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Beautiful 16th Century Stone House With Pool And Panoramic Views

Overview

Property

Updated: 19-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in Beaugas, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine / Dordogne, France

'Bellevue' is a beautiful and recently completely restored classic French 16th century farmhouse, with lots of character and original features. There are large, exposed beams and a stone sink in the entrance hall as well an original classic French fireplace in the kitchen and in the Master bedroom. There are lovely French windows which provide panoramic views from all around. Behind the house, on a hilltop, sits an old windmill which can be reached on foot. In the springtime, the orchards are filled with blossom and there are lots of wild flowers, including wild orchids. There is plenty of wildlife to observe and enjoy. The area is peaceful and quiet and secluded. There is a 2.5 acre garden which surrounds the gite. There are 2 terraces- one with a wisteria growing over the top and the other one is totally private, enjoying panoramic views of the countryside. There are wonderful sunsets from this terrace. The swimming pool is a salt water pool (10m x5m). There are 3 steps at the shallow end. The pool gently slopes down to 2 meters deep at the deep end. There is an electric pool cover for security and there are plenty of pool toys for children to play with. There is a large terrace that wraps around half of the pool and there are plenty of sun loungers available. There is also a majestic lime tree with tree swing -providing extra shade around the terrace area. There is a small-terraced barbecue area. There is a vegetable garden and fruit orchard out in the back part of the garden- which provides plenty of seasonal fruit and vegetables.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

France has always had a special place in our hearts for Chris and I. (Liz) We spent every family holiday in different parts of France and I have family roots in France and speak the language. We discussed moving to France together for quite some years and finally, Chris (an ex-electrical engineer) and I (a teacher) decided that if we didn't make the move now, we never would. Chris had had enough of working long hours and travelling long distances every day and for me moving to France seemed like moving home from home. We particularly wanted to bring up our 9 year old daughter in France, where she could live a more carefree life with a big garden to run around in. We also wanted to spend more time together as a family and so began our new change of life in France.

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

9 Reviews

5
based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

5

Beautiful property and setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Bellevue for 2 weeks in September. What a lovely property, area and setting.

We have visited France for many years and this is one of the best properties we have stayed in. The weather was such that the pool area got a far greater level of use than would normally be the case for us and it was superb.

The view from the pool area and the shaded eating area at the front of the property is idyllic, even my cooking tasted quite good looking across the fields to the hamlet and church of Beaugas.

The furniture has been very well chosen to be archetypally French rustic in appearance but still highly practical and although not needed by my wife and I, the table tennis, table football and badminton would be great past-times for the more energetic and for children.

Bergerac is about 30 minutes away, Villeneuve-Sur-Lot 20 minutes and Marmande around 45 minutes. You can get all of your basic requirements from Cancon which is a 5 minute drive or a pleasant 45 minute walk and all of the major supermarkets are in those towns mentioned above.

Whilst Chris, Liz and Olivia live in the converted barn across from the house, there is no feeling of being overlooked or impinged on in any way but the upside is that they are readily available if you want suggestions or any help. Chris's advice on the scenic route to Chateau Biron is just one example of local knowledge meaning you get so much more from your visit.

Chateaus Gavaudun and Bonaguil are both very interesting destinations as well as Biron and an hour's drive will get you to the Grottes and Gouffres of the Southern Dordogne.

I would have no second thoughts in recommending Bellevue to holidaymakers from young families to older travellers and we hope to return with our own family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Exceptional

  • 5 of 5

Our holiday for two weeks at Bellevue was one of the most enjoyable we have had and we are hoping to return again next year. The property, presentation and cleanliness were exceptional thanks to the owners Liz and Chris. Our three young children enjoyed the pool and garden, both of which were immaculately maintained. The views were a joy to wake up to every day.

We were surprised about the number of local activities that kept the children busy, from swimming in the lake near Cancon, to boating on the River Lot. We especially enjoyed eating out at Restaurant Du Lac which proved to be vibrant and popular with the locals.

We would, without hesitation recommend the property to our family and friends. Liz, Chris and Olivia you deserve six stars!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful and peaceful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Bellevue is a wonderful place to stay- it is a very tranquil spot with stunning panaromic views of the surrounding countryside and it feels restful from the moment you arrive. The house itself is full of character and very tastefully decorated with lovely outside sitting areas, both in sun and shade. It also has a fab swing, table tennis and table football, much to our children's delight.

The house and grounds are immaculately kept and the pool has great views with really comfortable sun loungers. Chris, Liz and their daughter Olivia made us feel very welcome- they also had lots of great suggestions for local restaurants (we loved the Tete d'Ail in Cancon), night markets (the one in Laparade was really fun), local walks and other excursions. All-in-all we had one of our best French family holidays here. We'd love to come back- and for longer next time! Thanks again for a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely house in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The house and garden were immaculate and tidy. The house had everything we have needed for our stay, including board games! Bathrooms were impressive and kitchen was big enough for all of us to cook a couple of meals in. We were lucky enough to sample some of the vegetables from the garden, which were delicious!

The pool kept us entertained and there were plenty of sun loungers and parasols for those who wanted to take things easy! We got good use out of the table tennis table!!

We found our hosts warm and welcoming and enjoyed spending our last evening with them.

The views were stunning and it was relaxing to sit and take it all in. We were even lucky enough to have a couple of deer wander into the garden.

We would certainly recommend this property and would stay here sgain

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Farmhouse with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful view Vinsou has. We have been to France many times but never had a view like it.The house is a rustic well maintained farmhouse and there is everything you could need for a great holiday.Chris and Liz are gracious hosts and left a welcome pack including wine which was much appreciated. Chris also provided a home grown lettuce and some lovely cherries. It is perfectly placed to visit some fabulous villages Villereal Monpazier and Monflanquin to name only 3. The market in Issigeac on Sundays is a must. Thank you Liz Chris Olivia and Star for making us feel welcome. We hope to return one day.

Sue and David June 2016

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your heartfelt comments. Liz and Chris
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A truly authentic property

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have stayed in many holiday properties throughout Europe and this authentic property is the best by far that we have stayed in. Chris and Liz are very gracious hosts. Their warmth and openness made us feel very welcome. On arrival they left a hamper of goodies to eat including some homegrown produce and a bottle of wine. The property was very very clean and tidy. We like to cook for ourselves and the cooking utensils were all there. The modern cooker, fridge and microwave were immaculate. The decor of this original authentic French property blew us away. We felt very French staying at Visnou. The view from the property is breathtaking. We cannot express enough what a very peaceful and relaxing holiday we had at Visnou.

Barbara and Glynn

Bath, Somerset, UK

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Location

From the Owner

We knew many different regions in France but we wanted to live in the south-west of France. We came to the Aquitaine region because it is such a sunny and warm region for most of the year. We loved the countryside and it is often referred to as the 'Tuscany of France' with its rolling hills, dotted with cypress trees. The climate is so warm here that you can even grow melons and peaches. It is a peaceful and quiet place where we completely relax. We love walking and you can walk along country lanes and be rarely disturbed by any traffic or you can walk straight into the countryside and admire the vast, open views. Although we live in the countryside, we are not at all remote. The village is a stones throw away and the nearest town is 5 minutes away. We are also very close to the Dordogne border and pretty towns such as Bergerac and Perigueux are well worth visiting. There are plenty of caves and castles to visit and plenty of meandering rivers to canoe down.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Nearest Airport:-Bergerac Airport- very close- 35 mins/35 km- Economy Airlines such as Ryann Air/Flybe /Jet2 fly from many various different airports in the UK- such as Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Dublin, Cork, Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds, Liverpool, London Stansted, East Midlands, Manchester, Southampton

Bordeaux Airport- 1 hour 40 mins from us -Easyjet/Ryann Air/Jet2/Flybe//Monarch/Air Lingus/British Airways- from many different UK airports

Toulouse Airport- 1 hour and 50 mins from us-Easyjet/Jet2/Flybe/Air Lingus/British Airways- from many different UK airports

Nearest Ferry- Calais- 900 km/ Dieppe- 840km /Caen-730km

Nearest Train/ -Agen 40km

Nearest Motorway- A62 Bordeaux/A20 from Vierzon/Chateauroux

Driving from Dieppe, the journey takes approximately 9 hours.

Distances:

Cancon is the nearest village - 5 minutes

Monflanquin-Medieval Bastide Village 10 minutes

Penne d'Agenais- Medieval Bastide Village 30 minutes

Pujols and Villeneuve-sur-Lot- 20 minutes

Monpazier- 30 minutues

Lachapelle Biron- 30 minutes

Agen - 50 minutes

Further Details:

The Lot and Garonne is a region of unspoilt countryside. It is an idyllic part of France steeped in medieval history. There are many castles like Biron castle, Monbazillac castle and Bonaguil castle and there are plenty hilltop bastide towns like Monflanquin, Penne d'Agenais and Monpazier reminiscent of France's Hundred Year War.

Medieval festivals are held in August in these Bastide towns.

The rivers Lot and Dordogne are extremely popular for canoeing and boat trips. There are plenty of natural caves to visit and explore.

The Lot and Garonne is also well-known for its food- such as its Foie Gras, fresh melons, strawberries, plums, asparagus.

For families, there is the fantastic tree-climbing adventure parc in Lachapelle Biron and there is also the Walibi theme park in Agen.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Spring
6 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Mid Season
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
High
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 
 
Peak
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,495
for 7 nights
£1,495
 
 
High
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 
 
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Stay tax £1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
Bookings by email or telephone. A 25% deposit is payable on booking and the balance payable 8 weeks before arrival. Or 100% if booking within 8 weeks of the start of your arrival date.
Cancellations that are made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment and reservation deposit.


Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival is from 4pm and departure time is 10am on the leaving day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

Our house is up a quiet lane and there are a few houses dotted around. We are also surrounded by orchards, and in the springtime, the whole area is covered in snow-white blossom. The meadows are abundant with wild flowers and many types of orchids and in the summertime, the sky at night is a wonder to behold, with even shooting stars to be seen. Our place is ideally positioned as we are only half an hour away from Bergerac airport so flights to and from the UK are easy to arrive. Agen, the regions' capital is 50 minutes and there is a TGV that runs to Paris. The motorway link (A62) is 50 minutes away. From here you can head to Bordeaux and Toulouse and even to the Pyrenees. We are 1 hour away from Perigueux(A89/A20. Spain and the Pyrenees is a 4 hour drive away.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

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

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Washroom with shower, toilet and sink. A lower-ground-floor luxury, large family bathroom with large shower and recessed Roman bath. Jack and Jill sinks.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king bed, and antique French furniture. Bedroom 2 with double bed, exposed beams. Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: We live in a separate property within the grounds. In the farmhouse we provide a booklet of information about the property and about the local area. Although we like to retain our privacy and respect that of our guests, we are happy to help with any questions or queries that you may have or even share a glass of wine. The property is a 'Non smoking' property and we regret that we do not accommodate pets. Depending on the weather, the pool is open from mid -May to late September. Outside: The pool is a private pool and has its own electric cover and is fenced. Adult supervision of children in the pool is essential as is parents responsibility. Utility Room: Spacious, lower-ground-floor utility room with washing machine/dishwasher/ washing basket and pegs/airer. Sink, Ironing board+iron/ vacuum cleaner and brooms. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / All towels and linen provided. For two week stays, a cleaning service and a change of linen can be arranged half-way through at a small fee. Other: Large entrance hall/dining hall with beautiful beams. Classic French furniture. Original stone sink. Table football in hall

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