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Beautiful 18th century self-catering cottages on the banks of the river Lot

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

2 luxury gîtes each sleeping 4-5 (max 6) persons with views & riverside terrace

Luxury holiday cottage rated by Gîtes de France as 4 épis ("stars"). Fully equipped with free secure private parking (garaged for motorcycles). Each cottage has two bedrooms; stylish bathroom and spacious lounge diner plus outside terrace with BarBQ. Beautiful spring water infinity pool for guests with shaded sun terrace. And, within a few steps of your gîte or the swimming pool, superb fishing from our private pontoons plus; plus mooring for small boats. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. Supermarket 300 metres. The Lot et Garonne department is the garden of France with fresh fruit and vegetables grown throughout. Famous for plums and prunes, Lot et Garonne is where the French come on holiday; it's a real and authentic area which has all the charm and attractions for visitors and yet is not "touristy". Having said that, the popular attractions in the Dordogne are just 35 minutes away. The river Lot is a large and impressive river, which although popular for boating and fishing, is still unspoilt. You can hire a boat and spend hours without seeing other boats! It's quiet and peaceful and yet Clairac is within 300 meters of local shops and within 10 minutes of a hypermarket in Tonneins. All in all, it's the perfect family holiday. However, don't take our word for it; read some of our reviews!



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About Us

John and Chrissie Stephen
Les Séchoirs, lieudit Pacherat
47320 Clairac
Les Séchoirs , 820 036 267 00012

John and Chrissie Stephen
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About John and Chrissie Stephen

Following a busy career in banking and project management with frequent international travel, John decided that he would love to follow his dream of settling in southern France on the banks of a beautiful river. After many years living in sunny Cyprus, Chrissie didn't need much encouragement to make the move! Their joint interest in welcoming and meeting people made the gîte opportunity the perfect choice; especially as Chrissie has worked in hospitality and marketing for many years.

John and Chrissie Stephen purchased this cottage in 2015

Why John and Chrissie Stephen chose Clairac

After a number of years of searching for the perfect home on a riverbank, they fell in love with the river Lot and discovered the rustic charm of Les Séchoirs with offers the fun of fishing, boating, swimming for much of the year bit also enjoying the roaring open fire during the brief winter months.

Once a large tobacco growing area, the two large drying barns (Séchoirs) in the garden are similar to many in the locality. Today however, the area today is well known for its fruit production which includes strawberries, kiwi fruit, apples, pears and the best known of all .... it's plums - les pruneaux d'Agen.

To the north and west of the Lot river valley, are the vineyards of Bordeaux and Bergereac with the Dordogne region on our doorstep. Northern Spain and the Pyrenees are just a few hours drive away...

What makes this cottage unique

It is easy to fall in love with Les Séchoirs! The history of the beautifully renovated cottages and tobacco barns that stand on the banks the river Lot, its spacious gardens and fishing pontoons and stunning infinity pool and its close proximity to the Clairac with its weekly market, river beach, restaurants and coffee shops...or maybe it's just the joy of relaxing with a glass of local wine on the riverbank terrace watching the sun set...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Clairac in Lot-et-Garonne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Child cot available upon request
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The river Lot is a beautiful river in its own right but, for fishermen, it is a wonderful experience because large fish abound; carp to 60lbs with huge pike and catfish. Either fish from the fishing pontoons at Les Séchoirs or take a fishing boat upstream. Horse riding stables are close to the village as are cycling paths and hiking trails (Grande Randonnées).


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Beautiful 18th century self-catering cottages on the banks of the river Lot
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Style in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Every bit as impressive as the photos and more! The views of the river from the bedrooms were wonderful and from the infinity pool even better. We in Les Tabacs and the extra living space more than made up for the short walk round to the riverside deck; the styling touches were just enough to make it special without becoming kitsch. Everything was clean and well-maintained and well-equipped. Our hosts, John and Chrissie, could not have been more welcoming and full of helpful knowledge and tips to make the most of enjoying the area. The local supermarket was a pleasant few minutes walk away along the riverside and stocked everything we needed so self-catering could not have been easier. Beyond Clairac, we explored several of the bastide villages and a trip to Chateau Bonaguil was a real hit with our teenage daughters ("It's Narnia!"). Only the pleasure of lazing in and by the pool prevented us from enjoying more of what the area had to offer. Overall, the best two weeks of holiday we have had in years.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted that you and your daughters enjoyed your time with us so much. We hope to see you again; perhaps in Les Pêcheurs next time!
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
220 Miles
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
A62 J6
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
125 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Sandy riverside beach on river Lot
Car: recommended

Les Séchoirs was once a tobacco farm which has been beautifully restored to provide luxury sell catering family accommodation on the banks of the river Lot. Here you can fish for specimen carp, catfish, pike, perch etc or boat up the river enjoying the wildlife and beauty of this special part of France. With the village providing shopping, restaurants and bars just 5 minutes easy walk, there's no need to drive everywhere. Les Séchoirs is perfectly located for trips into the Dordogne; visits to vineyards with wine tasting; cycling routes; walking, horse riding, swimming, boating; plus river fishing with sizeable carp, pike and catfish!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Clairac, Aquitaine

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jul 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
18 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Aug 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £263.53
Stay tax £1.05 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

All booking are made subject to the terms and conditions as set out on the following page

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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