Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
L'emeraude is a lovely architect designed villa on an elevated south facing site, ideal for a family holiday, in a calm and peaceful location, offering tranquillity with superb views of the rolling farming countryside,yet within easy reach of the market towns of Eymet, Marmande, Duras, Miramont, St Foy Le Grande and many small villages in the Lot et Garonne and Dordogne region, along country lanes with fruit trees, sunflowers, and vineyards.
L'emeraude stands in acres of extensive grounds with private woodland, although private and tranquil the property is not totally isolated, and has a large newly constructed swimming pool with a large area 1metre deep shallow end play area accessed by BUILT IN ROMAN STYLE CORNER STEPS, ( with a generous 2 metre deep end ) and sun lounge patio area for your total exclusive use.
Be as busy as you like or Ideal for a relaxing country rural retreat, for the many sight seeing trips or activities, including cycling, canoeing, walking, fishing, golfing, boules, even hot air ballooning, outside living the French way.
During the summer months most villages have day and/or night markets, selling local produce, which this region of gastronomy and wine is renowned for,( local regional delicacies include duck confit, foie gras, magret, cepes, walnut and prune dishes, and of course wine) Here you can eat, drink and enjoy musical entertainment throughout the evening. ( the owners have compiled a file of restaurants,markets, fetes and other activities for guests use). and we love talking about them and new ones.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 55 km, Nearest railway: Marmande 16 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, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
4 double bedrooms, 2 of which have en suite shower rooms with w.c. & handbasin, the master has a kingsize bed with separate walk in dressing room, and French doors onto the balcony area.
A cot, high chair and child car seat are available
1 family bathroom, cloakroom/toilet. All bedrooms have wardrobes and drawers.
Open plan fully equipped modern kitchen with equipment, and all utensils, including crockery, cutlery, dining area, with table for 8 and spacious living area, with comfortable leather seating, music, DVD and satellite t.v.
French doors lead out onto outside living space under a covered terrace and balcony, and barbecue area.
|Further details outdoors|
Leading directly from the kitchen/ dining area through the French doors onto the covered terrace, which allows for outside use in all weather, The terrace includes a feature built in barbecue, with beer/wine fridge where you have tables and seating for the all important al fresco dining and relaxing,overlooking your large pool with tiled sunbathing terrace and the farming countryside and woodland beyond.
This farming countryside being the ideal spot to view the local birds and wildlife of the region. Most of the grounds are kept cut, some is left to encourage wild flowers and grasses to attract our wide selection of beautiful butterflies.
The pool dimensions are 12.5m x 5.5m, accessed by steps at shallow end, with security alarm and pool lights.
Garden furniture and sun-loungers provided
Full size outdoor table tennis table, table football, child swings and grassed area for racket games, ( equipment supplied )
Owners DO NOT live on site, but return for pool and garden maintenance and can be contacted at any time.
Meet and greet on arrival
Rental commences at 4.00pm and we would like departure by 10.30am
Pets by prior arrangement
Cot and high chair available by prior arrangement
NO smoking indoors please
A breakage deposit may be required for large parties
We advise you take out travel/holiday insurance
Flexibility with payment arrangements
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The typical climate during summer varies between 25 - 40 degrees c
Due to the turbulent history of France in the middle ages there are many medieval chateaux well worth a visit, Castelnaud being one of the most popular.
In the SW region of France there are many bastide towns, and villages that remain largely as they were created hundreds of years ago,little has changed. They come to life on market days, where regional produce and delicacies are plentiful. It is an experience to wander around soaking up the atmosphere. Too many to list but Issigeac, Eymet, Miramont, Duras, St Foy Le Grande, Monségur are worth a mention.
If you want to venture further afield the Atlantic coast is about 90 mins away, offering fantastic sandy beaches, water sports, and excellent seafood restaurants.
Many vineyards have tours where you experience wine production methods and of course tastings, a wine lovers dream. The local ones being Duras Berticot, Marmande, Buzet, Bergerac, but Bordeaux, St Emillion, medoc are all within easy reach.
Most restaurants offer a very reasonably priced plat du jour, often with wine included.
Birdwatchers/twitchers will have a fieldday, many species are seen, Hoopoes, ( almost parrot like )
Golden Oriele, ( bright, pretty bird, and what a lovely whistle) and Cirl Bunting, to name but a few, ( IN MARCH A PAIR OF OSPREYS ON A NEARBY FARMERS IRREGATION LAKE)
During the spring (cuckoo) and long summer months there is nothing better than leaving windows open listening to the nightly chorus of cicadas, (crickets), tree frogs, nightingales and nightjars.
Canoeing on the Dordogne provides a slow and leisurely way of sightseeing as you pass picturesque villages, chateaux and points of interest. Canoe hire is also available on the local river Dropt
During August the Duras fete du vin which is held in the spectacular chateau Duras, is a must, 5€ entry and all day local wine tasting, canopes and entertainment.
Casteljaloux is a spa town with baths and saunas and offer massage facilities, and is about 40 mins away.
Marmande is a major town and hosts many events throughout the summer, markets, fetes, the well attended annual music festival held in the streets and squares is well worth a visit.
Most villages have weekly day/night markets, and annual fetes. The nearest one, Levignac friday night market being our favourite.( interesting, cosy, friendly and literally 5 mins up the road ) ( Duras is 10 mins and it is such a special place, and is renowned for it's rosé)
There are tourist information offices in most towns, locally Duras, Miramont, Marmande and Eymet.
The local village of Levignac also has a small supermarket, cafe bar, butcher, chemist, modern health centre and doctor and is 5 mins away by car.
Le Vieux Porche Restaurant in Seyches is excellent value for money, and only 10 mins away.
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10 Sep 2012
"We[--]ve booked to go back next year!"
We have three children and a dog, and stayed at L'Emeraude for three weeks during the summer. The property immediately felt like home - we loved it and certainly didn't want to leave. We r… More
8 Aug 2012
"A home from home"
This is a wonderful villa in a beautiful location. It is not just a holiday home, it is Peter and Linda's main residence and consequently it has almost everything you could possibly need, particularly in respect of the kitchen. They currently stay in a caravan at another property they are renovating, but met us on arrival and turn up every 3-4 days for about an hour to clean the pool and water plants etc. They do not invade your privacy in any way, but are happy offer advice on local restaurants, markets etc if asked. They are also on the end of a phone, but we found no need to call them.
We particularly enjoyed the peace and quiet, whilst sitting just outside the main bedroom, appreciating the view over the pool and the early morning sun as we sipped our first coffee of the day. As the day proceeds and gets hotter, this same area offers welcome shade.
Another benefit at the time we were there (July) was the vegetable patch which had numerous tomato plants which we were encouraged to take advantage of. The cherry tomatoes are as sweet as I've tasted.
There is plenty to do and see in the area if you don't mind driving a bit, lots of Bastide villages and plenty of vineyards for those that like tastings rather than just buying from the supermarket - or raiding Peter's supplies (he'll rely on your honesty to pay for what you drink).
The television is Sky Freeview with all the normal channels if you want to watch, the WiFi is certainly adequate and quite useable outside which kept the teenagers happy. If you're feeling more energetic, there's the table tennis table and the pool which is plenty long enough for swimming lengths.
Overall, definitely recommended.
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