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Modernised farm cottage surrounded by peaceful meadow and forest with pool

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

2 Bedrooms Sleeps 4.

This fully restored 17th century gîte with pool, surrounded by private eight acres of woodland and meadow, is situated at the gateway to the Lot & Dordogne valleys an area of outstanding natural beauty famous for its vineyards, plum orchards and beautiful hilltop villages. The 8 acre estate is home to roe deer and other animals.

The gîte has been fully restored to a high standard. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one double and one twin, and a bathroom. There is an additional z-bed available for the twin room suitable for an additional 3rd child. Downstairs is an open plan kitchen/dining room and living area. The kitchen is fully equipped with dish washer, gas hob and electric oven, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, large fridge-freezer, coffee machine etc. The lounge area has a flat screen TV with English Freesat channels and dvd player. All bed linen and towels are provided for your stay (not including pool towels).

Board games and English adult reading books are available in the gîte. However, so far we have been unsuccessful in sourcing children's reading books written in English. So for the young readers in your family, please remember to bring your own books.

Adjoining the house is a terrace with table and chairs plus a parasol where trees provide welcome shade from the midday sun. There is space for parking one car, however there is ample space outside the owner's home should parking be required for a second car. From the terrace a short walk across the meadow will take you to the swimming pool which is 12 x 5m and surrounded by a security fence in accordance with French law. Relax on the sun loungers on the terrace by the pool.

There is a barbecue available for guests to use (charcoal not provided).

The gîte is surrounded by our own eight acres of meadows and woodland where you can walk and enjoy the wild flowers and butterflies, and even gather wild strawberries or chestnuts according to the season. Wildlife visitors include: Roe deer, badgers, wild boar, hares and rabbits, and red squirrels. Birds of prey are frequently seen and include buzzard, red and black kites, sparrow-hawk, hen-harrier, kestrel and barn owls. Other garden visitors include: hoopoe, common redstart, goldcrest, black redstart, red shrikes, nuthatch, white wagtail, golden Oriole, all the woodpeckers and various lizards. Insects include many species of butterflies. A true naturalist paradise.

Sorry, no pets and no smoking in the gîte.

There is only one rented property at this location. We live on site and are available to help and advise if needed but will otherwise leave you in peace to enjoy your holiday.

More Details

Owner
Dion & Jacqueline
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
19 December, 2017

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All children must be supervised by a responsible adult in the meadows and forests.
  • Under 16's must be supervised by an adult in the swimming pool area.
Location Type:
  • rural
General:
  • 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 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Modern bathroom. Bath, over bath shower, toilet, sink, shaver point. Towels included (please note pool towels are not included).
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 3rd Child can be acommodated in a z-bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Reviews

3.3/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

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Modernised farm cottage surrounded by peaceful meadow and forest with pool
average rating of 3.3333333 based on 3 reviews
5

Wonderful countryside, friendly/attentive owners

  • 5 of 5

This was our 5th year coming to France and staying in private houses/gites. We stayed for a week in early August and had a wonderful time. The owners had just completed the pool fence before we arrived as we had mentioned that we had 2 young children with us - very decent and kind of them to be so aware of safety around the pool. The kids spent most of the holiday in the pool and it is the best pool we have ever had. Most are the small above-ground type, this is a proper pool and was always clean too.

The grounds are extensive and interesting, you may even see local deer as we did, and there are a number of fields/meadows all for guests' use.

The gite itself is well-equipped with an open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge downstairs and 2 lovely bedrooms upstairs with a clean, modern bathroom as well as bath and shower.

Privacy was not an issue. We were a little concerned, having always stayed in private properties in the past, that being on the same grounds as the owners might have been awkward but it was like having our own home and they left us alone throughout. Yet they were always there if you needed them, exactly how it should be. They were kind enough to leave us a bottle of wine and the gite was spotless when we arrived.

Fumel and the surrounding areas are beautiful and the weather was excellent as this property is in the south of France and benefits from that climate. We found plenty of good places to eat within short driving distance.

All in all, this was a lovely holiday and we can firmly recommend this property to others. Well done.

Tim & Peta (+ boys!)

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tim & Peta, It was lovely to meet you and the boys, and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay so much. We do want our guests to enjoy their well earned holidays, and are glad that you enjoyed yours so much, here. It was a pleasure having you here, and your boys are a real credit to you. For any future prospective gite owners we can fully recommend and endorse this family. We also are keen to provide a positive experience for our guests, and welcome helpful suggestions from our guests, and after you departed we changed the curtain for a blind in the bathroom, so thank you for the suggestion. Thank you for leaving the gite in a wonderful condition. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Lovely location, very tranquil. Hire a cleaner at the end of your stay.

  • 1 of 5

You will need a car. It's about 2km outside of Fumel, quite rural. The pool is lovely and always spotlessly clean. Unfortunately having a cleaning robot running all day every day, even when the family is using the pool, can be annoying. We stayed two weeks in August and the weather was lovely.

The property is quoted as sleeping 6, however there are only 2 upstairs bedrooms with 2 single beds and a double. The 5th/6th persons would need to bunk up on a fold-out couch & mattress on the ground floor, which is a combined kitchen/living area.

The bathroom was not cleaned to a high standard and there was an unidentified smell emanating from the fridge when we arrived.

The furniture, fittings, white goods, utensils, beds and bedlinen are clearly all of a budget quality. The bedding was rough and uncomfortable. It's clear that the bare minimum was spent on kitting out the gite but all items you will need are there.

The owners kept a safe distance, were helpful and left us alone - in general.

We were expected to sort our rubbish and dispose of it in a recycling centre in Fumel during our stay. We did not know of this in advance and it's not what I have usually had to deal with when renting a holiday home. The categories of glass/papers/plastics/other were not clear and we learnt the hard way how to sort it after our first visit. Instructions would be useful.

Before we left we emptied bins and disposed of rubbish with minor exceptions. We cleaned and tidied the gite and left it in a reasonable condition. The owners didn't see us off when we left at 7am nor did they inspect the property before we left. When I arrived home I had an unpleasant email stating the owners would keep almost two thirds of my deposit to replace a repairable chair and for "cleaning". Apparently they expected us to leave the gite in a condition whereby they would not have to lift a finger to prepare it for the next visitors. For example they expected us to have ironed the bedlinen that we washed. It wasn't organised neatly enough on shelves and was declared "a shambles". I saw photos of the chair damage - simple wear and tear but kept a chunk of my deposit and bought a new one. Hence the recommendation to hire a cleaner for your own sake and don't touch anything! They are seemingly not aware of the OwnersDirect Changeover/Cleaning Checklist web page.

These people are in the early learning stages of renting their holiday home. Shame we were the guinea pigs.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are disappointed at your review & the one star, but are not surprised given your vexatious & insulting private emails received over the last few weeks. We do feel it necessary to address the many inaccuracies in your review. We did go out of our way to ensure you had a pleasant stay honoring your demands. Our gite is self-catering, we do not offer fully serviced accommodation. The property description states persons 5 & 6 are accommodated by a bed settee for children or teenagers. You booked on 4/6/16 for 2 adults and 2 children. On 27/6/16 you contacted us to ask could your mother come. By email at 13.15 I explained a 5th person could use the sofa bed. You replied at 15:43 “Yes, that all sounds good”. Instead of giving your elderly mother a bed, you chose to make her sleep on the sofa bed & give your children the beds, and then complained about it! We immediately bought a folding bed so no one slept on it for the remainder of your stay. The whole gite was cleaned on the morning of your arrival. The rental agreement states that if anything was wrong with the gite you should bring it to our attention immediately. Despite being asked you did not raise this. The furniture & white goods aren’t budget quality & a combination of Hotpoint & Whirpool. In most gites & camp sites you are responsible for your own rubbish and recycling waste. Printed instructions were given to you on arrival regarding the waste disposal which you hadn’t bother to read. We are still waiting for you to let us know precisely what time you are leaving, instead of texting us after you have left at 7am. Regarding your “minor exceptions” of rubbish, you left behind 3 bin bags & left the fridge full of decomposing food and worse, a filthy oven & dirty floors. The mop was bone dry after your departure. We have sent you some of the photos. We expect the gite to be left as found i.e. clean & tidy before departure & you agreed to that when you made the booking. We thoroughly clean the gite in between all guests. The armchair cover was ripped in more than one place and beyond economical repair. The bed linen is pure cotton & brand new, we have the receipts proving the cost over 1000€, hardly cheap. Guinea pigs? You were not our first guests. All the others received their security deposits in full. WE DO NOT EXPECT ANYONE TO IRON BEDDING. PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE OF THE DAMAGE THAT Alan S. CONSIDERS SIMPLE "WEAR & TEAR", & "MINOR EXCEPTIONS OF RUBBISH" IF YOU ARE RETICENT TO BOOK WITH US.
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Peaceful location, great pool

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week at this property. It was clean and well equipped. The owners were incredibly welcoming and helpful. The pool was lovely. A great temperature and well maintained. The gite is surrounded by lovely countryside and plenty of room for the children to play. Great wifi too. Thank you Dion & Jacqueline for a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Candy & Paul, Thank you so much. We're delighted that you enjoyed your weeks holiday with us. It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely boys. Thank you also for leaving the gite in such an amazing condition, we very much appreciate it. Any time you are in our area we would be delighted to accommodate/meet you again (we'll even have finished the car park at the main house, which we'd left to ensure your peace!).
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Location

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Fumel
Nearest Ferry
650 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Le Neuf du Bouysset
Nearest Train
5.5 Kilometres
Monsempron-Libos
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
A62
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Fumel
Nearest Beach
220 Kilometres
Ararcachon
Car: necessary

We are ideally situated between three popular holiday areas. Lot-et-Garonne has many beautiful hilltop villages (known as Bastides): Penne d'Agenais, Pujols, Monpazier and Montflanquin to name a few. The spectacular castles of Bonaguil and Biron are also well worth a visit. The river Dordogne is about an hours drive away for canoeing and sightseeing of this popular area, including the chateaus of Castelnaud, Beynac and Chateau des Milandes. To the east of the Lot has many attractions including the beautiful town of Cahors (about 45 minutes), spectacular caves at the Gouffre de Padirac and outstandingly pretty villages of St Cirq Lapopie and Rocamadour (about one and a half hours). One hour away is the stunning medieval town of Sarlat with many restuarants, a beautiful cathedral and museums.

For children there are swimming lakes at Montaigu de Quercy and Lac Vert, ideal for a day out with a picnic, as well as the Parc en Ciel adventure course. Further afield is the Walibi Leisure Park with rides and activities for the family.

The Lot-et-Garonne department generally enjoys some of the best summer weather in France and warm temperatures can last from May or June well into October.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Fumel, Aquitaine

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
30 Sep 2017 - 2 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£213
for 3 nights
From
£71
 
 
Spring
3 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£534
for 7 nights
£534
 
 
Easter 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£622
for 7 nights
£622
 
 
Late Spring
14 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£622
for 7 nights
£622
 
 
Early Summer
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£756
for 7 nights
£756
 
 
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£934
for 7 nights
£934
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£445
for 7 nights
£445
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £266.77
Stay tax £0.53 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

A gas central heating surcharge of 100Euro is payable for low season when heating is required. The stay tax is a local Tourist Tax.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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