|La Porte Bleue||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||2||Cot|
This beautifully renovated stone cottage has a contemporary style finished to a very high standard, retaining substantial original charm.
The two upstairs bedrooms are simply furnished, and each has a compact en suite shower room. Stair gates can be fitted for children's safety on request.
Downstairs there is a private entrance, with a fully equipped kitchen, dining table ot seat four, and sitting room area with a smart tv, wi-fi and bluetooth speaker.
Through the French doors onto the private stone terrace you will find a shady spot for outdoor dining or a drink by the pool.
The chlorine pool is 7x3 metres, heated from June to September and 1.5 metres deep throughout. There are steps in one corner. A solar shower provides a quick rinse off after swimming.
A ping pong table provides hours of fun, or you can play tennis at the village tennis courts, a couple of hundred metres away.
Stepping back outside the cottage front door, the boulangerie, two restaurants and bars are less than 500 metres walk in the picturesque village of Gensac. A grocery shop, pharmacy, boucherie and local wine shop provide everything you need. There is also an English speaking doctor should you need it.
Opportunities for walks and for wine tasting are everywhere, and we have a few favourites we can share with you!
Surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers, the peaceful environment and low levels of light pollution means you can enjoy the stars at night and enjoy a midnight dip when it's really hot!
The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, and Nespresso coffee machine.
The cooker has an electric oven and a gas hob.
There is a 4 seat dining table in the cottage, and one on the terrace for outdoor dining should you wish.
A highchair can also be provided for small people, as well as some children's tableware such as cutlery, beakers etc.
The living room boasts a 2 seater sofa and two chairs.
There is a smart tv with English landline channels, Netflix and Youtube.
To play music, there is a portable Bose bluetooth speaker so you can link to the music on your phone and enjoy your own sounds!
Wi-fi is free, with a strong signal at all times.
We also have some quality toys, books and games for children.
There are two bijou bedrooms upstairs in the cottage, one is a double, and the other can be made up as a double or twin.
Both have a low window, and overlook the pool terrace. One also has a higher window with shutters which overlook the entrance to the cottage.
There is hanging space in both bedrooms and shelves for folded clothes, but otherwise the storage space is limited.
We have a travel cot for babies and toddlers and bedding is provided.
All bedding and towels (including pool towels) are provided.
Each bedroom has a compact en suite shower room, with hand basin, shower and toilet.
There are heated towel rooms in both shower rooms and basic toiletries are provided.
We can also provide a changing mat and a step for babies and toddlers.
There are electric heaters throughout the cottage, should they be needed.
In the summer portable fans are provided.
There is a smart tv with English landline channels, Netflix and youtube.
Music is by connection from your phone to a Bose bluetooth speaker so that your playlists are always available to you!
Wi-fi is free, with a strong signal at all times.
We have a selection of toys, games and books.
The French doors open onto your private pool terrace, with a table tennis table, swimming pool (7x3), dining table for 4 and sun loungers.
Tennis courts are a couple of hundred metres away and can be booked via the tourist office in Gensac. Keys for the courts are €20 per week and we can organise this prior to your stay if you wish.
There are two restaurants in the village within a few hundred metres.
Bicycle and canoe hire are available less than 5km away.
Less than 200 metres is a quiet free car park, where we keep our car.
We have a garage so can store bikes, pushchairs or empty suitcases (!) in our garage when they're not in use (storage space in the cottage is limited).
Our cottage is suitable for couples, and families with children of all ages.
Because there are different levels on the ground floor and both bedrooms are upstairs we regret it is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking unaided.
We love living here in SW France, it just has everything: chateaux, markets, the Dordogne river and of course, vineyards everywhere! With lovely long summers there's plenty of time for lazy days by the pool as well as walking, cycling and wine tasting!<br/>We very much enjoy hosting people in our cottage and having family and friends to stay. When we're not hosting we love travelling both in Europe and worldwide. We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible and love organic food and wine.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||We looked all over France before we bought our place; but this is a very special area. It's extremely pretty, with lots of bastide towns and villages that look just as they have for centuries. Each has a wonderful weekly market, with Ste Foy la Grande being voted the best market in France in 2014. We are very well connected, there are 2 local airports Bergerac (45 minutes) and Bordeaux (1 hour 15), as well as a train station less than 10 kms away. 6 hours drive from Caen ferry port, you can have breakfast on the ferry and lunch by the pool! Our village has 2 restaurants, a grocers, boulangerie and boucherie for fantastic local produce! We are less than half an hour from St. Emilion with it's world famous vineyards and chateaux and as we are surrounded by vineyards you can taste wine everywhere you go! We are 2kms from the beautiful Dordogne river where you can hire canoes and bikes, and even enjoy a drink or a meal at the restaurant by the river.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our honey-coloured stone cottage is in the heart of an authentic little French village. It’s in the grounds of our home, yet nicely tucked away with a secret feel. Find fresh, simple bedrooms up a steep staircase. Both have shiny, compact shower rooms. There’s an open-plan sitting room downstairs with French windows on to the sun terrace, and a neat kitchen off with all you need to cook for four. Nip out for just-baked croissants from the local boulangerie, and enjoy breakfasts shaded by an ancient wisteria. There are heaps of châteaux and markets to explore nearby; canoeing on the Dordogne is two minutes away by car, wine tasting a three-minute walk; hire bikes can be delivered to the house, tennis courts are available in the village. Children will love the games, books, ping pong – and our cat George padding about outside. Laze in the sparkling pool (there’s an outdoor solar shower), wander out to the bars and restaurants, and feel yourself unwind.|
You can walk (about 3k) or drive to Chateau Claribes for a bespoke wine tasting of their delicious organic wines; then stock up for your holiday!
You can hire canoes for a 2 hour trip down the Dordogne, take a picnic and make an afternoon of it!
You will end at a beautiful bar/restaurant overlooking the river, less than 2 kilometres from home.
There are some great cycle routes locally and you can hire bikes less than 2k away and enjoy the vineyards and by ways on 2 wheels.
There are literally hundreds of Grand Cru chateaux in St. Emilion, less than half an hours drive. This beautiful town has it all; picturesque architecture, cobbled street, cafes, restaurants, wine tasting and of course, visits to some of the most famous wine growing Chateaux in the world.
There are two restaurants in our village. Both are less than 200metres away from the cottage. Cafe de la Paix has a terrace with fabulous views over the Valley and is the perfect place to have an evening drink and watch the sunset.
Le Gensake is locally renowned for it's fantastic food and has a beautiful summer terrace.
Chateau Carbonneau is a short walk from La Porte Bleue and has a wonderful tea room, terrace and orangery. They serve afternoon tea every day and have their own vineyard so you can taste and buy locally grown wines with no air miles!
They also serve delicious meal platters for lunch and evening meals. Well worth the beautiful walk.
The well maintained tennis courts in the village are less than 200 metres away and available to book for a very small fee (€7 per hour).
You can bring your own racquets or borrow ours...
There are wonderful local fresh produce markets in a different town every day of the week. St Foy la Grande (15 minutes drive) was voted the best in France a couple of years ago!
Night markets, often with live music and communal dining are a friendly feature of local life from July to mid September.
Maison Ginguet is the second reason to visit the pretty bastide town of Duras. As well as the fabulous castle, the chocolate factory has a range of amazing confectionery and lots to try free fo charge, something for everyone!
We stayed at La Porte Bleue for 10 days in late September and it was the perfect place for us to relax. The gorgeous hot weather helped and the grape harvesting added to the experience. The cottage itself is perfectly located hidden away in the centre of the village and close to the amenities. The cottage is full of character and beautifully equipped. The terrace area is lovely for eating or relaxing and the pool is one of the best we’ve had on holiday. The owners, Debbie and John were welcoming and laid on a little welcome pack which was most appreciated after a long drive. A real gem of a find and would thoroughly recommend.
Nicky and her husband were perfect guests, and we were delighted to host them. They brought their bikes which we stored in the garage and they enjoyed cycling, walking, and getting to know the local area.
We are so pleased they made the most of the cottage, the pool and our beautiful village with the restaurants, vineyards and wine tastings.
Nicky will be welcome back any time
La Porte Bleue is a lovely property in a village location with excellent local facilities. There is private use of a pool and table tennis table and very good audio visual equipment. The property has two bedrooms and also has two small en-suite bathrooms as well as an outside shower. Two en suites is an excellent feature and in some publicity this is not clear. The property is small as is made clear by the owners at every stage. Storage space is limited but what is there is used well and the owners have provided a lot of equipment. The two bedrooms are particularly bijou. Self catering facilities are fine, although it is likely that people will eat out a lot, especially at the excellent nearby restaurant (le Gensake). When we were there it was very hot for a few days and not all windows have shutters. The property was clean and well maintained and the owners' customer service could not be faulted. Issues raised were dealt with immediately with people coming round. The owners also provided excellent advice on local activities in advance, such as canoeing, cycling and wine tasting. There is no dedicated parking but plenty of public parking spaces close by. I would be very happy to recommend this property.
It was our pleasure to host Tim and his family, and we are delighted they enjoyed the reservations we made for activities on their behalf, and also explored recommendations we made.
As stated, the cottage is superbly equipped, with the living area and both bedrooms overlooking the pool. The two bedrooms have dark curtains and an additional window in the second bedroom also has shutters, to help keep the room cool in high summer. We also provide electric fans for summer use.
The private pool and terrace are a highlight for families in hot weather, and we are so glad they made such good use of it, as well as keeping cool canoeing on the beautiful Dordogne.
We hope they they will visit us again and look forward to welcoming Tim and his family in the future.