Riverfront village 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms renovated property
About Jill Skill
I acquired Sans Souci in 2016 and would love to share its charm and tranquility with you. If you relish French Living you will love the nearby restaurants and the welcoming Boulangerie and delicatessen just a few minutes walkaway. We have been warmly welcomed to the village and have had some very happy times there....I just hope you will too.
Jill Skill purchased this House in 2016
Why Jill Skill chose Clairac
The elegance of the house, its riverside location and its beautiful view of the Abbey at Clairac (both day and night) don't fail to charm. Being a village home with its proximity to shops and restaurants, there is no need to get out the car every day, but being on the river opposite the main village it is very peaceful, with the countryside on the doorstep. Definitely the best of both worlds. Within an hour and a half of Bordeaux, Bergerac and Toulouse airports, it is extremely accessible. If your love is history this area is full of it - from the religious wars, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marguerite d'Angoulème, Queen of Navarre, the Cagots and the Cathars and The Camino de Santiago, there has been a human presence in this area since neolithic times. I look forward to welcoming you to this special corner of France.
What makes this House unique
This house has a certain 'feel' about it, cosy yet spacious - whether its the ever present changing light coming through the windows, the reflections of the river on a warm evening or the wonderful stars on a dark night or just the history that is embedded in its walls and surroundings. Whatever it is, I would enjoy sharing it with you.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
1. Please use only plastic and no sharp objects around the pool/decking to preserve bare feet and pool lining
2. Please hand wash only the plastic and better glasswear
3. Please lock the front door when everyone is in the garden as you cannot hear it open
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
We had a wonderful holiday in Clairac. The house and garden are amazing and so well equipped. Jill was so helpful throughout the stay. We spent most of our time in the lovely garden and pool. We visited lots of great places, including a farm where we made our own bread and cheese and milked goats! Try Aquafun Park, which was like Total Wipeout and such fun! L’Equelle D’Or is a fab restaurant in Clairac and definitely worth a visit.
Lovely house and we’ll located
The owner was very helpful in providing information to plan our week’s stay. The house itself is spacious, well equipped and located a few steps away from the Lot river. A calm and relaxing location and ideal for warm evenings in the garden after a day’s sight-seeing.
A classic French house perfect for family holidays
Sans Souci is a lovely classic French house on the banks of the river Lot. We stayed for 2 weeks with between 9 and 4 of us...at all times a very comfortable stay. The house is very well equipped with gas barbeque, pool and lots of kitchen stuff so no shortage of pots and pans... also perfectly situated with a good sized local Carrefour in walking distance....Clairac is across the river and has some free tennis courts which we all used. Also has a lovely "beach" on the far side of the river which is great for relaxing and swimming in the river...reasonable bar / restaurant next to the beach. The local area as many local markets as well as the local prune delicacy ( prune museum worth a visit) . We also cycled a bit and good rides marked out following the course of the river in both directions....
Très belle maison en bord de Lot
Une belle propriété avec une situation privilégiée et une jolie petite piscine bien agréable !
Vacances géniales !
Nous avons passé un super séjour dans cette magnifique maison.
L'accueil a été très chaleureux et la personne a été disponible au cours de notre séjour.
La maison est très bien équipée, nous n'avons manqué de rien.
Nous venions avec 5 enfants âgés de 6 ans à 1 an qui ont adoré le grand jardin et la piscine.
Nous reviendrons sans hésiter l'année prochaine.
Merci pour votre mots gentils - L'accueil chaleureux vous attenderai chaque annee aussi !
Located between the Lot and Garonne rivers, this green and rolling landscape was described by the writer Stendhal as “the Tuscany of France,” or as Sam Taylor put it in an article for The Guardian newspaper, “A blessed little corner of south-west France made up of gently rolling hills, fields of corn and sunflowers, winding roads empty of cars and pretty little towns and villages, where people always have time to talk to you. It's like an unspoilt Tuscany or Provence and I'd better shut up now or I'll be responsible for spoiling it.”
Clairac, our local mediaeval village, is a bastide founded in 1281 by Edward I, King of England (the great grandson of Eleanor of Aquitaine) and by the Abbot of Clairac Abbey. The Order at Clairac was Benedictine and the Abbot was traditionally appointed by the Pope. It was in the 12th century that the monks of Clairac Abbey crossed a damson tree brought back from Syria by the Crusaders with a local plum, thus creating a new variety which they called the Ente plum, from the old French verb “enter”, meaning “to graft”. The Clairac monks were also responsible for the method of sun-dried preservation - therefore ‘Pruneaux d'Agen’ should really be called “Pruneaux de Clairac”! Our 18C ‘Maison de Maitre’ is set on the river Lot and is directly opposite the Abbey. Rumour has it that there are hidden tunnels running from the Abbey beneath the river to our house! as although having a Catholic heritage, Clairac was an active centre in spreading the Protestant faith and repeatedly attacked by Catholic armies. (some also say that the Cathar faith was very strong in this area) Following a siege in 1621, led by Louis XIII himself, the city walls were razed to the ground and the Protestant population put to the sword. In the 18th century, Clairac was one of the main harbours in the lower Lot valley and the first place in Europe to grow tobacco. Many of the barns in the area were originally for drying tobacco The region is well known for its duck, goose and fois gras and of course the world famous Pruneaux d’Agen, which can be tasted in anything from chocolate to meat dishes, sorbets and alcohol. We are not lacking in great wines either, the caves of Buzet are just down the road, Duras a short trip away as are the fine wines of Cahors and the world famous chateaux of St. Emillion. The area is full of pretty XIII century Bastide towns set around market squares and host to weekly markets & also weekly night markets during the summer season. (Laparade on Tuesday night is a must!) Clairac itself has a sandy river beach (complete with life-guard in the summer months) and beach bar/restaurant, boulangeries, ( one within one minute walking distance) pharmacy, supermarket, delicatessen, bank and a weekly market. There are two Doctors surgeries in the Village and a hospital emergency 20mins. car drive away. There are recommended restaurants 'L'ecuelle d'or' and The Barbeque, a creperie and take-away pizzeria. Fishing is from your own riverfront garden,(the Lot holds Carp of 40lb, 50lb, 60lb+ and Catfish of 50lb, 100lb, 150lb+. If smaller fish are your bag, the rivers are also teeming with Barbel and Chub) golf; horse riding; boating; canoeing, walking, cycling and tennis are just some of the activities available. For days out this area of France has a greater variety of scenery than almost anywhere else, the surf beaches and sand dunes of Arcachon; the Cathar country of Carcassonne; the mountains of the Pyrenees, the mediaeval and bastide towns of Nerac; Monflanquin; Pujols; Bonaguil; Rocamador; Moissac and Cahors, to name just few and coupled with the rolling Tuscan countryside, orchards and sunflowers of the Lot; it is a truly spectacular area steeped in both history and beauty. If you have a cosy autumn or winter break in mind, the house is fully centrally heated and has a beautiful open fire.