House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
This spacious attractive "Maison de Maitre" and stone barn complex with stepped swimming pool, and table tennis, sits in nearly 3 acres of private parkland in southwest France. It offers a peaceful rural location yet very close to all the provisions you will need for self catering and amenities for your enjoyment.
A calm beautiful area of rolling farmland, orchards and vineyards hosts medieval bastides, historic buildings, restaurants, markets, music, arts, tennis, golf, leisure-lakes, canoeing, riding.
Long leisurely meals are a vital part of rural French holidays. There are many options for the entire party for eating and relaxing, outside, and on terraces. Alternatively eating out is a pleasure, with a wide choice of restaurants from the haute cuisine to regional fare and a lively italian pizzeria within 15 mins to Michelin starred and the more exotic within 30 mins.
Raffet is a few kilometres from both Eymet [Dordogne] to the north( 10 mins), and Miramont de Guyenne [Lot et Garonne] to the south (5 mins). Bergerac, Marmande, Issigeac and Duras are all about a half-hour's car journey. Most french towns have market days which offer a wide selection of local produce and tourist attractions. Some like Miramont are very french whilst Eymet has a significant lively english community too.
The vineyards of Bergerac and Duras regions are all within 30 mins. The Grand Vin of Bordeaux is further but St Emilion (80 mins) is well worth the visit and the Medoc with its great chateaux is about 90 mins
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 35 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, 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||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
-Bathrooms-The House-en-suite bathroom and a family shower room
-The Gite-ensuite shower room and a family shower room.
-Bedrooms-The House-2 double and 1 twin bedroom.
-The Gite has flexibilty to have 3 twins or 2 twins and 1 double or 1 twin and 2 doubles.
-Lounges- The House has a very large salon that seats up to 6 in comfortable arm chairs and sofas and a number of other comfortable wicker chairs close at hand.
-The Gite accommodates sofas and armchairs for 6.
-Dining- -The very large kitchen in the House accommodates 8 and add a small table added to squeeze 12.
However it is usually delightful to eat on the covered house terrace where there is space and facilities for many more than 12. Or on tressles tables and benches elsewhere.
|Further details outdoors|
-The house is set well back from the road through entry gates to provide privacy and lots of parking.
-As well as the 2 upper terraces around the house there is a lower terrace under the shade of walnut trees.
-Trestle tables and benches provides the opportunity for you to choose any number of places to eat.
-On the terrace surrounding the pool is a solar shower, sun loungers and a shaded area.
-Table tennis is set up near to the pool on the grass.
-Nearby a pergola offers further shaded seating with a view back to the pool, barn and maison.
-Our english manager Louise lives close by and is on hand to greet you.
-She will also answer any questions you have or deal with any emergencies.
-Before your visit she will be in touch to discuss options and shop for basic provisions if your arrival is to be late.
-Louise can also arrange an end of let cleaning service to ensure your holiday endson a relaxed note.
-The swimming pool is usually open from mid May until end September.
-The responsibility for safety rests with the adults in your party.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
There is access to canoeing, tennis, and golf. Tennis and minigolf are very near at St Pardoux where [pre-booked] tennis/mini-golf is not expensive.
A 9-hole golf course is at nearby Tombeboeuf - you can hire clubs. There is a top-class golf and country club at the Château des Vigiers, just 45 minutes north and a number of other courses at Marmande and near Bergerac.
Bastide towns abound all with interesting histories and there are a many picturesque rivers and villages all worthy of investigation.
Eating out can be very reasonable Seyches, Sauvetat du Dropt, Eymet, Duras, Lauzun, Monteton and Allemans have good restaurants. The upmarket pizza restaurant in the square in Eymet is a lovely place to spend an evening watching the world go by. More restaurants are opening too.
There is also a petrol station, car wash, pharmacy and Roady [cars etc], at the same complex as the Intermarché supermarket.
FOOD and DRINK
Miramont de Guyenne is a delightful quiet French bastide small town with a tourist office and most amenities. The boulangeries and small
supermarket are open on Sunday mornings. It has a very good market on Mondays.
Eymet, a little further and to the north, is very popular with a pretty square, and also has a regular market on Thursdays and a night
market on Tuesday in the hight of the season. In Eymet you hear a considerable amount of English in the summer and in Miramont you hear
There are accessible markets to visit almost every day - look out for wine and jazz festivals, barn sales, concerts etc. Tourist offices have lots on offer. Issigeac market should not be missed.
There is a large Intermarché complex a few kilometres away, just outside St Pardoux Isaac.
Spoilt for choice for wine, and apart from the supermarket huge choice and value, there are very good Caves for wine in Eymet and Miramont.
Take your own big plastic container and enjoy local wine at approximately 2.00 per litre. Loads of vineyards around - Duras, Montbazailliac, Bergerac, and further afield St Emilion, Pomerol, Castillon la Bataille and the Medoc beyond Bordeaux.