Cottage to let with pool, nr Duras Aquitaine

9.7/10
Pardaillan (4km from Auriac-sur-Dropt), Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT004643 Advertiser since: 26 February 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Les Costes Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1

About this property

Spacious, Beautiful Cottage with Large Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Cottage in south west France, near Duras, Aquitaine, France. lovingly restores, set in private garden overlooking the picturesque Dropt Valley.
 
Whether you are looking for a romantic setting, a base for sightseeing or a lovely situation where you can relax by the pool, Les Costes fits the bill. Surrounded by beautiful countryside within easy reach of picturesque villages many housing colourful markets and providing a variety of restaurants.
 
Situated in a small tranquil hamlet of just 6 houses on a no through lane overlooking the picturesque Dropt Valley this lovely stone cottage is ideally located between Eymet, a 13th century bastide town in the Dordogne and Duras with its beautiful chateau in the Lot and Garonne.
 
The cottage is set in a private garden, with private terrace where you can eat al fresco. There are table, chairs and sun recliners where you can relax amongst the lilac and various fruit trees which not only provide a lovely natural shade but where you are welcome to enjoy the fruits namely, cherries, figs, plums and apples as they ripen.
 
The pool is occasionally used by us Yvonne and Paul (although we have no need to be in the pool whilst you are using it) and around the pool we provide sunbeds, tables and chairs exclusively for your use. Bicycles are available so that you can enjoy and explore the Dropt valley and the vineyards/area.
 
If you don't know this area you will be surprised at how many beautiful medieval villages and towns are dotted around many hosting jazz and medieval festivals. Alternatively relax in the peace of the countryside and enjoy a book and /or a glass of wine around the pool, in the garden or wander around our 2 acres of land

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Fitted kitchen with oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster and coffee-maker. Crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are provided.

Living rooms

Spacious open plan lounge and kitchen (app. 40 square metres)
English satellite tv and a dvd player are provided together with a wide selection of books and dvd's

Bedrooms

The bedroom is light and airy. The velux windows ensures its privacy whilst allowing plenty of natural light. Lie in bed and watch the stars or use the blinds to provide the amount of light you require.

Bathrooms

Spacious bathroom is en suite to the bedroom and has a corner bath and shower

Entertainment

Bicycles are available so that you can enjoy and explore the Dropt Valley, the vineyards and other local areas.
If you don't know the area you will be surprised at how many small villages and bastide towns there are in the area.
Many of them host festivals during the summer including medieval and jazz festivals. Throughout the week villages host night markets where you can buy food and wine from local producers and eat and drink at tables in the village square whilst listening to local music and watching the stars appear.

Garden and outside

The garden outside the cottage includes a selection of garden furniture and gas barbecue. The kitchen leads to a terrace area where you can eat al fresco whilst looking out at the various trees and flowers. Feel free to help yourself to whatever fruit is ripening, cherries, figs, apples or plums.

The pool is occasionally used by us Yvonne and Paul (although there is no need for us to use it whilst you are) and further sunbeds, table and chairs are available for your exclusive use.

Parking and garages

Parking on our shared drive means that your car is close to the property

Information about any additional facilities

Bed linen, towels and pool towels are provided. For stays of more than one week clean bed linen is provided weekly
Hair dryer is provided

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Various
Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Tombebeouf
Distance: 20 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: We have plenty of marked walks in the close vacinity of Les Costes

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Berticot
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner, Mrs Yvonne Clarke

We retired early in 2002 and were looking for a new project. Once we walked onto the land of Les Costes we knew we had found exactly what we were looking for. We completely renovated the cottage and lived there for 3 years whilst local artisans completely renovated the stone tobacco drying barn which is our home. We have been renting out the cottage since 2007 and each year have welcomed our summer clients.

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? Set in beautiful countryside overlooking the Dropt Valley we love Les Costes and we are sure you will too. It's tranquility and yet its closeness to so many local villages make it a beautiful place to live and to visit
Unique benefits of property Spacious cottage with private garden and large swimming pool set in beautiful countryside with a quiet road network leading to local villages which host many festivals during the summer

The Owner Recommends

St Emilion

Beautiful Medieval town well known for it's Grand Cru wines. Many bars and restaurants. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and just a few kilometres from where the last battle of the 100 years war was fought. Full of historical ambience

Eymet

Lovely Bastide Town which holds a lively market on a Thursday. Many of our clients just enjoy sitting in the village square with a beer or a coffee and watching the world go by. There is also a good choice of restaurants

Duras

A lovely small town dominated by its beautiful and interesting Chateau. Built higher than the surrounding countryside meaning that the views are beautiful. Colourful market on a Monday. Couple of good restaurants and 2 or 3 bars

Monpazier

One of the larger Bastide Towns which holds a lively market on a Thursday. Sit in the market square and enjoy a lovely meal or just have a drink in the bar and watch the world go by. Wander around its little craft shops and look out over the beautiful surrounding countryside. Visit Chateau Byron on the way home

Bordeaux

A beautiful city set along the river Garonne. Visit the wonderful shopping area featuring many designer shops. Full of restaurants and bars and lovely architecture.

Arcachon and the Dunes de Pyla

A 2 hour journey but well worth the visit outside of July and August. Arcachon is a lovely town with a choice of restaurants overlooking the beach. The dunes de Pyla are the highest dunes in Europe and are difficult to describe because they are so awesome

8 Reviews
9.7/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.6
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.6
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.6
10 / 10 John & Jean Trewin 21 September, 2017

The cottage lived up to its description, well-equipped, comfortable and clean. The living area is very attractive and a real home from home. Paul and Yvonne were very welcoming, providing us with wine, bread and cheese on arrival, and were very hospitable and helpful throughout our stay. The private garden and terrace were sheltered and peaceful. The pool is lovely though we hit a chilly period of weather so didn't take advantage of it. There are nice walks straight from the cottage and the area is full of attactive villages and places to visit. Paul and Yvonne recommended some excellent restaurants to us. It was one of the nicest gites we have hired and would certainly recommend it.

8.8 / 10 John G 9 September, 2017

This large one bedroom property is perfect for a holiday mixing poolside relaxation and beautiful countryside. While the owners live in the adjoining main house you never feel less than totally welcome to wander through the grounds or to lounge by the pool. It is as if you are their guests: you are encouraged to help yourself to their tomatoes, chillies or figs. Before we booked the owners were extremely helpful in answering our questions, even sending us a pictures of the panniers on the bikes they make available.

9.2 / 10 Graham Simcox 6 October, 2016

Very spacious gite with excellent facilities. It has one large ensuite bedroom, well appointed kitchen, large lounge area with English TV system and DVDs. The patio with barbecue and drying rack is more than adequate. Access is given to the owners' large swimming pool and there are guest sun loungers both on the patio and in the pool area. It has all the comforts of home. The location is good, down a "private" lane less than a mile from a quiet road. Duras and Eymet are only a few miles away and each have well stocked mini supermarkets. Fuel is obtainable at the supermarkets. There are wineries nearby to visit. Visitors are pretty much guaranteed peace, quiet and relaxation. The English owners are charming and extremely helpful. We would recommend it to friends.

9.7 / 10 Phil & Jan Wood 2 October, 2016

Les Costes was the perfect holiday for a couple in the Duras area in France. The accommodation, whilst being small was extremely comfortable and had everything required for a self catering holiday. The owners, Yvonne and Paul were very friendly but discrete.
We would certainly recommend this property to family and friends and intend to revisit sometime in the near future.