Holiday farmhouse complex + pool, Aquitaine

9.6/10
8km from Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine Reference: AG003042_E Advertiser since: 20 June 2005

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Campanule Self Catering Saturday 2 5 1

About this property

Campanule, 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.
 
Campanule 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

The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge-freezer, gas cooker, kettle, ironing board, iron, toaster and utensils. Spacious work surfaces. Spacious dining area.

Living rooms

The living room has comfortable armchairs, settee, sofa, table lamps, tv/dvd, library, games

Bedrooms

One double bed, fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables and lamps, centre light and fan.

Bathrooms

Fully tiled shower room (walls and floor) with thermostatic shower, toilet and basin and 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), private patio, bbq area, laundry room and internet

Parking and garages

Individual undercover parking space

Off road parking

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
9.6/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 9.7
10 / 10 Grant in Guernsey 27 August, 2017

An enjoyable stay in a lovely area, particularly for those interested in wine, viticulture and wine making, Within 1h45mins there is Parc Walibi, which the children loved.
The nearby town of Sainte Foy la Grande is charming and the markets are legendary. Good access to the beautiful town of St Emiilion also. I recommend going to the tourist info in Ste Foy la Grande on your first day.
The pool was a welcome respite in the heat of the day, and there was access to BBQ facilities which was helpful.
Mike and Pauline were friendly, and full of advice relating to nearby amenities and activities.
To improve our stay, the mattresses could have been a bit thicker, and there was a problem with the kids beds moving too easily on their castors, leading to my son falling out of bed several times, (a very cheap solution to this would be some of those plastic or rubber cups to sit the castors into).
Other than that, we were very pleased and found it very relaxing. It is worth mentioning the lovely cool ambient temperature within the barn due to it's thick stone wallls.

Owner response

Thank you for your kind review.

The reason the beds are easily moveable is for cleaning purposes because the beds are moved each time we clean. But your idea is a good one and will bear it in mind.

Thank you once again.

9.2 / 10 Don 3 October, 2013

Good points
The gite had been renovated from a barn, by the owner, to a very high standard and with great attention to detail.The fixtures and fittings were of a good quality which added to the comfort. The kitchen equipment, crockery and glassware were of a high standard. The gite was very clean on arrival and the owners very welcoming.

Bad points
A microwave was available on site but some people might want one in their own gite.

9.7 / 10 Julie 2 October, 2013

Good points
The area, the owners and the accomodation.

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