French luxury cottage to let, Lot et Garonne - AT006057

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Saint-Eutrope-de-Born (5km from Monflanquin), Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT006057 Advertiser since: 25 January 2018
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Bessat Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2 1 double bedroom with 2 single beds

About this property

Stylish, romantic rural retreat, with private pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Bessat is a charming, rural, single-story stone cottage, providing a relaxed ambiance and quiet escape.
The property sits on 1 hectare, where you will enjoy secluded private gardens bursting with mature trees, shrubs and flowers.

A private, heated pool, with neighbouring sunflower fields as the perfect backdrop, is complemented by stunning views of open farmland where you look upon the small hamlet and beyond.

The perfect stay-cation, Bessat allows you the space to completely unwind. Relax around the property and take daily strolls through the many surrounding vineyards, plum and hazelnut orchards. Or venture out knowing that you are just 10 minutes drive to two popular Bastides towns. Each steeped in French history, the villages offer the chance to explore. Enjoy daily markets, shops, restaurants and the perfect French cafe-culture scene.

With easy-access to both the Lot et Garonne and the Dordogne departments, Bessat is within easy distance from Bergerac airport, a 30 minute drive. It couldn’t be better located.

Bessat really is the definition of the ultimate French holiday home.

THE SPACE

Comprising of an open-plan dining area for 6 and lounge with comfortable sofas, guests are welcomed to relax by the wood-burner (for those chillier times). Equipped with excellent WIFI access, English TV, DVD player
and Denon music Centre with Bose Bluetooth speaker. Bessat provides the home-from-home experience.

French doors open onto a large terrace and outside living area. Inviting the outside-in, guests can enjoy spending time outside under the shade of the pergola which magically catches the sun through the vines. This space offers the perfect place to gather around the table and dine on the wonderful produce sourced from trips to the local markets.

In the kitchen, Bessat invites you to practise your French cooking skills and get experimenting. Being a 'home from home’, the space and the amenities are well equipped.

All 3 bedrooms have been designed to provide an amiable and relaxed atmosphere, each space boasting a distinctive mix of classic French charm and modern comforts.

MORE DETAILS

Pool heating is included from June to September only. For dates in May and October there is an extra charge of 200 euros per week to ensure pool heating.

Arrival/Departure - I operate Saturday changeovers

Bessat is available for occupation from 4.00pm on the first day of the holiday and must be vacated by 0930am on the last day.

Damage Deposit: A refundable security deposit of £100 per week is
required and will be refunded back onto the card you paid with
within 10 days of departure if our terms and conditions are
met.

EXTRA GUESTS

Maximum Occupancy: The maximum number of guests is limited to 4 persons.
An additional charge of £40 per person, per night for additional guests will be applied for an additional guest attending that is not stipulated at the time of booking.

Our property will not allow for more than 6 people staying at any one time.

THE AREA

The surrounding area has beautiful sunflower, fruit and vegetable fields and plum trees grown for the delicious pruneaux d'Agen and hazelnut orchards. It’s perfect for going off on long walks or biking along the lanes for a quiet appreciation of nature and the chance to relax away from crowds. You can feel that you are in the middle of nowhere; yet you are only a 10 minute drive from 2 popular bastides providing all the best local amenities, boulangeries, restaurants and cafes.

Morning strolls around the local markets, which in the summer are busy, animated, friendly, leisurely drinking an aperitif at lunch and slowing down the overall pace to enjoy the best villages in France, it's the best way to soak up the local culture.

With easy access to both departments and within easy distance of Bergerac airport, a 30 minute drive, the south of France offers blissful summer holidays enriched by glorious sunshine and plenty to keep everyone entertained, plus chilly winter breaks populated with Christmas markets and warming local food and drink.

THINGS TO DO

Wineries and Vineyards, it goes without saying! go visit the vineyards and meet the winemakers, many are happy to show you round, and offer a little ‘degustation gratuit’, free wine tasting, in the hopes you may then purchase, or you can book a guided tour where you will learn the magic of French winemaking.

Canoeing / kayaking along the Lot and Garonne or the Dordogne rivers, enjoying the landscapes, spend your entire day on water and take a picnic, there are many different routes to choose from.

Less hectic than Paris but just as beautiful, the French city of Bordeaux is an amazing city not to be missed! It’s incredible for a city break.
Its France's 6th largest city and Its only 2 hours by car or you can catch a train from Bergerac and be there in 1h 25min.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen being a 'home from home' is well equipped, we invite you to practise your French cooking skills and get experimenting with diverse French cheese and wine.

Open-plan dining area for 6, Frenchdoors opening onto a terrace and outside living area.

Living rooms

Lounge with lovely comfortable sofas and a welcoming woodburner for those chillier times. Equipped with excellent wi-fi access, English tv, dvd player and Denon music Centre with Bose Bluetooth speaker.

There are plenty of dvd's and cd's covering all genres and the bookshelves filled with lots of good reads.

Bedrooms

The 3 bedrooms provide an amiable and relaxed atmosphere with a distinctive mix of classic French charm and modern comforts.
I use only fine cotton sheets, and pillows are goose and feather down.
I provide quality toiletries in each bathroom along with bathroom and pool towels.

Bedroom 1 has a king size bed and en suite bathroom with roll top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet room.
Bedroom 2 has a large double bed and en suite shower room.
Bedroom 3 has a small double bed.
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Bathrooms

I provide quality toiletries in each bathroom along with bathroom and pool towels.

Bedroom 1, en suite bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower cubicle and toilet room.
Bedroom 2, en suite shower room.

Heating

Wood burning fire and oil central heating.

Entertainment

Tv with English satellite stations.
Music centre, Bose music system, wi-fi, cds, dvds, books and games.

Garden and outside

Bessat sits on 1 hectare of secluded private gardens with mature trees, shrubs and flowers with private, heated pool, lots of shaded seating areas and secluded spots to relax and unwind and stunning views of open farmland. In the summer there is fields of sunflowers, rapeseed and wheat. Depending on the time of year you choose to visit, you could enjoy fresh fruits from the garden – cherries, figs, plums and apples. There are no pesticides used in the gardening and insects are treated with dignity.
Outdoor cooking and dining one of life’s greatest simple pleasures, there are few better ways to enjoy our home, alone or in company, than by including comfortable space for outdoor refreshment. To the rear of the property there is a charming sunny patio and barbecue areas with gas barbecue, a shaded, vine-clad pergola, tables and chairs and further additional seating with parasol.
To the front, a small courtyard with seating areas, a perfect coffee spot.

Parking and garages

We provide undercover parking.

Visitor suitability

Bessat is strictly non-smoking and does not accept pets.

NOTE; Pool heating included from June to September only. For dates in May and October there is an extra charge of 200 euros per week for the pool heating.

Bessat is available for occupation from 4.00pm on the first day of the holiday and must be vacated by 09.30am on the last day. We offer flexible booking dates.

On your departure day, I ask you to leave the property as clean and tidy as possible, to ensure the continued high level of service to our next guests. If the property is left excessively dirty, requiring anything more than normal cleaning, a deduction will be made from the damage deposit.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Villereal
Distance: 8 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 12 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Villereal
Distance: 8 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Villeneuve-sur-Lot Golf & Country Club
Distance: 26 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 13 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Bergerac

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Cancon - Moulinet

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Château Bélingard
Distance: 34 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Julie Morse

I travelled around France and Spain for a couple of years before settling in this beautiful part of the country.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? Bessat is situated in a beautiful, peaceful location between 2 bastides, Monflanquin, 5km and Villereal, 8km, in the northern part of the Lot et Garonne, near the border with the Dordogne department.
The Lot et Garonne is in the heart of southwest France and with Bergerac airport being only a 30-minute drive. We are surrounded by a land of sunflowers, medieval towns, vineyards, plum and hazelnut orchards and miles of beautiful unspoilt scenery.
The area is known for foie gras, prunes, cheese and wine. The department has 200 km of navigable waterways and 3,500 km of walking trails, in addition, it offers beautiful built and rural heritage with its bastide towns, castles and beautiful chateaux.
Our nearest village, Monflanquin, is a 5 minute drive and is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, situated on top of a hill with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
During August, there are various Medieval festivals/fairs and markets.
Unique benefits of property Bessat is a secluded holiday cottage with private heated pool, gardens and beautiful views. We offer a high standard self-catering accommodation set in over a hectare of grounds. The emphasis here is on peace and tranquility, the ideal location to relax and make yourself at home.
A characterful single-story cottage with an open plan living space, lovely comfortable sofas and a welcoming wood-burner for those chillier times. The pretty bedrooms are all stylishly decorated.
You have your own private garden with heated pool and dining areas with shady places to relax. A secluded heated pool with comfy sun loungers, chairs and a further eating area overlooking the beautiful scenery.

The Owner Recommends

Villereal market Saturday mornings

One of the great pleasures for any food lover in France is the colour and theatre of the weekly markets. Each village holds one, attracting local farmers & producers from around the area.

In the summer months (July, August) many villages will host Marchés Nocturnes (night markets), so keep an eye out for signs announcing an upcoming Marché Nocturne during your stay – with tasty food & wine by the glass, they’re a lot of fun!

In winter, many villages put on beautiful weekly Christmas markets, most starting in mid December, in the early evenings. The lights, decorations and wonderful food create an atmospheric market experience. Monpazier hosts a great Truffle Fair in December, with a tasting session and truffle dinner. In May, gorgeous roses and a riot of colours greet you at Monpazier’s annual Flower Market. Each October Monpazier hosts seasonal Marchés aux Cepes (well worth watching the locals haggle over these delicious but elusive fungi!). Check for the dates of all upcoming markets & fairs, and music events, at the Office de Tourisme.

Wine Tasting

Between Bordeaux and Bergerac lie some of the most world’s most famous vineyards...Haut-Brion... Yurem...Rothschild... Margaux. A day trip to St Emilion or Medoc to explore these vineyards and those famous Chateaux is a must for any serious wine lover. Closer to home, the Bergerac appellation itself is well-known for its rosés and moelleux (sweeter whites), while nearby Chateau Monbazillac is world famous for its delicious sauternes-style white, which goes beautifully with anything from foie gras to blue cheese to a dessert. Another great local appellation is the Pecharmant, which is located just on the north-eastern outskirts of Bergerac. It offers a good range of earthy dark reds, and the chance to wander the grounds of a couple of beautiful old chateaux.

There are many excellent, friendly wineries close by which welcome you at the cellar door for tastings, even if you don’t speak good French! Here are just a few:
• Chateau Monbazillac (about 25 mins west)
• Chateau de la Jaubertie (also in Monbazillac area, about 25 mins west)
• Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure (on N21 near Monbazillac, about 20 mins west)
• Chateau Belingarde (near Pomport, about 30 mins northwest)
• Chateau Haut Garrigue (at Saussignac, about 45 minutes west)
• Chateau Tiregard (in Pecharmant, just northeast of Bergerac, about an hour)
• Chateau Terre Vieille (in Pecharmant, just northeast of Bergerac, about an hour)

1 Review
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Emily, Ian & Sam Balm 2 September, 2018

Where do we start at how wonderful this holiday home is?!

The owners a wonderfully welcoming, friendly and helpful yet give you the privacy you wish.


Inside the property it is beautiful, elegantly French yet homely and comfortable. It has everything you need and more. The bedrooms are luxurious with walk in wardrobes. There is nothing that hasn't been thought of.

Outside is stunning. Gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by amazing scenery. The patio area for eating or drinking coffee/wine is perfect in everyway. We will miss picking the fruit from the trees right outside in the garden for breakfast!

The area itself is fantastic for buying local produce at the markets and then sitting and having local wine and charcuterie. There are lots of lovely restaurants if you don't fancy eating your purchases that evening just a short drive away.

We are already looking at dates to return but for longer this time!