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Detached Private 'Blanc' with its own drive and exclusive use of in ground swimming pool

Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Beautiful landscape of the South West France. Sunflower fields, Plum trees, Rivers, Markets, Night Markets, Bastides, Lakes canoeing and so much more.

The “department” of Lot et Garonne is part of the Aquitaine region and is named after its two principal rivers which merge within its boundaries and has plenty to offer the visitor. It is still quite a well kept secret and much of its beautiful countryside remains unspoilt.

Set in a tiny Hamlet private detached self contained Blanc Gite. Excellent fully fitted kitchen with electric oven and hob. Washing machine, microwave, fridge, coffee machine etc... Double bedroom with panoramic views of the expansive countryside. Bunk bedroom with wardrobe and chest of drawers. Heated shower room with washbasin and toilet. Insulated/double glazed with electric heating throughout. Sheets, towels, iron, ironing board and hair dryer are provided. It is equipped with the internet, SKY TV, Wii, DVD player and there is also a selection of books and board games to suit all ages, for those that fancy a night in. The lounge has double French doors, which lead out onto the covered wooden terrace.

The property has its own drive and garage. Outside the covered terrace has lighting with table, chairs and BBQ. The property is set in 1.5 acres with panoramic views surrounded by Bastides.

The superb 10m x 5m in ground swimming pool was completed to a high standard in 2007 and is equipped with Sunloungers, parasol, table and chairs. The pool house is used for changing, it is equipped with floats etc... Outside there is a solar heated shower

Ste Livrade sur Lot has one of the best Markets every Friday.

A further ten minutes takes you to the larger Provincial Town of Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, which, as its name suggests, straddles the river Lot. The area is littered with no less than 42 historic “Bastide” towns in addition to many beautiful villages.

Villeneuve-sur-lot, Pujols, Temple sur Lot, Fongrave, Laparade, Monpazier, Monflanquin…the countryside here in South-West France, around our gite and other properties, is a land of sunflowers and medieval towns… .. of caves and rivers, of vineyards and plum orchards, of castles and quiet lost villages, of sunshine and tradition, and of miles of beautiful unspoilt scenery.

So if you wish to spend your time soaking up all that is typically France, then this is a perfect location in which to do this. Blanc is ideally situated to explore all that the region has to offer.

WATER ACTIVITIES:

The nearby river Lot is only a 10 minute drive away and provides pleasure boating and attractive walks for holidaymakers. The river rehabilitation program undertaken several years ago in the Lot-et-Garonne has opened up over 200 km of navigable waterways, one of the most extensive and pleasant river networks in Southern Europe. It is possible to take one or two hour boat trips with commentary on points of interest. Villeneuve has electric boats for hire and there are various places offering, Canoeing, Kayaking, water skiing at Fongrave, row boats and even hydroplanes (mini hovercrafts, suitable for both adults and children).

Many of these activities are summer season only. Please ask for further details.

The “Plan d'eau de LOUGRATTE” in Aquitaine Lot et Garonne

The lake is open for swimming and other aquatic activities from the 15th of June until the 31st of August:

Discover the delights of the beach with its fine white sand. Swim safely in water, regularly checked for quality, under the supervision of two lifeguards (on duty between 2.30p.m. and 7p.m.).

Facilities include: Diving platform, water-slide, pedalos & canoes available to rent, fishing, beach volley-ball, children's playground, snack bar, picnic areas and shaded parking.

Canoe Detente

Spend a wonderful day on the River Dordogne. Take a picnic or pull in at one of the many riverside restaurants. The best way to see the Dordogne, this slow leisurely river takes you 14 km past many of the wonderful landmarks, starting at La Roque Gageac past Chateau de Marqueyssac, Chateau de Castelnaud, Chateau de Fayrac, Chateau de Beynac, Chateau des Milandes. Seeped in history. When you arrive at Canoe Detente, park the car and a bus takes you and all the equipment to La Roque Gageac.

2013 prices:

Kayak I person 13 euros

Canoe or Kayak 2 persons 22 euros

Canoe 3 persons 29 euros

Canoe 4 persons/2 adults & 2 children 35 euros

A great day out, for the more adventurous there is also a 28km journey from Carsac.

Canoeing is also available at several other places Casseneuil, Villeneuve Sur Lot, Castelmoron Sur Lot to mention a few.

FISHING:

The area is a super place for anglers, with fishing permits available from Angling stores and a number of other places such as Tourist Offices and Tabacs. The local Anglers Federation publishes a comprehensive booklet each year on the rivers, the rules for the catch and the different seasons for different species. The permit is called a Carte de Peche and comes in different forms such as the Carte Journaliere, for one day's fishing and Carte Vacances for 15 days from June 1st to September 30th. There is a large fishing lake at Ste Colombe, just south of Villeneuve-sur-lot, another easy drive from Blanc and large Carp and Trout can be found in the nearby river Lot. For big game fishing you can travel to Arcachon and Cap Feret. Fishing tackle is available in Ste Livrade and also at the large supermarket Auchan, about ten minutes drive away.

The more adventurous can try their hand at flying a micro-light at nearby Grange-sur-lot.

Again for the more active, Quad bikes and motorcycles are available for hire along the main road to Villeneuve.

GOLF:

If you travel to “Blanc” from Bergerac airport, along the main N21 route, you will see Villeneuve-sur-lot golf and country club at Castelnaud-de-Gratecambe (on the left hand-side of the road), which is about a 20 minute drive from “Blanc”. This 18 hole championship golf course is a par 72, a good test of golf and includes very enjoyable and receptive greens. The course is very undulating with some spectacular views. There is a driving range and guests can benefit from golf lessons, buggy hire, the club house and excellent restaurant facilities. There is also a swimming pool and Tennis courts.

There is also a 9 hole course with practice area and pro shop at Tombeboeuf (a similar distance). Both courses have equipment for hire.

THEME PARK:

Distance from Blanc – 45km, approx 45 mins by car. Located just Northwest of Agen off the A62 and nestling in over 30 hectares of parkland, Walibi Aquitaine offers a fantastic fun-packed day out for all the family. Watched over by an 18th Century castle, is a world filled with pleasure, thrills and laughter, with rollercoasters, water rides, spectacular shows and events that succeed each other throughout the day. For the very young there is the petit train, Walibiland and Baby Kangourou.

Open 7 days a week from the middle of June through to the end of August, and at weekends outside of this time.

Tariffs – Approx – Children (3-11 yrs) €20.50, Adults €25.00

Lud' O Parc - Recently opened 2013

Close to the city center of Nerac, discover LUD'O PARC, the new water park in Val d'Albret, which opens its doors this summer and offers an invitation to relax in an exceptional site.

From June to September, in a park, you will find a series of ponds leisure and pleasure where you can escape and disorient you at leisure in a setting of Roman relics.

Come dive in its ponds, waterfalls , waterslides ...

In LUD'O PARC is floundering in happiness .... with family or friends!

Tarifs 2013 Full day

10 euros Adults

8 euros children 1-12 years

16h/20h

8 euros Adults

6 euros children 1-12 years

Other activities

PARC EN CIEL

If you like climbing around, this is for you. There are five rope courses in the trees, two small courses for children, and three progressively more difficult courses for adults. Harnesses and instruction are included. If climbing around is not your thing, you can enjoy a round of mini-golf. A small farm and snail museum are also attractions. A lovely rural location for taking your picnic along to. Situated at Lacapelle-Biron on the D420, north-west of Fumel. The park opens every day between 9am and 8pm throughout July and August, and at weekends at other times.

Tariffs :- approx €4.50 (park entrance), €9 (park entrance and mini-golf), €11 - €18.50 (park entrance and climbing).

HORSE RIDING. CAVES ETC...

Places to visit

Villeneuve-sur-lot:

The largest provincial town in the Lot valley is a busy shopping town which retains much of its historic character. A Bastide town since the 13th century, a walk through the “Old Town” reveals, a number of old half-timbered buildings still remaining. Has all amenities and facilities at your disposal and is well known for its Organic market on Wednesdays.

Château de Bonaguil:

An imposing Castle, built largely between the XIIIth and XVIth centuries was originally fortified by Philip III the Bold King of France, to protect the people of the Agenais region. You can join in the regular organised tours, or wander around freely, discovering its many secrets for yourself. Much effort has been made recently to sympathetically restore this Historic Monument, said to be one of the finest fortresses in France.

Pujols:

The view northwards from this ancient village is probably the most breathtaking view in the départment, taking in the Lot plain and the town of Villeneuve, five hundred feet below. The whole village has been sympathetically restored to become known as one of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France”. There are a couple of cafés and some good restaurants in the centre of the village and an excellent night market where you can relax and soak up the surroundings. Well worth a visit and only a short drive from Blanc.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach 'Lakeside' Beach at Lougratte, Castelmor
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac-Roumaniere, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nearest railway: Agen, Bordeaux, Toulouse,
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
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Wheelchair users, Secure parking

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

Situated in the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne countryside of Southwest France, half way between Bordeaux and Toulouse only 40 mins drive from Bergerac airport. A purpose built 2 bedroom detached Gite situated in 1.5 acres with a swimming pool in the beautiful countryside of the Lot et Garonne. Because of the rural nature of our situation it is not unusual to spot deer and wild boar in the fields around Blanc Gite. In a tiny hamlet yet within easy reach 5 mins drive of Sainte Livrade Sur Lot for supermarkets, excellent Friday Market, banks, doctors, restaurants – everything you need.

The “department” of Lot et Garonne is part of the Aquitaine region and is named after its two principal rivers which merge within its boundaries and has plenty to offer the visitor. It is still quite a well kept secret and much of its beautiful countryside remains unspoilt. The area is littered with no less than 42 historic “Bastide” towns in addition to many beautiful villages, most of which have regular market days.

Villeneuve Sur Lot

Villeneuve-sur-lot, Monpazier, Monflanquin…the countryside here in South-West France, around our gite and other properties, is a land of sunflowers and medieval towns… .. of caves and rivers, of vineyards and plum orchards, of castles and quiet lost villages, of sunshine and tradition, and of miles of beautiful unspoilt scenery.

The area is noted for its famous “Pruneaux d'Agen (prunes), which bear little resemblance to what one might find in an English pudding.

Whichever direction you travel to “Blanc” from, Vineyard after vineyard will indicate the importance of wine growing in the region. The Buzet, Marmandais and Côtes de Duras are well known, as well as the neighbouring Bordeaux varieties.

So if you wish to spend your time soaking up all that is typically France, then this is a perfect location in which to do this. Blanc is ideally situated to explore all that the region has to offer.

Château de Bonaguil:

An imposing Castle, built largely between the XIIIth and XVIth centuries was originally fortified by Philip III the Bold King of France, to protect the people of the Agenais region. You can join in the regular organised tours, or wander around freely, discovering its many secrets for yourself. Much effort has been made recently to sympathetically restore this Historic Monument, said to be one of the finest fortresses in France.

Pujols:

The view northwards from this ancient village is probably the most breathtaking view in the départment, taking in the Lot plain and the town of Villeneuve, five hundred feet below. The whole village has been sympathetically restored to become known as one of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France”. There are a couple of cafés and some good restaurants in the centre of the village and an excellent night market where you can relax and soak up the surroundings. Well worth a visit and only a short drive from Blanc.

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Review 1-5 of 5

14 Jan 2014

5/5

"Thank you Barry, Sharon and of course Angus for a peaceful and refreshing stay."

What a wonderful get away nestled close to a village and 20min drive from Villeneuve sur Lot. But once at the gite you would not know they existed.
This has to be one of the best located Gites we have ever stayed at, maybe we are biased as Villeneuve is one of our favourite places in France.
Boring bits - Supermarket 5 mins drive away. Drive from England easy enough, toll roads most of the way (we stopped over night half way) .
Gite - Lovely, neat and tidy. Space to eat in or outside on the veranda. Great kitchen plenty of pans and utensils. One double room and one single. Bathroom with proper shower, hot and wet. Open kitchen, dining and lounge with TV.
Outside - Veranda for eating and relaxing. Large area for parking. Slightly down hill to a large pool with space for sun loungers, lots of time spent here !
Also large flatish grassed area, plenty big enough to practice my archery.

We had three weeks and would recommend this Gite whole heartedly.

Hopefully we will return soon.

Thank you Barry, Sharon and of course Angus for a peaceful and refreshing stay.

24 Sep 2013

5/5

"Fantastic Holiday"

The gite was lovely, very homely and nice and clean. The swimming pool was nice and large, with walk in steps.The owners, Barry and Sharon were lovely and so helpful, with lots of advice on where to visit and eat. We went on a boat trip on the river Baise, the staff were very helpful as I am in a wheelchair. I would recommend this holiday to everyone, we had such a lovely relaxing time.

2 Sep 2013

5/5

"Small, but perfectly formed. Friendly hosts and everything you could wish for!"

A fantastic holiday rental! Sharon and Barry were the most welcoming host and hostess. The property was perfectly clean and had everything you could ever wish for both inside and out. Although the property was small, it was more than enough room for my partner and I, plus our two teenage girls. It had a Wii, DVD player and DVDs, WiFi and Sky TV. The pool was the perfect size for swimming and messing about, and had all manner of toys and inflatables to play with. Best of all, we made three lovely friends in Barry, Sharon and Angus the dog. We even made friends with the neighbours! Thoroughly recommended to all!

13 Jul 2013

5/5

"Excellent facilities, great hosts"

Despite the weather the Gite is extremely well equipped, my teenage son was happy because of the wi-fi which is a huge bonus! Barry, Sharon & Angus was friendly accommodating hosts. We would highly recommend, especially if the weather was great!

6 May 2013

5/5

"Very nice and relaxing stay"

We stayed in the ' Blanc' gite for 4 nights. The gite is very nice and cozy. Great views and quiet surrounding. Sharon and Barry are very kind and helpful. We had a very pleasant stay and we'd like to stay there again. Highly recommended!

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