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Home from Home - Luxury 2 bed Gite with Large Pool Close to Historic Villages

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Gite in Allemans du Dropt, Nr Duras, Lot et Garonne. Peaceful Country Setting, Close To Historic Bastide Villages And Vineyards. Ideal For Relaxing,Walking,Cycling.

Aimed at adults, Les Hirondelles is a spacious, beautifully appointed gite surrounded by lovely countryside in the Lot et Garonne. It forms a totally private wing of our 400 year old farmhouse and enjoys the benefit of a large swimming pool set within pretty landscaped gardens, a generous private covered dining terrace and a secluded sunbathing area. The terrace looks to the West so you can watch incredible sunsets whilst enjoying a glass of wine. The village of Allemans du Dropt is only 3kms away and offers a bakery, butchers, hotel, bar, pharmacy, tourist information office and an ancient church dating back to the 13th century. Set on a tranquil river, you can enjoy a picnic or even hire a canoe. The famous bastide towns of Duras and Eymet are only a 10 minute drive away where you can enjoy weekly day & night markets, pavement cafes in the square, shops and restaurants. There are plenty of local vineyards to visit where you can taste and buy wines. Please note, at Les Hirondelles we welcome non smokers only. Sorry, no pets.


Owner
Karen Whitehead
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
4 October, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow! 5 star tranquality it certainly is. From the welcome with flowers on the table and 2 bottles of chilled wine, to the quality furnishings and extensive equipment, the large clean pool surrounded by extensive colourful gardens, owners Karen & Ed certainly have a gite with rustic charm to be proud of. Located in the middle of wonderful countryside you can relax on the covered patio, enjoy the gas BBQ and spot deer. Definitely one not to be missed! Mr & Mrs Carter.
May 2013
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Cambes in Lot-et-Garonne

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Large ground floor bathroom, fully tiled with spacious shower, wc, bidet, sink and shelving unit. Large first floor bathroom, fully tiled with spacious shower, wc, bidet, sink and shelving unit.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed (silent night memory mattress), large pine wardrobe, large pine chest of drawers, mirror, bedside tables & lamps. Hairdryer. Fan. Bedroom 2 with brand new twin beds & quality mattresses (3ft), large pine wardrobe, pine dressing table with mirror, bedside lamps. Hairdryer. Fan.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: We know how hard you have to work for your holidays and we strive to make sure everything is in order so you can enjoy your time here from the moment you arrive. You will find the gite spotlessly clean upon arrival. We will provide a welcome pack to get you settled in. In the bathrooms we will provide a starter pack of shower gel, shampoo, toilet rolls & hand wash liquid. In the kitchen you will find kitchen roll, cling film, foil wrap, bin bags, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets & cleaning products. We have tried to think of the little things that help to make your stay that bit more comfortable! Electricity, water and bottled gas are included in the price. As our gite and pool area is designed for adults only we are unable to accommodate children. Outside: On your own private covered terrace you will find a table & chairs, gas bbq with cooking utensils (gas included). The pool is 10 x 5m with Roman steps and underwater lighting. There is a terrace area with sun loungers & parasols surrounded by a pretty landscaped garden. Your privacy is respected and we have created a private sunbathing area beyond the hedged garden where you can take the sun loungers and relax in a more secluded part of the garden. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron, ironing board, clothes horse & rotary dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen, towels, pool towels and tea towels are included. All necessary cleaning products will be provided for the duration of your stay. The property will be cleaned upon your departure. Other: Private covered terrace with lighting, dining table and chairs, Weber gas bbq. WiFi is available in the gite. Also a selection of board games.

Reviews

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Home from Home - Luxury 2 bed Gite with Large Pool Close to Historic Villages
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
5

A little bit of Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a two week break @ Les Hirondelles and cannot praise both the gite and Karen & Ed enough. We have stayed in many gites over the years and this is definitely the best we have found. The gite is spotlessly clean, well equipped and with lots of thoughtful little extras provided by the owners. Karen & Ed could not have been more helpful - they are always on hand if needed yet respect your privacy too. We have already booked for 2016 and are counting the weeks! If you want a relaxing holiday in luxurious surroundings then this is it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Totally relaxing and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The owners made us very welcome and were on hand to give excellent advice about places to visit and eat. The gite is incredibly well equipped and comfortable. We enjoyed the use of bikes, pool & BBQ. Overall a very relaxing week.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Third time and better than ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

As the title suggests, this was our third holiday at Les Hirondelles, each being a two week stay.

We arrived to find the gite spotless as always and noted a few improvements over our previous stays; there are now two fridges (AND a separate freezer too!) plus some extra free-standing fans dotted around the place. These were particularly welcome, as the temperature hovvered around 35 degrees most days! :-) There were two new bikes too. Magic!

Karen and Ed again provided their unique blend of friendliness and helpfulness, whilst never getting in the way. They're genuinely lovely people and really go above and beyond to ensure your stay is perfect. The pool provided welcome and frequent relief from the blissful heat when it all got too much, the barbecue got used lots and generally, we just loved our stay so, so much.

Highlight? Oddly, it was a nighttime trip to the pool area, seeing the Milky Way in all its glory, like never before. It was breathtaking - thanks to the total lack of light pollution (the gite is right out in the middle of unspoilt countryside!)

We did encounter the usual problem, that our two weeks flew by way too quickly. In fact, this year more than both previous times, it just disappeared. This truly is the only thing that we can complain about - the gite is like heaven on Earth for us and so very difficult to stay away from (because anywhere else is going to be second rate in comparison).

You may have guessed, we love it! And we'll be back again, just as soon as we can.

PS We did both come down with UK flu while in France (thanks to a workmate), but even this didn't spoil our stay. It just forced us to take things a bit easier than usual!

PPS This was also the first time that we've had no hire car related hiccups to spoil the mood - hurray!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Les Hirondelles - a perfect holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned home from a week's holiday at Les Hirondelles, our second visit within a year. The gite is situated in beautiful countryside with a superb garden area and swimming pool. It is extremely comfortable and well-appointed. Our hosts, Karen and Ed were extremely kind and considerate, and made sure that our time spent there was as enjoyable as possible. Sitting outside in the warm French evenings until after dark is a memory that will sustain us until the next time!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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5

Holiday home of a lifetime.

  • 5 of 5

It was well equipped,very,very clean.The pool was cleaned every day and we used it every day.Karen and Ed the owners made us very welcome, i.e any information about the area,or maps etc they found for us.The area is delightful and close to a lovely village and local markets.We don,t often return to the same place,but we will to this one.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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5

Beautiful gite in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as described. It was comfortable, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The pool was brilliant. The owners were friendly, helpful and full of useful information about the area. We would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
37 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Allemans du Dropt
Nearest Ferry
630 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Golf de Boissac
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Marmande
Nearest Motorway
37 Kilometres
Marmande
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Allemans du Dropt
Nearest Beach
156 Kilometres
Arcachon
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Pyla sur Mer (largest sand dune in Europe) near Arcachon on the Atlantic coast - under 2 hours drive.

Lac de Gurson is a swimming lake with beach area, restaurants & bars - 1 hour drive.

Travel:

Airports: Bergerac - 37km, approx 30 mins drive. Bordeaux - 114km, approx 1hr 30 mins drive. Car hire is available at both airports and is essential. Hertz give discounted rates when flying with Ryanair. Buggs Car Hire also offer good rates from Bergerac airport.

Ports: St Malo - 630km, approx 6 hour drive. Caen - 612km, approx 6.5 hour drive. Calais - 913km, approx 8.5 hour drive.

TGV: Libourne (1 hr 15 mins drive) Bordeaux (1.5 hr drive) Brive (2 hr drive)

Distances:

Nearest village is Allemans du Dropt, 3km. Duras is 11km. Eymet is 12km. Bergerac is 37km. Bordeaux is 109km. St Emilion is 60km, approx 1 hour drive.

Further Details:

The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking and cycling. We have 4 bicycles available at no charge so you can explore the local area. You will find the nearest supermarket & bank in either Duras or Miramont, approx 10 minutes drive. There are restaurants within easy reach, the nearest being the hotel in Allemans du Dropt.

The gite is in a perfect location for exploring the Dordogne valley and beyond. A short drive away are the famous wine regions of Monbazillac, Bergerac and Pecharmant. St Emilion is approx 1 hour drive where you can explore the beautiful medieval town and world heritage site. Wine lovers can arrange tastings and tours at the tourist office.

The many attractions of Sarlat, Lascaux and Domme are under a two hour drive away where you can canoe along the Dordogne river and pass through these picturesque villages. The area is steeped in history; explore the ancient caves of Lascaux and prehistoric sites of Les Eyzies and Rocamadour.

Don't forget Bastille Day on 14th July when all of France celebrates! You can enjoy amazing firework displays along the river, one of the best being in Bergerac.

Further details of nearby bastides to visit and local activities are available in the gite.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Cambes, Aquitaine

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Season
30 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Early Season
12 May 2018 - 26 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Initial enquiries by email or telephone with owner to confirm availability & pricing. We will then send you a booking form to be completed and returned along with a 25% deposit (paid by electronic transfer). Full balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to your holiday date. A security/breakage deposit of £150 is to be paid before your arrival which will be refunded at the end of your stay (by electronic transfer) providing no breakages or damages have occurred.

Changeover Day:
Our bookings are Saturday to Saturday, however we will be flexible where possible. We ask that guests arrive after 4pm and depart by 10am but again we will be flexible depending upon other bookings before or after.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property, per week in sterling based on 4 people. We have a UK based account so you avoid charges for foreign transfers.
Discount for couples - Please ask for our best offer!

25% deposit (paid by electronic transfer). Full balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to your holiday date, along with a refundable security deposit of £150.00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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