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

Overview

Property

Updated: 28-Nov-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

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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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13 Reviews

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based on 13 holidaymaker 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

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
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Five stars for everything

  • 5 of 5

This gite is immaculate and perfect in every way. You will find:

- a few English plug sockets in the bedroom

- a well-equipped kitchen (as good as at home - and you save a lot of money when you are perfectly happy to cook and eat at the gite instead of going out)

- more towels than you need

- a sparkling clean perfectly maintained pool complete with lilo and furniture

- a beautiful, spacious terrace with a gas barbecue, overlooking fields

- a sense of privacy and solitude

- plenty of board games and books

- a house that's always lovely and cool inside no matter how fierce the heat outside

- lovely fresh bathrooms with ample hot water, effective loos, etc

- nice comfortable furniture

- EVERYTHING perfectly clean - not a speck of dust or dirt

- unbelievably generous and helpful hosts who go to any lengths to make everything perfect, from hunting down any reports of wasps to lending maps and giving advice to freely handing out dishwasher tablets, shower gel, shampoo etc

- a very helpful folder including things like restaurant reviews and a list of daily markets and night markets

- a pharmacy, bakery and charcuterie within a 5-minute drive

- a big supermarket about 10 mins away

- a range of short and long day trips (chateaus, Bordeaux, the beach at Arcochon)

I can't think of any ways in which the location, the gite itself and its appointments or the service / help / care provided by the owners could be improved upon. In the past I have stayed at holiday homes where you can see they have bought inexpensive, second best furniture and equipment, but Karen and Ed have furnished this gite as you'd do for your own house. I very much hope we will be returning, it was perfect. We were desperate not to leave, and in fact tried to stay an extra day (by cancelling our day in Paris at the end) but sadly (unsurprisingly) there was another booking.

Very highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A truly beautiful gite set in peaceful Lot region

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from a holiday in France where we spent a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing week at Les Hirondelles. The gite is extremely comfortable and is beautifully appointed in all aspects, whilst the pool and garden area is exceptionally well maintained. The gite is set in typical Lot countryside, quiet, peaceful and open landscape. Karen and Ed, our hosts, were extremely kind and considerate, and could not have done more to ensure our holiday was a success.

We would not hesitate to recommend this gite and we are already making plans to return there in the not too distant future.

Lindsay and Burton Morrison

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

2nd visit as good as the first

  • 5 of 5

We returned to Les Hirondelles for our second visit and found it as good as, if not better than, our first visit. Karen and Ed do everything possible to make your holiday as good as it can be. Nothing is too much trouble for them but they are not at all intrusive. If you want a fantastic holiday in a beautiful location you need to look no further than this cottage. Thank you both once again for a fantastic holiday, looking forward to next year. Linda & Trev

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Paradise found (and lost 2 weeks later)

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Les Hirondelles. Cannot add that much to the existing reviews except to say:

a) It's all true. This is by far the most lovely place we've ever stayed, Gite or otherwise

b) And then some!

c) As lovely as the place is, what really makes this place special is the owners, Karen and Ed. They really are wonderful hosts. The place is utterly spotless upon arrival and they manage to strike that perfect blend of being there when you need them and disappearing totally at all other times. This year they also went out of their way to assist us with a (hire car related) crisis - it could have ruined the holiday but they turned a drama into a distant memory...!

In summary, if you like a quiet, relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings, in a spacious, fully equipped and characterful gite, then look no further.

We'll be back again, sometime in the future!

Max and Maria Harris

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Location

Activity and Interests

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

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Early Season
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
High Season
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
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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Facilities

Property Type

  • farmhouse

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

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • 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

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.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

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.

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