(FLH) Les Hirondelles
- Local Area
- Private 10m x 5m Pool
- Fenced and gated pool
- Salt water pool
- Satellite TV and radio
- Games area
- Rural views
- Private off road parking
- Laundry area
- Ground floor bedrooms
- Ground floor bathrooms
- Covered dining veranda
- Wood burner
- Cot and highchair
- Golf courses nearby
- Tennis courts 4km
- Cycle hire available
- Private catering available
- Supermarkets shops nearby
- Bars restaurants nearby
Les Hirondelles is a 4 bedroom barn conversion with a private fenced and gated salt water swimming pool. Garden and rural views over the valley below. Set between Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion and the Dordogne in south west France.
Located within a short drive of the ancient Bastide town centres of Monsegur (Gironde) and Duras (Lot et Garonne), both towns have bars, restaurants, banks, shops and supermarkets. Weekly farmer’s markets and summer night markets in both towns as well as other local towns. Lévignac-de-Guyenne is the closest town and the largest town in the area is Marmande, both a short drive away.
An ideal holiday gite to experience this region of France
Les Hirondelles is within a 5 to 15 minutes drive, you can find markets and shops for your daily needs, bars and restaurants, or outdoor activities such as horse-riding, kayaking and crazy golf, a ten-minute walk takes you to the local animal park with play and picnic and animal parks.
There are atmospheric night markets during the summer season, with a wide choice of food stalls, arts and crafts, local specialities and live entertainment.
Hire some bikes or just bring your walking shoes, to enjoy a selection of marked hiking and cycling routes – one of which passes through the village.
You can even plan a day at the seaside, as Arcachon on the Atlantic coast is only an hour and 45 minutes away, boasting the largest sand dune in Europe.
The beautiful towns of Bergerac and Bordeaux are just 55 and 90 minutes away respectively.
Les Hirondelles is quite private with views across the open countryside from the two terrace areas.
So whether you prefer an activity-filled holiday or a complete chill-out, you can find it here.
4 Good Size Bedrooms, flexible bedrooms, all rooms can be set up as twin rooms with full-size single beds if you wish or as super king doubles.
Comfortably sleeping 8. 2 baby cots. 3 shower rooms one of which has a bath, 3 WC.
Bedroom 1 – Upper floor, super king size bed or can be split to give twin beds. Built in wardrobe.
Country valley views.
Ensuite shower with a wash basin and wc.
Bedroom 2 – Ground floor, super king-size bed which can be split to give twin beds. Wardrobe and drawers, mosquito screen on the window.
Looks out to the pool area.
Next to a bathroom with an in-bath shower and a wc.
Bedroom 3 – Ground floor, super king size bed which can be split to give twin beds.
Wardrobe and drawers, mosquito screen on the window.
Next to a shower room and wc – shared with bedroom 4.
Bedroom 4 – Ground floor, twin beds.
Wardrobe and drawers, mosquito screen on the window, rural views over the valley.
Next to a shower room and wc – shared with bedroom 3.
Bedroom 1 has its own en-suite shower room, wash basin and wc.
Bathroom (next to Bedroom 2), bath with over-bath shower, wash basin and wc.
Shower Room (between Bedrooms 3 and 4), walk-in shower, wash basin and wc.
Full height timber double-height ceiling. Comfortable seating, TV with Freeview English speaking channels, DVD, huge wood burner.
To one side of the lounge is another area with CD player with cable input for your own sources/devices and a selection of DVD’s and CD’s.
A games area offers a pool table and table football with views over the terrace, garden and the valley below.
Doors open out onto the terrace and outside covered seating with valley views.
Dining area & kitchen
Large open plan area with a modern kitchen with two ovens, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher and all the usual equipment. Dining table seating 8 guests.
Utility Room with washing machine, ironing board and Iron.
Door to the terrace and back garden. Storage for outdoor and pool items.
Terrace & garden
The full-width terrace is covered and has lighting for the evenings, a dining table and chairs, a swing seat, a charcoal BBQ, and a lawned area. Far-reaching countryside rural views.
Private swimming pool
10m x 5m Salt water pool with Roman end steps, lovely rural views. Summer solar cover which improves water temperature, poolside shower.
There is a decked area with poolside furniture and shaded space. Herb garden and a further small terrace area.
Children and pool security
The pool has an alarm for security and conforms to French law.
The pool is reasonably well secured from children. The pool is gated and can be locked if you wish. The garden is securely fenced from the pool, children can not get to the pool from the garden. Children could get to the pool when the gate is locked is if they climb out of the window in bedroom 2 or walk down the drive or down the road then all the way around the house into the farmer’s field next door and then walk through the farmer’s field.
Ample parking for up to 3 Cars, garage space for a trailer, bikes, etc.
The owners share the driveway, their house is across the driveway from Les Hirondelles and both properties have their own privacy, the properties have their own aspects.
Situated on an elevated position on the edge of a very small village with lovely views of rolling hills. There is an animal park with facilities a very short drive away or you could walk to it.
An ideal rural area for exploration, walking and cycling or just relaxing by the pool with a glass of something local.
There are no facilities in the ancient village, just 4km to Levignac with a small Epicerie (grocery store), post office, pharmacy, boulangerie, Tabac, Hairdresser and bar.
11km – Duras is a small historical hilltop market town with shops, cafe bars and restaurants
Monday morning farmers market throughout the year, Thursday night market (Summer Season). Supermarket, fuel station and a bank with a cash machine.
The chateau is definitely worth a visit.
14km – Marmande is a medium sized riverside town with a park, cafe bars and restaurants, a train station, large hyper markets and mainstream shops and supermarkets etc.
Many more amenities in less than 20 minutes drive
Activities and what to do in the area
Weekly farmers markets, restaurants, cycle hire, local adventure park – more information on what’s on locally is in the ‘Local Area’ tab above.
Located in the heart of the Bordeaux famous wine region where there are plenty of vineyards for tastings and tours. The picturesque towns of Duras and Monsegur are a short drive to excellent dining and shopping and the local farmhouses and countryside perfect for exploring.
Private catering, Gastronomic experiences and Wine tours
Taylor made experiences at the house or maybe a picnic in the vineyard? English and French spoken. www.lovingaquitaine.com
Cycle hire and electric cycles are available to hire in the area. Cycle hire information page.
What to do in the area and beyond
There are many towns, villages and castles to explore on your doorstep. The local towns and villages host weekly markets as well as summer night markets and various festivals throughout the year. More information on what’s on locally is in the “Local Area” tab above.
- Bergerac 48km
- Bordeaux 98km
- Toulouse 186km
- TGV to Bordeaux. Bordeaux station 90km.
- Marmande (Bordeaux line) train station 14km.
Approximate driving distances from north French ferry ports:
- Calais 560 miles
- Caen 430 miles
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The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France
Les Hirondelles holiday gite is set in a tranquil village in south western France, with a population of just 240, it has a 12th Century Church and a Mairie but little else, so is very peaceful for most of the year.
Beach, water sports
Riverside park and beach at Marmande 12km, La Filhole. Stoney beach by the river, pleasant park area with walks, grass areas, woods, shaded picnic areas, wc and parking.
A fresh water lake with sandy beach 33km at Blasimon.
Aqua fun Park Near Casteljaloux freshwater lake, 40km. Park with a huge lake, picnic benches, walks, facilities, sandy beach, water sports, kids play area….. it’s great for adults and the kids. Aqua fun park Clarens web site. AquaFun’ Park Clarens Tripadvisor.
Visit Europe’s largest sand dune 145km, the Dune du Pilat where both the climb and the views will take your breath away! Reward yourself by feasting on fresh seafood around the Bay of Arcachon or take the ferry to Cap Ferret and feel the sand between your toes whilst you enjoy oysters and chilled white wine.
Aqua Park is 45km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.
Canoeing and kayaking
Canoe hire is available on the rivers. The river Dropt winds through the valley with a slow flow on it.
The Dordogne river at Sainte Foy has a faster pace but has plenty of canoe hire opportunities and literally just go with the flow and be picked up further downstream. Of course, the easiest way is a boat trip and let someone else do the work.
Dordogne river boat trips are available in Bergerac, 49km.
Tree adventure and climbing park
Just 18km, climbing through the trees and zip wire, fun for all the family, ideal for all ages. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure
Cycle hire, Bike hire
The countryside around our properties is popular 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.
Maybe cycle to a cafe bar or the chocolate shop!
Bring your own bike or bike hire is available, we recommend booking in advance.
The Gironde and Lot et Garonne (Monsegur and Duras areas), guide and information Gironde bike information or Dordogne bike information
Bike hire can be delivered to your door, view prices and book – click here for details.
Bike Hire Direct, cycle hire
Electric bicycles can be hired at Allemans du Dropt (12km) and Eymet (24km) cycle hire
Carbon road bike hire in Bordeaux, they will deliver to Bordeaux train station for free, they do not deliver to your door but if you are a serious cyclists just ride the bike back to your holiday villa. Carbon road bike hire Bordeaux.
Yes we believe chocolate is also an activity… we often have to visit and make sure the quality is up to standard so we can continue to recommend this.
Maison Guinguet gourmet chocolate, they have a very nice shop to visit next to their artisan factory. Just 11km away, near Duras.
Tea room with gardens
There are six little gardens, each with their own character. Outside seating and inside seating. Various drinks but especially known for their teas and delicious cakes. Baleyssagues 3km from Duras. Jardin de Boissonna
Wild life park, animals, zoo
Parc du Griffon, animals, play areas, picnic areas and refreshments – 2 minutes drive, 10 minutes walk, only 800 metres away. Parc du Griffon.
Ferme Exotique 80km.
Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 96km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com
The famous Duras chateau 11km away. www.chateau-de-duras.com
Public tennis courts
Tennis courts are located in Monsegur 12km, Duras 11km & Saint-Sernin de Duras 18km and are usually booked via the local tourist information office.
Crazy golf and animals. Drinks and snacks – 5 km
There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club 30km. The chateau dates back to 1597 and is set in 450 acres of stunning countryside. Facilities also include a fine restaurant and a relaxing beauty spa. Golf Les Vigiers – Le Vigier – 24240 Monestier ( 25 ‘ drive) – Ph +33 5 53 61 50 00 – 18 holes superb golf.
Nearby Lévignac-de-Guyenne (just 5km) has a convenience store, post office, bakery, doctor’s surgery and pharmacy.
The popular tourist town of Duras, with shops, bars and restaurants and its castle to explore, is just 11km, or 13km in the other direction is Marmande with all mainstream facilities, motorway and rail links to Bordeaux, Toulouse and beyond.
There are markets virtually every day in the surrounding towns and villages, great for stocking up with all those French goodies for your holiday. They fill the streets with the lovely atmosphere you would expect “au marché”. Night Markets take place through July and August, with music, food and a variety of stalls to browse.
For the culture vulture, the towns of Agen, Bergerac and Bordeaux are well worth a visit, as are the many bastide (fortified) villages that line the river valleys.
And then, of course, there’s the wine! We are surrounded by the vineyards of Cotes de Duras and Cotes Marmandais, with St Emilion, Graves and Bergerac appellations less than an hour away.
Finally, for that day at the seaside, the Atlantic beaches are just an hour and three-quarters away.
This is just a taster of what is available. If there is a must-have element to your holiday, do get in touch and we will tell you whether it is nearby.
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.
Bordeaux is approximately just over an hour drive to the west and Bergerac is 45 minutes to the east, Saint Emilion is 50 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 (both 11km away) 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 hosts weekly live music.
There is also Cinema Eden in Monsegur, which does show international films in their original language version (VO), a selection of English speaking films with French subtitles.
The market squares also host 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 that offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.
Not to be missed is the world-famous Saint 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.
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 cafes, restaurants, bars and not forgetting the superb Grand Theatre.
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.
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.
Lévignac-de-Guyenne, Monsegur and Duras have night markets during the summer where you can eat and have a drink as well as browse the many stalls.