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Enjoy Panoramas, Pool and Paradise! Nr St Emilion, adjacent to ancient abbey



Updated: 17-Sep-2016
The Old School House in Pujols, Near Saint Emilion, Dordogne, Gironde, France - Enjoy A Gite With A Real Past And Bundles Of Character. New Pool. Between Bordeaux & Bergerac.

Welcome to this lovely, relaxed Gite in its very special setting. Here you have commanding views down over the sweeping vineyards below, and across the Aquitaine plain towards St Emilion.

Awaken to the sun and idle up the lane to the village deli for bread (4 mins). Enjoy your croissant by the pool and plan lunch at the charming bistro in the village square.

Tonight there is a local rose for aperitif on the lower terrace and then a barbecue on the lawn as everyone relaxes into the holiday . . . . and then becomes breathless as the incredible sunset reveals from the special vantage point.

Forget your watch, and let the chime of the Abbey set the pace.

And beyond today? Wonderful walks, cycling (4 bikes are yours to use) and exploration from this comfortable base. The Dordogne river is just 5km away and the area is rich in wine chateau (endless tastings!), idyllic villages, historic towns and many local activities (eg caves, canoeing, ballooning, golf).

The "Anciennes Ecole" is packed with traditional French character, yet has new and modern amenities (eg 2 ensuites added new in 2016, refurbished bedrooms, TV, DVD, WiFi etc). It's also very private, being gated and with a walled courtyard. A huge and rambling garden stretches off down the hillside.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We live on the West Coast of Scotland among the mountains and beside the loch. It's a sensational location - but sometimes we find it a little wet and cold. The climate, culture and style of the south of France is compelling! As a family of 7 (youngest is 14 and oldest is 28), our French home needed to fulfill a wide range of criteria, and The Old School House hit the spot. - it's large and spacious, and seems to always expand to take more family and friends. - there is lots to explore, to do and to see right on the doorstep. jogging and cycling is fantastic - there is night life in towns, not too far away - the property has two old classrooms, yet to be refurbished (another project in the wings)!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"What an incredible spot! Deep in the countryside, yet close to local village amenities" M Foubert

"Yours is a beautifully proportioned, characteristic French property. There's so much character and charm from the 'Old School' origins" S Hayter

"Thank you for creating a home that has everything" M McPherson

"An ideal location commanded by beautiful views" T McMahon

"A lovely house with a great layout for big families with big kids!" L Graham

"We made the most of the new pool, relaxing with only the abbey bells keeping time" & "Your kitchen is a delight – we are normally frustrated by the lack of kitchen gear." L Graham

"The most comfortable beds we have had in a rented property for years!" D Ayre

"a fantastic holiday & loved everything about the house." S Thompson

"We all had a wonderful time and found the Old School House a great place to chill, relax and soak up the wonderful setting." B Haughey

"Absolutely terrific – perfect location, wonderful scenery,great comfort" G Y
Nov 2011
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


A great house with stunning views, heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a relaxing base for a familly wedding, we got that and so much more!

The house easilly accomodated the 9 of us and while the description could not be faulted, we also benefitted from the 2 brand new bathrooms which are a great addition.

Arranging it all with Laurence was a breeze, he even accomodated us wanting to extend our stay by an extra day. Bread, cheese and a chilled bottle of wine were a lovely welcoming touch and much appreciated.

Pujols is a lovely little village with some stunning views. The bells from the church next door provide the wake up call (7am), time for a short walk up the hill to pick up bread and croissants. The bells chime throughout the day ( no need for a watch!) but you quickly get used to them and they add to the charm. Getting everyone going before the heat of the day is also no bad thing!

Lunch at Chez Sylvie is a must (so good we did it 3 times!), with a short stroll back down the hill and an afternoon next to the pool, the perfect lazy day!

You need a car to explore the area but the roads are quiet and the supermarket only 10 minutes away.

We got to see some of the area as part of the wedding celebrations, wine tasting in St Emillion and caneoing on the Dordogne, all just a short drive away.

It is a lovely area and we want to come back and explore more. The Old School House is a perfect base and we would certainly stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely lovely

  • 5 of 5

we stayed here for a week in August and it was a lovely experience for all of us - peaceful and relaxing. The house and courtyard have been beautifully restored and are tasteful and comfortable spaces to spend time in. We were reluctant to move from there and when we did we didn't venture too far but highly recommend Chez Sylvie in the village for lunch and the local lake for a change of scene and a swim. Down the hill is La Poudette where we had two of the most stunning meals, particularly lunch in the garden - the hostess, Sophie (I think), is friendly and helpful and the food is superb. Back to the house: Laurence is so easy to deal with and patient with all enquiries. Some guests have mentioned the abbey bells and we would like it on record that they are a wonderful, mellow and atmospheric aural backdrop to a very special place. It wouldn't be the same without the bells!! Thank you Laurence, we hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable location & villa for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

5 adults, 1 child & 2 Bulldogs had a very enjoyable stay at The Old School House. The pool was chilly as it was late September but still used most days. The villa had everything we needed. Laurence was very helpful & full of information about the area. The views from the windows were really good & great sunsets. The village was very pleasant as were all the local people. Plenty to see & do in the area. Excellent & relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully done in a perfect setting

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this place. The owner Laurence was extremely accommodating of our last minute booking and provided lots of information on the house and the area. He also opened the pool early for us because the weather was so good!

The house has been done beautifully with a big living room and bedroom. The kitchen has everything you need and we even had a chilled bottle of white wine waiting for us when we arrived.

The surrounding vineyards and Abbey make for a stunning setting and with the elevated position, you see some amazing sunsets. We sat in the garden and enjoyed some sundowners.

The shop is just a few minutes down the road by foot and so perfect for picking up your morning baguette and croissants.

Hopefully we will get the chance to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Old Schoolhouse

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a lovely fortnight spent staying at the lovely Old Schoolhouse. The property has bags of character and has a homely feel as opposed to a typical holiday let.

We arrived late on the Saturday night, after the local supermarket closed, and we were very grateful for the provisions that had been left for us that saw us comfortably through to morning!

The house has lots of rustic French charm, and the bedrooms are comfortable and cool. The kitchen is really well equipped and although the bathroom is a little dated, is perfectly acceptable. The pool area and covered cloister area are great and we spent a lot of time relaxing and dining here.

The Abbey is near the property and you do hear the bells, but it wasn't a problem for us, and certainly wouldn't put us off booking again!

Pujols is a sleepy village, the local restaurant Chez Sylvie is worth a visit, although mainly open for lunch only. La Poudette at the bottom of the hill was a real treat, the food was fantastic!

I would definitely recommend St Emillion for a visit, although, as long as you can manage the c. 1/2 mile walk uphill, I would suggest parking at the train station just in the right hand side on the way in and walking up as it can get extremely busy and tricky to negotiate by car!

The owner was really helpful and there are plenty if handy notes covering all aspects of the house and staying there. We hope to return soon to this lovely property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Setting for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have had the most relaxing time at the Old School House. The setting is stunning and the views over the Dordogne are mesmerising.

The house is perfect, it has everything you could need and more!

We took 2 dogs with us and the enclosed pool area was perfect for them with a great shaded area.

The owner couldn't have been more helpful with all our questions before, on arrival and also during our stay and was always prompt with their replies.

I have stayed in many self-catering villa's/ apartments over the years and this one comes out on top.

Thank you for making our holiday a very special one to remember.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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From the Owner

Having spent some time holidaying in different locations around the South of France, we decided we would like a base of our own. The Gironde was our instinctive target: we love the rolling countryside and the beauty of the vineyards and the villages. It has a remote, unspoilt charm and is "real" - the whole area is deeply agricultural and the land is worked. The wide range of majestic wines are an attraction (there are remarkable bargains to be had), plus the fabulous local ingredients and good food all around. Importantly, it's also so easy to get to. A quick drive from Bordeaux airport with so many low-cost flights, and the option of Bergerac, too. Plus, public transport to the door if we want it. Simply a wonderful location!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux at 64 Kilometres Nearest Train : Castillon-la-Bataille at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Chez Sylvie at 1 Kilometres Car: recommended


The property is 5 minutes drive from a large fresh water lake with a beach, swimming and bar/restaurant. Arcachon (1.5 hours by car) with it's long sweeping beaches and great surfing is located on the Atlantic coast. See "Dune de Pyla" – Europe’s highest sand dune, visit the impressive lighthouse, enjoy Aquadome, take boat & narrow gauge railway trips, visit bird sanctuary. Or just relax in one of the many, fine seafood restaurants.


Strategically located between Bordeaux Airport (55 minutes) and Bergerac Airport (30 minutes), with many low-cost and traditional airlines. TGV to Libourne. Local bus service from Libourne to Pujols. Car hire a good idea (we do) - but not essential.


Pujols is centred in an area rich with historic small towns, picturesque villages and beautiful chateau. Castillon la Bataille is 7 minutes by car (really good E Leclerc and Monday market), with Libourne (20 minutes) having all major retailers. Beautiful Saint Foy Le Grand is also on the Gironde river, 15 minutes in the other direction. It's renowned for the quaint streets, old houses and traditional market every Saturday. Our favourite is the hilltop village of Gensac, just 10 minutes away.

Further Details:

Walks and cycle tracks radiate across vineyards in all directions and you don't need to go far to make some lovely new discovery. Typical relaxing holidays might include: a visit to Chez Sylvie, a wonderful, informal restaurant/cafe on Pujols Square (12E for a 4 course lunch, with wine!).

We're blessed to have La Poudette restaurant just a wee walk away down the hill. Michelin starred, this relaxed & informal rural retreat attracts visitors from miles around (and we are only minutes away!). For the awesome food, it's very well priced.

Favourite of all is La Table Rouge, 4 miles away and beside the lazy Dordogne river: a casual atmosphere the children LOVE, with great food, too (and they actually look after our vegetarian son!). Not cheap, but a must-visit.

12 minute drive to the memorable caves of Rauzan (Callum, 14 "the best place I've ever visited"). Exploration of Saint Emilion with it's narrow winding streets, ancient cathedral and many nooks and crannies. Cycle out to one of the many local chateau, for a wine tasting. Dinner on the banks of the Gironde, at La Table Rouge (a small local restaurant that is the family favourite). Special meal at La Poudette, one of the most respected restaurants in Aquitaine (and just 10 mins walk away). Enjoy an extra-ordinary "spectacle" - the dramatic son et lumiere recreation of the last battle of the Hundred Years War. This stunning outdoor performance takes place on set nights in July and August each year and is unmissable. On a practical front, Pujols has a bank and then Castillon (7 mins by car) has everything else one might need (eg 3 supermarkets, 2 DIY warehouses, many bakers etc).


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 16
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 16/17
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Festive 16
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 17
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Easter 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Hi-Value 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Festive 17/18
23 Dec 2017 - 12 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Please email us or call with any questions, thoughts or suggestions.
Changeover Day:
Saturday, but always flexible. Arrival after 4pm, departure by 10am seems to work well for most people; please let us know if something else suits you better.

Notes on prices:
Please contact owner.

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From the Owner

This is a very special location, and the pictures show how we are endlessly mesmerised by the views, the panoramas from the windows and the wonders created by this elevated position. It's also a great pleasure being in a home with age and character; there are many features of the Ancienne Ecole that remain and this building clearly played an important part in the village during the 1900's. Whilst the sensation is that the house sits amongst the vineyards, the village is just on the doorstep and being able to walk to the bakery is a fundamental part of each day. Then there is something magical about having the old Abbey next door, and waking to the gentle chimes of ancient bells . . . .

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • 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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Ensuite to bedroom 2, or can be used separately
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Ensuite to twin bedroom
  • One large bathroom on the ground floor, with bath and shower, basin, WC. One separate WC on the ground floor. Two of the bedrooms have ensuite toilets/bathroom or shower.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Ensuite
  • Bedroom 2 - Ensuite
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/10 (3 1/2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground Floor: Master bedroom with panoramic view, double bed and single bed. Double bedroom 2 (with new bathroom/shower/toilet 2016) Twin bedroom (with new bathroom/shower/toilet 2016) Garden Level (downstairs): Double bedroom 3 Suite - double and, in separate room off, bunk (space for singles in these rooms).


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: This characterful home is ideal for a couple wishing space and a romantic get-away, or for a large family seeking good comfort in a relaxed, homely style. It seems like a tardis - the home is cosy for 2, yet grows to accommodate many! We are a family of 6, and often have other families to stay, too. There's so much space! Also, the property has a lovely blend of the old (it's a converted School House) with the new (modern, new equipment everywhere), but most special of all is the location. With a mouth-dropping hill-top position, many of the rooms have awesome views out over vineyards and across the Dordogne plain. Off to one side is the beautiful old abbey, giving the place a special, timeless atmosphere. The interior design is not chic and sophisticated, but rather seeks to be comfortable, french and homely. We've worked to keep Ikea furniture to a minimum (although tempted here and there!) and have found pieces in local antique shops, brocantes and local markets. Outside: Private pool, 8m*4m, located in a picturesque courtyard just outside the kitchen (also can be accessed from the lane outside via double, electric gates) with a large, spacious new terrace. The pool terrace gives views out to the nearby ancient abbey and on beyond, to the Dordogne plains way below; yet due to the raised elevation, it is not overlooked. There's a large, covered cloister along one side of the pool and this makes for superb dining area. Garden furniture (luxurious chairs, loungers etc), BBQ. Stone stairs lead off the courtyard down to the main garden (also accessed by stairs within the gite). Front garden with roses and shrubs - catches the morning sun! The main garden has an older patio adjoining the house (with table and chairs - this is where lots of the relaxing, eating and wine-tasting goes on!), then drops gently away down the hillside, with a lawn and fruit trees leading into a more secluded wooded area where the children have their adventures. Utility Room: Across the courtyard is the Old School girls toilet - now converted to hold a washing machine and drying machine! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: White towels and linen (mostly Egyptian cotton) included. Bring your own pool towels. Mid-holiday cleaning on request. Other: There's a covered cloister in the courtyard beside the pool. This is a large, shady area with table, chairs & lounge seating. An old classroom is in it's original state - this provides a great space for storage of bikes, garden chairs, firewood etc.

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