Recently renovated but still retaining its original features with exposed limestone walls and oak beams, Larrival Cottage, part-shaded by trees, looks across sloping fields to a stream and woods beyond.
French windows from the lounge and the kitchen open onto a large terrace, with ample space for sun-bathing, barbecues or just sitting with a glass of wine, reading and enjoying the views.
A stroll across the garden leads to our salt water swimming pool, or can be the start of walks along the stream and up into the woods. We have two bikes (and can arrange hire of more) for those who might like to venture further afield, for example along the tow path bordering the Canal de Garonne or down into our local village for morning croissants.
This calm haven is an ideal place from which to explore all that Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde have to offer. This is a part of France where it is still a pleasure to take day trips along traffic-free roads through unspoilt countryside. To the South beckon Gascony, Amagnac country, Pau and the foothills of the Pyrenees. To the South West lie Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz. To the North we find Monflanquin (one of France's "Plus Beaux Villages"), Bergerac, Sarlat and the famous Lascaux caves. To the West there is Bordeaux, St Emilion and the great wine chateaux.
And should you need help deciding what to do out of all that is on offer, the owners live within easy reach.