Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 1 10/10
|Pujols||Self Catering||Saturday||5||12||3||Cot available on request|
The house is a traditional maison de maitre, built in 1899. Its approached by a private drive over 100m long and is surrounded by its own grounds amidst arable farmland. It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, large kitchen and two large reception rooms.
The English owners spend about 5 months of the year there - as one of our guests said in 2018 'it felt as though we were borrowing someone's home rather than a sterile rental property'. It is equipped for up to 12 people to stay there comfortably and a local English couple look after the property.
There is an 11m swimming pool, table tennis, gas and charcoal barbecues and extensive garden and poolside furniture. The outbuildings include a traditional timber-framed barn.
Overall the situation is private and peaceful, the gardens and pool are not overlooked and the nearest house is 600m away.
Since buying the property in 1986 we've rented it out for part of the summer. Many of those who stay have rebooked and return, currently about half of our guests have been before. Our longest-standing family first came in 1988 and now regularly book every other year (bringing the third generation!).
The kitchen is large with a door leading onto a terrace, ideal for outdoor meals with tables, chairs, gas and charcoal barbecues.
The kitchen itself has an open fireplace, dining table and chairs, cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, double sink unit, dishwasher, electric kettle, toaster, food processor etc.
There are also tables, chairs and sun umbrellas on the south-facing terrace overlooking the garden.
The sitting room is large - 6m x 5m - and leads off the kitchen and also has doors to the central hall. It has windows facing both south and east and is light and airy. Furniture includes two sofas, two armchairs, coffee-table, occasional tables, and a well-stocked bookshelf. There is a flat screen tv with satellite box, dvd player and hi-fi.
Across the hall there is another reception room, which we call the playroom. Also 6m x 5m, with windows facing south and frenchdoors facing west leading to the garden. There's a large table seating at least 10, and a sideboard with games and more books.
Bedroom 1: double bed, single bed, windows facing south and west, wardrobe and two chests of drawers, bedside lights and phone.
Bedroom 2: double bed, single bed, windows facing south and east, wardrobe and three chests of drawers, bedside lights.
Bedroom 3: double bed, wardrobe, two chests of drawers, bedside lights.
Bedroom 4: two single beds, hanging cupboard, chest of drawers, bedside lights.
Bedroom 5: two single beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside lights.
Bathroom 1: period round-ended bath with hand shower, period basin, bidet, wc, shaving point.
Bathroom 2: period round-ended bath, period basin, bidet, wc, shaving point.
Bathroom 3: bath with shower, bidet, basin.
Separate wc on ground floor.
Not required in July/ August!
Satellite tv, dvd player, hi-fi, wi-fi.
Grass for 100m on either side of the private drive, leading from the house to the road.
Extensive grounds also to the side and rear of the house. Grass leading from the south terrace to the pool area, with mature trees providing shade where required.
Pool 11m x 5m, paved surround with sunloungers, tables, chairs, parasols.
Ping pong table under cover by the pool.
Total area of the private grounds around 1 hectare.
Loads of space to park by the house, space for two cars in the barn if preferred.
Ideal for families in the summer months. Plenty of space for all inside and out, the garden and pool are totally private and not overlooked. Every year about half of our guests have been before - one family first stayed in 1988 and now come every other year.
But don't just take our word for it - here are some unsolicited comments from guests in 2018:
'We had a lovely time and would love to stay again.It was lovely and well-equipped, a very relaxing place to be. It felt as though we were borrowing someone's home, rather than a sterile rental. Thank you!' K P-R, Shropshire.
'Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home again. We love the character of the place, the space, the privacy, the pool, the terrace. Don't ever sell without letting me have first refusal!' BD, Brighton.
We have had a lovely week. We loved the pool and location, couldn't have asked for anything more and hope to revisit some time in the future.' PH, Bury St Edmunds.
We bought the property over 30 years ago and initially spent school holidays there with our children. We now spend about 5 months a year there ourselves, love the area and have many friends locally. It's our second home (we live in London) but it's likely that we'll soon spend more time there than in the UK.
|Year property purchased||1986|
|Why this location?||We first came on holiday to the area in 1972 and loved it. Soon afterwards we bought a small farmhouse and stayed there with our children during school holidays. We got to know the area and the people well and in 1986 bought our current house, just 5 km from the original one. We love the local people and the way of life and wouldn't wish to move to any other part of France.|
|Unique benefits of property||The house itself is large and spacious with many attractive period features. The rooms are light and have high ceilings so it's cool in summer. The grounds are extensive, with mature trees providing shade when needed. The pool isn't overlooked (nearest house is 600m away) so overall it's totally private and very peaceful.|
Good tennis courts in Lauzun (5 mins drive from the house). Riding stables nearby. Bikes can be hired locally. Three golf courses within half an hours drive. Lakes nearby with windsurfers, pedalos etc for hire. And as well as the 11m pool the house has a table tennis table under cover by the pool.
The area is a gastronome's delight. Restaurants close by range from those in the Michelin Guide to local family-run establishments offering 3 course menus for a little over £10. Our guests are spoilt for choice! Local wines are good, too - from the Bergerac, Duras and Marmandais regions. Most producers welcome visitors, offer tastings and will sell direct.
Shopping is great too. Good supermarkets within 15 minutes drive and excellent weekly markets in the local towns. The kitchen in the house has all you'll need and there are gas and charcoal barbecues for al fresco meals.
The area is rich in history and many of the towns and villages seem remarkably unchanged over the centuries. There are impressive chateaux and churches to visit but it's also a joy just to stroll down the narrow streets in a small town and take in the traditional architecture.
In July and August the local towns put on a wide variety of events. Music with live bands, fetes, antique fairs, night markets with food and drink - all good fun and well attended.
Pujols is a lovely detached property in a great location. The house has very large rooms and the younger children enjoyed a variety of games in the long wide hall. Table tennis tournaments were held outside the barn.
Well maintained gardens and a pool which was cleaned regularly .
The information provided at the property was very useful and covered all we needed to know.
We visited several markets and local towns/chateaux and had meals out in Eymet square, the best pizzas, French and Peruvian cuisine!
This was our first holiday at Pujols and perhaps a little indulgent given it was only my wife and me along with our girls of 7 and 13. However, the space was very important and knowing our children, the privacy made a huge difference in how they relaxed.
There is no hard boundary between the grounds and the surrounding fields which gives this place quite a special atmosphere. Although the fields are not part of the deal, they are yours in uninterrupted view which adds an enormous amount. The only other building I could see from the pool was the steeple of the local church about half a mile away to the west and maybe some farm buildings across the valley to the south. Not sure if would even see these when the crops are up.
As for the house, everyone could just amble about without any friction or obstruction and I think that made a big difference. I did have to get a tad boring when I came downstairs to find the kids (easily) playing badminton in the hall but I think that was part of this joy. We limited screen time and the kids just played with each other and had the space to be creative. Although, saying that, I not sure I have ever had to text my daughter within the same house to find out where she was.
Should you go? yes and no. Yes because it's just a wonderful place. No, because I'm a bit soppy and now very precious of its connection to us - the memories from this house and holiday are just about as perfect as it gets.
We have just spent a wonderful week at Pujols. It is a lovely old spacious house with everything you would need for a weeks holiday. There is an abundance of space for young children to run around and the pool and rural quiet setting were marvelous.
Everything was clean and as advertised and we would highly recommend this house for families or groups of friends to enjoy.
Lovely property, set in it's own grounds, we were pleasantly surprised when we approached the house, and delighted when we entered. The rooms have high ceilings and are large and airy, essential for a hot Summer. We had everything we needed in terms of household items and for our comfort throughout our weeks stay. The pool and seating areas provided ample comfort and shade and are set in large gardens. The property is within very easy reach of Lauzun for bakers, butchers and everyday needs etc and there are very good markets, restaurants, supermarkets and historic towns in the near area. There are files in the house with suggestions for everything. Also convenient for Bergerac airport, as some of our party flew in. The property was very well maintained and a credit to the owners. They don't claim anything that they don't deliver, so all positive. I would happily use this property again, and my only regret is that we didn't book it for two weeks!
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