Girondine gite, heated pool
About the home
Gorce is a spacious and rustic, yet modern gite, combining contemporary interiors, traditional french style and modern facilities. Set in the peaceful grounds of a former farmhouse, surrounded by rolling vineyards, and with a private pool, the environment is relaxing but with easy access to several towns having all amenities, and an ideal base from which to explore the Gironde, Dordogne and Entre Deux Mers wine country.
Staying in a detached gite gives you independence and freedom; you can have the holiday you want without compromising on comfort or convenience. The gite is spacious, has been completely refurbished and furnished throughout but retains its old stone walls and exposed low beams.
On arrival, you will find a welcome pack with a little food and wine and a few of the basics to let you start enjoying your holiday straight away. We also keep a small stock of other essentials in case you have forgotten to pack something! We live in a separate detached house on site, so if you need us, we will try to help with anything.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 5, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
Further details indoors:
Your accommodation comprises:
Vaulted sitting room
Newly fitted dining kitchen
New shower room & utility area
Main bedroom with ancient bread oven feature
Bedroom with new en suite shower room
Our facilities include large LCD TV, satellite, free wifi, and iPhone/iPod speaker dock. In the kitchen there is a dishwasher, fridge, oven, hob, and microwave, kettle, toaster and coffee machine, and a full range of cookware and tableware. The utility area has an automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board, but we'd much rather you relaxed and enjoyed yourself!
Bed linen and towels are provided; we also supply pool towels, so no need to squash them in your case.
The gite is optimally configured to sleep 4 in 2 bedrooms (two king sized, or one king sized and twin single beds) We can provide an additional bed or cot by arrangement; please let us know if you would like more flexibility.
Due to the character and period of the property, there are two low doorways (approx 170cm high) and a low beam (120cm) across the centre of the upstairs bedroom.
For the comfort of all of our guests, we do not allow pets or smoking on the premises.
Further details outdoors:
A step from the lounge leads onto the secluded patio, with its 10m x 5m heated swimming pool (heated from June to September) with roman steps. There is a shaded dining area with views across the vines, and, of course, a gas barbecue, so you can cook and eat outdoors. Sunbathe or simply relax by the pool on our sun loungers for those long, lazy days.
We have table tennis, badminton and a childrens' swing set with slide for the more energetic visitor!
The property is enclosed and gated, and there is ample off-road parking for two cars
Outside our peak and high seasons, we are often able to accommodate alternative lengths of stay and changeover days, 3/4 day mini-breaks or longer bookings, and can offer a reduction for just a couple; please contact us with your query.
We also have chambres d'hote in the main house, so if the dates you would like to book are not available, please contact us for more information.
Deposit - we will confirm your booking on receipt of the completed booking form and 25% deposit (refundable up to 8 weeks prior to rental period)
Balance - the balance is due 30 days before the start of your holiday with us; please note that late payment could result in cancellation.
Payment must be made by bank transfer; both GBP and Euros are acceptable. Note that we will never ask you to pay for your stay by wire transfer. Please call us if you require any clarification or information regarding payment of the deposit or balance of your rental.
Damage deposit - please pay £200/200 euros damages deposit on arrival, by cheque or cash. We will carry out a check after each guest's stay to ensure that the property retains all of its facilities in perfect condition. We will refund your damage deposit within three weeks of the end of your holiday, after deduction of any replacement cost for breakages, if necessary.
Insurance - it is your responsibility to take out insurance for your holiday, which should include cover for cancellation.
Cancellation - if you need to cancel your stay with us, you must do this in writing or by email. Note that we cannot accept cancellation instructions by phone or text. The deposit is not refundable if you cancel eight weeks or less before the start of your stay. If you cancel four weeks or less before the start of your stay with us you will be responsible for the full balance.
Local tourist tax is included within the rental price, as is electricity, hot water, heated pool, bed linen, bath towels and pool towels.
A specimen copy of our contract will be emailed to you with your quotation.
The Aquitaine / Dordogne / Gironde region
Aquitaine nestles in south-west France, bordering the Atlantic ocean from the Gironde estuary to the Spanish border and stretching inland to Perigueux in the north and Pau in the south. It is famous for its medieval links with the UK through Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of both France and England, and mother of King Richard 1 the Lionheart and King John. Aquitaine was an English territory until the end of the Hundred Years' War.
The Gironde, one of the five departments of Aquitaine is one of the foremost wine-growing areas in France. The capital city is Bordeaux, which sits on the Gironde estuary, where the Garonne and Dordogne rivers meet and flow into the Atlantic ocean. The longest beach in Europe is the Cote d'Argent, which runs for 200 km from the Gironde estuary in the north, to Biarritz in the south. The beach at Arcachon is two hours away; if you are heading that way, a visit to the tallest sand dune in Europe, the Dune of Pyla should not be missed. The famous ornithology reserve of Le Teich is also near Arcachon.
The medieval World Heritage city of St Emilion with its monolithic limestone church and position overlooking vineyards in all directions is a short drive away. Or for chic sophistication, try Bordeaux with its waterfront, markets, courtyard cafes and restaurants, theatres, museums and galleries.
At Castillion-la-Bataille there is a re-enactment of the last battle of the Hundred Years War during summer weekends, and the Monsegur Jazz Festival each July is a must for fans.
The Massugas area
Gorce is just outside the village of Massugas, in the commune of Pellegrue, a bastide town built on a Roman settlement. Vineyards are all around, and the bastide towns of the Lot et Garonne region are only minutes away.
Located a few miles south of the Dordogne river, a wide range of leisure activities is within easy reach. Pellegrue and Gensac are only a 5 minute drive away, ensuring that supermarkets, bakeries, bars and restaurants are easily accessible. Thriving local markets are weekly at Duras, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande and Monsegur, with fruit and vegetables, local meats, saucisse, and shellfish piled high. A very special feature of the region is the night markets held in several local towns in July and August, where foods such as roasts, huge paellas, moules frites and local wines take the place of normal market stall produce, and the whole town gathers to eat informally, often accompanied by local musicians.
Facilities for the more energetic include cycling (cycles can be hired and delivered to you); tennis courts at Gensac (5km); golf at les Vigiers (21km); horse riding at Savignac de Duras (11km); canoing at Pessac sur Dordogne (7km) Massugas has a fishing lake with some competions during spring/summer. There are also many leisure parks within an hour or two, including waterparks, and activities such as rafting, accrobranching, karting and climbing.
How to get there
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Gorse is 40 mins east of Bergerac Airport and 1hr 20 mins south-east of Bordeaux Airport. There are direct flights to these airports from London and the south of England, East and West Midlands, north-east and north-west England, Ireland, Scotland, Guernsey and mainland Europe.
The nearest autoroute junction is at Libourne, around 30 minutes away. Eurotunnel connects with France's high-speed rail network to Libourne from Paris (3 hrs) and Lille (5.5hrs) Local trains run from Sainte-Foy-la Grande, 10 minutes from here.
Ferries from southern England are to St Malo (560km) and ports north, with the Channel Tunnel at 920kms
Activities near Massugas
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
15 Oct 2012
Vineyards surround this wonderfully renovated gite. It's spacious, charming and private. While there's lots to see and do in the area it's also the perfect location to simply relax... more
28 Aug 2012
We have just returned from spending a wonderful week at Gorce. The gite is of a very high standard and very spacious. Our girls loved their attic room and beautiful en-suite shower room. The large double bedroom downstairs remained lovely and cool.
For us the outside space though was the real winner. The swimming pool was beautiful and private in the courtyard with an area for eating outside. Evenings were spent playing boule on the grass or enjoying a glass of wine and the peace that Gorce offers.
The gite is situated in the middle of vineyards and fields, so is very quiet. There are no amenities within walking distance but we never planned on eating out so this was not a problem for us.
The owners were so friendly from the minute we arrived, and although their own property adjoins Gorce they were extremely discreet. Thank you Debbie and Phil for a wonderful holiday!!
26 Aug 2012
"After 20 years of staying in both French and British owned Gites this has to be the BEST. Beautifully decorated, rustic but modern, comfortable, clean, extemely well equipped, you have thought of everything to make our holiday very relaxing and a home from home. As the owners you were very welcoming, you were on site but unobtrusive and very accomodating, nothing was too much trouble. You aspired for the accomodation to be between a Gite and a hotel and in our opinion you have achieved this. A very enjoyable two weeks and we would definately consider returning.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Off season||23 Mar 13||4 May 13||£ 657||-||-||1 Week|
|Spring low season||4 May 13||15 Jun 13||£ 762||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||15 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 867||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak season||6 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 1108||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 867||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn low season||28 Sep 13||2 Nov 13||£ 657||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
We also have chambres d'hote in the main house, so if the dates you would like to book are not available, please contact us for more information.Book
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