Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Set amongst fruit orchards and sunflowers on the slopes overlooking the Lot Valley, this charming property is close to the mediaeval village of Clairac, with its restaurants, market and shopping and within a short drive of some of the region’s most picturesque bastides.
The spacious interior is cool, airy and light and although traditional in appearance is modern in practicality. Oak beams prevail throughout, with a degree of exposed stonework and floors of oak and terracotta. Windows and doors are large to allow summer breezes to waft through the house and the furniture is an eclectic and tasteful mix of antique and contemporary.
The terraced and fenced pool sits in a subtly landscaped acre of lawns, cypress, olive, lavender, rosemary, vines, wild flowers and woodland, which from Spring to Autumn is a riot of colour and scent.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon 174 km|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 70 km, Nearest railway: Tonneins 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
All bedrooms are spacious, with ample storage in wardrobes, cupboards and chests of drawers. They are simply decorated with soft lighting, comfortable beds and crisp white linen.
The kitchen is equipped for even the most demanding of chefs and our dining room comfortably sits 14 around a single refectory table. We have an additional dining tablkle that seats a further six. Ideal for kids or casual breakfasts.
The lounge is double height and almost the breadth of the house with an open fireplace and three French windows opening onto a terrace and the garden beyond.
|Further details outdoors|
A secluded walled garden to one side of the house has access from the kitchen and is the perfect spot for al fresco dining, be it a casual breakfast or dinner for all. Below this the swimming pool shimmers invitingly and another terrace, accessed by a series of French windows, runs the width of the house, offering views over the garden and the valley below.
To the other side of the house lies a small lawn, sheltered by woodland on one side and an old tobacco drying barn on another, which stands as a reminder of La Bique's history. A downstairs bedroom has French windows opening onto this secluded part of the garden.
La Bique's outdoor furniture tastefully enhances the open air experience, be it dining on the terrace, stargazing on a lounger by the pool, or simply reading a book in the shade of a tree.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The sunny South West has a greater variety of scenery than almost anywhere else in France. From the surf beaches, sand dunes and pine forests of Les Landes to the vineyards of Bordeaux; the mountains and pastures of the Pyrenees to the rolling Tuscan countryside, orchards and sunflowers of the Lot; it is truly spectacular. Add to this the world renowned food and wine, great historic cities, mediaeval towns and bastides and you have a region that will captivate and entrance even the most worldly of travellers.
Clairac is a mediaeval town situated on the River Lot in the heart of Lot et Garonne. La Bique is two kilometres outside town so it is close enough for a brisk morning bread walk or a healthy stroll to one of its excellent restaurants for lunch. The region is well known for its duck, goose and fois gras but we are also in the heart of plum country with the world famous Pruneau d’Agen the local delicacy. They really have to be tasted to be believed. We are surrounded by superb dining options and a list of recommendations and contact numbers is available at the house. As you would expect we are not lacking in great local wines either. From the cheaper yet delicious Buzet and Cote de Duras, to the fine wines of Cahors and the world famous chateaux of Bordeaux. Buy it from the superbly stocked local supermarkets, caves and markets or get out into the countryside to visit the vineyards and chateaux and load up as you go. And as for a digestif how about an Armagnac (France’s oldest brandy) or a Pruneaux, both regional specialities?
Several of Lot et Garonne’s forty bastides (the most in France) are visible on the ridges to either side of the Lot Valley. These fortified hilltop towns were the “New towns” of their day and were constructed to a specific model centring not on the church or town hall but on the market place. The majority of them were built just before or during the Hundred Years War, between 1222 and 1307. They are all worth a visit for the architecture and views alone but many of them house superb restaurants and great markets. A list of the local bastides, their market days and restaurants is available on our website www.,labique.com.
With its rolling hills and valleys, the countryside here has been compared to that of Tuscany. Mediaeval villages, fantastic views, quiet shaded roads, fields of sunflowers, fruit orchards and rivers make travelling here a pleasure and you’ll need no reason to get out and about. Choose between car, bicycle, boat or foot and get out and explore. You never know what’s around the next corner.
Within a reasonable distance of La Bique we have Fishing, Golf, Horse riding, Boating, Canoeing, Ballooning, Walking, Cycling, Tennis, Wine tasting, Shopping, Antiques, Museums and Theme Parks. Details of all of these activities are available on our website, www.labique.com. Alternatively drop us a line with any enquiry and we’ll be pleased to help.
At La Bique itself we have the pool, table tennis, boules, board games, cards, DVDs and books.
For more regional information and activities check out the Lot et Garonne Conseil General website; it is superb: www.europa47.org/anglais
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9 Sep 2013
"Fantastic place, warmly recommended"
Seven adults and seven children descended on La Bique. The property was fantastic catering for all our needs. The children had to be prised from the pool. Jean Claude and Monique are a delightful Fren… More
28 Aug 2013
"This accommodation is beautifully arranged to suit a large group of all ages."
We had a lovely time at La Bique. The layout of the property was absolutely perfect for our party, as we were able to separate groups into different parts of the house. Beds were comfortable and plen… More
19 Aug 2012
"TRULY AN AMAZING PROPERTY. EVERYTHING YOU COULD WISH FOR!"
We all thoroughly enjoyed our week stay at this beautiful property. All rooms were to a very high standard and the bedlinen and towels were hotel quality. As a large group (6 adults and 5 children) we… More
27 Jul 2012
"La Bique was amazing, we had a wonderful time."
From the pool to the pétanque pitch and the bikes, the kitchen to the spacious living room and private setting, the house had everything we needed, wanted and more.We had such a lovely time, the only… More
3 Jan 2012
"New Year's Eve at La Bique with friends"
We really enjoyed our stay at La Bique. We were with friends (14 adults and 7 children) : the house offers all we need. We spent a lot of time in front of fireplace. It was perfect !
29 Sep 2011
"Excellent family farmhouse"
We travelled with extended family and had a fabulous time. kids loved the den. Monique and Jean-claude who live next door are always there to help , They will even cook a meal for you ( we had a fab paella). Would recommend to famillies with children. The kids loved the pool. Can't wait to go back
10 Sep 2011
"The relaxing break as a family that we really needed... and got!"
The weather may have been changeable but this did not effect our stay at Labique at all. We would recommend it to anyone wanting to chill out and relax. When not exploring the area, most of our time was spent in the fab pool or in the games room (we forgot how much fun table tennis, foosball & darts were to play!)! Claude & Monique at the farm next door were there if you needed anything (they are great cooks!) but respected our privacy which was appreciated. The house has so much character, tastefully decorated and everything you need is there. We were sad to leave it!
29 Aug 2011
"Wonderfull stay -"
All the 14 member family enjoyed this one week together in La bique. Garden with flowers, good , clean and properly protected for kids ( 1 -9 yrs) swimming pool, a character property, several terraces, nice house large enough for us even on one rainy day. Barn's room with games for adults and "boule" area.
Nice welcome from Jean Claude and Monique, who also solved any question and prepared and delivered local good cuisine on several occcasions
23 Aug 2011
"A great place to relax in the sun"
We had a fantastic trip to LaBique and the neighbours were extremely helpful and cooked an amazing meal for us the night we arrived.
The pool is lovely and most welcome during the hot lazy days. The local restaurants are great, especially Le Panorama nearby with it's fantastic views. - well worth a visit. Canoeing down the rivers is a must and the nearby town of Villneuve sur Lot was brilliant.
A great holiday
23 Aug 2011
We had a great time at 'La Bique', it was great for all our family, the small children had a great time playing in the pool. The weather was very hot and a lot of sunbathing was done. The adults enjoyed a game of Petanque every evening with a serious knock out competition going on. Games room was also a bonus. The Kitchen is quite small but very well equipped for cooking and we cooked every evening plus barbequed. Monique and Jean Claude cooked for us, we did have a little difficulty deciding on a menu as they speak no English at all, even though we speak a little french eventually we decided on mixed salads (which were beautiful with great dressing) road duck, with green beans, and french fries with a beautiful mustard dressing which Monique was going to show us how to make but unfortunately we never got round to it. Followed by pruneaux tarte.
The little lane to the rear of 'La Bique' takes you to Clairac along the scenic route which we did by bike every day - lovely little lane passing farms and then joining the river.
We enjoyed the little beach area at Clairac and swam in the river - We found the river in other places not so clean. The restaurant/cafe at the beach serves good burgers and frites and is very reasonably priced.
HIGHLIGHT - visiting the creperie in Clairac - a little gem. We all thought the best creperie we had every been to.
Clairac has a small farmers market on the Thursday and we managed to purchase meet and vegetable for two meals which was very good. Fantastic Aubergines from Monique and Jean Claude plus courgettes, tomatoes, plums (of course).
We ventured further afield to the Dordgone for a canoeing trp having done it before we decided we prefered the Dordogne to the Lot, but about one and a half hour trip so worth going for a day trip.
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