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Delightful Country Cottage Apartment In Bucolic Gascony

Bedrooms 1
Space 775 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Spacious country cottage apartment for 2 people set in the Gascon countryside.

Simplicity itself in the heart of the the stunning Gascon region. This is the perfect getaway for any couple seeking the simpler pleasures in life - fresh food, local wine, gorgeous countryside, daily markets, walking, cycling, and beautiful villages all around.

The cottage is also available for longer lets of up to 3 months for anyone considering moving to the area, taking time off work, or people with an interest in a quiet sanctuary for writing & painting (many writers, sculptors, painters and musicians live in the area).

This extremely comfortable, restored cottage dates from the early 1800s with original stone work & beams. The living area is cool and comfortable in the hotter months. The original fireplace remains intact with the addition of a wood burner for the rare colder nights in late spring and early autumn. The kitchen is fully equipped and the master bedroom, bathroom and bureau have been recently renovated entirely.

The entire cottage occupies a total area of about 72 sq m/775 sq ft - a good deal more generous than a respectable hotel suite.

Outside there is a large, private rose terrace, outdoor seating and dining surrounded by pot plants and small herb garden - ideal for barbeques and long evenings.

Artists love the area for the tranquility, colour, natural light and beauty. Writers, bloggers, cyclists, walkers and off-the-beaten trackers love it for the clean air, long days, peaceful, starry nights and simple but enormous pleasures of living.

There is a French phrase, "le bonheur est dans le pré" - Happiness is in the field. Which just about sums it all up in Gascony.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Gaelic Irish & Esperanza
Calendar last updated:
18 March, 2018

About Jonathan

The owners are an Irish/French couple - one a creative writer, and his wife who worked in finance - have lived in the area since 2010. They bought the property in 2014 and spent 2 years renovating the property. The cottage is attached to the owner's house, but is private and has it's own entrance, parking, garden and terrace. The owner's bide their time between France and Ireland.

Jonathan purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Jonathan chose Nérac

Gascony remains relatively undiscovered and an absolute gem for those who find their way here. There is a reason for this - Gascony has no obvious or well known tourist attractions so to speak of. Whilst the likes of the Lot, Perigord and Dordogne are trampled down every year, Gascony remains authentic, intact and off the beaten track.

In summer the fields are abundant with bright, smiling sunflowers (figuratively speaking) and rolling hills (figuratively, again) dotted with oak woodlands and pine forests. There is no light pollution at night, making the clear night sky an enormous canvas of stars - something of great interest to normal people and nerds alike.

And what better way to wind down every day with local seasonal produce you can cook at home, sit outside on the terrace and marvel at another day truly well spent in such a delightful and charming part of the world - even if you have managed to really do bugger all other than buy some ripe and delicious cheese.

What makes this cottage unique

There is nothing particularly extravagant or magazine worthy of this property. Simplicity, on the other hand, has its own subtle beauty. And it is a perfectly simple stone cottage in a very special region of great natural beauty. Dating back to the early 1800s, the cottage has many of the original features such as the thick stone walls, wood burning fireplace and traditional oak beams. It's the ideal country base from which to set out on mini excursions of the area, unravel its history and culture. Yet the cottage is still only a short drive into the lively town of Nerac. It's also very hard to find a small property for two that is not a hotel room that offers 72 sq m (775 sq ft) of living space, separate king bedroom, kitchen, salon, dining area, a separate office (ideal for writers) and large bathroom, along with a private terrace and gardens. For a couple seeking a quiet, personal break or holiday in an unspoilt, non touristy, charming and pretty region of France - it's about as perfect as anyone could find or wish for.

As yet, we've no pool - but don't let such small matters deter you - there are plenty of public recreational swimming options in the area, including a hilariously 'Roman Ruins' themed swimming park in the local town.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 775 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Recently renovated stone tiled bathroom, with large walk in Italian shower, w/c, modern sink, wall standing deLonghi, programmable heater & separate laundry space with Whirlpool washing machine.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Newly renovated 11sq m separate, private bedroom, modern King Double Bed (155 cms x 200 cms) Large, antique chest of drawers, bedside tables & lamps, WI-FI access. Positioned to take advantage of being cooler in hot summers, north facing and thick walls.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis
The cottage is attached to the main house, although private with it's own access etc., is part of the owners larger property. The owners are not permanent residents but may be in residence in their area of the property.


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average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Gem in the ountry.

  • 4 of 5

Our stay here for 8days was delightful. Jonathan is a very helpful host.

He provided spot on driving directions for our trip from Pao to Nerac and also suggested a wonderful place to have lunch. The gite is well equipped and roomy. It is a great location to use as a base for walking, biking or any activity. We would hope to return. A very nice welcoming basket was in the gite when we arrived, consisting of wine, cheese, pate and a baguette.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Charles & Ruth - it was a pleasure to have you stay and kind of you both to make the detour to us! Happy you got home safe and sound. Best from Jonathan & Isabelle
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A Litle Bit of Heaven in the Country

  • 5 of 5

The property is unusually spacious for a two person property. Surrounded by farm land, arable no animals, it is very well fitted out and very well equipped. Its location is very good for Nerac which is about 4kms away. It is not too close and not to far. It is very easy to reach ancient towns and many excellent vineyards by road. The are plenty of good restaurants close by. We found the local people to be very welcoming and helpful. The owners are charming. They are eager to ensure you enjoy your stay whilst being unobtrusive. They have a great deal of local knowledge which they are only too happy to share. The notes that go with the property are very comprehensive. This part of France is large areas of farm land with few people. That makes travelling by car very easy and it an enjoyable experience - not something that could be said about much of Europe today.

All in all a delightful property in a beautiful part of the world in which to spend a holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robert, it was an absolute pleasure to have you both to stay, and thank you for your kind words. We will happily welcome you back any time. Best, Jonathan & Isabelle
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A Wonderful Country Escape

  • 5 of 5

This well equipped country cottage is ideal for a couple looking for a quiet country retreat. Surrounded by numerous lovely villages, offering history, with good food and wine, the area is ideal for quiet travel and relaxation. You will need to brush up on your French, as the locals very rarely make any attempt to speak English. However, everyone is very friendly and with a little effort from both sides this minor problem is soon overcome. This is an area of France we hadn't visited before and we weren't disappointed. Richard and Isobelle couldn't have been more helpful, especially when we had a puncture, arranging for superb service at a local garage. Directions from Bordeaux airport were very clear, a beer, bottle of wine & milk in the fridge made for a warm welcome on arrival, and an aperitif with canapes on the last night was a lovely end to a lovely holiday. We would both thoroughly recommend this property unreservedly.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Séjour très apréciable

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons séjourné 3 semaines dans ce Gîte, une maison en pierre rénovée, très bien équipée.

Nous avons été reçus par les propriétaires Isabelle et Jonathan, couple charmant, qui nous ont conseillés sur la régions, les visites, les restaurants, ...

Bref de très belles vacances dans un coin tranquille avec toutes les commodités à proximité.

Nous ne manquerons pas de revenir si nous passons dans la région.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
135 Kilometres
Toulouse or Bordeaux
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
990 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
160 Kilometres
Saint Lary-Soulan
Nearest Beach
140 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Gascony has some of France's prettiest villages that come into their own in summertime with lively day and night fetes/festivals featuring live music, local food, wine and fabulous local produce.

It is also home to Armagnac and some hidden gems for wine lovers where tourists are made extremely welcome for tastings.

Hikers and bikers are very much at home here too, as the El Camino de Santiago de Compostela paths come through the area next to the property, and cyclists love the region as it combines quiet, undulating roads with stunning countryside.

The nearby town is an historical landmark on account of Henri IV having resided here in the 16th century - and constructing the famous chateau that remains for the purpose. Today the town is a bustling hive of activity in summer with night markets, concerts and the busy Saturday market.

Apart from the expected requirements any holidaymaker may need locally such as an excellent choice of supermarkets, banks/ATMs, shops and so on, there are also daily boat rides along the river, walking parks, public tennis courts and a rather swanky new water & swimming park in the style of Roman ruins.

Slightly further afield, but not too far, are the extremely pretty villages of Fources - the only circular medieval village remaining in SW France - Vianne, Barbaste, La Romieu, Poudenas, Montréal, Mézin, Lectoure, Miradoux, St Puy, and Larressingle.

Gascon cooks have a reputation for not only feeding people, but feeding them well. The local Gascons are France's longest lived as a result of a cuisine that has perplexed and baffled The Harvard Medical Journal forever. In other words, great food is locally produced, relatively inexpensive, fresh, seasonal and tasty without too much fuss. There are also several shiny, Michelin starred restaurants in the region that fuss a little more over the same produce with brilliant results worth paying the extra for.

Anyone planning on a slightly longer stay have the beautiful and vibrant cities of Toulouse, Bordeaux & Pau within an hour and a half drive, which make for very rewarding cultural detours, or as we call it, 'clothes shopping'.

Keen cycling enthusiasts know the area well as Le Tour de France passes through the area almost every year - 2017 will see the entourage come through Durance, just 15 minutes drive away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Nérac, Aquitaine

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £177.73
Pet Fee £0

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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