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Charming country retreat own pool, large garden ,pets welcome WIFI. BBQ

Overview

Property

Updated: 11-Sep-2016
Rural charm near lively Bastide towns. Enjoy privacy, your own private pool and large enclosed garden . Pets welcomed .Excellent kitchen and verandah with barbecue

Located 35 minutes drive south of Bergerac in a charming private hamlet and a short drive to the bustling Bastide towns of Villereal and Monflanquin with an excellent choice of restaurants and shops, La Maison Pastorale provides an opportunity for an unforgettable holiday combining a secluded rural retreat with a host of local activities ranging from golf, cycling, and canoeing to shopping for antiques or local produce at local markets.

The property has its own large private pool and large garden so is perfect for guests with dogs .The interior of the period stone house is both charming and eclectic - a mixture of traditional stone walls, open fire , oak beams with contemporary and antique furnishings. (The owners are avid curio and antique hunters )There is a lovely Grand Piano and WIFI is included. There is a newly installed ground floor shower room, two bathrooms and a well presented and fully equipped farmhouse kitchen with a table to seat 10 and a newly installed Smeg range cooker and fridge as well as dishwasher, and washing machine. A verandah with seating for 10 provides welcome shade and views of the garden, pool and sunsets over the distant hills .The garden includes a well, a cool poolside terrace equipped with loungers and parasols. Grapevines, herbs and olive trees, wild flowers and lighting in the walnut tree all contribute to a lovely escape.

For those looking to keep fit , various sports equipment is available including a cross trainer, rowing machine, weights, a badminton net and racquets, a much used heavy boxing bag and a mountain bike. The fields are 2 minutes walk away for cycling or gentle walks and there is a network of walking paths around the locale for the more adventurous.

The Lot valley to the south and the beautiful hillside towns of Pujols and Penne D' Agenais are a 25 minute drive to the south whilst the Dordogne river with its chateauxs , ornamental gardens and canoeing and fishing opportunities is a 35 minute drive.Chateau Milandes, the former home of Josephine Baker is a 30 minute drive and well worth a visit.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Anna and I share our time between the UK and France with our energetic Cocker Spaniel Margot. We both love gardening , music , cooking and travel a lot . Every year we upgrade the house and garden. In 2016 we installed a new bathroom and acquired a Smeg cooker and fridge for the kitchen . In 2017 we are focussing on the garden and pool where we will add a a gazebo by the pool for some extra shade and have opened up the sunset garden view south west to the hills .

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

'we loved the pool and dinner outside as my daughter played the piano. we have already booked again' Joan and Charlie Laidlaw Edinburgh



'a charming escape.. we loved the markets' Graham Hoxton Bristol



' a lovely home and very thoughtful hosts who provided us with a great guide to the local area ' Arthur and Jill Beevers ' London



'one of the best holidays we have ever had ' Winnie and Jed ' USA



'magical' O & B Park
Jun 2013
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9 Reviews

4.2
based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

5

A perfect getaway in the French countryside.

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful - old and full of charm. We loved the eclectic decor and it's quirky feel. The bedrooms were a good size and the kitchen was the great. We had perfect weather so we were able to make the most of the pool and the gorgeous outside area. We never ran out of hot water and made use of the three bathrooms. The house keeper was only a phone call or text away and was very helpful and even booked a taxi for us. The location is great, tucked away at the end of a hamlet but only 10 mins from the nearest town and there are lots of others near by too. Overall we loved our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

Superb. A wonderful autumnal week spent in this fabulous house. Couldn't have wished for a more perfect place to be. Loved the house with all its lovely antiques. and curios. Very comfortable. Very clean. Excellent Internet. The rather excellent grand piano was played by my wife every evening. Great area. Equidistant to two pretty bastide towns with restaurants and supermarkets. Our dog loved it too, the garden is large and is securely fenced so Mungo was free to roam as he pleased. We have recommended this house to all of our friends and we are definitely be coming back next year. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of three adults and a dog. This house proved perfect for us. It's a charmingly eclectic and arty home full of intriguing things. Very well put together. We felt as if we were living in a home featured in Elle Decor! It was an extremely hot week so we made full use of the lovely pool and ate beneath the verandah every night. fairy lights everywhere! Very pretty! The kitchen is brilliantly equipped with everything you would need and a very generous herb collection left for our use - nice touch. The house was very clean and very comfortable. The owners were very helpful and their communication with us was very good. We could not find fault this holiday home. We didn't really want to leave! I'm sure we'll be back here.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pastorale but disappointing

  • 2 of 5

Having rented holiday properties around the world for more than 30 years and enthusiastically reviewed on this platform in the past, we were looking forward to a week at La Maison Pastorale.

Booking arrangements were swift, efficient and reassuringly precise.

Sadly this was not to last. We had to prompt for directions to property and again for key safe number. The welcome pack consisted a carton of milk, a few tea bags (no coffee), a small baguette (no butter) and a bottle of sweet white wine.

The piano was splendid. Not shown in any of the photographs however

the house was stuffed with a plethora of religious brocante, plastic Gollums/ETs and exercise equipment. Various notices requesting that sun creams should be showered off before entering the pool would have carried more persuasion - particularly as regards young children - had a shower to been installed poolside as is the norm. We love the general area, but weren't impressed by this particular venue. A need to prompt for the late return of our security deposit, greeted by the excuse of 'traveling' and thus out of internet connection, merely confirmed our overall disappointment.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were shocked to receive such a bitter review out of the blue and disappointed that they would post such an inaccurate set of comments. This client emailed us complimenting us on our directions and holiday guide which they received nearly 4 weeks before arrival. Our house is precisely as shown in the images on the site ( including the grand piano !) so if it was not to their taste why book it ? We always leave our guests tons of herbs , spices and tea and coffee as well as wine, bread milk and biscuits but this seems not to have been enough for them. They left the pool is a disgusting state and we bore the extra costs of cleaning without comment. Hey Ho, I guess there’s always one !
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4

Very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable house with thick stone walls, making it cool in the summer heat. Lovely dining area outside where we had all our meals. Very clean and well-equipped house.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Best holiday home ever!

  • 5 of 5

We (2 parents and 2 teenagers 15, 13) had a wonderful week staying in Villa Eutrope/Pastorale near Villereal, Dordogne. The house was beautifully appointed and charming with lots of mirrors, pictures and decorative objects and the kitchen was great - well stocked with useful things and easy to use. For us the main attractions were the piano and the swimming pool - both were even better than hoped for. In addition the garden was lovely with lots or room for badminton and frisbee throwing. The owners and housekeeper provided lots of useful information about the area and made arranging the stay very easy. All in all we really relaxed and enjoyed our stay and would definitely like to return!

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

From the Owner

We wanted a rural retreat but also love the mountains and frequently visit the Pyrennees as well as the coast at Archachon. We wanted good transport links and the house is just over 5 hours door to door from London via Bergerac airport. We also love visiting the châteaux and gardens of the Dordogne and, Lot and Garonne rivers valley as well as occasional trips to Bordeaux and the Mediterranean beaches.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 35 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Villereal at 6 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Barthes at 30 Kilometres Nearest Train : Bergerac at 35 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Villereal at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Archachon at 125 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Golf is available locally (9 and 18 hole courses ) 25 minute drive

Lovely swimming lake and beach 15 minute drive from the property

Fishing on the Lot and Dordogne Rivers

Canal cycling 40 minutes from the property

Walking. There are numerous well marked walking paths through the fields and woods in the area ( Maps provided) . There are also two lovely lakes a 10 minute drive from the house which are perfect for dog walking .

fields and rural walking 2 minutes

Coast/Beach:

about 90 minutes drive to The Atlantic (Archachon)

2 hours drive to Bordeaux

10 minutes drive to a bakery

Travel:

Bergerac Airport (35 minutes drive)

Agen Station (main train line to Paris and Nice) 45 minute drive

Distances:

Villereal 4 miles

Monflanquin 7 miles

Bergerac 22 miles

Bordeaux 60 miles

Further Details:

Excellent local markets, supermarkets. Swimming lake at Lougratte ( 6 miles )

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring 2017
28 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,850
for 7 nights
£1,850
 
 
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,000
for 7 nights
£2,000
 
 
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 7 nights
£1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,850
for 7 nights
£1,850
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £100
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Up to 3 dogs are welcome at the house. We charge an additional fee of £100 per dog per week plus an additional refundable security deposit of £100 per dog.

The pool is usually open and available for guests from 1 May until 31 October.

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Facilities

From the Owner

How long have you got ? Our favourites include -a midnight swim in the pool -Dinner under the verandah and our spectacular sunset view of the nearby hills - Our daily walk around a nearby lake with the dog - a bike ride along the canals of the Dordogne - Dinner in the square either at Monpazier or Monflanquin or lunch at Penne D'Agenais - Sunday morning visits to local antique markets ( brocantes) or boot sales ( vide ferneries) in small villages nearby .

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • 2 bathrooms upstairs both with WC. 1 shower room with WC downstairs

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 double bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 3 double bedrooms each with a double bed 1 single bed can be added to take capacity to 7

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: A few lowish beams to watch out for. The pool is opened late May and closed early October unless by separate agreement. Outside: The pool is exclusive to the property and is 10 metres x 5 metres with roman steps. Loungers are provided. Pool is alarmed. A barbecue on the terrace is provided together with some weights / fitness equipment and badminton net. There is a well in the garden and a herb garden. Utility Room: Hoover, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included and changed weekly. Property managed professionally and pool cleaned twice weekly Other: Pool loungers, fitness equipment and badminton net, heavy boxing bag and equipment together with one mountain bike all provided.

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