Set in open countryside in a tiny hamlet (two houses and a farm!) this traditional country house has a beautiful garden and large pool with far-reaching views.
1.3 hectares of lawns and grassed areas to explore. Shaded dining terrace overlooking the lovely 10m x 5m pool.
Spacious house on three floors; large farmhouse kitchen and living room with TV and DVD. 4 bedrooms to sleep 8. Two bathrooms and washing machine and dryer.
Five minutes drive to pretty, local town of Saint-Sylvestre, set on the picturesque River Lot. Amenities here and further restaurants in the neighbouring village of Penne.
Hypermarkets and further shops in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, 10 minutes.
Note; 6 adults maximum
Kitchen with large, farmhouse dining table, dishwasher, fridge freezer, separate freezer, gas hob and electric oven.
Bedroom 1, double.
Separate bathroom with bath / shower, hand basin and bidet.
Stairs to 1st floor;
Bedroom 2, double.
Separate bathroom with shower, basin, washing machine and dryer.
Bedroom 3, double.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR;
Bedroom 4, two singles.
Living room with TV and DVD. Doors to garden.
1.3 acres of grounds including lawn and rough-grassed areas. Badminton net.
Pool 10m x 5m. 2.2m with steps. Pool fenced and gated. Sun terrace with loungers.
Terrace with dining table and chairs and parasol.
Shaded terrace (in open barn).
|From||To||Weekly rental rates||Euros||Sterling *||US Dollars *|
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- * Sterling & US Dollar rates are provided only as a guide. Rentals are payable in Euros.
- Prices are for the rental of the entire property above, per week.
- Bookings run from Saturday 4:00pm to Saturday 10:00am.
- No smoking in the property.
- Bookings include electricity, water, linen and towels (not pool towels).
- Pool open May 1st - end September.
The house is part of a tiny hamlet consisting of three properties - two houses and a working farm. The hamlet sits in open countryside just outside the small town of Saint-Sylvestre-sur-Lot between Agen and Bergerac.
All amenities in the village including bakery, grocery store and café bar restaurant. All shops and hypermarkets in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, 10 minutes.
On the hill above Saint-Sylvestre-sur-Lot, is the ancient bastide village of Penne-d'Agenais, topped by a basilica with a shining metal dome that can be seen for miles around. The old village is a warren of little streets and lovely old stone houses that wind up the hill to the basilica and lovely views across the countryside. Just on the market square is a general grocery store and there are various artisan workshops and several reasonably priced restaurants.
Nearby Monflanquin is an old bastide town with winding streets and fabulous views. All amenities in the village including large supermarket, cafés, restaurants, bakeries (and an English food shop! Great for bacon, sausages etc…)
Traditional street market every Thursday morning.
The Dordogne area of France is one of the most beautiful and one of the most popular. Lovely countryside interspersed with medieval, bastide towns and fairytale châteaux rise from the morning mist.
Its a great region for food lovers; all the Perigordian specialities such as Foie Gras, confit d'oie and canard, mushrooms of all types are in abundance.
Many antique markets throughout the year. All info at the tourist information office.
Bergerac was once a flourishing port for the wine trade. It still today has a picturesque harbour where you can take a boat trip along the river Dordogne, or a miniature train ride around the Bastide town, viewing the many half timbered houses with terracotta decoration.
The many timbered houses with terracotta decoration that line the lanes of the old town, are wonderfully evocative of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. On one corner the wanderer suddenly finds himself 'nose to nose' with Cyrano whose statue proudly reminds the visitor that Bergerac owes some of its fame to this historic figure. Not surprisingly the annual theatre 'Le Festival du Théatre' is named after him.
A great way to tour the vineyards is by following the designated Route des vins where the visitor will be welcomed by the growers and encouraged to try their wines. The Bergerac region is sometimes called Perigord Pourpre the name deriving from the rich purple-red wines that characterize this area of Perigord.
When the subject of 'gastronomy' is raised it is usually associated with a particular region and the Perigord stands in high regard in this field. The traditional produce, such as truffles, walnuts, strawberries and the wines, together with the well-known rich specialties derived from fattened geese and ducks, is largely responsible for this fame.
Château Lanquais still has great canon ball holes in the side walls from an attack, and a removable wooden stair case. Open all day every day in July / August.
Don't miss a trip to La Roque-Gageac, a stunningly beautiful village under the towering cliffs. The village regularly wins France's 'Prettiest Village' competition. Good canoeing centre here.
Competing with La Roque-Gageac in the prettiness stakes is the village of Carennac. Elevated just above the South bank of the Dordogne river, it is best known for its typical Quercy architecture and Romanesque priory. Further Romanesque art at the Saint-Pierre church in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne.
Perhaps the most famous of the Dordogne tourist attractions are the cave paintings around Les Eyzies. There are more pre-historic caves in this area than you could ever visit in a day! Les Eyzies lies at the heart of an unspoilt area of great natural beauty with rolling hills, tranquil rivers and fascinating cliff and rock formations. It has some of the world's most beautiful caves with outstanding stalactite and stalagmite crystallizations. And the cave-lined Vézère valley has been classified as a heritage site by UNESCO. The most well-known of all is the cave at Lascaux which was discovered in 1940. The paintings date back some 17,000 years.
Sarlat-la-Canéda features the highest concentration of medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades of any town in France. Its prosperity was a reflection of the privileged status it was granted in return for loyalty to the French Crown during the 100 years war.
The town is also famous for one of the best markets in France. Every Saturday the great Sarlat-la-Canéda market is held in place de la Liberté, along with a full-scale fair that attracts locals from all around the surrounding countryside.
The exceptional number of buildings registered or classified as historical makes of Sarlat-la-Canéda the first European city in term of inheritance. For this reason Sarlat-la-Canéda has been used in many movies. On the first Sunday in July the Félibrée, a typical Périgord village fair where everybody is disguised, animates Sarlat-la-Canéda.
Approx 10 - 12 hours drive from the Western channel ferries - a trip via Dover is best combined with an overnight stop on the way. Motorail will deliver you from Calais to Brive or Bordeaux. Flights are available to Limoges, Poitiers, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Rodez with daily flights from the UK.
Ryanair fly from Stansted airport to Bergerac regularly. Bergerac airport is approximately 45 minutes from Maison Saint-Sylvestre.
Flybe also fly to Bergerac from Southampton. British Airways fly from Gatwick airport to Bordeaux. Bordeaux airport is approximately 2 hours. EasyJet fly from Gatwick airport to Toulouse. Toulouse airport is approximately 1 hours 45 minutes.
« As this was my first visit to France I really couldn't ask for a better place. The house is amazing, the location is great, the food is out of this world - I will definitely be coming back to France. I'm trying to think of a favourite thing from this great week, but it's hard as everything is great! The village of Penne d'Agenais is so pretty and a must -see for any visitor in this area. Thank you so much for letting us stay here this week, it has been great. » Katriona, Stockholm, Sweden.
« Fantastic week. The farmhouse is very comfortable with everything you need for a family holiday. Our kids loved the pool and were swimming from dawn to dusk. The nearby hilltop town of Penne d'agenais was a lovely spot for a relaxing evening meal. We loved the fact that the area is truly French and not anglicised. But most nights we bbq'd by the pool. Idyllic. » Mr & Mrs Booth, Monmouth
« Had a lovely time here. Particuarly enjoyed the pool, food and wine! Visiting Penne d'Agenais was a highlight and also eating moules frites in the square in Villeneuve. » Rose, Cardiff UK
« We have had a wonderful time at this great french farmhouse - many thanks. The space is fantastic, the pool just lovely and the house is very well set up. To cap it all the weather has been fab. » The Bombot family
« Thank you for a lovely holiday! The house is gorgeous and we found it very relaxing and the books and DVDs provided us with entertainment. Thanks again. » The Donaldsons and the Tottems
« Many thanks for a wonderful vacation in your beautiful country retreat. A real pleasure to live a week of French rural lifestyle. Family fun around the pool in fantastic sunshine. Cheers » Stephanie and family, Brussels, Belgium
« We've had a fantastic break - loved the pool & felt well relaxed. Great places to visit from here and have eaten well. The bottle of wine upon arrival was a welcome sight - great and kind thought ! Thank you. » Burton family
« This was the 2nd visit to your lovely farmhouse for the Williamsons and the 1st visit for the Tans. We particuarly enjoyed the following activities:
The Gouffe de Padirac (thankfully booked online from home), go-karting at Caudecoste, visiting the onion church, canoeing at Trentels (although virtually impossible to find); the market in Villeneuve-sur-Lot on Saturday; all the wildlife, We hope to return one day! » The Williams & Tan Families of Twickenham and Cheadle Hulme
« We really enjoyed our stay at Marfonds. The house is so peaceful, surrounded by beautiful countryside but with the added bonus of being near to some gorgeous towns and villages.
The pool was a big highlight, it's a really good size and was our favourite place to relax after a morning of exploring. The house is really well equipped and very comfortable. Looking forward to returning next year ! » Mrs Marriott
« Property lovely and service from Pure France exceptional so we will be using you again. » A McGovren