|Lasclottes Farmhouse||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Lasclottes is a 19th century rural Farmhouse, which has been traditionally renovated and luxuriously furnished with an eye for detail. Nestled within its own 5 acres of land, it is approached via a private lane with no near neighbours and gently slopes down towards the river, tranquility surrounds the property.
Lasclottes is a spacious property, the farmhouse has 1 large double bedroom and 1 large twin bedroom, (twin beds are 4ft wide) both have been tastefully renovated and beautifully furnished.
There is a large kitchen/diner/sitting area, a private fenced garden and a veranda facing down the garden towards the river, there is a large shower room with a toilet. The kitchen includes everything for modern day living; a range cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, large farmhouse table and chairs etc. In the sitting area there is a comfy sofa, a coffee-table, wireless radio/docking tower, English tv, wi-fi, dvd player and an unbeatable view down towards the river, where there is a 3m x 4m pontoon which is ideal to fish from or just sit and relax. The river is 100m wide and the frontage is over 150m long, the wildlife is in abundance here, from hoopoes to swans and occasional leisure boats passing by.
Outside is the 10.20 x 4.20 metre swimming pool, situated 10 metres from the veranda, a games area including a table tennis table, pool table, football table and gym equipment, there is also an area dedicated to playing petanque and another for badminton.
The grounds are large, private and suitable for children, with a variety of fruit trees and shady areas. There is a patio with a table and chairs and a bbq. For the cars there is off road parking and an area to park under the trees to keep them cool.
The house is on the outskirts of St Sylvestre, a quaint riverside village which has a good selection of shops, bars, restaurant and a market twice a week. Across the bridge from St Sylvestre is the picturesque village of Penne D’Agenais, where the road winds up and around the hilltop to a 16th century Basilica, which is a stunning piece of architecture and the views from the gardens are breathtaking. The village of Penne is also renowned for art and there is usually an exhibition in the Mairie and sometimes the whole village takes part in displaying a variety of art works.
There is a boat company at Port de Penne, where they hire out boats and canoes from an hour to a whole day, there are places to stop along the river including a farm which sells local produce. There are also several bars, excellent restaurants and frequent music evenings, with eating and dancing on the menu.
For those who crave more entertainment, there is the larger, more vibrant town of Villeneuve 8kms away, which boasts an all day weekly market, shops, variety of bars, restaurants and music evenings, including a free weekly live band in the summer on a pontoon on the river Lot, there are also live jamming session evenings at Le Bistro, which are great fun and very lively. In the surrounding villages there are several swimming lakes, which are bordered by sandy beaches and many have restaurants/cafes.
There are also designated cycle paths catering for all abilities and there is often organised cycling days for those who prefer to cycle in groups and maybe practice a bit of French.
Twenty minutes from the property is the large town of Agen which has excellent cycling/walking routes along the canal and over the viaduct with breathtaking views across the countryside and the Garonne river. Agen also has plenty of shopping, bars and restaurants.
The region is well known for wine tasting from the red and white wines in Cahors to the sweeter desert wines of Monbaziac. Plums are another speciality of the region and well worth tasting, especially the ones covered in chocolate!
The west coast of France is an hour and a half away, the route is very scenic and the Dune de Pyla (the biggest sand dune in Europe) lays just south of Biscarosse and is well worth a visit for the day. It is also worth spending some time in Bordeaux, it has to be one of the most beautiful cities in France, it caters for all tastes and nobody could leave Bordeaux feeling disappointed. For those that enjoy site seeing, there are an abundance of chateau’s, farms and gardens to explore and for the more active there are plenty of golf courses, fishing lakes and rivers, tennis courts and playing pétanque with the locals.
To begin your perfect holiday with a touch of luxury a welcome pack containing local produce and wines will be waiting to greet you on your arrival alongside the French/English speaking owners who live locally. Everything has been thought through to ensure that your holiday is full of happy and memorable time.
The kitchen/diner has been beautifully renovated to a high standard and is in the older part of the house. It has all the mod cons of every day living which includes: range cooker, fridge-freezer, kettle, cafeteria, toaster, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. There is a large farmhouse kitchen table and chairs in the dining area which leads out onto the private garden.
The living area, has views towards the back garden and river, there is a sofa, coffee table and a T.V. with Sky satellite for English programmes. The area is spacious and leads off to the bedrooms and bathroom.
There is 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom, sleeping 4 in total.
Both the bedrooms are a generous size and have been traditionally renovated with an eye for detail.
There is 1 generous size bathroom, with a large walk in shower, toilet and basin, it has been tastefully decorated with Italian tiles.
There are radiators throughout the property and the house is well insulated, so doesn’t often require any form of heating and in the summer it stays cool.
English tv. and stereo system
The garden is large (over 5 acres) which is perfect for playing tennis, badminton or pétanque. There is a new 10m x 4m swimming pool, a games area under the barn roof, which includes table tennis, a pool table, football table and gym equipment.
There is 150m of access from the garden onto the river, where you can sit on the pontoon or on the grass, the views extend to the Basilica on the hilltop of Penne d'Agenais.
The extensive land on each side is left to grow wild to encourage the wild flowers and animals. Deer, Hoopoe, Kingfishers and birds of prey are frequent visitors to the grounds and swans and coypu often swim gracefully by on the river.
There is a garden table, chairs and a bbq, so that you can relax and eat outside to help make make your holiday experience at Lasclottes complete.
There are several parking areas, all of which are shaded by trees to keep the cars cool in the heat of the summer.
This unique Farmhouse is suitable for couples or a family who want to get away and enjoy relaxing and spending quality time together and what better place to do it than Lasclottes, where tranquility surrounds the property and yet the hustle and bustle of French life is under a kilometre away.
The local village of St Sylvestre has a supermarket, bar, restaurant, cafe, several shops and a market twice a week (by the river), where you can buy local produce, gifts and clothes, it is within easy walking distance from the property, mainly down quiet lanes.
There is the more vibrant village of Villeneuve 7 kilometres away, which has something for everybody.
I started my career in nursing in the London suburbs, I worked mainly in the operating theatres and the minor injury units. After moving to Cornwall, I bought and ran a holiday complex before buying a Duchy Farm and renovating the farmhouse and barns. I then moved to France where I nursed an elderly couple, sold English clothes in the markets, had a Property Management Business and bought and renovated Lasclottes Farmhouse to rent out for holidays, it will be an ongoing project for many years!
|Year property purchased||2009|
|Why this location?||I love a challenge and when I saw the dilapidated state of the farmhouse and barns, I couldn't resist the temptation to restore it to its former glory.
The setting is stunning, overlooking the river and up to the hilltop village of Penned D'agenais, it's so peaceful and yet the hustle and bustle of village life is only a kilometre away, everything is so accessible, there is so much to see and do locally or just hide away in the tranquility of the property.
|Unique benefits of property||For me it's the riverside location that is the Jewel in the Crown, to be able to wander out of the house and down to the river, sit beside the water, either on the pontoon or at the waters edge and watch the wildlife go by. The Kingfishers are in abundance here, the coypu and swans that elegantly swim past and the fantastic fishing opportunities available, whether it is from the riverbank or from a boat.
At the weekends the river comes alive with boats and waterskiing, the diversity of the river is very appealing.
The river Lot in the South West of France is a fisherman's paradise, it flows through stunning scenic locations and is 480km long and between 80-150 m wide, it has an abundance of beautiful specimen Carp in prime condition and varying in size up to 25kgs (60lbs), the 'record Carp' caught was approaching 30kgs!
There is also the opportunity to catch a Catfish which can exceed 42kgs (100lbs) and they are not uncommon.
The river is also alive with Pike, Perch, Chub, Black Bass, Bream, Idk, Roach, Tench and Barbel, which provides a wonderful coarse fishing experience, using simple float fishing and feeder tactics, a fisherman's paradise and can all be done from the riverbank at Lasclottes.
Fishing is very popular along the river because of the variety of fish and it's possible to fish most of the year. There is a boat available for our guests to use and fishing equipment can be hired at a reasonable cost, spinning out from the boat as it drifts along is a wonderful way to spend the day.
The river frontage at Lasclottes exceeds 150 metres, the flow is low and the river is wide and on a bend, ideal for Carp to thrive. There are 3 good swims, there is a choice of fishing with bottom feeders, float fishing, spinning to dead baiting, boilies, zig rigs & night fishing.
The river Lot is one of the premium coarse fishing rivers in France, it is also a public fishery, so a licence must be obtained,(holiday permits can be purchased for 1 or 2 weeks and they are not expensive) which can be done online or from the local tackle shop, we are willing to organise these for your holiday.
The river is a non-flood zone, with a slow flow and the levels are controlled by a series of locks. The lock at Villeneuve sur Lot is very impressive and well worth a visit.
There are many places locally to fish from the banks or if you would like to fish from lakes in addition to river fishing, there is a large range locally.
To order your licence online go to www.pechelot.com
This castle has 6 towers, 7 draw bridges, a baffle, a casemate, gunboats and a pierced sparrow tower of loopholes. It is a magnificent piece of architecture and takes approximately 2 hours to visit the site.
There are some nice little shops and restaurants nearby and free parking.
We are taken through different periods with this chateau, from the Middle Age to the French Revolution, Duras fortress has been the testimony of lots of upheavals.
There are 30 rooms to visit and it is classified as a historical monument, this chateau is well worth visiting.
Latour-Marliac was the supplier for the impressionist painter Claude Monet's famous water lilies. Water lilies and lotus continue to be cultivated at this nursery today, which is now the oldest of its kind in the world and the site has become a major tourist attraction. Alongside the lilies and lotus there are 6 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, a giant bamboo collection, a large lake with a Japanese bridge, a koi fountain, waterfall, hilltop gazebo, museum and boutique.
These limestone caves have been developed over 25 million years, building up a host of stalagmites, stalactites and limestone tapestries of an incomparable richness.
They were discovered in 1878 when drilling for a well occurred, the farmers dug down in an attempt to find water, but instead discovered the caves.The caves are divided into 7 rooms and the tour takes approximately 1 hour, there is also a gift shop and cafe.
This is a theme park that will suit all ages and isn't too big. It is very well done with lots of fun rides and activities for the family.
This provides a lovely day out for a young family, with plenty of animals to see, areas to sit and cool off and toys for the children to play on. There is a cafe for refreshments and is very popular with the locals
This is a fifteenth century picturesque hilltop village with 2 churches and a panoramic view spanning over Villeneuve and beyond. There is a delightful Sunday summer market, which is very well attended and several bars and restaurants to visit. There is often an art exhibition in the old church, which is always worth a visit. This village has to be one of the prettiest that I know, with an abundance of flowers and plants to admire.
This is the Basilica of Notre Dame de Peyragude and was an important stoping place on the road to Santiago de Compostela.
As it was built outside the castle walls it suffered a great deal in the various wars between the catholics and protestants and between the English and French. By 1653 it had been rebuilt for the third time due to a promise when half the population died from the Plague. It was then rebuilt in 1842 to restore damage after the Revolution when the stones were sold off for building material.
Finally in 1896 the huge Neo-Byzantine style Basilica was created with its shiny dome. It is still visited by pilgrims today and the views from the grounds are spectacular, overlooking the river surrounding countryside.
This museum covers 100 years of the history of plum and prunes, which is part of the local tradition and culture of the Lot et Garonne. You can see the traditional drying ovens and production methods, watch videos and enjoy tasting fruit direct from the orchard. There is also a giant maze where you can search for the Dame Prune.
This is a zipwire adventure park in the treetops. Everyone has an instructor and harness, there are several different routes which range from easy through to sport.
There is also mini golf, a small farm and several picnic spots along with a cafe and information centre.
This is a large French town with plenty of shopping, restaurants and bars. There is also a canal which goes along a viaduct above the Garonne River, it makes a superb day out, whether you're walking or cycling, along the route there is a cycle cafe which does excellent food at a competitive price.
This has got to be the funkiest chateau that I have ever seen!
It has been brightly painted in a multitude of colours and the grounds are beautiful. There is a restaurant, cafe and bar, they serve excellent food at a reasonable price and the waiters all speak English!
The mini golf here is a sight to be seen, its spectacular and the largest in Europe.
For the younger children there is a carousel in the summer, a games room and a wide range of ice creams and the added bonus is that it is within walking distance of Lasclottes.
This is a large swimming lake surrounded by a sandy beach, it's suitable for all ages and has waterskiing, jet skiing, kayaking and canoeing. There is a restaurant and bar overlooking the lake, this makes a lovely day out on a warm sunny day.