|Vignoble Haut||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1||2 fold-out child size beds plus cot/s on request|
This house oozes character with plenty of original features such as oak beams and open fireplaces, but with all modern amenities such as private swimming pool, wi-fi connection and UK television channels on a 51" tv. It is not a holiday home, but your home for the holiday, with all the comforts of home, including a fully equipped kitchen with essential cooking ingredients, a big split-level bathroom with toiletries and bathrobes provided.
The large lounge has comfy sofas and a generous selection of books, cds, dvds and boardgames.
The 3 large double bedrooms all have views over the surrounding countryside, ceiling fans and one has its own shower.
The garden is on 2 levels, with a 5m x 10m oval swimming pool with adjoining bar and barbecue area with fridge, table and chairs for post swim refreshment.
There are several terraces for eating or sunbathing and relaxing with a glass of local wine to enjoy spectacular sunsets over stunning countryside views.
We provide a generous welcome pack to help you settle in.
The big country kitchen complete with huge oak beams has a large pine table and 6 chairs, a Rangemaster double oven, 5 ring gas cooker, double sink drainer, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, toaster, coffee-maker, electric can opener and food steamer.
The kitchen opens onto a traditional vine covered courtyard with a table and chairs; a great spot for breakfast.
The dining room also has original beams plus a fireplace with wood burner.There is an extending dining table with 6 chairs and a food warming trolley.
The spacious lounge adjoining the dining room has more original beams and another fireplace with wood burner. Perfect for relaxing indoors, it has 2 comfy sofas, a wall mounted flat screen 51” tv with English channels, plus a dvd player and a cd player with usb port.
There is a large selection of dvds, cds, books and board games.
All 3 big double bedrooms have wardrobes, chests of drawers, pull down insect nets at the windows, ceiling fans plus extra stand fans.
In addition, bedroom 1, the biggest bedroom looks over the garden and pool on one side and open countryside on the other. It has a double bed, cd / minidisc player with discs, a tv with UK freesat channels and its own washbasin.
Bedroom 2 has a romantic, lace draped, king size wrought iron four-poster bed and a fireplace with coal effect electric fire. There are 2 single fold out chair / beds suitable for children, that can be moved to other rooms as needed. Long traditional French style windows look out over open countryside.
Bedroom 3 has a double bed with draped mosquito net. There is an en suite shower, fireplace with coal effect electric fire and a portable tv for playing dvds. It also has long windows looking over the countryside.
Bedroom 2 & 3 also have doors opening onto a terrace with table, chairs and access to the garden.
The large luxury split level family bathroom has a stone clad corner bath with shower attachment, a separate big walk in shower, washbasin, wc, bidet and heated towel rail.
Towels and toiletries are included, with bathrobes in the bedrooms
There is a second wc and hand basin in the small utility room adjoining the garden, perfect for use when enjoying the pool and garden, or dining al fresco.
Not usually necessary during the summer, but in case of cooler weather there are electric heaters in the bedrooms, storage heaters in the kitchen and lounge, as well as wood burning stoves in the dining room and the lounge.
During July and August there are numerous outdoor events in the surrounding towns and villages with live music, dancing and al fresco eating. The local produce markets are a must.
A lot of restaurants and bars have live music during the summer.
There is live music every Friday in the Brasserie in the next village, Monclar & also in the Restaurant Du Lac in nearby Cancon.
This is wine country, so there are plenty of vineyards you can visit for a tour and wine tasting. Cognac is not far to the west, for cognac tasting.
For children there are theme parks, adventure parks and water parks all within easy reach.
We leave you a folder full of information on places to visit, local restaurants and events etc.
An English owned 9 hole golf course is 5 minutes away, with an 18 hole golf course 15 minutes away in Villeneuve sur Lot.
The beautiful surrounding countryside with its quiet roads is perfect for cycling, rambling and horse riding. A riding centre is 5 minutes from the house.
On one level of the garden there is a large west facing dining terrace with table and chairs looking out over the countryside, perfect watching spectacular sunsets while enjoying a glass of local wine. It also looks over the 10m x 5m oval swimming pool. The pool has Roman steps and a wide surround, with sunloungers and umbrellas for relaxing and enjoying the view. Adjoining the pool is the bar / barbecue area with table and chairs and a fridge for your post swim refreshment or 'sundowners'
We provide beach towels for use around the pool as well as plastic plates and glasses for safe use in the pool area.
The second level of the garden looks over the pool and has a lawn for more energetic pursuits such as badminton. Another terrace with ornamental fountain also enjoys stunning views with open fields behind.
A small utility room containing a washing machine is accessed from the garden, with a wc and small washbasin, making it perfect for use when dining outside or using the pool.
Off-road parking for 3 cars.
There are steps to the garden, so unfortunately the property is not suitable for wheelchairs.
We want you to enjoy your stay in our home, so we provide extra touches such as hair dryers, bath robes and essential toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo, soap.
A selection of basic groceries will be there on your arrival, plus a bottle of local wine to introduce you to French life. A selection of herbs, spices and cookery books is included in the kitchen for the gourmets on holiday, and there are fresh herbs, figs & apples growing outside.
For children, we provide a box of toys, plus a wide range of other children’s equipment on request – highchair, buggy, cot, car seats etc.
There are board games, books and dvds, as well as equipment for outdoor activities such as badminton and cycling.
From London & Cardiff respectively, we have both always worked in the entertainment business. Both our fathers were in the building trade. Some of that must have rubbed off, because we bought this run down house & renovated it ourselves over many years. It was a labour of love, with a lot of laughs (and a few arguments!) along the way.<br/>We now divide our time between France, UK and Spain.
|Year property purchased||1994|
|Why this location?||We left London in the snow in February & arrived in this area to blue skies and spring-like temperatures requiring sweatshirts rather than overcoats. When we first viewed this house, we opened an upstairs window & thought wow, what a view to wake up to!
Being an agricultural area the scenery changes every year. One year you look out over fields of sunflowers, the next year it may be fields of rape or corn. It is peaceful and relaxed and the locals are always very friendly. They were very helpful when we were renovating the house & will always wave when they pass - whether they know you or not! It feels remote, but is only a short drive from shops & restaurants & the roads are quiet. Driving is a pleasure round here - a 15 minute journey always takes you 15 minutes. In UK we find you usually need to allow at least twice as long as the journey you are making!
|Unique benefits of property||Having restored the house ourselves, it has a unique character, making it a home, rather than just another holiday home. We took each room at a time, making each one individual & made sure we retained and in some cases uncovered, original features like fireplaces, beams and stonework.
The views from both house & garden are what first attracted us - they are spectacular.
The thick stone walls make it cool in the summer, when temperatures soar outside. The pool is completely private, with no neighbours overlooking you.
If visiting on Bastille Day, July 14th, we recommend going to Villeneuve sur Lot in the evening, enjoy a meal in a restaurant, and then make your way to the river. Here, you will find a fantastic free firework display at about 10.30pm.
If you see a 'Bodega' advertised, it is well worth a visit. These are held in and around the village or town square and there is a small entrance fee - usually about 2 euros. The village is filled with a variety of music and entertainment along with stands selling different food. We thoroughly recommend these evenings, visit one for your starter, melon, seafood, or snails and if feeling adventurous, another for your main course, steak, duck, or even paella, then a third for dessert, crepes perhaps. All accompanied by local wine or beer and a great, family atmosphere. Each village has one each year, so you have to look out for them. We leave a list of the nearest at the property, but the best are Villereal and Issegeac.
If visiting during July and August you must go to at least one 'Marche des Producteurs du Pays'. These are held weekly with long tables and chairs all set up in the village square, then the local food and wine producers set up their stalls. You go from stall to stall, buy your food and wine, and eat at the tables listening to live music. You'll find them at Villereal on Mondays, La Parade on Tuesdays, Fongrave on Thursdays, Villeneuve sur Lot on Fridays and Soumensac on Sunday lunchtime. Montastruc holds a 'Repas Gourmand' on July 13th and August 14th. These are like the 'Marche des Produteur du Pays', but smaller. The village association has a stall selling the starters and chips, a local butcher sells and cooks the meat, a local wine merchant is there for the wine, while dessert and coffee is on offer by another local trader - and all within easy walking distance of the house! On July 13th there will be fireworks.