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Rural French charm meets English cool - gîte supérieur for 8 with private pool

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

4 bedroom 3 bathroom gite with pool. Rural French charm meets English cool.

Le Chat de Pierre is a superior quality gite set among vineyards and plum orchards in the beautiful Lot-et-Garonne. www.lechatdepierre.com.

The house and pool are all yours during your stay - no shared facilities - so you can just chill in your home away from home without interruption from other guests or owners.

Cool, quirky and well thought-out, the generous accommodation sleeps 8 across 4 flexible bedrooms (twins or doubles). 3 bathrooms designed with a touch of the boutique hotel make sure there are no queues for the showers.

It may be hard to tear yourself away from the pool, the sunbathing/outdoor dining deck, the stone-built BBQ, the views across open countryside but when you do you'll find the house to be exceptionally well kitted-out with wifi, a large salon where everyone can kick back and listen to their own music thanks to the blue tooth speaker or organise table football or table tennis tournaments. There's a more intimate TV room with Freesat and DVD player and comfy leather sofas, and a remarkably well equipped kitchen-diner where 8 can comfortably sit around the huge dining table.

There are family board games, assorted films on DVD, table football and table tennis along with boules, giant jenga, swingball and an interesting library to keep you entertained.

A feature polished wood staircase accesses the three first floor bedrooms and house bathroom via a minstrels' gallery.

The bedrooms have a touch of boutique hotel about them, the master bedroom has a large ensuite shower room, the house bathroom boasts a bath with shower and there's a ground floor shower room too. All the showers are powerful and there's plenty of hot water.

The nearby village of Saint Sernin offers a bar, tabac/general store, tennis courts, a pizza/ tapas restaurant and a small weekly market. Duras is a short drive away and has a large and vibrant weekly market, wonderful night markets in the summer months and shops, bars and restaurants and of course the lovely Chateau.

The countryside is stunning with vineyards, plum orchards and sunflower fields and is dotted with intriguing bastide towns waiting to be explored. Just 40 minutes away is the medieval city of Bergerac and a little beyond that UNESCO world heritage site Saint-Emilion makes a fabulous day out for wine lovers and history enthusiasts.

If you love the active outdoors scene there are tennis courts in Saint Sernin and bicycle hire available in Duras and activities from kayaking, paintballing, golf and even hot air ballooning are in the area.

The food and wine is of course sublime and your nearest vineyard is across the road where our neighbours will be delighted to show you round, let you sample the wines and sell you their produce by the bottle or the case.

More Details

Owner
Charles Peace
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 December, 2017

About Charles Peace

From North Yorkshire to Lot-et-Garonne, Charly and Carolynn bought a house crying out for some TLC in 2014. A sympathetic refurbishment complete, they are proud and excited to offer this very special place to groups of friends and families looking for somewhere beautiful to spend their holidays.

Charles Peace purchased this house in 2014

Why Charles Peace chose Saint-Sernin

We love to hear what our guests have discovered about this lovely area. Each visitor finds something unique for them. For us, a perfect day would be a trip to one of the nearby markets to sample and buy delicious fresh local produce, perhaps a prix fixe lunch at one of the many family-run restaurants in the area, followed by a lazy afternoon round the pool and then an evening walk through the vines with the dog where we are almost certain to see deer, hares and other wildlife and amazing sunsets which give way to the most beautiful starry nights.

What makes this house unique

Le Chat de Pierre is a very special place. The house is spacious and cool when the temperatures rise and is furnished with an eclectic mix of modern and vintage pieces with a twist on traditional French styling. The accent is on comfort and good design - it's your home away from home. Guests have commented on the 'boutique hotel' touches - lovely crisp white bedding, top quality beds - including an emperor sized four-poster in the master bedroom. The hosts have tried to provide everything you could possibly need.

The decked terrace makes for lovely al fresco dining with views across the valley. Deer frequently visit the field at the bottom of the garden.

Lying by the pool, listening to birdsong and crickets, it's hard to summon up the will to move away but when the surrounding area offers so much history, culture, sport, exploring, shopping, dining and wine tasting you may just need to book another week.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have had the most wonderful Hen week, just what the doctor ordered. A lovely gite in a perfect little town. The locals are so friendly and we'd recommend visits to both Eymet and Duras. Rose's tea room in Eymet is fantastic! Lovely to meet Maureen too, lovely lady. Definitely want to come back with my new husband. Thank you so much!
Jul 2017
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Location

Dordogne River Canoeing
Duras
Sainte-Foy-la-Grande
"The biggest market in France on a Saturday - jam-packed with food food and more lovely food...."
Eymet
"Ridiculously pretty"
Bergerac
"Easy to spend a day in this lovely city. Lots of things to see and do and cool restaurants ..."
SARL LA TERRASSE DE DURAS
"Lovely grub and a warm welcome. The prix fixe lunch is always a good bet."
Monbazillac
Domaine Amblard
"Family run vineyard where you will get a warm welcome, a look around and opportunity to try ..."
Dune du Pilat
"Amazing"
Le Moulin de Benin
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Saint Sernin
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Chateau de Vigiers
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Saint Sernin
Car: recommended

Le Chat de Pierre is in wine country and all the local vineyards - your nearest across the road - offer tours and tasting and sales direct from the producer.

The area is made for walking and cycling - and swimming at the local bathing lakes, golf, horse-riding and canoeing at nearby Sainte Foy la Grande (which also holds one of the biggest street markets in France).

A wealth of lovely Bastide towns are within a half hour's drive with shops, restaurants, bars, vibrant markets and exciting night markets, Nearby Duras has a well preserved chateau which makes for a fascinating half day's visit.

Medieval Bergerac is a 40 minute drive and a little beyond that is beautiful UNESCO world heritage site, Saint Emilion which is a must-see.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint-Sernin in Lot-et-Garonne

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jack and Jill with bed 1
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ground floor
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be configured as a kingsize bed or twins
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Kingsize bed can also be configured as twins. Ground floor
  • The master bedroom is a large room with some beautiful exposed stone walls, original beams and a fabulous emperor-sized four poster bed. This room has an ensuite shower room which can also be accessed, jack and jill style from the landing - if you want to share. Bedroom 2 is next to the house bathroom and can be configured as a king-size bed, or two singles. Sloping ceilings, exposed beams and some exposed stone walls with wooden floors make this a charming room. Bedroom 3 has twin beds and a lovely vintage rustic French look with sloping ceilings, beams and exposed stone walls. Bedroom 4 is on the ground floor and so useful for people with reduced mobility. It can be configured as a king-size bed or two singles. It is close to the ground floor shower room. Lovely pale grey gingham curtains give this room a vintage rustic feel. Being on the ground floor, this is the coolest of the bedrooms in high summer.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Perfect for families or groups of friends - Le Chat de Pierre is your home away from home in beautiful south west France. Whether you want to hike or cycle the unspoilt countryside, sample delicious food and superb wines, lie by the pool with a good book or explore charming villages and the history and culture of this fascinating region le Chat, with its blend of rural French charm and English cool is the perfect base for your holiday.

Reviews

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Rural French charm meets English cool - gîte supérieur for 8 with private pool
average rating of 4.9375 based on 20 reviews
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5

Lovely home in a very picturesque area with lots to see & do

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a fabulous week at this extremely well equipped gite. The house had everything we could have wanted & more. No need to leave the house as even wine across the road but if you do venture out there are lots of pretty towns & villages to see. The owners were very informative and overall it was a wonderful week enjoyed by all ages ranging from 15yrs to 75yrs

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Andrea, we are so glad you all enjoyed your stay. We aim to make Le Chat de Pierre a real home away from home and I am glad you all enjoyed its facilities as well as all that the area has to offer.
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5

A fantastic property, with everything you could want for a great holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant holiday in this property. It has excellent facilities for children, with stair gates and a fenced off pool with a pool alarm. The kitchen has all you could need, the bedrooms are lovely (especially the master room with an emperor bed and en suite), and the living area is stocked with books, games, dvds, a football table and table tennis. The pool area is great too.

The house is fairly isolated but just a short drive to Duras which has shops and a great night market.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

We love Le Chat so much that we have already booked again for next year.

  • 5 of 5

Le Chat truly is home from home - absolutely all mod cons and comforts, every detail covered thoughtfully and with style. The location is perfect - peace and quiet, tranquil views, yet very close to the lovely town of Duras where there are bars and restaurants, good supermarket and the beautiful chateau itself. There is plenty to do in the area to suit all ages and interests - visit the nearby bastide towns and explore their historic streets, cycle down the canal midi from Agen over the awesome viaduct which spans the river Garonne, canoe on the Dordogne from Limeuil, visit Saint Emillion and taste the wines,visit the morning street markets in all the little towns nearby, the night markets which offer street food, live music and a chance to meet the locals or fellow travellers,or, just chill out and soak up the sun by the pool back at Le Chat. We have now visited twice and have already booked to return next year as we love it so much and are still finding new things to do. The owners have done a brilliant job in making this the perfect getaway destination.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ian for your review - we are so pleased you have enjoyed your second stay and love the area as much as we do. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
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5

Beautiful house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here for our honeymoon. Walking out in the morning with the dog though the vines and relaxing during the day by the pool. We had some great days out to local markets and some of the wine regions nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you chose Le Chat for your honeymoon and had a wonderful time. We are pleased the dog didn't miss out on a holiday too - the area's so dog-friendly as you found out! Hope we can welcome you back.
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Fantastic Gite in a beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

Stayed at Le Chat de Pierre with my husband, our 4 year old son, my mother and mother-in-law. The gite is just fantastic! It has everything you'd need. The rooms are all lovely and spacious and there were nearly enough bathrooms for one each! The surroundings are beautiful! Fields at the back of the house and a little farm across the road. My son loved seeing the animals there.

Charles was great at making sure everything was alright for us and that we'd settled in ok.

We'd love to stay at Le Chat de Pierre again, great holiday had by all! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Tanya, we are so glad you and your family had a great time. Christian who has the little farm loves showing off his animals to the little ones. Come back next Spring and see the lambs - they are gorgeous! Hope to see you at Le Chat again. Carolynn and Charles.
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5

Excellent provided five star accommodation within a lovely peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

We booked this holiday to spend quality time with our family of eight. Le Chat provided this by giving us our own private space with the three bathrooms and well spaced out bedrooms. The master suite being exceptionally luxurious and spacious. The downstairs had ample space and our grand daughter of eighteen months had plenty of room to play and toddle about. The kitchen provided everything that we needed and we cooked some lovely meals that were eaten ale fresco and around the generous sized kitchen table. We felt completely private within the garden and surrounds of the house and enjoyed the pool to cool off on hot days.

We had a fabulous week and would recommend the property to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gary, we are so pleased you had a great family holiday. Hope to welcome you back soon.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saint-Sernin, Aquitaine

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2018 Early off season
28 Apr 2018 - 11 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
2018 low season
12 May 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£880
for 7 nights
£880
 
 
2018 Early mid season
10 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,175
for 7 nights
£1,175
 
 
2018 Peak season
14 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,640
for 7 nights
£1,640
 
 
2018 Late mid season
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,175
for 7 nights
£1,175
 
 
2018 Late low season
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£880
for 7 nights
£880
 
 
2018 Late off season
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£560
for 7 nights
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£80
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £10

Le Chat de Pierre loves well-behaved dogs. There is a further charge of £10.00 per dog per week to cover extra cleaning costs.

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