|Theouliere||Self Catering||Saturday||4||10||3||2 on mezzanine sofabed|
Restored, traditional 19th century farmhouse with spacious accommodation. Beautiful views and over 2 acres of garden and meadow.
Recent visitor comments from our Visitors' Book of 2012:
'Even if it had rained, we would still have had a good time in this superb house. Lots of room, comfortable seating and beds.'
'We have had a great time in the pool and our daughter has developed her bravery in the water'
'Fascinating watching 4 deer in the next field to the house and the buzzards circling above were always interesting'
'We have had a previous holiday here and we loved it even more the second time round'
'The children could be as noisy as they wished with no worries of disturbing any neighbours! Spent the day at the local theme park where there is plenty to do and half the cost of theme parks in the UK'
'As frequent visitors to France we have stayed in many gites and farmhouses and can honestly say that 'Theouliere' ranks in the top five.'
We have owned the property for over 15 years and it is regarded as a second home by our family. The house was restored in the 1960s by a French family who lived there until they relocated for work reasons. We have undertaken extensive modernisation during our ownership. There is mains water and electricity, electric oven, bottled gas hob and constant hot water from our oil fired boiler.
The front of the property is sheltered by an extensive veranda over the terrace, 2 further terraces catch the sun at all times of the day. The barbecue is adjacent both to the sheltered terrace and to a sunny terrace by the kitchen.
On entering the property, look upwards to the magnificent mezzanine gallery and the stunning beams supporting the roof. The downstairs sitting area by the open log fire has comfortable seating and the dining table accommodates 10.
Also on the ground floor is a spacious double bedroom with a built-in wardrobe and french windows on to the front terrace. The second large downstairs bedroom has twin beds and a built-in wardrobe. There is a huge bathroom with wash hand basin, bath with shower over. There is a separate wc.
The kitchen has a door to a sunny terrace and is adjacent to the barbecue. In addition to the previously mentioned cooking facilities, there is a microwave oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and washing machine. There is an excellent supply of cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.
Upstairs are 2 further good sized bedrooms - 1 double with built-in wardrobe and 1 twin with plenty of storage. There is a second bathroom with wash-hand basin, bath with shower over and wc. A third wc is next to the bathroom.
The mezzanine gallery has a very comfortable sofabed, and an armchair, together with a wardrobe and drawers for storage. Tv and dvd. There is a large table and a selection of games (eg Scrabble and Halma) and a selection of jigsaw puzzles. Radio for cds and tapes.
Outside, the private pool is surrounded by the third terrace with sunloungers. There are 3 sets of tables and chairs which you can arrange in position on the terraces of your choice. There is about half an acre of maintained garden surrounding the house and a meadow surrounding the garden. This is a wonderful area for children to play in and affords plenty for their imaginations.
In the surrounding area there is golf, tennis, horse riding and canoeing. Many local farms sell honey, prunes, cheese and pate de fois gras. There are plenty of local vineyards offering wine-tasting as well as the opportunity to buy their wonderful products by the bottle, case or en vrac - which loosely translates as 'loose' i.e. in a large plastic container containing about 22 litres.
There are many excellent restaurants offering good value for money meals as well as some more exclusive restaurants, all within a 10 mile radius.
The absence of light pollution means that the night sky is very clear and those interested in astronomy should bring a telescope!
Theouliere is a gracious house and one of the things which pleases us is that over the years our visitors have referred to it as a 'happy house'. It is equally suitable for 2 people, families with babies and grandparents, 2 families or groups of friends. All these have visited in the past and we have many repeat bookings.
The road journey from the UK is straightforward. St. Malo, Caen and Calais are the most frequent ports used. The nearest airports are Bordeaux and Bergerac and car hire is available from both of these airports.
Gas hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee facilities.
Three outside eating areas, dining table indoors seats 10.
Log fire and comfortable seating for 9
Two double and 2 twin rooms.
Two baths with shower over and 3 toilets.
Satellite tv, dvd, books, jigsaw puzzles and games.
Sole use of 10 x 5m pool surrounded by sunterrace with sunloungers, set in an extensive lawn. Volleyball area, 2 further terraces with barbecue, large meadow with plenty of space for children to run around and play.
Ample parking and turning area at the end of the drive.
Children love this house! Yet its tranquillity is a perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life. Some disabled facilities.
Tranquil and beautiful countryside surrounds this house. Nearest neighbours are about a quarter of a mile away. The village of Verteuil has a shop which sells bread, milk, vegetables, biscuits etc, useful for day to day shopping. Tonneins has a Leclerc supermarket.
|Year property purchased||1992|
|Why this location?||A peaceful and tranquil location in the heart of some of France's finest countryside with plenty of lovely vineyards and restaurants close by.|
|Unique benefits of property||A large cool rustic farmhouse which is nearly 200 years old. Large garden, with plenty of wildlife, and swimming pool to relax in. Wi-fi and satellite included just in case you want to stay in touch with the outside world. Ideal spot for exploring the bastide towns, vineyards and night markets of the Lot et Garonne.|
Golf and tennis at Tombeboeuf, horse riding at Verteuil, canoeing at Tonneins
We had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday here; the house and gardens were beautiful and we felt instantly at home as soon as we arrived. The house and pool were clean and the kids absolutely loved the pool so we got to relax while they played as we could keep an eye on them from the table and chairs by the house and bbq as well as poolside. The local town was easy to access by car and had a choice of supermarkets and we spent a day at the local Aqualand which had the faster rides for the older kids ( 10/12yo and adults,) and plenty of slower rides for the smaller child (7yo). We also took a train into Bordeaux one day (easy to access from Tonniens,) and would recommend a day out here too.
Definately worth every penny for a holiday in this villa - just perfect! And the owner was helpful on email too.
Can't praise this property enough. The setting is wonderful and the facilities provided excellent. We rarely ventured away from the house other than to restock on food and wine.
Theouliere is an idyllic getaway if you are after peace and tranquility in a stunning setting with sweeping views of the French countryside. We spent a week there with another family with young children in August. We had a fantastic time: swimming in the pool; playing rounders, badminton and boules in the big garden; having regular BBQs on the lovely terrace; and spotting wildlife (lizards, birds and deer). Theouliere is a beautiful old farmhouse with lots of tradional features but also has Wifi and DVD/ Satellite TV, which were useful when we got that urge to reconnect with the world or get the kids out of the sun. We also found the bedrooms spacious and the wooden window shutters were amazing at keeping the house cool.
Despite being in a rural setting, we found plenty of local amenities and things to do (a childrens farm and canoeing) and there are fabulous night markets nearby offering lovely local produce. We also went wine tasting and picked up some lovely great value wine. We found the owner to be prompt, thorough and professional. I appreciated the very comprehensive guide to the house and local area. It made our trip very easy. We will definitely return to Theouliere.
If you want a totally chilled out holiday this is the place to be . Piece and quiet . Beautiful setting . Comfortable house with plenty of room . Fab outside spaces. Lots of wildlife . Fantastic times r there .The could do with a little updating but that done nothing to spoil our time there. Very clean .easy to contact the owner who was very helpful