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Stunning pool overlooked by the shady dining area

(FVA) Villa Alouette Stunning views Near Bordeaux and Bergerac

Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
3
Pets
No
Property ID
FVA
Changeover Day
Saturday
€1500 to €3700
Beautiful detached house with 360 degree views, stunning feature pool. Settled on a hill top surrounded by it's 1 hectare of land away from roads. Short drive to historical towns. Bordeaux region near the Dordogne and Bergerac, South West France. Saturday changeover.
€1500 to €3700
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  • Private heated pool
  • Pool alarm
  • Large private garden
  • Terraces
  • Views
  • Free WiFi
  • Private drive/parking
  • Children’s swing
  • Table tennis
  • Golf courses nearby
  • Cot & high chair
  • Cycle hire
  • Under floor heating
  • Situated on one floor
  • Room fans
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • BBQ
  • Satellite TV & DVD
  • Tv room
  • Lounge
  • Dining room
  • Bars, restaurants, shops nearby

Nestled into a hillside on a full hectare of private land, this graceful home has 360 degree views across the countryside. Designed by the architect to capture the magnificent and lush landscape within total privacy, Villa Alouette is a serene retreat. From the orchards and wisteria vines to the distant pastures, this home is meant to appreciate nature.

The post and beam architecture, arched entries, alcoves and promenades are a nod to the past but with updated amenities. The spacious entry hall leads into an elegantly appointed living room of comfort, art and sophistication, with high ceilings and lots of light.

The adjacent library and media room is time away for entertainment and reading while the large dining room is the place to gather and enjoy some of the finest local food and wines together. The kitchen is compact and well equipped with state of the art appliances and everything you’ll need for family meals. Multiple French doors open to the terraces, gardens and pool for an indoor outdoor lifestyle.

The large master bedroom features an en-suite bath, shower room, and private dressing area. The bed is electrically adjusted.

Two additional bedrooms on the opposite side of the villa provide an enormous amount of space all with lovely views and private access to the terraces and pool, these bedrooms can be connected or separated.

Master bedroom bed is electrically adjusted and measures 180cm wide 190cm long.

Bedroom 2. Twin bedroom, beds are 90cm wide 190cm long, these can be made as a large double if you wish, en-suite shower room. Shared wc with the Double room, there is an additional wc in the hall way next to the Double room.

Bedroom 3. Double bedroom large double bed, en-suite shower room. Bedroom 3 can be accessed directly from the pool terrace or via bedroom 2.

Each bedroom has a hairdryer supplied for your convenience.

The pool area is one of the highlights of the home. 11m by 5m, it’s large enough and geometrically designed for either swim or play. This part of the garden is a secluded and intimate outdoor space with plenty of lounges and seating for tanning, snoozing under parasols or dining al fresco.

The owner’s enthusiasm of the local culture are reflected in the interiors and were lovingly decorated with detail and warmth to make you feel at home.

Additional features
With everything to make you feel at home including a flat screen satellite TV in the Master bedroom and a large flat screen satellite TV with DVD player in the media room ,  Wi-Fi, fully stocked gourmet kitchen with Nespresso machine, comfy furnishings for up to six people and heated floors.

The pool is heated between June and September and features a safety alarm. There is a washing machine, tumble drier in the adjoining laundry/pantry and a spare cot that sleeps one. We’ve also thought of the kids and have included a high chair, swings, toys and table tennis.

The owner is very proud of her gardens, a gardener tends to the plants once every week. The long driveway has plenty of parking.

The home has a state of the art security system.

Cycle hire available delivered to the door with safety equipment.

Around
Located in the heart of Bordeaux’s famous wine country there are plenty of vineyards for tastings and tours. The picturesque village of Duras is a short drive to excellent dining and shopping and the local farmhouses and countryside perfect for exploring.

A quiet country setting, Villa Alouette is made for relaxing.

Located
Situated near the towns of Monsegur and Duras in the region of Aquitaine within the Bordeaux wine region and on the border of the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne, France.

Located in the southwestern Bordeaux region of France in the village of Duras, Villa Alouette is a short train ride to Toulouse and Bordeaux via the St. Foy la Grande or Marmande station. The small local Bergerac Airport is close by with Bordeaux Airport (73 km), Angouleme Airport (117 km), or Toulouse Airport (149 km) being the larger hubs. The nearest train station has regular services to the center of Bordeaux.

These picturesque bastide towns are host to weekly traditional French markets where the villagers shop for local produce and meet friends, enjoy a coffee and croissant and watch the world go by. A popular night market is also held each week during the summer months where street food and entertainment are the backdrop for the evening. Each town offers a good selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, pharmacie & banks with atm’s as well as the all important boulangerie for fresh croissants and crusty bread and beautiful chocolaterie selling hand made delicious chocolates and gifts.

A comprehensive Carrefour supermarket & petrol station can be found at Duras or Monsegur. Larger hypermarkets are available in La Reole (20 mins drive) and Marmande (30 mins drive).

An ideal central location to explore Bordeaux, Bergerac & the Dordogne.

Coast / beach
A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 30 minutes away and is a popular attraction to take children for a day out.  The gently shelving sand provides a safe, fun environment for splashing around and cooling off in the summer sun.

Further a field, approximately 90 mins drive away, is the 150 mile long sandy beach at Arcachon and Biscarosse. If you have the energy climb the highest sand dune in Europe at Biscarosse, or while the day away meandering around the streets of cosmopolitan Arcachon and enjoy a relaxing lunch in one of the many French restaurants.

Travel
Airports
Bergerac 45 minutes
Bordeaux 1 hour 10 minutes
Toulouse 2 hours 10 minutes

Train
TGV to Bordeaux. Bordeaux station 1 hr 10 minutes drive away.

Car
Approximate driving distances from north French ferry ports:
Calais 560 miles
Caen 430 miles

Use of car essential. Get a hire car quote with best price guarantee, click here

Changeover day: Saturday.
We are happy to consider alternative days outside of peak season.


Reservation Information:
No booking fee.

A 25% deposit secures a reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks before rental commencement.
A refundable security bond of €500 is payable with the balance which is returned within 7 days of departure subject to a satisfactory inspection.

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Arrival from 17:00. Departure by 10:00.

Included in the price:
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels.
Bookings of 2 weeks or more receive a complimentary change of bedding every week and a 4 hour clean per property.
Pool heating.

Availability is live and always up to date.


Airports
Bergerac 45 minutes
Bordeaux 1 hour 10 minutes
Toulouse 2 hours 10 minutes

Train
TGV to Bordeaux. Bordeaux station 1 hr 10 minutes drive away.

Car
Approximate driving distances from north French ferry ports:
Calais 560 miles
Caen 430 miles

Use of car essential. Get a hire car quote with best price guarantee, click here

Situated near the towns of Monsegur and Duras in the region of Aquitaine within the Bordeaux wine region and on the border of the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne, France.

Carrefour supermarket – just out of Duras on the direction of Sainte Foy La Grande. Small but very well stocked (includes English part). From 8 am to 8 pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. Also another Just outside Monsegur on the Duras road.
Baker – Boulangerie, Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Excellent croissants, fantastic corn flour and rustic breads… Closed on Tuesday and Sunday afternoon..
Butchers –  Boucherie Evrard – Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Good butcher, next to the place du Marché . Closed on Tuesday. And Sunday afternoon.Carrefour Contact, in Monségur has got an excellent butcher section!!!  Same opening time Carrefour Contact in Duras.

Bordeaux is approximately just over an hour drive to the west and Bergerac is 45 minutes to the east, St Emilion 30 minutes north.

This is the ideal base from which to explore South West France. Located in the region of Aquitaine on the 3 borders of Gironde / Dordogne / Lot et Garonne and is considered to be one of the most picturesque areas of France.

The gently rolling countryside is a pleasure to explore, with excellent roads winding their way through fields and vineyards. Perfect cycling country!

Monsegur and Duras are ancient Bastide towns set around a market square which are host to weekly markets and also a weekly night market during the peak summer season. There is a good selection of shops including cafes, bars and a pizzeria which host’s weekly live music.
There is also a cinema in Monsegur, which does show international films in their original language version (VO).

The market squares are also hosts the many festivals and events throughout the year.

Wine and Gastronomy
The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Caves and Chateau who offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.

Not to be missed is the world famous St Emilion, just a short drive away. A designated world heritage site and is truly stunning. Explore characteristic narrow lanes lined with wine merchants, cafes, restaurants and interesting independent shops. A guided tour of the monolithic church is highly recommended.

Follow Rick Steins French Odyssey (Bordeaux to Bazas) trail across this region and encounter some of the best culinary experiences France has to offer.

Bordeaux
This designated world heritage site is a must for all visitors. This cosmopolitan city offers a diverse range of attractions. The golden triangle has a fabulous range of shops for those shopaholics.
A rich variety of architecture forms the backdrop for the street cafe’s, restaurants, bars and not forgetting the superb Grand Theatre.

Dordogne
The Dordogne is just one of the many places to visit for day trips. Anything from Canoeing or boat trips on the Dordogne river to exploring ancient villages.

Markets
Most villages and towns hold weekly markets full of fresh and interesting local produce. An ideal place to pick up your holiday mementoes and gifts.
Both Monsegur and Duras also have night markets during the summer where you can eat and have a drink as well as browse the many stalls.

Activities

Cycling
The countryside around our properties is perfect for cycling, whether it’s just a gentle ride around to explore or, if you are a keen cyclist, a long training ride on fantastic stretches of road to get the blood pumping whilst taking in the fantastic views.

Cycle hire is available to your door – visit www.themountainbikehirecompany.co.uk for details.

Public tennis courts
Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, Duras & St Sernin de Duras and are usually booked via the local tourist information office.

Canoeing and kayaking
Canoe hire is available on the rivers. The river Dropt winds through the valley with a slow flow on it, whilst the large river Garonne (20 minutes away) has a faster pace.
The Dordogne river is an hour away which has a faster pace but has plenty of canoe hire opportunities and literally just go with the flow and be picked up further down stream. Of course the easiest way is a boat trip and let some one else do the work.

Beaches
The Atlantic coast, with over 150 miles of golden sandy beaches is less than one and a half hours drive away. Great fun for all the family, simply relax and soak up the sun or try your hand at surfing. Alternatively there are also fresh water lakes with a beach and facilities. The nearest is at Blasimon (about 30 minutes drive) and is very popular with families.

Golf
There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club. The chateau dates back to 1597 and is set in 450 acres of stunning countryside. Facilities also include a fine restaurant and relaxing beauty spa. Golf Les Vigiers –  Le Vigier – 24240 Monestier ( 25 ‘ drive) – Ph +33 5 53 61 50 00 – 18 holes superb golf.

Horse riding
Centre Equestre des Millespieds, Millepieds ( 10’ drive)- 47120 Savignac de Duras– Ph +33 6 12 72 30 83- Nice, family oriented horse riding club. Ponies available. English spoken.

Zoo & Water park
Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is approximately an hour drive www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com
Aqualand water park is approximately 90 minutes drive located at Bassin D’Arcachon www.aqualand.fr

Markets

Duras, every Monday from 8.30 to 14:00 (closes at 12:00 from September to June).Nice market, excellent Organic veg’s & fruit producer, Nicolas.Excellent organic goat cheese producers too… Foie gras, Magrets and so on by Mr & Mrs Ros…excellent! …. And many stands of food/non food
Allemans, every Sunday morning
Sainte Foy La Grande, every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00.Quite big market with excellent producers.
Monségur, every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market  with good fish stand next to the restaurant Le Grand Cep and fantastic pork butcher under the covered market.
Issigeac, every Sunday morning
Eymet, every Thursday morning
Night markets from 1st of July till End of August, very successful, where you can eat and dance, with many craft and food stands. Go early if you want to park close to the village.
Duras Night market, every Thursday evening till end of August
Levignac Night market, every Friday evening till end of August
Monsegur Night market, every Wednesday evening till mid of September

Tourist Information centres
4 rue des Issartiers, 33580 Monségur (Gironde department) Ph +33 5 56 61 82 73 – web www.entredeuxmers.com
16 Boulevard Jean Brisseau, in Duras (Lot-et-Garonne department)Ph +33 5 53 93 71 18 – web www.paysdeduras.com

Accommodation Dordogne Bordeaux France

“Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your lovely villa. The elegant surroundings of Alouette helped made our holiday here in Duras very relaxing. The hillside setting is the perfect backdrop to enjoy stunning sunsets, sunrises and shooting stars. It was a shame to leave.”
The H family, September 2016

“Glorious sunshine for us all week. We’ve had a lovely time exploring. The children pretended to be Rapunzel at Château de Duras and had a wonderful day the Lac de Lougratte. I jogged in and out of the grape wines, which was surprisingly exhausting. We all had too many croissants ! Thank you for a terrific week in gorgeous setting.”
The L family, August 2016

“Thank you for a wonderful holiday, staying in your beautiful villa. We have loved the pool and the garden, the views are stunning and we have very much enjoyed taking our coffee in the mornings and drinking our wine, sitting at the various places dotted so perfectly around the grounds. We have enjoyed the Monday morning market in Duras and the night market at Monsegur on Wednesday evening.  It has been a truly relaxing and enjoyable week.”
The R Family, July 2016

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this superb villa. Enjoyed it all the views, the pool, the food and especially the peace and tranquility. Thank you to all that helped our stay be so lovely. PS: Loved the little touches in the house- the fresh flowers etc…”
The P family, June 2016

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A Beautiful property in a delightful setting
“The property was beautifully furnished with attractive features and decoration. We found the property well equipped and very comfortable for 2 adult couples ( I am sure it would be fine for 6 people as well.)The kitchen may seem slightly on small side for some , but with a barbecue and plenty of outside eating we didn’t find this a problem.The setting is fantastic, with wonderful views, but still located near enough to amenities for practicalities. The pool had easy access and was well maintained , unobtrusively, during our stay.Our favourite villa rental in France from 20 years of holidays , and hoping to return.”
Lucy C, August 2015

“Thank you Aleid and Louis for allowing us to share your beautiful home.
Despite the unseasonable weather we had a fantastic time here and have thoroughly enjoyed the house, pool and gardens. The views are spectacular. Frédéric is a gem, he has been so very friendly and welcoming, always contactable and helpful even in the thunderstorm and following power cut. We will take away photos and memories that will last long into the future.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Fantastic property with great facilities and views. Home from home. Communication throughout our booking and stay were second to none Great experience all round. Thanks to everyone”
Gerard R. North Yorkshire, UK, Friday 18th September 2015

“We have had a wonderful 2 weeks here and feel privileged to have stayed at Villa Alouette.
inside the property is comfortable and well equipped and interesting.
Outside we loved the pool, views and appreciated the wonderful weather.
Thank you Frédéric for being welcoming and looking after the pool and everything else !
and also the housekeeper we loved the fresh flowers !”
Alan C. Kent, UK, 11th September 2015

“A lovely welcome from Frederick who made us feel very much at home.
We soon settled into your beautiful villa & stunning surroundings.
The pool was amazing and enjoyed by all.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.
Bella: It was the best holiday ever !! Age 8.”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“The property was excellent, beautifully furnished, great pool. Superb location. Would recommend to anybody wanting something special for a holiday.”
Family B. and K., London, 21st August 2015

“A wonderful week spent at this wonderful villa.
Had a lovely time visiting Château de Monbazillac, Montcaret and Bordeaux.
We all have had a fantastic time in the swimming pool. The children didn’t want to get out!
Thank you to Frédéric for a warm welcome on our arrival.
We would love to stay again.”
Steve S. Devon, UK, 15th August 2015

“Thank you for a lovely time in your beautiful home.The pool is amazing as well as the views. We’ve had a wonderful time visiting Eymet, Duras, Monsegur the Médoc and St Emilion.
We recommend the night markets, especially Monsegur. Thanks to Frédéric who has been so helpful.
Thank you again.”
Rachael D. Berkshire, UK, 8th August 2015

“Once again we have had a wonderful time here in your beautiful home. It has been so nice to come back here.
The weather has been glorious, the pool fantastic and we have enjoyed ourselves immensely !!!
Many thanks to Frédéric for making the pool so lovely!
We would all love to return again someday. Thank You !”
Peter C. Sheffield, UK, July 25th 2015

“We have had a lovely spent in this beautiful villa. We all felt very relaxed. The pool was very welcoming especially as it was such a hot week.
The views are spectacular. We enjoyed the night markets in Duras and Monsegur.
Would recommend the Terrasse restaurant in Duras.
Thank you Frédéric for being so helpful.”
Sue C. Cheshire, UK, 17th July 2015

“With grateful thanks for a very relaxing week in your lovely house. We really enjoyed the beautiful views and surrounding countryside; the sunsets were amazing.
The weather was very kind to us with soaring temperatures, dips in the pool were most welcome.”
Denise G. Kent, UK, 10th July 2015

“Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. Such an honour to spend time in such a special part of the world, a little piece of heaven surrounded by vineyards, sunflowers and lavender. We drank wonderful wine and ate far too much cheese.Thank you Frédéric for taking care of us and bringing us some fans to appease the heat. We look forward to visiting again one day soon.”
Nick M. Cape Town, 3rd July 2015

“We loved staying in your beautiful home. The facilities, garden, decor and views were stunning. Frederic has looked after us so well. We have taken long country walks, visited local villages and markets. We went to Les Eyzies for tonnes of incredible caves including Rouffignac. Thank you so much for a wonderful and memorable holiday.
PS: many fabulous table tennis tournaments with bubbles as fuel…”
Sue M. Cheshire, UK, September 2014

“What a privilege to stay in a such a beautiful house and countryside of Duras. We will go back home with a head full of nice memories. »
Serge B. Montreal, Canada, August/September 2014

“We have had a wonderful, relaxing holiday. Many thanks for the beautiful house and views. We have enjoyed the sunshine, the fantastic pool and of course the piano. As musicians having a piano was important. To learn the house belongs to a famous pianist was awesome! We have played jazz everyday and the sound of the piano across the evening air was a dream. Thank you Frederic for looking after us.”
Paul R. Hertfordshire, UK, August 2014

“What an amazing holiday we had! Lots of lounging around the pool and BBQ’s. The house is beautiful and the views are spectacular.    We will be visiting next year !!”
Suzanna W. London, UK, August 2014

“The property has been great and the surroundings beautiful. Despite the somewhat iffy weather, a lovely time. Lots of BBQs and some epic table tennis battles!! Thank you for sharing your house with us, we’re sad we have to leave.”
Jessica B. Liverpool, UK, August 2014

“What an amazing experience, in a truly beautiful part of France ( and new to us all). The house is lovely as well as the 360° views – magical! The kids loved the pool and we managed to get them out for food and sleep!”
Jonathan S. Woking, UK, July 2014

“Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We’ve loved every minute of staying here and there’s been something for everyone- grandparents, parents and children! It’s been a hard job getting the kids out of the pool to go home but we hope we can return again one day. Thank you.”
Steve C. Sheffield, UK, July 2014

“Thank you for this lovely week in your home. We enjoyed nice weather and the warm pool with our grandchild. The sunsets were glorious and the pleasure of eating outside was memorable. We’ve travelled around the area and can see why you would want to live here!! ”
Roger A. Surrey, UK, July 2014

“Spending a week here was just fantastic. We’ve enjoyed the lovely sunsets. We had lot’s of fun by the pool and had excellent BBQs. We will definitely come back “
Maarten B. W.  The Netherlands, June 2014

“We have absolutely loved staying here at Villa Alouette!
We have enjoyed the beautiful sunsets, laying by the pool and preparing meals together. Chef Arnaud was wonderful and we highly recommend him. We visited Duras, Villeneuve sur Lot and St Emilion, Ste Foy, Bordeaux and Cap Ferret. Coming back home here at the of the day always felt like home and we hope to visit again. This is our 10th  anniversary and this home was a great vacation for a special trip together. Thank you for sharing your house “
Stephanie W. Atlanta USA, May 2014

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