Family villa in countryside France – internally up-to-the-minute but retaining all its original character, this former 12th-century French priory offers a very sophisticated charm. Original stone walls, old oak doors, huge windows, modern slate bathrooms and comfortable furnishings have been beautifully blended to create a relaxing, tranquil home-from-home, all accessed via an attractive enclosed cobbled courtyard. La Champetre is set in attractive, extensive grounds in a region known for its vineyards and plum orchards, fresh fruit and vegetables and delicious cheeses, and also for its numerous medieval towns where you can select the choicest of local produce at the weekly markets. Some of these towns hold evening markets in the summertime, with music and stalls selling all sorts of delicious foods; a great night out for everyone. With its generously wide steps the heated pool at La Champetre is very child-friendly, but should you fancy a change of scene you could visit the fresh water lake at Blasimon with a gently shelving sandy beach, ideal for children, or St Laurent des Vignes where you'll find a large aqua park. Just 10 minutes away is the Dropt river valley where you can hire canoes; slightly further at Ste Foy La Grande is the Dordogne where you can picnic, take boat trips on the gabarres, or hire kayaks. Riding and pony trekking is easily arranged nearby, and there is a popular farm (Chaudron Magique) less than an hour away. For adults there are award-winning gardens Jardin de Boissona where you can enjoy French afternoon tea, and a fabulous golf course with practice greens at Vigiers. Jazz fans will enjoy the famous Monsegur Jazz Festival in July. The coast at Arcachon and the Dune de Pyla, the highest sand dune in Europe, are less than two hours from the villa. Other attractive day-trip destinations from this Family villa in countryside France would certainly include St Emilion and Bordeaux.
There’s plenty to do in this area. Many of the local market towns are steeped in history and all have excellent weekly markets selling local produce. Honey and duck are particular local specialities. The nearby Duras vineyards are well worth visiting, and lovely St Emilion (and its rather more famous wines) is just over half an hour away. Families will enjoy a trip to the Magic Cauldron, a local “eco farm” where there are mohair goats as well as other animals and various activities – children of all ages (and the adults) will have a fun day out here.
Entrance via large wooden door into enclosed cobbled courtyard and door to main living room: this is open plan, with kitchen, dining area and sitting areas. Door to covered terrace, garden and pool. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors to internal courtyard.
Archway through to additional living/TV room (DVD).
Double bedroom (1.60m comprising two 0.80m adjustable mattresses), integral bathroom, ensuite wet room/walk-in shower, WC (this room may be suitable for wheelchair users - please ask for details).
Double bedroom (1.60m comprising two 0.80m adjustable mattresses), integral bathtub, door to private terrace.
Separate WC. First floor:
Steps up to Master double bedroom (1.60m comprising two 0.80m adjustable mattresses), integral bath tub, integral shower room with walk-in shower.
Steep staircase leads to children’s attic dormitory room (stair gates at top and bottom) with four single beds: owing to the low ceiling in this room the beds do not have bases. Secure glass window overlooks main living room. Grounds:
Extensive, flat, enclosed 5-acre garden with private heated 12m x 4m slate-grey swimming pool with wide, child-friendly steps & pool shower. Large dining terrace with portable charcoal BBQ, large covered outdoor living area, large lawns, space for football matches (goal posts available), cricket or rounders. Table tennis; golf practice equipment and clubs; croquet game, dart board. Swing & see-saw (care with children) and sand pit. Boules area. Views over orchards and fields. Internal courtyard with fig tree, lavender & rosemary bushes. Parking for 2 cars. An access ramp from villa to garden is available for wheelchair users. Please note: there is an attached building on one side of the courtyard which is unused. A lane runs past the garden (local traffic only).
Included: pool heating (June-Sept), pool towels, WiFi internet; 4 hrs maid service on Saturdays for 2 week rentals only.
Extras: chef service. babysitting €15 per hour, extra maid service €15 per hour, winter heating. Pool heating outside season on request at €150 per week.
Pool open 28 April- 27 October 2018. No telephone at this villa. Please note this is a non-smoking villa.
Excellent accommodation, clean, beautifully decorated and everything that you need is provided. The owner Frederic takes great pride in the villa and gardens. The pool is delightful to relax beside in the sunshine and there is a fantastic field in which children can let off steam playing football, volleyball, darts or table tennis. There is even a full size boule court.
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About The Location
- Baleyssagues under 1.5 km
- Duras 3 km
- Monsegur 8 km
- St Emilion 43 km
- Bergerac 48 km
- Bordeaux 100 km
- Market | shops | restaurants 3 km
- Lake beach at Blasimon 26 km
- Golf | Horse Riding | Cycling
- Hot air ballooning
- Canoeing | Kayaking
- Aqua park 45 minutes