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Fabulous Stone Farmhouse With Large Private Pool



Updated: 29-Sep-2016
Farmhouse in Seyches, Nr Duras, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, France - Quiet Countryside Location With Views, Great For Family Holidays

La Vitaille is set in the glorious rolling countryside of the Lot et Garonne and on the border of the Dordogne Region. Set in a small hamlet, La Vitaille is situated between the villages of Seyches and Allemans-du-Dropt. It is also near the pretty towns of Duras and Eymet both 15 minutes drive. Bergerac airport is a 40 minute drive. The closest bars, restaurants, boulangeries etc are all a short drive away. La Vitaille is a perfect base for visiting the local vineyards and chateaux of St Emilion, Monbazillac and Bordeaux. The local area comes alive in the summer months with night markets, wine fairs, brocante and antique fairs. The large house is comfortable and extremely well equipped with everything you require for a relaxing holiday. It is ideal for large family groups and easily accommodates 14 people. The pool, huge garden and the games room in the cellar make it a perfect place for children of all ages. We have a cot, 2 high chairs and stair gates.

  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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‘Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic house with us, we all immediately fell in love with it. The rooms were beautifully finished and the house was so well furnished and equipped that we all felt it was more like a home from home’ Saffron, Richard, Madelain and Fraser.

'The house was everything we had hoped for, full of character and very well kitted out. The location was magnificent and we had a wonderful time discovering the Lot et Garonne region and beyond. The excellent weather made the pool all the more welcome, and all in all we had a wonderful holiday.' Brona and family.
Oct 2007
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely stay!

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant stay, the house was fantastic, it was big with plenty of room for the whole family! The children loved the swimming pool and the games room was a big hit! Stair gates were provided so we could relax and not worry about the children with the stairs. Lovely area, lovely neighbours, holiday was enjoyed by all! Thank you, from The Solomon Family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back another year. Frances.
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Much loved family holiday house

  • 5 of 5

We are two families who have returned to La Vitaille in 2016 after a year away and it truly felt like coming home. Frances, the owner, is continually looking to improve the property and this year there were three newly refurbished bathrooms. She is friendly, efficient and helpful to deal with. The house is very well managed in France by an English couple. It is spotlessly clean on arrival and the pool is tended to very regularly. Our children (ranging in age from 7 to 15) love the freedom the space gives them, the table tennis and football tables in the basement, and in particular the pool. The adults love the pool surrounded by loungers, the shaded terrace down one side of the house and the well-appointed kitchen - easy to cater for large numbers. We would highly recommend this house and will certainly be returning ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you love our house as much as we do. I am always pleased when our guests come back again year after year.
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A wonderful property away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

The property was very spacious and well equipped for a large group such as ours. The weather was fantastic so we spent most of our time outside although there were plenty of things to do inside should the weather be not so kind.

If you are looking for a house to hold a large family that is set away from the beaten track then this fits the bill.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are so glad you enjoyed our property and that there was plenty of space for all of you.
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We just keep going back!

  • 5 of 5

We are a party of 3 families who spent our third holiday together at La Vitaille this summer and have just booked the next one! Every time we go, we say we must 'move on' next time and explore another area. But every time we come back and book again!

We love the spacious and relaxed house and that each family can have 2 bedrooms and a bathroom each. Home from home with all the equipment you need to cater fully etc. The cellar is great for losing the kids, we even turned it into a party venue this year for a 13th birthday.

Adults' favourite space is probably the terrace - morning coffee in the sun, afternoon reading/snooze in the shade, eating al fresco, aperitifs venue, star gazing at night.....

Children's favourite space - the pool of course!

When we manage to drag ourselves away to explore there are endless options for everyone.

Make sure you don't miss the night markets!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted when families enjoy La Vitaille as much as we do. We also love it when our guests return. My favourite place is the terrace for all the same reasons, particularly the star gazing!
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Fabulous stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay in the area & property, after our original booking let us down! We were so glad they did & that this house was available (which I'm surprised it was) as it was better than we could have wished for. The owners were very helpful & put our minds at rest immediately.

The property has spectacular views of surrounding countryside, with easy access to local villages. We travelled from Bordeaux Airport, which wasn't a problem, though I suspect Bergerac would be easier if possible?

We were a party of 10 (6 adults/4 kids) but there was plenty of space for all of us & the bedrooms layout worked well for us. The kitchen/utility was well equipped & a bottle of wine greeted us on arrival, which was a nice touch.

The pool is a nice size & the kids loved it, as they did the games room in the cellar, where they spent most of their time. The pool is well positioned & get's the sun all day, though there are parasols for shade, plus you can sit on the side terrace & watch the fun without getting wet, if you prefer!

The outside front terrace is a nice place to unwind with the family at meal times & into the evening with a beer/wine/BBQ.

All in all, we had a wonderful, relaxing break in a well positioned, well equipped & clean period property, with easy access to local shops/villages. So much so, we are looking to book again for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property. I am so glad that you enjoyed the house as much as we do and I am delighted that you are planning to return next year. We will look forward to having you back. Frances.
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A very spacious and lovey holiday rental

  • 5 of 5

The property is as described by the owner and is very well equipped.

There was a new washing machine, tumble drier and a massive new boiler so hot water was always on tap.

The kitchen is huge with plenty of plates, glasses, knives, forks and spoons etc so we never ran out.

The lounge is also a nice relaxing place to sit and I can imagine that in the middle of winter the property would feel very warm and homely with the log burning stove.

The TV has just been replaced with a nice High Definition LG Smart TV linked to a Freesat box which had all the normal English channels.

There was a new BBQ which we used twice and we spent the evenings out on the covered veranda area at the front of the house.

The children really enjoyed the cellar/basement where there was a table tennis table and table football.

There was also plenty of inflatables for the large pool which we all enjoyed.

The property is located in a very quiet location so a car is essential as the nearest supermarket is approximately 15 minutes away (Lidl at Miramont or Casino at Marmande)

The property was clean and tidy when we arrived and as we arrived very late due to problems on the Eurotunnel, the complimentary bottles of red and white wine was very much appreciated.

Frances (the owner) was very friendly and kept us well informed on arrangements and following the holiday, she made a courtesy call to check that we had enjoyed the property and the holiday.

I would certainly recommend this property to friends and relatives and as it can sleep 14, you could easily share with three families.

If you enjoy very good wine at very reasonable prices, then you should try Domaine de Laplace which is a 15 minute drive.

Wines are priced between 4-6 Euros per bottle and they are very good quality. This includes their sparkling Blanc de Blanc which is very similar to Champagne (Method Traditionale)

If you are travelling from England by car, I would strongly recommend staying for 2 weeks as it is a 600 mile drive from Calais but well worth the journey.

Well recommended !!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the property as much as we do and hope you will come again. Frances.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 46 Kilometres Car: necessary


The beautiful beaches of Arcachon are about one and a half hours drive from Vitaille and well worth a day trip.


Bergerac airport 40 min drive. Bordeaux airport 90 min drive.

Channel ports 8-10 hour drive. A car is essential. Car hire is available at both airports.


The Dordogne valley, with its many chateaux and pretty villages such as La Roque-Gageac, Beynac and Domme, is a 40 min drive. The beautiful city of Bordeaux is a 90 min drive and makes a fantastic day out for shopping or culture or both! Duras and Eymet, both lovely market towns with bars, shops, restaurants and banks are a 15 min drive. Issigeac, a charming medieval village, is a 35 min drive and its Sunday market is a must. St Emilion is less than an hour and well worth a visit.

Further Details:

There are large supermarkets found locally in Miramont 15 mins and Marmande 20 mins. The local Boulangerie at Escassefort is a 5 min drive. There is a great butcher, boulangerie, small store, pizza bar, tabac, petrol station and restaurant in Seyches which is our local village 8 mins. Canoeing is available on the Dordogne and also at the nearby village of Allemans-du-Dropt.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
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 £250

Booking Notes:
A 25 % non-refundable deposit is required to secure the booking with final balance due 60 days before arrival. A (refundable) security breakage deposit of £250 is required with final balance. This will be returned 7 days after departure inspection subject to any damage or breakages.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Gas, electricity, linen and bath/hand towels included.

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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Family


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 - bath with shower over, hand-basin and WC. Upstairs bathroom - bath, separate shower, WC and hand-basin. Downstairs bathroom - bath with shower over, WC and hand-basin.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 3 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, 2, 3 and 4 are upstairs. 5 and 6 on ground floor. Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedrooms 3 and 4 with 3 single beds each. Bedroom 5 with double bed. Bedroom 6 with 2 single beds.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: On the raised terrace outside there is a barbecue and tables and chairs. The front terrace is covered and is a great shady spot for lunch. The side terrace is open and benefits from the morning sun. Down the stone steps from the terrace there is the private (12x5m) swimming pool with paved terracing all around, sun loungers and parasols. The pool is in an elevated position with open views across the countryside. The pool is enclosed with safety fencing in accordance with French legal requirements. Down further steps from the pool is a large expanse of grassed garden which is a great recreational area for children. Utility Room: Laundry room is well equipped with washing machine, dryer, iron, ironing board and cleaning equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is thoroughly cleaned before each new guest arrives. Linen and bath towels are included. Please provide your own pool towels. Other: There is an enormous cellar containing a second fridge, bar, table tennis table and table football. You will also find a selection of footballs, bats and balls and pool inflatables.

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