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Stone Farmhouse With Private Pool And Stunning Countryside Views



Updated: 27-Aug-2016
Farmhouse in St Aubin, Nr. Villeneuve sur Lot, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, France - Peaceful and secluded location 15 Minutes Walk From Village

Espere is a traditional ‘longueur’ built farmhouse over 200 years old and was probably the dowager house to the adjoining fruit farm. The property was restored from a ruin in 2001 and has been since brought to a high standard retaining many original features and providing an excellent level of comfort with accommodation for up to two families. Situated close to the medieval towns of Penne D'Agenais, Monflanquin, and Villeneuve Sur Lot, the property lies on the outskirts of the village of St Aubin famous for its annual prune fair. The house is surrounded by beautiful countryside with unparalleled views of prune and cherry orchards and within easy reach of many traditional French country markets, excellent restaurants and historical places of interest. Bergerac airport is an easy 45 mins. Bordeaux and Toulouse airports are 2 hours’ drive. Agen and its TGV stop from Paris (4 hours) is a 45 minutes drive. The Channel ports are 9-10 hours driving. There is a large barn and a secluded 1 acre garden.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We have owned Espere for just over 13 years and have enjoyed restoring the property to a comfortable standard. We live in the UK but use the property several weeks of the year and have a lot of friends and acquaintances in the local neighbourhood. We are professional people working in academia, research and art. Our children and grandchildren also love the property for its freedom and space. The adjoining fields are like an extension of our garden (but we don’t have to tend them!) and it is a joy to observe the seasons and the French agriculture.

Speaks English, French, Norwegian

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We have had a lovely week at the farmhouse. It was incredibly hot but your beautiful pool made everything just right! You must be incredibly proud of the results of your labours as the house and grounds are really lovely".

"We had a fantastic holiday thank you. It was a real pleasure to stay in your wonderful house which is so beautifully decorated and thoroughly equipped. The pool was amazing, the kids and I were never out of it and the weather was great."
Apr 2013
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Fabulous place for a family to spend time together

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place to unwind and recharge - Espere is situated in a beautiful spot and the open views from the terrace are worthy of painting! It is easy to quickly feel 'at home' here as the owners have equipped the house with everything needed to enjoy a self catering holiday. The quality of the furnishings and decor is high and equal to a boutique hotel. The pool is perfect too!

Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely, well equipped house (feels very homely and not like a hired gite but like a proper home). Pool was very clean and just the right size; being in close proximity to the house meant it was great for watching little ones in the pool too. The surrounding countryside was like something from a painting. My kids had so much fun jumping on the top of the hay bales which were all lined up ready to be collected. Very relaxing, get away from it all location and yet only 15k from Villeneuve Sur Lot. Would definitely stay again and would not hesitate to recommend it. Owner was very helpful. Thanks Guy and Torill.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Why move from such a fantastic spot

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing house - we had the most fantastic stay at Espere and we just loved everything about it, we didn't even need to move all week !!

Espere was wonderfully equipped and we loved all the DVDs, games and books on offer (croquet is our new favourite game!) . The pool was wonderful and kept its heat really well. The linens and decor were also really lovely and the house felt very homely and comfortable (beds really comfy) and we spent most of the days by the pool and on the wonderful veranda which was always just the perfect temperature.

We thought it was an idyllic spot - the view really was fab and we basically didn't move all week !!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfectly situated family holiday home

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous house in the most perfect spot for days out or just relaxing by the pool. We have been to Espere for a few years now and as a family we just love it. Completely equips with everything nescesary for the perfect family holiday but big enough to share with friends too.

Ideally located for days out, a short drive to, what my children call the "Water park" Piscine Malbentre in Pujols, a fabulous new riding school to the south side of Saint Aubin. And for trips up to the Dordogne for canoeing and sightseeing.

We love Espere and would recommend it to anyone, the addition of the verandah has made such a difference to the house and makes it possible to enjoy the outside what ever the weather.

We hope to return soon

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The ideal action holiday or just relaxing by the pool and now an equestrian centre nearby.
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Blissful Rural Setting

  • 4 of 5

Our adult family of six thoroughly enjoyed staying at Espere.

The pre breakfast walk through the sunflower fields to pick up croissants was a highlight of each day. We particularly enjoyed nearby towns of Montflaquin and Villeneuve-sur-lot and an excursion to Chateau Bourgeuil. Weather permitting,afternoons round the pool were hard to beat. I would have no hesitation in

recommending this property for a great getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse is the perfect retreat from the stresses of modern living. It has great views over the surrounding countryside and although in a hamlet very secluded.

The accommodation is well furnished and you have everything you need for a relaxing time.

It is well located for provisions, sight seeing or tours of the vineyards.

We will definitely be coming back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We were attracted to this region because it is relatively unspoilt and tranquil. Some friends who had settle here introduced us to the area. We love the property because of its magnificent open views and secluded location. St Aubin has all the amenities you need and yet access to elsewhere is easy. Monflanquin has a pleasant community, good bars and restaurants and during the summer there are many attractions.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 34 Miles Nearest Barpub : St Aubin - Le Bon Charbrol at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Aubin - Le Bon Charbrol at 1.5 Kilometres Car: necessary


The beaches on the West Coast near Bordeaux are approximately 2 hour’s drive but well worth the visit. Arcachon/Cap Ferret and the spectacular dunes to the south make a splendid day away.


A car is essential. Airports approx length of journey: Bergerac 45 mins. Rodez 2.5 hours. Bordeaux 2 hours. Toulouse 2 hours. Northern France ferry ports and tunnel approx 10 hours by car. Orleans is about half way. Trains to Agen TGV approx 45 mins. Car hire available at all airports and Agen Rail station.


St Aubin is 3 minutes by car or a 15 minute walk. Villeneuve sur Lot and Monflanquin are 15 minutes by car. There are several chateaux and places of historical interest within 20 minutes. The river Lot with canoeing is 10 minutes drive. Outstanding canoeing on the river Dordogne is approx 1 hour by car.

Further Details:

St Aubin has a good restaurant "Le Bon Charbrol" and a village shop providing most needs and lovely bread. There is an organic farm produce outlet nearby.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
15 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
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
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Bookings by email followed up by telephone (Essential that we talk). 20% deposit payable on confirmed booking with balance 8 weeks before arrival, payable in pounds or euros. A refundable security deposit of £300 payable in pounds or euros will be required at the time of booking and will be returned to you on departure provided there is no damage or extra cleaning required. Any default on payment of due balances that might lead to or be caused by a cancellation can also make the security deposit non-refundable.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is generally Saturday with arrival after 4pm and departure by 11am during June, July and August/Sep. Friday changeover may be possible by arrangement. Winter lets either short (minimum 2 weeks) or long term may be available by negotiation.

Payment details (dates) and our terms and conditions are included in out Booking Procedure letter which is sent by email once we have spoken over the phone, discussed your requirements and mutually agreed to proceed.

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From the Owner

For us we see the property as a bolt-hole for ultimate relaxation. We are often here in the winter which is ultra quiet. The wood burning stove heats the entire house and we are very snug and comfortable.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Garage ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 200 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Large family bathroom with bath, shower and loo. There is a further w.c. adjoining the inner hall. The master bedroom has a shower and loo en-suite


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1- master with en-suite (shower) . Two further double bedrooms one with four single beds and sitting area (ideal for 4 children as a dorm) or for two adults who like to ‘spread’ their thingswhere two of the single beds can be configured as super king size. Further sofa bed in mezzanine sitting room for an older ‘teenager' or single adult.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The farmhouse is frequently used by the owners from October to May but can be available for letting by arrangement. For the winter months it is equipped with electric heating and a wood burning stove. Electricity and logs are supplied during this period at cost price. A cot and some bedding is available for children under two years of age at no extra charge. Outside: The garden is unfenced and immediately adjoins farmland. Crops vary from Wheat to Corn and of course Sunflowers which are a principal crop in the region. The pool is 90 cm deep at the shallow end accessed by a ladder with a gradual slope to the deep end (depth of 1.90cm). The pool is fitted with a safety alarm but is not fenced therefore supervision of young children is essential at all times. Pool side furniture and sun beds are provided. Espere is set in approximately 1 acre of ground mostly given to lawn, trees and lavender. There are two possible outside dining areas, one covered at the front of the barn and one on the newly roofed terrace opposite the pool that adjoins the house. There is a portable Weber kettle barbecue. The English caretakers of the property live close by and are available for any advice or assistance needed. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels and pool towels included. Cot bedding and baby equipment (high chair etc. available). Other: Spacious and comfortable mezzanine sitting room with single sofa bed, TV, Video player, games, DVDs and Books. Wi-Fi station and desk.

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