Les Hirondelles is a 19th century maison de mâitre with lovely 10x5m pool, set in luscious and pretty scenery with views of vineyards and rolling fields. The house provides a tranquil, relaxing base for your holiday as well as an ideal location from which to explore countryside, markets, numerous Bastide towns and historic chateaux. Wine lovers will be able to enjoy the small independent wine producers (caves) nearby, and the more famous wine producing estates which surround the historic towns of Saint Emilion (35 mins), and Sancerre (30 mins) while lovers of culture and fashion can enjoy the vibrant city of Bordeaux, which is within easy travelling distance (1 hour). The house is a welcoming and comfortable generously proportioned home, with many original features; such as beamed ceilings, open fireplaces and antique tiled and wooden flooring. The large swimming pool is surrounded by large lawn dotted with ornamental shrubs, roses and numerous fruit trees. Dogs very welcome. Les Hirondelles is usually rented out Sunday to Sunday.
Tranquil, private 3 bedroom family house amongst vineyards, large pool
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 13, 2018
About Mark Elvins
We fell in love with Les Hirondelles and had to buy it. It is such a peaceful place that we love to stay there simply relaxing, enjoying the away-from-it-all vibe and the slow pace of rural life all around. Children love running in the gardens and playing in the pool, and grown ups have lots of things to do in the area too.
Mark Elvins purchased this House in 2005
Why Mark Elvins chose Saint-Exupéry
The calm serenity of Les Hirondelles' rural location has to be experienced to be believed. The slow pace of life is a real stress-buster, whether using the property as a base for local exploration or simply staying at home, relaxing in the peaceful gardens or cooling off in the large pool.
What makes this House unique
Les Hirondelles is set in a small rural hamlet far away from heavy traffic and the pace of life there is dreamy. It's easy to relax and feel in the middle of nature, but at the same time enjoy all the benefits of access to the fun of a modern swimming pool. Lovely views over the surrounding vineyards are combined with as much rest and relaxation as anyone could want, with the local attractions of St Emilion and Bordeaux on tap if you need them.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Excellent retreat away from it all with great private pool.
Pros: Very lovely large house with garden and secluded private pool. Had loads of fun in the pool and loved the shady outdoor table and chairs for eating al fresco. Appreciated there being fans in all the rooms with the high temperatures we had.
Excellent value for money.
Supermarkets nearby and the magical Espiet swimming lake with turquoise water and Wibit for our children.
Kitchen well fitted with all you could need to cook for a family.
Comfy beds in large bedrooms.
Cons: None really other than it was a bit musty when we first arrived.
Beautiful quiet country house with huge pool
Les Hirondelles is a real find! After a day there, you can feel all your stress has disappeared. The house is really lovely and the gardens are filled with greenery, roses, blossom and fruit. In the middle of all this, the spectacular pool is secluded and all yours. We spent nights alongside it, on sun loungers watching shooting stars falling. It’s deep in the lovely countryside, so there is no background light and you can clearly see all the stars in the Milky Way. There’s wildlife (we spotted a fox, deer and owls amongst the woodland across from the house, and swallows over the pool in the evening) and the birdcalls are amazing. There is plenty of room in the house, it’s totally clean, nicely decorated, with gorgeous traditional features like tiled and parquet floors, the kitchen is very well equipped and the beds are literally the most comfortable we have ever slept in. We would like to live here if we could! But we’ll definitely come back as often as we can. It's a real bargain at this cost, compared to other more expensive places we have stayed. Completely brilliant for kids, dogs and great for relaxing.
Thank you so much for this review. It was a pleasure to have you staying at Les Hirondelles and we look forward to welcoming you next year at Easter again or in the summer school holidays for a longer stay!
Comfortable, peaceful, nicely furnished
We had a lovely time here, exploring the local countryside on our bikes, making the occasional foray to local vineyards. The house has the kind of rustic charm you always hope you will find in the south of France. It is tastefully furnished, well-equipped (especially the kitchen) and everything was in good nick.The place is not too remote, but its extremely peaceful and the locals were very charming and helpful, Definitely considering a return visit.
Stunning Family House with gorgeous pool
This beautiful house is ideal for two families to share. It was immaculate, spacious and perfectly located to explore the local area. It has everything you need for eating inside or outside and is ideal for entertaining. There is ample parking and the house is situated in a lovely quiet location. We had a fabulous holiday and will definitely return soon.
Idyllic holiday house
If you're looking for a classic French gite with your own pool in a beautiful, sunny and peaceful place then this is for you. The house is tastefully furnished with plenty of room, large gardens and with countrl walks to enjoy right from the doorstep. There are many beautiful sites to visit, especially St Emilion, and plentiful towns and villages for excellent meals out and wine tasting. Couldn't recommend it highly enough, and at a bargain price!
Delightful base for exploring Entre Deux Mers
This was my second stay here, I've stayed with a party of 2 families and kids, and in a party of 5 friends, and the house was great for both. It is clean and as described and I would recommend it. The pool is lovely, private but set in a mature garden, and well maintained. The pretty garden goes all round the house so you can choose sun or shade for outdoor meals. Inside is comfortable, with high quality and generous furnishings, and we found everything we needed, even Elizabeth David to cook with. It is a house in which you can thoroughly enjoy staying and you feel at home. There are lots of nearby places to visit including markets, and local summer festivals featuring food, wine and dancing. La Reole was particularly interesting, also Arcachon further afield with its amazing dunes and museum from another age. A week can certainly go by very quickly here!
The dunes of Arcachon are around 2 hours away by car.
Bordeaux airport is an hour away by car; Bergerac airport is 1 hour 15 mins by car. Bordeaux train station is an alternative and where connections to Langon and La Reole (15 mins from the house) can be easily made. However car hire is recommended and is easily available from either Bordeaux or Bergerac.
We are close to the vineyards of St. Emilion (35 mins) and Sauternes (30 mins). There is much to do locally such as visiting the medieval towns of La Reole (10 mins), Sauveterre-de-Guyenne (15 mins), Monsegur (25 mins) and Duras (30 mins), the nearby chateaux of Malle (near Sauternes), Cadillac and Malrome (a connection to Toulouse-Lautrec), and discovering historic churches, abbeys (La Sauve) and ancient mills (Loubens).
The nearest supermarkets are in Sauveterre and La Reole (10-15 mins drive away) and restaurants abound in the local villages and towns, where it is easy to find anything ranging from haute cuisine to good country meals, all very well priced.
Applicable Terms & Conditions: Please see website at www.stexuperyholiday.com for much more information. All rentals and Bookings of Les Hirondelles are exclusively governed by the Terms & Conditions available on the website at www.stexuperyholiday.com. Anyone wishing to make a Booking is required to complete, sign and return (by email, to: firstname.lastname@example.org) the Booking Form available on that website. The payment of any Booking Deposit, of any Balance and of any rental payment, and the making of any Booking will be construed as affirmation and acceptance of the aforesaid Terms & Conditions, superseding anything previously agreed, proposed or represented that conflicts with them. Booking Notes: A Booking Deposit is due at the time of booking (25% of the Price) and the remainder is due at least 60 days/8 calendar weeks (at the Owner's discretion) before the Booking starts. Changeover Day: Bookings for Les Hirondelles normally run from 4pm Sunday afternoon to 11am Sunday morning. Bookings starting and/or ending on other days of the week are sometimes possible, but they must be agreed to by the Owner in writing. Their availability depends on whether preceding or following periods have already been booked and they are unlikely to be possible in Summer season. Notes on prices: Prices for Les Hirondelles are per week in Sterling (UK Pounds - £). Les Hirondelles is normally only let in blocks of one or more weeks. Where daily or nightly prices are advertised, those are for information only and do not constitute an offer or agreement to let Les Hirondelles on anything other than a weekly basis. Long lets are negotiable.