OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Lovely quiet 3 bedroom rural house with private 10x5m pool St Emilion nearby

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Tranquil, private 3 bedroom family house amongst vineyards, large pool

Les Hirondelles is a 19th century maison de mâitre with lovely 10x5m pool, set in luscious and pretty scenery with views of vineyards and rolling fields. The house provides a tranquil, relaxing base for your holiday as well as an ideal location from which to explore countryside, markets, numerous Bastide towns and historic chateaux. Wine lovers will be able to enjoy the small independent wine producers (caves) nearby, and the more famous wine producing estates which surround the historic towns of Saint Emilion (35 mins), and Sancerre (30 mins) while lovers of culture and fashion can enjoy the vibrant city of Bordeaux, which is within easy travelling distance (1 hour). The house is a welcoming and comfortable generously proportioned home, with many original features; such as beamed ceilings, open fireplaces and antique tiled and wooden flooring. The large swimming pool is surrounded by large lawn dotted with ornamental shrubs, roses and numerous fruit trees. Dogs very welcome. Les Hirondelles is usually rented out Sunday to Sunday.

Mark Elvins
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
11 April, 2018

About Mark Elvins

We fell in love with Les Hirondelles and had to buy it. It is such a peaceful place that we love to stay there simply relaxing, enjoying the away-from-it-all vibe and the slow pace of rural life all around. Children love running in the gardens and playing in the pool, and grown ups have lots of things to do in the area too.

Mark Elvins purchased this house in 2005

Why Mark Elvins chose Saint-Exupéry

The calm serenity of Les Hirondelles' rural location has to be experienced to be believed. The slow pace of life is a real stress-buster, whether using the property as a base for local exploration or simply staying at home, relaxing in the peaceful gardens or cooling off in the large pool.

What makes this house unique

Les Hirondelles is set in a small rural hamlet far away from heavy traffic and the pace of life there is dreamy. It's easy to relax and feel in the middle of nature, but at the same time enjoy all the benefits of access to the fun of a modern swimming pool. Lovely views over the surrounding vineyards are combined with as much rest and relaxation as anyone could want, with the local attractions of St Emilion and Bordeaux on tap if you need them.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint-Exupéry in Gironde

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Downstairs family bathroom with bath/shower and sink, separate wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed and single bed. Bedroom 2 with king-size bed. Bedroom 3 (an interconnecting side bedroom) with 1 single bed and 1 double bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes on accommodation: There is a complete information pack kept at the house, which details everything you will need to know to make your stay a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Outside: The large private (10m x 5m) pool is located at the secluded rear of the property, bordered by a security fence, which can be removed when the poolside alarm system is activated in accordance with the instructions provided. The pool is surrounded by a large lawn dotted with ornamental shrubs, rose flower beds and numerous fruit trees such as fig, cherry, apple, pear and peach together with a mulberry and walnut tree. Poolside shade is under trees and parasols, poolside furniture is available. A rose hedge surrounds most of the back garden. To the front of the house is a small quiet country lane across which is a wooded petit parc, which also belongs to the house. From here you get lovely views across the valley and to the vineyards in the distance. Utility Room: Utility room connected to the kitchen with washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is thoroughly cleaned before each new guest arrives. Linen and bath towels are included. Other: French doors from the kitchen open to the front garden and lead to an outside eating area set beneath a large maple tree that affords shade in the heat of the day and a delightful venue for candlelit diners in the cool of the evening.


5/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Lovely quiet 3 bedroom rural house with private 10x5m pool St Emilion nearby
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Rustic and restful

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house in an idyllic setting – a very ‘unspoilt’ country hamlet, but close enough to plenty of towns so getting supplies / eating out is easy. The building itself is big and roomy with plenty of period features – a classic maison maitre – but nicely appointed with all the amenities you’d expect. Plenty to do in the local area (and Monsegur on market day is definitely worth a visit), but if that feels too energetic this an ideal place just to have a splash in the pool and then sit back, relax, take in the view and listen to the grapes growing in the vineyard next door.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Comfortable, peaceful, nicely furnished

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time here, exploring the local countryside on our bikes, making the occasional foray to local vineyards. The house has the kind of rustic charm you always hope you will find in the south of France. It is tastefully furnished, well-equipped (especially the kitchen) and everything was in good nick.The place is not too remote, but its extremely peaceful and the locals were very charming and helpful, Definitely considering a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Delightful base for exploring Entre Deux Mers

  • 5 of 5

This was my second stay here, I've stayed with a party of 2 families and kids, and in a party of 5 friends, and the house was great for both. It is clean and as described and I would recommend it. The pool is lovely, private but set in a mature garden, and well maintained. The pretty garden goes all round the house so you can choose sun or shade for outdoor meals. Inside is comfortable, with high quality and generous furnishings, and we found everything we needed, even Elizabeth David to cook with. It is a house in which you can thoroughly enjoy staying and you feel at home. There are lots of nearby places to visit including markets, and local summer festivals featuring food, wine and dancing. La Reole was particularly interesting, also Arcachon further afield with its amazing dunes and museum from another age. A week can certainly go by very quickly here!

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Idyllic holiday house

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a classic French gite with your own pool in a beautiful, sunny and peaceful place then this is for you. The house is tastefully furnished with plenty of room, large gardens and with countrl walks to enjoy right from the doorstep. There are many beautiful sites to visit, especially St Emilion, and plentiful towns and villages for excellent meals out and wine tasting. Couldn't recommend it highly enough, and at a bargain price!

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
4 0

Stunning Family House with gorgeous pool

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful house is ideal for two families to share. It was immaculate, spacious and perfectly located to explore the local area. It has everything you need for eating inside or outside and is ideal for entertaining. There is ample parking and the house is situated in a lovely quiet location. We had a fabulous holiday and will definitely return soon.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Car: recommended


The dunes of Arcachon are around 2 hours away by car.


Bordeaux airport is an hour away by car; Bergerac airport is 1 hour 15 mins by car. Bordeaux train station is an alternative and where connections to Langon and La Reole (15 mins from the house) can be easily made. However car hire is recommended and is easily available from either Bordeaux or Bergerac.


We are close to the vineyards of St. Emilion (35 mins) and Sauternes (30 mins). There is much to do locally such as visiting the medieval towns of La Reole (10 mins), Sauveterre-de-Guyenne (15 mins), Monsegur (25 mins) and Duras (30 mins), the nearby chateaux of Malle (near Sauternes), Cadillac and Malrome (a connection to Toulouse-Lautrec), and discovering historic churches, abbeys (La Sauve) and ancient mills (Loubens).

Further Details:

The nearest supermarkets are in Sauveterre and La Reole (10-15 mins drive away) and restaurants abound in the local villages and towns, where it is easy to find anything ranging from haute cuisine to good country meals, all very well priced.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saint-Exupéry, Gironde

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Applicable Terms & Conditions:
Please see website at www.stexuperyholiday.com for much more information. All rentals and Bookings of Les Hirondelles are exclusively governed by the Terms & Conditions available on the website at www.stexuperyholiday.com. Anyone wishing to make a Booking is required to complete, sign and return (by email, to: markelvins49@icloud.com) the Booking Form available on that website. The payment of any Booking Deposit, of any Balance and of any rental payment, and the making of any Booking will be construed as affirmation and acceptance of the aforesaid Terms & Conditions, superseding anything previously agreed, proposed or represented that conflicts with them.

Booking Notes:
A Booking Deposit is due at the time of booking (25% of the Price) and the remainder is due at least 60 days/8 calendar weeks (at the Owner's discretion) before the Booking starts.

Changeover Day:
Bookings for Les Hirondelles normally run from 4pm Sunday afternoon to 11am Sunday morning. Bookings starting and/or ending on other days of the week are sometimes possible, but they must be agreed to by the Owner in writing. Their availability depends on whether preceding or following periods have already been booked and they are unlikely to be possible in Summer season.

Notes on prices:
Prices for Les Hirondelles are per week in Sterling (UK Pounds - £). Les Hirondelles is normally only let in blocks of one or more weeks. Where daily or nightly prices are advertised, those are for information only and do not constitute an offer or agreement to let Les Hirondelles on anything other than a weekly basis. Long lets are negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Ask Owner a Question