A whole gang getting together for the hols? Just one school holiday week remaining where both houses are free - grab it soon - 4 - 11 July...
As one of Alastair Sawday's 'Special Places to Stay' you can be sure that The Domaine de Gigan will live up to your expectations and deliver on all the promise of a wonderful holiday.
Both houses are full of fabulous features, from exposed stone walls & amazing beams to hand made terracotta tiles, oak flooring, travertine tiled shower rooms, fabulous soft furnishings, Farrow & Ball paints & Jim Lawrence light fittings - without a doubt, the houses have not been set up as just 'holiday homes' they have been designed as true home from homes especially for our guests!
In the FARMHOUSE, the two principal, upper ground floor, en-suite bedrooms make this house absolutely perfect for more than one family sharing or for mum, dad and grandparents too - no one has to 'make do'! Large bedrooms, 6ft beds, oak flooring to the bedrooms and travertine tiling to the brand new en-suite shower rooms - with views over the surrounding gardens and mosquito screens to help stop you being munched in the night!
Upstairs you'll find 3 more beautifully decorated bedrooms - luxurious & comfortable - each can be set up as either a twin or 6ft double room - with loads of room for cots & put-u- ups - a great family bathroom with twin basins, bath & separate shower - make this a really comfortable family space.
The living rooms more than match the comfort and style of the bedrooms - downstairs there's a monumental fireplace with enormous log burning stove - flanked by deep leather sofas and a couple of really comfortable Fired Earth library chairs - and just in case there's a flat screen TV with UK TV & DVD player set into a smart corner cupboard.
The kitchen is the other end of the living room - large and open - hand built units, granite work surfaces and truly fantastic AGA 6:4 conventional cooker - fully equipped with all that you could wish for - no cast offs here! With a large modern oak table that extends to seat 12, there's room for all!
For a moment of quiet or perhaps a space for the children, the upstairs mezzanine living room is perfect. Enjoy watching a film on the large flat screen TV while lying back in style on the super comfy TV sofa... Or for a quiet moment snuggle up on a comfy couch with a good book selected from the bursting bookshelves! Kiddies in tow? Well with toys galore and even more books, you're sure to keep the little ones amused should they need some quiet time away from the adventures outside!
The BREAD OVEN has 2 double (6ft beds)/twin en suite bedrooms, luxuriously furnished with french doors opening onto a side terrace with views of the windmill on the hill above.
The kitchen is hand built with granite worksurfaces and the dining table seats 6 and has views onto the secluded rear terrace where you will find a second permenant barbecue and outside table seating up to 6.
There's a very cosy lounge corner - deep comfy sofas (one a fully sprung sofa bed) are grouped around the log burning stove & TV with UK TV & DVD player. With Wifi throughout, enjoy all the comforts of home!
12 x 6 m heated salt water pool with plenty of sun loungers for all.
Outside there are 6.5 acres of landscaped, tree lined gardens to explore, with shady pergolas, table tennis table, football net, babminton net and playhouse and climbing frame for our younger visitors.
Enjoy cycling the quiet lanes - we've bikes for all ages free for you to use.
A great location, just south of the Dordogne in the rolling Lot & Garonne countryside.
Fantastic setting, totally private (6.5 acres of gardens and grounds tucked away behind electtric gates), wonderful far reaching views of the beautiful rolling countryside.
A beautiful, ancient, almond tree shades the main terrace of the farmhouse. Five of the bedrooms are in the farmhouse, with large open living spaces, a beautifully fitted country kitchen and salon with log burning stove - this is just the place for everyone to spend time.
The Bread Oven is framed by a cascading rose garden. Enjoy the open living room with log burning stove and great kitchen with granite work surfaces. The two bedrooms have ensuite shower rooms and french windows.
With enormous gardens there's space for everyone to play or just relax in a shady spot.
Make the most of the fabulous 12 x 6 m heated salt water pool - tucked into the hillside and bounded by fragrant lavender hedges. With shady pergolas forming wonderful outside lounges, day beds in shady spots, hammocks and more - there really is a place for everyone!
Both houses are beautifully renovated. With exposed stone walls inside and out, hand crafted teracotta floor tiles and really beautiful furnishings, these are far more than just 'holiday homes' they are both truly comfortable and stylish - a real 'home from home'!
With wide terracing all around the pool and loads of sunbeds, this is a great spot for enjoying the summer sun!
For those who prefer some shade there are two fantastic pergolas (one at each end of the pool) which provide wonderful shady out side living spaces, while still being close to all the action! For quieter moments, the 6.5 acres of landscaped gardens provide many quiet spots where you can escape to!
Great outdoor living spaces mean that larger parties can come together for meals or to socialise together, but still have their own private space for the quieter moments.
The Domaine de Gigan is set right in the middle of this beautiful region and surrounded by wonderful bastide towns such as Eymet, Pujols, Monflanquin, Penne d'Agenais and Villeneuve sur Lot - wonderful locations for shopping, markets, eating out or just soaking up the history of the area.
Just 15 mins drive takes you to the river Lot for canoeing, boating and kayaking, further afield is Le Parc en Ciel (a French 'Go Ape') and really great for everyone from tiny tots to dare devil teens!!
Just south of the Dordogne, we are perfectly placed for enjoying a spot of wine tasting followed by a relaxing lunch - take your pick there are loads of great restaurants (many detailed in the info pack).
We always try to 'go the extra mile' to make your stay special, whether from the 'welcome pack' of goodies to get you right into the mood for a fabulous holiday, to home cooked meals and wine in the fridge awaiting your arrival, to really comprehensive information pack of information on the area. We can suggest itineraries for different tastes, whether for an active holiday, a wine tasting tour or a tour of the bastide villages with suggestions for the best restaurants in each.
|Size||Sleeps up to 18, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake beach at Lougratte, River beach Castelmoron s 7 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 40 km, Nearest railway: Marmande 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (3), Cots (3), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 18|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details outdoors|
Domaine de Gigan is set in beautiful, secluded gardens of 6.5 acres. Enjoy peaceful moments relaxing in secluded spots or make the most of the extensive grounds for a game of table tennis, boules, croquet or babminton. Not forgetting the fabulous 12 x 6m heated salt water pool flanked by two beautiful pergolas creating wonderful outside lounges. There's a great climbing frame/swings for the youngsters and plenty of bikes for everyone!
With a total of 4 ensuite bedrooms, this lovely house offers you the best of style with the luxury of great ensuite accommodation!
The houses are particularly suited to either an extended family booking or group of families, being in close proximity and offering large outside living areas where everyone can come together as well as individual private terracesand pergolas for each house.
All linen and towels are included together with a welcome pack to get your holiday off to a great start.
Cooked meals are available on request.
Just south of the Dordogne and set amongst the rolling hills of 'The Larder of France', this is a great spot to spend time. Whether you enjoy the traditionally relaxed lifestyle of local markets and lazy lunches or a more active time canoeing, golfing or sightseeing. Gigan is a great base for all sorts of holidays.
The landscape is that of a beautiful fertile land, noted for the far reaching plum orchards and fields of sunflowers.
The area is bristling with Bastide towns - all different and offering much to interest the tourist. Most notable and within just a short drive are Eymet, Monflanquin, Penne d'Agenais and Pujols.
There are several large towns within reach - interesting in themselves, but also with good ranges of shops. Best to go on market day so you can enjoy the best of both worlds - most notable are Bergerac, Villeneuve and Agen.
There are several fabulous fortified chateaux within very easy reach, including Duras, Bonaquil and Biron - great for trips out and particularly fun when they run various festivals during the summer months.
Tombeboeuf offers everything you need for day to day life, with a boulangerie, butcher, local shop (selling just about everything), pharmacy and good local restaurant. Just outside the village is a great 9 hole golf course, English owned, and club house - a really relaxing way of spending half a day. To the east of the village is a picturesque lake which is a nature reserve - great for an easy 4km walk or fishing (licences can be bought in the village).
Closer to the house is the restored windmill of Coulx - open to the public twice a week and a great walk along quiet lanes from the house - a really great spot for a picnic with the most amazing 360 degree views of the region.
Slightly further afield, to the south, is the town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot. This is a traditional bastide town with a great local market, bustling centre and a good selection of shops and cafes.
The river Lot is about 15 minutes drive south and during the summer months boats and canoes can be hired at Castelmoron-sur-Lot and further afield on the rivers Dordogne and Garonne.
Restaurants are a plenty, from a simple cafe meal to the very best in dining. Information on these is in the information pack provided on arrival.
Just to the north is the Bergerac wine region with it's abundance of vineyards and some great wines. Suggestions for winetasting tours are included in the information pack.
Bergerac, itself, is well worth a visit - a great town with museums, river trips, good shops and some memorable restaurants.
There are daily markets in the local towns which make it so easy to slip into the slow pace of French life.
During July & August several of the local towns have 'Night Markets'. These are great fun, with trestle tables set out under the stars, locals and tourists eat together choosing their meals from the stalls set up by local producers - you can choose your wine, starter, main and pud all from different stalls. With live music and warm evening a trip to a night market is a real must for anyone visiting the area!
The area is steeped in history and to celebrate that history the towns and villages have medieval fairs during the summer, some just for one day and some for several - great fun with jousting, falconery, wandering musicians and stalls selling 'medieval' wares. - There are full details of these in the information pack provided.