House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
- 18th century townhouse in the historic hilltop village of Gensac. To the front, French windows and balconies overlook the square. At the back there are spectacular valley views from the gardens and terraces.
- An old stone cottage has been transformed into a magnificent outdoor living space with a large fireplace/barbecue, and dining seating for 10. This overlooks the pool and also has amazing views across the Dureze valley.
- The south west facing garden enables guests to enjoy dramatic and beautiful sunsets. Garden furniture, including sun loungers and garden tables and chairs. for al fresco dining.
- A country lane running behind the house separates it from a private half acre garden with large picnic table and chairs.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon 75 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 40 km, Nearest railway: Libourne 30 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
While guests of all ages are welcome, varying levels and some steep steps both inside and out may present a challenge to very young children or the elderly; So far, patience, vigilance and stair gates have kept grandparents and toddlers safe. Babes-in-Arms no problem, and various kit available for them. Discuss with us.
As well as a welcome gift of fresh groceries and good local wine, we offer guests a range of basic cooking ingredients.
Rates are fully inclusive of utilities and all household linen and pool towels
Indoors there are 5 separate reception areas including the comfortable country kitchen.
Large entrance hall/sitting room with sofas and TV ( Sky Tv) : Dining room seating ten: Large, well equipped farmhouse kitchen with table and ample seating for breakfast, leading into garden.
Utility room with washer and dryer, and WC/handbasin.
Upstairs , spacious drawing room with log fire and sofas and chairs for 8. Views out over square.
Library with a wood burning stove, and French doors leading to a large terrace with a table and chairs and which overlooks the valley of the Dureze..
There is a small cubby hole office on the landing which houses the computer (wifi and skype).
4 bedrooms sleeping 8 (one with en suite bathroom/ WC ): 3 doubles and a twin. Family bathroom with walk in shower, bath, and separate WC. Additional sofa bed in library.
For rentals of 4 weeks or over from 1st Nov. 2010 to 31st March 2011 the property is available for 250GBP per week plus utilities. i.e. Electricity, water, heating (town gas) and telephone/internet charges.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
A region of outstanding beauty, with vine clad hills, meandering rivers, steep gorges, and historic bastide towns.
Perfect for walkers and cyclists. Weekly markets in almost every town and village make shopping for local specialities a foodie adventure. Endless cafés and bars offer rest for tired feet.
White sandy beaches and dunes: picturesque fishing villages and seafood restaurants. Museums and galleries and shopping in the historic cities of Bordeaux and Bergerac and St. Emilion. Lively fairs, festivals and celebrations keep ancient traditions alive.
Wine lovers will enjoy the free tastings offered by the vineyards of this world famous wine region. We can help point guest towards properties producing excellent wines that don't break the bank and where the friendly owners speak English and are enormously helpful to those interested in learning about the wines of the region.
Gensac is a heritage village with old houses built at the time of the Revolution from the stones of the medieval fortifications and château. While still respecting its ancient past, the present day village offers modern facilities, cafés, restaurants, a mini supermarket, and bakeries as well as an enchanting small museum showing the life and work in the village bakery in bygone times.
There is an information office (Syndicat d'initiative) which has comprehensive details of places of interest and activities both locally and futher afield which will complement the information we leave for guests.
The village hosts concerts, plays and festivals throughout the summer, as well as a huge Brocante (a cross between a car boot sale and an up market antique fair) at the beginning of August .
One of the region's finest restaurants, Les Remparts, is 100 metres from the front door. Ask for an outside table to take advantage of the glorious views across the valley. Vegetarians who give the chef a little notice will be in for a truly fine-dining experience!
There are doctors, a pharmacy, tennis courts, a library, and a post office.
The village is within easy reach of Castillon, (with its famous Son et Lumlère recreation of the last battle of the 100 years war ). An unmissable spectacle. Nearby Ste Foy la Grande has a busy Saturday morning market, one of the best in France.
Gokarting is near Bergerac. Horseriding 8 kms away, and golf at the beautiful Chateau Vigier is a 30 minute drive. Bikes can be hired. Nearby Pessac has canoe and kayak hire.
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27 Jul 2013
"An Amazing house in a beautiful setting"
We used this house as a meeting point for ourselves,grownup children and their partners and it exceeded our expectations. We were met by Maurice and Jill the owners and they had prepared a beautiful evening meal, with local wine for us. This was so welcome and meant we could begin our holiday immediately. The house is stunning but you are immediately drawn to the outside space and this is where we spent the majority of our time. We cooked all our meals on the outside fire and eat every meal in the beautiful converted dining area. This is next to the pool which we used a lot as it was very hot. The house is very well equipped and has more than enough crockery, etc Beds and Bedding were very comfortable and we all agreed it felt more like a home than a holiday let. Jill and Maurice were always on hand if we needed anything and had lots of useful advice on shopping and eating out.
We did venture out on a few days and enjoyed kayaking in nearby Pessac and visiting St Emillion. We all had an amazing holiday in a beautiful area of France
8 Nov 2011
"COMFORTABLE AND SPACIOUS HOME IN AN IDYLLIC SETTING"
A beautiful house in a stunning location. The upstairs terrace is a real sun trap and the covered seating area with log fire kept us al fresco all evening. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and clean and very well equipped. The swimming pool a welcome extra (especially as it was heated for our October visit).
Gensac is a beautiful and quiet village but with the local Spar supermarket, butchers and bakers, all our needs to self cater were met.
We also found a lovely restaurant just 2 miutes walk from the house serving superb food at very competitive prices. The owner was a real character with beret and Hawaiian-style shirt and had a welcoming and friendly manner.
The whole area is a real beauty stop and well worth a drive around. We also visited the historic city of Bordeaux; some 40 minutes drive away. The petit-train tour is very interesting and includes all the tourist hot spots. The shopping street (the largest in Europe) offers everything for all tastes and budgets.
We had a fantastic time and would not hesitate to return. The owners have created a wonderful home from home and are on hand to ensure guests are completely happy.
3 Nov 2011
"Original townhouse with full facilities in this historic town"
Jill and Maurice were superb hosts. We arrived at 9.30 pm from Bordeaux airport. They had a delicious hot meal awaiting us upon our arrival. There were nine in our party, arriving at different times and all experiencing the same warm welcome.
For those who enjoy the real SW France and all it's culinary delights, Gensac was perfect. There are some excellent wines to be sourced within a few kilometers. This little historic town has loads to offer and the surrounding countryside is stunning.
The view across the valley from the pool is truly breathtaking.
Major markets are at Libourne, Castillion and St Foy-la-Grande. However for everyday foods the LeClerc at Castillion by the roundabout on the D936 is excellent.
I can honestly recommend Maison Graulhet for a relaxing break, but with lots to do for the more active.
Congratulations and thank you Jill and Maurice.
4 Aug 2011
"Beyond our expectations!"
We chose this location for a one week holiday due to location, photos, & narrative. The home was beyond our expectations: it is spacious, it is nestled a most lovely town, & it overlooks a stunning … More
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