Farmouse in extensive grounds in Aquitaine - AT006270

Agnac (3km from Eymet), Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT006270 Advertiser since: 27 March 2018
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Villa Platane Self Catering Flexible 3 6 3 Sofabed in salon

About this property

Traditional Farmhouse in Extensive Grounds. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Villa Platane is a traditional farmhouse in extensive grounds with a pool and magnificent ancient plane tree. Some rooms have exposed beams in keeping with the style and age of the house. It shares oil-fired central heating with the owner's attached property (the barn conversion). It is fully self-contained with its own entrance doors and a full range of facilities.

The grounds have several separate, discrete areas: the main garden, an enclosed side garden, and a wooded area to the rear; plenty of space to find a quiet corner to relax.

Oil-fired central heating makes provides all-year round comfort. Our first Summer season availability was quickly snapped up, but this corner of France has a long autumn, often extending throughout December. Take the opportunity for a low-rate off-season stay and explore scenic Lot et Garonne, and touristy southern Dordogne, without the crowds. Perhaps enjoy a Christmas or New Year celebration somewhere different, but with all the necessary seasonal refinements. The garden comes to life in March in time for Easter.

No car? We can provide transport to make sure you don't miss out exploring this very franco-anglophile corner of France.
No time to food shop? We can shop for you to give you time to explore. Basic essentials are already provided for those who arrive too late to stock up, and a welcome meal can be provided on request.

Peak season demand is intense so there is a set changeover day, currently Saturday July to September, but Sunday could be considered for 2019. In the off-peak seasons (September to June) shorter duration stays and flexible changeover days operate.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

There are 2 dining tables, each with seating comfortably for 6: one in the salon, and another in the large kitchen. Place settings for 6 diners are provided but more are available if required.

Further tables and seating can be made available for special celebrations.

Living rooms

The salon has a large fireplace (no longer used), exposed beams, and exposed stone walls, in keeping with its age. It accommodates a dining table for 6, and lounge seating for up to 8 people. It has a patio door to the main garden and pool area. There is a connecting door to the owner's house, but it is kept locked when the gite is occupied.

Bedrooms

There are 3 bedrooms, with high ceilings, the third under the eaves and with an exposed beam.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed and en suite shower room. The double bed can be swapped for 2 adjoining singles if required at the cost of reduced space around the bed due to the door to the ensuite shower room.
Bedroom 2 is larger with single beds forming a king-size sleeping area, and shares the main bathroom with bedroom 3.
Bedroom 3 also has single beds forming a king-size sleeping area.

Bathrooms

There is a main bathroom with bath, shower and bidet. In keeping with traditional French custom the adjoining toilet is located separately from the landing.
Bedroom 1 has an en suite shower, basin and toilet.
A further shower room has been added downstairs, next to the kitchen, to supplement the upstairs washing facilities and for daytime use.

Heating

Oil-fired central heating (seasonal)
Electric fires available on request.

Entertainment

Outdoor games equipment (eg boules, badminton raquets)
Boardgames, including chess, draughts, dominos, monopoly, etc.
Some paperbacks by popular authors kept in the salon.
Access to the owners' extensive video collection including tv programmes, and films on dvds for a small charge.
Large flat-screen tv and dvd player in the salon with French and British (freesat) TV channels.
Computer desk with pc and internet access

Large saltwater pool with adjacent summer kitchen
Sunloungers
Patio tables and chairs for outdoor entertaining and al fresco dining

Occasional events throughout the year in Eymet and more frequently in summer.

Cinemas at Eymet (occasionally in English), and Miramont de Guyenne

Garden and outside

10,000 square metres of land, divided into a main garden and pool area, a fenced garden, and a wooded area, currently being tamed.
The focal point is the magnificent 300 year old London Plane tree, from which the property now gets its name.
There is ample parking for several cars to the side of the gite.
The property is gated and surrounded by hedging. It is mostly secluded.
The owners are engaged in a planting project of some flower borders and additional shrubs.

The grounds are shared with the owners, but guests have priority access to all facilities and privacy as desired, to enjoy the space to the full.

Access is from a quiet lane with a church at its end. Agnac has 2 separate localities several kilometres apart, shown on road signs as Agnac Mairie and Agnac Eglise. Villa Platane is at Agnac Eglise.

Parking and garages

There is ample communal parking for 6 or more cars.
The property is gated and surrounded by hedging. It is mostly secluded.
The owners are engaged in a planting project of some flower borders and additional shrubs.

Visitor suitability

Guests may entertain visitors, but not staying overnight. Large entertainment parties which may become rowdy will not normally be permitted.

The farmhouse ground floor is on one level with no steps, but the doorways may restrict the use of a wheelchair. The downstairs shower room has restricted width access to the shower which is on a plinth.

Information about any additional facilities

The hosts are on hand and discreetly available to provide information and advice as required. Any reasonable requests for additional facilities will be considered, but may incur an additional charge. The owners can help with any of your additional needs.
For travellers arriving by air, items can be provided by prior arrangement to save weight and space in their luggage.
A shopping service is available for food and essentials, although basics such as liquid soap, shower gel, toilet paper, are provided. A welcome pack of essential food items is provided for longer stays. Further information will be provided prior to your intended date of arrival.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals

  • Couples only

  • Shared pool

Activities

Family activities

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golfe de Barthe, 47380 Tombeboeuf
Distance: 21 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Cheval Voyages, lougratte
Distance: 26 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Bergerac and Duras

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Organised walks (Facebook)

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Les Fontenelles, 24500 Saint-Julien-d'Eymet
Distance: 12 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Paul Mitchell

We are a husband and wife team, English and Ukraine respectively, who moved into an old farmhouse and attached barn in Agnac, near Eymet in autumn 2017. We live in the barn conversion and have just prepared the gite to let as a self-contained holiday home. We enjoy gardening and have plenty of scope to turn the spacious grounds into something special. Our aim is to make your stay as enjoyable as possible and to give you as much space and privacy as you want to enjoy this fascinating area.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? We found that we liked living on the Dordogne and Lot et Garonne borders. Eymet is a pretty and lively bastide town. We are learning French, but English is widely spoken which makes it easier for us and for our non-French-speaking visitors.
Unique benefits of property A traditional farmhouse with large rooms, some with exposed beams, plenty of space, a large salt-water filtered pool, and 10,000 square metres of land with plenty of private areas for those who seek seclusion.

The Owner Recommends

Dining establishments

Eymet has a wide range of restaurants and bars for formal or al fresco dining (usually April to December). The owners have tested them all and can make recommendations according to your tastes.

Countryside

Southern Dordogne and northern Lot et Garonne offer varied landscapes of hillside vineyards, wooded valleys, pretty villages, and spectacular views. Your hosts can advise on some good routes to explore, with maps and directions.

Cycling

Eymet hosted a stage of the Tour de France in 2017, and the wider area offers an abundance of cycling opportunities for enthusiasts and leisure cyclists alike. Electric bikes can be hired in high season. We also have a few old bikes for free use of our guests, but do not expect racing bike quality! (sadly, helmets not provided)

Canoeing

The river Dropt is nearby, and canoes can be hired in Sauvetat du Dropt, just 3 kms away.

Wine tours

We are in the Bergerac and Duras wine producing region. Not far west of us are the famous Bordeaux areas, including St Emilion, Entre Deux Mers, and many more.

Non-drivers

Nearest public transport is 20 kms away in several different directions. With our large, peaceful, and secluded gardens to relax in why would you want to go anywhere else? OK, there is so much to see and do within easy travelling distance that we will be pleased to make recommendations and arrange trips for you. We can also help out with arranging airport or station pickups and car hire if needed.

In-house entertainments

We can offer access to our extensive collection of recorded dvds. We have novels for you to read if you forget to bring your own. There are also some boardgames for diversion. Other activities can be organised (eg quizzes, themed evenings). We want you to enjoy yourselves and to want to return time and again.

Personal shopper

No, not a clothing store stylist, but we can do your food shopping for you if you want to spend the day exploring rather than shopping for yourself - but you do the cooking! The only cost is for the food. There will also be a complimentary welcome pack of basic essentials (including bread, wine and cheese, of course), and bathroom essentials.
We will try to maintain a range of other supplies (eg deodorants, toothpaste, shaving essentials) for those who run out, to purchase for a small charge.

The beach

The west coast is 2 hours away by car, but worth a whole day trip to sample the golden sands, dunes, micro climate, and warm but bracing Atlantic waves (weather permitting).

Gardening

You come away to get away form it all, but we won't object if you can't resist the urge to potter with a fork and spade. Just don't dig up our begonias.

History trail

This corner of France is steeped in the history of the English occupation of Aquitaine, the Hundred Years' War, and figures such as Edward III, the Black Prince, and Eleanor of Aquitaine. This had an impact on the landscape, resulting in some fine churches, chateaux, and fortified towns. We can advise on what to see and where to go, if history is your bent.

The Bastides

Aquitaine region has more than its fair share of bastide towns, of which Eymet is an eminent example. Explore them, compare and contrast their layouts and architectural styles - a photographer's dream.

Bordeaux

A fine city to explore, in or out of season. Now restored to its 18th Century glory, it has been said by the Queen to be “The very essence of elegance,” It has the world's (probably) greatest wine museum - what else would you expect of the wine capital of the world? Its art galleries and museums will enthrall and inform in equal measure. Easily reached by car, but regular trains run from Bergerac and Ste Foy La Grande.

Chateaux, caves and Grottoes

Fine country houses and natural geological attractions abound within easy driving distance of Villa Platane. We can offer information and make recommendations on all such attractions.