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Spacious Character Cottage with Pool Set In Delightful Countryside

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


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:
22 November, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Varès in Lot-et-Garonne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • 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


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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Simply Wonderful !!

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a wonderful 2 week stay at L'arrival Cottage - phew, where do I start?

First off, Sue & Tod are great owners - their communication leading up to our stay was brilliant from asking what we would like in our welcome pack to providing detail instructions on how to find the cottage once we left the main roads. Very helpful.

The cottage itself is amazing - so lovingly restored by Sue and Tod. I recommend reading Sue's blog on her website (or the hardback book in the cottage itself if you stay there) on the journey to restore it from a derelict barn - such an amazing transformation and something they are rightly proud of.

Inside it is spacious and has everything you could ever need for your holiday (and more) - we took as number of 'bits' with us as we do when we stay in cottages but all we kept saying was "oh, they've provided that already".

The outside dining area provides great views across the countryside - we enjoyed some great warm evening bbq's here with the odd glass of wine!. Perfect for relaxing at the end of the day.

The pool is great to be around on sunny days with plenty of sun loungers - for those who struggle in the sun there's a nice shaded area by the pool also.

Sue and Tod are brilliant hosts - they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable and the help they provided on numerous occasions will always be appreciated (especially the bike hire and the hamper things for the night market at Laparade).

So the Cottage is great and Sue & Tod are great but the stars of the show are Vita and Bertie, their 2 dogs. They were great to have around, so friendly and it was lovely when all of a sudden Bertie would appear out of nowhere and just roll over for his tummy to be tickled.

I've rated this 5 out of 5 but somehow it doesn't seem enough so I'm going to use the Chris Evans Radio 2 show feature "I did this for the first time today" scoring system and give it a million out of 5.

Thank you Sue and Tod - we can't wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What a wonderful review. Thank you so much. It was just lovely having you all to stay and we (especially Vita and Bertie) really look forward to you all being here again.
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Ten stars - five isn't really enough!

  • 5 of 5

For me this is amazing place is perfection. Just everything is just right. The kindest, best, most thoughtful hosts. Beautifully clean. Comfy beds in spacious rooms. Brilliantly equipped with far more than you might think you would ever need. Lovely pool and gardens, with various locations to eat, seat and be, so you can follow the sun or the shade as you prefer - my own favourite place for breakfast meant enjoying the gentler morning sun with gorgeous views of the countryside, surrounded by pots of flowers. The owners have created a very comprehensive, excellent & interesting guide filled with things to do, places to visit, plus all the practicalities (shops, restaurants, markets) and much much more. They go above and beyond to ensure you'll enjoy your visit and/or make the most of relaxing. Bliss.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Lovely to have you stay here again.
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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: 04-Jun-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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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: 25-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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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Nearest Airport
63 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
636 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Car: necessary

We have a salt-water swimming pool (more pleasant to swim in than chlorine), with a surrounding terrace and pool house, catering for both sun-seekers and shade-lovers..

Our surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, cycling and the keen bird watcher. Our most frequent garden and adjacent field visitors include Redstarts, Hoopoes, Golden Orioles, Kestrels, Buzzards, Kites, along with (among others) legions of common birds such as tits, finches and thrushes and in the evenings you can listen to owls and nightingales.

With our clear, pollution-free night skies star-gazing is a delight - early August with its Perseid meteor shower being a special pleasure.

This can be a place to laze in and do as little as possible. Or, if you are the get-up and go type, through July and August, Lot & Garonne is buzzing with tourist attractions (concerts, exhibitions, shows) many of them free and outside in the warm summer evenings. Nearly every village has its night market - a great opportunity to have a meal under the stars, sampling the local produce. We are close to one of the best in the region - 15 minutes from Laparade with its stunning views over the Lot valley.

We are spoilt for choice for restaurants in the area from excellent value fixed-price menus, creperies and pizzerias through to the special indulgence of a gourmet repast.

There are bastides (old fortified villages and towns) to explore, castles, chateaux, museums, churches, grottos and old windmills to visit, two great rivers and the canal to enjoy.

Vares (5 minutes drive) has a village shop which offers all the basics including fruit, veg and fresh bread / croissants. It also has a large fishing lake.

Tonneins, our local town (10 minutes drive away) is amply provided with quality supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, tourist information etc and has a thriving Saturday morning market.

Tonneins and Clairac have Sunday morning opening supermarkets and the Vares village shop is also open (useful if you are flying in late on Saturday).

Casteljaloux (30 minutes drive) has excellent thermal baths with saunas, steam rooms, massage jets and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool.

In July and August there are canoes / kayaks for hire on the Garonne and beaches to swim from on the Lot at Clairac and Castelmoron.

At Temple there is a famous water lily nursery - the inspiration for the artist Claude Monet's garden at Giverny.

Marmande, Villeneuve, Agen and, further afield, Bordeaux all have good clothes shops, boutiques, galleries, etc.

For enjoyable day-trips, head for the Atlantic coast with its miles of fabulous sandy beaches. A two hour drive can take you to the elegant, sheltered seaside resort of Arcachon (famous for its oysters) or to the rolling surf of places such as Mimizan or Lacanau-Ocean.

Or maybe head further south to the beautiful coastline of Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz.


Nearest airport: Bergerac (Flybe, Ryanair) 50 min drive

Bordeaux Merignac (BA, Easyjet, Ryanair) 75 minutes

Toulouse Blagnac (BA, Easyjet, Flybe, Jet2) 2 hours

St Malo 6 hours (without traffic)

Calais 9 hours (without traffic)

Nearest train station: Tonneins 10 minutes (with direct links to Bordeaux, Agen, Toulouse and the TGV)

As we are in a rural location a car is essential. (Hire cars available at all airports.)


Vares (local village shop) 3 km

Grateloup (energetic walk to village with some great views) 4 km

Tonneins (local town on Garonne) 7 km

Clairac (attractive local village on Lot) 9 km

Marmande (bastide town steeped in history on the Garonne) 21 km

Villeneuve (old walled bastide on the Lot) 33 km

Agen (attractive riverside capital of Lot & Garonne) 48 km

Bordeaux (UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding architecture and the base from which to explore its wine country) 108 km


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Varès, Aquitaine

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season (early) 2018
19 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season (early) 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season late 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season late 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season (early) 2019
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season (early) 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season (late) 2019
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season (late) 2019
28 Sep 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.