Holiday farmhouse complex + pool, Aquitaine

8.6/10
Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine Reference: AG003042_A Advertiser since: 20 June 2005

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Clematite Self Catering Sunday 1 3 1

About this property

Clematite, In Superb Farmhouse Complex With Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Peacefully located in a tiny hamlet within the triangle of Ste. Foy la Grande, Duras and Eymet, Les Granges are a small group of five 300 year old stone cottages , spacious,  charmingly restored with lots of character, exposed beams and original features, set amongst vines and woodlands. There are walks and bike rides in all directions with only the occasional farm vehicle to disturb you.is 6km from Ste. Foy la Grande with restaurants, bars, shops and splendid market. The locality offers walks, cycling, canoeing, tennis, horse riding, golf, bowling alley, children's aquapark and winetasting.  We offer tranquility, ideal for relaxing and bird-watching. Well placed for exploring the historic area.
 
Clematite is one of five stone cottage and has its own patio with furniture for al fresco dining, views over the vines and woodlands.
 
Outside - There is off road parking, shared pool with loungers, umbrellas, BBQ area, laundry room, internet access, outside toilet. 
 
Travel - Bergerac Airport 45 mins. Bordeaux  90 mins. Car ferry from Portsmouth 8 hours, train.
 
Your first sight of Les Granges is from a quiet country lane with panoramic views over the vines and woodlands. You arrive at Les Granges driving straight into your own parking space. At the front of the property is an enclosed garden and pathway leading you into the beautifully restored gites overlooking the 12 x 6m pool and paddling pool (fenced and gated).
In between the Gironde and the border of the Dordogne, near the vineyards of Saint-Emilion, Cotes-de-Castillon and Bergerac nestles Les Granges. With shared pool and private terraces it is well equipped for a good value family holiday. The English owners respect visitors privacy, but are on hand if needed.
 
Only 15 minutes drive away is the large 18 hole golf club of Les-Vigiers with a superb restaurant and tea room. There is a nice beach at Lac-de- Gurson a little further away. The evening spectacular of Castillon-la-Bataille should not be missed as it re-traces the Battle of Castillon. The River Dordogne is lovely for canoeing, fishing and one can take a boat ride from Ste- Foy. Wine tasting from the old cellars of Saint-Emilion is a must as well as tasting local wines unless, of course, you want to try them from the exquisite restaurants overlooking the countryside and vineyards.
 
Local amenities - The village of Les Leves is 3kms and has a boulangerie, wine co-operative and garage/newsagent/tabac.
 
To the south about 12 minutes drive is the pretty little town of Duras perched high on an escarpment above the valley of the River Dropt. Here there are local shops, bars and restaurants, a goodMonday market as well as the old Château of the Ducs de Duras which is now a museum and well worth a visit. During the summer months the chateau is used for concerts and other spectacles including a wine fair in late July.There are many leisure activities to be found in the vicinity. Canoeing, boat trips and tennis at Ste-Foy, horse-riding at Les-Leves, children’s aqua park, crazy golf, bowling alley, quad bikes etc. are all within 20 minutes drive providing you with a variety of activities for the more energetic.
 
Nearby places to visit include St-Emilion with its famous 12th century monolithic church. Here you can tour the famous vineyards on a motorised train and take in the delights of the surrounding countryside. Climb the bell tower, visit the catacombs, meander through the cobbled streets visiting the many boutiques and wine tasting shops, stopping off at one of the bustling cafes for welcoming refreshments.
 
Further afield - It is an ideal touring base for exploring the sights and produce of the region. Being situated close to some of the most famous wine growing areas in the world. You can sample the delights of the Grandes Crus of St-Emilion, Pomerol, Medoc, Graves, Sauternes, Barsac, Loupiac, Monbazillac as wll as the more affordable and every day wines of this region Bordeaux, Bergerac, Entre Deux Mers and Duras.
 
Beyond Bordeaux are the beaches of the Atlantic Coast, two hours drive approximately (Archachon, Cap-Ferrat, Dune de Pile).
Within an hour or so from Bergerac there are some famous Bastide towns and châteaux of the Dordogne and Vezere Valleys e.g. Beynac, Castelnaud, Domme, Montpazier, Sarlat, Les-Eyzies, Châteaux-Milandes and Byron.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped ktchen with fridge-freezer, gas cooker, kettle, ironing board, iron, toaster and utensils. Spacious dining room with table and 4 chairs, bookcase, ceiling fan/light

Living rooms

Comfortable armchairs, settee, sofa, table lamps, Sky TV, DVD.

Bedrooms

Family bedroom with 3 single beds (no bunks) with side tables and lamps and en suite shower room

Bathrooms

Shower room with toilet, basin, shaver light and socket

Heating

Oil fired central heating chargeable

Entertainment

Satellite TV (English and French), books, dvd, internet

Garden and outside

Swimming pool, paddling pool, (fenced and gated), with loungers, umbrellas, BBQ area, laundry room, internet access, outside toilet

Parking and garages

Individual undercover off road parking space

Visitor suitability

Families, couples and house-hunters

Facilities

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Perch
Name of nearest fishing location: Dordogne River
Distance: 6 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Chateau des Vigiers 24240 Monestier
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Poney Club Les Leves, 33220 Ste Foy la Grande
Distance: 4 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route des vins de Bordeaux

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR6

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Univitis, 33220 Les Leves
Distance: 4 km

The Owner Recommends

Further Afield

Further afield Les Granges is an ideal touring base for exploring the sights and produce of the region. Being situated close to some of the most famous wine-growing areas in the world. You can sample the delights of the Grandes Crus of St Emilion, Pomerol, Medoc, Graves, Sauternes, Barsac, Loupiac, Monbazillac as well as the more affordable and every day wines of this region Bordeaux, Bergerac, Entre Deux Mers and Duras. Bordeaux with its international airport at Merignac is about an hours drive and beyond Bordeaux are the beaches of the Atlantic Coast, two hours drive approximately (Arcachon, Cap Ferrat, Dune dd Pyla). Within an hour or so from Bergerac there are some famous Bastide towns and châteaux of the Dordogne and Vezere Valleys eg Beynac, Castelnaud, Domme, Montpazier, Sarlat, Les Eyzies, Châteaux Milandes and Byron.

Location and activities

Canoeing, horse riding, cycling, golf, fishing, walking

Markets/Activities

The Saturday market at Ste-Foy-la-Grande is the best in the region and should not be missed. It offers everything from snails to French bread and beyond. Spend time just sitting in one of the cafes enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by. To the south about 12 minutes drive is the pretty little town of Duras perched high on an escarpment above the valley of the River Dropt. Here there are local shops, bars and restaurants, a good Monday market as well as the old Château of the Ducs de Duras which is now a museum and well worth a visit. During the summer months the château is used for concerts and other spectacles including a wine fair in late July. There are many leisure activities to be found in the vicinity. Canoeing, boat trips and tennis at Ste-Foy, horse riding at Les Leves, children’s aqua park, crazy golf, bowling alley, quad bikes etc are all within 20 minutes drive providing you with a variety of activities for the more energetic.

Nearby Activities

Nearby places to visit include St Emilion with its famous 12th century monolithic church. Here you can tour the famous vineyards on a motorised train and take in the delights of the surrounding countryside. Climb the bell tower, visit the catacombs, meander through the cobbled streets visiting the many boutiques and wine tasting shops, stopping off at one of the bustling cafes for welcoming refreshments. Also worth a visit is Bergerac, 20 minutes drive, the former principal town of the Dordogne. Here you will find wine and tobacco museums and the famous statue of Cyrano de Bergerac in the old town with its cobbled streets running down to the River Dordogne. Take a trip down the river on a converted tobacco barge taking in the sights and watching the kingfishers and herons

Nearest restaurant

Ste-Foy-la-Grande

Restaurants

Our local restaurant, Le Relais, just a 3 minute drive away offers you excellent lunch and dinner (5 courses) starting from €11 – (£8.50). Well worth a visit is “Chez Nelly’s” Italian Pizza Restaurant and Castanets another popular local restaurant about 15 minutes drive away and many more.

3 Reviews
8.6/10
  • Cleanliness: 8.7
  • Comfort: 8.3
  • Condition: 8.7
  • Facilities: 8
  • Local Amenities: 8.7
  • Setting: 8
  • Value for Money: 9.7
8.7 / 10 janetandkeith 13 September, 2016

Excellent value for money and a really good stay with Pauline and Mike who are a very nice couple and looked after us really well.
We stayed in Clematite which is perfect for a couple, and met our needs exactly for three weeks of relaxation and quiet. Tucked around the corner, the cottage was so peaceful we didn't feel like we were part of a complex, but there were people around if we wanted to socialise and it was safe and secure for Janet's last week on her own. The cottage was also nice and shady and stayed really cool in very hot weather. The families there made great use of the pool, and there were plenty of sun loungers. A great location near Sainte Foy La Grande, a really nice town and surrounded by other historic towns and villages. Pauline and Mike were very welcoming and we enjoyed their hospitality very much, they had good recommendations to make about things to see and do and places to eat. We would recommend to our friends and family.

10 / 10 Ayrshire couple 3 August, 2015

We had a lovely week as guests of Pauline and Mike at Les Granges and were treated to an upgrade to a larger gite which was tremendous. I have never been in a holiday home which was so well equipped - there was nothing missing! The location was stunning in the country and peaceful, we had our own patio facing on to the pool which was immaculate and had plenty sun loungers and umbrellas. Our neighbours were lovely and we barbequed with them one or two evenings. We had travelled Ryanair so had no pool towels with us and Pauline just let us borrow some which was great - they were fantastic hosts - we arrived to wine, milk and water in our fridge to get us started. There are ceiling fans and UK TV channels. The town of Saint Foy la Grande is only a few miles away and has everything including good restaurants and a huge Leclerc supermarket. The next village had a little boulangerie for fresh bread/croissants. There are markets all around on different days. The area is wonderful for taking country drives through vineyards and little tiny hamlets. I would definitely recommend a stay at Les Granges you will receive a friendly welcome and enjoy a very comfortable holiday.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your kind review. It is our policy to make you feel at home and enjoy your holiday with us and have a relaxing time.

Pauline and Mike

7 / 10 Imtiaz 19 July, 2014

Excellent location close to all the big towns and supermarket/petrol station. Well equipped, they provide a very good welcome pack and also you dont need to buy charcoal or fire lighters for the 4 well appointed pot bellied BBQs near the swimming pool. Very friendly hosts. Good view of the vineyards from the bedroom window of our gite, Clematit. Wonderful walks in the local area. St Foy, brilliant town with a boulangerie open 7days a week from 7am-7pm in the central market square, can you imagine a boulangerie open 7/7, what a find in France! Some good quality wine from Chateau de la Lambertie, spoilt for choice if you want to go on a wine tasting spree....so many vineyards to chose from! Ask Mike for wifi and you get this fantastic contraption that does the job perfectly. Nice covered parking in the shade. Good decent sized swimming pool, beware of Mike's pool cleaning machine, its got a mind of it's own, specially if you are by yourself, cooking on the BBQ, immersed in vacant thought and all of a sudden this thing hisses and comes to life, almost had a heart attack!!!
Use this as your base and drive around and get lost in this wonderful part of the country. Drove into the town of Tremolat and discovered these very nice places, Bistro de la Place and Le Vieux Logis, went to the Sunday market in Issegiac, beautiful, walked along the river in St Foy on an evening, nice, discovered Chateau de la Lambertie by chance, took a wrong turn down a gravel track and met Jean Marc as he emerged out of this giant wine vat, in his cleaning gear and we spent time with him, his dog, his mum and his wine. What is there not to like about this area. Think I will retire here!!!

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