Set amongst the undulating landscapes of the Lot-et-Garonne, with stunning views of the surrounding orchards, cedar trees and wild woods, Cottage Des Cèdres is a beautiful holiday home in this picturesque region.
The owners have lovingly restored this former barn with sensitivity and style, retaining so many traditional features such as exposed stonework and wood beamed ceilings with contemporary décor and design. Every comfort has been considered from 100% Egyptian cotton linen in all three pretty bedrooms to a sound system and plenty to entertain the family from boules to board games.
Outside you can admire the amazing vistas from the exquisite swimming pool or simply enjoy a glass of local wine on your balcony as kids play in the enclosed garden. The gardens are vast and include a 400 year old Cedar tree dating back to when the main house, the Manoir was first built as well. You'll also find an old watermill by the stream that leads to the River Lot. Prepare a barbecue with goods from the local market as you gather in the evening for wonderful meals on your decked terrace under the starry sky.
Alongside the converted barn, just across from the drive, is the larger
Manoir des Cèdres, sleeping a further fourteen guests with its own private pool, which can be booked independently or together with the Cottage. The owners also live on site with their friendly dog and tend to their surrounding fruit orchards and beautiful grounds. They can cook you amazing meals if you wish, sampling some the most local and delicious produce around.
You can wander through the plum and kiwi orchards to the local village where you will find a couple of boulangeries for your morning pastries, a little supermarket and a café serving lunch in July and August plus a glorious beach on the banks of the River Lot where you can swim and hire boats in the summer months. Explore further afield to idyllic hilltop villages which come alive in the summer evenings with night markets serving amazing food and drinks. This area is well known not only for the delicious fruit but also some of France’s most famous vineyards where you can sample the fine wines of the region.
Hire bikes in the local village, play golf or go horse-riding through the magnificent countryside or simply explore some of France’s Plus Beaux Villages such as Pujols and Monflanquin or cross the border to Dordogne to discover some gems such as Monpazier, Issigeac and beautiful Bergerac, all within an hour.
That said, with such glorious views (you may even spot deer or falcons from your terrace), you don’t have to travel far from the cottage to be amazed by this captivating area.
Located in the Lot-et-Garonne region, you are surrounded by fruit orchards, fields, sunflowers and wild woods. Local wildlife on the vast estate and beyond include deer, wild boar, rabbits, hares, eagles and other birds of prey.
You can wander down the nearby road or through the valley via the kiwi and plum orchards to the local village where you will find two boulangeries where you can pick up your breakfast croissants and bread, a small supermarket, delicatessen, two boulangeries and a café for your morning coffee and they also serve lunches in July and August. You can also find some wonderful local produce at the weekly market on a Wednesday morning.
There is also a village beach on the River Lot where you can hire canoes, pedalos and motorboats in the summer months (late June to early September) and a sandy area from which you can swim, sectioned off from the boats.
There are further facilities in the town of Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot (10km) such as a large supermarket. Follow the river further east towards the ancient bastide town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot (20km) and keen hikers can then follow the hilly route south to the picturesque hilltop village of Pujols (20km), noted as one of France’s most Plus Beaux Villages. Penne D’Agenais (31km) with its impressive architecture is also worthy of a visit in this beautiful region and it’s worth visiting Agen (34km), an interesting French town which is the most important in this region.
As well as summer boats and bike hire in the nearby village, there are plenty of activities on offer in this area. Golf lovers can tee up at Golf Barthe (12km), just ten minutes by car whilst there is an excellent horse-riding centre a little further near Saint-Pierre-Sur-Dropt (42km). Kids will love visiting the local farm just a ten minute drive away or head further south to Parc Walibi amusement park (43km) near Agen.
In the summer you can explore the night markets in charming local villages where local food is sold and cooked for you by local artisans with live music and plenty of drinks. This area is of course wonderful for some of France’s most famous vineyards where you can sample and buy some excellent wines. Not forgetting the amazing fruit that is grown in the region (as well as on the estate); the local plums, Pruneaux D’Agen, are particularly delicious, especially when steeped in the local Armagnac.
Other noteworthy places to visit include Monflanquin (34km), another of France’s Plus Beaux Villages, a beautifully preserved bastide town full of medieval character with a great market on a Thursday or cross the border into the magical Dordogne department to Monpazier (55km), one of France’s most impressive and stunning villages. The beautiful city of Bergerac (64km) with its famous Maison des Vins can also be visited in a day, possibly combining the visit with the lovely village of Issigeac (50km) with its fantastic weekly market.
At Excellence Luxury Villas we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the
concierge request form or contact Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services
Services and items included in the price:
- Light general housekeeping service included every morning (max 2 hours) which includes pool and terrace maintenance and light clean of kitchen, dining room, lounge and hallway)
- Mid-stay linen change included for guests staying a minimum of nine nights
- Welcome pack typically consisting of a selection of local delicacies, owner's homemade jams, fresh eggs from the neighbour, a bottle of local wine, basic food, household supplies and toiletries
Extras available at this property (payable locally):
- Table d’hôte dinners including apéritif, starter, main course, cheese, dessert and wine (48hours notice required)
- Fridge stocking service
- Additional cleaning (minimum 2 hours)
- Party/celebration planning and organisation service
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!