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'Les Violettes' is a 1786 stone barn, which in 2008 was newly and sympathetically converted to a rural gite with high modern building standards, whilst preserving original features, such as beamed ceilings – to create spacious, light and airy accommodation with an antique ambiance.
The property is suitable for 2 adults but can accomodate extra on the double bed settee in the lounge with space for a folding bed .
A welcome pack of wine, bread, butter, milk, cheese and coffee is included to get you started - and herbs, spices and oils are ready to enhance your barbecue-cooking.
Heating throughout (should it be needed) is by new electric radiant heaters. The property is suitable for off season breaks to explore the vineyards, chateaux and gorgeous bastide towns that this part of France offers. Ideal also for golfers and canoeists.
Lies between the historic towns of Bergerac and Ste Foy-la-Grande. It is on a quiet country road which leads straight up into the heart of the Bergerac vineyards and is on the edge of the village of Gardonne. Has easy access to the D936 leading to Bordeaux and passing through St Emilion. Is within 20 minutes drive of Bergerac Airport and 5 minutes from a train link to Bordeaux and Sarlat. Local shops and two hypermarchés are within 15 minutes drive.
Dining area has seating for 6 persons and adjacent wine storage and dresser.
Kitchen area is fully equipped with refrigerator, washing-machine, electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster and kettle etc., and it has a lovely view over the garden.
The spacious, brightly lit lounge/diner has a new, comfy sofa, which can convert to a double bed (see entertainment for other facilities).
Large bedroom with king sized bed, dressing-table, over-bed reading lights, wall-mounted tv, storage chest and built-in wardrobe (with iron and ironing-board).
En suite bathroom (to bedroom) - attractive, fully-tiled bathroom. Bath and shower-unit; wc, washbasin with electric shaving-point and hairdryer and electric towel rail.
French and English digital tv with dvd player in lounge plus a good selection of films in both French and English. Free wi-fi available throughout. There is a library of both English and French novels, a mass of local information and local travel guides and maps plus family games. Also a cd/radio.
Two adult bicycles available on request and at own risk.
The private verandah has a static bbq and fresh herbs nearby with an arch with child-proof gate leading to the sunny, good-sized swimming-pool, 8m x 4m (alarm fitted) with loungers, chairs, side tables and umbrellas. Pool toys available on request. (The owner will be responsible for pool maintenance). The lawn is fringed by roses, fruit and specimen trees. Badminton equipment and boules on site.
Secure parking space outside the gite door. Large vehicles can be accommodated on-site on the owners driveway.
A peaceful location for wine, chateau, bastide, golfing and garden lovers as well as a great hub for young families.
The bi-lingual owner, who read history, has a stock of guide books and will always be available to advise on trips and outings and has access to the weekly emailed letter of "What’s on" round and about Bergerac; also restaurant guide and train time-tables.
All bed linen, towels and household linen will be provided and all electricity and water charges are inclusive in the price. There are no hidden extras! (Sorry, but we operate a "no smoking" policy).
Booking weeks normally run from Saturday (16.00) to Saturday (10.00 am) but Friday to Friday may be possible dependant on availability. Short breaks on request.
Beautiful towns, villages and castles such as Beynac on the river, where 'Chocolat' and 'Jeanne d’Arc' were filmed, with its magnificent castle; wonderful medieval Sarlat and superb bastides such as Monpazier with its weekly market. Elegant Bordeaux the historic seat of Aquitaine. Gardens such as Marquessac and Erignac. Pre-historic sites like Lascaux or les Eyzies. A visit to historic St Emilion, famous for its wines.
Sea-swimming and sea-fishing can be found in the beautiful bay and nature reserve of Arcachon, where you can also climb the famous Dune du Pyla!
Tennis and fishing in our nearby village of Gardonne (5 mins by car) and of course “permit” fishing everywhere on the Dordogne. Childrens' pool in Gardonne and seasonal Water Park off the main road to Bergerac, which has family picnic areas and an adjoining bowling alley and indoor soft play hall for young children. Canoeing, both at Gardonne itself and at Ste Foy Indoor swimming (ice skating in winter) in Bergerac. Historical, family theme Parks such as Bornat
Wine-centres such as historic St Emilion (half hour by car) or the fairytale Chateau de Monbazillac (20 mins by car).
Monpazier-Thursday. Ste Foy-Saturday.
Saint Malo 654km.
There is a superb 18-hole course at the five star Chateau des Vigiers only 5kms away, with an excellent hotel restaurant, brasserie, pool and beauty spa and beautiful lake set in parkland.
A rare gite for two with a decent pool semi-detached (across the garden) from the friendly English owner's property. Good location for access to both the Dordogne and Bordeaux (trainline nearby). Two Michelin starred restaurants within a 15 minute drive - both excellent. Off-road parking, large supermarket 10 minute drive.
This is my lowest ever review score. My guests were clearly more used to staying in hotels with multi facilities and staff on site and to eating out at Michelin starred restaurants. Frankly I feel that they would have been happier staying in a hotel complex at Nice or Cannes, as unlike most of my guests, they spent most of their time just sitting and reading. Admittedly Gardonne itself is a small village near Bergerac with river canoeing, surrounded by vineyards, but it has easy access to lovely regional villages and markets like Ste Foy and gorgeous Monpazier , chateaux like Monbazillac and of course the Caves at nearby Lascaux. It has good road and normally fast train access to Ste Emilion, Sarlat and Bordeaux. In fact access to the pool is one minute away from the gite door and guests have sole use of the pool and a large area of lawn and garden, with equipment for playing badminton or boules!
Marianne made our stay at her Gite "Home from Home".
Only problem was our stay of one week was too short.
Look forward to staying again when next in the Bergerac area.
This is a small but exceedingly well equipped gite ideal for couples seeking peace and quiet. With all 'mod cons', including British TV and a good sized pool it provides everything that you would need for a comfortable stay. It is very clean and well- maintained under the eye of the owner, who couldn't be more helpful, who lives next door and is on hand for information, advice and support if needed. A 'Welcome Pack' is provided on arrival and, both from experience and comments in the Visitor's Book the owner is delghtful, extremely well informed on the area and will go out of her way to help you with any thing you need. A real 'home from home'. Many visitors seem to book from year to year and most say that they will be making a return visit. We would certainly recommend it wholeheartedly to any one who is looking for a quiet and relaxed holiday under the care of a caring host.
The location is about quarter of a mile off the main road between St Foy and Bergerac and, whilst not in an area of bustling activity, it is in wine growing country and is ideally placed for reaching all the main sites of the area as well as Bergerac Town itself.
We will certainly be visiting again.
Very helpful owner , made to feel welcome ,providing groceries on arrival
And provided list of information and suggestions where to visit . Sole use of secluded pool .
Loved the small towns and villages of the area .
Enjoyed our week at Les Violettes .