An unique and exceptional villa with plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Weekly price guide: £2031-£3078
Pool: No
Type: Villa
Property Ref: VIL2881


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General Description

Original artwork, dreamy sunsets, swans on the river and the best wines in the world….this villa is a feast for the senses and a truly unique and exceptional place to stay.

The mesmerising Dordogne River is literally at the villa's feet at the bottom of a set of steps and life on the river is very much at the heart of this home - swans glide along the water, wildlife comes and goes, locals pass by on canoes, whilst others try their luck at fishing.

Understandably, the property takes full advantage of this prestigious setting with plenty of outdoor spaces to soak in all the beauty. The fountain garden with table and chairs is the perfect place to sit and watch the river activity whilst sipping coffee and reading a book. The roof terrace treats guests to spectacular sunsets over the river at 'apéritif' time. There is also a new 'salle d’été' and additional  terraces to while away the hours sipping local wine in the sunshine or under the star-filled sky.

Inside, the villa showcases the owner's creative flair and artistic talent. Original paintings adorn the walls and the décor is stylish and elegant. When in residence, the owner who has an art studio (discretely tucked away) and who is also a wine expert, can organise wine tastings at the villa or at local wineries and châteaux.

From the villa, it's a scenic walk to coffee and croissants in the nearest town, Pessac. A 20-minute drive will take you to charming Saint-Émilion, where world class restaurants sit beside ancient ruins. The fabulous city of Bordeaux, with its new 'Cité du Vin' is a must see town and only an hour away.

This villa is a rare find. Where natural beauty and man-made beauty work in harmony to create the most perfect holiday experience.

Accommodation Facilities

8 guests/4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms

Ground Floor:
- One double bedroom with en-suite shower room with bath, single wash-basin and WC. This garden bedroom opens onto the fountain courtyard and has its own LCD Flat screen TV.
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Living and dining room
- Guest WC

First Floor:
- 3 double bedrooms (one of which can be made up as 2 single beds)
- 1 shower room with double wash-basin and bidet
- Separate WC
3 bedrooms have spectacular river views whilst the other one looks out over the beautifully designed garden. Two of the bedrooms have doors that open out onto the roof terrace with breathtaking views of the Dordogne River.

Honesty Bar - new for Summer 2017
The fridge will be stocked with a selection of red, white and rose' wines as well as champagne! All bottles have design labels created by Eric Bourse. A limited edition of print labels will be available for sale in the artist studio.

Outside Grounds:
- 4 separate relaxing areas:
   1. The Sall d'Ete, especially designed for 'al fresco' dining so that the charms of the region's produce and climate can be enjoyed in style. There is a gas BBQ a fridge/freezer with ice-making machine and sofas.
   2. Roof terrace for relaxing on one of the sun loungers and later to watch the sun setting on the Dordogne while enjoying a glass of wine and later in the evening watching the stars
   3. The Fountain Garden, excellent for eating and drinking
   4. The private garden on the river bank with private access to the boat on the river
- Private steps lead down to the Dordogne river edge allowing you to fish right at the foot of the property. Or why not use the boat which seats 6 people and enjoy the scenery from the river.
- Off-street parking for two cars

Additional Notes:
Babysitting service available (at extra cost).
A 'baby go lightly package' comprising of the following equipment is offered: high chair, cot, stairgate, play pen, pushchair, baby walker, baby intercom, baby toys.
- Complimentary welcome hamper with wine and homemade products
- Mid-week clean (€12/hour)
- Laundry service (€10/hour)
- Babysitting service (€15/hour)
- Early check-in for luggage

Wine Tours
If you have a passion for wines and want to know more about them, your time here will be delightfully spent. The owner, Kit organises very special wine tours of small groups to see famous cellars of St Emilion from the inside.
Kit is often on hand to advise on sightseeing and wine tours or to leave you in peace. She also runs art and wine courses.

Art Courses
Experiential art company 'Live in Art' has launched a series of new residential art courses taught by acclaimed French contemporary artist Eric Bourse.
The location of the courses is Live in Art's first permanent 'living gallery' space and studio, the luxurious villa on the banks of the beautiful Dordogne river in south west France. With its dedicated art studio and gallery space, direct private river access and only 20 minutes from world UNESCO site Saint-Emilion, it's the perfect spot for an inspirational weekend of painting and wine tasting in the Dordogne.

Take full advantage of the expert teaching techniques of Eric Bourse who will offer you a personal guidance in developing skills and personal style through the versatile medium of acrylics. All abilities are welcome - beginners wanting a taster session to start them on their painting journey or more experienced painters who want to develop their style and technique. All materials and equipment needed to take part in the course will be provided with a small canvas completed to take home at the end of the course.

The art studio at the property has been developed under Eric's direction and is hung with Eric's own work, as well as used as his own working space. This villa is also hung as a 'living gallery' of Eric's work and other French contemporary artists.
Please note the art studio is a private area with a separate access to it.

Bike Hire
A local bike hiring company which offer helmets and full insurance for all ages and sizes is available.

Arrival time: 16.00.
Linen and towels included.
Pets welcome at an additional charge of €50/week.
End of stay cleaning included. Please leave the property in the state you found it. This includes the oven and BBQ - please clean after use.
Insurance: It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
For insurance purposes, all exterior doors and windows must be locked when away from the property. The owner of the property will not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or consequential losses due to theft or any other security related incidents.

Local Area / Activities

The welcoming climate and stunning scenery of the Dordogne encourage exploration, and the region has many treasures to delight wine connoisseurs, gourmets, artists and activity enthusiasts alike.

Make the most out of the Dordogne river and enjoy the many outdoor activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing, bird-watching and a lot more.

The chic bustle of St Emilion, only twenty minutes from the property, offers stylish boutiques, contemporary fine art and world class restaurants. Following the Dordogne and Lot waterways will reward the explorer with many new delights, as charming villages and market towns such as Bergerac, Souillac and Cahors were established through trade along their banks.

Bordeaux is an elegant city filled with architectural delights. The visitor can enjoy the narrow streets of the old town, stunning 18th Century mansion houses, the neoclassical theatre and wide boulevards lined with boutique shops in this diverse and attractive city.

Along the Dordogne are many fine chateaux such as Beynac and Monpazier, mainly built for military action against England during the 100 Years' War. Each summer only ten minutes from this villa, a dramatic battle re-enactment is held at Castillon de Bataille (July and August). The home of the philosopher Michel Montaigne is only 10 minutes away, and there are fine Gallo-Roman mosaics to be seen in the neighbouring village of Montcaret.

The traditional French hamlet location is a peaceful centre from which to explore the region, with excellent amenities close by.

The local village of Pessac is a lazy walk along the Dorgogne where you can take a coffee, drink and pick up fresh croissants and papers while enjoying the beautiful countryside, vineyards, apple orchards and walnut groves. When you reach the village there is a small supermarket, boulangerie, tobacconist, hair salon and two restaurants. Slightly further out you have Castillon and Sante Foy that have larger supermarkets and various markets throughout the week which specialise in local produce.

The nearby Chateau Bauduc, favoured by Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein, is a must for wine connoisseurs and offers a programme of tours and tastings, with private visits by arrangement. Wine tours of the many local vineyards are a wonderful chance to sample world-renowned names. Chateau Monbazillac is at Bergerac and St Emilion, Cahors and others are all nearby, offering a chance to sample outstanding wines on the soil where the grapes are grown.

To accompany the wines are many famous traditional cheeses, truffles, mushrooms, duck and goose delicacies such as foie gras. The wealth of gourmet produce makes this area a paradise for foodies, who will be delighted by the local markets of Castillon, Sante Foy and Libourne. This passion for fine produce is reflected in the many excellent restaurants throughout the region. Private wine-tasting is available at The Villa as well wine-tasting tours and Chateaux visits.

Kid's Activities:
- Zoo de Bordeaux 1 hr
- Water Park Bordeaux 1 hr
- Aquarium du Perigord Nord Le Bugue 1hr 25 min
- Chateua Bridoire 40 min

Kids Activities Close-by:
Canoeing/kayaking
Horse riding
Historical sites
Watersports
Biking

Local Amenities:
Nearest Airport: Bergerac / Bordeaux (45 min / 1 h 15 min)
Nearest Golf: Chateau Vigiers / Castillon la Bataille / St Emilion
Nearest Village: Pessac-sur-Dordogne (1 km)
Nearest Supermarket: 2 km
Nearest Shop: Pessac-sur-Dordogne (1.7 km)
Nearest Restaurant: Pessac-sur-Dordogne (1 km)
Nearest Tennis: Pessac-sur-Dordogne / Velines
Nearest Beach: Lac de Gurcon / La Canau (25 min / 1 h)
Nearest Train Station: Velines (8 km)

Price Guide

These prices are a guideline only, please use the calendar at the top of the page to search availability and prices for specific weeks. Then you have the option to book the property online.

Low Season: £2031
High Season: £3078

Security deposit: £500 charged to clients' credit card prior to arrival

Key Features

  • Exclusive Property
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Internet access
  • Fire / Stove
  • BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Close to local amenities
  • Walk to village
  • Suitable for young children
  • Pets considered
  • Near sea beach
  • Tennis nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Watersports nearby

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