LES HIRONDELLES is a traditional farmhouse of the Gironde, built from stone under a pantile roof (circa 1885). Beautifully converted and furnished with antiques, it retains all original features and charm of the period.
Delightfully situated in a plum orchard on a hill, the farmhouse lies off the road between Monsegur and Duras, commanding beautiful views across the valley of the Dropt and enjoys, the much forgotten pleasures, which accompany this rural setting such as the cuckoo, hoopoo, butterflies and the meadow life.
French windows lead on to a graveled terrace to the side and rear of the house, with a purpose built barbecue next to a vine-covered pergola, under which there is a table and chairs for alfresco meals.
On the terraces are sun loungers and there is a further table and chairs with an umbrella to capture the beautiful morning sun.
Four steps take you to the swimming pool level. The pool is kidney shaped eleven meters by seven with a cream liner and works on a salt system which makes the water very pleasant for swimming; being slightly buoyant and salty-you won't come out of the pool with stinging red eyes.
The surrounds of the pool are paved with Cahors stone and retaining stone walls give an edge to a well planted garden. There is a small lawn with swings to the rear of the property. Both pool and garden are regularly maintained.
On the ground floor there is a huge living room, which is completely open planned; even on the hottest day you can escape indoors to the cool of this room.
To the left, the main seating area is situated around a large open fireplace. Logs are available for your use, if necessary on spring or autumn evenings. There is a TV, DVD player and free to view box allowing you to access the standard UK channels.
There is also wifi Internet access through out the house.
To your right is a grand piano with a second seating area for playing cards, games, etc.
A telephone for receiving incoming calls is also set for making outgoing local calls only, so that you may seek assistance if need be or make bookings at local restaurants.
There is a wood-burning stove with a large dining table, capable of seating 12 people comfortably.
There is a well fitted open plan kitchen with double sink, gas hob, electric oven, micro wave, dishwasher, magamix and fridge freezer, all set in pine units with ceramic tiled work top.
The whole of the floor area is tiled with local Gironde tiles and scattered with pretty rugs.
Upstairs was the granary for storing corn and drying tobacco leaves, now tastefully converted, with a wealth of beams, low windows and exposed stonework.
Off the large landing there are four bedrooms and the main family bathroom.
Bedroom one has a 5ft double bed, washbasin, chest of drawers and wardrobe, with convector radiator. Views to rear overlooking orchard.
The master bedrom has windows to the front and side of the house. A comfortable antique double bed, dressing table, chest of drawers and built in wardrobe.
There is an en-suite bathroom with a bath and over head shower with glass curtain a pedestal washand basin, a bidet and a WC.
There is a heated towel rail, and infra-red wall heater.
There are two twin bedrooms facing the font of the house with a chest of drawers and hanging rails.
The main bathroom leads off the landing and is adjacent to bedrooms 2, 3 & 4. Bath/Shower, W.C., vanity unit/wash- hand basin, washing machine, tumble drier.
Infra red wall heater and heated rail.
Les Hirondelles is a no smoking house. Pets are allowed.
All linen is provided including bathroom towels and swimming towels. The house is cleaned on changeover days. If a change of sheets and extra cleaning is required this can be arranged at an extra cost.Get the full listing »