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Tastefully Converted Dovecote with Heated Pool in Own Grounds

Bedrooms 2
Space 215 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Converted Pigeonnier nr Castelmoron-sur-Lot - peaceful rural location, surrounded by fields with large pool

Quirky and charmingly modernised Pigeonnier (dovecote), ideal for a small family wanting a large pool and plenty of outdoor space. The Pigeonnier is surrounded by fields and enjoys panoramic views over open countryside. It dates back to the late 19th century and stands in over a hectare of land. Next to the swimming pool - which is very large for a house of this size - is a pleasant shaded terrace where meals can be eaten. The property is completely secluded with the nearest neighbors being a field away.

More Details

Barbara Millar
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
6 June, 2017

About Barbara Millar

We have two sons, three dogs and up until recently ran a Guest House in the Cotswolds which meant we didn't really have much time to visit the house. Something we hope to remedy in the future!

Barbara Millar purchased this villa in 2005

Why Barbara Millar chose Lot-et-Garonne

When the opportunity presented itself to buy the Pigeonnier we just couldn't resist it.

It was in a really sorry state when we first went to see it, but we knew with hard work it could be transformed into a really nice home, which reflected our simple tastes and uncluttered style.

Yes it is compact - but the outside space is a huge bonus and anyway who wants to be inside when the sun is shining!

What makes this villa unique

Set in its on grounds, the Pigeonnier is a truly peaceful place. Somewhere to relax. Turn off the mobile, get a good book, a glass of wine and sit by the pool, relax and forget what's going on in the rest of the world for a while.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: If you are interested in making a booking for my property, I suggest you use "Enquire Now" rather than "Request to Book" to contact me.

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I have been processing payments from guests via cheque/BACS transfer successfully for over 8 years and have never had a complaint or problem with payment security.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Exactly what we asked for. Privacy, own pool, stunning location. Modern utilities which were well maintained and easy to use."
Jun 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Castelmoron-sur-Lot in Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 215 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room just outside double bedroom which contains shower, hand basin and wc. Second large walk-in shower can be found in the basement with separate wc and handbasin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - standard double bed with balcony and private shower/toilet just outside the bedroom. Bedroom 2 - 2 standard single beds in the attic room with TV/DVD player and a selection of DVDs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Whilst this property is ideal for families, we would like to point out that all floors are accessed by a steep open plan spiral staircase. Bath/pool towels & linen are provided on a weekly basis. If a mid-week clean is required there will be an additional charge, please contact the owner or custodian for prices & to arrange. Baby-sitting & evening meals can also be provided upon request. Please note that the pool is only heated during the high season.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


The perfect place to unwind

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a short break to totally get away from it all and spent hours researching all options, none of which seemed quite right... until we came across the pigeonnier and booked it immediately. The reality beat our already high expectations; it couldn't have been more perfect. We enjoyed total peace and quiet and uninterrupted views in all directions - either from the beautiful first floor balcony (accessed from the master bedroom) or the raised patio area under the huge tree. Despite the fact the weather was cooling when we visited at the end of September, the pool was lovely and warm and we spent most days reading and enjoying a cold beer on the comfortable sun loungers. The amenities inside and out were spot on - the fully equipped kitchen meant we picked up supplies from the local villages and supermarket and cooked every evening, and whilst the inside space was cosy it was perfect for the two of us to spend the evenings playing cards and eating cheese! It really was the ideal place to unwind, the only downside that we booked for just four nights. We are already planning our return next year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Surpassed Expectations

  • 5 of 5

This is the first Gite we have stayed in that has totally surpassed expectations. The house itself, though clearly small, never feels claustrophobic because you will spend 90% of your time outside in the magnificent garden or visiting the surrounding area. If you want to escape from it all, this is absolute perfection.

La Pidge (as we have come to know it) is separated over 4 floors...

The roof space has been converted to a twin room, ideal for the kids. A tv and Xbox 360 surprised us on arrival, turning out to be perfect for those 'Don't wake us up in the morning please' days. The next floor down is the Master bedroom and wc/shower room. The Master bedroom has plenty of storage to unpack into, tasteful decoration and a lovely balcony with seating, overlooking the pool and beyond. The ground floor is the kitchen/lounge and has everything you could need. The stereo got well used (nobody in the neighborhood to annoy so all windows open and volume up most days), the TV had satellite channels (used once for the F1 Grand Prix), well fitted kitchen and comfortable chairs, not that you'll sit in them. Finally, the basement! Massive shower, another wc and a pretty vast fridge freezer were used daily. A great area to change into and out of wet things. All 4 floors are connected with a single and quirky spiral staircase. Took some getting used to but at least it slows the kids down.

Outside: This is what we went for. The pool is fantastic, the patio area around it ideal. The raised patio where the BBQ and seating is, was absolutely perfect. Sitting under 'The Tree' of an evening, entrecote on the barbie, glass of St Emillion in hand, watching the sunset whilst the kids splashed in the pool was about as close to perfection as it's possible to get. It's for this reason that the second we got back, we booked a fortnight for next summer!

La Pidge is about as far out of the way as you'd want to be whilst still being 10-15 minutes pleasant drive from villages and town life.

We've stayed in a few gites now and although we've always had a lovely time in the main, there's always been something that hasn't been 'as described' or some experience that took something away from our holiday. This is the first place that has surpassed expectations and so it's the first place I've written a review for. We can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place, location and holiday overall. Everything that you need for that week away from it all, is here. One of the best holiday's we have ever had. Cannot recommend it enough.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect stay !

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to France with our children. The kids adored the Pigeonneir and so did we : plenty of room, bags of character, with a superb pool, and garden big enough to play football on ! The owners have provided toys for the pool, and the garden, and the property is perfectly presented and immaculate.

The local area is beautiful and the Pigeonnier is in the ideal place to experience the best France has to offer - beautiful countryside, picturesque villages, and impressive cities. In terms of the immediate vicinity, there are plenty of villages, shops, and restaurants dotted around - and most towns have local markets at least once a week.

If you like cities, then Bordeaux is just over an hour drive down the autoroute, and is well worth a visit.

We could not have picked a nicer property to stay in - and the hospitality of the owners when we arrived was first class. Highly recommended :)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent holiday accommodation

  • 4 of 5

I dont usually write reviews, but this place really deserved one. The pigeonnier is in a fantastic setting, with the most amazing pool. It's laid out to make to best use of the space available and it really does this well. The owners really have thought of almost every detail, even down to movies fo the kids. My only negative was that ther was no wi-fi. Otherwise it was truly EXCELLENT.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rural idyll

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the pigeonneir in August. It was exactly as described, small house big pool. We have never had such a great pool and the quirky dovecote was perfect for us. Our two boys had all they wanted and there was enough to do locally for the days out.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Aut/Winter 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

Changeover day - in the high season the changeover day is Saturdays, however for bookings outside of the high season we try to be flexible so please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Notes on prices:
Prices are quoted weekly, however if you would like to book for less (minimum stay 4-nights) please do not hesitate to contact us.

Available for long winter lets, price negotiable.

An initial booking fee of £150.00 is required, with all outstanding monies paid no less than 16 weeks prior to the rental commencing. For bookings made within 16 weeks of the stay or for any stay of more than 2 weeks, all monies must be paid in full at time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.