House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 8
There is a large terrace garden full of fragrant honeysuckles, jasmines & wisteria facing south with a large heated swimming pool with diving board, and lighting at night. The high surrounding walls make this a glorious suntrap & gives complete privacy to relax in the sun, or enjoy the peaceful evenings as the garden is lit at night. The house boasts five comfortable bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and gorgeous antiques providing that perfectly French feel.
Villefranche de Lonchat nestles between the vineyards of Bordeaux and Bergerac. The town is a short walk away, so you can buy your bread & croissants to take home, or have a wonderful meal in town, and not worry about driving! The Dordogne is renowned for its wine, climate and history. Villefranche de Lonchat is ideally situated to sample them all.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Archachon, plus lake beach 3mins in the car 90 km|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||50 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac, then Bordeaux 40 km, Nearest railway: Bordeaux, then Montpon 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), 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, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Over the years, we have been with 'Creme dela creme', by Just france, Vacannes en Campagne- 5 star and Gold shield, with Crystal Holidays, and so we able to offer you the same beautiful house, in the same pretty and friendly French village at about half the price these agents are charging!
You will not be disappointed, as you will see form the visitors book, which is on view at the house.
There is one double bedroom, with antique brass/iron double bed, with en suite bathroom, and cloakroom with WC, on the ground floor. The master bedroom, with king size four poster bed, and en suite ,one twin bedroom, two single bedrooms and family bathroom, which are on the first floor, can be approached by either the traditional elm internal stairs, or the outdoor steps & balcony from the garden.
There is a fully equipped kitchen, with double sink, with filtered water, antique pine table, chairs, unusual antique corner dresser, gas hob, 2 electric ovens, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and coffer percolator etc.
The utility room-washing machine, iron and ironing board, sink, and antique settle, with back door into lower garden. Dining room-Victorian pine Welsh dresser, chiffonier, large refectory table, 8 chairs, occasional tables and Grandfather clock. Lounge-leather suite, easy chairs, large coffee table, traditional fireplace and log burner, satellite TV, video, DVD and Hi Fi, with CD. Sun Lounge, with sofa, table and chairs, leading onto covered terrace with large table and chairs, and into the garden and pool area.
The house is full of genuine antiques, and furnished to a high standard, as it was our main home, and where I had my antique business in the village. It is your home from home.
|Further details outdoors|
Villefranche de Lonchat lies between the riverl'isle to the north and the Dordogne to the south. Canoes and boats can be hired on both. Fishing is popular.Two minutes from the house is Lac de Gurcon, which offers boating, fishing swimming, windsurfing, horse riding and tennis. There are also 5 inexpensive bar/restaurants and the large sandy beach has two snack bars and water chute. Golf at the famous Chateau de Vigier is 30 km away. The nearest town is Montpon(10mins). The world famous medieval town and wine centre of St Emilion, with its many gastonomic restaurants is only 15 mins away .St Foy and Castillion are close by.
Special offer- Couples in Mid Season only £650 per week
NB Maximum 8 people plus a baby
£300 returnable damage deposit
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Villefranche de Lonchat, situated near the world famous wine centre of Saint Emilion, about 10 mins away, has a Friday night market, in the square, with music, dancing, and BBQ, every week during July and August. Plus fete Cantonal, in July, and village fete in August, These markets and fetes, are just far away enough away from Les Martinets, not to cause noise problems!
The Dordogne, rising high in the Massif Central, meanders through some of the most beautiful scenery in France,cutting through limestone gorges, dense forests, lush green meadows and fields of maize and tobacco, which eventully make way for the vinyards of Bergerac and Bordeaux, along the banks are farms, honey stoned villages, medieval towns, magnificent chateaux and fortified'bastides' striking reminders of the Hundred Years War, when under English rule in the middle ages the area was over run with fighting armies. Our pretty village of Villefranche de Lonchat is one of these 'Bastide Anglais'
Villefranche de Lonchat
The medieval streets of St Emilion, 10 mins away, are filled with wineshops, jewellers, and restaurants, Bergerac, with its old town, full of intersting shops, tobacco and wine museums, is 40 mins away. Perigueux, is the cultural heart of the region, with its lovely ancient streets wind around its famous five domed cathedral, and the centre is always bubbling with life( 50mins away). The Atlantique beaches are only 90mins away.
Prime attactions- Bordeaux is synoymous with wine. The warm,sunny climate, which favous the ripening of the grapes also makes this an ideal holiday destination with an average temperature of only half a degree less than the Mediterranean. The village nestles between the Bordeaux and Bergerac vineyards, and 'cave' has a good inexpensive range of all the good regional wines. The local vineyards have plenty of wine tasting opportunities!
Bordeaux, itself merits exploringf with its 18c architeture, excellent shopping and restaurants, and at its heart the restored pedestrian-only area of the old city. festivals:La Felibree folf festival is held the first Sunday in July, each year Villefranche hosted it in 1997. There is an iternational folk festival in Montignac, a jazz festival in Soullac, and the village has its fete contanal, in the middle of July, and village fete in the middle of August, all great fun, with plenty to see and do.
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14 Oct 2013
"Excellent house in lovely location."
We stayed at this beautiful house in August as our son was getting married in Villefranche de Lonchat. The house is lovely, well equipped and the hosts Kim and Russ made us very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Villefranche is well situated for visiting surrounding towns like St Emillion. Would definitely recommend.
1 Aug 2013
"Lovely property in a quiet village. Totally secluded pool.A real haven."
You couldn't find a better house, with everything you need at hand. The beds are so comfortable, in good sized rooms.Well equipped kitchen with all nessessary items to hand. There is fully detail… More
11 Nov 2012
"Amazing Holiday in Fabulous House!"
We spent 2 weeks at Les Martinets in August and it was one of the best holidays we've ever had. 2 families- 4 adults and 4 almost-grown-up kids-,and there was plenty of space for all of us. The h… More
5 Sep 2012
"A dream of a holiday home!"
An absolutely fantastic house with everything you could possibly need for a perfect holiday and more. The rooms are large, the bathrooms plentiful and the furniture is so tasteful. It was spotless and well equipped. The pool was a Godsend as the weather was beautiful. It is secluded and has plenty of seats, tables and sunbeds.
The house was well situated to visit vineyards, a lake with manmade beach, interesting towns such as St Emillion and Bergerac and a number of reasonable restaurants recommended by the helpful owners who were there if you needed them but not intrusive.
The village housed a friendly bar and hotel and held a special night in the village square during the Summer. It also had a bakery, shop, pharmacy doctors etc. I would recommend this beautiful house to anyone; couples, families etc.
26 Nov 2011
This was our second stay at this fabulous house after spending two weeks of our honeymoon here last year - still the best holiday home we've ever stayed at.
The house is in excellent order - large rooms, very well equipped with every home comfort needed and plenty of space to spread out. Out of all the places we've stayed at over the years, it's definitely the one that always feels like a home from home rather than an impersonal rental. By far the best feature is the outdoor space where a completely private garden includes a large swimming pool and poolside patio - it's a superb sun trap and place to enjoy both fun during the day, and al fresco dining in the evening.
The location is excellent; the village is beautiful with a couple of good restaurants, local shop, bank and friendly people. Close by are some great local vineyards, chateaux and places to visit.
The hosts are the perfect combination of helpful yet unobtrusive, close by but only when needed.
We can't recommend this property highly enough for couples and families.
8 Oct 2011
"Lovely home & good location for day trips"
We stayed in Mid September, so a lot of the summer activities in the town and lake has closed.
The house was lovely with a fabulous garden and swimming pool. The bedrooms were comfortable and the kitchen and bathrooms were clean and well equipped. For evening's in, there is the option to watch UK TV. Kim is an attentive host, but not intrusive.
We found the house a good base to travel to the various vineyards and towns, such as Bergerac and St Emillion.
We would recommend this property to families, groups of friends or couples.
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