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Spacious Character Cottage with Pool Set In Delightful Countryside



Updated: 17-Oct-2016
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.

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  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

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12 Reviews

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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 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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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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  • 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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A Special Place....

  • 5 of 5

For those wishing to be slightly off the beaten track in an area of South West France known for its rolling countryside between 2 great rivers (the Lot and Garonne) I fully recommend Tod and Sue's extra roomy cottage...Set on a gentle slope, shaded by mature trees facing south, in naturalistic gardens tended with loving care ..with 360 views of sunrises and sunsets, where I sincerely feel at peace with the world....or maybe it's a combination of the excellent local wines (at prices which do not bring tears to your eyes), which inevitably swirl in my glass to the gentle humming of bees gathering for their queen...Time usually passes quickly...but here a week feels like a month especially if you choose to love small things...but then I'm a towny, often forgiven for missing the bigger picture...

I have been here in high and low seasons ..both have their virtues... In low season the every day life of bustling small towns comes to the fore..and 2 hour lunchtimes become the magnet for drawing people together far, far away from centralised bureaucratic rules and regs of government...while in the holiday high season the focus turns to the 'Marches Nocturnes' night markets and the accompanying festive events surrounding them ....local produce, good food, music and dancing shared mutually with the old and the young every night at local townships, rotating weekly their staging, all in close proximity and familial harmony and of course sometimes disharmony.....for people watching, it's brilliant....but then, it is a national sport here.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your super review. We love having you to stay and this year's visit has been very special. We look forward to seeing you again, soon.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 63 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Tonneins at 7 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 636 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Tombeboeuf at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Tonneins at 7 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A62 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Tonneins at 7 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Andernos-les-Bains at 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


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season (early)
6 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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

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 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 17-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • 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


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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • 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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • 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.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • 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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