St Valentin Cottage
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
St Valentin Cottage is in the charming hamlet of Coulx nestling in the beautiful hills above the Lot Valley in the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne. Situated on the the hill close to the old stone windmill of Coulx, this purpose built single storey cottage has been designed to provide maximum comfort for couples and enjoys panoramic views of rural France. French doors open onto a sunny private garden which leads to a large 10m x 5m heated swimming pool and sun terrace. It is an ideal base to explore the historic Bastide towns, medieval villages, country markets and the wonderful wine regions of Buzet and Duras. There is a local golf course with friendly bar just 3km away, where visitors are made very welcome. Lessons and equipment hire available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 40 km, Nearest railway: Tonneins / Marmande 15 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Cot with bedding and high chair are available.
The fully controllable central heating and gas heater makes the cottage very cosy for an out of season break or an ideal base for house-hunting in this beautiful part of France.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside dining table, chairs, sun loungers, parasol and BBQ are provided in the private garden.
Large 10m X 5m heated swimming pool with sun loungers provided for use on the poolside sun terrace where you can relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
Extra towels are available for use by the pool.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
The English owners are nearby to answer all your questions about the local area and the many places of interest.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Aquitaine is an historic area of South West France, thanks to the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henri II in 1152, thus making this beautiful area part of England for the next 300 years. There are many reminders of these times within the walls of the many Bastide towns dotted around the Lot et Garonne - a timeless corner of Aquitaine, once described as "Like a unspoilt Tuscany or Provence".These Bastides are wonderful places to wander amongst the narrow street and alleys and perhaps sample the local cuisine.
The climate is sunny, warm and bright for most of the year and the summer enjoys hot days and balmy nights.
There are many vineyards to visit and sample or buy some of the best wines of France ~ famously, Duras, Buzet, Bergerac and Bordeaux. All are within a delightful drive of our cottage.
During July and August, not to be missed are the night markets held in many of the nearby villages. Here one can buy local produce such as duck, chicken ,meat and fish cooked to order along with fruits, desserts, bread and of course local wines. Sit beneath the trees and enjoy a memorable evening under the stars listening to live music.
Fruit and vegetable street markets abound and one can sample real french culture and way of life.
There are many beautiful areas for walking and discovering pretty villages and countryside, including fields of golden sunflowers and orchards of plums, hazelnuts and apples.
We are blessed with 2 lovely rivers, the Lot and the Garonne and also the peaceful Canal Lateral, ideal for cycling or strolling. There is a lake with man-made beach and picnic area at nearby Lougratte.
Further afield but within easy reach are the beautiful cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse and the majestic citadel of Carcassonne. For those who enjoy the sea, Arcachon and its golden beaches are within 90 minutes if our cottage.
30 minutes north is the beautiful area of the Dordogne- well worth a visit.
Tombeboeuf is 4 Km from Coulx and has a boulangerie, general store, butchers, post office, hairdressers,pharmacy,doctor and very good hotel with restaurant and bar.
Our local golf course and bar is even closer and is owned by a friendly English couple who will offer you a warm welcome.
10 Km south of Coulx is the delightful village of Castelmoron which is situated on the banks of the River Lot and, as well as all the usual amenities, has a weekly market all year,and in summer has a beach for swimming and also boats for hire to explore this beautiful river.
Our nearest large town is Tonneins, 15Km away,which sits above our other large river, The Garonne. Here there is a large and very interesting weekly market. and a variety of restaurants. There is also a hypermarket supplying all you could need.
Within a short drive are the Bastide towns of Pujols, Monflanquin, Castillones and many more beautiful medieval villages.
Just south of the River Lot is a local airfield where one can go up in a light aircraft or microlight to get amazing views or even learn to fly. There is also a restaurant and bar.
Other local activities are horseriding, fishing and tennis.
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15 Sep 2013
Tony & Jane made us feel so welcome.They provided a local map and pointedout areas of interest. The cottage was lovely with beautiful views all aroundclean and comfortable and well equiped,it also ha… More
Hi Keith, Thank you very much for your review of St. Valentin. It was very kind of you to take the trouble. Hope all is well and hope to see you again.
Kind regards Tony & Jane
18 Aug 2013
We had an amazing week Tony & jane were great. They made us so welcome as soon as we arrived telling us about the night market's and all the best places to eat without getting ripped off. The apa… More
22 Nov 2012
We have just returned from our second visit to St Valentin cottage, the first being in summer and the second in November. The accommodation is beautiful with everything a couple would need and the setting has spectacular views. In November it was delightfully warm and cosy. It is ideally situated to explore this area of France.
Tony and Jane are excellent hosts and are full of informative and useful suggestions of things to do and places to see.
We would recommend both the area and the cottage and will be returning soon.
3 Oct 2012
"Peace, perfect peace..."
If your perfect holiday requires a tranquil setting, lovely scenery, glorious sunsets and all of the comforts of home (but with considerably better weather!), then St. Valentin's Cottage is for y… More
16 Jul 2012
"Perfect, peaceful and fantastic hosts."
We stayed at the cottage for a wk but wish we had longer and am sure we will return to this delightfull cottage, clean, comfortable furnishings and all you could ask for. Peaceful location with restau… More
7 Nov 2011
"Peaceful cottage in a great part of France- A perfect Honeymoon!"
We had the most amazing, relaxing, gastronomic, sun filled honeymoon at St Valentin Cottage.
The gite is attached to the owner's house but is wonderfully private with its own garden facing the windmill of Coulx and we witnessed daily golden sunsets whilst sipping a chilled bottle of local wine each evening. We arrived in France thinking we would put in a lot of driving and explore the Lot and Dordogne but ended up staying by the pool and relaxing more often than not! After a hard day by the pool, we explored the local night markets which were a food lover's delight. They are a set up where local food producers present their produce around long tables where you can pick and mix between duck, foie gras, snails, mussels, oysters, steak, tomatoes, breads (the list is endless!). This is all washed down with local wine and we pulled out GCSE French vocab from our memories to converse with friendly local people.
Tony and Jane are the owners of the gite and live in a house next door. They were very friendly and struck exactly the right balance of being helpful and informative yet leaving us to enjoy our holiday in the cottage. The lovely pool is shared with them and they tended to use it in the early evening and so due to our laziness, we spent most of the day alone on the sun loungers.
The local area is beautiful and there is a boulangerie in Tombeboeuf (5 minutes away) for fresh croissants and bread each day.
We would thoroughly recommend St Valentin Cottage for a relaxing holiday and we are already planning to go back!
1 Nov 2011
We have stayed at this property for the last 2 years The location is very tranquile very compact and comfortable lovely swimming pool many good places to eat locally. Jane & Tony are fantastic ho… More
25 Sep 2011
"r and r at it's best"
if you are a couple looking for peace and quiet in a wonderful location, then look no further.
the cottage is extremely comfortable,clean, with everything you need to make it a home from home. it is in a wonderful spot with superb views and sunsets to die for.the owners live next door and are extremely friendly ,but not intrusive and are full of valuable information for those who want to move further than the pool.
after more than 20 years of self catering holidays in France...this is definately one for re-visiting, again and again.
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