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.

Our guests have all given Villa Platane 5 star reviews. The gite is in the spacious traditional farmhouse in 3 hectares of mostly secluded grounds and a large pool. The summer kitchen has proven very popular for meals by the pool in season and for somewhere to keep drinks cool. Many rooms in the farmhouse 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 and patio doors and a full range of facilities. Villa Platane has received an official tourist classification of 4 stars, the most it can achieve given its age and inland location. All guest have awarded the gite 5 stars in their reviews.

The grounds, described by one guest as a parkland, have plenty of space to find a quiet corner to relax. A giant 300 year old Plane tree provides welcome shade in summer and has proven a welcome place to sit under and enjoy reading or board games. There is a boules/petanque court under the shade of oak trees.

Oil-fired central heating provides low season 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 popular 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.

There are board games in the large salon, children's toys, together with a selection of english language books and some DVDs. The widescreen television receives both French and English (Freesat)channels

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

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

Further tables and seating can be made available at no charge for special celebrations.

Additional tables and chairs are available by the pool and summer kitchen.

Living rooms

The salon has a large fireplace (not in use), 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, 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 toilet and bathroom with bedroom 3.
Bedroom 3 also has single beds forming a king-size sleeping area.
All rooms have plenty of storage.

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 (winter/spring)
Electric radiators are available to take the chill off late spring and autumn evenings.

Entertainment

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

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

Events throughout the year in Eymet, particularly in summer.

Cinema in 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 with summer kitchen, 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. This has proven popular for summer shade.
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

The farmhouse is on two floors. The ground floor is all on one level with no steps, and wheelchair accessible (dependent on wheelchair width, please ask). The downstairs shower room has restricted width access to the shower which is on a plinth.

Guests may entertain visitors, but not staying overnight.

Information about any additional facilities

The hosts are on hand and discreetly available to provide information and advice as required. We will do our best to meet requests for additional facilities or services, but those requiring an outlay will of course incur an additional charge.
For travellers arriving by air, additional personal toiletry items can be provided by prior arrangement to save weight and space in luggage. Personal items for babies can also be supplied by prior arrangement.
A shopping service is available for food and essentials, although basics such as liquid soap, shower gel, toilet paper, are provided. A welcome starter pack of wine, beer and 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 mature couple, English and Ukraine respectively, who moved into an old farmhouse and attached barn conversion Agnac, near Eymet in autumn 2017. We live in the barn conversion and offer 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 3 hectares of land with plenty of private areas for those who seek seclusion. A plane tree provides welcome natural shade from the hot sun in summer. A summer kitchen provides facilities for meals by the pool, with somewhere to chill those all-important drinks. The property has been officially classified as 4 star standard, the most it could expect to achieve as a traditional farmhouse away from the coast. All our guests have given it 5 star reviews.

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.