|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The character restored 300 year old barn has been tastefully modernised and offers modern accommodation for 8 adults and up to 4 children. The property features four on-suite double bedrooms, two of which include double daybeds for children. The downstairs offers a large fully equipped kitchen with table sitting 8 comfortably. A large airy lounge with wood burning stove provides a welcome rest area with sofa seating and television with Uk channels. The rear garden is accessed from the kitchen has a large patio with relaxed seating as well as a dining area. The salt water swimming pool provides welcome entertainment for both adults and children and is fenced and secure for adults peace of mind. The communal enclosed lawned garden is also haven of fun for the children, with their own activity area at the rear of the garden featuring trampolines, swings, slides, sandpit and see saw.
All three properties offer ample sleeping arrangements including sofa-beds in certain rooms and cots for babies/toddlers if needed, this is an ideal location for a group holiday, be it a group of friends come to sample some of the local foods and wines, or extended families looking for somewhere to holiday or celebrate an occasion together. If you are travelling with toddlers and babies, we can supply high chair and cots, as well as other necessities. To lighten your load, all bed linens and towels (including pool towels) are provided in the price and each property is cleaned thoroughly prior to arrival and beds made up. The recent addition of a washing machine also lightens the load for families. swimming pool is salt water and not chlorine so kinder on eyes and skin. The pool is tiled around with loungers and parasols for use by guests. The pool is secured with a fence and child proof locking gate so parents can rest easy knowing children can play in the garden safely with no risk from the pool. We have a large selection of mountain bikes (with child seats) for guests to use free of charge to explore the surrounding countryside. There is kayaking and canoeing close by on the Dordogne river. The extensive secure lawned gardens are a paradise for children. Available to keep the children occupied we provide two table tennis tables, badminton, boules, two trampolines, swings (complete with baby seat) slides, wooden Wendy house, sand pit, see-saw and swing ball. The mature trees in the garden offer leafy shade for reading or siesta time for those quieter moments.
Jason & Melanie Hewlett
Melanie purchased this barn in 2014
Having a place where we could enjoy spending time with family and friends in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone including children could enjoy themselves.
We rented out the entire complex for multiple families with varying ages, ranging from 13 - 75. The accommodation satisfied all. For the immobile, it allows a picturesque view, peaceful surrounding scenery and flat surfaces to walk on. For the teenagers, there were plenty of activities from cycling and swimming to a separate tv room for them to 'hangout' in the evenings, without disturbing the overall ambiance. For the average agers, we were surrounded by wineries, daily markets, beautiful scenery, historical locations and engaging architecture.
The accommodation itself is immaculately clean with three functional and more than adequately supplied kitchens. Attention to detail was observed through Nespresso coffee makers in each space, individual washing machines and dishwashers for those who require them.
Each cottage comes with an additional garden, complete with outdoor furniture for alfresco dining creating space for all. Management was friendly, helpful and competent.
I would highly recommend this accommodation, as it is genuinely idyllic.
*Advisable to rent a car for easy mobility.
What a beautiful property and so well equipped. My only very minor point is that it would be nice to have a downstairs loo but otherwise wonderful. The garden and pool are beautiful and I enjoyed many pre-breakfast swims. We liked to salt water pool and the water was always warm. The kitchen is the best I have ever used in a self-catering property, and fantastic to have two refridgerators when catering for 8 people. The en suite bathrooms were very nice and the bedrooms huge. You really have thought of everything!
Bergerac Airport - 30 km
Nearest Railway - Libourne 25 km
1km to nearest amenities which include boulagerie, restaurant and tabac(local convenience store) with an ample selection of supermarkets within 20 minutes drive.
St Emilion is a truly beautiful village set into a hillside on the north side of the river Dordogne and is approximately 25 minutes drive. Castillion la Bataille is approximately 10-15 minutes drive from the property and offers a fantastic re-enactment of the famous last battle of the 100 year war each year in late Jul - early Aug.
On our doorstep, Montcaret, or 'Moncaret la Romaine' as some call it, boasts an 11th Century church. Also a Roman Villa, only partly excavated and said to be one of the best in all of France sits in the centre of the village. The mosaics are superb and these alone are well worth a visit. The cruciform gallery is said to have been the largest in the entire 5th century Roman Empire. Guided tours are available.
In 1453, Castillion la Bataille was where the last major battle of the Hundred Years war was fought. It is here also that every summer in late July and early August, a spectacular floodlit re-enactment of that battle takes place. Spread over 16 acres and involving some 800 participants, this is a magnificently organised and executed show. The highlight is an intense two hour battle incorporating amazing stunts and pyrotechnics.
Spend the day wandering through everyday life of the middle ages, between the farms and inns, see the puller of teeth and the hawkers before enjoying the battle. Finally, finish your day with dinner in the Medieval Inn. The festival runs for two weeks with the battles being re-enacted daily. Booking is essential for this exceptionally well organised event. After hostilities have ceased, Castillon la bataille returns to being a peaceful little town with an excellent market each Monday morning.
St Emilion is a twelfth century town consists predominantly of old stone houses with shuttered windows and cobbled streets. Hidden beneath the town is Europe's largest underground church, a magnificent place hewn out of the soft rock by Benedictine monks in the ninth century. Louis XIV described the wines of St Emilion as the 'nectar of the gods'. The first weekend in May sees about 20 of the local Chateaux open their doors and numerous concerts and wine tastings are held throughout the year - Fete de Printemps (Jun) and the Harvest (Sept). Recently added to UNESCO's World heritage list it would be a pity to come so near and not visit.