Holiday let with private pool in Aquitaine

Sainte-Colombe-de-Duras (8km from Duras), Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT005222 Advertiser since: 16 January 2017
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Le Camelot Self Catering Saturday 3 6 1 One single Z bed is available on request

About this property

Peaceful Tranquillity in a Relaxing Rural Setting. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Nestling in the peaceful countryside, the property is an old farmhouse built of local stone and part occupied by the English owners (along with their two very friendly dogs and inquisitive cat).

The holiday rental accommodation has a separate entrance door, private garden etc. and briefly comprises;- open plan lounge with comfy seating, 32 inch LED tv, dvd player and British freesat television, there is also a wood burning stove for those cooler evenings during off peak periods. A dining area for 6 people and a fully fitted kitchen with fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven, electric fan assisted oven, gas hob and extractor hood. There is also an under stairs cloaks with wc, wash basin and washing machine, all to the ground floor.

Whilst on the first floor, there are 3 bedrooms, 1 king size, 1 twin bed and the third room has bunk beds, all bedrooms have wardrobe space. There is also a shower room with wash basin, toilet and shaver point.

Outside there is a paved patio area with large table and chairs, curtained gazebo and bbq, a grassed play area with swings and climbing ropes, and a private 10m x 5m pool with sun loungers and sun shades (under-water and above ground lighting around the pool area is available on request). There is also changing/toilet facilities at the pool.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The dining area has a cottage style table and seating for 6 people.

There is a fully fitted kitchen with fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven, electric fan assisted oven, gas hob and extractor hood.

Other small electrical appliance include kettle, toaster, filter coffee machine.

All cookware, crockery and cutlery sufficient for six people is provided.

Living rooms

The main living area comprises;- open plan lounge with two x 2 seater settees and one armchair offering matching comfortable seating, a pinewood coffee table, a 32 inch LED tv, dvd player (a few dvds) and a freesat television decoder so you can watch British tv programmes or listen to British radio stations.
There is also a wood burning stove for those cooler evenings during off peak periods.

An under-stairs cloak room contains a low level wc, wash basin and automatic washing machine.

Bedrooms

There are 3 bedrooms:
The master bedroom contains a king size bed, a chest of drawers, a large wardrobe with drawers under and a floor standing fan.
The twin bedroom contains two single beds, a chest of drawers, a double wardrobe and a floor standing fan.
The third bedroom is only small and has bunk beds, a wardrobe with drawer under and a floor standing fan.

Bathrooms

The shower room is fully tiled and comprises:
Glass enclosed shower cubicle.
Wash basin with mirror over and shaver point.
Low level wc.

Heating

The bedrooms and shower room are heated from the central heating system (used during winter months only) and the open plan living space can be heated by the wood-burning stove during the cooler evenings.

Entertainment

There is a 32 inch LED television mounted on a swivel bracket,
A dvd player with a few dvds,
A freesat decoder for watching British television or listening to British radio.

For those less techy evenings there are jigsaws etc.

Garden and outside

Outside there is plenty of room for children to play safely within the enclosed garden which has an expanse of sloping grassed play area suitable for 'tame' ball games or badminton, a pair of child swings/climbing rope set and a variety of fruit trees.

For those alfresco evenings there is a paved patio area with large table and six chairs under a gazebo and is accompanied by a cast concrete charcoal-barbecue.

A totally private, in-ground, 10mx5m swimming pool with loungers and sun shades is for the exclusive use of people renting our accommodation. A changing room with a toilet and wash basin forms part of the pool area enclosure.

Parking and garages

There is sufficient off-road parking space to accommodate several cars.

Visitor suitability

Our rental accommodation is great for people of all ages but may not be suitable for physically disabled persons as the bedrooms, shower room and the swimming pool are all accessed by staircase/steps.

It is ideally suited to a maximum of four adults as the third bedroom is small and has bunk beds.

Information about any additional facilities

All normal domestic facilities are catered for including an automatic washing machine, clothes drying rack, electric iron, vacuum cleaner etc.

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

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, perch, catfish etc.
Name of nearest fishing location: river Dropt
Distance: 7 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Chateau des Vigiers, 242430 Monestier
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ecuries Dornic, Monsegur
Distance: 6 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Cotes de Duras

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau Faurie
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Reginald Cowling

I was a college lecturer and my wife a hospital ward nursing assistant in the UK. We retired together and moved over permanently to our holiday farmhouse in France with our pet dogs and cat in 2004.<br/>Since then we have spent much time and effort renovating the farmhouse and barns.<br/>In 2010 we decided to rent out part of the farmhouse as a holiday gite with private pool and this has proved to be very popular.

Year property purchased 1998
Why this location? On our first visit to France we came to Duras for a two week Easter break in 1998 and although the weather at that time of year was not very good, we fell in love with the area and ended up buying the farmhouse during the second week of our holiday.
We came over to France twice each year to enjoy the place and in 2004 decided to retire and make the farmhouse our permanent residence.
We have carried out renovations on the barns and the main house which we divided to provide our permanent living quarters and a separate 3 bedroom rental unit and installed the pool. We have successfully rented since 2010 and have had many satisfied guests, some still return each year.
Unique benefits of property The main benefits of ‘Le Camelot’ are undoubtably the quiet, peaceful tranquillity and relaxing privacy of the rural location. Yet within easy driving distance of local towns with shops, bars, restaurants etc. and the many historical places not too far away.

The Owner Recommends

Beaches

Although some 90 mins or so away the Aquitaine coast has beautiful, clean, sandy beaches and the resort of Arcachon has the largest sand dune in Europe (dune de pile) and is well worth a visit.
Other non coastal beaches can be found within 20 mins and are usually well maintained for leisure purposes.

Eating out

There are many and varied places to eat out.
Most towns have several restaurants and cafe's offering different types of cuisine.
Some of our favourites restaurants are;-
'La Terrasse De Duras' in Duras
'Le Grand Cep' in the marketplace Monsegur,
'l'Etape Gasconne' in Allemans du Dropt and
'Ma Maison' in La Sauvetat du Dropt

or for a more modest budget;-
'Les Tilleuls' in Monsegur
'En Toute Simplicite' in Loubes Bernac
'Pizzeria Don Camillo' in Duras
'Les Pieds Sur Terre' in Eymet

One very enjoyable way to eat out during the summer is to go to one of the many "night markets". Tables and chairs are usually set out in the town market square and food vendors offering their wares surround the place. You purchase what you fancy to eat and drink, sit at the tables and enjoy the company of friends, locals and others and soak up the ambience (there is also usually some form of entertainment provided free of charge) Our favourite night markets are Monsegur, Monteton and La Sauvetat but there are others throughout the week as well.

Wine tasting

You can simply call in at any of the local vineyards and sample the wines, if they are to your liking you can purchase directly from the proprietor. They often also offer other products either made on site or grown locally (chocolates, prunes etc.)
Some of the vineyards we can recommend are;-
'Chateau Faurie' in Ste Colombe de Duras
'Domaine Amblard' in St Sernin (will also do vineyard/winery tour and explain the process
'Domaine Gourdon' in Esclottes (English owners)
'Domaine Chater' in Duras (English owners)

There is also a wine festival each year (the second Sunday in August) usually held in the Chateau where, for a small fee, you can taste the various wines from several vineyards.