|Le Grand Bost||Self Catering||Saturday||3||7||3|
Le Grand Bost is a rural hamlet located on a no through road guaranteeing a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Nestling amongst vineyards, woods and orchards it is just a short drive from the villages of St Meard de Gurcon and Velines. Ideally placed for lovers of French wines, cuisine and history, it is close to the regions of St Emilion, Bergerac, Duras and Bordeaux.
The converted barn has been furnished and fitted out to a superior standard and offers every modern amenity whilst retaining the old world charm created by stone walls and oak beams. Everything is provided to ensure that your stay is perfect and that you want for nothing, from hairdryers to barbecue tools. It has an unbelievable 'wow' factor!
With three distinct external areas you are guaranteed to find a place in the sun for whatever purpose - swimming, reading, dining, sipping a glass of wine, or even having a zizz!
Previous visitors have said:
* This is the best gite we have stayed in so far in France - we have had a wonderful, relaxing, holiday. Many thanks.
* Four friends who enjoy sharing holidays. At David and Andrea's delightful house we found it all - a warm welcome, every comfort, wonderful peach, beautiful countryside and, above all, fantastic wines. Thank you both.
* 5th time here - says it all really! We will be back. Fantastic house and pool. Wonderful hosts. Thanks for everything David and Andrea.
* We had a brilliant fortnight in a great house. The house was so well equipped with all you could wish for when having a holiday. Andrea and David were fantastic hosts who have put a lot of thought into ensuring those home comforts whilst away. We all look forward to our return visit. Thank you both for a great holiday.
* Another relaxing and enjoyable holiday here! We made some new discoveries, including chateau Bridoire - a must for a rainy day! Night market in Castillon was excellent again, as was the canoe trip along the Dordogne. Andrea and David were lovely hosts again - hope to return some time in the future.
* Thank you for a lovely stay. We especially enjoyed the pool and found this a great place to stay with a toddler. Amazingly relaxing and welcoming. Thank you.
* Lovely, lovely time. Great house. Great pool. Perfect for cycling. Nowhere better in France to relax on holidays. Thanks David and Andrea
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you would expect to find - it is home from home. There is a 5-burner gas hob with electric oven, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee machine, microwave, food processor, electric hand whisk - plenty of cupboards filled with crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, serving dishes, plastic plates for outside, glasses, etc. The dining area has a large table with 8 chairs.
The living area has a 3-seater sofa, 2-seater sofa, an armchair, and a pouffe - all very comfortable. It has plenty of side tables, two bookcases with a stack of holiday reading. Pictures and ornaments complete the décor.
The master bedroom has a king-size bed and has two aspects, one over the pool, the other over the front.
The second bedroom has a double bed and a single bed, and looks out over the pool.
The third bedroom is on the ground floor and is suitable for the less able. It has two single beds and French windows.
All three bedrooms have plenty of hanging space, drawer space, hairdryer, electric fan, chairs, rugs.
All three bedrooms are en suite - the master bedroom having a bath with shower over, basin and toilet. The other two bedrooms have shower cubicles, basins and toilets. There is also a separate visitor's toilet on the ground floor.
Oil fired central heating is available in the winter months when necessary.
Free to view British television is available through a satellite dish. There is also a dvd player with a good selection of dvds. For music there is an iPod docking station and a cd player and loads of cds. The bookcase is groaning under the weight of paperbacks - something for everyone.
The bar doors lead out onto a wonderful walled courtyard with multi-coloured tiles. There is a table and chairs for dining under a large canopy. Smaller tables with chairs are scattered around for less formal dining or drinking. From here you can access the heated private saltwater pool - 10m x 4m - with Roman steps. A huge patio surround the pool with enough sun loungers for everyone. At the front of the barn there is another patio with bench seating.
There is ample off-road parking for three cars.
This holiday home is suitable for all who love the countryside and the peace and quiet. The downstairs bedroom is suitable for the less abled, the shower has grab handles and there is a grab handle adjacent to the toilet. This would not suit those who seek loud night life although the French local fetes and night markets often have local music and dancing.
Our pool is heated making it comfortable to use in early summer and into late summer and autumn.
Your hosts are David and Andrea who spent the majority of their working lives in the hotel and catering industry. They are, therefore, experienced at ensuring that their guests have everything they require for a perfect holiday.<br/><br/>Prior to meeting Andrea, David was an actor and has many credits for film, TV and radio. He says that he changed his stage to the one behind a bar where he could entertain people in a different way.
|Year property purchased||1999|
|Why this location?||A glorious location - miles and miles of vineyards - very rural - very calm. And yet it is only a short drive from some wonderful French towns and cities. Bergerac is only 40 minutes away. Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine, is just over an hour away. And for the more adventurous there is the Atlantic coast a couple of hours away - and Spain, just a four hour drive. There is something for everyone who enjoys peace and quiet but wants to visit and experience town or city life for a day out.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property is very rural - it is next door to vineyards - and is surrounded by open space and woods. It sits on a no-through road and the only passing traffic is when the occupants of one of the neighbouring houses (and there are only 3 beyond us) goes out or comes back. It offers a totally private walled courtyard and private pool area.|
Drive to Bordeaux, park outside and take the tram into the centre. Once there you can soak up the culture of this old city, the capital of Aquitaine - wonder round the shops, walk by the river, dine in any number of restaurants.
Take a picnic to the Lac de Gurson, just 7 miles away - it has sandy beaches, shade under pine trees, a large lake fit for swimming and a lifeguard on duty, 2 restaurants, childrens play area, canoes - a lovely day out.
Take a day out to the Atlantic coast - go to Arcachon and see the largest ever sand dune - the Dune de Pyla - slide down it if you dare! Lovely seafood restaurants and, of course, the beach and the sea.
Take a short drive to Bergerac, home of the fictional Cyrano, wander through the old town with its narrow streets, have lunch in the Riverside Restaurant overlooking the Dordogne.
Follow the Route des Vins round dozens of vineyards and stop at those you like for a tasting.