Holiday cottage with pool in rural Aquitaine - AT004672

Barbaste (6km from Nerac), Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT004672 Advertiser since: 10 March 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Capblanc Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2 Second bedroom has sofa bed to sleep 2

About this property

Detached Stone Barn Overlooking Amazing Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Walk into  the barn, you have a hallway with storage and washing machine.
Two double bedrooms, both en suite, first room has double bed and ensuite bathroom. Second bedroom has 2 single beds and a sofa bed plus en suite.
Upstairs to open plan kitchen/lounge overlooking fabulous pool and gardens. If you enjoy birds and wildlife there's plenty here!!
Outside you can sit and enjoy your meals or enter the pool area and enjoy your meals by the pool.
We are situated a few minutes drive from Barbaste, it takes me 20 minutes to cycle to the local supermarket in Laverdac (backs onto Barbaste).



Kitchen and dining

Upstairs kitchen and dining table, overlooking stunning pool and gardens.

Living rooms

Open plan into lounge.


One double bedroom, one twin bedroom with a sofa bedroom.


Both bedrooms are en suite


Swimming, cycling, walking, golf.

Garden and outside

Barn is overlooking pool and 1.5 acre garden, backing onto forest.

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking in driveway enough for 15 cars!!

Visitor suitability


Information about any additional facilities

Set in amazing tranquility location overlooking the Le Landes pine forest yet close to all amenities.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Barbaste
Distance: 3 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: cap couderou
Distance: 3 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: forrest backing on to property has walking trails


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Buzet
Distance: 12 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Clare Swales

I was born in Newcastle, moved to Liverpool when I was 8 years old. I studied hospitality management in Manchester university. I then worked and travelled all over the world, meeting my husband whilst working on the QE2. We spent several years in Austalia and New Zealand before returning to the UK. I spent several years working in the hospitality industry before joining Cheshire police, as a police officer. I took a career break when our twins Bede and Amelia were born in 2008.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? Having viewed hundreds of properties, within half an hour of where we were livin in Clairac, this property became available at a reduced price. We came to see this property and both me and my husband said "WOW" amazing!! We fell in love before we even looked inside the house. Location is amazing, close to all local amenities, supermarkets, day and night markets, outdoor activities, golf, theme park, 3 water parks,horse riding, cycling, canoeing, fishing. Lots of amazing restaurants and wine tasting. Our property is close to the historic town of Nerac famous chateaux of King Henry XI. We are within 11/2 hours drive to three airports, Bergerac, Bordeaux and Toulouse.
Our property in hidden from the road and very private, set in 2 acres backing onto the Landes forest. You can hear the odd tractor going past perhaps once a day!!! Such a peaceful location, yet lots to see and do.
Unique benefits of property Our property is stunning, set in two acres, overlooking the forest. We converted the gite from an existing cow barn, it overlooks an amazing private pool, exclusive for our guests. We designed the property " upside down" to benefit the views upstairs, also by having the bedrooms downstairs this keeps them cool in the summer months!!

The Owner Recommends

A great escape.....

An amazing location with many attractions, theme parks, water sports, restaurants, walks etc. Or just sit and relax by the pool, the choice is yours...


Agen is situated half an hour away it is our largest city with many amenities and includes park Walib large theme park (great fun for the family!).
Many shops and restaurants it's a lovely day out.

Cap Cauderoue is an outdoor activity park situated 2 killometres.
Out door activity centre, tree zip wire, paint ball, horse riding, mini golf, canoeing, cycling....


Casteljouloux is a thermal spa town situated 20 minutes away with a man made beach with many activities!!!!


The large historic town of Nerac is 5 kilometres away with many activities: shops, restaurant, boat rides, markets, the famous chateaux St Albert, and a large water park.


The village of Vienne is a Bastille village with restaurants and a weekly night market.


A beautiful town with lovely restaurants.
It's worth going to the night market on a Tuesday, amazing foods to sample and great music!!
A man made beach with many water activities, great day out, take a picknick or lunch at their cafe.

Moulin des Tour de Barbaste

This is a fortified mill from the end of the 13th century which dominates the town centre and river bank..... It looks more like a castle than a mill, King Henry IV would often stay their.
Their is a fabulous event restaurant famous for great French food called Moulin des Saveurs, well worth a visit!!

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Spiller 24 August, 2018

What a gem and such fantastic people, we all felt like we have made new friends, the attention to detail did not go un-noticed from the meal on arrival to the basket of goodies , the immaculately kept pool area and the fabulous hosts , the recommendations locally of what to do and where to eat despite knowing the area we still discovered new places to go. Sleeping downstairs was an advantage as it was so hot and it stayed nice and cool so we were able to sleep. with the upstairs giving lovely views especially when we watched the thunder storm over night. We hope to return and highly recommend this gite and its lovely famiy.

Owner response

Hi Mel Andrew Vianne and Marie Ann,
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday we really enjoyed your visit, it seemed to go so quick! Thank you for your lovely review...and leaving our gite so clean...we hope you come back to visit .
Lol Clare Duane Bede and Amelia x

10 / 10 Jason Clee 4 June, 2018

Wow, this amazing property comes highly recommended!

The pictures, whilst nice, don't do it justice, it is clean and very well presented. We had a lovely warm welcome, and our children thought it was the best holiday they've ever had. Both bedrooms are en-suite, it overlooks vast countryside and we managed to see two deer, loads of birds (and a red squirrel on a day trip). The pool is totally private and the attractive garden has a large trampoline and a tree house that our children loved. We spent every evening sat by the pool, listening to the birds and crickets, and watching the stars.

We didn't know much about the local area and found it was delightful. Nérac, around 10 minutes drive away, is a beautiful, half-timbered, riverside town with several pretty churches and municipal buildings. There are so many photo opportunities it was hard to know where to point the camera. There are five tours suggested in the property, of which we did two and discovered lovely places. The locals were friendly and helpful when my French ran out. The local food, foie gras, cassoulet, Toulouse sausages etc and drink, Armagnac and wines were fantastic too. Practically, the roads were easy and all but the short, and quiet, drive from the main road to the house wide and passable. The local supermarket (5 minutes) was huge, well-stocked and reasonable.

Our friends have already asked for the details and I highly recommend you visit.

Owner response

Thank yo so much for the lovely review, we enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon.... Clare Duane Bede and Amelia

10 / 10 Ian Robins 11 October, 2017

Very nice place with lovely owners handy for shopping and local walks and a wonderful swimming pool I am certain my wife and I will visit again

Owner response

Hi Ian and Nanette
Thank you for the lovely review, we enjoyed your stay.
Bede and Millie have settled into their new school very quickly..... They are also in their own bedrooms for the first time!!!
We are looking forward to returning to the UK next Saturday for a week.
Kind regards Clare

10 / 10 Postman Pete 28 September, 2017

Excellent well appointed gite in fabulous as new condition
All amenities including a dishwasher and washing machine
Excellent owners nearby but never intrusive
Swimming pool beautiful clean and well maintained
The welcome meal on arrival like a gift from the gods
We will definitely return
Can’t recommend this property enough a real gem

Owner response

Thank you so much for the lovely review.... We enjoyed your stay.
Kind regards Clare