Holiday cottage to let in rural Aquitaine - AT004952

9.9/10
6km from Monflanquin, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT004952 Advertiser since: 25 August 2016
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Bouyé Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 cot

About this property

Converted Barn In Rural And Tranquil Location. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

The barn offers very comfortable and tastefully furnished gîte accommodation. In keeping with tradition, the barn has been restored with attention to detail, whilst retaining the original oak beams and stone-walls.
 
Combining the best of traditional features and modern living, our self-catering guests enjoy comfortable accommodation, fresh local produce and use of our large swimming pool.
 
Bouyé is situated on the edge of the Lot et Garonne / Dordogne, department 47 of the Aquitaine region. We are minutes away from Monflanquin, reputed to be one of the most beautiful of the Bastide towns.
 
We can be found on the map between Cahors and Agen. There are many Bastide towns in the region, with Monflanquin being only 6 Km, and Villeneuve sur Lot is 12 Km.
 
Our complex is well positioned for exploring the towns and villages of this beautiful part of rural France.
 
Whether you enjoy walking in the quiet country lanes, relaxing by the pool, or indulging in a glass of regional wine in the warm evening air, your hosts, Carol and Martin Whiteway will endeavour to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one.
 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The gîte is fitted with a new American kitchen/lounge, gas hob and oven. Washing machine, clothes airier, dish-washer and fridge/freezer, together with an electric toaster, kettle and coffee machine. The gîte is equipped with six place settings and the usual kitchen utensils, pots and pans.

Living rooms

The lounge is furnished with dining table and four chairs, lounge suite, occasional table, flat screen television, with Sky connection and dvd player. Separate radio cd system.
A wide selection of viewing material is available on request, as too are boxed games, puzzles and the French traditional game of Boule. We also have a small library, available for guests to use.
Free wi-fi connection is also available.

Bedrooms

Our gîte sleeps four.
Bedroom one furnished with one double bed, pine bedside cabinets together with a chest of drawers and wardrobe. The room is fitted with French doors, and overlooks the private garden.
Bedroom two is twin bedded, with pine bedside cabinets together with a chest of drawers and wardrobe. Bedrooms have hair dryers and are fitted with French and English sockets, or converters.
Both bedrooms are equipped with oscillating fans.

Bathrooms

The large shower has a ceramic tiled finish, with glass door closure and adjustable shower temperature. Vanity unit and basin with large mirror. WC, and towel rail.

Heating

Heating can be provided if required, at extra charge.l

Entertainment

The gîte has some indoor and outdoor games, a selection of dvds are available on request. A small selection of books.
Poolside, selection of inflatables. Poolside shower.

Garden and outside

The private terrace has a bbq, large garden table with six chairs, parasol and two sun loungers. The Prune Barn enjoys full sun all day. In its private garden, one can enjoy breakfast in the sunshine, and at lunchtime too, the day concludes with the warm shade of the evening. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the garden, or relaxing by the 10x5 metre swimming pool.

Parking and garages

Secure parking on site.

Visitor suitability

We welcome children, and babies and have suitable equipment on request. Cot, linen, suitable cutlery and crockery, toys and games.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Monflanquin
Distance: 6 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Villeneuve sur Lot Golf & Country Club
Distance: 15 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Monflanquin

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Bergerac
Distance: 48 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Carol Whiteway

Leaving the UK for a very different life style. Making new friends, and enjoying our early retirement.

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? Although our location is quiet, it is close to amenities, when they are needed. Plenty of places to visit. Relaxing by the pool or taking one of the many country lane walks.
Unique benefits of property The property is very private. The gite is fully equipped. We are on site if you need anything.

The Owner Recommends

Monflanquin - nearest Bastide Village - Villereal - Monpazier

Monflanquin – Pic-nic on the tour, and admire the views. Afternoon walk around the lake de Coulon.
many restaurants and bars. Summer bar open with music. Night market Thursdays. Local producers market.
Villereal - 14th century market hall. Market day Saturday is buzzing. Discover Fromages et Plus, cheese and wine shop, stop for coffee, or wine and order a cheese and cold meat selection to go with it. Don’t miss the wonderful display of pastries and cakes, hard to resist at the patisserie Damien Blanchard.

Monpazier – diverse in the towns’ architecture – must visit. Founded in 1284 by Edward I of England. Medieval centre is one of the best in the area. Restaurants, many small artisan shops, Glass blowing shop/workshop and the exceptional art of egg decoration.

Villeneuve sur Lot - Sainte-Silvestre - Pujols - Penne d'Agenais

Villeneuve sur Lot – 20 minute drive. Market days Tuesday and Saturday mornings, typically French Just off the square is the red brick church of Sainte-Catherine. Music nights Wednesdays along the riverside at Le Cale mid July/August – entry free.

Sainte-Silvestre-sur-Lot - the unexpected château Le Stelsia, some say amazing – offering spa-treatments-bistro-restaurant. Open for lunches and dinners. Crazy golf or just a stroll around the grounds, or relax with a drink.

Penne d’Agenais – quiet small village, lovely architecture narrow winding streets. Quite a climb from the village to the Basilica Notre-Dame, views worth the effort. Parking closer is possible. Restaurants and bars.

Pujols – mainly a pedestrian village, parking close by. Restaurant Smerelda is a must book in advance. Sunday market day, watch the world go by, stop at the small café/wine bar, near the church, where the art exhibitions are. Splendid views of Villeneuve.

Bergerac - Cahors and Puy l'Eveque - Towns further afield

Bergerac – commune between the départment of Dordogne and Aquitaine. Boat trips. Goods shopping opportunity, bars and restaurants, and a large market. Parc en Ciel – great outdoor activities for the family. Les P’Tits Castors – great indoor activities for the younger ones.

Cahors – Capital of the Lot. Cathédrale Saint-Étienne. Musée de la Resistance de la France. Port Valentrè. Boat trips too. Much to see in Cahors it’s better to visit the tourist information bureau for guides and maps.

Puy l’Eveque – in the heart of the Cahors vinyards, perched high on the rock, overlooking the river Lot. Take a boad trip (Gabare Copeye), and get a better view of the village.

Chateaux and Wine Visits

Beynac – small pretty village, along the Dordogne river. The castle is well preserved, and holds pride of place on the cliff with great views across the river.

Biron - bit of a hike, but superb views over the beautiful countryside. Most visitors say its a must visit. Well maintained. Entry includes in your language, free audio guide, which helps fully appreciate its splendour. Café/restaurant good for refreshments/lunch.

Bonaguil – reputed to be most the most impressive and evocative ruin – which it may or may not be – in France. Towards end July there is an evening firework display, not to be missed. Wonderful setting.

Milands - picturesque setting with gardens and water features recently landscaped.. Nice walks. Once the home of Josepine Baker. An American cabaret entertainer, adopted several children The Rainbow Tribe and awarded the Legion of Honour. The story of her incredible life journey is depicted in the château itself. Restaurant is not expensive for lunch or refreshments.

Monbazillac – co-operative winery. Being awarded Medaille d’Or Paris 2017 by the Concourse General Agricole, and one of many awards. Visit the château and winery.

More vineyards around Bergerac. Check all vineyards for opening hours and tasting visits.

Domaine Haut-Péchamant – Château Pechamant Corbiac – Vineyards of Jaubertie and Verdots.

Market Days in the area

Market days - all within easy reach of Bouyé

Monday Cancon
Tuesday Villeneuve sur Lot
Wednesday Bergerac/Biron/Villereal
Thursday Libos/Monflanquin/Monpazier
Friday
Saturday Bergerac/Montignac/Sarlat/Villeneuve sur Lot/Villereal
Sunday Issigeac/Pujols

Whilst Montignac, Sarlat, Issigeac are further away, they are work a visit, if not for their market days.

Night markets – an opportunity, during July and August, to sample the local foods. Some villages have music.

9 Reviews
9.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.9
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 The Barrett Family 15 August, 2018

Arriving at the beautiful French Gite we were greeted with a warm welcome by the owners Carol & Martin who gave a tour of the Gite, the grounds and (most importantly for the children) the pool. Carol had left a welcome pack and when we looked it was everything we needed (and more) and warm bread and croissants the next morning, an added treat.

The swimming pool and pool area were superb. Comfortable loungers, umbrellas and ample toys and floats for the kids (young and old). The thing that struck us most was how spotless and well maintained the pool was. Spending some quality time as a family relaxing by the pool - perfect.

Venturing out we found the surrounding area to be full of beautiful French villages, traditional markets, mouth watering night markets and a nearby chateau, Le Stelsia, with an 18 hole mini golf course.

The nearby village of Monflanquin we returned to numerous times. A stunning hill top setting perfect for browsing local shops, taking in the sights and sounds of a traditional french market, enjoying a morning coffee or treating your taste buds to the delights of the Thursday night market.

The owners, Carol & Martin are welcoming, friendly, informative and funny. They were 100% respectful of our privacy yet were always available should we need to ask for advice or information.

The end of any holiday is always a little sad but saying goodbye to Carol & Martin, their wonderful Gite and the beautiful Monflanquin was especially so.

10 / 10 Loonylins 13 July, 2018

We were very happy with our stay at Bouye Gite. Carol & Martin made us feel very welcome & the gite had everything we needed for our stay. The fridge was stocked with butter, wine, milk & water & there was plenty of cleaning things, washing powder, etc. Everything was there that we needed. They took us to the local town of Monflanquin & introduced us & our parrot to their friends who also made us feel very welcome. We were very grateful for Carol being able to speak very good French as we know very little being lazy English people!
They took us to other interesting places & did BBQ’s for us too. We only met them last year while we were all on holiday in Canada & seemed to get on well.
It is a lovely area in France & We would like to see more of the country. The roads are very good compared to England which makes traveling easier & less stressful. They even made our parrot feel welcome!
We had a lovely, relaxed week in the company of a lovely couple & we needed for nothing. They made us feel really welcome in their home & loved the pool to cool down in!
Everything was clean & very well maintained & if there was something we needed we only had to ask. Very good customer service & I would definitely recommend it to family or friends. We loved all the things we visited & will go back to see more.

10 / 10 The Ely Williams Family 20 September, 2017

The gite was even better than the photos suggested. The place was spotless and there was a lovely welcome pack of drinks, bread and other essentials. The owners could not have done more, they recommended several places to visit, kept the pool spotless and accessible every day. Our 2 boys (aged 6 and 8) loved the whole place, there was so much space to run around and of course the pool had a wealth of inflatables to keep them entertained. It was one of the most relaxing holidays we have had in a long time, I would recommend Bouye to everyone.

10 / 10 Esther Patterson 1 August, 2017

We have just spent a fantastic relaxing and chilled 10days in this beautiful place. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The owners Carol and Martin were so friendly and welcoming and made us feel right at home! They were so helpful and informative about events/activities and places to go see or places to eat.
We had two 16years olds with us and they spent hours in the pool!
Monflanquin is a beautiful picturesque village with lots of eating places, when we were there it had entertainment and fireworks for Bastille which was a real treat.
We would definitely recommend this accommodation and hopefully go back someday!!