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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
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


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:
19 August, 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 Lot-et-Garonne

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.


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hilltop villa spectacular views over medieval village 5 mins walk special offers
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Peaceful and relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved the gardens and terraces on different levels and the main rooms were all on one level with a large room downstairs with a table tennis table - which was great fun! There were many places outside to sit and enjoy the sun and the conservatory at the back with large sliding doors was a really nice place to be with fantastic views. The pool was great and as the weather cooled down for us we were also able to use the hot tub one evening. We didn't want for anything - we really had a very enjoyable stay. My only regret is that we weren't there for longer! The owners are lovely people and I can recommend Le Peyragude restaurant and the Cafe des Arts in the village. Only a short walk from steps through the garden - bliss! Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we really hope to see you again.
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Lovely Views!

  • 4 of 5

A lovely, large property, which easily accommodated our family of 6 adults. Plenty of room for all to have their own space or to share meals together, not necessarily evident in the photos.

Could have done with air conditioning during a few very hot days of our stay, but when the thunderstorms hit, we had the perfect viewing point.

Good location for exploring the area, but with the pool, the hot tub and the excellent selection of books, you may not want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay at The Eyrie

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home with stunning views. The old town of Penne d'Agenais is closeby for wining and dining.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous views and lovely space above a pretty small town

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for the third time at the Eyrie for a week in June. We keep coming back for the fabulous views and sense of space in the villa, as well as the opportunity to stroll down to the town below for some agreeable local food. The layout of the villa is very well thought-out with a number of terraces allowing you to follow the sun all day. Sandra and John are very helpful owners and we look forward to our next opportunity to see them.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Penne d'Agenais
Nearest Restaurant
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Penne-d'Agenais, Aquitaine

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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
Low season
28 Oct 2017 - 2 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Mar 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

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

Notes on prices:
Rental rates quoted in Euros

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