Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Established in the summer of 2000 and ideal for parties of adults or families.
Big garden with kids tower and two swimming pools.
It is part of a former French farmhouse and has its own private garden with dining terrace and BBQ.
The large garden to the rear is ideal for playing football, badminton and croquet.
Sole use of the pool area.
Pets are most welcome - I have a golden retriever who loves children. Even the most timid of children have cried at the end of the holiday when saying goodbye to him!
The walk to the village is just 15 minutes and you can order your breakfast baguette and croissants from the shop. They also carry a good range of many products including English favourites. The shop offers a small cafe service with coffees, croissants, beers and wine.
A car is essential as the property is rural. But there are several vineyards within a short walk.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon 90 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 27 km, Nearest railway: Ste Foy la Grande 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The three bedrooms are on the first floor and comprise
A large double with en-suite shower and a balcony that overlooks the garden
An even larger double with en-suite shower, WC and wash-hand basin
A twin with a family bathroom with WC and wash-hand basin
The living room on the ground floor has a large kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine etc) with dining area and a comfortable integrated salon for 6 people. UK satellite TV. Internet.
|Further details outdoors|
Set in nearly 2 acres, there is plenty of space for outdoor activities.
A badminton net and racquets are provided and there is croquet for the more adventurous!
There are two pools - the larger is heated with solar panels, the smaller is more for the children and is very shallow at one end. The sunbathing terrace is spacious and there are lots of loungers.
Both pools have the regulatory pool alarm, but children under 16 should have adult supervision when using the pools.
All charges for electricity and gas are included.
Bedlinen and bathroom towels are supplied, Pool towels also available.
The cleanliness of my gite is paramount and it is my hope that guests leave the property in a similar state. If time restraints make this impossible I will gladly arrange a final clean for 50€.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
An abundant wine producing area often referred to as the Tuscany of France where the countryside is covered with vineyards, sunflowers and fruit orchards. The Lot et Garonne is one of the prettiest parts of the south-west of France with rolling hills, magnificent views, châteaux and bastide towns.
Lots of activities locally such as canoeing, horse riding and marked walking trails from the property.
Gourmet food markets almost every night of the week and a super one on Sundays at midday in the local village of Soumensac.
The village of Loubes-Bernac has a village shop that is open every day, a post office and a hairdresser. Most of the daily shopping for bread etc. can be achieved in the village, but the nearest supermarket is 15 minutes in the car, to either Eymet, Duras or Ste Foy la Grande
You don't need to go far to buy your wine - it's virtually on the doorstep
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22 Oct 2013
"Home from Home"
I would start by agreeing with everything that has been said in the earlier review, and in terms of description of the Gite I cannot add anything further other than to say it suited us perfectly with a young family. But would equally suit 2/3 couples. We stayed at the property for 5 weeks, the whole of September and the first week of October. We didn't want to come home. We had everything we needed and it was a veritable Home from Home. Ali the owner was very friendly and was a font of knowledge about the area, she was available if you needed anything but otherwise she did not impose. Both our girls enjoyed the company of Charlie the dog, who is very good with children, but if you are not a dog lover, then the owner would ensure that Charlie stayed away.. We travelled with our two daughters who were 2 and half and 7 months who both enjoyed their stay with the large gardens and the swimming pools. The surrounding area is wonderful and there are a great number of vineyards where you can taste the wine within a very quick drive away, many only a few minutes drive away. The supermarkets are about 20 minutes away by car and the large supermarket at St Foy Le Grande, called Le Clair. I would struggle to name something they didn't sell, however the local shop in Loubes Bernac stocks most provisions you would need, especially lovely ice cream and fresh croissants and bread. Nadine the owner also serves up lovely coffees which we unfortunately only discovered in our last week. We went to all the local markets and the local towns, Eymet and Issigieac were our favourites. Bergerac is worth a visit, it has a lovely old quarter which has some lovely buildings. We also enjoyed the boat ride down the river. The surrounding countryside is lovely with all the vines and the fields of sunflowers. They were harvesting the grapes whilst we were there which was fascinating to see. We had a trip out to the Aquarium the other side of Bergerac which the girls enjoyed especially feeding the coy carp. St Emilion was also well worth a visit and not as expensive as we thought it would be. We intend to go back next year, perhaps this time at the beginning of the season, so we can see how the countryside views have changed. We travelled from the North West of England to Portsmouth and caught the overnight ferry to St Malo, which I would recommend with young children. We stayed overnight on the way down near La Rochelle so we could take things easy and stop a few times. However on the way back we did it in a day, and it was also okay, although probably would be quicker if the children were older.
In summary I would thoroughly recommend staying at this Gite and we will be returning next year, and who knows for many years to come, as we still did not get round all the vineyards.
5 Sep 2013
"We would absolutely recommend this property, but note this area is quite rural and a car essential"
We have never been to this part of France before, so the review is in three parts. As background, we are a family of 5, with our eldest 9 and youngest 10 weeks…1. The GiteThe property is an attract… More
25 Aug 2013
"Secluded location for a relaxing holiday."
If your looking for a layed back holiday this is the place, large garden for kids to play and two pools, the larger being heated (had so much fun). Stairs are narrow so not easy to get big cases up and down. Village is small but has a shop for getting the croissants (20-30min walk depending on pace). Not much to do in the village but Bergerac and St Emilion well worth a visit.
5 Aug 2013
"Disappointingly damp & mouldy downstairs"
Good to be offered a lift from the airport and to have basic groceries awaiting. Beds comfy, good en suite bathrooms. All downstairs unacceptably damp and soon all our things smelt of mould. Ants on work surfaces whenever we tried to prepare food & a faulty water heater a problem in the kitchen area. We were glad of the very hot, dry weather during our stay so we hardly had to use the downstairs.
Importantly, the boiler is now fixed and the ants are gone. We had a problem all over southern France this year with a very wet spring and then, suddenly, hot, hot weather. This caused condensation on the floor under the furniture. It is bone dry now.
30 Sep 2012
"A great get away from it all property"
We really liked this property and our children especially liked the pool. It was spacious, clean and comfortable and provided a real 'home from home' experience. It is set in beautiful surroundings with vineyards and sunflower fields in abundance. It is rural so if you prefer to be in the 'thick of the action' this place would not be for you but it is not far from all amenities in the nearby town and was perfect for us. Having never travelled to this part of France before, our hosts Ali and Colin were great and provided a wealth of information on places to visit and eat. This property accepts dogs and our golden retriever had a great time with the resident goldie, Charlie. A good time had by all.
1 Jun 2012
"Ideal place for a very relaxing holiday in a wonderful part of France."
We first stayed at Au Compte in 2005 and have returned several years for family vacations - just us, or extended parties where we booked the Grange and the Cottage and somewhat took over...Our first h… More
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