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hilltop villa spectacular views over medieval village 5 mins walk special offers

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's2
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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 village 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 with superb views for eating, drinking and sun bathing. One just follows the sun on it's way around the house. A heated pool and a hot tub are set in delightful terraced gardens offering complete privacy. Adjacent to the main gates is a petanque court for enthusiasts of this very French pastime. At the lower extremity of the property a gateway allows access into the town a mere 5 minutes walk away.. The house is light sunny & stylishly furnished, our guests often remark on it's Colonial style with wooden blinds, period furnishings. A woodburner adds ambience and complements the central heating out of season. A large open plan sitting and dining room with south facing conservatory wraps our guests in great comfort. There is wifi and hi fi, 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 a six person 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 with more restaurants, 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.

John Roberts
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2017

About John Roberts

26 years ago whilst holidaying in France we stumbled upon a delightful old stone ruin overlooking a lake, we duly signed on the dotted line and three months later accompanied by a week 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 unsurprisingly 26 years old, running a restaurant 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 at St Beauzeil, in a barn that we renovated 10 years ago. We have also now bought our 'last' 'retirement' house for restoration situated alongside the Canal du Midi in the nearby town of Agen. By design this happens to be a stroll away from our daughter's small restaurant/coffee bar which we helped to renovate at the beginning of 2015. If you haven't guessed by now my metier was building and renovation.

John Roberts purchased this villa in 2008

Why John Roberts chose Lot-et-Garonne

We chose this house for it's uniquely dominant position, whilst remaining totally secluded and within easy walking distance of the beautiful village below. We liked Penne as a large village and it's close proximity to Villeneuve and Agen. The house also appealed to us because of it's inherent 30's, art deco feel, despite having been constructed in the 60's by a local Architect for his family.

We had 'done' 20 years of Quercy stone and felt like a change.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Penne-d'Agenais in Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Long term rentals are available. There is a jacuzzi or spa or hot tub that seats six with spectacular views. When the weather is colder we love to relax in this hot tub after a hard days gardening and listen to the migrating geese overhead. The backdrop to the jacuzzi is a limestone cliff face with a palm tree and an old stone bread oven and it overlooks the whole of the valley down below. Outdoor heated private swimming pool, 7m x 3m. Hot tub/jacuzzi. 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)


Simply Stunning!

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous location with an amazing panoramic views. Well positioned to visit the local small towns and their locally grown fresh produce markets. A comfortably spacious property which is well appointed with everything you need to self cater. Very attentive owners who did everything possible to ensure that we had a good stay. Excellent WiFi. We'll be back again next year!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear William, Thankyou for your kind comments and as we said to Nick, thank you for leaving the place so tidy, we were able to have the day off after you left!! Look forward to meeting you again sometime. Yours Sincerely, John and Sandra
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Best of the best!

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed in many villas in France over the years and this is by far the best. The photos do not do it justice. The villa is truly stunning, spacious and luxurious. Every room was immaculate. We were staying with friends and there is always the "will we be clambering over each other" but let me tell you that is definitely not the case at the Eyrie. It was so spacious! Stunning living area and kitchen perfectly equipped for all eventualities. The pool and outside area were really something else and then what seemed like an eternity hot tub finished the ambience off to a tee. Couldn't find fault at all. John and Sandra were so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Nothing has been overlooked. There is so much space and choice of terraces to sit and while away the hours taking in the spectacular views whilst sipping a glass of wine.The feeling of space, liberty, and authenticity in and out of the house make the property a great choice for families or groups of friends. We cannot recommend this Villa enough and will be doing so with our family and friends. We really had a dream holiday and can't wait to book our return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nick, How very kind of you to write such a glowing report. We are always very pleased to welcome guests early in the season as Spring and Autumn in our view can be the most beautiful months over here. We look forward to meeting you again and thank you both for leaving the house so clean and tidy. John and Sandra Roberts
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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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Prices & Availability

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Mid Season
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Peak Season
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn season
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day:
Changeover Saturdays, although mid-week bookings are accepted when available. Arrive 4pm. Depart 10am.

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