House sleeps 6, large open plan living area with 3 double bedrooms
- english, french
We are Helen and Peter and have lived in France since 2002. We moved here to get out of the rat race. Peter likes a bit of DIY, pottering in the garden and growing our own veggies. Helen loves cooking and baking cakes. We have two lovely cats called Indiana Jones and Baby Dumpling. We both speak French.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 6
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
A beautiful gite in a perfect setting
The booking process was quick and easy, the owners responded within hours of us submitting a question and answers were clear and concise. The instructions to "check in" were clear and the address took us straight to the front gates.
When we arrived, the owners were there to greet us and show us around. They were so welcoming and helpful, and since they knew the area so well (as we didn't) they were able to point out plenty of things to do (or not to do). It was comforting that they were close enough should we need anything, but we weren't shadowed by them in anyway.
The house feels more spacious than we'd thought. The kitchen is well appointed and the lounge is very comfortable. The master bed is spacious and airy, and the two other rooms (twins) were also well designed and a very comfortable size. The bathroom is large, with a huge shower, good sized sink, and heated towel rail.
The pool was (and we cannot stress this enough) the cleanest, most well maintained pool I've ever seen. No chemical smell, crystal clear water, everything was in perfect repair it could have been built weeks before we arrived! Plenty of pool side loungers and space to relax. The pool was large so plenty of room to splash about and deep enough at the deep end. The grounds were also immaculate and well cared for, and despite the very hot and dry weather, the garden was lush and still in bloom (mid-late Sept).
The location puts you around 30-40 mins from a main motorway, and 15 mins from modest size towns. Larger towns are around 45 mins with the two main cities (Bordeaux and Toulouse) around 90 mins and 2hrs respectively. There is a lot to do in terms of outdoor activities (canoe / biking) and Châteauxs, churches and gardens etc. to visit. The small historic towns are the highlight of the local area and this gite is perfectly situated for these visits.
Overall, I cannot thank the owners enough for what was a magical honeymoon. They were welcoming, friendly, and were so accommodating, with the gite being as wonderful as it was, it really was a perfect end to the summer for us.
Thank you again.
Calm place in the Sun
Lovely property. Especially enjoyed the pool and you will appreciate the value of lower floor bedrooms!!
A truly fabulous gite in a great location
This gite is a real gem! We've just enjoyed two wonderful weeks and loved it so much we've booked to go back next year! Peter and Helen are wonderful hosts and were so welcoming. Whilst they live on site the property is very private - you'd hardly know they are there. Everything about the gite is inviting. The open plan living upstairs is great for families and the bedrooms downstairs are beautifully cool on warm evenings. The pool is a fantastic size (12 x 6m) and great to chill out by after mornings exploring the many Bastide towns in the area. We can't wait to go back next year and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a fabulous place to stay with so much to see and do on the doorstep. Check it out. You won't be disappointed!
Helen and Peter were wonderful hosts. We really enjoyed meeting them together with Helen's delightful parents. It was so nice to be in such a bright, spacious, sparkling clean, well equipped house in it's beautiful garden. We enjoyed playing table tennis, walking in to the village of St Monclar, and the excellent market in Issigeac. We stayed for nine nights and would love to have stayed for longer. We look forward to returning some time.
A lovely week in this gite
We arrived in the middle of a week's bad weather and had spent the previous 3 days feeling a little cold and damp (inadequate clothing for rare bad weather!). We got to the gite and Peter provided us with lots of kindling, told us to help ourselves to wood and we lit the stove. How wonderful to feel warm and cosy. This is probably an odd start to a review, but we had spent the previous week in a house which was not suitable for chilly weather and having a fire made us very happy. The gite itself is really very nice. Perfectly equipped and very comfortable and renovated to a high spec. When the weather picked up we used the pool which is a perfect size. Helen and Peter did not intrude. They came to see us after our first night to see if everything was OK and then we just saw them in passing, and when we went to borrow a memory stick to watch some films. We went walking when the weather was cooler and went to various local towns.We relaxed a lot in the last 4 days when the weather was good and it is a perfect gite to relax in. We aim to go back in early summer for a week doing absolutely nothing. Cath and Clare
Bergerac Airport 45 minutes drive. Bordeaux Airport 1 hour 45 minutes drive. Toulouse Airport 1 hour 40 minutes drive.
Nearest village is Monclar which is about 1 mile away. The nearest provincial town is Villeneuve-sur-Lot (20 minutes drive). Agen is the capital of this department and is 40 minutes drive.
Monclar has a Bistro, bar, bakers, butchers and a small grocery shop and the nearest supermarket is a 10 minutes drive to Ste Livrade. Villeneuve has all the main facilities including banks and restaurants.