|The Bakery||Self Catering||Flexible||2||3||1||Cot|
A spacious 16th century farm cottages, full of history, sharing a stunning peaceful riverside setting with our Mill House. We have been welcoming guests, friends and family since 2004 & waving goodbye as they return home with batteries fully charged, big smiles on their faces and sometimes a tear in their eye. Our home, Moulin de Lartigue is a rather special place to completely relax. Once one of 66 water mills along the River Dropt, access is by a long private drive. Our 16th century accommodation enjoys a peaceful setting in the middle of 12 acres of parkland bordered by the river on one side and fields on the other. Ample private parking.
Whilst secluded, the Bastide town of Villereal is a convenient 5 minute drive to cater for all your needs including supermarkets, restaurants, markets etc.
The old farmhouse comprises of two semi-detached cottages. The Quercy sleeping 4 and the Bakery sleeping 3. There are adjoining double oak doors enabling us to accommodate larger parties if required.
The 2 bedroom Bakery with separate shower room, is extensively equipped for modern comfortable living whilst retaining original features including vaulted oak ceilings and bread oven reflecting a fascinating history. It has a double and single bedroom, both with low windows enabling guests to enjoy a cup of tea in bed whilst looking across the fields watching red squirrels, hoopoe or an occasional deer. Both the large living/dining room and separate kitchen have access to the well tended grounds, as well as a private terrace & bbq tucked in a corner with views over the countryside. A short walk across the parkland to find the superb pool (15m x 8m). Exceptionally large, there’s room for water games or that early morning 60 laps! The pool security is by alarm and is not fenced enabling the pleasure of an uninterrupted view from your sun lounger. In addition there is a pine sauna, table tennis, space for games or enjoy fishing on site.
Information packs are provided but as we live on site we are more than happy to discuss and make recommendations for individual needs.
All linen, bath towels & t-towels are included and towels for the pool may be supplied on request.
Well equipped kitchen with plentiful eating & cooking utensils. Marble top table. Electric oven/hob. Electric kettle, fridge/freezer, combi microwave, coffee maker, toaster; old bread oven, door to private terrace/bbq.
The Bakery is approximately 100 sqm of space with large a living/dining room with oak ceiling and French doors and full length windows to one side. Seating, desk, wardrobe. Dining table/chairs seating 4. Electric fan.
Bedroom 1 with standard double bed, bedside tables, built in wardrobe, stool, window overlooking garden.
Bedroom 2 with single bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, built in wardrobe, window overlooking garden.
With fully tiled shower, wc, wash hand basin.
Thermostatically controlled heaters are provided in bedrooms and shower room.
There is a tv + free to view, cd/dvd player. Shelving with games, puzzles, books, cd/dvds available, table tennis and games outside.
SwimmingpPool (15m x 8m) with sunbeds and terraced surround set in a secluded corner a convenient distance from the cottage. Brick fired Sauna for 4+ people.
Well maintained parkland with large shrubs, riverside access, flora and fauna to enjoy in abundance.
Fishing available on the River Dropt which borders the property, on the Mill Race and small Lake. Many species include pike, zander, bream, roach, dace, perch, carp.
At the end of our private lane, a large stone parking area, accommodating a minimum of 4 vehicles, is located on the right as you enter through the gate.
Whilst facilities specific to the needs of disabled guests are not in place, our Bakery is on one level and may be suitable for some guests. Please contact us for additional information.
Please note the waterside location of the property. Whilst by law we have in place a security system for the swimming pool, our Mill Race and river are in fact closer to the cottages than the pool and for this reason we, as the owners, will not take responsibility for any accidents and this responsibility rests with the person who undertakes the booking and all members of their party.
In February 2004 on a cold & unusually snowy day, we found Lartigue. We took the plunge and upped sticks moving from the UK in the July & had a thoroughly enjoyable sunny summer preparing for our first gite season in 2005. All our friends thought we were brave. It didn't cross our minds, & since then every day has brought a new adventure, extraordinary stories and experiences of wildlife & weather, new friends & interests, gastronomical delights and a thoroughly enjoyable climate!
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We didn't know anything about the Lot-et-Garonne or the "Orchard of France" with its fields full of fruit and nuts - not the Dordogne! After the UK & London, we were just hoping to see more sunshine & enjoy a more peaceful way of life. We certainly haven't been disappointed! Many compare the undulating countryside to Devon. We've discovered so much history (apparently the most for any region of France), clubs & interests, free concerts, opera & other cultural or traditional events to enjoy and all year round activities in bustling Villereal and the surrounding bastide towns. Great transport links and climate. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to locally produced food and wine with the markets and farms and the vide greniers/marche des puces are always good fun. After 14 years there's still plenty to discover and we are now finding new adventures with our grandchildren. We can quickly & easily pop back to the UK to visit family and friends but always in a hurry to get back home.|
|Unique benefits of property||When EDF come to read the meter or other French visitors exclaim "c'est tres joli" you know Moulin de Lartigue is a very special home. The setting is unique and you will take away echoes of the golden oriole calling all summer and pictures in your mind of the swallows and swifts with their turquoise tummies reflecting from the pool as they swoop alongside you cleverly picking up insects from the surface. Away from the roads and immediate neighbours a good nights sleep is guaranteed after you've sat listening in late Spring to the nightingales, or in summer to the crickets and frogs. The cottages are "quirky", not boutique, but it's a privilege to be a small part of their 500 years history, for just a short while, imaging the people and events that have taken place in this special corner of SW France. Frequently all the plans & visits our guests imagined get forgotten whilst they just spend time relaxing at Lartigue. We hope you might visit and take some special memories home too.|
You can make your holiday as relaxing or as active as you please. An easy drive will take you through the stunning scenery of the wine regions around Cahors to the east on the River Lot, Bergerac to the north on the River Dordogne or west on the Dropt at Duras & the largest wine region in France – Bordeaux.
Steeped in history and legend, there is also an abundance of flora & fauna to enjoy. Walking with our two cocker spaniels & cycling are two of my favourite ways of enjoying nature.
Visit the bastide towns with their 12th & 13th century churches or one of the any chateaus. Monpazier is one of our favourites if you enjoy looking into arts & crafts shops or finding handmade gifts, along with Monflanquin and Issigeac. A market a day and in the summer the night markets July & August & enjoy local fine food and wine and entertainment in their squares. Salles near Lacapelle de Biron is my favourite.
Further afield more notable tourist attractions like St Cirq le Popie, the famous Pont Valentre in Cahors and Pujols. Agen is a full day out. Take a stroll along the aquaduct crossing the River Garonne and watch those taking a “waterway” holiday negotiate the many locks. Visit one of the best provincial museums in France and explore the narrow cloisters and passageways with their overhanging timber facades.
Cyrano de Bergerac is waiting to welcome you or take a boat ride along the Dordogne.
If you have time for a day at the beach, the Atlantic coastline has the most superb stretches of sand and the Dune du Pilat (the highest sand dune in Europe) or Cap Ferret. Or if boating is your thing you are spoilt for choice for canoe hire locations. Or there is a leisure beach & lake in Lougratte, a short 15 minute drive.
Restaurants are plentiful, the closest being the Monte Cristo, 2kms away. You can take the nearby chemin and walk, rather than toss to see who is driving, but do remember to take a torch for the walk back!
As well as prune museums, golf, riding