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Secluded Hilltop Villa spectacular views over medieval Bastide town 5 mins walk



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Hilltop Villa, 3 double beds private heated pool & hot tub. Secluded terraced gardens 5 mins walk to historic Bastide town with 4 restaurants .Private parking

The Eyrie,is the highest residence in the medieval hill-top town of Penne d'Agenais on the Lot river in the South West of France. It has spectacular southerly views stretching from Tournon d'Agenais in the east to Villeneuve sur Lot in the west. There are four terraces for eating out or sun bathing, including a large hardwood deck and all have superb views. One can just follow the sun on it's way around the house. A heated pool and a hot tub are surrounded by delightful terraced gardens offering complete privacy. Adjacent to the main gates is a Petanque pitch for enthusiasts of this very French pastime. At the bottom of the property a gateway allows access into the town 5 minutes walk away.. The house is light sunny & stylishly furnished, our guests often remark on it's Colonial feel, with wooden blinds, 30's style furniture and lighting, A woodburner adds ambience and compliments the central heating. A large open plan sitting and dining room with south facing conservatory wraps our guests in great comfort when forced indoors either from too much sun or the occasional inclement period. There is wifi, telephone and English and French Television. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 of which have immediate access via French doors onto a terrace with views over the town below. These two latter bedrooms share a bathroom and shower, but there is a further separate toilet. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room with toilet. There is a well equipped galley style kitchen with breakfast bar and views over the gardens and valley beyond. On the floor below there a playroom with table tennis and French doors leading out onto a large hardwood deck equipped with swing chair, loungers and the hot tub. A few minutes stroll from the house & you are in the heart of Penne with its many bars & restaurants and 5 mins by car will find you in the Port de Penne and St Sylvestre over the river with more restaurants and bars and a good range of shops & services. Amble along the river, dip your toes, hire a boat or join the walkers along part of 'Le Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle' which passes close by the front gates. There is unlimited parking on the property and outside if ever needed. The house is centrally heated and a solar panel provides hotwater.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

My wife and I were living in a converted boathouse on the Estuary in Kingsbridge, when 25 years ago whilst holidaying in France we stumbled upon an old ruin. We signed on the dotted line and three months later accompanied by our one month old baby daughter we returned to begin a new life. Our daughter was weaned to the sound of pick and shovel and now 12 'ruins' later she is rather surprisingly 25 years old and we are retired. Do we have any regrets, non whatsoever, would we return to live in England, probably not.

We currently live about 15 minutes drive away from the Eyrie in a barn conversion which is for sale and we have also bought our 'last' house for restoration on the Canal du Midi in our local town of Agen where our daughter has a small restaurant/coffee bar. If you haven't guessed by now my metier was building and renovation.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

The Eyrie certainly is a unique property. We were absolutely delighted and privileged to stay there. The situation is magnificent with views from the conservatory and lounge that made the TV practically redundant. We would highly recommend this property. (Helen T.)

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Eyrie and recommend it highly. The house and gardens are beautifully maintained and well equipped. The village is outstandingly pretty and only 5 minutes walk away. (Debbie W.)

We loved the Eyrie! We had a wonderful time there. The location on the hill is very special, secluded and private with wonderful views and a very nice garden. I would definitely recommend this property.(Mariëtte S.)

It is impossible to to take a photograph that does justice to the view from the sun room and the mornings when the eyrie was above the cloud that covered the village and the valley. Penne d'Agenais is beautiful and a short downhill stroll to many great restaurants. (Sue L.)
Nov 2012
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13 Reviews

based on 13 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful views and peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Over the last 10 years we have stayed at various villas within France and we have just returned from our latest venture at The Eyrie at Penne-d' Agenais.

The villa is situated on a hill and looks down over the village and valley below. The views are spectacular and we enjoyed the morning hot air balloons and the evening Paragliders overhead.

A short walk from the villa is a beautiful Basilica church, some small caves and a viewing platform which overlooks the river Lot.

The villa is large and very well equipped. It has a pool, hot tub and table tennis table. There is also a lovely sun-room which was perfect for eating breakfast in the mornings. During our stay the weather was lovely even sometimes a little too hot but a dip in the pool would soon cool us down.

Booking the villa was really easy and Sandra and John were very welcoming on arrival and were just a phone call away if needed. We would have no hesitation in returning at some time in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A family of 4 (2 teenagers and 2 adults), we all loved Sandra and John's wonderful home. The setting is stunning, the views far reaching and to die for. The pretty Bastille village is a 5 minute stroll downhill. The architect designed house is spacious and very clean. The wifi speed is excellent. And of course there is the pool and hot tub. This is a property we would all highly recommend and hope one day to return to. Thank you Sandra and John.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Julia and Nick, we would very much welcome your return and thank you so much for the books and the scrupulous condition that greeted us on changeover morning following your departure
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A Perfect Setting

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in Penne d'Agenais previously we had always intended to return and when we found the Eyrie website we knew immediately that this was the place for us.

A beautiful house and gardens which more than lived up to the photographs and as everybody says the views are just spectacular. John and Sandra were very welcoming and informative about the local area and made us feel at home straight away.

The house was spotlessly clean and the kitchen is well equipped. All of the rooms are well furnished and the beds are extremely comfortable. A choice of French or UK television channels and the WiFi was particularly appreciated by our son.

The swimming pool was made use of most days - very refreshing and we tried out the hot tub even though the weather was a bit warm (it just had to be done).

Penne is really pretty and the local restaurants are excellent, having been before our first excursion was down to the Cafe des Arts for a beer and a crepe. The local para gliders were much in evidence during our stay and we enjoyed watching them take off from the grassy knoll behind the house.

We had planned to visit more of the Bastide towns and Chateaux than we did - but it was so relaxing at this beautiful place that some days we did not feel like moving. We shall just have to return for another visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful haven!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to find an absolute haven. The property is clearly loved and very well looked after. It really was ‘home from home’, wonderful large comfortable beds, lovely kitchen, beautiful lounge and sun room and we could even watch UK TV!

The photographs really don’t do the views justice, they are magnificent. Mist in the valley below in the morning, sunsets to die for and incredible starry skies at night.

The lovely terraces either side meant we could choose sun or shade which was a blessing as it was very hot at times. The terrace below with the pool and hot tub was wonderful to just relax around.

The village is a steep walk down (we did drive down mostly!) but it is lovely and certainly worth exploring. We found some wonderful restaurants with fabulous sweet and savoury crepes and ice cream creations to die for!!

The location is perfect to explore the area and some of the most beautiful villages, each with its own character and all within an hour’s drive.

We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Panoramic sanctuary. Home from home.

  • 5 of 5

Immediately gobsmacked by the beautiful panoramic views over the valley. We continued to be awestruck with the vista for seven days as it was ever changing, with the light, depending on the time of day. The photographs on the website really don't do this property justice. The gardens were extremely well maintained and it being July, were in full bloom and added to the whole experience of being deep the French countryside. The house is completely private, (just what we wanted), with four lovely separate dining areas to cater for you every dining whim. Our children (10, 14 and 16) loved the pool (as did we) and it's certainly big enough for splashing about in and cooling off. The hot tub on the sun deck looked like a great option but it was simply too hot for us to want to use it (it averaged 36c every day, phew!). Inside the wifi reception was top notch as was TV, cd etc etc should you want to use it. Generous sun deck area with swing seat was a bonus with the spectacular views over the valley thrown in for free. All the facilities in the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen were to a high standard, all in all a very comfortable home away from home with a 'colonial feel'. The village through the bastide walls is like something from a film set, tres jolie indeed. Notre Dame Basilica nearby well worth the amble. No boulangerie or boucherie inside the walls meant we had to drive to buy our morning croissants nearby, but the village is blessed with a number of really good restaurants within staggering distance for both lunch and dinner. The weather was exceptionally hot during our week 4-11 July, and air conditioning would have been a blessing but this isn't a hotel, it's a delightful home and we didn't expect it to have aircon. It is only an issue during extremely hot weather at night. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone and would definitely return again. It sets the bar very high indeed when comparing other properties. All in all, we had a very memorable family holiday, including visits to Latour-Marliac Water Lily Gardens, Parc Walibi, Agen and Villeneuve sur Lot. Thank you John and Sandra. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great position, stunning views and very private

  • 4 of 5

The property was as described, clean and well maintained. We had a great reception from the owners.The Village is charming and the Maison de la Place is a delightful restaurant.

The big plusses are the fabulous views which can be enjoyed fro a number of outside dining areas, and the privacy, peace and quiet. The lounge is very spacious and nicely fitted, and the Kitchen is small but well fitted out. The pool was beautifully warm but small.

The negatives, as with so many properties in France we have rented, is that the bathroom facilities don't match up to the rest. If we had two decent size double rooms with modern en suite facilities, we would certainly go back, albeit it would cost a bit more. Another factor is the lack of any air conditioning which with temperatures in the 40's become very necessary!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay nonetheless!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We chose this house when we were looking for another project a few years ago. We liked Penne as a town and I had spotted something interesting in the town below

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Penne at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Penne d'Agenais at 1 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Penne at 0.5 Kilometres Car: recommended


With four airports within easy reach of the village (Bergerac 1 hour, Toulouse 1.5 hours, Bordeaux 2 hours, Carcassonne 2 hours), low-cost budget flights are now available every day of the week. Driving from Calais 620 miles / 10-12 hours, From St Malo 450 miles / 7-8 hours.


Penne d'Agenais in the South West of France is surrounded by beautiful countryside and very attractive market towns such as Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Monflanquin, Lauzerte, Montaigu-de-Quercy and Libos. There are châteaux nearby to sample wine. Bergerac is an hour away, Agen 30 minutes, Cahors 50 mins.

There is a golf course, three riding establishments, tennis, water sports and hang gliding all within 30 minutes drive. The area is a walkers paradise and ' le Chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle' passes in front of our main gate.

Further Details:

Penne, meaning Crest, is an old settlement dating from Celtic times. Richard Coeur de Lion started to build a fortified township, Bastide in the 12th century. The Basilica 'Notre Dame de Peyragude' that dominates the countryside for miles around was built during the 1800's on the site of an earlier chapel, the remains of which are still very evident. The opposite Crest, ' Plateau St Michel ' is the setting for the Eyrie and is a favoured place for hang gliding. One can still walk around the remains of an ancient moat structure called locally ' le tranche des Anglais'. It was built to defend this high point overlooking the town below, from the mauraudingto stop

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Local attractions include Botanical gardens, museums, restaurants, caves, churches, water parks, forests and ruins.

Local leisure activities available are boat hire, walking, bird watching, horse riding, fishing, cycling, golf, mountain biking, swimming, water skiing, paragliding, tennis, hiking, fly fishing, sailing, freshwater fishing.

Local services available include supermarkets, grocery shops, markets, workshops and artist's galleries, banks and medical services.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 3 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring Season
4 Mar 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
6 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Changeover Saturdays, although mid-week bookings are accepted when available. Arrive 4pm. Depart 10am.

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Property Type

  • villa


  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool

Location Type

  • rural
  • town


  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • tennis
  • water skiing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 bathrooms, 2 separate wc's. bathroom 1 - shower enclosure, toilet, en-suite Bathroom 2 - toilet, bath with shower. Bathroom 3 - toilet. Bathroom 4 - toilet.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 3 Double Bedrooms, two have immediate access onto sunny terraces and gardens. Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Large Double Bed Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Beds


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Long term rentals are available. Housekeeper is available on request. The property is unsuitable for children and pets are not allowed. Outside: Outdoor solar panel heated private swimming pool, 7m x 3m. Hot tub, Conservatory, terraces, balcony, patio, porch, veranda. Garage and off street parking. Petanque(boules) area. Terraced gardens with barbeque, 8 garden chairs, 5 sun loungers, 3 seater swing chair, Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and Towels are included. The property is cleaned thoroughly between lets. Other: Playroom with table tennis.

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