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Spacious Cottage with Private Pool set in tranquil 2 acre site

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Peaceful Holiday Cottage with pool near Duras, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine

Surrounded by orchards and vineyards and set in it's own 2 acres of parkland, this spacious and well equipped cottage has its own private swimming pool (5m x 10m), and makes a peaceful and relaxing country base for 4 people.The ancient market town of Duras with it's imposing chateau, is less tha 2km away and is easily walkable, mostly off the road.

The area is famous across France for high-class prunes (pruneaux d'agen) and for duck farming (confit, foie gras etc). It also has a selection of small but excellent wine regions, of which Cote de Duras is one. The local white wine is particularly good and Berticot is also the name of the local wine co-operative. Berticot wine is on sale in many British supermarkets.

The cottage lies at the end of a private driveway off the D 708 (about 250 mtrs long), and shares the site with the owners house. The owner is never in residence when the cottage is occupied, so all the facilities, including the pool, are for the sole use of the guests.

The cottage is tastefully decorated and features exposed stonework and beams throughout and consists of a large lounge/dining room, two large double bedrooms, both en suite, a fully equipped kitchen, a third bathroom (shower and WC), and a utility room. Smoking is not permitted inside the cottage, and pets are not allowed.

Outside is a covered dining veranda overlooking the pool (table and four chairs) with an electric ceiling fan, and at the rear of the property, there is a connected raised wooden decking and patio with breakfast tables and chairs. The pool has it's own patio with sunbeds and sun shades.

The lounge is equipped with a flat screen TV (with satellite dish for UK channels), a woodburning stove, hifi system, DVD player, Wifi connection, dining table with four chairs and easy chairs. Large french doors give access to the pool and dining veranda. Indoor games and books are provided, but you will need to bring your own DVD's.

Bedroom one has two single beds (which can be made up as a 6ft double), and has an en-suit bathroom with bath (shower over), WC, basin, electric towel rail, mirror and shaver socket. The bathroom also has underfloor heating

Bedroom two has a 5' double bed, and an en-suit shower room (walk in shower) with WC, basin, electric towel rail, mirror and shaver socket

Both bedrooms have electric ceiling fans, clothes storage facilities and double patio doors leading onto the raised decking referred to earlier. They also have electric heaters. All beds have duvets and Egyptian cotton bed-linen. Two towels are provide for each guest.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a 4 ring gas hob, an eye level electric self cleaning oven, a microwave, a dishwasher, a fridge and ample storage for the full range of kitchen utensils (including toaster, kettle, coffee maker etc) and crockery provided. There is an electric heater and a sink,of course.

The utility room has a second fridge with a small freezer, a washing machine, an electric tumble drier (metered separately and not included in the rental price), a bread maker, airing and drying facilities and storage for the normal domestic utensils supplied (iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner etc.)It also has a second sink.

The third bathroom has a walk in shower, WC and basin.

Outside there is a large courtyard with covered car parking for one vehicle and a portable BBQ is provided. The grounds are largely laid to grass (mowed regularly) which are unfenced. There are several mature trees in the grounds which provide shady picnic areas, and the grounds are bordered on three sides by plum trees and on the fourth by vines. (The plums are delicious, if you happen to be there in season).

Changeover day is Saturday. For booking form and T's and C's, please contact the owner direct. Payment can be made through Paypal for your convenience and peace of mind, but a surcharge will apply.


June `After 30yrs of French gite holidays, this has been the best we have been in, so many thoughtful touches inside and out. Thanks for letting us share your little bit of paradise'

July `Fabulous place just perfect for all our needs'

July `A perfect week in a perfect place. Our third stay'.

Aug `What a lovely quiet and peaceful place to stay. Thoroughly enjoyed it'

Aug `The best French cottage we have ever stayed in. Very clean and well equipped. Fantastic location. Thank you'

Sept `Another visit and another wonderful trip'

More Details

Michael Brennan
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
30 November, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner

Returned after 8years for four glorious weeks...mostly enjoyed the peace and tranquility lazing by the pool....JDB June 2012

Our second stay at Berticot, and once again we have enjoyed every minute of our stay here. Perfect......RLB July 2012

Wonderful propertry - best we have ever stayed in.....BBT Aug2012

Very comfortable accomodation with beautiful views - a lovely stay at Berticot...NML Sept 2012

A beautifully maintained and peaceful place to stay. From the moment we arrived we knew this was going to be a fantastic holiday - and it did not disappoint.....CPS Sept 2012
May 2007
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
low season
13 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season
17 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
high season
15 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late low season
27 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please see calendar or check the availability with the owner by phone or email. A deposit of 25% will secure a booking, and a statement will be sent showing the balance outstanding. The remaining balance must be paid in full 8 weeks before arrival. If less than 8 weeks, then the full rate is payable before arrival. Payment can be made through Paypal for added security.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday with arrival from 4pm and departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Use of tumble dryer is charged as an extra. Electricity and water are included in the price but excessive use of either will be charged at cost price.

20% deposit with confirmation. Balance due 8 weeks before start date. Cheques and transfers accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Duras in Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with large walk-in shower, basin and WC. Tiled walls and floor. En suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with bath (shower over), basin, WC and underfloor heating.Tiled walls and floor. All bathrooms have large mirrors with lighting and shaver sockets Bathrooms 1 and 2 also have heated towel rails. Third bathroom with shower, basin and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (4.2 x 3.7m) with double (5') bed and double doors to veranda. En suit shower room with basin and WC. Dressing table and wardrobe rail. Bedroom 2 (4.2 x 3.3m) with twin beds (can be made into 6' double if required) also with double doors to verandah. En suit bathroom (bath with shower over) with basin and WC. Chest of drawers and wardrobe. Ceiling fans fitted in both rooms. Both have bedside tables with lamps, and alarm clocks. There is a hair dryer. Bed-linen is Egyptian cotton, and there is a mixture of pillows.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is most suited to 1 or 2 couples and is really not suitable for small children owing to the unfenced pool and pond. The pool area is fully lit including underwater lighting, for evening use. The area abounds in wildlife including hares, deer, hoopoes, herons, buzzards etc. The pond contains lots of fish and frogs, and guests are asked to throw stale bread in when they can. Our neighbour has a large natural reservoir which you can walk to and which is home to thousands of frogs. The noise on some summer evenings is amazing and well worth the stroll. There are several fruit trees on the property (apples, cherries, damsons and of course plums) which guests are free to eat if they are in season.

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