yourselves to a trip to the chocolate factory just outside Duras. Duras has 2 banks (with their cash machines), post office, 1 mini supermarket in the town square and a larger one (Carrefour) on the outskirts of town, and a large leclerc in Ste Foy La Grande. There are restaurants in the town and surrounding area with menus to suit all budgets. There are GP and dental services available in Duras also, and 30 minutes away is the nearest A&E department in Marmande. Visit the beautiful medieval town of St Emilion. Enjoy a wine tour and discover the wonderful architecture of the chateaux and city.
Medoc, Graves, Pessac, Cahors and Sauternes are all within easy driving distance, and the dreamy chateau Monbazillac is pure romance with views and a fabulous restaurant. The local village of St Sernin de Duras has two excellent floodlit tennis courts, a great restaurant, cafe, bar, tabac and general store which stocks fresh bread and croissants.
La Roche is situated about two hours drive from the coast at Arcachon, near Bordeaux. This coast possesses some of the most spectacular sand dunes in Europe – definitely worth seeing. The town of Arcachon is a charming French seaside town. Well worth the trip.
Much closer you will find Casteljaloux Lake with its man made beach and multitude of activities 40 minutes away.
The property is located 40 mins from Bergerac Airport, which is served from 11 UK airports. Bordeaux Airport is 1.5 hours away.
Eurostar to Paris, TGV to Libourne, 30 minute local train to Ste Foy la Grande, which is 20 mins away by car.
The nearest channel port is St Malo, which is served by the car ferry from Portsmouth; the car journey from the port is 5.5 hours down motorway standard roads; also there is good access by road from the port at Caen.
The local village of St Sernin De Duras is 4km away.
Duras is 8km away.
Horse riding at Mille Pieds (5 minutes away)
Chateau Vigiers Golf and Country club 15 minutes away.
St Foy La Grande 18km away.
St Emelion, 47km away.
Casteljaloux Lac de Clarens with its man made beach (40 minutes from Duras)
Arcachon 158km away.
We hope you will come and enjoy a wonderful relaxing holiday in these beautiful surroundings…have fun with the family, enjoy the many fantastic restaurants, then sink back and relax. The dining room boasts an extensive library of children/adult books CDs and DVDs. Share a good old film, or doze in the sun over a good read, enjoy a glass or two of vino, then doze some more.
‘Deep summer is where laziness finds respectability’ Sam Keen
A 25% non refundable deposit is required to secure the booking. A booking form will be emailed to you to be signed, and returned with the deposit to confirm the booking. The balance + £400 refundable damage deposit to be made 8 weeks before the start of your holiday.
Directions and arrival instructions will be provided at this point.
FOR YOUR OWN SECURITY PLEASE CONTACT ME BY TELEPHONE TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING BEFORE TRANSFERRING / POSTING YOUR DEPOSIT.
Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday, arrival time after 4pm, departure time before 10am.