Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Meschers sur Gironde - Libellule
2 bedroom cottage, sleeps 4, set in lovely garden.
Libellule (Dragonfly) is a 2 bedroom converted barn in Liboulas, a quiet hamlet overlooking the Gironde estuary, 3.5 km from the beautiful and historic village of Talmont sur Gironde and just 8km from the nearest beaches at Meschers. If you have young children, you'll find the 5 sheltered beaches at nearby Meschers ideal for your summer holiday. For older children, the long sandy beach at St Georges de Didonne (just fifteen minutes away) provides loads of waterports and activities. After a day at the beach, you can relax in the lovely garden or snooze in the hammock under the shade of apple and plum trees. There's lots to do in the immediate area - Le Fa, an excavation of a roman port,or the Parc de l'Estuaire, just beyond Meschers. See our website for more information - www.liboulas.com.
There's high quality produce in the local markets & vineyards to tempt you to make good use of the well-equipped kitchen or the barbecue. If you'd rather eat out, the nearest restaurant is in the village of Arces just 1.5km away, and there are plenty more within a ten minute drive.
The light, airy open plan living/dining/kitchen area has a double height ceiling over the living area and is comfortably furnished with sofa & 2 armchairs, flat screen LCD TV with British freesat, French & other European satellite channels , DVD/CD player, amplifier & speakers, with loads of DVDs & CDs. And if you have to keep in touch, we have WiFi!
The dining table seats 4. The kitchen is well equipped with multifunction oven, gas hob, espresso machine, Dualit toaster, washer/dryer, dishwasher, & fridge-freezer.
French windows to the front and to the courtyard provide lots of light.
The ground floor bathroom has both shower & bath, and a heated towel rail.
Stairs lead to a gallery landing – a safety gate is available for young children. Bedroom 1 is a twin room with 2 very comfortable futon beds, canvas wardrobe & drawer units; & a velux window for stargazing.
The romantic main bedroom has a double bed, wardrobe, bedside cupboards & antique pine chest of drawers. Its windows overlook the garden (east) and the courtyard (west) and it has a large ensuite shower room with heated towel rail.
Libellule has under-floor heating throughout, except in the twin bedroom which has an electric radiator. Good insulation & double glazing keep the cottage snug in the cooler months - there is also underfloor central heating.
Libellule has its own private courtyard with carport. There is access to Libellule's suntrap patio with garden dining furniture and gas barbecue, and to the large secure garden (shared use with the owners' family in July and on occasional maintenance visits).
There's plenty of lawn space for your children to play, or for you to relax in the hammock or on the loungers, whilst taking in the view down to the Gironde. Roses & shrubs scent the air, whilst resident song birds serenade you. In season you can help yourselves to apricots, plums, figs, apples & pears straight from the tree & pick fresh herbs to flavour your cooking. The garden is bird-friendly , with birdbaths, feeders & nestboxes. We are applying for LPO (French equivalent of the RSPB) 'Garden Reserve' status.
There is parking for one car in Libellule's courtyard & also in the owners' driveway.
For much more information, see Libellule's website - www.liboulas.com
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Linda & Richard Austin
Linda's family bought the main house (now unoccupied except on mainteance visits) over 20 years ago, and so they have spent many holidays here. Linda & Richard have explored the area extensively and can recommend holiday activities, restaurants and vineyards, as well as local festivals, musical events and fireworks!.
Linda & Richard Austin purchased this cottage in 2000
Why Linda & Richard Austin chose Meschers sur Gironde
Three generations of Linda's family have holidayed here, as the main house was bought over 20 years ago. The lovely mature garden and orchard, and the unique location - in the country, yet close to great beaches - make this a great base for a family holiday or a relaxing break. .
What makes this cottage unique
The view from the garden down to the Gironde and Talmont is so lovely! And the natural environment around Liboulas is outstanding, rare birds, bees, butterflies, and, you've guessed - libellules (dragonflies).