Vine Cottage, nr St Emillion
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Vine Cottage is a spacious, recently refurbished, 3 bedroom detached stone house for 7+ people, with a large secure garden and its own private swimming pool. Set just inside the old English Bastide village of Villefranche de Lonchat in the Dordogne, the big advantage of this holiday home is its location and proximity to the village! You can walk to the centre in less than a minute but also enjoy the rarity of a large, secure, landscaped garden with your own private swimming pool specifically designed and built to overlook the wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and vines!
You may simply choose to relax by the pool with its views and a glass of wine or stroll into the village where you will be most welcome at the local bars and restaurants! In addition to the above Villefranche-de-Lonchat offers you; a boulangerie which sells the most exquisite freshly baked bread, a mini supermarket for those daily needs, a post office, pharmancy, another general store, plus a bank with a cashpoint machine!
Throughout the summer months Villefranche stages numerous events/activities and has its own Friday Night market, where you can listen to music, sample some of the local wine and try some delicious traditional Perigordian cuisine, and of course more importantly, where you and your family can relax and soak up the ambience without having to drive home!
Just outside the village is also a large lake with a safe swimming area (Lac de Gurson) with an equally large sandy beach all of which is surrounded by family friendly activities like crazy golf, bouncy castles and of course numerous restaurants, bars and ice-cream parlours!
Ideal for adults and children alike with plenty in the surrounding area to see and do during your stay!
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Gurson 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac/Bordeaux, Nearest railway: Montpon 11 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||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), 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, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The house comfortably accommodates 7 adults plus(child's cot) and has been specifically designed to be family friendly. On the ground floor you will find a separate ,private ,double bedroom with its own en-suite shower room and toilet facilities. Upstairs there is a further double bedroom and a larger room with 3 single beds.Also on this level is a family bathroom with bath/shower, toilet and wash hand basin.
The downstairs living space includes a fully fitted kitchen with everything you will need for your holiday including a double oven and a family size fridge/freezer.Just off the kitchen there is a separate, closed area in which you will find a dish washer, washing machine and ironing facilities. Plus an additional separate w.c.
A large island compliments the kitchen convivially separating it from the large, facing, open planned dinning area where you will find a big solid oak Norman table that seats up to 8 people!
Leading off from this is a cosy family salon with a large 42 inch H.D.slimline television and home cinema system ,plus a playstation console, to provide access to English freeview channels and all the DVDs,CDs and playstation games provided for your entertainment!
Downstairs you will also find a livebox to give you Wifi access throughout the house and a telephone for free calls throughout France and the rest of Europe!
|Further details outdoors|
Outside the house is a courtyard area with its own lockable gates that provides secure parking for 2 family size cars and a further covered off-road parking area is available for overspill or visitors.
Facing the house across the courtyard is a large barn with three covered sections.The middle one of these is best used for barbecues and al fresco eating. The barn also houses a full size outdoor table tennis table.
In the large private garden is the secluded 8 x 4 meter swimming pool specifically designed for easy access via inbuilt roman steps and a consistant depth of water to be especially friendly for children!
Next to the pool is a large patio area with tables, sun loungers and even a drinks trolly!
A grand place to sit and enjoy the ambience with some great views over the countryside and surrounding vines and a glass or two of local produce!
You might also want to start your day here and take breakfast in the morning sun!
* Wecome pack provided on arrival.
* Swimming pool available end of May through to end September.
*English and French speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.
* Alternative changeover dates considered subject to availability.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The South West area of France (Aquitaine) especially the Dordogne and Gironde, offers a climate of good sunshine and consistent temperatures usually around the mid 30 degrees throughout the summer months, so you will find the pool a must !
The region itself is famous for it's Perigourdian Cuisine and fine wines, especially around Bordeaux and Bergerac with famous centres like St Emilion and Pomerol to name but two! The whole area is full of chateaux waiting to offer you a free wine tasting (degustation) and the surrounding countryside, with its many rivers and vines, is an experience not to be missed !
As you may already know this part of France is steeped in history and you would, once again, be hard pressed to find a location as central as Villefranche to use as a base! Old traditional towns like Bordeaux and Bergerac and their respective airports are close to only an hour away. Other well known places like St Emillion, St Foy- la- Grande and Castillon-la-Bataille are only 20 mins! Close by you will find main routes and motorways for places further afield which will reduce journey time!
Villefranche de Lonchat
Villefranche de Lonchat is really well placed to get to all these places! Bergerac and Bordeaux with its many restaurants, shops,museums and theatres are not much more than an hour away and the close proximity of major roads, motorways and train stations makes it really easy to get anywhere!
Villefranche itself is an ancient English Bastide village dating back to the hundred years war. (You can even see a re-enactment of the battle during July/August in the nearby town of Castillon- la- Bataille)!
Within 10 mins of Vine Cottage you have the choice of visiting many other significant market towns like Castillon, Montpon and St Seurin. All these have their own local traditional markets and shops where you can find and sample the huge choice of local cuisine.
Close to the village there is the Lac de Gurson which includes a secure swimming area and a man-made large sandy beach and play area for the children. Around the lake you will find numerous restaurants, bars and additional activities from crazy golf , fishing to horse riding!
Throughout the summer Villefranche also provides many attractions and festivals such as its own 2 day Fete de Canton, a Friday night market and many other special events where all are welcome!
Close by towns like Montpon, Castillon and St Seurin have a mixture of little shops and large hypermarkets for all those holiday needs. All three have their own great day markets where you will find a huge selection of everything French! The region with its many forests and rivers provide a copious choice of outdoor pursuits like fishing, canoeing, cycling and horse riding; many of which are close by as are several golf courses. Ideal for adults and children alike with plenty in the surrounding area to see and do during your stay!
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