Idyllic stone gite & private pool Aquitaine - AT005511

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Saint-Sernin (9km from Duras), Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT005511 Advertiser since: 15 May 2017
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Caulins d'En Haut Self Catering Saturday 3 8 3 Possible to add 2 bunk beds to ground floor room

About this property

Idyllic French Living Meets Boutique Hotel. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

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"Les Caulins" built in the 18th century, is a typical French country house, formerly a vineyard and a farm. Peacefully located among the rolling hills of the Lot-et-Garonne countryside.

3 superior bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, new 10x5 metre pool. Detached, surrounded by gardens and open countryside, historical towns and Chateaux nearby, vineyards and great markets.

The house has been sympathetically restored keeping all the features you would expect from a 300 year old stone house. Stone sinks, oak beams, large fireplaces, hidden terraces and sunny vistas.

The accommodation comprises 3 generous bedrooms, one on the ground floor, which have been lovingly decorated and are a mix of old French charm and boutique hotel. All rooms have super king-size beds with Egyptian cotton linen, vintage and antique French furniture and flat screen tvs. The spacious en-suites are tiled in stone with roomy walk in powerful showers and modern "boutique touches".

A pretty, shady covered terrace provides a relaxing spot to escape the mid-day sun or to enjoy breakfast. From the terrace you enter the heart of the house, "le Grand Salon". A generous, terracotta tiled and oak beamed room and as with many old French farmhouses, the centre of the house. A well equipped kitchen with large kitchen dining table. Plenty of cosy seating and a big stone fireplace with wood burning stove large flat screen tv with English and French channels, music system and wi-fi.

Outside you will find a new 10m x 5m swimming pool complete with day beds, sun loungers and the far reaching views of the rolling hills and vineyards of the Cote de Duras. There are plenty of shady spots and sunny vistas just perfect for lazy a bbq with a glass of local wine.

If you can drag yourself away from the pool and the far reaching views there is plenty to do close by. The villages of Saint Sernin and Villeneuve de Duras 3km offer a bar/tabac, a pizza restaurant and bistro, the bustling Bastide town of Duras 6km with a great little weekly market and night market in the Summer. Here you will find all the amenities, supermarkets, pharmacies, bars and restaurants, a Chateau. There is also a chocolate factory where you can taste and buy beautiful chocolate and local confectionery. We are surrounded by the local winemakers, all of which offer tastings and sell their wines by the case and many by the bottle and by the litre. 12kms to the North is the Dordogne river and the town of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande with one of Frances best markets. The lovely town of Bergerac and the imposing Chateau at Monbazillac 35km. The UNESCO World Heritage site of St Emilion 45km and the beautiful Bordeaux 65km.

For the more active there is Canoeing on the Dordogne 12km, Tennis courts at Saint Sernin, Golf at one of Frances best golf courses 12km and a countryside haven for walking and cycling.

Please note the swimming pool is closed from November and re-opens in April.
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Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

New kitchen with plenty of room.
Spacious seating for upto 10 people.

Living rooms

Lots of comfy seating.

Bedrooms

3 en suite bedrooms with super kingsize beds, Egyptain linen and flat screen tvs.

Bathrooms

All en suites have travetine tiled walk in powerful showers.

Heating

Electric radiators and wood burning stove.

Garden and outside

Set in a 1/2 hectare of grounds, there is plenty of room for children to run around safely.
A New 10m X 5m swimming pool.
Guests have private use of the pool.

Parking and garages

Pleanty of parking.

Visitor suitability

Ground floor room is suitable for people with impaired mobility.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Duras
Distance: 7 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vigiers
Distance: 12 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Duras

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Saint Sernin

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine du Grande Maine
Distance: 2 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr John Gilchrist

John & Emma have been in Catering all their lives. John a former sommelier of the year and Emma working with some of the Great chefs in the UK. Together we ran a very successful restaurant for 15 years and moved here in 2016. We have gathered and combined our vast experience in the hospitality industry and created a holiday gite that we would enjoy for our own holiday, charmingly French, totally relaxing, informative, a little rustic, very comfortable and affordable with surprises of luxury.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? The idea of spending a morning at a local market or sampling some wine at a nearby vineyard. Followed by an afternoon by the pool and supper watching the sunset was a dream we could not resist. The area is one of the best in France for our passions, food and wine. The quality of the produce: truffles, strawberries, plums prunes, melons, figs, pork, beef, duck, foie gras, the list goes on. This combined with some of Frances best markets and the abundance and diversity of some of the best known and least known wine regions in France. Places to explore, new sights to see, a simpler life and the glorious weather were too much for us to ignore.
Unique benefits of property 3 superior bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, new 10x5 metre pool. Detached, surrounded by gardens and open countryside, historical towns and Chateaux nearby, vineyards and great markets. Built in the 18th century, Les Caulins is a typical French country house, formerly a vineyard and a farm. Peacefully located among the rolling hills of the Lot-et-Garonne counrtyside. The house has been sympathetically restored keeping all the features you would expect from a 300 year old stone house. Stone sinks, oak beams, large fireplaces, hidden terraces and sunny vistas. The accommodation comprises 3 generous bedrooms, one on the ground floor, which have been lovingly decorated and are a mix of old French charm and boutique hotel. All rooms have super king-size beds with Egyptian cotton linen, vintage and antique French furniture and flat screen tvs. The spacious en suites are tiled in stone with roomy walk in powerful showers and modern "boutique touches".

The Owner Recommends

St Emilion

Unesco Word heritage site and famous vineyards

Chateau Duras

Beautiful Bastide Town

3 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Neil Warden 16 July, 2018

Les Caulins has to be the most outstanding and welcoming Gites in the SW of France. It’s cleanliness
and comfort are exceptional. The warmth and generosity and the quality of food and it’s presentation
are of the highest quality and the best we have ever experienced. This is evidenced by our rebooking two more holidays for 2019/2020. Tranquil and relaxing with all the home comforts. Cannot recommend it too highly.

10 / 10 Cookery School Reviews 3 January, 2018

Totally amazing house and hosts. The food Emma, she was a chef, cooked for us was outstanding and better than any restaurant we visited. John, former sommelier, wine selection equally great. The house was beautifully decorated with very quirky touches and original features. Super king size beds are very comfortable. The showers are like a 5 star hotel. Will definitely return.

10 / 10 Cookery School Reviews 19 October, 2017

I enjoyed a fabulous 5 days at Les Caulins in October- Emma and John are such welcoming hosts and their hospitality is so warm and generous. The house is gorgeous and is thoughtfully set up to make guests feel at home. The stylish interiors have lovely pieces of French furniture and the king size bed was super comfy. Thanks to the warm sunshine we were even able to use the pool in October. The cookery school was great fun and Emma shared her exceptional cooking skills with us - being a vegetarian was no problem and I came away with lots of new ideas to cook at home. Trips to local markets and a chocolate factory were very enjoyable. Set in stunning French countryside, Les Caulins is a wonderful place to have a holiday - I hope to return soon! Olivia Bishop

I had the most wonderful time at Les Caulins Cookery School - the bedrooms are beautiful, the bathrooms cutting edge, and the countryside setting is totally idyllic. I didn't know the other participants before arriving, but they turned out to be excellent company. We rolled up our sleeves, donned Les Caulins aprons and learned new dishes and techniques under the lovely covered outdoor dining area. Then we had the immense pleasure of devouring the fruits of our labours whilst quaffing down the delicious local wines. Emma and John are fantastic: very warm and funny hosts. They are also both highly knowledgeable about food and wine. We had so many laugh-out-loud moments and made new friends for life.
Susan Dean

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