|Le Manoir||Self Catering||Saturday||4||10||3||Double sofabed, cot, travel cot|
18th Century Farmhouse, ‘A Taste of Rural France’….
A wonderful holiday for all – be it a young family wanting to visit the water parks, theme park and activities in the area! Or for the wine buffs and historians, wanting to visit the local Chateau, wine caves and taste the many wines produced in the area – wine, history and rural tranquillity!
Le Petit Coup is a beautiful 18th century farmhouse, set amongst the vineyards, plum orchards and farmland with endless, uninterrupted views over the countryside.
This enchanting farmhouse has been lovingly renovated throughout, yet still retains its character with stone flooring, ceiling beams and stone walls. The gîte comprises of the following:
A large feature arched window opening into the grand dining room, with double height ceiling and stone floors, with stairs leading to the first floor. There is an antique dining table which can accommodate up to 10 people, with a large medieval style chandelier above (created by a local artisan), there is also an armoire for storage.
From the dining room there is access to the laundry room with washing machine, wc and sink, iron and ironing board, sweeping equipment etc.
There is access from the dining room to the fully fitted kitchen incorporating a dishwasher, large 5 ring hob and oven with extractor hood with light, American style fridge freezer with ice maker. There are plenty of cupboards and work surfaces, complemented by a wooden island in the centre. There is also a double butler style sink. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need: micro-wave, coffee machine, toaster, kettle, crockery, cutlery, kitchen knives etc. for your convenience. And a large dresser offers extra storage.
Access from the kitchen via French doors leads to the beautiful living room / library, there are more French doors opening to the garden area where you can soak up the sun while having your morning coffee. The books are available for your leisure, both English and French. There is a flat screen TV with Humax satellite box providing English TV, a DVD player with a wide range of DVDs available for your entertainment. Board games are also available. There is a wood burning stove and three comfortable sofas and coffee table on natural stone floors.
The stone flooring continues from the lounge through to the hallway leading to the two downstairs bedrooms, large luxury bathroom and access to the covered terrace with a large table and seating, swimming pool, outside wc and walled garden with BBQ.
The first downstairs bedroom, ‘Muscadelle’, is a large double room comprising of a double bed with headboard, wardrobe (with full mirror) and dressing table, two bedside tables and feature alcove providing additional shelving and hanging space. The window opens onto the front gardens with outstanding views.
The second downstairs bedroom, ‘Pruneaux’, is another large double room with a double bed with headboard and an extra single bed to accommodate more than two people. There is a double wardrobe, with dressing table, full length mirror and bedside tables. Again this room overlooks the delightful front gardens.
The downstairs luxury bathroom suite provides guests with twin wash basins with mirrors above, large glass walk-in shower, toilet and extra-large, semi-sunken bath set in the beautiful stone flooring. Towel rail. Outstanding views over the garden.
A wooden staircase rises from the dining room leading to the mezzanine landing which overlooks the kitchen and leads to two further bedrooms. A full size cot is available should it be required.
The smaller bedroom ‘Tournasol’ has a double bed with head and footboard, bedside tables and a wardrobe. There is a velux window with blackout blind.
From the mezzanine landing, there is an original farmhouse door which opens directly to the suite ‘Vue du Vignoble’. This is a very impressive suite, approximately 16 x 5 metres. You will walk directly into the salon/lounge area which incorporates sofas, large coffee table, flat screen tv and dvd player, sideboards and lamp table. This then leads to the bedroom area with king sized bed, large triple wardrobe, beside tables and small dining area (table and two chairs) overlooking the gardens and surrounding vineyards. There is single bed at the far end of the room. The en-suite shower room offers a large cabin style shower with radio incorporated. There is a wash basin with mirror above, toilet and towel rail.
There is access to the gardens and pool area from either: the kitchen, dining room, lounge or end of the hallway. The property is situated in 3.5 hectares of grounds, and further plum orchards, vineyards and farmland offer amazing views.
The private heated swimming pool is 10 x 5 metres plus 2.5 metres of roman steps for ease of access. The pool is alarmed for the safety of children. There are sun loungers and table and chairs – so you can eat by the pool or sit in the shade and watch the activities from the covered terrace. There is also a swing chair situated under the cherry trees above the pool area – so you are able to soak up the French atmosphere and drink in the landscape.
The Walled Garden is situated at the back of the farmhouse and overlooks the swimming pool. There is ample seating and eating space, and a BBQ for your use.
Le Petit Coup is situated 8 Km from the beautiful town of Duras with its Chateau offering a selection of bars and restaurants. There is a market on Monday morning, and during high season the very popular night markets are on a Thursday evening, where you can purchase local produce and wine - or bring your own - and dance the night away to live music.
For families with children:
Walibi Theme Park – Agen (www.parcagen.fr)
Aqualand (Agen) – from 15th June (www.parcagen.fr)
AquaPark – Bergerac (www.aquapark-dordogne.fr)
Bowling – Bergerac (www.bowlingbergerac.com)
Laserplay – Bergerac (www.laserplay.fr)
Lac de Gurson, Villefrance-de-Lonchat (www.pays-bergerac-tourisme.com) a popular lake with sandy beach
Lac de Clarens – Castlejaloux (lake with huge obstacle course) see tripadvisor
Golf courses - there are numerous golf courses including Chateau Des Vigiers 20 minutes away, and Golf Rustique
Wine tasting – many local wine caves will welcome you to taste their wine and other wares, including Les Cours, less than five minutes walk away!
Vineyard evenings – we are very close to Domaine de Grande Mayne who are very popular for these, and there are plenty of alternatives.
Heated private pool (alarmed)
Weekly linen change
Extra cleaning available with charge
Smoke alarm / carbon monoxide alarm / fire extinguisher
Taxi services available subject to existing bookings
No smoking inside the property (ashtrays available in the gardens)
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 flat 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 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.
Vue du Vignoble - the very large suite of rooms that takes most of the first floor of the house. It has an en suite shower room with basin and toilet. 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 two basins with mirrors, one extra large, partially sunken bath, one toilet and a walk-in shower 1.4 m by 0.9 m. Beautiful 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.
Wifi, tv, dvd players, cd player, books, games.
Surrounded by gardens: featuring a walled garden, with gardens by the pool, and to the front. The areas surrounding the building consist of 3.5 hectares (including the vineyard). The heated swimming pool has a pool alarm.
Parking for 2-3 cars is available to the front of the barn.
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.