4 bedroom, spacious farmhouse amongst the Plum Orchards and Vines
About Paul Hendry
We are both based in Cheshire in the UK and our dream of having a home in France has finally been realised. We both love spending time at Laplaneze, but unfortunately we still have to take care of our businesses back in the UK.I distribute a number of health and sporting brands, whilst my partner Wendy is a Clinical Psychologist, which comes in handy at times! We aim to spend more time in France, but for now are sharing our wonderful home with guests that want to share our passion.
Paul Hendry purchased this House in 2014
Why Paul Hendry chose Loubès-Bernac
We watched so many TV programmes about life in France, and the gastronomy of French cooking, which is a real love and passion of mine, we had to own a property here and use as a second home. We arranged many property visits in 2013 / 2014 and eventually fell in love with Laplaneze. When we reflect on the state of the house we bought to what it is today,we cant believe the difference and how it is now a real home.
What makes this House unique
The peace and tranquillity of the place astounds us. There is nothing like sitting out at night after a BBQ and sipping wine, looking at the unbelievable clear skies and the stars.The views of the valley and surrounding vines and orchards are so beautiful.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Perfect house, perfect location.
As experienced summer visitors to this area, we have just returned from a month stay in this unique and stunning stone French country house. It is by far the best summer rental we have had in France for many years. It is private, extremely well equipped, and lovingly designed. The three bedrooms each offer a distinct expression of French summertime. The mattresses are of a high quality and very comfortable. It was nice to have high-end bedding and linens as well. The two bathrooms each offer a walk in shower, one of which is ensuite. The house if surrounded by vineyards and plum/prune trees with several distinct private patio areas for relaxing and enjoying food. I particularly used and enjoyed the hammock set among a profusion of lavender plants and the b-b-q cooking and dinning area. And additional plus were the lovely neighbors next door. Paul is an attentive but not obtrusive host and was easily contacted when we had questions.
Fantastic week in a beautiful house with gorgeous gardens
I don't know where to start, but have to say this house is a genuine 'home from home'. We have travelled France staying in many lovely houses, but this place is the best equipped we have come across.
Paul asked what would improve it, and for us there wasn't much - just the addition of a microwave, and a little more seating in the TV area ( not quite enough for 5 of us trying to watch England in the world cup!)
The gardens are absolutely beautiful, and very well maintained too. Vines within view of the house, with the odd deer coming to have a little nosey at us.
Our 2 dogs enjoyed visiting the lake, a few minutes walk away, for a dip to cool down.
The house is very quietly situated, although a wander around the lanes is very pleasant. It is within easy driving distance of many great places, we particularly liked Duras and Eymet.
From my initial inquiry regarding booking, right the way through to our stay Paul was incredibly helpful and responsive - answering messages the same day often within the hour. Directions and details were sent without prompting, and we were met at the property by lovely neighbours who were on hand if needed.
Special thanks to Lizzie (neighbour) who lent us a long lead for our nosey dog who kept waiting to wander off across the land!!
A huge thank you once again Paul, for all your help and a wonderful stay in your house.
Five star holiday experience
Fantastic house, very well appointed and so peaceful and quiet too!
Can't find any fault and want to come back next year!
Really exceptional in every way!
You need to book ths!
You won't be disappointed !
Impeccably stylish accommodation with rustic charm
We were fortunate enough to be invited by friends to this idyll and felt almost immediately relaxed on arrival by the tranquility and peacefulness of its beautiful location. The property itself is spacious and well laid out, offering guests privacy and plenty of options for socialising and entertaining in the three large reception rooms. Hats off to the interior designer who has managed to tastefully combine modern chic into a traditional French farmhouse setting to create a stylish and comfortable environment with interior fixtures, fittings and facilities of the highest quality. There are plenty of options outside too, on one side of the property there is a BBQ area looking across a plum tree orchard and on the other a shaded pergola complete with wisteria and grape vines to dine under. Local amenities and restaurants are only a short drive away and we enjoyed a tour of St Emillion vineyards on electric bicycles (Rustic Bike Tours) and visited the wonderful city of Bordeaux.
If you are looking for somewhere special to escape, retreat and lose yourself in rural France, this is it.
My partner and I spent a wonderful week at Laplaneze in early June and it was beyond my expectations. As a previously avowed beaches and cities girl it didn't take long for me to fall in love with and be charmed into submission by this lovely place. From the moment I arrived I felt myself lulled into a world of calm. No wonder the Buddhists chose to create a retreat beyond the plum trees and over the vineyards a couple of kilometres away.
The owners have taken great care to create an extremely comfortable, but fashionably stylish farmhouse with every modern convenience to a very high standard without compromising its rural, rustic charm. Our bedroom was large and the bed comfortable, the house was immaculately clean and the bathrooms well appointed. I particularly enjoyed showering with the bathroom's stained glass window wide open, looking out over open countryside whilst in absolute privacy (I hope). The immediate location is quite simply stunning and slightly off the beaten track without being isolated. The local villages and restaurants are only a short drive away and my partner was delighted to find a Golf course at the Chateau des Vigiers less than 10 minutes up the road with its own Michelin starred restaurant. We had drinks there which was very pleasant, but I much prefer eating casually, which we did most evenings locally and back at the farmhouse, where we had a couple of fabulous barbecues enjoying the excellent local produce.
The only problem with Laplaneze is it wraps its arms around you so you don't want to leave, and although I actually enjoyed doing a few touristy things like visiting vineyards and markets etc, I would've gladly stayed behind gently rocking in the hammock listening to birdsong and sipping wine all day instead. (Which I'm told I did quite a lot of actually).
Would I return? Absolutely. Would I recommend Laplaneze? Only if you promise not to book when I want to
Awesome house and area. Highly recommended!
We are friends with the owner, so you would expect we leave a great review. That said, the house and facilities were first class and totally blew us away. We can't wait to go again. Thanks Paul and Wendy for allowing us to share your lovely house in beautiful part of France. Paul and Nicky
The very beautiful city of Bordeaux is a 1 hour 30 mins drive or 1 hour train journey away. This is our favourite place to visit.
Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool.
The town of Bergerac is only 25 minutes drive away.
Bergerac is found on the northern bank of the Dordogne River, in the western part of the Dordogne department .
The highlight of a trip to Bergerac is the old town - the area immediately north of the river, signposted 'vieille ville'. This part of the town has some lovely streets and squares to explore, and a variety of boutique type shops.
The old town centres around Place Pelissiere which is a lovely square edged with cafes and restaurants and always full of flowers. At the top edge is the St James church with its attractive bell-tower.
Maison de Vins de Bergerac. Around Place Pelissiere are a number of lovely medieval streets including Rue St Clar and Rue St James. Rue St Clar in particular is a narrow street with half-timbered houses. Take the time to wander round the streets of the old time and admire the interesting architecture you will see as you wander. Down towards the river is another lovely square - the Place Mirpe surrounded by half-timbered buildings and offering some welcome shade in the summer.
Visit the Maison de Vins de Bergerac in the heart of the old town. It is a beautiful old cloister dating back to the 12th century. If you are a wine enthusiast there is an exhibition showing the history of Bergerac wines and its 13 appellations.
During the summer there are occasional concerts which take place in the cloister. It is a lovely setting for them and worth going if you get the chance. In December there is usually a small but good quality Christmas Market here with products from local artisans, very useful if you are doing some Christmas shopping.
The National Tobacco Museum is based here in Bergerac, and is apparently very interesting. (Tobacco is still an important crop in the region, that you will probably see growing in the fields.)
The nearest beach is at Arcachon which is 2hrs drive away. Close to Arcachon is the Dune de Pyla, the highest sand dune in Europe and well worth a visit. The coastal town of Biarritz is 3hrs SW by car.
The area is accessible from several UK airports to both Bergerac and Bordeaux local airports. If driving from Calais, it is 8hrs 30mins, or from Caen it is 6hrs 30mins. The TGV high-speed train passes through Libourne with a connection to St Foy le Grande, 10 km from the property.
The property is situated on the outskirts of the village of Loubes Bernac. The town of Duras is 9km south and Bergerac is 20km north east. The Dordogne river is just 10km away at St Foy le Grande and provides an ideal location for water activities such as canoeing. During the summer months, their are lively Night Markets held in local towns of Sigules, Eymet and Duras. The famous wine producing town of St Emilion is 50km west, which is a must see and visit.
The village has a shop that serves morning coffee and ideal for food, milk and essential items, including fresh bread and croissants, 7 days a week. There is also a Post Office and a hairdresser.
The internationally renowned Buddhist meditation centre, Village des Pruniers (Plum Village) is 500 metres away and Laplaneze is the most well situated location for anyone attending a course at the Village.