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16th Century Historic Manor House - Kiwi Cottage - 12mx6m Heated Pool

Bedrooms 1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Flexible changeover days

Kiwi Cottage combines luxury with charm. It is fully equipped with quality appliances, decorated to high specification and comfortable. It is complemented with a park of two acres and a heated pool of 12mX6m with pool house and summer kitchen.

Kiwi Cottage nestles in the grounds of a completely renovated Maison de Maitre dating back to 1678 oozing architectural features and charm. The ancient original door of the Manor has been preserved complete with the lock and the key the size of which does not fail to amaze the visitors every time. Many vineyards are waiting to be explored. Most of them offer wine tasting and an expert tour of their vineyards. UNESCO protected St Emilion with its charming cobbled streets and exceptional wines is just 20 minutes away. The River Dordogne is just 0.4 km from the house and there are many pleasant spots to walk and cycle along the riverbanks. Canoeing, fishing and riding are popular activities alongside sports such as tennis and an excellent golf club is only 20 minutes away. Our local market (Sainte Foy La Grande) has been voted the people's favourite market in France and it’s a must see.

Bergerac airport 35 minutes away, Bordeaux airport just over 1 hour away – both have cheap flights to and from the Uk, Ireland and the Netherlands, as well as other destinations.

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Registration Number : RSI 79395399300011

Caspian Flynn
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Caspian Flynn

Caspian was brought up in Germany, Lulu was brought up in Cyprus and Jeffery (our chocolate labrador) is a Welsh boy and we all found a most beautiful home in the South of France. Caspian is a Chartered Engineer by background and has worked for corporations in Germany and England. Lulu is a biologist and a qualified teacher as a second career. She also worked for a large pharmaceutical company in England for many years. We have many friends here locally and also internationally and enjoy their company whenever we can.

Why Caspian Flynn chose Vélines

The fact that we already had many local friends around Bordeaux was an important factor for us to choose the vineyards of Bordeaux as our home. This combined with romantic vineyards, pretty villages, enjoyable towns, easy airport connections and the friendly locals made the task of choosing a home in this region simple for us.

What makes this cottage unique

The completely renovated Maison de Maitre (Manor House) dating back to the 16th century and giving one a sense of history, the beautifully lit pool area at night and the well laid out park make La Gorce a memorable experience. Its architecture oozes the charm one would expect of such an historic property. Completely rural but only 3 minutes from all amenities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stumbled across the website by chance and are so pleased that we booked! We have just returned from an idyllic week chillaxing by the pool and exploring the surrounding villages. The cottage was fully equipped and the kitchen by the pool was used on a daily basis. Caspian and Lulu were delightful hosts and wouldn't hesitate to return tomorrow
May 2015
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Vélines Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • Large walk in shower, marble floor
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Large, air conditioned, first floor, super king size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Bed linen will be provided. Towels for showering are included and additional separate towels for use by the pool too. There is free reliable WiFi. Outside: For relaxing, a perfect place would be the large (12m x 6m) heated swimming pool (1.5m deep). The swimming pool enjoys views over the surrounding vineyards, countryside and the many fruit and nut rees ( when in season pick as many as you want). The pool area is secured by an electric security cover, which keeps the heat in and the leaves out. there's the 50 m2 pool house with summer kitchen and covered dining area. The property is beautifully floodlit, extending one's enjoyment of the long evenings into the night. This includes the swimming pool area and the pool itself. In the well equipped summer kitchen you'll find everything you need to prepare a memorable meal. A 5-ring gas hob, fridge-freezer, microwave and 1½ bowl sink with both hot and cold water makes cooking easy.


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16th Century Historic Manor House - Kiwi Cottage - 12mx6m Heated Pool
average rating of 4.9 based on 21 reviews

Amazing, superb, fantastic. I would definitely stay again. Great hosts and awesome setting. Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week with our dog, perfect for him to run around. The setting is awesome, the pool great and the accommodation has everything you need to enjoy a home away from home. Our hosts were superb and very friendly, even with our dog chasing them around. I would certainly stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Excellent property, top notch host

  • 5 of 5

After driving 12 hours from Costa Brava, ( due to the Barcelona attack) roads were constantly monitored by security and created "bouchon", (new french word I learned from road signs), we arrived tired and hungry to Le Gorce. Caspian and Lulu were kind enough to share some bread and butter, and wine of course. That was a life saver, once again, thank you very much for having us. The place is in an excellent location, for our plans at least, on the border of Saint Emilion and Dordogne regions, we visited both. You can also reach the coast for oysters, or Bordeaux region. DO expect a lot of traffic during summer, so if gps tells you 1 hour, double that. I cannot recommend enough this place. Have fun

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Kiwi Cottage and wished we had been there longer! Cottage was well equipped and so comfortable! We had a fabulous view from our front door! The pool was so inviting and warm! Cottage was in a secluded and peaceful area but provisions were in easy reach! Lovely villages around and about with some fabulous restaurants able to accommodate my food intolerances! Caspian was so friendly but not intrusive and there for advice if needed! Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Relaxing holiday in the vineyards

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful visit at Kiwi cottage this July. The cottage is very comfortable and had everything we needed. The well appointed kitchen had all of the equipment we needed to cook breakfasts and dinners. We loved coming back to the peaceful cottage after a day of sightseeing. The serene view of vineyards and farms makes this cottage a perfect location base to explore local Bordeaux vineyards or take day trips to Dordogne Valley attractions. Caspian, Lulu, and Jeffery (the chocolate lab) were terrific hosts. We loved all of their recommendations for local markets, restaurants, and boulangerie. My husband wanted to stay another week so he can go to the night food market in Saint Foy again! We are still dreaming about the pastries and breads in the local boulangerie in Montcaret. Thank you, Caspian and Lulu, for a wonderful stay! Send our best to Jeffery.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great stay

  • 5 of 5

It's not often we can give a 5* rating, but this deserves it. The quality of the accommodation was first class, rarely is the actual experience as good as the photos, but this was.

A lovely quiet away from it all location, and yet close to lots of things to do.

Caspian and Lulu were great hosts and happy to offer help and suggestions. A week wasn't nearly enough time to explore all there is to see in the area, so we will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Fabulous and very friendly

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing stay in a beautiful gite. The owners were very warm and weloming to us and our 2 dogs and made our experience special. They told us all about the great markets, restaurants and places to go, which made our stay very enjoyable. The pool and location of the gite were fabulous and the facilities were of a very high standard. We would recommend it to any of our friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Belvédere - beautiful views
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Chateau des Vigiers
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
L'Ardoise - Rated excellent by our guests
Car: necessary


The Archachon beaches and the largest sand dunes in Europe are 1&1/2 hours drive away. The historic naval port of La Rochelle and the 19th century Victorian resort town of Biarritz are both just a 2&1/2 hours drive away.


Residence La Gorce is located less than 3 minutes from the D936, which gives easy access to Bergerac, St. Emilion, Libourne and Bordeaux. The motorway A89 is roughly 20 minutes away.

The nearest railway station is 2 minutes away in Velines. The nearest TGV station is Libourne 30 minutes away, with easy access links to Paris.

Bergerac airport is 35 min away with flights to the UK, Holland, Germany, Belgium and more

Bordeaux airport is 1h 15 min away with a large selection of flights


The river 0.5km, a number of restaurants 2-5km, the nearest supermarket 2 min away, other small supermarkets 2-5km away, large supermarkets 15km, vets 0.5km, petrol station 2km, a couple of wine caves 1-5km away. Vineyards and wine tasting all around!

Further Details:

Canoeing, tennis, golf, horse riding, wine tasting, village markets, night markets, pre historic caves, cycling and much much much more ...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $42.11

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Flexible please contact owner

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.