|Pie Pasquie||Self Catering||Saturday||6||14||3|
Pie Pasquie is a 16th century manoir, formerly a presbytery, set within 6 acres - perfect for a family looking for peace and quiet. The property is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Vares just north of Tonneins on the banks of the river Garonne (accessible by Bordeaux and Bergerac airports) in the heart of the French countryside, the area is known as a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. Vares offers a local store (selling bread and newspapers), a convenience store and a bar. Tonneins hosts a large selection of shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants and weekly markets. Pie Pasquie has huge grounds and a fenced and gated garden and pool area for safety....plenty of space for football, cricket and any other games you can think of.
Tastefully refurbished yet retaining a number of its original features including the original stone staircase, oak beams and pigeonnier tower, Pie Pasquie has been lovingly brought into the 21st century with a fitted kitchen complete with all integrated appliances including oven, hob, microwave, large American style fridge/freezer with ice maker and cold water dispenser, dishwasher and washing machine. The ground floor is open-plan with a wood burning stove which complements the under-floor heating, you'll also find a large dining table. The living area has UK Freeview TV, DVD/CD and internet access. There is also a downstairs WC.
This is such a great area for fishing enthusiasts. The lake in Vares, where Pie Pasquie is situated, has sizeable carp, tench, perch, roach, rudd and pike. This is a 2-3 minute drive away or can be walked. The river Garonne and river Lot, within 10 and 20 minutes respectively, have large carp, black bass, pike and catfish. In fact the river Lot holds lots of records....more info can be found on the internet. You can buy a holiday fishing permit locally for around €20.
You are a 15 minute drive from Casteljaloux with its lovely lake which has a sandy 'beach', pedalos and waterslides with the best attraction being the inflatable assault course. There is a bar for refreshments and there are plenty of picnic tables and benches. Marmande Filhole Parc is great for children - a large expanse of fields, football, cycling and skateboarding to name but a few. There is also a 'beach', cafe and water sports.
The nearest tennis court is in Tonneins, which is the nearest market town about 10-15 minutes drive away on the banks of the river Garonne - a very pretty town with supermarket, shops restaurants and bars.
Aside from the plentiful vineyards in the region, the area is well known for its plums and prunes. Nature lovers can enjoy the wildflowers and birds as well as the undulating countryside which is perfect for walking.
For the golfers there is an 18 hole championship course at Villeneuve Sur Lot Golf and Country Club and at Tombeboeuf there is a 9 hole golf course with practice area and a pro shop. Both golf courses have clubs, trolleys and buggies for hire.
Agen, apart from its renowned art museum, has Park Walibi, a big amusement park that is always fun for the children. At Clairac there is the Magic Forest, again great fun for the children. The Magique Chaudron at Brugnac is a must for the children - this is an angora goat farm where the children can help to bottle feed the kids at certain times of the year and even help with the milking and cheese making.
Further local activities include fishing, boat trips, microlight flying, canoeing, kayaking, leisure lakes, castles, fortified churches, bastide villages, wine tasting, daily markets, evening markets, caves, grottos, potteries and local farms selling their own produce - there is so much to see and do.
Fully fitted kitchen complete with all integrated appliances including oven, hob, microwave, large American style fridge / freezer with ice maker and cold water dispenser, dishwasher and washing machine.
The ground floor is open-plan with a large dining table.
The lounge area has UK 'free to view' TV, WiFi, DVD player, video and CD player. There is a downstairs WC adjacent to the lounge.
1st Floor Accommodation:
Bedroom 1 - Double aspect bedroom with double 4 poster bed and ensuite shower/WC
Bedroom 2 - Double bedroom with huge 16th Century stone fireplace
Bedroom 3 - Double bedroom
Bedroom 4 - Twin bedroom (the twin beds can be made into a king-size bed upon request)
Separate family bathroom with twin sinks, bath, shower and WC
2nd Floor Accommodation:
Bedroom 5 - Twin bedroom
Bedroom 6 - Double bedroom plus double sofa bed for 2 additional guests
Family shower room/WC
There is one en suite shower room, a family bathroom and a shower room (all with WCs).
A wood burning stove which complements the underfloor/central heating.
UK 'free to view' tv, wi-fi, dvd player, video and cd player.
Large expanse of gardens, mainly laid to lawn for all sorts of ball sports and activities.
Poolside covered terrace for dining/bbq (great for keeping an eye on the children!)
Table tennis table.
Swings and hammock.
8m x 4m (salt system) heated swimming pool with toddler pool/jacuzzi (at pool temperature) and sunbathing terrace. Note that salt pools are more buoyant than chlorine pools and have less chemicals - so great for teaching little ones to swim.
Fully fenced garden area.
There is plenty of off road parking for several cars.
Please note that there are no ground floor bedrooms
Our agency business started renting properties in South West France in 2002 - we live in the area and are always on hand to answer any queries.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||The South West of France benefits from a good climate, wonderful local produce (especially the wine!) and a fascinating history.|
|Unique benefits of property||Oozing character, Pie Pasquie has many original features, huge oak beams, a stone staircase - and a fishing lake close by. This imposing house has been brought into the 21st century with the addition of a heated pool and spa.|
There is a lovely lake at Casteljaloux. You are 15 mins drive from this historic spa centre, with its lovely lake which has pedalos, waterslides, an inflatable assault course, zip lines, trampolines with harnesses and much more. There is a bar, refreshments, picnic tables and benches.
Head east of the property along the Dordogne valley and visit the impressive chateaux of Biron, Beynac and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
East of the area is home to some of the most beautiful villages in France. Named as some of 'Les plus beaux villages de France', Belves, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Monflanquin and Monpazier are all worth a visit.
We have just returned from a fabulous week at Pie Pasquie. A great family holiday, ideal for 2 families sharing. The house and the grounds were perfect for our children (5 children in total) Great outdoor space and the pool entertained them for hours. The adults took a dip every now and then when they got to hot! The house was stunning with loads of character, a large open living space downstairs and the bedrooms were all ideal for our families. Well equipped kitchen. There is a lovely covered seating area to eat your meals at plus charcoal BBQ which is also by the pool area so you can keep an eye on the kids! This property is in the middle of know where and you can’t really walk anywhere. Driving from the property there is lots to explore if your happy to go further afield.
We had had a great holiday at Pie Pasquie and would highly recommend the property.
Thank you very much for your lovely review, we're so glad you enjoyed your family holiday at Pie Pasquie and we'd love to have you visit again.
Bev and Richard