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Excellent 5/5 6 reviews

Gite Gardes set in nine acres of gardens and woodland

Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car advised

Recently renovated 3 bedroom stone barn with private heated pool set in 9 acres with beautiful views across the valley to the medieval bastide village of Monflanquin (classified as l'un des plus beaux villages de France). A rural location but within easy access to local shops and services, this is the Ideal holiday base for families or a group of friends to explore the Dordogne, Lot, Garonne and Tarn valleys whatever the time of year.

The accommodation is all on one level and includes 2 king size bedrooms with shared en-suite walk-in (roll-in) shower room and one twin bedroom with wash basin. A double sofa bed is also available for additional guests. The separate family bathroom includes roll top bath with stunning views across the valley to Monflanquin. There is also an additional shower room.

Relax in the spacious and light open plan living area which comfortably accommodates up to 8 people, with sofas and an eight seater dining table. Facilities include UK and French HD TV, Bluray/DVD player, free WIFI access and ipod docking station and CD player.

The living area flows into the spacious and well equipped modern kitchen, with its own breakfast table. Facilities include cooker, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, dishwasher, washing machine and iron and ironing board.

Large patio doors lead out from the kitchen onto the private and secluded outdoor dining terrace and barbecue area set in a walled garden with ancient bread ovens. The stunning views across the wooded valley make this a wonderful space for relaxing with family and friends.

Three charming stone archways lead out to the private south facing sunbathing area with private heated pool (heated May to October)

and games room. There is also a swing set for younger children as well as a badminton net and table football.

The owners live on site in a separate building, but guests are welcome to explore the nine acres of land which is a mix of woodland, prairie and more formal gardens, for peaceful walks and wildlife spotting.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac 50 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 Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Parking, Wheelchair users

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

Within easy access to the Dordogne, Lot, Garonne and Tarn valleys, there is plenty to see and do whatever your interests and age and whatever the time of year.

You can explore numerous bastide villages (e.g. Monflanquin, Monpazier, Villereal), medieval towns (e.g. Penne d'Agenais, Pujols, Bergerac, Sarlat, Beynac, Domme), chateaux (e.g. Biron, Bonaguil, Gavaudun, Monbazillac, Beynac, Castelnaud, Bridoire), caves including those with prehistoric cave paintings and dwellings (e.g Lascaux, Font de Gaume, Roque St-Christopher, Pech-Merle), vineyards of the Cahors, Bergerac and Bordeaux regions, producers of other local products (e.g. duck, prunes, honey, walnuts, truffles), gardens (e.g. Marqueyssac, Limeuil, Eyrignac).

Lot-et-Garonne has beautiful countryside for walking and there are over 300 well mapped and maintained circular walks for all abilities to download free from the tourism website. Ask the owners for advice and to print maps for a small charge. Alternatively you can enjoy activities such as cycling, swimming in local lakes and rivers, fishing, canoeing, boat trips, horse riding, quad biking, sky parks, animal parks, tennis, golf etc.


Monflanquin is <5km away (50 minute countryside walk) and has all amenities including supermarket, boulangeries, weekly local produce market, restaurants, bars, pharmacy, doctors, banks and post office. In July and August many local villages in the area, including Monflanquin have weekly night markets where you can enjoy local food and wine sat at communal tables in the village square listening to music and other entertainment. A great opportunity to become immersed in local village life.

The town of Villeneuve sur Lot is <20km away and has even more extensive amenities and shopping, including hyper-markets and a Michelin star restaurant.

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Review 1-6 of 6

5 Oct 2013


"A relaxing holiday in rural France"

We spent an excellent week at the Gîte in September (7th – 14th).The property is located in a beautiful part of France and has first-rate facilities - combined with welcoming and knowledgeable host… More

11 Sep 2013


"A tranquil idyll and well equipped accommodation"

We stayed for 10 days between the 14th and 23rd of June.A beautiful location situated just a few km south of Monflanquin. Jo and Jim are very hospitable and helpful hosts with an excellent knowledge o… More

28 Jul 2013


"Perfect place to relax and enjoy the family (and the countryside)"

We visited Gardes during the third week of July in 2013. The weather was perfect; we spent considerable time sitting in the peaceful quiet of the patio/barbecue area with its lovely view of the countryside, and BBQ'd dinner most evenings. The pool was great and well-maintained. The gitte itself was quite spacious, clean and comfortable. A large grocery was a three minute drive away, in Monflanguin, a pleasant little town. One evening we enjoyed a very nice market at Preyssas, and found the Chateau Bonaguil, Latour Marliac and the Grottes de Lastournelle worthwhile visits. It was really a perfect week, and we highly recommend staying there.

27 Jul 2013


"Rural paradise"

We spent two lovely weeks in this charming house. The accommodation exceeded expectations based on past French rentals; we were greeted with spacious rooms, comfy beds and stacks of fluffy towels. Our arrival was delayed and the owners were thoughtful in leaving us an arrival snack with wine. Jim and Jo are the perfect hosts and discreetly onhand when you need them. They have put a lot of thought into their property and it is well stocked from the kitchen to outdoor living with everything you could think of. There is wildlife in abundance from hummingbird hawkmoths to the daily circle of red kites overhead as you lounge in the sunshine. The pool was great and a good length unlike many you find and well used by all of us. We particularly loved the outdoor walled dining area looking out over the countryside. There is plenty to do from the nearby village of Monflanquin with a great village square lined with restaurants and it's weekly markets, to exploring days out further afield. With two teenage boys we enjoyed canoeing up the river Lot, visiting chateaux, wine tasting, high wire adventure park, underground grotto by boat, feeding wild macaque monkeys, playing tennis, playing golf, eating outdoors with locals at the evening market, self guided village tour, trout fishing and enjoying a 10lb trout on the BBQ and of course the excellent French food and wine. There is something for everyone and I wouldn't hesitate from recommending this property.

16 Jun 2013


"Idyllic location"

I have just come back from a fabulous 9 days at this gite. I travelled with my husband and 4 year old daughter, sister and elderly mother and despite the wide age range we all had a really relaxing and enjoyable time. The gite is very spacious and comfortable and newly renovated to a high standard. There was a very well equipped kitchen and a large barbeque so self catering was a joy. It is set in a beautiful quiet spot with lovely views over the lake and countryside - really quite idyllic. My daughter particularly enjoyed the space around the gite to roam (the owners let you explore the grounds - 9 acres in all) and the surrounding countryside was beautiful. There is plenty to visit in the area such as chateaux, boat trips along the Dordogne and gardens (the owners are very helpful in recommending places and giving directions). However when the sun was out we were just as content to simply relax and enjoy the pool all day at the gite. I am planning my next visit already!

5 Jun 2013


"Unique gem"

It was just by chance we discovered this beautiful place and we were taken aback by the fantastic greeting we received on arrival. This Gîte has recently been renovated but still exhibits a rustic ch… More

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