Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 1 8.7/10
|Lamamotte Gite||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
Lamamotte Gite is set in a beautiful, quiet location in the countryside of the Lot et Garonne and is a wonderful place to come and stay for a relaxing break or adventure holiday.
Surrounded by fields and orchards, a long drive, leads to plentiful private parking with a large private swimming pool and wonderful gardens.
The gite has its own private garden and terrace with shade, a dining table and chairs and a gas bbq. There is a pétanque court for french boules and a large table tennis table.
The gite has two double bedrooms, one of which can be configured as a twin if required.
There is a large en-suite bathroom (Jack and Jill style), shared by the two bedrooms. There is also another separate toilet and wash basin off the hallway.The gite sleeps 4 people comfortably and is self catering.
Larger groups up to 10 can be catered for but prices are seperate on request.
The property has recently been renovated and retains its old characterful features along with light spacious rooms and modern kitchen and bathroom facilities. There are high ceilings with original wooden beams, stone walls and oak floors.
Lamamotte has beautiful scenery for artists and photographers including fantastic bird and wildlife for those interested in nature.
Activities within the vicinity include walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, golf and tennis, plus wine tasting and gastronomy with top quality local producers and restaurants. There is a brochure of all activities at the Gite.
The owners, Jess and Mark, are available to assist and guide all activities by request. They are keen cyclists and also offer cycling holidays at the gite which include guided tours.
Wi-fi is available free of charge.
The Gite is self catering with a fully equipped kitchen and open plan sitting and dining area.
The ceilings are very high and feature some fabulous old oak beams and stone walls. A wood burning stove makes the room very cosy in winter.
There is a large breakfast bar and equipment includes a large fridge freezer, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, coffee machine, kettle, toaster and is fully equipped with pots, pans and utensils.
The washing machine/dryer are located in the utility room off the kitchen along with another utility sink.
The dining room is open plan and there is an extendable pine table and dining chairs. There are double patio doors leading outside to the private garden and terrace.
During warm evenings our guests prefer to cook outside on the bbq (gas) and eat at the outside table on the private terrace.
The living room is open plan with the kitchen and dining room and features two large leather 3 seated sofas (1 reclining), a coffee table and a wood burning stove.
There are characterful high ceilings and oak beams, along with a large fireplace and wood burning stove. The walls are clean and white and a mixture of beautiful old stone. The floor is made of beautiful oak boards.
When you sit on the sofa, there is a wonderful view out of the front window, across the graveled terrace, to a beautiful view of the old blue cart, large walnut tree and lovely plants and shrubs. A bird table is a hive of activity during the winter months.
There is a large flat screen tv linked to English Free Sat plus a Blu Ray/dvd player and an extensive array of discs to watch.
There is also a blue tooth speaker.
Bedroom 1 - This large, double bedroom has a double bed and 2 double fitted wardrobes. This bedroom can be arranged as a twin room on request, with two separate twin beds.
There are two windows providing a lovely view out over the gravelled terrace, lavender border, towards the pool area.
The bedroom is light and has a very high ceiling with crystal chandelier, large oak ceiling beams and a wood floor.
There is plenty of storage with two large sets of drawers and two dressing tables with lamps.
In the corner is the door leading to the en suite bathroom (Jack and Jill style - locks on both sides) , shared with the other bedroom.
Bedroom 2 - This bedroom has a double bed with a double wardrobe, and chest of drawers.
There is a high ceiling with oak beams and a crystal chandelier.
The large window looks out to the beautiful garden at the back of the Gite and the plum orchards.
There is a door in the corner leading to the large en-suite bathroom shared with Bedroom 1.
There is a large modern white bathroom with a double sink unit (2 basins), large separate double size shower and a large freestanding bath.
The bathroom is light and airy and there is a heated electric radiator for heating and drying of towels in the winter.
There is a window in the bathroom so you can relax in the bath, looking out over the private garden, plum orchards and gardens (or close the curtains if you prefer!).
There is a wood burning stove in the lounge sitting area, which is really cosy in winter.
Both bedrooms have an electric thermostatically controlled radiator.
The bathroom has an electric towel radiator.
There is a large flat screen tv linked to English Free Sat plus a BluRay/dvd player and an extensive array of discs to watch.
There is a a bluetooth speaker and wi-fi is available in all indoor areas.
The wifi is limited in speed due to the countryside location.
There are books and games available for guests to use.
The Gite is reached by a long drive and is surrounded by plum orchards and beautiful gardens.
The views surrounding all areas are those of fields and orchards. There are no neighbors nearby.
The gite has its own private garden and patio which has a table, chairs and a gas bbq.
The guests have full use of the pool area, pool and the pétanque court for boules. There is a large table tennis table, available on request.
The owners live in an adjacent property but completely respect the privacy of guests, whilst are available to offer their extensive knowledge of local areas plus cycle/walking guiding if required.
There is a large barn on the site, plus a Well and beautiful lawns and trees.
Guests are very welcome to walk around all the gardens and the surrounding orchards.
The long drive, leads to a gravelled area for plentiful parking, right outside the gite.
The owners garage can be made available if the guests have any secure sports equipment that needs locking at night.
Not suitable for young children.
Dogs are welcome on request.
The gite is all on one ground level, but there are 3 steps up to the front door and no wheelchair access.
Dogs are welcome at Lamamotte Gite. Rules available on request.
The owners are very dog friendly and although do not have their own pets, welcome visitors with dogs.
The long drive and surrounding fields make it a safe place for dogs to roam and enjoy walks around the plum fields.
There is a walk from the gite over to a lake and back which is 4 kilometers.
Jess and Mark, gite owners, are keen cyclists and are happy to offer guided tours to any ability of cyclist on request.
Bikes are available on request (depending on the type required) or can be hired locally by guests if required.
Jess is a member of a local walking club, and has knowledge a numerous amount of local walks (the maps are all printed and available in the gite walking/cycling booklet). The routes are well marked out but Jess will provide guiding if the guests so require.
Mark is a keen fisherman and can offer advice about where to fish. He can also provide guidance if required.
Jess and Mark, previously from South Yorkshire, are now living in the wonderful Lot et Garonne, to persue their hobbies of cycling, walking, fishing and gardening.<br/>They love the beauty and tranqility of this region of France along with the incredible food and wine which they enjoy.<br/>They have a beautiful home and gite, and would love to share this and their local knowledge and experience with people interested in visiting this region and help make their holiday very special.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||Pinel Hauterive, is a beautiful, quiet location in the Lot et Garonne, surrounded by fields, orchards, rolling countryside, Bastide villages and river valleys .
The location has two key rivers, The Lot (which is just 2k from the gite) and the Garonne.
As keen cyclists and walkers and lovers of tradiional french culture, this area meets those requirements with quiet roads and beautiful villages with numerous restaurants and cafes.
There are activities for all people ranging from cycling, walking, canoeing, golf, fishing to just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful countryside.
There are many Medieval Bastide villages including Pujols, Villeneuve, Penne and Monflanquin within easy driving distance and there are numerous local markets, shops, restaurants and wineries.
The weather is very warm in the region and Bergerac airport is the main airport just 40 minutes drive away.
You can also easily take a ferry to Cherbourg or Caen.
|Unique benefits of property||Lamamotte Gite is set in a beautiful quiet location, surrounded by fields and orchards on all sides. There is a long drive leading to plentiful parking and there is a large private swimming pool and large gardens.
You can sit in the garden or by the pool and hear nothing but the birds and is great for any wildlife lovers.
The gite is spacious (100m square) with two double bedrooms and was renovated 3 years ago maintaining the original character, but with modern facilities. There is a modern en suite bathroom and seperate toilet and utility room, with a fully equipped kitchen and dining/living area. The gite has a private terrace and garden and has free wifi, English freesat tv and blueray player.
Dogs are very welcome at the gite. It is a very safe area for them to roam due the surrounding fields and there are lovely walks in the nearby orchards.
Jess and Mark are willing to assist you with any guided cycling or walking tours that you are interested in.
Visit this beautiful bastide village, which is high up, overlooking the town of Villeneuve sur Lot and the surrounding area.
There are wonderful, flower lined, narrow streets with small shops, restaurants and cafes.
Visit the bustling local french market on a Friday morning and take in the atmosphere, viewing some amazing local produce and wine and sit and have a coffee, watching the world go by.
Visit the town of Castlemoron, with its fantastic bridge over the River Lot and go to the river beach, where you can swim, pic-nic, canoe or take a small boat along the river for a relaxing trip.
Visit the incredible Chateau and gardens of the Stelsia, which has incredibly different colours and design. Have a fabulous lunch at The Bistro restaurant (approximately 20 euros) or the Michelin starred Jasmin restaurant (30 euros plus).
After a walk round the gardens, play on the large 18 hole Mini Golf Course which has fantastic design and entertaining holes.
Visit the largest nearest town of Villeneuve sur Lot, with its fascinating architecture, bustling market, shops and restaurants.
Have a wander along the river taking in the breathtaking scenery followed by a nice lunch.
Our favorite restaurants are The Blue Marine (seafood), The Galerie (French) or Le Glacier (French/Mediterranean) for a table on the front terrace.
In July and August, visit the fabulous evening markets (similar to a UK street party) which have a variety of local cooked foods to buy and eat, and wine and beer to drink at a table with a few hundred other locals. There is usually a singer/band or a DJ to entertain you for the evening.
Our nearest and favorite ones are Casseneuil, Fongrave, Laparade and Monclar.
Visit the nearby town of Buzet, which boasts one of the largest wine co-operatives of the area. You can go and taste/buy this lovely wine from the shop.
Afterwards, hire a boat from the Marina and steer yourself down the canal, through the locks and river Baise for a fantastic picnic or lunch at Vianne.
Visit this scenic medieval bastide village and view the amazing scenery above the river Lot.
Wander round the narrow streets and climb up to the magnificent church on the summit, to view the surrounding scenery and see the caves.
Afterwards, have a walk along the river and take in the beautiful river views.
Finish off with a drink or lunch in any of the lovely cafes and restaurants.
There are at least 8 marked out walking routes within the nearby area and the maps are printed in the "Walking and Cycling" file at the gite. They can be found on the website "Randonee47" - Lot et Garonne.
They range from 3k to 13K with varying degrees of difficulty.
Jess, your host would be willing to take you on any of these routes if required.
Jess and Mark are keen cyclists and would be willing to take you on any of the local cycling routes at your preference.
At the gite, there is a folder "Walking and Cycling" which includes cycling routes within the area.
You could hire a bike or bring your own and the routes vary from gentle, flat river routes, to longer 80-100K routes with plenty of climbing and scenic bastide villages. The roads are extremely quiet.
Mark is a keen fisherman and fishes at a large Carp lake near Porte Saint Marie.
You can fish at the local carp lake (2K from the house) or down at the river Lot (distance 2K).
There are some beautiful riverside places to fish (Fongrave and Casseneuil for example).
This is a fantastic way to experience french culture, at the Horse races where the horses are trotters and often have a cart too!
Visit Villereal, Villeneuve sur Lot or Agen for a fantastic afternoon of racing with venues selling food and alcohol.
Place a few bets and hope that you are on a winning streak! My mother in law picks the ones with the prettiest hats!
Our favorite venue is the evening venues in Villereal during the summer.
Malbentre has a large indoor and outdoor swimming pool along with steam room and Hamman. Great to visit out of season or if you fancy a bit of steam room pampering.
There are many nearby restaurants that do lovely, good value lunches typically prices at around 12 to 15 euros for 3 courses of local produce.
Our favorites are The Commanderie (Temple sur Lot), The Relais des Bastides (Saint Pastour), Blue Marine (Sea Food Villeneuve sur lot), The Dolce Vita and Le Moderne (at Villereal),
For a more expensive option, visit the fabulous Au Bord de La Source (Saint Livrade), or the Michelin starred Mariottat (Agen), or the Jasmin restaurant at the Stelsia Chateau.
Taste and buy the local wine at Lou Gaillot's winery at Casseneuil and have a wine tour around the vineyards.
Visit the local craft brewery Le Brasserie des Cedres at Le Croix Blanche where you can sample some fine beers and buy a few from the shop for your holiday!
Try the V & B bar for a glass of wine or beer before you go out in an evening.
Beautiful gite and excellent hosts who were really helpful and welcoming. The gite is quite isolated but very peaceful. A car or some sort of transport is necessary as there is no public transport nearby. However, the quiet and tranquil setting more than compensates for this. Beautiful hill villages to visit with lovely scenery.
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