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Superb 200 Year-Old Farmhouse, Southwest France

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Front of Maison du Canal


Last updated: 07/10/2015
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  • Minimum stay:Contact manager
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

The approach to the house goes along fields of sunflowers, corn and strawberries, then crosses an old bridge over the Canal Lateral. The canal, which runs along the back of the house, has a shaded lane that is wonderful for cycling or walks. Guests are welcomed by our wonderful caretaker, Madame Gaëlle Faugeres, who will show them around, cleans the house once a week and is always available to answer any questions. Her husband, Nicolas Chabrerie, maintains the grounds and the pool.

From the front door there's a country lane, bordered by sunflower and corn fields, that leads to the road to the village of Damazan, just five minutes away. In front of the house is a large lawn with an old stone bench and a swing. Around to the side of the house are a vegetable garden and parking area. A long stone terrace, partially covered, extends along the rear of the house. There is a table and chairs for outdoor dining, overlooking the canal. Past an old stone well and down the stairs is another dining or reading area with table and chairs and a barbecue setup. A few more steps down is the pool, with chaises lounges and deck chairs. This private area is surrounded with flowering trees and flowers.

We are near several of “the most beautiful villages in France,” among them Pujols, Penne, Bazas and Vianne.

The spacious, two-story high living room has magnificent timbers and beams and a 17th Century fireplace. French doors lead to the terrace overlooking the canal. The dining room, adjacent to the living room, has a traditional farm table which seats eight comfortably. French doors lead to the front lawn with a swing set and a vegetable garden nearby.

Stairs from the dining room lead to a mezzanine with a large convertible sofa, a desk and chairs for reading. There's a 'French blue and yellow' kitchen with a round table and everything needed for cooking. French doors lead to the dining terrace outside.

Just off the entryway there's a large study with tiled floors. French doors lead from the study to the terrace and a view of the bridge and fields beyond.

The Master Bedroom has a queen-size double bed and built-in armoire. Bedroom #2 has a queen-size double bed and large armoire. Bedroom #3 has a single bed and armoire. Bedroom #4, upstairs from the study, has a single bed and a view of the canal. There are two full bathrooms, one with bathtub, one with shower.

Keywords: Farmhouse


Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Renters must give owners letter accepting full safety and health responsibilities for children under ten years old....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Since most of house is on one floor and there are no steps or stairs involved with the house, we are wheelchair accessible. The pool is not. Bathrooms are not designed for wheelchairs....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Lunch area with umbrella near pool; short walk to the Canal Lateral, which the house overlooks; many books; large study. Front lawn has swing set, stone bench. Vegetable and fruit garden, fruit trees (figs, pomegranites, peaches, cherries, mirabelle). Help yourself!...moreless


  • Books:

    Hundreds of paperbacks and hard covers. Novels, short stories, thrillers, cookbooks - a very wide selection....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games in game room adjoining living room....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Many CD's: classical, singers (American and French), international artists, lots of jazz classics, Latino, etc....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Over 50 videos: feature films, documentaries, TV series from England and the USA. VCR and DVD....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Village:

    Damazan, a 13th century Bastide village, is just 10 minutes from our house....moreless

  • Water View:

    Canal Lateral just below backyard area of house. Short walk to the walking/bicycle path along the canal....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    18th century fireplace with plenty of wood supplied when needed....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Adjustible and very comfortable....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Laundry charge of $25.00 per bed per week if more than one bedroom's linens involved....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Two-story high and very large, with two large couches, coffee table, game area. Adjoining the dining-room. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty of parking space near garage and also in front of house....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    Answering machine....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Both bath towels and face towels as well as towels for the pool....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Plugs into your computer, in study....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Electric, with timer....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Every utensil anyone would need....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes, glasses and utensils of every size and shape for more than ten guests....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New dishwasher: light wash, thorough wash cycles. Very silent....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Completely equipped for the serious cook: rotisserie, blender, microwave, oven, new gas range, refrigerator, casseroles, pots & pans, whisks, - everything....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large microwave above oven....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Balcony on the mezzanine living/bedroom area, overlooking the living room....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Two mountain bikes, one 'ladies' bike....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio for dining just off kitchen. Large round table with six chairs. Beautiful view of pool, fields and canal below....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large lawn in front and back of house. Vegetable garden. Flowers everywhere....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Barbecue area near pool with table and chairs next to grill. Charcoal, utensils supplied....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Beautiful, private pool. Very safe, with maximum depth around 6 1/2 ft. Surrounded by flowering bushes and flowers....moreless



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Jan-Mar ................. $1000/week
Apr-May ................. $1500/week
Jun (first two weeks) ... $2000/week
Jun (second two weeks) .. $2500/week
Jul ..................... $2500/week
Sep-Mid Oct ............. $2000/week
Mid Oct-Dec ............. $1000/week

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Last updated: 07/10/2015
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Reproduction of Lascaux caves not far; beautiful churches; Walibi Water park for families; castles & chateaux, outdoor community dinner events in Damazan and nearby towns; wonderful outdoor markets several days of the week; 'Brocantes' (open air antique sales) during the fall, spring and summer; canal boats to rent twenty minutes away.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2000

About: I am a Clinical psychologist with practices in New York City and Nyack, NY. My husband is a film and television producer who also teaches at The New School University and Montclair State University.. We try to get to Maison du Canal for two weeks in the spring and for most of August. Our stays there give us a way of life, a tranquility and a joy that help restore us and sustain us during the year. When we get there we feel we're home. The quiet, the light, the fields around us, the food, all produce a joy and tranquility and we're able to forget the pressures and work we've come from.

Why Bordeaux:
My wife and I fell in love with France over twenty years ago. We began renting houses for our vacations in Southwest France, beginning in 1995. In 2000 we began our search, on the Internet, for a house to call our own. We visited twenty-five houses and fell in love with the last one we saw, Maison du Canal. We love the fact that we're surrounded by fields, farms and small villages and that it's so peaceful. There are almost no tourists. But within a half-hour we can be in cities such as Agen and Villeneuve-sur-Lot, full of fine shops, museums, bookstores and restaurants. Within three-to-four hours we can be hiking in the Pyrenees and Paris is a three-hour train ride away.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Staying at our farmhouse is like going back into time and another way of life. We furnished the house with furniture, paintings and all kinds of objects we discovered in brocantes and antique stores that we visited after buying the house. But we also wanted comfort in the couches and beds and up-to-date equipment for the kitchen. We have a Guest Book in the house with our favorite restaurants, villages, churches, shops and places to visit. Living there we're exposed to a peace and a different kind of light that we often see reproduced in French paintings. We love the outdoor markets with all kinds of fresh vegetables, spices, paella, cheeses, meats and flowers. There's a wide selection of restaurants, most of which are very reasonable. Four of the restaurants near us are situated right on the canal. The villagers are friendly and helpful and we've made several close friends there. Whether it's long walks along the canal, boating on the canal, having breakfast on the outside terrace, swimming in the pool or getting vegetables from our garden, we really enjoy every minute. Those who have rented our house through the years - professors, journalists, artists, ambassadors, writers, high school teachers, retired couples (with and without children and grandchildren), therapists and business owners, among others - have sent us glowing thank-you letters and some have been back each year.

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Speaks: english, french

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  • Front of Maison du Canal

    Front of Maison du Canal

  • Livingroom


  • Dining room table.

    Dining room table.

  • Pool, steps leading to barbecue area, then up to terrace.

    Pool, steps leading to barbecue area, then up to terrace.

  • Terrace dining table overlooking pool and the Canal Lateral.

    Terrace dining table overlooking pool and the Canal Lateral.

  • Barbecue area near pool.

    Barbecue area near pool.

  • Bridge over Canal Lateral to house

    Bridge over Canal Lateral to house

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Pool, from the terrace.

    Pool, from the terrace.

  • Terrace overlooking pool. Outdoor dining table in background.

    Terrace overlooking pool. Outdoor dining table in background.

  • Kitchen table with French doors to terrace on the right.

    Kitchen table with French doors to terrace on the right.

  • Lane leading to front of Maison du Canal.

    Lane leading to front of Maison du Canal.

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