Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 12, Ratings 3 9.6/10
|La Graule||Self Catering||Saturday||5||12||3||Two cots|
Welcome to La Graule, a beautifully restored 17th century farmhouse set in it's own vineyard with spectacular views across the River Dordogne.
Situated amongst the rolling hills and vineyards of the Dordogne valley in the south west of France, La Graule is an idyllic rural holiday retreat. Located around 30 minutes drive from Bergerac airport and just over an hour from Bordeaux, it is the perfect base from which to explore the Dordogne and Gironde regions.
Rural gite with 5 double bedrooms – sleeps 12
Stunning terrace overlooking river with gas bbq.
Fully fitted modern kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine & microwave.
Sky tv (free channels), dvd player, huge dvd library, wi-fi.
Swimming pool 10 x 5 metres.
La Graule is situated in beautiful countryside about 3km from the two villages of Eynesse and Pessac Sur Dordogne - the latter has a couple of good restaurants, a bakery, a tobacconists and convenience store. The nearest large town is Ste Foy Le Grande (10km) where you can find large supermarkets and some excellent restaurants.
The modern kitchen contains all the appliances you will need including 2 large refrigerators (one for the groceries and one for keeping all of those drinks cold!), microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble-dryer. The centre-piece of the house is a grand open-plan lounge/dining room with a dining table seating 10.
Outside the spacious terrace is perfect for al-fresco' dining with spectacular views across the river Dordogne. Here there is a further dining table and a large six-ring gas barbecue.
The grand open-plan lounge / dining room has a dining table seating 10 and plenty of seating around the wood-burning stove.
There is a tv, freeview and large dvd library with plenty of viewing for children, families and adults alike.
There are two rooms containing a double bed, two rooms containing a double bed and a single bed, and one room containing two single beds.
Family shower room downstairs serving the two bedrooms in the east wing. Family bathroom upstairs serving the further bedrooms in the west wing.
There is a further shower room and toilet in the adjoining gite by the pool. 3 wcs in total.
If you are visiting outside of the summer months La Graule is fully winterised with central-heating, underfloor-heating and a wood-burning stove in the lounge.
Facilities & Equipment: bbq, board games, pool toys, English-language dvds, UK Satellite tv(freeview channels), cd player, selection of books.
Washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, safe for valuables.
Rural, property is set in approx 1 hectare of gardens and vines, nearest neighbour is half a kilometre away!
The spacious terrace is perfect for al-fresco' dining with spectacular views across the river Dordogne. Here there is a further dining table and a large six-ring gas barbecue.
The swimming pool is 10x5m with maximum depth 1.6m. Roman steps access to shallow end. Saltwater filtration.
Electric safety hard-cover. Pool alarm.
Plenty of outdoor parking including under cover in the tobacco barn.
Great for children. Large collection of pool toys and games. Huge 5m trampoline by the pool. Whilst the river can be easily accessed there is no access directly from the garden.
Suitable for infants with 2 Travel cots, cot linen & high chair for infants at the property.
The house is owned by two families, a brother and sister, their respective partners and children. We use the the house throughout the year, generally together and love both the property and the area. Our family has grown up over the years holidaying in this beautiful idyllic location.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||Situated amongst the rolling hills and vineyards of the Dordogne valley in the south west of France, La Graule is an idyllic rural holiday retreat. Located around 30 minutes drive from Bergerac airport and just over an hour from Bordeaux, it is the perfect base from which to explore the Dordogne and Gironde regions. La Graule is situated in beautiful countryside about 3km from the two villages of Eynesse and Pessac Sur Dordogne - the latter has a couple of good restaurants, a bakery, a tobacconists and convenience store. The nearest large town is Ste Foy Le Grande (10km) where you can find large supermarkets and some excellent restaurants.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property has 5 large bedrooms and can accommodate up to 12 people, making it ideal for 2/3 families. There are two rooms with double beds, two rooms with a double bed and a single bed, and one room containing two single beds. There are two bathrooms inside and further wc/shower-room outside by the pool.
Whilst retaining it's French rustic charm, La Graule is fully equipped for modern living with Sky tv (freeview channels), dvd library, book library and children's games. Ideal for young children there are two travel-cots and high chairs at the property. The modern kitchen contains all the appliances you will need including 2 large refrigerators (one for the groceries and one for keeping all of those drinks cold!), microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble-dryer. The centre-piece of the house is a grand open-plan lounge/dining room with a dining table seating 10.
St Emillion is probably the most famous wine making centre in the world. Just 25 mins drive from La Graule this picturesque hilltop town is well worth a visit where you can spend the day tasting in the numerous wineries in and around the town.
The Cave of Lascaux contains one of the most outstanding displays of prehistoric art ever found. Originally discovered by four boys in 1940 while they were out looking for a lost dog, the cave was closed 20 years later as the artwork was becoming damaged from the onslaught of curious visitors. The existing Lascaux cave is an exactingly reproduced version next to the original, but don't be put off by this as it's well worth a visit.
Bastide towns are ancient walled towns typical of the Dordogne region. Recommended are Issegiac, Eymet and best of all is Montpazier (50 mins) voted one of the 10 most beautiful towns in France. Further east (1hr 30 mins) lie the spectacular clifftop towns of Sarlat and Domme. Both towns can be crowded in the summer months so we advise you to go there in the evening when they are lit and have a romantic feel.
Bergerac (35 mins) is the local centre for agriculture, wine and tobacco. Here you can find large supermarkets, shops and restaurants. The old quarter is interesting and a good place for a late lunch in one of the outdoor cafes, restaurants or pizzerias.
The historic city of Bordeaux is one of the 5 largest cities in France and has much to offer the tourist. Here you can find cathedrals, museums, art galleries and much more. More info at www.virtourist.com/europe/bordeaux/index.html
The Dune de la Playa lies to the south of Bordeaux in the Arcachon Bay around 1 hour 20 minutes drive from La Graule. It is the highest sand dune in Europe and reaches a height of 107m. At it's summit the view is spectacular with the ocean coast, the inlet of the Bay, the vast pine forest behind and, when the sky is very clear, the Pyrenees on the horizon!
Regional Delicacies include truffles, walnuts, duck, goose and foie gras. Being close to Bordeaux the seafood here is also very good. There are a number of excellent restaurants we recommend - more details at the property.
Local Markets are one of the great pleasures of a holiday in France. Here you will be able to sample quality local grown produce, local game and regional delicacies. In fact, the perfect way to begin your holiday is to visit a local market on your arrival to stock up. Particularly good ones worth visiting are the Saturday morning market in Ste Foy le Grande and during the summer months, the night market in Eymet.
A real gem of a place in a beautiful location with a superb view of the Dordogne river. It is really peaceful as there are no other properties nearby. The property is large and we had three generations of our family staying. A lovely old building which was nice and cool inside particularly as the temperature outside got to 40c. A really nice swimming pool, not treated with chlorine, so it was perfect for all.
It you have small children you need not bring anything with you as there are 3 cots (of various sizes), push chair, and many toys and games. Sky TV and internet also available if you need to keep abreast of world affairs.
We thoroughly recommend this property!
Just returned from a lovely relaxing break at La Graule with friends. Plenty of room in the house and we made good use of the BBQ, pool and terrace. Plenty of places to visit, including walking to the local Vineyard where we met Robert, very friendly and great time tasting his wines. Also went to the pop up restaurant on the river for duck and chips where a local jazz group were playing.
Thank you so much for your lovely review. Hopefully we will see you again sometime.
La Graule is a spacious and beautiful house. The grounds are extensive and well kept and delightful with a splendid large pool. The house is cool and beautifully furnished. The kitchen is well stocked with abundant crockery cutlery and many pots and pans. The bedrooms are large with excellent bedding. Every bedroom had a hair dryer and a plentiful supply of towels including good quality pool towels. The special touches such as the chandelier on the covered terrace, the play room, plentiful electric plugs and loads of games for adults, made for an unforgetable holiday.
The owners provided excellent support as did the local manager. We would wholeheartedly recommend this property.
Thank you so much for your lovely review. Really appreciate it. Hopefully we will see you again sometime.
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