A heated pool can be a real bonus -
Another massive plus was the pool, always warm, even at 9pm at nig), not much more to say, its was simply fantastic, and used A LOT (Guest Review)
Le Chai at La Realle is a charming stone building which was used to store and make wine with products from the farm's vines and orchards.
With an open covered veranda overlooking the French countryside (south west facing) Le Chai is an ideal setting for enjoying the simple French outdoor life style; eating local produce and fruit from the orchards, reading, playing boules or relaxing in the sunshine. Around the house there are many opportunities for cycling and walking through the countryside.
Found near the small village of Levignac de Guyenne it is within easy distance of many traditional towns with weekly markets, French cafe / bars, restaurants and shops.
With 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms split across both floors there can be a 'natural' split in the accommodation giving space for friends and family holidaying together or for extended families; perhaps as grandparents, parents and grandchildren.
FREE Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
FLOOR PLANS - are available on request.
THE FOURTH BEDROOM is accessed from the games room and is only available for parties of 5 guests or more.
This large bedroom has a separate lounge space and a third bathroom which is en-suite. The lounge can provide space for somewhere quiet to relax. If requested on booking it is possible to put a double bed in this room.Use of this bedroom allows for parties of 8 people to stay at a charge for additional guest agreed with the owners before booking.
The veranda is used by most guests throughout the summer for alfresco dinning and leads onto a spacious garden with flower beds and plenty of room to run off excess energy as well as areas to sit in the shade under the trees, play ball games and barbecue.
The popular SW facing pool is within view of the front garden and the kitchen window. A solar heated pool with panoramic views of the French countryside provides an ideal spot for sun lovers by day and star gazers by night when the dark skies in rural France provide excellent night skies.
A large GAMES ROOM is accessed through the kitchen is used for table tennis.
The potager garden and orchard provide a bountiful supply of fresh produce including cherries, figs, local Marmande tomatoes and plums, when in season and dependent on the gardeners' skill!
La Realle is on the edge of the small bastide of Levignac de Guyenne which sits midway between the towns of Duras and Marmande. In the summer Levignac and Duras hold NIGHT MARKETS, which are not to be missed, with local farm produce, barbecues, dancing and entertainment. Levignac has a small shop, pharmacy, post office and traditional French baker. Guests have commented on the convenience of the local shop and excellent boulangerie at Levignac; you can buy croissants and warm bread for breakfast (10 minutes cycle ride/ 2 minutes in the car). The farmhouse is also within easy reach of several supermarkets (10 /15 minutes).
The area is renowned for its wines and local produce which may be bought from the many traditional local markets. We are near to a number of local wine routes which lead you through the French countryside to sample wines at the local vineyards; some of which also hold an evening soiree; where you can taste both the wine and local farm produce.
Nearby DURAS with its large medieval chateau and cobbled streets is a popular attraction; with a bustling market here on Mondays and a selection of pavement cafes and several restaurants and shops (5 mins drive).
August sees the annual Duras wine festival with tasting of wines from many of the local vineyards, medieval events and live music at the night markets.
Nearby EYMET, Miramont de Guyenne, Monteton and Monsegeur also host both morning and evening markets.
CYCLING is particularly popular in May and September when the weather is cooler.
This area is popular with hikers and cyclists and suggested maps include a route around the local vineyards. http://cdt47.tourinsoft.com/upload/Fiche-VignesVergersDuraquois.pdf).
We provide 2 bikes for guests to use throughout their stay.
A local river at Allemans du Dropt is a popular CANOEING spot for the more energetic and the Canal de Garonne is a pretty spot for both walking and hiring a boat for a day trip. TWO LAKES are within easy reach and are perfect for family days out. Some fun parks provide peddlos and include flumes and rides while some are more traditional with quiet shaded areas .
BORDEAUX, Bergerac and Marmande are within easy reach and are worth a visit with a range of activities including markets, historical sites, boat trips and shopping.
There is also a range of golf courses in the area including Vigiers at Monestier (20mins drive) which has been highly rated by guests and the Marmande course favoured by the locals.
We offer differing rates for smaller parties and stays longer than 2 weeks so please ask us for details of your specific requirements using the - 'ask a question link'.
You can also find us through Holiday France Direct.
Petites vacances d'une semaine entre amis dans cette belle villa restaurée avec goût près de Duras. Rachel et Bev sont des hôtes très discrets mais aussi très attentionnés. Ils ont su à travers leurs conseils rendre notre séjour très agréable. Les activités ne manquent pas dans la région (canal de la garonne, degustations de vins, fêtes du village...). Leur grand jardin offre aussi bien des opportunités de détente (piscine plein soleil, 2 BBQs pour varier les décors, ping-pong, vélos et surtout magnifiques potager et verger). Je recommande l'adresse pour une escapade nature. Très simple d'accès (3h30 depuis Paris gràce a la nouvelle LGV Paris-Bordeaux).