|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Two properties next to each other with its own private grounds of 4 acres of lawn, mature trees, private 12 meter heated pool and 2 meter high Laural Hedge.
There are facilities for everybody to eat together outside
under large canvas parasols,overlooking the gardens and pool or
inside the manor with there oak beams and large stone fire-places.
All properties are fully modernized and fully fitted so each party group can be independent.
Originally built by English soldiers in the 13th century, this unique and distinctive property is the perfect place to relax or to celebrate in private and unspoilt setting..
To the rear of the property is a bridle way, which meanders through meadows and woods to the village of Lauzun.
About a Mile up the road is the pretty hill top village of Lalandusse, which still has a bar-restaurant.
There is a new supper market, 10 min away. And a variety of local vine-yards about 3 min
Pool security and heating: We have found alarm systems unreliable so we have installed the latest and best security system available.
Turn the key and the pool is completely covered ,and securely closed by a electrically operated roll on cover made of PVC slat which can support 100kgs.
Turn the key again and the pool automatically opens.
The pool is always warm no matter what the weather. For ' months of the year.
Heated by a top of the range heat exchange unit ( works like a fridge but in reverse) which is out of sight behind the pool house.
We include 6 Free bottles of local wine, to help you get in the spirit.
From sunny Huddersfield, worked at David Brown Tractors,
Moved to sunny southampton; made cardboard Boxes;
Worked in london as graphic designer 20 years.7 days a week.
Swappped pencil for trowel, and renovated 13th century Hamlet in France; The rest is history.
Robert Sorrell purchased this chateau / country house in 2000
Love of labour and a labour of love.Its a really beautiful place.
Historic beautifuly set, surrounded by mature trees and fields of sunflowers;
When I was looking to buy a property,there was a trailer parked at the gate with my surname on;( Karmic or clever estate agent?)
15 mins from the airport. totally secluded and private;
Inbetween two famous bastide towns with shopes or restaurants;
Lots of places to visit or things to do,
Or as most people do soak up the beautiful surrounding , the sun and local wine around the pool;
This was our 2nd stay at le Grand Auque. We came here 2 years ago as a big group & enjoyed it so much, we couldn't wait to come back. There is plenty of space inside & outside for games, water fights, or just to escape for some quiet time (there were 24 of us). The houses are well stocked with enough crockery, cutlery etc & the table tennis, games room, treehouse etc were favourites with kids & adults alike. Bob was always on hand if needed. We especially loved the little touches such as local wine in each property. We will hopefully be back in the future! Thank you!
Grand Auque provided the perfect setting for 7 families to relax and enjoy each others company without being on top of each other. The accommodation is wonderful, full of character but extremely well maintained with all the modern conveniences thought about and provided. It's a truly magical place, wonderful weather, great pool (our kids ranged in age from 6 weeks to 10 years and all enjoyed it!) beautiful grounds, with an exciting treehouse and games loft and even some bats in one of the out buildings that we all loved to visit quietly in the daytime! The area is full of interesting little towns with markets every day but many of our party didn't leave the house and grounds. Bob is a wonderful host, organising a buffet from a local charcuterie and a cake for a birthday celebrations and the local pizza's a La Landusse come highly recommended!
This was a very special dream holiday for our group of friends and we really hope to be back!
Houses, gardens, pool - all perfect - clean, well-maintained and well-equipped.
We used the Grande Manoir as the base for cooking and eating for all 28 of us. It easily accommodated all of us seated at tables and the kitchen had plenty of (large) appliances and good condition equipment (eg. new chopping boards, sharp knives and lots of both).
The expansive lawns were perfect for large games and generously decorated with flowers (which we were asked to water during the heat wave). Sitting under the huge trees was blissful when we needed shade and a cooling breeze.
The pool was lovely with SEVENTEEN sun loungers and a few pool toys.
The kids made use of the bikes (so many, in all sorts of sizes), we attempted to fish (nothing caught!) and used the kayak for a paddle up the river. Ping pong was popular and the huge collection of books and DVDs was useful when we'd got through our own (we left some of our books behind for future visitors).
Free samples of local wine were left in each of the houses - the vineyard offers a good tour once a week.
Bob was very helpful - a non-functioning tv, a leaking shower and a running toilet were quickly sorted.
Only a couple of small suggestions for improvement:
- more tea towels, please
- some soap (refillable liquid version would be fine) in bathrooms/toilets
- washing up liquid
- a few spare bin bags
(There is a list in the 'rules of the house' of things they suggest you might need but it would be helpful to get that list before you arrive...).
We mostly cooked for ourselves but we had an excellent dinner at La Bruceliere in Issigeac that we would highly recommend (booked and chose menu in advance as there were 28 of us and they have a max capacity of about 40!)
The market in Issigeac on Sunday morning is probably the best local one (we sampled three others!).
On arrival we were all amazed by the hamlet. We got a tour when we arrived and the photos had not done the properties justice as the rooms were more spacious than we anticipated and exceeded our expectations.
The property was very clean and well maintained and the owners were easy to contact when we had an issue with the outside lighting.
The facilities were great for a large group, we had a large enough dining table inside when we needed it and plenty of chairs and tables outside, there were 11 adults and 7 children from 0-3 in out party and there was more than enough room for everyone in the properties.
We stayed here mainly to catch up with friends to didn't make many trips, we had lunch out in Bergerac and visited the local vineyard and that was about it. It was great just being able to enjoy our surroundings and cook up a BBQ or meal for everyone in one of the kitchens and laze by the pool in the day time.
There was an array of bikes and childrens toys provided which was also great to keep the kids entertained.
There are a lot of stairs in some of the properties so we did have to keep an eye on the younger crawlers in the group but the bungalow and cottage are good for those families as they are all on one floor.
I would definitely recommend a stay here and we have already booked a return trip in 2016.
We were a family of 21 spending a week in the beginning of July 2011 at Grand Auque, and I believe we found the perfect place for us. Every single one of us were so pleased with the stay, there are activites available to match almost any interest. The houses were beautiful in their different ways. The days can be spent just exploring the grounds of Grand Auque and the rural, yet not isolated area surrounding it. Perfect small country roads for biking trips to the nearby towns and markets. And on a sunny day (which was every day) it is perfect to sit around the pool and just relax. If you feel restless you just get in the car and go off exploring all the sites to see; markets, caves, castles, churches, vinyards etc. The owner is at service to meet almost any request! I definitely want to go back to Grand Auque, but also to this area of France to explore more!
Grande Auque was a great location for our group summer holiday, 7 families, 32 people ranging in age from 3-49, it offered something for everyone.
The children loved the extensive and beautifully kept grounds, complete with games loft, treehouse, lake to row on, river to kayak and the lovely swimming pool. There were even bikes provided. The adults, when not busy challenging the kids to ping pong, badminton and rounders were happy to hang out at one of the outside tables sampling the local wine thoughtfully provided by the owner, Bob, and stored in a cool corner of the mill along with an honesty box.
The properties provide good quality accommodate with plenty of flexibility, we could settle the toddlers without worrying about noisy teens waking them.
The kitchens were really well equipped and easily able to cope with catering for all 32 of us. (Bob put us in touch with a fabulous local caterer, Maggie, who provided our first nights meal, enough food for several suppers for the children and even did a first shop for us which kept us going for 3 days, at a very reasonable cost I highly recommend her.)
Bob's friendly, helpful and relaxed attitude really make this a great place to stay, there is plenty of info in the properties regarding things to do in the local area and he's always on the end of the phone if you have a question.
The nearest local town, Eymet is lovely, plenty of good shops, nice restaurants and an excellent Market and night Market
All in all, a great holiday!
Nestled between the Bastide towns of Eymet and Castillonnes, Lalandusse is on the borders of the Dordogne and Lot et Garonne set in the middle of the medieval Bastide towns of Eymet, Castillonnes and Issegac. To the north is the Fairy tale castle of Monbazillac overlooking Bergerac, famous for its cuisine and wine, as appreciated by 'Cyrano de Bergerac'. The airport is just 15 min away.
The property is secluded in its own grounds with a 3 meter high hedge. Surrounded by farms and vineyards,but only 10 min to the local supermarket,
All local towns have market days, and most have some special events throughout the summer, we supply books with all local events and activities from 'Parc en ciel' (Adventure park in the trees) to Castles and canoing.
Other Activities: Bike hire can be arranged
Golf: There are 4 local golf courses, three 18 hole and one 9 hole.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$534|
|Stay tax||€0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.|
Prices are for up to 18 people, additional guests 175 Euro per person per week. Babies (under 2 yr old) go free. 3 yr old 50% Discount.
20% deposit is required when booking and balance paid 2 months prior to arrival.
Properties must be left as found, cleaning can be arranged 200euros
Les prix donnes calcules sur la base de 18 personnes. Les personnes en su doivent regler un supplement de 175 euros par semaine.
Babie ne payent pas.
le location samedi 16h au semedi 10h
Il y a caution de 500 euros
Changeover days are Saturdays, arriving after 4 in the afternoon, and departure before 10 in the morning.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.