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|Maison Labarde||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2|
A beautiful 3 bedroom stone farmhouse.
Maison Labarde is a contemporary farmhouse sleeping up to six. Beautifully furnished with a huge covered terrace and private swimming pool.
Maison Labarde was once the principle farmhouse of what is now a small ensemble of three holiday cottages. Beautifully renovated throughout and with a new private, heated swimming pool.
The immaculate accommodation is spread over two floors. With a large glazed terrace, wc, kitchen dining room and a spacious lounge area with large leather sofas on the ground floor and a master bedroom with en suite, two further bedrooms and a family shower room on the first floor.
The large covered terrace is a real feature of Maison Labarde.
Comfortable sofas, a large wooden dining table and chairs and a large outback gas bbq make this the perfect spot to relax with a good book, something sparkly, and the lovely views across the gardens and towards the local village.
The kitchen is equipped with everything you could need. There is a dining table and chairs along with a sofa to relax with a glass of wine!
The living space has a large dining table for 10.
The living space has large comfortable sofa with a 42inch tv, showing many uk channels via Freesat.
All three of the bedrooms at Maison Labarde are found on the first floor. All have been recently renovated with beautiful decoration, sumptuous soft furnishings and meticulous attention to detail.
The spacious master bedroom has a kingsize bed, solid oak handmade fitted wardrobes and a newly fitted en suite with a bath and separate shower.
The second double bedroom is beautifully furnished and has a bright and airy feel with views across the valley.
The third twin bedroom has two single beds and views across the gardens .
The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with bath and separate large shower.
The double and twin bedroom share the bathroom which has a large shower.
From your large private terrace you are surrounded by the beautiful landscaped gardens with a pathway leading to the new 9m x 4m heated swimming pool.
The large lawn area is perfect for playing garden games and is the perfect spot for a picnic with the beautiful views across the farmland towards the village of Bourlens.
For a bit of fun in 2005 Anna and her husband Paul quit their jobs in the UK, moved to France and immediately set about renovating what was once a dairy barn into three holiday cottages, and an old ruin into a home.<br/><br/>With two young children attending the village school who love having a constant stream of holidaying children to play with, any spare time is spent building dens, making fairy cakes, constructing a lego empire and eating lots of chocolate.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||We love our area of the Lot et Garonne. The untouched beauty of the small intimate towns and villages make you feel like you have stepped back in time. The warm climate really allows you to appreciate the beautiful undulating countryside, with warm sunny days from early spring through to late Autumn and clear crisp winters allowing an outdoor lifestyle whatever the season.
Life revolves around food and drink in the heart of the French countryside, with many small intimate restaurants that are waiting to be discovered and vineyards all around you offering wine tasting from their passionate owners.
There is something for everybody whether you want to just lay by the pool with a good book, stroll around one of the many Bastide towns or go climbing in the trees with kids, it is an area of many unexpected delights.
|Unique benefits of property||The moment you arrive at the top of the long private driveway that leads to Labarde you will be amazed at the beautiful panoramic views that surround you. With the bastille town of Tournon d'agenais ahead of you, the village of Bourlens with its 11th century church to you left and the undulating hills of the Boudouisous valley to you right.
We live in the grounds of Labarde in a separate converted barn which enables us to maintain the beautiful gardens and swimming pool areas on a daily basis.
The large swimming pool has beautiful views across the valley and the large playing field with a new children's play area is a great place to play the garden games that we provide.
Every cottage has a large private covered terrace with a gas bbq, wooden dining tables and chairs and a comfortable rattan sofa set.
Every detail has been thought of from the fully equipped kitchens to the complimentary toiletries backs, every cottage is a real home from home.
There are many swimming lakes to choose from in the region.
They are open daily throughout the summer and are a great place for all the family. Our nearest lakes are at Tounon d’Agenais and Montagu de Quercy where you will find sandy beaches with children’s play areas, games and activities such as crazy golf and a waterslide.
You can by food and drinks at the restaurant and cafes on the beach front or take advantage of the many picnic areas. A number of water sports can be enjoyed on the lakes along with canoes and pedalos.
They are a great place to spend a whole day with the family or just to visit for a leisurely evening stroll.
Many stables in the region offer rides and pony treks for amateurs through to more advanced, including children. The routes are well designed and very adaptable offering the rider the opportunity of seeing the Lot et Garonne’s many features, from its Chateaux’s and Bastides to it rolling hills and local villages.
The last of the great fortified castles - it is impressive!!!!!
Situated high on a hollow needle of limestone it dominates the surrounding dense woodland and is worthy of exploring.
The first fortress is 12th century, being added to through 13th and
14th century, it was abandoned in the 1860s and fell into disrepair before being bought by the town of Fumel and listed as a historical monument. It is a ruin, but in the words of T.E Lawrence 'it is so
perfect that it is almost ridiculous to call it a ruin'.
You will be enchanted by its history, magnificent vistas from the ramparts and its quirky remote location. The path to the castle is lined with workshops of art and local crafts. The day can be rounded off by a visit to Les Bon Enfants, try tea or coffee, an ice cream or sample
the menu du jour.
In July each year Bonaguil hosts a spectacular re-enactment of it's downfall with fireworks, music and a truly carnival atmosphere, an occasion for all the family.
Biron stands at the frontier between Perigord and Agenais, a highly strategic position. It’s history is directly linked to the great Gontaut-Biron family, the holders of the castle for 800 years.
This magnificent castle offers a XIIth century donjon, a two story chapel, renaissance apartments and impressive vaulted kitchens.
Many parts of the castle have been restored to their former glory and some rooms such as the kitchens and laundry have been reconstructed using items from an old film set to look as they would have when the castle was habited.
There are many spectacular caves In our area that give guided tours through their amazing caverns. Many have prehistoric paintings, some you enter on foot, some by train or boat. Our two nearest caves are called Lestournelles and Fontirou.
On the river Lot from Cahors, take a boat trip and view the medieval bridge, Le pont Valentre, with its fortified ramparts and spectacular towers. Photograph the reflections in the wide expanse of the waters of the river Lot and enjoy views of Cahors and its charming architecture. The boat leaves from the quay by the Pont Valentre, there is a coffee shop nearby and you will see the booking kiosks on the quayside.
Further upstream from Cahors you can take a trip from Bouzies and admire the magnificent limestone gorge and ancient trading route along the river. The village of St Cirq La popie provides a picturesque scene from the river, perched high on the rocky hillside. The vast waters of the
Lot provide spectacular reflections, a must for keen photographers.
South West of Agen, in Nerac, you can take a trip on the river Biase, admire the ancient town of Nerac, discover the history of King Henry IV and his love affairs and admire the roman bridge. You can also charter a boat for a day or half day for up to 12 people, ideal for taking the family out for a river picnic- enchanting.
The Dordogne river is with in easy reach of the cottages. You can take a boat trip from La Roque-Gageac, along 6km of the most spectacular stretch of this mighty river. The boat is a 'Garbares', unique to the Dordogne and traditionally used for transporting goods along the river. You will see splendid castles and enjoy the delightful sounds of kites, herons and kingfishers. After your trip you can explore the town of La Roque-Gagenac, its artisan shops, cafes and bars - lovely for all
Vineyards form a significant part of the landscape in the Lot et Garonne, bordering Bordeaux the soil and climate produce excellent wines which are sold locally at very reasonable prices.
If you look towards Bourlens to the right of the village you will see a field of vines. These grapes are part of a local co operative, Vin du Tsar – the Rosé comes highly recommended and can be bought directly from the vineyard just a few minutes from the cottages.
The region, more famous for reds than whites, produces excellent Bordeaux style wines, Cotes du Duras, Cotes du Marmandais and Buzet are all types to look out for. The most famous of the regions
wine is that of the Cahors appellation, with vineyards evident every few 100 yards along the route to Cahors. The high, dry, sunny, limestone plateau gives a dark red, full bodied wine, with the Malbec grape
being the principle variety. It is distinctive and best enjoyed at room temperature, with local cheeses, well flavoured meat dishes and
Many vineyards are open to the public, the local people are passionate about their wines and welcome the opportunity to show the wine making process and share the tasting of the end products with visitors.
Our favourite local vineyard to visit is Chateaux Latuc in the village
of Mauroux. (about 10 minutes away) Jean Francoise speaks great English. Tell him you’re staying at Labarde and he will give you a great tour of the vines, grape presses and huge vats of ageing wines.
The tour is always rounded off with a tasting in the cellar full of oak barrels where their prestige wines are ageing. He produces great non alcoholic grape juices as well, so the kids can join in. There is no obligation to buy any wine, but be warned, they are very hard to resist. You can buy it by the single bottle.