Secluded country cottage with king size bed, 2 covered terraces, pool, free wi f
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About Carolyn Cardwell
Steve and I moved to France to live full time in January 2013. We had lived in Kingston, south west London for over 30 years and had our holiday home at Lacanau ocean for ten years before finally taking the plunge to move here permanently. Needless to say we have not regretted it and love the peace, the space around us, the clear bright sparkling air, the climate, the lovely people, the fascinating culture and history, the reverence for wine and respect for good healthy food, the sense of community and rhythm of life, the seasonal round of special events, i could go on and on!
Carolyn Cardwell purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Carolyn Cardwell chose Montpeyroux
We chose this spot because we found a house which had the open spacious feel around it, the wide open country all round. We also specially wanted to be between Bordeaux and Bergerac because the two airports give such easy access with such affordable rates to fly to and from the UK.
What makes this Cottage unique
The seclusion and privacy, away from it all! The space and open natural country views all around you, The easy access, two airports to choose from and good road and transport links. Walks and cycling straight from the house, Surrounded by prestigious wine lands of Bordeaux, St Emilion, Bergerac. Walking, cycling or gentle country tours by car Walk or ride to our nearby leisure lakes with bar restaurants open in season. Great climate with sunshine (not absolutely guaranteed of course) Big pool pretty much to yourselves Adults only No multiple rental units
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A comfortable, well equipped rental. Carolyn and Steve are lovely people, warmly welcoming and extremely helpful.
Fantastic gite in a wonderful rural setting.
Right from the moment we booked , we were provided with the most comprehensive information we have ever received from a rental property.
Carolyn and Steve were most welcoming and were always available when you wanted them and not when you didn't !! Although the gite attaches to their own property , we went for 3 days without seeing them at all !!
The gite is beautifully finished and all the basic essentials are provided. We recommend a trip to a chateau vineyard and once again , Steve organised this for us before we arrived. After the trip , a visit to St Emilion is a must - beautiful hill town with lovely restaurants and many tastings available
Also provided in the gite was a wine rack of various local wines with descriptions and you can chose what takes your fancy and leave the money.
Swimming pool is also lovely and you have sole use when required.
Lots of good local restaurants nearby and big supermarkets not too far away.
We did a trip to Bordeaux one day and went by train from a local station (about €30 for a return trip for both of us) BIG TIP - when you arrive in Bordeaux catch the tram to the centre €1.70 each , otherwise it's a long walk through not the best of surroundings!
To sum up , fantastic hosts , beautiful gite , lovely surroundings and so much to do and see or just relax and totally unwind.
We hope to go back and you can't get a better recommendation than that !
Thank you Carolyn and Steve - you're the best !
What can we say!
This review has made us so so happy and we appreciate your kind and generous remarks just so much.
We thank you for all the time and trouble you have taken to write this. It’s people like you which make it all so worthwhile.
We loved meeting you and so hope that maybe one day you will come back.
Carolyn and Steve
Wonderful and relaxing with lovely hosts.
Immaculately clean and modern and surrounded by tranquil countryside, we loved our stay and plan to return. Carolyn and Steve are wonderful, friendly hosts, without being intrusive and the swimming pool is a real bonus. The Gite is in a rural location so a car is essential. The local area offers so much; vineyards, markets, brocantes and good restaurants.
We can’t wait to return.
Thankyou so much Sue,
We are so pleased with your review, also to hear that you found the relaxation that you really wanted here. We would love you to come back! Any time! We really loved meeting you and you were the perfect guests.
Goodbye for now
Carolyn and Steve
summer break in a beautiful property and region
Beautiful property located in a beautiful wine making region of France. The property has recently been completely refurbished and is of the highest standard. The property is located close to the main house with a new swimming pool adjacent and a terrace to the front, looking out over open countryside. The owners made us very welcome and were lovely and charming. They provided us with helpful suggestions on restaurants to visit (good quality and close by), vineyards and attractions to visit (St Emilion and Bergerac beautiful and close by), along with golf courses, antique shops etc (all we tried and would recommend).
We would absolutely recommend the property/location - it was faultless and this has been our second visit.
Wonderful Gite - Perfect in every way
Just returned from 10 days in Gite Eleanor. The Gite far exceeded our expectations. It is beautifully presented, spacious, spotlessly clean and has everything you need for a short or long stay. The three patio areas mean that you can have sun or shade throughout the day and evening, they provide a lot of privacy and the most wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The owners Carolyn and Steve are charming. They live in the main house but are very discreet. If you need anything they are there, otherwise it feels like you have the whole place to yourself - including use of the large and beautifully positioned pool. The location is perfect for exploring the beautiful area and although it feels very rural a short drive takes you to lovely restaurants, vineyards, Chateaus and there are major supermarkets within 15/20 minutes so you can stock up on the essentials and hideaway from everything. Thank you to Carolyn and Steve for our wonderful break in your beautiful Gite - we will be back again and again.
We are so happy to have received this review and would like to thank you for taking the trouble to write it. We really enjoyed meeting you both, you were great fun! Also we appreciated how well you looked after everything. So pleased you are planning to come back and we will really look forward to it!
Thanks again for choosing Gite Eleanor for your stay and bye for now
Carolyn and Steve
Fabulous French Gite
I guess we all seek a comfortable relaxing holiday don’t we? Well that’s what you’ll find in “Gite Eleanor”. This is a comfortable well equipped Gite, in the beautiful French countryside and it is a credit to its owners! Everything needed for a fabulous holiday is provided. The property is thoughtfully decorated and we loved Carolyn’s attention to detail and yes we did find the hot water bottles! Fortunately for us they weren’t needed, as the weather was lovely throughout our stay. This enabled us to really enjoy that lovely swimming pool. The acid test is always whether you are satisfied enough to recommend to others? Well if you haven’t guessed then the answer is absolutely. Holidays are where memories are made and we will be back to make more of those soon. To Steve & Carolyn we would say thank you for providing a beautiful home from home.
Hello Mark, Thankyou for this wonderful review and for taking the time and trouble to write it.
We loved having you staying here and enjoyed the company of you and your wife. It obviously makes us so happy when people enjoy it so much. You really made the effort to immerse yourself in what this beautiful area has to offer even though it was so hot when you were here.
So Thankyou once again and we do hope to see you again one day.
We are set in the beautiful countryside on the Dordogne Gironde border, in the heart of the region of France which lives and breathes wine production. We are perfectly placed for the "Route de Vin" with vineyards and Chateaux all around, two even within walking distance. Bordeaux, St Emillion and Bergerac vineyards are all within easy reach mostly on quiet traffic free routes. We moved here seeking a place in the countryside where we could feel open space around us and that is what you will find when you come here! You will find us in the quieter end of the Dordogne where you will not fight with crowds of tourists but take a deep breath, calm down and completely relax. Our beautiful corner of south west France is steeped in history too from the 100 years war enactment at nearby Castillon de Bataille to the fact that the World War Two demarcation line crosses our road. We have a medieval chateaux in our village of Montpeyroux with its ancient church. We are fifteen minutes drive from Ste Foy La Grande an ancient town on the Dordogne river whose market was voted the people's favorite in France, a true locals market but with so much to explore and discover.... maybe to bring home some wonderful samples of special local cuisine to sample. Sixteen miles quiet and idyllic drive through the vines you will find the stunning unesco world heritage site of St Emilion with its medieval walls, monolithic church built into the stone, bell tower and the Kings castle keep. Visited by wine lovers from all over the world. Here you can immerse yourself in all things vignoble, visiting vineyards producing premier grande cru classe, visit and tour underground cellars, even take a train tour around the vineyards. St Emilion also hosts a fantastic summer Jazz festival as well as other special open doors events all year round.
Our spot is so tranquil and off the beaten track yet you can easily strike out in any direction to explore pristine countryside, bastide towns and villages, larger historic cities such as Bordeaux, Bergerac and Periguex are an hour or less away, in fact you can drive to Velines, a little village 8 miles away, to take one of France's famously punctual train services, for instance, into the heart of Bordeaux which is a wonderful vibrant city to visit. Bordeaux also has a very easy to use (and cheap) park and ride service.
Closer to hand a perfect walk straight from the house would be to the Lac de Gurson, well, two lakes, one with two lake side bar restaurants, sandy beach, children's playground and little boats to hire. The other is just for fishing (if you would like to fish then permits are easily obtained locally).
Not forgetting the fact that there are so many restaurants to choose from ranging from set priced "menu de jour" which include up to four courses, often wine and coffee included, to grand Michelin starred establishments.
If you are a golfer this is a brilliant chance to play the newly established St Emillionais golf course nine miles away. It is a parklands course wonderfully set amongst the vines of St Emilion. Steve plays there and loves the course, he can even introduce you and play with you if you like!
You will find that many local events take place all year round in our region. For instance, a highlight of summer evenings would be a visit to a "marche nocturne" an evening market where tables are set out, often in the market place, local producers cook and you can shop around and buy your evening meal from different stalls. Great fun to chose from dishes such as local oysters, moules frites, faux filet, confit de canard, crepes, glaces, fresh bread and, of course, local wine producers offering you to taste, buy and drink. Maybe you may find you are here for a local "Fete Cantonale" where the town will be decorated with brightly colored flowers strung up across the streets and festivity including marching bands, carnival floats, stalls selling everything from food to crafts, bric a brac, artisans wood carving, glass engraving and pottery. The fete activities start in the morning continuing through until music, dancing and fireworks after dark.
Eleanor gite is adults only and we have a pool on site which you are invited to use any time you like.
This is the area where there is just so much to explore and enjoy or, if you prefer, do nothing at all!