|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Les Hirondelles is a traditional farmhouse of the Gironde, built from stone under a pantile roof (circa 1885). Furnished, with antiques, to a high standard. It retains all original features and charm of the period. Delightfully situated in a plum orchard on a hill, the farmhouse lies off the road between Monsegur and Duras, commanding beautiful views across the valley of the Dropt and enjoys the much forgotten pleasures, which accompany this rural setting such as the cuckoo, hoopoo, butterflies and the meadow life. Whichever way you turn from the farmhouse, you will find vineyards orchards of peaches nectarines, apples, plums and pears and in the Spring an abundance of asparagus; you will feel you are every much a part of a thriving community. Both Monsegur and Duras have a wide selection of shops including good general stores, butchers, bakers, pharmacies and plenty of bars and restaurants, as well as weekly markets.
Les Hirondelles has been a family run business for 25 years.
Having enjoyed many family holidays in France it seemed natural to eventually buy a holiday home. In 1980 we bought Les Hirondelles with lots of hard work and help from friends and good workmen we transformed a ruin into a comfortable holiday home.
In 1995 we sold up in England and moved lock, stock and barrel to France. Hence starting more adventures: the renovation of our house, the creation of our garden, the conversion of the Bakery, the Winery, Petit Bouteau and the Pigeon Tower. Ten years ago Kate our daughter joined us with her family and now runs the changeovers of the houses along with managing the pools. Sarah our other daughter manages the sales and marketing. So all together its very much a family run busines
Arcachon beach is an hour and half drive maximum where you will see beautiful atlantic coast line and the famous sand dunes. Along with the towns attractions and endless seafood restaurants.
Bordeaux Airport - Merignac can be reached in an hour by auto-route. Bergerac Airport is 50 minutes drive on local roads.
Both Monsegur and Duras are approx. 2km from the house and have a wide selection of shops including good general stores, butchers, bakers, pharmacies and plenty of bars and restaurants, as well as weekly, markets. In July, Duras celebrates it’s wine festival and Monsegur’s follows in August. Indeed all the small surrounding villages enjoy some form of celebration during the summer months.
Les Hirondelles is an ideal base from which to explore the valley of the Dordogne or to journey to the Atlantic coast, to Archachon or Biscaros with their huge sand dunes, beaches and wonderful seafood restaurants. And for those interested in viniculture, just half an hours drive will take you to St Emillion, and it’s only an hour to the Medoc or to Graves. In fact the entire area abounds in Chateaux and vineyards.
In Monsegur you can go horse riding or enjoy the open air swimming pool and nearby tennis courts. Ste Foye la Grande, 20 minutes away offers a splendid golf course with a converted chateau as a clubhouse.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Please see our website for booking form and conditions or contact Sarah Drayton on details below.
Changeover days are on Saturday. The property has to be vacated by 10am and arrival is from 4pm.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.