Ref: DL171, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine, France, £2688 to £4945 pw
Le Petit Château is a light, bright and charming early 18th-century turreted little château with beautiful rural views. It is set in peaceful and undulating countryside in mature gardens just 2.5km from the closest bakeries and shops, with weekly markets and hypermarkets within a 15-minute drive.
Living room, sitting room, study with double sofabed, dining room, kitchen, 2 double bedrooms each with en suite shower room with wc, 1 double bedroom, 1 double or twin bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bathroom with separate shower, 1 shower room with wc, 1 separate wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, 2 cots (no linen), highchair, telephone, WiFi, satellite TV, iPod dock, wireless music streaming, DVD player and DVDs, heating (maximum 500€ per week)
Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. Cleaning (minimum 2 hours) 15 € per hour. Cook on request. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
Set in three hectares of grounds and farmland, the property boasts lovely country views from its elevated position, and is approached by a private drive off a quiet rural road. The house is surrounded by its gardens and mature trees, and has a lovely south-facing pool. The acre of quiet grounds provide plenty of sunny and shaded outdoor space for outdoor meals and for families to enjoy each other’s company, as well as quiet areas for reading a book or a nap under a shady tree. The swimming pool is heated to 27°C free of charge in June, July, August and September (a charge is applicable in other months).
The house is lovingly furnished to a high standard, with a tasteful mix of antique and contemporary furniture. It is full of period features but is also homely and comfortable.
The impressive entrance with exposed stone walls leads to a turret with a spiral stone staircase linking all the floors. On the ground floor are the spacious living areas and a substantial eat-in kitchen (seats 6), comprising an intimate living room, a formal dining room (seats 10-12), a sitting room and a study with a double sofabed (can comfortably be used as a bedroom). The dining and living rooms open out on to the garden and pool area. There is also a family bathroom on this floor with separate shower unit, as well as a separate wc.
On the first floor are four bedrooms all with pretty, leafy views; a double bedroom (150cm bed) with en suite shower room and wc in the turret, a double bedroom with small double bed (135cm), a bedroom with large double bed (180cm which can be made up as twin beds), a twin with large single beds (2x135cm), and a shower room with wc.
The spacious master suite (150cm bed) has its own sitting room and en suite shower room with a wc, and is set across the entire top floor of the property.
The château is ideally located for exploring the gastronomic delights of Aquitaine, the beauty of the Dordogne, and the charm of the Lot-et-Garonne. The Bordeaux vineyards are within easy reach - the UNESCO World Heritage St-Emilion wine area is less than an hour away. The Périgord truffle region is also close by. The beautiful city of Bordeaux, the ‘pearl of Aquitaine’, is an hour away and the stunning Atlantic Coast beaches around Arcachon are within easy reach.
Although perhaps less picture-postcard pretty than the Dordogne, the Lot-et-Garonne has a particular charm of its own. One of the smallest départements in France, it nevertheless has plenty of interesting places to visit, including the most bastide towns, scattered throughout the very pleasant, mostly agricultural landscape. Monflanquin, Villeréal, and the château at Duras give testimony to battles fought long ago. Villeneuve-sur-Lot is a pleasant riverside bastide town with an attractive old quarter, and nearby 13th century Penne d’Agenais with narrow alleys winding up to the top of a hill where a more modern basilica perches, Peyragude, a small-scale version of Sacré Coeur. Another fortified village, Vianne, has become a famous centre for fine crystal glassworks, and is known for its vibrant Friday marché nocturne. Agen, on the Garonne, boasts the best art museum in the area with several paintings by Goya. For a hopefully leisurely day’s outing, you can hire a small boat to cruise down the River Baïse, starting at Nérac, Henri IV’s youthful residence, which also has a fine market.
Escassefort (2.5km) Nearest food shops including bakeries and grocers
Marmande (12km) Large selection of shops and services including supermarkets
Seyches (6km): Fridays
Miramont-de-Guyenne (14km): Fridays
Tonneins (22km): Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (41km): Daily
There is a choice of restaurants in Escassefort (2.5km), Seyches (6km) and Marmande (12km).
The owner recommends the following:
Roy Karott, Marmande (12km)
Hostellerie des Ducs, Duras (20km)
Auberge du Goujon qui Frétille, Buzet-sur-Baïse (39km)
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated.
Miramont-de-Guyenne (14km) A lovely main square and church.
Duras (20km) Famous for its castle and good wines, and has extensive sports facilities.
Eymet (25km) Beautiful 13th century medieval fortified town.
Buzet-sur-Baïse (40km) Good wines
Issigeac (45km) Charming village
Saint-Émilion (62km) Famous for its wineyards, beautiful village
The area is famous for its foie gras, duck and truffles.
The Bergerac Appellation produces some excellent red and white wines and wines are also available from the Bordeaux, Duras and Cahors wine growing areas.
Tennis court: Virazeil (9km), Marmande (12km), Miramont-de-Guyenne (14km)
Bicycle hire: Marmande (12km)
Horse riding: Escassefort (3km)
9 hole golf courses: Marmande (11km), Boissec (19km)
18 hole golf courses: Tombeboeuf (21km), Monestier (37km)
Motorbike and quad bikes at Saint-Sernin-de-Duras (25km)
Hot air ballooning at Saint-Jean-de-Duras (23km)
Canoeing and kayaking on the River Dropt at Sauvetat-de-Dropt (19km)
Flying club with flying lessons nearby
We were entirely happy with the property. We all thoroughly enjoyed our week at Le Petit Château - it was a great success.
The whole house had a good vintage ambience and the simplicity of the furnishings enhanced this. The use of a big mirror in the sitting room worked well. We all particularly liked the second sitting room study. The use of natural hard floors with rugs enhance the very grounding feel the house has and this made us relax and enjoy. Beds very comfortable. Beds, linen and towels of good quality and so too the kitchen cooking options - range and induction hob in particular. Bathrooms great too and the pool furnishings comfortable.
In summary a lovely holiday home, welcoming and relaxing with a sense of antiquity.
Overall an idyllic and very special rental, which we look forward to return to in 2015.
The level of personal care made the property feel more than just a rental and more like the home of a friend.
Please note that the comments given above were taken from letters and holiday questionnaires from our clients over the years. We cannot acccept responsibility for any misleading information but the comments are given by us in good faith.
We have not always been able to obtain written comments from clients so the number of comments does not necessarily reflect the quality or the popularity of the villa.
A little gem of a property with high quality kitchen and bathrooms, spacious and tasteful accommodation, and plenty of space looking out to peaceful countryside. A lovely spot to relax and delve into the joys of French living.