|Toyat||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2||2 futon style beds for children|
Set in beautiful rolling countryside on the Gironde/Lot et Garonne border, the property enjoys wonderful views and tranquility, but is only 5 mins from Monsegur, with its lively market, cinema, bars and restaurants. There is a good supermarket, pharmacy and all the essential shops and services.
From mid June to mid September there is a weekly night market where local producers serve gourmet foods and wines, with live entertainment, always a fabulous evening. During July and August, there is a similar night market in the surrounding towns and villages practically every night of the week.
Marmande, 15 mins away, is a large town with all shopping and services, and a lovely riverside park, complete with a small sandy beach on the river Garonne.
This is wine country, in the Bordeaux appellation, but also on the edge of the Duras and Marmande regions, all producing fabulous wines with plenty of opportunities for wine tasting.
The 'village fleurie' of St. Vivien de Monsegur, 2km away, has a tennis court available to use.
Open plan fully fitted kitchen with all the usual things you would expect in a modern kitchen. South facing, with a view across the pool and the valley.
The adjoining dining room is bright and airy, with seating for up to eight people.
Reclining sofas and armchairs, a wide screen tv, UK satellite for all the English channels, a good collection of dvds, all makes for a very comfortable and relaxing place to be, if you can ever tear yourselves away from the conservatory and decking!
The large conservatory is south facing, enjoying the best of the weather and the great view. Ideal for dining or enjoying a sundowner, it overlooks the expanse of decking around the pool.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed, en suite bathroom with bath and shower, plenty of drawer and wardrobe space, and double french doors leading onto its own large balcony, south facing.
Bedroom 2 also has a double bed and is en suite, with plenty of storage space, but is a little smaller.
Bedroom 3 is a walk-through room, leading into Bedroom 1. It is intended as a children's room with two convertible futon style chair/beds which open out to 190 x 70cm. There is a small tv for watching satellite tv or dvds.
En suite 1 has a bath, large shower unit, double vanity unit and wc.
En suite 2 has a shower unit, vanity and wc.
The separate wc is in the utility room with a washbasin.
A wood stove in the living room heats the whole house, but there is also electric heating in every room.
The living/ dining//kitchen area and bedroom 1 also have air conditioning units.
Large screen tv with English satellite reception and a wide range of dvds.
Music can be played through the tv via a USB port or cd, or UK radio stations via the satellite.
Cards and various board games are also provided in case of a rainy day!
There is an exterior games room with table tennis and a pool/snooker table.
Also a variety of garden games, croquet, badminton, etc.
The property extends to almost 2 acres. On one side is woodland with shady walks, to the other side is open grassland with some young fruit trees.
Surrounding the house is a delightful garden area, but the main feature is the huge wood deck between the swimming pool (6 x 4m) and conservatory. There is ample comfortable seating for outside entertaining or relaxing, and sunshades. At the western end of the house is a covered area for alfresco dining, with a bbq.
Our property adjoins vineyards and farmland, there are no immediate neighbours so it is very private. The road is small and farm vehicles are probably more frequent than cars!
There is ample parking on the gravelled drive for several cars, with space in the carport for one car.
The garage is not available to guests.
The house is wheelchair accesible, but no particular provision has been made for this.
The pool has an alarm but is not fenced, so parents must keep a close eye on young children and toddlers.
After years sailing the world we settled in France, living on an old Dutch barge, cruising the French waterways. We finally found out favourite spot here and love our home. Making it available for others to enjoy a holiday here, lets us continue to enjoy travelling!
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||We love the rolling hills, great views and peace and quiet. The area has lots of historic towns and villages, plenty to see and do, but is not overrun with tourists in the summer.|
|Unique benefits of property||Set in nearly two acres, the house has wonderful grounds, a huge deck surrounding the pool, and great south facing views across vineyards and farmland.|
These are held from about mid June to mid September in a number of towns and villages around us. Local producers set up stalls and cook or serve their speciality for us to eat and enjoy on the spot. And wine of course! Live music or entertainment follows and a great evening is always guaranteed. It is possible to visit one almost any night, full details are available on arrival.
The swimming pool is great for a cooling dip but if you are looking for a beach, there are several options. Nearby Marmande has a small beach on the river Garonne, but just a little further at Casteljaloux, there is a large lake with a great beach, water slides and games, boat hire, aerial rope ways and a zip line across the lake. Also at Casteljaloux, there are the famous thermal baths with a large pool.
For the ocean, head for Arcachon, 1 1/2 hrs drive away. A lively coastal resort with great beaches and the Dune de Pylas, Europe's largest sand dune.
There are a number boating opportunities on the regions rivers, and on the tranquil Canal de Garonne.
At Couthures, a picturesque village on the banks of the River Garonne, there is an interesting museum about life on the river, and an opportunity to go for a cruise on the river, sometimes getting attacked by pirates!
We are surrounded by wine country, so lots of opportunities for visiting vineyards for wine tasting.
Lots of Bastide towns and villages in the area to explore, castles and caves, amusement parks and more.
Pleasant walks from the house, and lots more in the area..
The quiet country roads are popular for cyclists, as is the Voie Verte running the length of the Canal de Garonne/Midi.