|Les Hirondelles||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
Aimed at adults, Les Hirondelles is a spacious, beautifully appointed gite surrounded by lovely countryside in the Lot et Garonne. It forms a totally private wing of our 400 year old farmhouse and enjoys the benefit of a large swimming pool set within pretty landscaped gardens, a private covered dining terrace and a secluded sunbathing area. The terrace looks to the West so you can watch incredible sunsets whilst sipping a glass of wine.
The village of Allemans du Dropt is only 3km away and offers a bakery, butchers with small shop, tabac, bar, hotel with restaurant, pharmacy, post office and tourist information office. There is also an ancient church dating back to the 13th century which is definitely a must see. As the village is set on a tranquil river, you can enjoy a picnic on the riverbank and even hire a canoe during peak season.
The bastide towns of Duras and Eymet are only a 10 minute drive away where you can enjoy weekly street markets, pavement cafes and restaurants set in the pretty square.
Modern kitchen with gas oven/hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, kettle, tassimo coffee machine, toaster, microwave. Very well equipped with all utensils, cutlery & crockery.
Extendable dining table with four chairs.
CD player and ipod speaker.
Patio doors leading out onto a large, private covered terrace complete with weber gas bbq.
Washing machine, iron & ironing board, clothes horse, outdoor rotary airer/dryer.
Large living space with very comfortable 3 seater sofa and 2 reading chairs. 40 inch Samsung plasma tv with satellite channels, blu-ray dvd player, large selection of dvd's.
Coffee table and nest of tables. Dresser which houses plenty of board games, bookcase with a good selection of books.
The main feature of the room is a beautiful fireplace & log burner which will keep you cosy on cooler evenings.
Retractable insect blind.
The master bedroom has a kingsize bed with a very comfortable Silentnight memory mattress. There is plenty of storage by way of a large pine wardrobe, large chest of drawers, bedside tables with lamps, small and full length mirror. Ceiling fan. Hairdryer. Skylight with blind. Retractable insect blind.
The twin bedroom has 2 new beds and also new mattresses which are deep and comfortable. Again, plenty of storage with a large pine wardrobe with drawers, dressing table with mirror, full length mirror, bedside lamps. Fan. Hairdryer. Skylight with blind.
Large fully tiled ground floor bathroom with spacious shower, wc, bidet and sink. Shaving light & socket. Shelving unit and towel rail.
Large fully tiled first floor bathroom with shower unit, wc, bidet and sink. Shaving light & socket. Shelving unit and towel rail.
Incase of the odd cool evening there is a log burner in the living room to keep the place cosy.
Wi-fi internet. 40 inch tv showing uk channels. Blu-ray dvd player with an extensive dvd library. Cd player and ipod speakers. Large selection of books and boardgames.
You will find a lovely, covered terrace immediately outside the kitchen where you can bbq and enjoy 'al fresco' dining with country views. Large table and 4 chairs. As it's on the North West side of the property it is the perfect place to retreat from the heat of the sun and watch the sunsets in the evening.
The swimming pool is 10 x 5m with roman steps leading into the water. The depth is 1.2m at its shallowest and 2.2m at its deepest. The terrace area is a generous size for sun loungers and parasols and the paving is made from cool-touch material so is always comfortable to stand/walk on. There is a shower beside the pool to rinse off.
Surrounding the pool is a pretty landscaped garden with another dining area complete with 4m x 3m parasol. You will also find a 3-seater swing and some comfortable seating furniture to relax.
Private drive with parking for two cars.
The gite is aimed at adults and is strictly no smoking inside or outside the property. Sorry, we do not accept pets.
As there are differing levels within the gite it would not be suitable for the infirm or disabled.
We know how hard you have to work for your holidays and we strive to make sure everything is in perfect order so you can enjoy your time here from the moment you step through the door. You will find the gite spotlessly clean. We will provide a welcome pack of coffee, tea, sugar, wine & goodies. There will also be kitchen roll, cling film, foil wrap, bin bags, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and cleaning products.
In the bathrooms we will provide shower gel, shampoo, toilets rolls & handwash liquid.
We have tried to think of the little things that will help to make your stay memorable for all the right reasons!
I moved to South West France with my husband in 2013 and we set up the gite business the same year. We have enjoyed 5 very successful seasons, being fully booked each year. We very much hope this continues as we love what we do!
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||We were looking for a location which gave us the four seasons but also gave the guarantee of long hot summers and milder winters. Having holidayed in France we discovered Aquitaine, in particular the Lot et Garonne, which appeared to have its own little micro-climate. Being south of the Dordogne means we miss most of the rain, which is always a bonus!
The rolling hills and vineyards of the cote de Duras are all around us and we knew it would make a great place for people to come and visit.
|Unique benefits of property||The property is located within beautiful countryside without being too isolated. You can cycle, walk or drive to the nearest village which is only 3kms away where you will find a butchers, bakers, newsagents, bar, hotel with restaurant, post office and a tourist information centre.
Also,the vibrant market towns of Eymet and Duras are only a short drive away so you have plenty of options.
The gite offers large, spacious and comfortable rooms and outside you will find a very welcoming pool set in beautiful gardens.
You will find local markets to visit almost every day of the week which are always great for browsing, people watching and of course purchasing your favourite food and drink. They are all just a very short drive away so you're not spending all of your time in the car!
There are plenty of local vineyards to explore, the nearest being approx 5 kms away. You can also cycle the Côtes de Duras wine route taking in the beautiful countryside and rewarding yourself with a cool glass of wine at the finish!
For a more intense wine experience, the mecca of wine 'St Emilion' is only an hour's drive away. You can wander the streets of the charming medieval city taking in the many shops, restaurants and cafes before ascending to the famous church with its spectacular panoramic views.
Famous for its Grand Cru wine, the ancient vineyards are wonderful to see and even better to sample the wine they produce!
From the minute you leave the door there are some lovely walks taking you through the peaceful countryside. We can provide plenty of maps to help you on your way, whether it be for a short stroll or more intense hike!
Enjoy traffic free country lanes meandering through some beautiful countryside! We have some great cycling routes on the doorstep and beyond. If you are a very keen cyclist and wish to bring your own bike we can store them safely for you. Alternatively we provide bikes for you to use free of charge.
If it's a short paddle you're after then you can hire a canoe in the nearby village of Allemans du Dropt during July & August. Alternatively, for a good day out, you can drive to the Dordogne river (approx 1.5hrs drive) where there are plenty of canoe hire companies who will recommend a route for you and pick you up at the end of the run. You could take a picnic and stop off en route and enjoy the magnificent scenery around you.
With lots of restaurants catering to all different budgets in the local area you won't be stuck for eating out. From simple 3-course lunches for 15 euros to more up-market 3-course dinners for 40 euros you can find something for every budget or occasion.
You can also try the many coffee shops around the Eymet area serving breakfasts, lunches and cakes.
If you fancy a day out a little further afield, Bordeaux is the perfect place to spend the day & evening. You can jump on the train at Marmande and be in Bordeaux within 45 minutes. To drive it would take approx 1hr 30mins.
Bordeaux is situated on the Garonne river and there is a fabulous promenade to wander along and take in the sights and sounds of the vibrant city. Stunning architecture, plenty of shops, restaurants and of course being the wine capital of the world you can visit the new wine museum which has been dubbed the world's greatest wine museum!
If a day at the beach grabs you, Arcachon can be reached by car in approx 2 hrs. Situated on the West coast, it is a great seaside resort made famous by the natural sand dune 'Dune du Pilat' which is approx 2.7km in size. If you're feeling brave you can walk up the side of the dune and take in the stunning views from the top.
There are plenty of boat trips that will take you out to the famous oyster bays and along Cap Ferret where you can get a glimpse of the 'millionaire mansions' dotted around the coastline.
We have just returned from a lovey relaxing two week stay. The gite was spotlessly clean. Gardens,pool and views stunning. The online photos don’t do it justice. Hosts went out of their way to make the stay as enjoyable for us as much as possible. Hopefully will be returning there very soon.
Five star stay. Highly recommend this place to relax.
We have recently returned from a week at Les Hirondelles, and found this to be the best gîte we have ever stayed in. Karen and Ed are the perfect hosts; nothing is too much trouble for them and they are extremely warm and welcoming. Everything you might need has been provided in this gîte, which has been very carefully thought out. The outdoor space which has been provided is incredible, with two separate outdoor eating areas with barbecues, lots of places to sit, and a superb pool. Inside the gîte is well furnished and has very comfortable beds. (Very important to us, as we both suffer from back pain). Karen gave us lots of advance information about local supermarkets etc before we arrived, and she and Ed took time to point out all the local places worth visiting and suggesting itineraries. Their aim is quite simple, to make your holiday as perfect as it can be.