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Spacious Character Cottage with Pool Set In Delightful Countryside

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Countryside, near Tonneins, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, France

Recently renovated but still retaining its original features with exposed limestone walls and oak beams, Larrival Cottage, part-shaded by trees, looks across sloping fields to a stream and woods beyond.

This calm haven is an ideal place from which to explore all that the Lot & Garonne, Dordogne and the Gironde have to offer. French windows from the lounge and the kitchen open onto a large terrace, with ample space for sun-bathing, barbecues or just sitting with a glass of wine, reading and enjoying the views.

A stroll across the garden leads to our salt water swimming pool, or can be the start of walks along the stream and up into the woods. We have two bikes for those who might like to venture further afield, for example along the tow path bordering the Canal de Garonne or down into our local village for morning croissants.

The Lot & Garonne is a part of France where it is still a pleasure to take day trips along traffic-free roads through unspoilt countryside: to the South beckon Gascony, Amagnac country, Pau and the foothills of the Pyrenees; to the South West lie Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz; to the North we find Monflanquin (one of France's "Plus Beaux Villages"), Bergerac, Sarlat and the famous Lascaux caves; to the West there is Bordeaux, St Emilion and the great wine chateaux.

And should you need help deciding what to do out of all that is on offer, the owners live within easy reach.

Please note we are already fully booked for 2017, however we are already taking enquiries for 2018 if you want to plan that far ahead.

More Details

Sue Hedinger
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Varès in Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • The smartly tiled first floor bathroom has a large shower, wc, hand basin with fitted cupboard and heated towel rail. The roomy downstairs bathroom is suitable for wheelchair access, with a wheel-in shower including hinged seat and grab rails, hand basin, wc and heated towel rail and tumble dryer. The downstairs bathroom also has a door to the utility room under the stairs with a large capacity hot-water cylinder, drying rack, tools, iron and ironing board
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Larrival Cottage offers flexible sleeping arrangements including the option of a ground floor double sofa-bed for anyone with limited mobility. Upstairs, the main bedroom has a super king size bed, which can be split to two singles, plus a further single bed. The second bedroom has a queen size double bed. Both rooms are spacious and have large wardrobes, chests of drawers, dressing tables and comfy seats. In addition, the ground floor lounge has a sofa bed which opens up to a king size double.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
The spacious cottage becomes the owners' home during the winter months and is therefore constructed, furnished and kitted out to a high standard of comfort, including double glazing, underfloor heating and generously proportioned rooms. In summer the thick old stone walls, insulated roof and tiled floor help keep the cottage pleasantly cool. Larrival Cottage is set in 5 acres of garden and parkland and surrounded by farmland. We garden organically and our guests are welcome to share our fruit and vegetables when in season, including apples, pears, apricots, French beans, tomatoes, lettuces and so on. Parts of the garden are left wild and we are rewarded with a rich variety of birds and wildlife. We provide a welcome pack including bread of your choice, jam, eggs, 2 bottles of local wine, tea, coffee and biscuits. We also provide all the basic cooking and kitchen necessities such condiments, oil, vinegar, paper towels, food wrapping, washing detergent, so you don't have


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


What a find! Perfect holiday experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two teenage children and I have just returned from a fabulous week in Sue and Tod's holiday cottage, "Larrival". We were blessed with very good weather so were able to enjoy the pool and relax in the sunshine, surrounded by gorgeous views amidst a haven of un-disturbed peace and lulled to sleep each night by the comforting and hypnotic chirrup of the cicadas. We were able to completely re-charge our batteries from the busy lives we all seem to lead these days.

The Cottage was faultless in every way. Sue and Tod had very kindly left us a generous welcome pack including bread, milk, butter, coffee, beer, fruit juice and marmalade so we didn't need to go shopping straight away, which was greatly appreciated. Every room was spacious and comfortable. A great deal of thought and attention had evidently been put into a holidaymaker's needs, with mosquito repellants, electric fans, a wealth of DVDs (for one very large television). books, games and puzzles, lilos and balls for the pool, boules...to name but a few.

This is a beautiful part of France with easy access to large supermarkets and all necessities. We would love to come back and spend longer next time, the Saturday market at Tonneins beckons!

A huge thank you to Sue and Tod for their commitment to ensuring that we wanted for nothing during our stay. This was a wonderful week and I cannot rate this holiday experience highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We really enjoyed having you stay and hope that you will be able to come back and stay longer next time. Sue & Tod
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Ayr, Scotland

A real jem

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at a number of holiday rentals in this region of France and are delighted to say that this one is the best by far. If you are a couple and looking to get away from it all, if you value peace and quiet, if you value the freedom to do your own thing, this is the ideal choice. Sue and Todd are attentive hosts and the property is outstanding. Excellent value and great facilities make for a relaxed stay whether you want to sit by the pool all day or you are returning from a day out exploring the local area, this is just such a nice place to be.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your stay here.
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The best cottage we have stayed in

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was the most comfortable and best equipped cottage we have ever holidayed in and we have stayed in a lot of French gites and cottages over the years. Sue and Tod were extremely kind and helpful from the very start and we fell in love with their 2 dogs.

The weather was amazing, if occasionally a bit hot for this fair flower, but the cottage was beautifully cool and fully equipped with fans. The pool was delightful and a godsend, and sitting out eating our French breakfast with the smell of basil and marjoram wafting around was a memory to treasure.

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the beautiful villages in the neighbourhood and the markets were a pleasure. We highly recommend this cottage although we would love to keep it a secret only we can enjoy, but that would be hugely unfair to Sue and Tod!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We (and the dogs) thoroughly enjoyed having you stay with us.
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A truly wonderful, rare find

  • 5 of 5

The cottage houses five adults easily with its two bathrooms and two bedrooms. The beds are very comfortable and while we were there, the rooms remained cool despite the 32-degree heat outside. The kitchen has everything you can think of; truly, it is like home from home. The owners' pool, which is a short stroll up a slightly sloping garden, is perfect and we enjoyed private use of it throughout our stay.

The owners, Sue and Tod, were on hand with advice and plenty of suggestions of where to go locally and I feel our stay was made the more enjoyable by having them so close by. Let's not forget their two very bouncy and friendly dogs, Bertie and Vita, who joined us on a daily basis!

We would not hesitate to recommend this cottage, and part of France, for a family holiday if rest and relaxation is on your agenda. However, for those wanting to get out and about, there are lots of activities to do nearby. We particularly enjoyed kayaking on the Lot which was just 15 minutes away.

Overall, just wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your super review. We really enjoyed having you stay and are so glad you had a great time here (including the dogs!)
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United Kingdom


  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to stay. We have just spent 2 delightful weeks at this incredibly well equipped cottage. It is very spacious, clean and has everything you could possibly need. The surrounding area is peaceful, views are beautiful and the marvellous pool is just what is needed on hot afternoons. Sue was fantastic, anticipating our every need - extra water, inflatables for our children for the pool - she went far above and beyond what you would normally expect.

We will not hesitate to recommend the cottage to family and friends. A very special place! Thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your super review and for being such gracious and caring guests. It was lovely having you stay with us.
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Lovely cottage in beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Turning off the road onto a quiet driveway  you arrive at a beautiful stone cottage with stunning, tranquil views, your own little home from home for the duration of your stay.  The cottage is spacious and very private, set in the extensive grounds of a big house. It is light and airy and superbly presented. Upstairs there is a modern bathroom, with a large shower that has good pressure and plenty of hot water, and two big bedrooms with good sized wardrobes and chests of drawers for your belongings, lovely sofas and chairs for relaxing and most importantly comfortable beds for a good night's sleep. Downstairs there is a large living/kitchen diner, a roomy sitting room and a second bathroom with disabled access. The cottage is simply and stylishly decorated in that inimitable French style, and is well equipped with all mod cons, including WiFi, so while we were there we could keep up with the Euro cup football and the tennis at Wimbledon if we wanted to. The outside space is equally delightful. There is a beautiful terrace with great views all around and a swimming pool to cool down in on hot days or just splash about.  We loved sitting out on the terrace for lunch or dinner or just relaxing in the sun or under a parasol enjoying the view with a nice cool drink. 

The owners Sue and Tod are warm and welcoming  and very helpful, advising about places to eat and visit. I am a keen gardener and loved walking around the garden and was delighted to discover on Tod and Sue's recommendation the water lily garden and nursery, Latour-Marliac, where Monet bought the water lilies for his garden at Giverny that became the subject of over 200 of his paintings.

A great find, the sort of place you discover and want to return to again and again. We had a wonderful holiday and I highly recommend this fantastic cottage. 

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We really enjoyed having you to stay and do hope you will be visiting us again.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season (early)
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season (late)
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season (late)
30 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season (early)
19 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season (early)
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season late
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season late
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Terms & conditions provided on enquiry.

Guests are asked to leave the property in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the rental period. Additional cleaning (if needed) will be charged at cost.

Changeover Day:
We never book our guests "back to back". That means, with a few days between bookings, we always have the cottage “just so” for each new arrival. It also means that we can be pretty flexible about arrival and departure times, so although our terms and conditions say that Saturday is our preferred changeover day, with10 am departure and after 4 pm arrival, just ask, and usually we are able to accommodate your needs.

Notes on prices:
Prices include: electricity, hot water, gas, 100% cotton bedding and towels, welcome pack.
A security deposit of £150 is required and will be refunded (all being well) after your stay

Prices per week, in pounds sterling.
25% deposit required to secure booking. Balance (including security deposit) due 6 weeks prior to arrival. Reservations made within 6 weeks of start of rental period require full payment at time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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