La Guiraude

  • Monclar d'Agenais Luxury Holiday Villa
  • Sleeps 1 to 6, 3 bedrooms
  • £300 to £1300 per week

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The English owner has refurbished this property to a very high standard. It has a large private swimming pool (12m x 6m), all set in delightful landscaped gardens where many trees provide much needed shaded areas for outside dining. There is garden furniture with parasols, pool furniture, barbecue and outdoor table tennis.

The spacious open plan living area is bright and airy and has patio doors overlooking the pool area and gardens to the front, with panoramic views of the countryside to the rear. The lounge area has comfortable seating and coffee tables, large satellite TV (English), DVD, video, stereo and WiFi. There is a woodburning stove for the cooler evenings at the end of the seasons.

There is a well stocked book case and also games like Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit. The kitchen diner is large with all modern equipment including microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, gas oven/hob and double sink. There is a large oak dining table seating 6 to 8 persons.

Staircase leading down to three double bedrooms - one with double bed and two twin. The master bedroom has French doors opening to a secluded garden area with table and chairs for that early morning coffee. The other two bedrooms are twin rooms. All rooms have been finished to a high standard.

The larger than average bathroom has WC, wash hand basin and a wet room with double shower.

Local Area

The property is situated in a rural location in the heart of the Lot et Garonne near the ancient Bastide village of Monclar d'Agenais. The tiny village of Monclar sits high on a hilltop, and has a general store, butchers, chemist and post office.

A 7 minute drive will bring you to the market town of Ste Livrade, market day is on a Friday, and a further 10 minutes will bring you to the major provincial town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot with many restaurants, banks and shopping facilities.

This beautiful region of south west France has much to offer. Lot-et-Garonne is named after its two principal rivers. The Garonne is one of the major rivers in France, running from the Pyrenees (where it has its source in Spain) to the Atlantic at Bordeaux. The Lot rises in the Massif Central and flows through some spectacular gorges and some of the most beautiful scenery in France to join the Garonne north west of Agen.

Lot-et-Garonne, which is just south of the Dordogne, is still a well-guarded secret with historic towns and villages, and breathtaking countryside. In July this department is a mass of bright yellow as the sunflower crop, grown for vegetable oil, matures. The region also produces a large amount of tobacco, much of which was until recently processed locally at Tonneins. Finally, of course, many acres are devoted to vineyards, producing excellent wines and plum orchards which produce the famous pruneaux d'Agen. Also this area is famous for its foie gras.

There is golf at Castelnaud with an 18 hole championship course and also at Tombeboeuf where there is a 9 hole course with practice area and pro shop. Both of the courses have clubs, trolleys and buggies for hire.

There are many water activities on the rivers, where you can hire canoes and water ski or simply just spend the day fishing. There is a 100 acre park at Miramont (20 mins) with a 25 acre lake where children can swim and also horse ride.

Agen is the capital of this department and is a 35 minute drive. Agen has much to offer with regards to shopping and restaurants, and there is also a theme park, open summer months only, to amuse children.

Bordeaux - the principal port of Aquitaine and one of the major cities of France. It has everything you would expect to find in a large city (Museums, theaters, shops, sports venues and of course some of the world's finest wines are produced in the surrounding areas. A visit to the vineyards and wine tasting are available. (Drive time 90 mins).

Archachon - this chic seaside town is well worth a visit. The town is beautifully laid out with a fine tree lined promenade and white sandy beach. A few miles south of the town you will find the giant sand dunes, known as the Grand Pyla, and a few minutes further on the pine forests leading down to the sea (drive time 1h 50m).

Location

La Guiraude

Monclar d'Agenais luxury holiday villa

Monclar d'Agenais
Lot-et-Garonne 47380