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Gite with stunning views, 2 ensuite bedrooms, sleeps 4, pool, Wifi, 2 mls Duras

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Vue de Duras Gite - as featured in the Living France magazine and ITV's "Little England" programme.

Standing in the large grounds of Vue de Duras is our gite that opened in June 2011 and featured in ITV's "Little England" and the Living France magazine. It is a lovely two bedroom holiday cottage that still has its original lovely old oak beams that have been incorporated into a comfortable and stylish interior. Vue de Duras was awarded a certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor in 2014.

It is set on the south facing slope of a valley with spectacular views of Duras and its chateau. It is in a very peaceful location among vines and plum trees, and is accessed from the village of Savignac de Duras by a country lane. The clear skies with little light pollution give an amazing show of the stars and planets at night.

The two bedrooms have the latest zip and link beds that can be arranged as king-size double or twin beds. Each bedroom has its own en-suite shower room, wc and wash basin. The open plan lounge with dining and kitchen area leads directly onto a covered terrace, making the most of the beautiful south facing views over the valley to the château at Duras.

Guests have full use of the large tiled swimming pool and the pétanque pitch. There is an HD TV with English & French channels and Wifi in the gîte and on the terrace. Guests taking a winter break will be able to relax in front of a roaring fire in the gîte's log burner.

We are situated on the borders of the Lot and Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde and so are ideally placed for exploring the beautiful countryside, medieval towns, vineyards and markets of all 3 departments. Only 2 miles from the medieval town of Duras and 35 minutes drive from Bergerac. In Duras you will find restaurants, bars, shops, supermarkets, banks, a weekly market and Duras Chateau - a major tourist attraction. There are 2 golf courses within 20 minutes drive.

The gite is situated adjacent but apart from the Vue de Duras chambres d'hotes so gite guests can extend their stay by extra nights if necessary. Gite guests are welcome to use the computer/printer and borrow books from the house.

Hugh and Fiona who live in the house are very happy to provide information on the local area as well as maps. You are also welcome to borrow a sat nav if required.

If you are travelling with Brittany Ferries you are eligible to a 10% discount on fares - please ask Hugh and Fiona for details.

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Fiona O'Connor
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
30 January, 2017

About Fiona O'Connor

My name is Fiona, I am happily married to Hugh, and we are living our dream in the south west of France.

In the UK I was a primary teacher and Hugh an IT project manager. We have both had to develop many skills to enable us to make a success of our new life here. We now wear many hats – pool boy, boulangerie boy, maintenance man, grass cutter, log stacker, marketing manager, builder, chef, baker, decorator, chicken keeper, laundress, gardener, cleaner, tourist guide, wine and cheese taster………. the list is endless with some more enjoyable that others!

We have discovered that we enjoy meeting complete strangers and turning them into friends. We love to see people who arrive here stressed, leave more relaxed as our little bit of paradise works its magic.

Fiona O'Connor purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Fiona O'Connor chose Lot-et-Garonne

Luck was with us on the day that the estate agent showed us 8 houses. Despite only looking to narrow down our search and find somewhere to rent to settle down for the long hunt for the right place, by lunch time we had seen the perfect property – fantastic views, photogenic, not too big/small, too much/little land, not too much work needed, in a friendly and welcoming community and in a famed micro-climate. We put in an offer immediately and four months later we moved in.

Our luck continued with our choice of builder to help us prepare the house to receive guests. It now boasts three en-suite guest rooms, one a suite of two bedrooms sharing a luxury shower room. All with the views we had dreamt of.

We still have to pinch ourselves, occasionally to remind us that it's all real!

What makes this cottage unique

We are an oasis of peace and tranquillity, surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet close to plenty of attractions to interest visitors.

In summer, breakfast is served on the terrace to enable our guests to take in the stunning view.

Vue de Duras is surrounded by plum trees producing Agen prunes and vines producing grapes for Cotes de Duras wines. Merlot grapes border our garden, grown for the delicious La Perriconne wine.

Local boulangeries, markets and wine growers provide all the fresh produce we need to cater for our guests. Our hens complete the idyllic picture.

We are half an hour from Bergerac airport, just over an hour from Bordeaux, and close enough to enjoy all the famous delights of the Dordogne. Closer still are canoeing, horse riding, cycling, walking, chateaux and vineyards.

Guestbook comments from the owner

25/06/2015 A jewel! Tranquil, comfortable and with marvellous views. Area is cycling heaven. Thank you Hugh & Fiona & au revoir. M,P & C, Cambridge

13/06/2015 Wanted to revisit France on our way to Spain. Couldn't have chosen a better venue! :) If you sell the gîte ever give us first refusal! Thanks too for the starter goodies especially the wine! H,T & J, Portsmouth

29/05/2015 What a beautiful tranquil spot. Thank you for making us so welcome. We have had a lovely week here. L, Haslemere

13/05/2015 Lovely relaxing stay in the gîte - want to find a petite residence as lovely as this!! Wonderful views. Great to see Fiona & famly again. We will return! L & M, Chichester

29/03/2015 Have been made very welcome by Fiona & Hugh. Very comfortable & cosy gîte - loved the log burner! Hope we find ourselves something as beautiful. Thank you. K & M, Ashtead

25/10/2014 We loved this gîte. Lovely weather & beautiful views. Fiona & Hugh were great hosts & really helpful. M loved feeding the chickens & they are now on Instagram! Would definitely return. R, V, M & T, Atherstone

28/09/2014 Excellent gîte for a week of total chill out. We never tied of the view - & as a bonus had fab weather! This time actually visited Duras castle & St Emilion as well as most of the restaurants! I & I, Guildford

13/09/2014 We have spent a fabulous 5 nights in the gîte & could not have been made more welcome. Professional from start to finish. Merci. G & M, Llandudno

06/09/2014 The best!!! Relaxed - another great visit. Thanks for making us feel so welcome. J,S, & S, Gloucester

16/08/2014 Beautiful location, stunning views & gorgeous gîte. Hugh & Fiona were so helpful in every way, made navigating around the markets so much easier! Feeding the chickens & returning the "escapees" become morning highlight for the kids:) Many thanks for lovely time. S, N, G, & J, Cornwall

26/07/2014 What a lovely place! Nice house, stunning views, beautiful environment & very helpful hosts! Thanks to Hugh & Fiona we fely very welcome & at home. We enjoyed Duras, the region, the view everyday & the tour de France. Thank you very much for everything & we wish you a wonderful future with Vue de Duras. E, J, S & S, Odoorn, Netherlands

12/07/2014 Another fabulous visit. Hugh & Fiona great hosts as always - made us fel at home & very welcome. You can never tire of the view & surrounding areas. Look forward to coming back soon. Thanks for a great holiday. C & S, Gloucester
Jun 2015
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Definitely recommended

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the 2 bed gite for a week. The weather was good for that time of year and Hugh very kindly kept the pool open for my daughter to swim in. The whole booking process was easy and Fiona was always prompt in replying to emails. The gite and B&B is in a lovely village just outside Duras and the views were beautiful. It was helpful that there was British tv and wifi. The gite was clean and comfortable with everything you need. Fiona and Hugh were excellent hosts and nothing was too much trouble. I would highly recommend staying there. Great for exploring a beautiful area of France.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent B&B

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to fault. Very good all round, wonderful views out over the valley towards the Chateau. Tastefully decorated and furnished. Very clean, comfortable beds, nice linen, extensive choice at breakfast complimented by interesting collection of crockery. Peace and tranquility abound broken only by the cheeping of the little chick which hatched on our first morning.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful little gem

  • 5 of 5

We've recently returned from a fantastic stay at the 'Vue de Duras' and enjoyed every minute. We were made to feel extremely welcome by Hugh and Fiona the hosts, who were so helpful with everything, full of good advice and nothing was too much trouble for them. The gite is in a great position, with a handy super market just 10 minutes away. The typically French village of Duras is charming and just a short drive from the gite where you can enjoy the bars and restaurants it has to offer. The gite itself is delightful and decorated with pretty pieces of hand painted furniture and has such a homely feel that you can't help but completely relax!

The breakfast was perfectly laid out each morning and we were given a lovely choice of fresh fruit, croissants, breads and cereals and enjoyed these whilst sat on the terrace overlooking the pool...perfect start to the day.

We defiantly recommend the Vue de Duras and will most certainly be returning.

Thank you Hugh & Fiona for such a lovely holiday with memories we will keep forever.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cadre Idyllique

  • 5 of 5

Très bel endroit, très bel accueil. Nous avons passé un agréable séjour dans un cadre idyllique ! Nous avons fait la découverte de petits villages très typés. A ne pas manquer !!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
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8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
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27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
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24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
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30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
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Xmas / NY
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner for booking details.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover day is Saturday. Arrival and departure times are very flexible and by arrangement.

To allow flexibility of travel or to avoid travelling at the weekends, extra nights can be reserved in the chambres d'hote.

20% deposit payable on booking with the balance due 6 weeks before the start of your holiday.

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.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Savignac-de-Duras in Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • The two bedrooms have the latest zip and link beds that can be arranged as king-size double or twin beds. Each bedroom has its own en-suite shower room, wc and wash basin. A hairdryer is provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Vue de Duras - Gite Gite - Wifi is available throughout the property including the gite terrace. Gite kitchen: The gite has a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, 4 gas hob, electric oven, and fridge. A washing machine and tumble drier are available for use in the main house. Gite guests - are also welcome to use the computer, printer and scanner that are located in the study of the main house. Gite Bedrooms: The two bedrooms have the latest zip lock beds that can be arranged as double or twin beds. Each bedroom has its own en suite shower room, wc and wash basin. Linen is provided and beds will be made up for you. Towels for the bathroom and pool are provided. Hairdryer provided. Outside: The "Vue de Duras" chambres d'hotes & gite are set among vines and plum trees with spectacular views across rolling countryside to the medieval town of Duras and its chateau. The merlot vines growing next to our property produce "La Periconne" Cotes de Duras wine available locally. There is a 10 x 5 metre tiled pool and a petanque pitch available for the use of guests. There is a twin burner gas barbecue available for use.

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