Spacious stone farmhouse with heated pool

9.9/10
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 6 3

About this property

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

For parties between 2 and 8 people
Whilst advertising for 6 people we accept larger parties but only with prior agreement.

Special offer - on holiday dates before July 7th 2018 and after 25th August 2018

Reductions are often available for parties of no more than 4 using 2 bedrooms.
We accept bookings beginning on flexible days. Please contact us with your request.

Early Bird Offer: available for May half term 2018 - see prices and availability for details (offer ends January 5th 2018).

Le Chai is a traditional stone building which was used to store and make wine with products from the farm's vines and orchards.
Le Chai has an open covered veranda overlooking the French countryside (south west facing) giving an ideal place to sit, relax, eat and read.
Found near the small village of Levignac de Guyenne it is within easy distance of many small French towns with weekly markets, cafes and shops.
With 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms split across both floors there can be a 'natural' split in the accommodation giving space for friends and family holidaying together or for extended families; perhaps as grandparents, parents and grandchildren.
The fourth bedroom; available for parties of more than five people, is accessed from the games room this large bedroom has a separate lounge space and a third bathroom which is en suite. The lounge can provide space for a cot, or somewhere quiet to relax.
Use of this bedroom allows parties of 7 or 8 people to stay with prior agreement of the owners and at an additional charge (for example in August a supplement of £310 or £155 per person per week).
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 2 adults with a young child).
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

The veranda is used by most guests throughout the summer for alfresco dinning and leads onto a spacious garden with flower beds and plenty of room to run off excess energy as well as areas to sit in the shade under the trees, play boule and barbecue.
The SW facing pool is within view of the front garden and the kitchen window. A solar heated pool with panoramic views of the French countryside provides an ideal spot for sun lovers by day and star gazers by night when the dark skies in rural France provide excellent night skies.

The Barn, accessed through the kitchen, is used for table tennis.

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

La Realle is on the edge of the small bastide of Levignac de Guyenne which sits midway between the towns of Duras and Marmande. 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). The farmhouse is also within easy reach of several supermarkets (10 /15 minutes).

The area is renowned for its wines and local produce which may be bought from the many traditional local markets. We are near to a number of local wine routes which lead you through the French countryside to sample wines at the local vineyards; some of which also hold an evening soiree; where you can taste both the wine and local farm produce.

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 several restaurants and shops (5 mins drive).
August sees the annual Duras wine festival with tasting of wines from many of the local vineyards, medieval events and live music at the night markets.
Nearby Eymet, Miramont de Guyenne, Monteton and Monsegeur also host both morning and evening markets.

This area is popular with hikers and cyclists and suggested maps include a route around the local vineyards. http://cdt47.tourinsoft.com/upload/Fiche-VignesVergersDuraquois.pdf).
We provide 2 bikes for guests to use throughout their stay.
A local river at Allemans du Dropt is a popular canoeing spot for the more energetic and the Canal de Garonne is a pretty spot for both walking and hiring a boat for a day trip. Two lakes are within easy reach and are perfect for family days out. Some fun parks provide peddlos and include flumes and rides while some are more traditional with quiet shaded areas .
Bordeaux, Bergerac and Marmande are within easy reach and are worth a visit with a range of activities including markets, historical sites, boat trips and shopping.
There is also a range of golf courses in the area including Vigiers at Monestier (20mins drive) which has been highly rated by guests.
We offer differing rates for smaller parties and stays longer than 2 weeks so please ask us for details of your specific requirements.

Petites vacances d'une semaine entre amis dans cette belle villa restaurée avec goût près de Duras. Rachel et Bev sont des hôtes très discrets mais aussi très attentionnés. Ils ont su à travers leurs conseils rendre notre séjour très agréable. Les activités ne manquent pas dans la région (canal de la garonne, degustations de vins, fêtes du village...). Leur grand jardin offre aussi bien des opportunités de détente (piscine plein soleil, 2 BBQs pour varier les décors, ping-pong, vélos et surtout magnifiques potager et verger). Je recommande l'adresse pour une escapade nature. Très simple d'accès (3h30 depuis Paris gràce a la nouvelle LGV Paris-Bordeaux).

Review 2017

"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 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.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Inside the house you will find additional dining space for six 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 gas 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.

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 three have access to separate bathrooms.
A cot and high chair are available.

Notes on bedrooms:
1 large downstairs bedroom with double bed
2 double sized upstairs bedrooms - continental style - 4 single beds allow for changes to configuration
An additional ensuite double bedroom accessed via the games room is available for parties of more then 4 people. This bedroom also has its own lounge area.

"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

Downstairs the large bedroom has a bath/shower over, wc & wash basin (includes washing machine).
Upstairs - 2 bedrooms share a bathroom with shower cubicle, wc & wash basin.
The 4th bedroom is ensuite.

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!"
Guest Review (Owners Direct)

Parking and garages

Ample parking for 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

Le Chai can accommodate up to 8 when families use the additional 4th 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.
The 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/Advertiser, Ms Rachel Clark

We bought the farmhouse 15 years ago after spending many happy holidays in and around this area of France. As we live next door to Le Chai we are on hand if there are any issues, you need advice or local information. As we both own and manage the farmhouse we aim to be flexible in our approach and provide a high level of service which provides individualised support from enquiry and booking to your stay. The pool is checked on a daily basis and cleaned regularly throughout your stay.

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.

3 Reviews
9.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Walters family 17 August, 2017

We had a lovely holiday at La Realle this summer.
Bev and Rachel were excellent hosts, on hand to help when needed but "invisible" otherwise. The garden was beautiful and very well maintained and the house and pool immaculate.
Appliances were very good quality and there was nothing we needed that wasn't supplied, even the kitchen knives were sharp!!
The area had lots to keep us occupied, it is a lovely part of France; with many pretty towns and markets to visit (and the best tasting tomatoes ever!)
Thank you Bev and Rachel for a really relaxing and enjoyable holiday, we would recommend your beautiful house to anyone and hope to visit again in the future.

10 / 10 Cerise 10 July, 2017

We have stayed in many places but La Realle is one of the best.
At last, a properly-equipped kitchen!
And both the owners were so helpful.
It is a beautiful area in which to stay and I recommend it to everyone.

Owner response

Thank you for your kind comments. We work hard to make La Realle somewhere to relax and enjoy a great holiday and it is nice to receive such positive comments.

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.