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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.
Jonquille is one of five stone cottage and has its own patio with furniture for al fresco dining, overlooks the pool
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.
The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge-freezer, gas cooker, kettle, ironing board, iron, toaster and utensils. Spacious dining room with table and 6 chairs, light with fan, buffet.
Comfortable armchairs, settee, sofa, table lamps, library and games, tv/dvd
One double bed with fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, light with fan, side tables with lamps and one triple bedroom with 3 single beds (no bunks), fitted wardrobe, light with fan, chest of drawers, window overlooking the pool
Shower room with toilet, basin, shaver light and socket
Oil fired central heating chargeable
Satellite tv (English and French), books, dvd, internet
Swimming pool, paddling pool (fenced and gated), private patio, bbq area, laundry room and internet access
Individual undercover parking space
Off road parking
Families, couples and house-hunters
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.
Canoeing, horse riding, cycling, golf, fishing, walking
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 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
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.
We enjoyed this holiday so much, we have had 2 breaks here this year. The setting is beautiful - very peaceful and relaxing but has everything you need in the nearest town (Sainte Foy La Grande) which is about 10 minutes drive away.
There are 5 gites in total sharing the pool, we stayed in the same one on both visits. Our cottage was clean and homely with spacious living accommodation and had an extremely well equipped kitchen. One slight issue is that the shower in the bathroom could have been more powerful, but otherwise everything was good.
The owners of the property; Pauline and Mike are very helpful and are there if you need them, but they are not intrusive.
The area is wonderful, we toured around enjoying the countryside and explored many villages. The first time we went, it was the end of June/ early July and we enjoyed activities such as canoeing on the Dordogne and taking a tourist bus trip around Bergerac. However when we returned in mid-late September many touristy things (including some restaurants) had already closed down which was disappointing, but didn't spoil our enjoyment too much.
I would definitely recommend this for a relaxing holiday.
We cannot overstate how pleased we were when we arrived at the property. Pauline had emailed us the night before to tell us we could check in before the agreed time, if we wished, which was much appreciated as our flight landed at 09.00. The gite was clean throughout and well equipped with everything we needed for a 2 week stay. It would have been possible to cook a Sunday roast had we been daft enough to try in 30C of heat. Nothing was too much trouble for Pauline and Mike who acted like a walking talking tourist information service and were also on hand to replace the odd glass that got broken and even helped us with the French washing machine at one point. Free charcoal for the BBQ plus wine/milk/tea bags on arrival are just some of the examples of the little extras that made our stay special. Away from the property there were plenty of places to visit and activities to indulge in. Bordeaux, Bergerac and St Emillion are worth a visit as is the Zoo at La teste-de-Buch, the market at Duras and the French version of Go Ape (high wires amongst the trees). Other highlights included the chocolate factory near Duras and the lake at Gurson (beach/canoes/swimming). We would highly recommend this property which is set in beautiful countryside (we had gorgeous walks) but is just a few minutes drive from the town of Sainte Foy la Grande.
Thank you for your review. Hope to see you again.
This was our first time in this area of France. We were looking for a peaceful holiday, and found our accomodation perfect for this. The location was spot on conveniently situated between Bergerac and Bordeaux but still providing a country setting. The Owners were most helpful in providing us with specialist local knowledge of the area, that included places of interest and eateries providing local cuisine. This without doubt enhanced our holiday experience greatly.
The accomodation was comfortably furnished and spacious, with a comfortable bed, and patio area that looked out over the swimming pool. We found the little extras such as having an Internet room and launderette a welcome bonus.
We would recommend Jonquille to anyone looking for a base to explore this area of the Dordogne, with its world renowned Wine region and local street markets.
Thank you so much for your review. We try very hard to help everyone have an enjoyable holiday. Hope to see you again this year.
This is the 5th time we've been to Les Granges and we've never been disappointed. Mike and Pauline, the on site owners, are extremely helpful and always have great restaurant recommendations! There are plenty places to visit such as Bordeaux, Sarlat and Bergerac or you can have a relaxing day by the pool. I would highly recommend staying at Les Granges.
Fiona and Gary are great guests and we thank you for your excellent review. We are always striving to make the difference! We look forward to your next visit.