Spacious stone farmhouse with heated pool

9.8/10
Levignac-de-Guyenne (6km from Duras), Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT004880 Advertiser since: 17 June 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Realle Self Catering Saturday 4 8 4

About this property

Traditional Farmhouse With Private Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Spacious traditional farmhouse with private solar heated pool, covered veranda, large grounds and wi-fi throughout the house.

La Realle is a traditional old stone farm house which retains many original features whilst also providing the modern comforts needed for a relaxing and enjoyable break. It is found near the small village of Levignac de Guyenne within easy distance of many pretty French villages with weekly markets, cafes and shops. It is also close to larger towns including Bordeaux, Marmande and Bergerac.

With its south-west facing heated private pool and 4 bathrooms the farm house provides spacious accommodation for friends and family holidaying together or for extended families; perhaps as grandparents, parents and grandchildren. With four bedrooms and also bath/shower rooms and sitting areas on both floors there can be a 'natural' split in the accommodation; providing spaces to come together and also privacy and quiet when needed.
Using the downstairs only this property can also be an ideal holiday retreat for a couple, a reduction in price may be available for parties booking the ground floor only (no more than 3 guests).
At the front of the house the shaded veranda is ideal for relaxing with a book, a glass of wine and sleeping the day away. The veranda is used by most guests throughout the summer for alfresco dinning and leads onto a large shaded front lawn with flower beds and areas to sit and to play and barbecue.
Away from the veranda a spacious garden provides plenty of room to run off some energy play a range of games including boules and enjoy the private solar heated pool with panoramic views of the French countryside.
There is also an indoor games room including table tennis.

The potager garden has a  bountiful supply of fresh produce including cherries, figs, local Marmande tomatoes and plums, when in season and dependent on the gardeners' skill!

The farmhouse is on the edge of the small bastide of Levignac de Guyenne which sits midway between the towns of Duras and Marmande. The area is renowned for its wines, prunes and foie gras. It is perfect for hikers, cyclists and also for those who just wish to get away and relax!
For the more energetic a local river provides canoeing and within 40 minutes you can experience sky walks, caves, fun pools and swimming lakes perfect for days out with the family.

This area becomes alive in the summer. Levignac holds a Friday night market, which is not to be missed, with local farm produce, barbecues, dancing and entertainment. Levignac has a small shop, pharmacy, post office and traditional French baker. Guests have commented on the convenience of the local shop and excellent boulangerie at Levignac. You can buy croissants and warm bread for breakfast (10 minutes cycle ride/ 2 minutes in the car).

Nearby Duras with its large medieval chateau and cobbled streets is a popular attraction; with a bustling market here on Mondays and a selection of pavement cafes and restaurants
(5 mins drive). August sees the annual wine festival with tasting of wines from many of the local vineyards, medieval events and live music at the night markets.
Eymet, Miramont de Guyenne and Bergerac are a short drive away.

"We had a wonderfully relaxing holiday in this lovely house in a beautiful part of France (6 adults, 2 teenagers).The house is very well equipped, with several nice surprises which went beyond our expectations. The large pretty garden offers plenty of space for play or quiet retreat, and the heated pool has views over the adjoining farmland. There's lots to do in and around this region, and the friendly owners Bev and Rachel are happy to provide any local info if needed, although most of the time you would hardly know they were on site. They generously told us to help ourselves to home-grown tomatoes, cucumbers and plums. The shady terrace is huge, perfect for long lazy lunches and balmy evening meals. We highly recommend it. We didn't want to leave!"

Advertised since Autumn 2016 on this site (see our 5 star rating and reviews on OwnersDirect).

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Inside the house you will find additional dining space in the sunroom whilst the kitchen table allows four people to eat in comfort. A fully fitted kitchen provides all the equipment you should need to create a simple lunch using local produce from the garden and local markets or a 3 course meal!
Equipment includes a ceramic hob & fan assisted oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, liquidizer and steamer.

Living rooms

A cool living room with seating for 6 people includes: tv/radio, dvd, ipod player, a selection of English paperbacks, dvds and wireless broadband. Wi is available throughout the house including in the additional lounge upstairs which also provides a quiet out of the way seating space.
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"This beautifully restored French farmhouse provides 4 well-furnished, large and comfortable bedrooms with 3 en-suits plus another shower room/laundry. The lounge is well appointed with excellent modern TV and sound equipment (3D too).The kitchen has everything needed for sophisticated cooking and we ate all meals on the covered veranda." (guest review)

Bedrooms

Moving into the bedrooms the accommodation is spacious with all 4 bedrooms being large enough to fit either a double bed or 2 beds. All the bedrooms have plenty of storage and access to separate bathrooms.
A cot is available if requested on booking.

Notes on bedrooms:
1 large downstairs bedroom double bed
1 double sized downstairs bedroom 2 single beds
2 double sized upstairs bedrooms - continental style - 4 single beds allow for changes to configuration
(see floor plans)

"It was great that all crisp white bedding was supplied & lovely white towels were provided too, as well as the pool towels, which obviously makes a huge difference with luggage."

Bathrooms

The 3 main bedrooms are all en suite. Downstairs the large bedroom has a bath/shower over, wc & wash basin whilst a second shower room has a wc and wash basin (includes washing machine). Upstairs - there are 2 bedrooms with shower cubicle, wc & wash basin.

Heating

A log fire heats the sitting room and there are radiators in downstairs rooms for the rare occasions when the weather is cooler in the early summer or autumn.

Entertainment

The south west solar heated pool provides an ideal place to swim, relax and play. The pool has a security fence and a safety step runs around the inside. A pure water system and solar heating means the pool is virtually chemical and averages temperatures between 27 and 32 degrees C.
We provide pool towels for our guests.
A large barn provides a shady area to play table tennis and 2 bikes are available for adults. As many of our guests fly into France we offer a range of games to ease the packing load. Games can include table tennis, boules, skipping ropes, bats and balls.
Inside the farmhouse boasts a large selection of English paper backs including a range of popular authors and summer reads and a wide selection of dvds . An portable Ipod player helps provide music throughout the house.
The sat tv has most UK channels including radio and wi-fi broadband is provided throughout the house.

"One of the best equipped holiday homes we have stayed in" (guest review).

Garden and outside

The large garden which overlooks the French countryside has shady areas to sit and relax and larger areas to play games; it has extensive flower borders and a potager which provides a range of fruit and vegetables for guests to enjoy (in season). A barbecue is provided.

"We had a wonderfully relaxing holiday in this lovely house in a beautiful part of France (6 adults, 2 teenagers).The house is very well equipped, with several nice surprises which went beyond our expectations. The large pretty garden offers plenty of space for play or quiet retreat, and the heated pool has views over the adjoining farmland. There's lots to do in and around this region, and the friendly owners Bev and Rachel are happy to provide any local info if needed, and generously told us to help ourselves to home-grown tomatoes, cucumbers and plums. The shady terrace is huge, perfect for long lazy lunches and balmy evening meals. We highly recommend it. We didn't want to leave!"

Parking and garages

Ample parking for 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

La Realle can accommodate up to 8 when families use the additional downstairs double bedroom. With two bedrooms and bath/shower rooms on both floors there can be a 'natural' split in the accommodation for two families of four sharing. It easily accommodates parents and children in their own bedrooms. Three of the bedrooms can fit 3 single beds if for example children want to share.

The large downstairs accommodation provides ample room for those not wishing to climb the stairs.

Information about any additional facilities

Sorry but we do not accept pets.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Duras
Distance: 7 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: For golfers there are a selection of private & municipal courses.
Distance: 15 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Duras

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Levignac de Guyenne

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Duras
Distance: 7 km

About the Owner, Ms Rachel Clark

My husband and I bought La Realle after spending many happy holidays in and around this area enjoying the colourful evening markets; often with live music and exploring the many traditional villages. The farmhouse has needed extensive renovation including a new roof, rebuilding of walls and a new pool; but we have also kept many features of the original building. We live permanently at La Realle and will be on site but in a private area- in what was the wine Chai ; so we are on hand if needed.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? Guest Review 2016- Booking was a pleasure with all correspondence dealt with quickly and efficiently. Any questions on the property were welcomed and helped our decision in making our booking and were informative in helping us to plan our holiday. The extras on arrival were very much appreciated. La Realle is lovely old farm house that has been well renovated with the right mixture of old and new. It is well equipped with everything you need for your stay. The whole property is absolutely spotless and a credit to the owners who are on hand should you need anything or any advice on the local area. That said although they are on-site you would hardly know they are there as they are very discreet. There are lots of facilities on site such as table tennis, bikes, games and pool is the best we have had. The gardens are beautiful and lovingly maintained and the vegetables that are grown that you can help yourself to are tasty, we can vouch for that! Dining Al Fresco watching the sunset.
Unique benefits of property This home is ideal for 2 families sharing or for extended families holidaying together perhaps as grandparents, parents and grandchildren. With two bedrooms and bath/shower rooms on both floors there can be a 'natural' split in the accommodation. The garden also provides a range of areas including a shaded front garden and veranda allowing for relaxation, reading and alfresco dining and a large area of garden in the sun for games which includes the solar heated pool. There is also a indoor games room including table tennis.

The potager garden provides a bountiful supply of fresh produce including cherries, figs, local Marmande tomatoes and plums; when in season and dependent on the gardeners' skill!
Using the downstairs only this property can also be an ideal holiday retreat for a couple.

The Owner Recommends

Out and About

The farmhouse is on the edge of the small bastide of Levignac de Guyenne which sits midway between the towns of Duras and Marmande;the area is renowned for its wines, prunes and foie gras. It is perfect for hikers, cyclists and also for those who just wish to get away and relax!

A local river provides canoeing for the more energetic and there are two lakes perfect for family days out within easy reach.

This area becomes alive in the summer; Levignac, holds a Friday night market, which is not to be missed, with local farm produce, barbecues, dancing and entertainment. Levignac has a small shop, pharmacy, post office and traditional French baker. Guests have commented on the convenience of the local shop and excellent boulangerie at Levignac; you can buy croissants and warm bread for breakfast (10 minutes cycle ride/ 2 minutes in the car).
Nearby Duras with its large medieval chateau and cobbled streets is a popular attraction; with a bustling market here on Mondays and a selection of pavement cafes and restaurants.
(5 mins drive)
August sees the annual wine festival with tasting of wines from many of the local vineyards, medieval events and live music at the night markets.
Eymet, Miramont de Guyenne and Bergerac are a short drive away.

Golf
For golfers there are a selection of private & municipal courses.
One of the best courses is at Vigiers 40 minutes away.
Set in lovely grounds with restaurant, tennis courts & vineyard, this is a par 72, described as a championship course. Pro shop, buggies & trolley hire.

1 Review
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Nick Dunwell 12 September, 2016

We cant wait to visit again! Lovely, clean, well appointed gite retaining original features but with modern comfort. Lots of space indoors and out. The pool was a good size and well maintained. There was lots of private garden space. We felt like we were miles from anywhere and enjoyed incredible starry skies at night, but in reality there were the village shops a few minutes away and the larger beautiful market town of Duras just down the road. We enjoyed visiting local markets and swimming beaches on both the Dordogne and Garonne. There are a wealth of places of interest to visit in this area. We enjoyed a meal at Nostalg'air one of the local restaurants just down the road. The friendly British owners live in a private, separate area of the property and we were totally unaware of their presence (except when they greeted us on arrival or when we sought them out for information or advice.) We enjoyed table tennis in the barn, sitting out on the garden veranda to eat and watching incredible sunsets over the sunflower fields from our favourite spot under the walnut tree. A truly exceptional holiday.