|Le Manoir||Self Catering||Saturday||4||10||3||Double sofabed, cot, travel cot|
Le Petit Coup is an 18th century farmhouse, set amongst vines, plum trees and agricultural land. It has amazing views in every direction.
The farmhouse itself has been renovated throughout, and is enchanting.
On the ground floor entrance with its arched window, you walk into the dining room which has a double height ceiling and stairs at the far end. There is also a laundry room and toilet leading off this room.
The dining area is directly next to the kitchen, again double height and overlooked by the mezzanine (which leads to the grand Vue du Vignoble suite of rooms).
From the kitchen are also double doors to the living room/library/tv lounge. Beyond this is a corridor, leading to the two ground floor bedrooms, and beyond that the family bathroom. At the end of this corridor you walk directly out onto the terrace where there are table and chairs, an ideal place for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. This overlooks the pool.
To the end of Le Manoir is the private pool (10 x 5 metres) with Roman steps at the shallow end. It is surrounded by a terrace where you can soak up the rays of the sun, or you can sit on the swing chair under the shade of the cherry trees and drink in the amazing views.
To the side of the house is the 'Walled Garden', a great place for barbecues and has a very atmospheric feel about it - a spot everyone loves. So whether it be a barbecue or the local French bread and cheese – and of course, a glass of the local wine...
The gardens and pool area overlook the valley, a view that takes your breath away.
Upstairs is Vue du Vignoble, a very large suite of rooms which is truly unique. With its own living room, dining area in the very large bedroom and en-suite bathroom: and when you look up, it has all the original oak beams exposed, and to top it off, fantastic views of the Vineyards.
The fourth double bedroom is also at the top of the stairs and has a velux window with a blackout blind.
The house has been renovated with love, and this shows. From the beautiful stone floors to the lime-washed walls. A holiday home that brings the past into the present, with wi-fi and UK tv, it's a great place to spend a relaxing holiday, a real taste of rural France...
The kitchen and dining room are next to each other.
The dining room has a large antique table which seats 10 people, and the ambiance is delightful. The dining room overlooks the front 'Cedar' garden where games can be played - be it boules de Pétanque or badminton!
The kitchen is fitted with everything you need. With plenty of storage cupboards, there is a large gas oven/hob (5 rings and nearly a metre wide) for cooking delicious meals indoors, dishwasher, coffee machine, large american style fridge freezer with ice maker, kettle, toaster. There is a separate laundry room with washing machine, iron and ironing board.
There is also a lovely old french dresser which stores most of the plates and bowls.
The main living room is on the ground floor leading straight from the kitchen, and is the hub of the house, with wide screen tv and UK freesat box to find all your favourite programmes. The focal point of the room is the wood-burning stove and fireplace above, there are sofas and chair in a cosy library style room, with lots of books for you to dip into. It has double doors to the front garden for ease of access.
The second living room is on the first floor as part of the suite of rooms. It also has UK freesat and a tv.
Vue du Vignoble - the very large suite of rooms that takes most of the first floor of the house. It has an en suite bathroom with shower, basin and loo. A large king sized bed, a separate single bed, dining area, large triple wardrobe and dressing table. This room also has its own living area with tv.
Muscadelle - a large double bedroom on the ground floor.
Pruneaux - large double room on the ground floor with one double and one single bed.
Tournesol - smaller double room on the first floor with one double bed and wardrobe.
Family bathroom on ground floor:
The large family bathroom on the ground floor always wows the guests: it has 2 basins with mirrors, one extra large, partially sunken bath, one toilet and a toughened glass walk-in shower 1.4 m by 0.9 m. Large room with stone floors and towel rail.
En suite bathroom to Vue du Vignoble:
This has one corner shower cubicle 0.9 x 0.9m. One basin with mirror above, toilet and towel rail.
This serves Tournasol, and of course dining guests. The main family bathroom would be used for showering/bathing but this room has a sink and toilet for use.
Central heating is available for winter lets. It is gas central heating.
Tv, dvd players, cd player, books, games.
Surrounded by gardens, there is the walled garden, the gardens by the pool, and to the front. The areas surrounding the building consist of 3.5 hectares (including the vineyard). The swimming pool has a pool alarm.
Parking is available to the front of the barn (not directly in front of Manoir but right beside it).
Unfortunately this property is not very wheelchair friendly due to the changes in level and gravel to the front of the house, although the ground floor is suitable there is a step up to the bathroom.
Great for families with children.
Hi, I'm Caroline and have lived in France for 10 years now. I live here with my 2 black Labradors who are very friendly. I run the main house as a holiday home, usually in the summer months, and also as a Bed & Breakfast the rest of the time. I live on site so am on hand if you need me. I came here because it's such a beautiful part of the world, and if you want a quiet, rural retreat, with mod-cons, pool and fantastic views, this is the perfect holiday location for you...
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||I love the peace, fresh air, views ; being able to walk anywhere I like. Set between the small, quaint market town of Duras with its Chateau, that is steeped in historical intrigue, and the larger town of Ste Foy la Grande with all its facilities, and its famous Saturday market, was a perfect middle ground for this location. It's only an hour to Bordeaux with its amazing architecture and fantastic shopping! In the other direction, just over half an hour to the wonderful town of Bergerac, made famous by Edmond Rostand's play which has made the character Cyrano de Bergerac world renowned ; I personally love it, the old town is especially lovely and a great place for lunch, then maybe a trip on the Dordogne. I love the area with its diversity of views, from the Vineyards to the famed plum orchards (Prune d'Agen), the wooded area and then the open land with swathes of sunflowers, or whichever crop has been chosen. Not forgetting all the beautiful little villages in the area.|
|Unique benefits of property||Le Petit Coup is an unusually large property, set in the middle of the countryside, with amazing views of rolling hills in every direction. From the sunrise in the early morning, to sunset and beyond, gazing at the evening sky and its myriad of stars - often seeing the Milky Way, there is always something to engage you. Weather it's lying by the pool and soaking up the sun, sitting in the shade and reading, to having a delicious barbecue in the walled garden and its atmospheric surroundings which could almost transport you back in time. Or splashing in the pool, and cooling yourself from the heat of the day, before you get ready for an evening of local wine and local food, either here at Le Petit Coup, amongst friends and family, or at one of the numerous night markets in the area. There are four bedrooms and can easily sleep ten, the most amazing of which is Vue du Vignoble, the suite of rooms upstairs with views over our very own Vineyard, and in the distance, Duras itself.|
Locally we have a plethora of things to do in the evenings, such as the night markets with lots of locally produced food stalls to choose from, you can all have something different to eat. To accompany your food are numerous Vignerons from the area, selling their wares directly to you in the marketplace. Many people take their own plates and glasses to enjoy the delicacies on offer.
You will also be entertained by musicians from the area - the night markets are very popular - but don't forget your dancing shoes if you enjoy it. If not, it's great to have a glass of wine while you watch the festivities and chat with your friends.
Many of the vineyards do wine tasting evenings as well.
We stayed at Le Manoir in August for a three generation holiday, grandparents, teenager & toddler included! Beautiful farm house that has obviously been lovingly renovated. Had everything we needed, including washing machine, plenty of utensils for cooking, uk satellite TV all in stunning French countryside overlooking vineyards. Pool was great & our favourite spot was sitting on the swing underneath the shade of the tree watching the kids swim! BBQ in the walled garden & plenty of out door seating. Local supermarket only about 10mins away for supplies. Would thoroughly recommend for those who are wanting a relaxing holiday in the sunshine. Caroline was the perfect host & was readily available to help with any minor questions or queries.