Picot , St Méard de Gurçon
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The property where you will be staying is the original farmhouse, which has been converted to a high standard. It is situated in a quiet location in a secluded valley, with no passing traffic except to the farm next door, where the friendly neighbours cultivate the surrounding vineyards.
The house has three bedrooms upstairs, one double & two twins, so that you can sleep six comfortably, plus a baby. A travel cot, high-chair and stair-gate can be provided on request, free of charge, for families with younger children.
There are two bathrooms, one upstairs with bath & shower, and one downstairs with shower.
The house has an attractive pine-fitted kitchen/dining area with the original quarry-tiled floor. The kitchen is equipped with all amenities, including oven & hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, dishwasher and washing machine. Also on the ground floor is the comfortable sitting room with sofas and chairs, plus Satellite TV with UK Freeview channels, DVD player, CD player/radio and MP3 player. Internet Wi-Fi connection is available free of charge..
The house has its own sheltered garden & terrace, with table, chairs and awning for outdoor meals, together with a barbeque, and a lawn area with rotary clothes drier.
The large 10 x 6 metre swimming pool is reserved for the exclusive use of our guests. The pool has a depth of one metre at the shallow end and then slopes to 2 metres at the deep end, so it can be enjoyed by small children and non-swimmers as well as the more experienced. There are Roman steps for easy access, or where you can just sit and cool off. A tile-roofed gazebo by the pool, with table, chairs and sun-loungers, provides welcome shade from the sun. There is a table-tennis table in the pool area, and chests for lounger cushions and pool toys.
The whole pool area is fenced, with a security gate and pool alarm, for child safety.
LINEN & TOWELS
All bed and household linen is provided, but you will need to bring personal bath and pool towels. However, if you are flying, and total baggage weight is an issue, towels can be provided, by prior request, for a small additional charge.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fresh-water Lac de Gurson with sandy beach & r 12 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac Airport 30kms and Bordeaux Airport 70 km, Nearest railway: Libourne 40 kms and Bordeaux 70 kms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
We are ideally situated on the borders of three Départements : Dordogne, Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne, so that it is easy to access places of interest from the Atlantic coast to the gorges of the Dordogne & Vézère rivers for day excursions.
FESTIVALS AND MARKETS
There are festivals held in individual towns and villages throughout the summer. There are also the regular markets with local fruit and vegetables, held on different days of the week, as well as summer night markets with wine and food stalls, with live music and dancing.
The busy market town of Bergerac is about 25 kms away, on the banks of the Dordogne River, with its famous old quarter and antique shops, and the nearby Chateau de Monbazillac.
The medieval walled town of St. Emilion, famous for its wine and restaurants, and now a UNESCO world heritage site, is just 30 minutes away and is well worth a visit. We are, of course, situated in the middle of the Bordeaux, Bergerac and Montravel wine growing areas, so you can follow the "Route des Vins" (the wine-tasting route) immediately from the house.
CASTILLON LA BATAILLE
Castillon is famous as the site of the last battle between French and English forces of the Hundred Years War. Each year, a re-enactment of the battle in 1453 is held on weekends in July and August in a nearby hillside setting, with music, hundreds of participants (all local volunteers), cannons and galloping horses. Quite a spectacle!
The beautiful city of Bordeaux, on the Garonne River, is well worth a visit. About an hour away, it is full of museums, galleries, churches, shops, restaurants and a fascinating medieval quarter.
Beyond Bordeaux is the Atlantic coast with its various resorts and endless sandy beaches. Worth mentioning is the Bassin d'Arcachon with its oyster beds and seafood restaurants, and the Dune de Pyla, the highest sand dune in Europe.
THE DORDOGNE VALLEY
Travelling up the Dordogne River, the valley narrows into gorges with towns like La Roque Gajeac perched on the sides, and numerous chateaux to visit. It is recommended to visit Sarlat, a beatifully preserved medieval town, and Domme, a bastide town perched on a promontory with fantastic views over the Dordogne.
A bit further away is the Vézère valley with its prehistoric caves and paintings , including Lascaux.
St Meard de Gurcon
The house at Picot is set in peaceful countryside, surrounded by grape vines, woodland and rolling hills, with fields & meadows. The road ends at Picot, so there is no passing traffic, except to the farm next door, where our friendly neighbours cultivate the surrounding vineyards.
The area is full of wildlife, with hawks, buzzards, cuckoos, woodpeckers, hoopoes, deer and even green tree frogs. If you appreciate the opportunity for relaxation in a quiet rural setting, away from the hustle & bustle, then you will enjoy your stay at Picot.
ST. MEARD DE GURCON
The house is within five minutes of our local village of St. Méard de Gurçon, where you will find a boulangerie, grocery shop/bar, hairdresser, Tabac for stamps and postcards, restaurant, pharmacy, doctor's surgery and, of course, a beautiful medieval church.
SAINTE FOY LA GRANDE
Just 15 minutes away is our local town of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, which has its origins in the 13th century. It still has its "Bastide" around the main square and many old timbered and towered buildings. The Whole area was involved in the Hundred Years War, when possession of towns and villages would pass back and forth between the French and English.
Sainte-Foy is famous for its Saturday market when the town is filled with all kinds of stalls displaying a variety of products, including local cheeses and other delicacies. The town is situated on the banks of the beautiful River Dordogne and you have the possibility of many activities in the area - fishing, canoe & kayak hire, pleasure boat trips, bike hire, tennis and horse riding. There is a large and prestigious golf course at Chateau de Vigiers, close to Sainte-Foy, as well as a small 9-hole course within walking distance from Picot.
LAC DE GURSON
Ideal for families is the local Lac de Gurson, 15 minutes away, a 70 acre leisure lake with a sandy beach and safe swimming, where you can picnic in the shade of the trees or eat at one of the cafés and restaurants around the shoreline. Activities include lakeside walks, a long water slide, pedalo hire, tennis, horseback riding, or a visit to the nearby "Bastide Anglaise" of Villefranche-de-Lonchat.
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