|La Realle||Self Catering||Saturday||4||6||3|
Now taking bookings for 2021
OFFER - Want to book your 2-week family holiday 22nd August to the 5th September 2020?
Ask for £150 off your booking (no more than 5 people using 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms excludes use of 4th bedroom)
All facilities are provided within the headline price, including daily pool cleaning and many luxury touches. As we live next door, we are there to answer any questions, help with any difficulties and solve any issue quickly.
Le Chai at La Realle is a charming, traditional stone building set at the heart of the Lot et Garonne and near the Dordogne; used originally to store and make wine with products from the farm's vines and orchards.
Set in a peaceful countryside location a few minutes drive from supermarkets, bars and restaurants, this recent renovation provides a cool, clean modern interior within a traditional stone building.
The beautifully maintained gardens provide plenty of space for play (Boules, badminton, football) and quiet shade for those who want read and relax out of the hot sun. The solar heated 10m pool is checked and cleaned daily and there is a selection of floats and games provided for your fun in the pool and garden.
There is a large barn for indoor table tennis and an extensive collection of books and DVD's for you to enjoy. A 'SMART' tv allows you to log into you Netflix or Amazon Prime accounts as well as watch the usual UK Freesat channels.
With an open covered veranda overlooking the French countryside (south west facing) Le Chai is an ideal setting for enjoying the simple French outdoor life style; eating local produce and fruit from the orchards, reading, playing outdoor games (equipment provided) or relaxing in the sunshine. The house sits at the centre of many villages and towns which provide a wide range of activities for both young and old making Le Chai an ideal base for a family holiday.
Around the house there are many opportunities for cycling and walking through the countryside or by the canal, wine tasting, tree walking, water sports and much more.
Found near the small village of Levignac de Guyenne it is within easy distance of many traditional towns with weekly markets, French cafe / bars, restaurants 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.
FREE wi-fi is available throughout the property and 4G access.
FLOOR PLANS - are available on request.
THE KITCHEN is excellently equipped.
ALL bedrooms have DAYLIGHT BLINDS and are very quiet/ ALL windows have INSECT BLINDS.
Bedroom 1 has a LARGE king sized bed (1600mm/ 5' 4") and its own separate shower room with WC and sink. A door opening onto the garden provides beautiful views across the countryside. Ample space for a cot.
The 2 double sized upstairs bedrooms are continental style - 4 single beds allowing for changes to configuration. In bedroom 2 a kit can, be used to join the beds to create a SUPER-KING.
ALL the bedroom have FANS although the combination of stone walls and breeze through the upstairs windows usually keeps the Chai cool as long as guests keep blinds and windows shut during the day.
THE FOURTH BEDROOM is accessed from the games room and is only available for parties of 5 guests or more.
This large bedroom has a separate lounge
space and a third bathroom which is en suite. The lounge can provide space for somewhere quiet to relax or work. If requested on booking it is possible to create a super- king-sized bed in this room. Use of this bedroom allows for parties of 8 people to stay at a charge for additional guest agreed with the owners before booking.
THE VERANDAH 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 ball games and barbecue.
The popular SW facing pool is within view of the front garden and the kitchen window. A FREE 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.
A large GAMESROOM is 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. From July until the beginning of September Levignac and Duras hold NIGHT MARKETS, which are 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 Chai 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.
CYCLING is particularly popular in May and September when the weather is cooler.
This area is popular with experienced hikers and cyclists and suggested maps include a route around the local vineyards. http://cdt47.tourinsoft.com/upload/Fiche-VignesVergersDuraquois.pdf).
We include 2 FREE bikes for guests to use throughout their stay, and details on how to hire further bikes. The terrain is deceptively challenging and is recommended for experienced cyclists.
A local river at Allemans du Dropt is a popular CANOEING spot (in July and August) for the more energetic and the Canal de Garonne is a pretty spot for both walking and hiring a boat for a day trip. Three LAKES are within easy reach and are perfect for family days out. Some fun parks provide peddlos and include flumes and rides (in July and August) 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 and the Marmande course favoured by the locals.
We offer differing rates for smaller parties and stays longer than 2 weeks so please ask us for details of your specific requirements using the - 'ask a question link'.
You can also find us through Holiday France Direct. There are NO HIDDEN EXTRAS in our prices such as cleaning or pool heating.
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.
A cool living room with seating for 8 people includes: tv/radio, dvd, iPod player, a selection of English paperbacks, dvds and wireless broadband. Wi is available throughout the house.
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 king sized bed
2 double sized upstairs bedrooms - continental style - 4 single beds allow for changes to configuration
An additional en suite double bedroom accessed via the games room is available for parties of more then 4 people. This bedroom also has its own lounge area.
Want a super king upstairs? We have a kit to convert single beds into a super king just ask.
"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."
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.
There is a radiator in the living space down stairs and a gas fire to take off the evening chill if needed in the late Summer.
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 .The sat tv has most UK channels including radio and wi-fi broadband is provided throughout the house. You can use your pin to access NetFlix/ Amazon Prime.
"One of the best equipped holiday homes we have stayed in" (guest review)
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)
Ample parking for 2 cars.
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.
Sorry but we do not accept pets.
Rachel and I 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- (Find our 5 star reviews on Owners Direct) 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 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||We apply flexible rates so that we can cater for couples using the downstairs of the property only and parties of eight using the four bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Our advertised rates apply to parties of six so please enquire if you would like a quotes for a different sized party.
Le Chai can be ideal for friends sharing or for extended families holidaying together perhaps as grandparents, parents and grandchildren due to the split accommodation.
The large 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.
A heated pool without chlorine is a rare and real bonus!
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!
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!
The more energetic can paddle board or canoe on the local river, swing through the trees at the local tree walk centre at Duras or cycle and walk along the many routes in the area including the vineyard tour.
Two lakes perfect for family days out are within easy reach including AquaFun' Park at Caslejaloux alternatively you can take a cruise down the rivers at Bordeaux and Bergerac or hire a boat on the local canal.
From mid June through to September local villages hold there night markets. Our village, Levignac, holds a Friday night market, which is not to be missed, with local farm produce, barbecues, dancing and entertainment. Duras also has a popular market on a Thursday evening with food, dancing, stalls and live music.
Levignac has a good range of local amenities including a shop, pharmacy, post office and traditional French baker. Guests have commented on the convenience of the local shop and excellent boulangerie at Levignac where 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 - 10 mins drive). In August Duras holds the annual wine festival with wine tasting from many of the local vineyards held in the chateaux.
Duras Château, Place du Château, Duras Tel 05 53 83 77 32
Open every day in Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec 2-6pm, Jul, Aug 10am – 7pm. Ticket office closes 1 hour before closing time. Closed throughout Jan and 24-25 Dec. Group tours available all year by appointment. Entry fees: Adults €7, 13-18year-olds €5.50, children 5-12 years €4 Audio guides €2.50
A great place to visit on a clear day, for the bravest visitors the tower gives vertigo-inducing panoramic views across the Dropt river valley. Beware, the tower steps are precarious, so leave the less energetic in your party in the vaulted loft hall where there are often local art or photography exhibitions, and lots of hiding places for the kids.
This was such a surprise as it doesn’t look much from the road and only costs €9 entrance.
It is much larger than you think and has lots to see from the basement (nice and cool) to the top of the tower (stunning views). The 800 year old castle has been lovingly restored all over and it really is magnificent. The tableaux and son et lumiere add to the experience. Highly recommend it with a caveat that there are lots of steps and different levels to get the full experience. (Trip Advisor Review)
Duras has a busy and lively market on a Monday morning and a popular evening market every Thursday evening (mid June to early September). It has a variety of restaurants, cafes bars and pop up shops.
The local Bastide towns usually have a market each week, but they are great to visit in their own right, as well as Issigeac try Eymet, the bustling square with ancient fountain is really pretty (and it’s surrounded by cafés), as is the town of Monségur, for the best hot chocolate and organic flower-flavoured ice cream in the area (Chocolaterie de Lys, from the market square head out of town on the road towards the Gendarmerie, via the church). Also the very pretty Puyguilhem sits on the top of a hill with wonderful views near to Eymet and Monestier
(another tiny Bastide town). To the East of The Domaine, neighbouring towns Villeréal and Castillonés both have wonderful old towns with market squares and cafés.
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Visit the fun park which is highly recommended by families.
A fairly quiet country town set in the rolling countrsyide typical of the Lot-et-Garonne region, Casteljaloux doesn't have a major role on the tourist trail but is a pleasant workaday town that deserves a visit.
The Aqua Fun Park is highly popular for a day out with children of all ages into their teens.
"Fantastic exercise and fun for kids and adults, floating challenge course for all abilities, inc huge floating 'iceberg' to climb and jump off. Parents can join in or relax on the beach.
There are plenty of trees to run around in a water tube, pedallo hire, restaurants and a golf course to enjoy."
visit the web link below to find out about a host of boating activities from cruising to hiring your own boat and taking it along the canal for the day.
The Canal de Garonne towpath is ideal for walking and cycling, or just lunch and a stroll. A good place to join the canal is Le Mas d'Agenais, about 45 minutes drive fron Vue de Duras. Founded by the Romans, it is a picturesque little town with an authenticated Rembrandt painting in the church.
A few kilometres further down is the Halte Nautique near Lagruère where there is a little restaurant on the Canal (see picture) where you can have a nice 3 course lunch for 15 euros. Le Bout de la Cote (05 53 20 95 47) is open from 1st April until 31st October.
Eymet has a very popular market every Thursday morning and guests often lunch here or travel onwards to Bergerac ( a further 20 minutes) to have lunch in one of the many restaurants or picnic by the rive.
The old town centres around Place Pelissiere which is a lovely square edged with cafes and restaurants and always full of flowers. At the top edge is the St James church with its attractive bell-tower.
Around Place Pelissiere are a number of lovely medieval streets including Rue St Clar and Rue St James. Rue St Clar in particular is a narrow street with half-timbered houses. Take the time to wander round the streets of the old time and admire the interesting architecture you will see as you wander. Down towards the river is another lovely square - the Place Mirpe surrounded by half-timbered buildings and offering some welcome shade in the summer.
Visit the Maison de Vins de Bergerac in the heart of the old town. It is a beautiful old cloister dating back to the 12th century. If you are a wine enthusiast there is an exhibition showing the history of Bergerac wines and its 13 appellations.
During the summer there are occasional concerts which take place in the cloister. It is a lovely setting for them and worth going if you get the chance. In December there is usually a small but good quality Christmas Market here with products from local artisans, very useful if you are doing some Christmas shopping.
The National Tobacco Museum is based here in Bergerac, and is quite interesting. Up from the old town, there is a newer, more modern part to Bergerac, with more conventional streets and a larger range of 'modern' shops.
There are a number of restaurants in both 'old-town' Bergerac among the attractive medieval half-timbered streets and in the pleasant newer parts of Bergerac. There are also various open-air cafes where you can pass a very pleasant hour just watching life go by.
The Tree Top adventure near Duras has been highly poplar with visitors and many have returned for a second afternoon of swingning through the trees. Great visit even if you are here for only a week as it is only 10 minutes away - it is a a good way to escape the sun on a hot afternoon.
Alternatively if you are here for longer and traveling further afield you might like to try Parc de Ceil near Biron - perhaps after visiting the castle itself.
The thrilling adventure!! (Trip Advisor)
For families with young kids on their holiday - this place offers a great experience of adventure . The different age groups and the choices for the challenges here are varied . The ticket prices are high but the thorough professional set up is very impressive . A great spot for the kids and grown up alike.
Saint-Emilion is a charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine area. It is a very unique site were world-famous wineries, fine wine, beautiful architecture and great monuments are a perfect match.
The legend tells us about a monk from Brittany who fled from Vannes, his hometown, to seek refuge in one of the natural caves in a place called Ascum bas (former name of the village) in the 8th century.
For those of you venturing further afield in your quest for wine, this stunning fairytale château overlooking Bergerac is difficult to beat. They have a tasting area in the shop, and you can also tour the chateau itself. The gardens are great for picnics, with fabulous views.
Bergerac Wine Caves 1 Rue des Récollets, 24100 Bergerac Tel. 05 53 63 57 55. Bergerac old town centre has several wine caves with exhibitions, have a wander around the cobbled streets and look out for two statues of Cyrano, the older stone one has his back to the Maison des Vins, with its large picturesque courtyard.
Chateau Bridoire 24240 Ribagnac Tel. 06 06 42 58 59
Open 27 April - 31 May: 2pm to 6pm weekends, public holidays and school holidays June: daily 10h to 18h
Many guests love to cycle and walk the routes around Levignac and Duras including the wine route.
An hour and a half away this is a great day trip if you are staying 2 weeks or more or want somewhere to go onto after Eymet market on a Thursday morning. There are plenty of café bar opportunities for lunch or places to picnic.
Amazing authentic castle with original features
"My 8 year old son and I went to Chateau Biron in July 2018. It was one of the most amazing castles I have ever visited! The architecture was authentic and fascinating as it showed the progression from 12 to 18th century in different areas of the Castle. The views were amazing and it wasn't too crowded. My son loved the archery in the court yard and I loved the original features throughout and the audio guide. My only note for readers is that this castle isn't well furnished like others, but this gives you the opportunity to imagine what it could have been like hundreds of years ago."
Trip Advisor 2018
Bordeaux is known for being a city brimming with French culture, and one of the best ways of exploring this for yourself is by wandering the corridors of some of the most prestigious museums and art galleries in the country. Discover more about the regions past, explore the exquisite interiors of these first class institutions and marvel at the myriad of both French and international art works that line their walls.
Alternatively you may need to get a shopping fix! Affordable shops, be they fashion or otherwise, are found on or around the Rue Ste Cathérine. It’s pedestrianised, dead straight and very long – one-and-a-quarter miles in total. But there’s no need to do the whole thing. Most of what you’ll need is within easy reach of the city centre end of the street. Kick off at the Place de la Comédie and carry on until you’ve had enough.
A great over view of Bordeaux can be found at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/aquitaine/bordeaux/articles/bordeaux-shopping/
Alternatively you may wish to take to the water taking a trip perhaps booking a wine tasting or lunch tour. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g187079-Activities-c55-Bordeaux_Gironde_Nouvelle_Aquitaine.html
Some of guests enjoy their golf and have spent a day out at Vigiers which is only 40 minutes away.
A Spectacular 27-Hole Golf Course.
The course opened in 1992 and was designed by Donald Steel, who is considered one of the very best “natural” golf course architects. Arranged in three 9-hole loops, giving three 18-hole combinations, our golf course was rated in the top ten courses in South West France.
Other golf facilities include a 6-hole academy course, a covered driving range, practice greens and bunkers as well as resident golf Professionals, making Vigiers an ideal place to begin or improve your game.
Members of the party not keen on golf can always visit the spa or stay at the poolside and relax in the sun.
There are many lively community based night markets n the area where the local French host live music, street food and dancing. Duras and Levignac have been very popular with our guests.
We were very happy with the property in relation to it's prior description. In fact we felt that the pictures on the website did not actually do the property justice - it was even better in real life! The property was of a very high standard and very well equipped. At one stage there were 8 of us staying (we stayed for a month) and there was plenty of cutlery, cooking equipment, poolside furniture etc. Bev and Rachel were welcoming and provided excellent advice and recommendations on local activities, restaurants, etc. They managed to be available but not intrusive, respecting our privacy. We would absolutely recommend this property to friends and relatives - in fact during the month many of our friends and relatives stayed with us and they all spoke very highly of the set up. We really enjoyed the exceptionally well maintained pool and the huge garden which provided limitless supplies of fruit and vegetables during our stay (the tomatoes were particularly amazing). Duras was convenient for two excellent but contrasting restaurants and there were a huge number of vineyards to visit if required. Further afield, we enjoyed Bergerac, local villages and the epic Dune du Pilat on the coast south west of Bordeaux.
The property was as described although I would say that the games room in the barn was more like a games room in large room rather than a barn as it had a painted floor, normal doors/windows etc. The only thing making it a barn was the open ceiling to the roof and the huge size of the place. This was a fabulous addition to the property and came in useful on cloudy days. The owners had provided two bikes to use, a table tennis table and a variety of toys to entertain the children.
The owners were very helpful and available to us when needed. The pool was very clean and regularly cleaned by the owners. The garden was large with lots of areas to play in whilst having a lot of trees and flowers to look at. Also the property had great views over the countryside.
The local amenities were good but we travelled to other towns for restaurants and larger shopping needs.
A really enjoyable relaxing holiday.
This is an absolutely fabulous house, spotlessly clean and has everything that you would ever need on a holiday. The pool was an amazing feature and was so clean and well kept. The kitchen is very well equipped and there is a very comfortable lounge. There is also a barn which is great as it has a table tennis table and plenty space for games. There are lots of books available to read and other games and pool toys. The bedrooms are very spacious and the master bedroom is especially comfortable with a King bed. There are two bedrooms upstairs in the attic area, where our 3 children slept. The bedrooms are lovely here also. But they do get very warm especially in the evening. However there are fans available to help to cool them down. I would say to bring very light Pjs for children because of the heat upstairs. Downstairs the house is lovely and cool and the high ceilings make it feel so airy and comfortable.
There is also a spacious fully covered veranda where you can sit and eat at the dining table, there are also plenty seats to relax and enjoy the beautiful garden which is huge!
The pool and garden are such a credit to the lovely owners, we would definitely like to return to this very relaxing place. The pool is fully safely fenced and can be locked which is a huge advantage with young children. A fabulous holiday, definitely one of the best places that we have been to!
Dear Dave and Karen - it was a pleasure to have your family living next door for 3 weeks and we are delighted you had a great holiday. Hope to see you again.
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.