Holiday cottage with private pool near Duras - AT004899

9km from Duras, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT004899 Advertiser since: 4 July 2016
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Frison Cottage Self Catering Saturday 3 5 2 2 additional single beds in loft room

About this property

Detached Traditional Stone Cottage With Private Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Situated in its own garden beside a departmental road in the countryside, Frison  is a beautifully restored and well-equipped stone cottage.  Local archives show that there has been a property on this site since the end of the 18th century. Guests are usually surprised at how spacious the cottage is, with its large open plan lounge and attached kitchen-diner. Accommodation is ample for up to 5 people.

A full-size swimming pool in a landscaped enclosure is reserved for the use of guests to the cottage.

The owners of Frison Holiday Cottage , Carol and Gerry Steel, live a short walking distance from the cottage, and are available if needed for any advice on restaurants or things to do in the area.




Kitchen and dining

Dining room/kitchen area accessible from the lounge through a wide archway. Long monastery table with chairs, 4-burner gas hob, large tabletop electric oven, microwave cooker, dishwasher, newly installed stainless-steel sink and cupboard units , fridge-freezer, wall-cupboards and shelves. Large window looking onto the front garden.

Living rooms

Large open-plan lounge, comfortably furnished with 2 leather settees and 2 armchairs, coffee-table, bookshelves with lots of books in English, satellite tv . Tiled floor with several carpets, wall lights and a large window looking onto the front garden.There is a wood-burning stove for winter heating if required. A side door leads from the lounge onto the paved terrace, which has a full complement of white furniture, parasol, and a stone barbecue. One end of the terrace is covered, and has ambiance lighting.


Main bedroom access from the dining area. King size double bed, large chest of drawers, 2 bedside tables each with lamp, wardrobe, pinewood floor with bedside rugs. Window looks onto the front garden.

Second downstairs bedroom with double bed, bedside tables, large mirror and chest of drawers, accessible from the lounge area. A small window overlooks the rear driveway of the cottage.

Third (loft) bedroom upstairs, accessed by stairs from the kitchen diner, equipped with double and single beds and a chest of drawers. A small window overlooks the front garden. This room is normally intended for children as parts of it have limited headroom.


First shower room, accessed from the dining room, equipped with a shower, a wc and a sink with a mirror, Hot water is supplied by an electric immersion heater with large volume tank.

There is a second wc room with sink and large mirror in the garage area attached to the lounge.


Wood-burning stove for winter heating. Additional portable electric convectors may be supplied on request.


Wi-fi, English satellite TV, dvd player, cd radio. A large selection of English paperback books. Large size private swimming pool.

Garden and outside

Small garden with front lawn, large terrace with stone-built bbq, parasol and white furniture.

Covered area with extra seating and ambiance lighting, attached to the main terrace.

Parking and garages

Parking inside the cottage grounds for up to 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

Access to the pool is by a pathway with steps behind the cottage and may prove a problem for some visitors. Owners will be happy to discuss this with potential guests. Photos of the cottage include a view of these steps.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool



Name and address of nearest golf course: Marmande, lieu-dit Carpete
Distance: 14 km

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cotes de Duras
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Gerald Steel

Carol and Gerry moved to SW France in the 1970's following a 5-year contract in Singapore. Gerry was Head of Science in the United World College of SE Asia. He later taught in the college in Marmande for several years. Carol worked as an interpreter for a local estate agent for his English clients. <br/>We are both keen gardeners and guests to the cottage often enjoy sampling our home-grown tomatoes. <br/>We are discretely available if advice is needed.

Year property purchased 1976
Why this location? We chose Lot et Garonne for its peaceful rural scenery and its relaxed way of living. It is within reach of many historic medieval villages and markets as well as notable vineyards such as Duras, St Emilion, Bordeaux etc. Since we arrived, the Airport of Bergerac has added to the accessibility for visitors to this region. The climate here is mostly sunny and warm, and temperatures are often in the high 20's. The cottage keeps cool thanks to the thick stone walls.
Unique benefits of property Detached property with no neighbours
Stone built for cool interior in high summer
Private full size pool 10m x 5m in attractive surroundings.
Pool cleaning and maintenance by owners. (early mornings)
Off-road parking (Gated if required)
Owners discretely to hand if advice asked for.
WiFi (24 hours) in the cottage.
Shopping towns of Duras and Marmande easily accessible by car.

The Owner Recommends

Parc de Griffon

Local park with unusual animals, childrens' activities and 1 km of pleasant walkway, within 1 km of Frison Cottage.

Canoeing on the Dropt River

Canoes can be hired in the village of Allemans du Dropt throughout the summer. This is within 15 minutes of the cottage.

Historic tour of Allemans village in English

Every Tuesday morning there is a guided tour of the village of Allemans du Dropt, where an English guide explains the history of the village and includes a visit to the 12th century church with its unique painted frescoes.