Charming, sympathetically restored farmhouse/barn conversion overlooking medieval Levignac-de-Guyenne. Panoramic views over sunflowers, vines, plum orchards and farmland. Steeped in history, with many beautiful towns and chateaux to explore, nearby activities include fishing, canoeing, golf, horse riding, go-karting, cycling, walking, hot air ballooning and wine-tasting, or simply relax beside our delightful private pool with its sheltered gardens and sunny terraces.
Country kitchen with gas range-style cooker, microwave, two fridges, freezer, drinks cooler, dishwasher, washing machine and more. Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC. Three spacious bedrooms, each sleeps between 2 and 5 (linen provided).
Huge lounge with oak beams and pillars, French doors opening onto west facing terrace with spectacular sunsets.
Large south facing garden with plenty of pool and garden furniture, cosy corners and secluded arbours. Large charcoal trolley-barbecue available. Additional mid-stay and end-of-stay cleaning services available, payable locally. On-site babysitting service MAY be available (English babysitter). Bicycle hire also a possibility - please indicate interest at time of booking. Themed holiday activities including wine-tastings, walking/historical tours and photography subject to availability through partner organisation.
Now's the time to escape for a well-earned fortnight's break. Chill out, live well, and completely recharge your batteries! There's nowhere better to do that than at our lovely Lamourache! Check out our website for yourself - see contact details.
What guests say:
"To say it is beautiful is an understatement."
"The sun is shining, this room is amazing (the lounge), the chairs are comfy, cozy and life couldn't be better right at this moment."
"Think we may be booking for next year before we get home."
"Just about to sit down with some wine, etc. Everything looks perfect. Thank you."
"Overall it is just glorious here... :)"
"The photos just don't do justice to it - even better than expectations!!"
The large kitchen with its original tiled floor and chimney breast, is very well equipped for those who enjoy the opportunity a holiday gives them to prepare delightful dishes using the wealth of fresh local produce.
We have 2 fridges, a drinks chiller and a freezer, a De Longhi professional gas range-cooker, a microwave, electric kettle, toaster, slow cooker, breadmaker, expresso/cappucino maker, blender, food-mixer and electric can-opener. There is also the essential dishwasher and washing machine. In summer items will line-dry within an hour!
The dining table in the massive lounge sits 10-12 people comfortably; for more relaxed eating, the kitchen table will seat 8 (+ 2 children on stools) and the outdoor table easily has space to seat up to 10.
The barn-conversion lounge is stunning, with vaulted ceiling, exposed stone walls and charpenterie, massive oak beams and pillars and a large, corner wood burning stove in use in the winter months. Comfortable, sociable seating is grouped in different areas of the room, allowing different activities to take place without disturbing each other. There is a large wall-mounted TV which can be seen from most seats in the room, connected to UK Freeview channels via satellite, and there is also a Blu-Ray player and a video/DVD combo.
Elsewhere in the room is a Radio/CD/Cassette player, and absolutely masses of books - I am a big reader! Please feel free to enjoy whilst staying in our home, and if you would like your own copy, most are available for a couple of ££s from Amazon and can be waiting on your doorstep when you get home.
We are an ideal property for couples/small groups and for larger/extended families of mixed ages! There are 3 spacious bedrooms, each capable of sleeping between 2 and 5 in proper beds - cots also available. With wooden floors with rugs, exposed beams and charpenterie, the Family/children's room has a big central beam and can sleep 5 in 1 double + 2 trundle singles, plus 1 in a toddler bed. It has a large TV/Blu-ray player to which an X-Box or similar can be connected.
The downstairs bedroom with king-size Four-poster has its original features - beamed ceiling and terracotta tiled floor. It is cool and airy in the summer and contains a TV/DVD combo should you wish to retire with a good film.
The other upstairs bedroom, in what would have been the attic, is the master with a king size bed and private washing facilities. It also has a TV/DVD combo.
NB We would not want, nor expect, to take a booking for 9 people, but our room arrangements give fantastic age/gender flexibility!
The family bathroom is located on the ground floor and contains a proper bath (suitable for little ones and for adults), a shower, WC and washbasin. The fact that there is only one bathroom however, will affect the number of adults/children the house can comfortably accommodate, so please bear this mind when enquiring.
(6 adults is really the maximum comfortable, or 4 plus two or three little ones, but over this and toilet/shower queues will tend to detract from your enjoyment a little.)
We have no central heating and with temperatures generally in the 20s and 30s from April to October, other forms of heating are not generally required, except by our own family at Christmas. We generally do not rent out our lovely home between November and March for fire safety reasons, as inexperienced woodburner-use in a house which is over 50% timber is too risky.
Indoors there is a large satellite TV, receiving English free to air channels, a Blu-Ray player and DVD/VCR combo, a music centre with CD player, numerous English language paperback novels by well-known chart-topping authors, a roulette game, plus numerous board and card games.
For outside there is badminton, tennis and boules and local shops stock a massive range of floating playthings for use in the pool.
Outside is our fabulous in-ground pool, surrounded by sheltered terraces, which every year receives accolades from our guests (they find it hard to drag themselves away to do other things!) The overall garden is very large and there is plenty of space for ball games, badminton and tennis (including in the meadow), a gentlemanly game of boules on the gravel or simply sitting in the shade of a tree with a good book.
There is a delightful walk from the house down the lane, past woods and a small reservoir/lake which has sufficient slopes to be bracing and good for the health if done briskly! There are also several beautiful spots in the gardens in which to sit and simply "stop and stare" - good for the soul and highly recommended!
There is plenty of space to park 2 cars outside in a pull-in by our large wooden side gates, plus space for another one by the front pedestrian gate. (A new entrance and driveway is planned which will eventually give even more parking on site, but we are not certain if this will be completed in time for summer 2019.)
The house is suitable for all apart from the very unsteady on their feet, or wheelchair users, due to there being a number of small steps and different levels on the ground floor.
We have a stairgate, two travel cots, playpen and highchair; a Moses basket available for tiny babies; and a padded changing mat and toilet seat adapter available for little bottoms, other equipment requests for very small children can usually be accommodated with notice at time of booking.
Please bear in mind that, as is normal in French houses, all downstairs rooms have solid tiled floors with a scattering of soft rugs, and we also have an open plan staircase. French children fall and bang their heads just as often as British children, get back up and survive to adulthood, but I feel I must remind you just in case you might feel faint of heart at the thought!
This area of France is steeped in history and is blessed with numerous beautiful medieval villages and towns, most with a weekly market dating back to their origins. The climate is gentle most of the year round. Spring begins in March, and is warm, with very early flowering; early summer (May/June) is usually gloriously sunny and shows the garden at its best, with the irises in full bloom; the school summer holidays are usually hot and sometimes bakingly dry; early autumn being still hot and a golden season of harvests and les vendanges; late autumn and winter being the significantly wetter seasons.
There is so much to do locally, both for children and adults - riding, tennis, swimming, waterparks, canoeing, quad-biking, hot-air ballooning, wine-tasting, medieval festivals with falconry, jousting, juggling, fire-eating, dancing and outdoor banqueting, walking/ historical tours and photography, to name but a few, but the best bit is just having quality time together and time to talk.
I think I have been a francophile all my life, and have visited France many, many times for holidays, and for education. Lamourache feels more like my home than my UK house now, and I find it recharges the whole family's batteries. We eat better, sleep better and generally live better when we are there and I know our guests find the same.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||Our lovely Lamourache stands very close to the borders of three departments - Lot-et-Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde, making it ideally placed for day trips to Bordeaux and the coast, or forays deep into the gorges and caves of the Dordogne region. The weather is superb throughout the spring, summer and autumn and the whole area is green and fertile - the local agriculture is mainly plum trees (for prunes), maize, sunflowers and vineyards.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our old house is incredibly spacious and airy. All the rooms are very large and the lounge is a massive barn conversion with a partially double height vaulted ceiling and thick walls, so it 'keeps its cool' on hot summer days. We have a very large south-facing garden and a meadow, all fenced/hedged/gated so plenty of space for youngsters to run about and play ball or raquet games in safety. A great many fruits ripen in our garden over the summer and you are welcome to eat as many as you wish of our peaches, nectarines, figs, grapes, mirabelles, plums and mulberries! Don't want to cook? - There is a small bar in the village serving food, Friday night Farmer's Markets in the local village selling food and wine to eat at the dozens of tables laid out in the square (and every neighbouring village has a similar 'market' on different nights of the week), plus a choice of at least three restaurants only 6 km away, and dozens more if you will drive up to 15km.|
The house is situated on a hilltop with 360° panoramic views over plum orchards, sunflowers, maize and vines. It is reached by a private lane which serves only 4 residences in total, making it a peaceful place to be. The local village has a small supermarket, a baker, a butcher, hairdresser, Post Office and a bar. It hosts a "Farmers Market" every Friday night for 6 weeks in July and August, where row upon row of tables and chairs line the streets, and local food, wine and produce is on sale. Music and dancing continue on into the small hours of the morning, and a great time is had by all - locals and incomers alike!
The shortest drive is from St Malo, a comfortable 8 hours, but any of the Channel ports connect with the A10 motorway and a smooth journey down to Bordeaux and beyond
Within walking distance - Restaurant Nostalg'Air serving French, English and Vegetarian cuisine. Other nearby restaurants in Duras (6km) include:-
La Terrasse - traditional French cuisine, facing the Chateau de Duras;
Don Camillo's - French and Italian food including pizzas, with delightful outside terrace - tables lit by fairy lights under a shady canopy of trees;
Le Ducs de Duras - Formal hotel, with a range of fixed price menus plus "à la carte" dining of a very high standard - ideal for special occasions;
Le Cabri - Pleasant and welcoming restaurant attached to local Holiday park, serving very good quality French food at reasonable prices;
Cafè de la Paix (also known as Régine's) - popular friendly bar serving hot snacks in the evenings and often with outdoor live music in the summer months;
Le Tip Top - further up the square from Régine's - more modern interior therefore more popular with teenagers. Additionally there is at least one restaurant in almost all of the pretty little villages and towns in the surrounding area, and the Night Markets and Farmers Markets are a great venue for low cost eating and drinking whilst mingling with the local people.