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Olive Tree Cottage was once occupied by a winemaker some 150 years ago. Many of the original features remain-tiled floors, ornate fireplaces and ancient, exposed oak beams. There is a large fully equipped litchen with oven & gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine & fridge freezer.
The lounge has a comfy sofa, tv with dvd and selction of movies, UK tv channels and a traditional woodburning stove. There is a dining area with stripped pine table and church pew.
Upstairs the double bedroom has massive exposed oak beams, lots of space for your clothes and an ensuite shower/wc. Outside is a private and secluded garden with roses, ferns, lavender, olive trees and even banana plants. There are hammocks for lazing away sunny days, dining furniture, comfy armchairs and a barbecue.
Slip through a vine covered arch to reach the swimming pool where there are sunbeds and parasols.
We provide everything you will need to conjur up some culinary magic with the wonderful produce available locally. Kitchen has all the equipment you would expect at home including gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher & washing machine.
Cosy lounge area with woodburning stove, tv, dvd, selection of movies and UK tv channels.
The bedroom has double bed, beautiful exposed oak beams, en suite bathroom and a view of the swimming pool.
Large, spacious bathroom with shower, wc & washbasin
UK freeview channels, dvd player and selection of movies
Everything you would expect for a lazy relaxed holiday. Hammocks, dining furniture, comfy armchairs and a barbecue
Ample off road parking for your car
The countryside around Olive Tree Cottage is perfect for cycling. Vineyards, sunflowers fields and the River Dordogne create a delightful landscape with quiet lanes and gentle hills. So we provide, free of charge, a small selection of bikes for you to set off on mini adventures. Baskets for your picnic or shopping and picnic blankets are provided.
Free tennis courts are available nearby so we provide, free of charge, balls and rackets.
For those of you who cannot resist a Louis XV chair or an iconic Ricard water jug you can follow the antique trail from Castillon la Bataille to Ste Foy la Grande dropping in 6 excellent antique, or "brocantes" as they call them here in France. Also during the summer there are dozens of fairs which spill out onto the streets of towns and villages.
You can spend a fabulous day at the stylish seaside town of Arcachon and the silver beaches of the Atlantic Coast. Walk along our favourite boardwalk which hugs the shoreline, eat delicious local oysters, moules and fresh fish, take a boat ride across the Arcachon basin or clamber up Europes highest sand dune, the Dune de Pyla for a fantastic coastal view especially at sunset.
When Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine, much of south west France came under English rule, which was ok for a while but then a long drawn out war ran for many decades known as the Hundred Years War. The final battle took place at Castillon just a few kilometres from Olive Tree. Now every year a spectacular recreation of this period is acted out by volunteers in a late night production. We say you must go as it is like nothing else you will have seen and culminates in a stunning battle scene when General Talbot is killed and the English are finally driven out of France.
Once a month owners of classic cars ranging from ancient Citroens to modern day Ferraris gather in Bergerac for a rally. The general public are welcome to come along free of charge and join these "Fou de Volant" or petrolheads as they are known in France
The River Dordogne is perfect for canoeing and you can hire canoes with all the safety gear, tuition and lift up river in a mini bus for a gentle paddle downstream with peace and quiet, herons, kingfishers, egrets and fish breaking the surface of the water.
Medoc, Graves, Sauternes, Saint Emilion. Legendary names in wine and Olive Tree is in the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards. We are very happy to make appointments for you to visit splendid chateau like La Riviere at Fronsac, always a favourite with our guests, but also local wine makers like Chateau Font Vidal, in the same family for 200 years and even our local cooperative where they still serve wine through a petrol pump at roughly £1 per litre.
Free bike hire. The winding lanes around Olive Tree Cottage meander between vineyards and sunflower fields and are perfect for mini adventures. We have a range of bikes with handy baskets to hold your picnic or shopping, helmets and picnic blankets.
The stables at Blanzac are a great place to go horse riding for both experienced riders and novices. A guide will take you on a delightful trek through the vineyards above the town of Castillon La Bataille.
Buying fresh produce at your local market is still important to many French people. Fresh crusty bread, locally grown fruit and vegetables, fish and oysters from the Atlantic Coast and ready to eat golden spit roast chickens are amongst the goodies you will be able to buy. Castillon La Bataille market starts early on Monday morning and the atmosphere is so typically French.
Night markets or "Marche Nocturne" are a delightful summer thing and very typical of how French people like to enjoy a warm evening "en famille". A normally quiet village or town will be transformed in a few hours into a pop up restaurant with long table and chairs filling the central square. Producers of local produce will set up stalls producing street food ranging from oysters and snails, fish brochettes, juicy duck breast, succulent steaks, golden spit roast chicken and lots more. Wine is always on offer at very reasonable prices and free musical entertainment is usually added for that certain "je ne sais quoi".
Saint Emilion has all the right ingredients for at least a couple of hours of exploration; narrow winding streets, steep cobbled footpaths, Romanesque churches, lots of great bars, restaurants and cafes, hidden corners where you'll find interesting shops and the chance to taste and buy wine on just about every corner.
We are very lucky to have at least 6 good places to eat all within 10 minutes drive of Olive Tree Cottage, and the choice ranges from our local village restaurant which serves simple but tasty meals to the exquisite "La Poudette" where you can eat beautifully created food in a relaxed cottage garden setting.