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Ian Christians

Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german

Sleeps 16+ Villa with Private Fenced Heated Pool and Superb Views

9 Reviews
Sleeps18
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms9
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Saint-André-et-Appelles Villa Rental Photos and Description

Private Villa near Ste Foy la Grande, France - Peaceful Location in Plum Orchard Overlooking Dordogne River

Beautiful, large 17th century Presbytery restored in 2001. Marvellous setting with superb views over River Dordogne. 8 en-suite bedrooms, (9th optional). 100m2 4-aspect salon, large well-equipped kitchen with American fridge, twin dishwashers and ovens, large dining room, snooker room, cinema room, study/library, music room. 50m2 balcony with BBQ. Surround sound cinema, hi-fi, Satellite 32 inch wide-screen TV, Yamaha C3 baby grand piano, snooker, billiards. Optional bread delivery at 7 a.m. Use of tennis court, 5 mins walk.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Ian Christians (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german

About Ian Christians

Sharon and I have built our villa business over the last 20 years. I am an entrepreneur, earlier I ran a large Travel company. Sharon was head of Communications for Bombardier Transportation until August 2014. We own 6 18th century houses near Gensac & Ste. Foy-la-Grande, and I have managed all the restoration projects. We help create experiences, not just holidays, with spacious accommodation, - great kitchens, all bedrooms en-suite, cinemas, wifi, hi-fi, satellite TV, large securitised pools and exceptional sporting facilities. We live nearby and aim to give you exceptional personal service, together permanent support team. We offer a wide range of optional extras, including minibuses, canoes, chef, maid and babysitting service. Our houses are ideal for 3 or 4 generation holidays, special events, group gatherings and small conferences. Exceptional houses, exceptional service.

Ian Christians purchased this villa in 2000

Why Ian Christians chose Entre Deux Mers

The Presbytere was a prominent ruin alongside the church where my son was married in 2000. A good friend told me, as we were driving past, "It's for sale." I asked who owns it. "I do." My response "How much." Her response "250,000 FF". My response "Done!" A year and a few million francs later we have a fully restored Presbytere. It has a superb setting, attached (just) to the church, looking down the Dordogne valley. The views are sensational, sunsets - looking horizontally as we are high up - spectacular. The house, with 6 reception rooms, and 8 en-suite bedrooms lacks for nothing. It is amongst the best of holiday properties. The location, close to Ste. Foy, 35kms from magical St.Emilion, between accessible Bordeaux and Bergerac and their airports. Perfect.

What makes this villa unique

The Presbytere is as good as it gets, wonderful restoration of this 17th century priest's house, secluded, heated pool, great views, en-suite bedrooms, 6 reception rooms with cinema and wi-fi - it is ideal for families and groups. The area - full of interest, from Bordeaux, the Medoc, St.Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, the Dordogne chateaux. The climate - usually excellent, with night-time electric storms to keep the grass green, hot temperatures. A friend who lives 400m away is happy to let my clients use her tennis court - a bottle of good white burgundy in compensation. Options include mini-bus rental, chef, maid service, exceptional wine cellar (burgundies and Bordeaux at great prices).

Guestbook comments from the manager

The most beautiful place I've ever stayed in. - June Walton, Deputy Editor, Good Housekeeping.



What a fabulous place this is. We voted this the best accommodation we have ever had in France. - Duffy/McCaffery families



Almost incomparable, an excellent place to stay - it's almost too nice since we've been quite happy to stay at the house for long stretches. - N.Skevington.



Just to say what a marvellous two weeks we had at the Presbytere. It really is the most beautiful house we've ever stayed in; and I'm missing the view terribly. - K. Paul
Jan 2010
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Reviews

4.9
based on 9 traveler reviews

Sleeps 16+ Villa with Private Fenced Heated Pool and Superb Views
average rating of 4.888889 based on 10 reviews
5

A truly peaceful place with magnificent views

  • 5 of 5

We were a family party of 11, ages 19-80 and our stay at Le Presbytere lived up to all expectations! It is very rustic and oozes character. The bedrooms are all ensuite on the ground floor and stay cool so air conditioning isn't necessary but fans are provided in some of the rooms if required. The living area is vast with a well equipped kitchen leading onto a terrace with stunning views over the countryside. The pool area is perfect with towels provided and great loungers. Ian, the owner was very welcoming and made himself available for questions about places to eat and visit etc without being intrusive. On that note we would definitely recommend eating at Le Gensake in Gensac; fabulous food! Visits to St Emilion, Bergerac & Sainte Foy de Grande are well worth it. In conclusion if peace & tranquility are what you are after this is the place!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic, social property with plenty of room!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fabulous week at the Presbytere with our extended family of 13, ages ranging from 5 to 68! There was plenty of room for all! The pool was a highlight and needed in the 30 degree heat. The upside down layout of the house was great and the downstairs rooms remained cool. The balcony upstairs was used the most as it enabled us to appreciate the spectacular views of the plum orchards and sunflower fields as well as the view down to Ste Foy (the market on a Saturday is well worth a visit). We had beautiful sunsets every evening. Ian, the owner was incredibly friendly and helpful and on hand for our every need. We would definitely recommend the wine tasting evening run by Ian, especially as you are in the wine region! We would most certainly recommend the Presbytere for an extended family holiday! We only wish we had booked for two weeks! Thank you Ian for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Excellent house for a large group of friends

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 18 friends staying for the week.

The house is perfect if you're looking to be left alone and relax for a week. It is surrounded by beautiful plum orchards and has fantastic views. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Un sejour inoubliable dans un cadre magnifique...

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons célébré au Presbytere l'anniversaire de mon mari... Adultes ados et enfants ont profité au mieux du site : parties de ping pong, de rugby, concours de pétanque et de billard, jeux d'eau dans une piscine chauffée très agréable. Plusieurs salons pour la détente, de belles salles pour manger... Il ne manquait rien! Tout est prévu pour que le sejour soit parfait: linge de lit, de toilette, multitude de vaisselles... Un panier de bienvenue bien rempli. Et cerise sur le gateau une vue exceptionnelle depuis la terrasse avec un splendide coucher de soleil pour l'apéro !!!

Nous avions réserve pour une nuit "la grange" tout aussi bien avec un côté plus intime .

Le Proprietaire est très sympathique et arrangeant, la personne chargée de ni tendance de la maison est adorable . N'hésitez pas pour vos événements familiaux et amicaux.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Perfect family holiday

  • 5 of 5

There isn't much more I can add to former reviews as it really is the perfect place for a large number of people. We were celebrating a number of milestones, big birthdays, a wedding, anniversaries, and exam results and wanted everyone to share these somewhere special and le Presbytere did not disappoint. Our group consisted of 14 adults (a mix of couples and singles ranging in age from 18 to 69) and 3 children aged 5, 14 months and 22 months. I was a little nervous having taken responsibility to arrange the holiday on everyone's behalf but I needn't have worried. Although we had mixed weather the result was we enjoyed everything the villa had to offer, indoors and out. On the couple of rainy days we used the snooker room, cinema room (which was superb) the lounge area with DVDs and ate together in the magnificent dining room. On the nice days most of the time we were outside enjoying a drink and eating on the terrace with the fantastic views, sunbathing by the pool, or playing table tennis. There were plenty of places to see in the surrounding area but as we only had a week, most of the time we were content to stay put. The only time we ventured out was to the Saturday market in ste foy la grande and to the leClerc supermarket, both nearby, and some of the group went canoeing one day. As it was a celebration, Ian (the owner) provided, at our request, a chef to cook a gourmet meal one evening. A couple of evenings before this Ian did a wine tasting seminar for us which was great fun, and enabled him to provide our favourite wines to serve with the chef's meal. Ian was only down the road and attended to our every need when requested, such as providing a hairdryer which we forgot to pack, and gates to place at the top and bottom of the stone steps to avoid any accidents with one-year olds! The other things I should mention are the huge kitchen, with its brilliant farmhouse table which made it a pleasure to prepare meals (there was also loads of crockery, cutlery utensils etc and plenty of food and drinks storage with 2 large fridges) and also the fact that every bedroom was en suite which provided privacy and made it very comfortable for all concerned. All in all this was a brilliant place to stay and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Excellent Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at the Presbytere (8 adults and 6 children under the age of 3).

The house is huge with plenty of living space and eight bedrooms which are equally as big and well equipped as one another. The outside space is very nice and the pool is well kept and clean. We ate on the terrace every evening and enjoyed the superb sunsets.

Ian was based nearby and quick to respond to any queries we had. I would definitely recommend this property for large groups. You will need a car but there are some great family attractions within one hours drive if you feel you need to get out of the house.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
BERGERAC
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
STE.FOY-LA-GRANDE
Nearest Ferry
550 Kilometres
ST.MALO
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
CHATEAU VIGIERS
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
LIBOURNE TGV
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A89
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
STE.FOY-LA-GRANDE
Nearest Ski
180 Kilometres
PYRENEES
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
LAC DU CADIE
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The Atlantic coast at Arcachon is 90 mins away. There is a good sandy beach with pedalos, bar/restaurant at Lac du Cadie, 15 mins away.

Travel:

Bordeaux Merignac airport is 60 mins away, Bergerac 25 mins -if you fly we have 2 x 9-seater VW transporters for hire, pick-up/drop off possible, cheaper and quicker than rentals. Airlines cover all UK, BA, Flybe, Easyjet, also direct flights from Dublin, Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris. Train TGV arrives from Paris/Lille/London at Libourne, 30 mins away.

Distances:

Bordeaux is 70kms, Bergerac 20kms, Ste Foy 4kms, St.Emilion 35kms.

Further Details:

Canoeing on the Dordogne is a great experience, we have two Canadian canoes (4-seater) for hire . Local supermarkets in Ste Foy, plus famous Saturday market. Lots of good restaurants. St Emilion is amazing, historic and beautiful. Bergerac is 40 mins to east, gateway to the beautiful Dordogne.

10 fascinating things to do while staying in our houses

1.Visit historic St.Emilion and its châteaux (30 mins away)

2. Visit the Château de Montaigne, home of the great 16th century philosopher, & les Jardins du Sardy (10 mins away)

3.Visit the churches and museums of Bordeaux (60 mins away)

4.Visit the seaside, beautiful bay of Arcachon and the amazing Dune of Pyla (90 mins away)

5.Visit the châteaux of the Dordogne (60 mins away)

6.Visit the Médoc and the great wine châteaux (90 mins away)

7.Visit Chateau Monbazillac & old Bergerac plus a river trip (30 mins away)

8.Explore ancient Aquitaine with Douglas Boyd, author of Eleanor, April Queen of Aquitaine(10 mins away)

9.Go gliding and see the countryside from on high (10 mins away)

10.Take the kids go-carting in Bergerac (30 mins away)

We organise wine tours to the famous and the secret chateaux. Countryside is ideal for cycling

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Rates & Availability

Saint-André-et-Appelles Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Rate 14
Jul 16 2016 - Sep 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
$1,047
$5,234
$15,702
 
 
Rate 15
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
$654
$3,533
$10,468
 
 
Rate 16
Sep 24 2016 - Dec 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
$654
$2,094
$6,542
 
 
Rate 18
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
$785
$3,925
 
 
Rate 9
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$785
$2,879
$6,542
 
 
Rate 10
Apr 1 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
$785
$3,140
$8,505
 
 
Rate 1
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$785
$3,526
$11,776
 
 
Rate 2
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,047
$5,882
$15,702
 
 
Rate 12
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$916
$4,187
$10,468
 
 
Rate 6
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
$916
$2,879
$7,851
 
 
Rate 8
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
$916
$3,925
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
SECURITY! Always speak to the owner before booking. For your security we also offer a credit card facility through Credit Agricole.
Options can be given for a predetermined time. 20% deposit required on booking, balance 8 weeks before arrival. Full information packs emailed on booking. Security deposit of £400 during stay.


Changeover Day:
Peak season Saturday, otherwise negotiable.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Saint-André-et-Appelles Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 m²
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1 bath and wc. Bathroom 2 shower and wc. Bathroom 3 shower and wc. Bathroom 4 bath and wc. Bathroom 5 shower and wc. Bathroom 6 shower and wc. Bathroom 7 bath and wc. Bathroom 8 shower and wc. Separate wc.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16, optional extra room with sofa bed Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 and 5 with double beds. Bedroom 6 with twin beds. Bedroom 7 with double bed. Bedroom 8 with twin beds. Bedroom 9 (aka music room) double sofa bed.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: All bedrooms on ground floor, wide staircase to upper floor living area, amenities and balcony on first floor. House is tastefully furnished combining modern and antique pieces. Bedrooms are spacious, all ensuite, modern. Outside: Secure pool, 10 x 5m with flat bottom at 1.5m, boules, table-tennis, children's swing and slide, 1 acre garden, parking, 16 sun loungers, parasols, table, chairs, BBQ. Neighbour's tennis court available by arrangement. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Pool, bath towels and all linen provided, maid service and chef optional extra. 2 x 9-seater VW Transporters available with pick-up/delivery service to airport. Also our own 2 Canadian canoes (4 seater). Other: Original 17th century domed cellar, candlelit, barrels, for wine tastings. Very large balcony on first floor providing superb views from dawn to spectacular sunsets. BBQ, 2 parasols, seating for 18.

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