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An elegant 18thc riverfront ‘Maison de Maitre’

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Space 2,195 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Riverfront village 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom newly renovated property

A lovely stone built house in the medieval village of Clairac, this newly renovated house looks over the river Lot to the Benedictine Abbey of Clairac. The village, with its sand river beach, boulangeries restaurants, bar, bank, chemist, small supermarket, delicatessen, boulangeries, doctors surgery and weekly market, are all in easy walking distance, which means the car is not necessary for daily living - but with delightful walks along the river and surrounding countryside, you can combine the best of both town and country living. The house has a pretty riverfront garden as well as a large south-facing back garden with private pool. The interior of the house has been newly renovated throughout and benefits from large, light filled rooms with views either looking out over the river Lot to the Abbey of Clairac or to the gardens at the back. The house comprises a brand new kitchen plus laundry room with oven, hob, fridge freezer, microwave, coffee machine, toaster, kettle, utensils etc., washing machine, dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board. There is a downstairs bedroom/reading/music room with a single sofa-bed, CD player with CD’s, bookcase and books and walk in closet. There is a small office, with a desk and chair, internet access (WiFi) and pamphlets and flyers on places to visit. There is also a downstairs toilet. The hallway opens into a huge living/dining area of 60m.sq. dominated by a lovely open stone fireplace and open beams. There are sofas, chairs, low tables, a TV/DVD, english channels (and a selection of films) a dining table and chars for 10 plus buffet with indoor and outdoor plates, glasses, etc. There are 3 sets of french windows that open out to the covered terrace and garden/pool area. A lovely winding wooden staircase leads to the upstairs where you will find a long, wide hallway and 4 light filled double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Bedroom 1 overlooks the river and has a double bed and en-suite bathroom and dressing room; bedroom 2 has a double bed and overlooks the garden, it also has an en-suite bathroom and dressing room. Bedroom 3 overlooks the garden and has a double bed and walk in cupboards and bedroom 4 overlooks the river and has 2 single beds, a sofa bed and a walk in cupboard. All bedrooms are equipped with bedside tables, lighting etc. and all linen and towels are supplied. There is a family bathroom with bath and shower. A balcony runs the full length of the back of the house with a door from the landing and stone steps leading down to the gardens below. The house is fully centrally heated. Outside, the front riverside garden is ideal for fishing or just watching the boats go by. The back garden has a covered terrace with BBQ, lighting and table and chairs for 10. The pool is fully secured, with pool furniture, sun umbrellas and lighting etc. There is a swing and slide set for the youngsters and off-street parking at the end of the garden. There are adult and children's bikes. For the babies we have a cot, high chair, baby bath and ring, bottle warmer and bowls and cutlery. Fishing is from your own riverfront garden, (Carp, Catfish Barbel and Chub, licences are available locally at very reasonable rates) golf; horse riding; boating; canoeing, walking, cycling and tennis are just some of the activities available nearby. The area is full of pretty XIII century Bastide towns set around market squares and host to weekly markets & also weekly night markets during the summer season. (Laparade on Tuesday night is a must!) For days out this area of France has a greater variety of scenery than almost anywhere else, the surf beaches and sand dunes of Arcachon; the Cathar country of Carcassonne; the mountains of the Pyrenees, the mediaeval and bastide towns of Nerac; Monflanquin; Pujols; Bonaguil; Rocamador; Moissac and Cahors, to name just few and coupled with the rolling Tuscan countryside, orchards and sunflowers of the Lot. Whether your ideal holiday is wine tasting, visiting chateaux, eating out at wonderful restaurants, walking and cycling, touring or just relaxing by the pool reading your favourite novel or sitting in front of the river 'gone fishing' style and watching the world go by, we are sure you will find it all here. If you would benefit from a cosy autumn or winter getaway, the house is fully centrally heated and has a magical open fire place.


Owner
Jill Skill
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2018

About Jill Skill

I acquired Sans Souci earlier this year and would love to share its charm, peacefulness and elegance with those who relish French Living. We have been warmly welcomed to the village and have had some very happy times there....I just hope you will too.

Jill Skill purchased this house in 2016

Why Jill Skill chose Clairac

The elegance of the house, its riverside location and its beautiful view of the Abbey at Clairac (both day and night) don't fail to charm. Being a village home with its proximity to shops and restaurants, there is no need to get out the car every day, but being on the river opposite the main village it is very peaceful, with the countryside on the doorstep. Definitely the best of both worlds. Within an hour and a half of Bordeaux, Bergerac and Toulouse airports, it is extremely accessible. If your love is history this area is full of it - from the religious wars, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marguerite d'Angoulème, Queen of Navarre, the Cagots and the Cathars and The Camino de Santiago, there has been a human presence in this area since neolithic times. I look forward to welcoming you to this special corner of France.

What makes this house unique

This house has a certain 'feel' about it, cosy yet spacious - whether its the ever present changing light coming through the windows, the reflections of the river on a warm evening or the wonderful stars on a dark night or just the history that is embedded in its walls and surroundings. Whatever it is, I would enjoy sharing it with you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nous avons passé une tres bonne semaine de votre maison de Clairac. l'accueil de Victoria etait charmant et nous avons beaucoup apprecie les petites attentions apres un long voyage. Nous esperons pouvoir revenir bientot.
Jul 2016
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Clairac around the Lot-et-Garonne

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2195 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 en suite to bedrooms 1& 2. Fully equiped shower rooms Fully equipped family bathroom/wc. Ground floor cloakroom/wc.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , double
  • Bedroom 1 with double bed and en suite shower/wc.& dressing overlooking river Bedroom 2 double bed (plus cot if needed) and en suite shower/wc.& dressing overlooking back garden Bedroom 3 with double bed, day bed (or for young child) and large walk in closet overlooking back garden Bedroom 4 (childrens room) with two single beds, sofa bed and large walk in closet overlooking river Bedroom 5/reading;music room (downstairs) with double sofabed/futon, walk in closet, overlooking river
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 8 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Notes:
Fishing Licences are available locally or I can make arrangements for you - fishing is from your own front garden!! The river Lot holds Carp of 40lb, 50lb, 60lb+ and Catfish of 50lb, 100lb, 150lb+. If smaller fish are your bag, the rivers are also teeming with Barbel and Chub. Fishing Licences are available locally or I can make arrangements for you.

Reviews

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An elegant 18thc riverfront ‘Maison de Maitre’
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
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A classic French house perfect for family holidays

  • 5 of 5

Sans Souci is a lovely classic French house on the banks of the river Lot. We stayed for 2 weeks with between 9 and 4 of us...at all times a very comfortable stay. The house is very well equipped with gas barbeque, pool and lots of kitchen stuff so no shortage of pots and pans... also perfectly situated with a good sized local Carrefour in walking distance....Clairac is across the river and has some free tennis courts which we all used. Also has a lovely "beach" on the far side of the river which is great for relaxing and swimming in the river...reasonable bar / restaurant next to the beach. The local area as many local markets as well as the local prune delicacy ( prune museum worth a visit) . We also cycled a bit and good rides marked out following the course of the river in both directions....

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Vacances géniales !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un super séjour dans cette magnifique maison.

L'accueil a été très chaleureux et la personne a été disponible au cours de notre séjour.

La maison est très bien équipée, nous n'avons manqué de rien.

Nous venions avec 5 enfants âgés de 6 ans à 1 an qui ont adoré le grand jardin et la piscine.

Nous reviendrons sans hésiter l'année prochaine.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour votre mots gentils - L'accueil chaleureux vous attenderai chaque annee aussi !
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Location

Nearest Airport
53 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Clairac
Nearest Ferry
512 Kilometres
St. Malo
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Tombeboeuf
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Tonneins
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Autotroute 'entre les deux mers'
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Several in Village
Nearest Ski
132 Kilometres
Pau and Pyrenees
Nearest Beach
127 Kilometres
(Clairac river Beach 900 metres) Arcachon Atlantic
Car: recommended

Located between the Lot and Garonne rivers, this green and rolling landscape was described by the writer Stendhal as “the Tuscany of France,” or as Sam Taylor put it in an article for The Guardian newspaper, “A blessed little corner of south-west France made up of gently rolling hills, fields of corn and sunflowers, winding roads empty of cars and pretty little towns and villages, where people always have time to talk to you. It's like an unspoilt Tuscany or Provence and I'd better shut up now or I'll be responsible for spoiling it.”

Clairac, our local mediaeval village, is a bastide founded in 1281 by Edward I, King of England (the great grandson of Eleanor of Aquitaine) and by the Abbot of Clairac Abbey. The Order at Clairac was Benedictine and the Abbot was traditionally appointed by the Pope. It was in the 12th century that the monks of Clairac Abbey crossed a damson tree brought back from Syria by the Crusaders with a local plum, thus creating a new variety which they called the Ente plum, from the old French verb “enter”, meaning “to graft”. The Clairac monks were also responsible for the method of sun-dried preservation - therefore ‘Pruneaux d'Agen’ should really be called “Pruneaux de Clairac”! Our 18C ‘Maison de Maitre’ is set on the river Lot and is directly opposite the Abbey. Rumour has it that there are hidden tunnels running from the Abbey beneath the river to our house! as although having a Catholic heritage, Clairac was an active centre in spreading the Protestant faith and repeatedly attacked by Catholic armies. (some also say that the Cathar faith was very strong in this area) Following a siege in 1621, led by Louis XIII himself, the city walls were razed to the ground and the Protestant population put to the sword. In the 18th century, Clairac was one of the main harbours in the lower Lot valley and the first place in Europe to grow tobacco. Many of the barns in the area were originally for drying tobacco The region is well known for its duck, goose and fois gras and of course the world famous Pruneaux d’Agen, which can be tasted in anything from chocolate to meat dishes, sorbets and alcohol. We are not lacking in great wines either, the caves of Buzet are just down the road, Duras a short trip away as are the fine wines of Cahors and the world famous chateaux of St. Emillion. The area is full of pretty XIII century Bastide towns set around market squares and host to weekly markets & also weekly night markets during the summer season. (Laparade on Tuesday night is a must!) Clairac itself has a sandy river beach (complete with life-guard in the summer months) and beach bar/restaurant, boulangeries, ( one within one minute walking distance) pharmacy, supermarket, delicatessen, bank and a weekly market. There are two Doctors surgeries in the Village and a hospital emergency 20mins. car drive away. There are recommended restaurants 'L'ecuelle d'or' and The Barbeque, a creperie and take-away pizzeria. Fishing is from your own riverfront garden,(the Lot holds Carp of 40lb, 50lb, 60lb+ and Catfish of 50lb, 100lb, 150lb+. If smaller fish are your bag, the rivers are also teeming with Barbel and Chub) golf; horse riding; boating; canoeing, walking, cycling and tennis are just some of the activities available. For days out this area of France has a greater variety of scenery than almost anywhere else, the surf beaches and sand dunes of Arcachon; the Cathar country of Carcassonne; the mountains of the Pyrenees, the mediaeval and bastide towns of Nerac; Monflanquin; Pujols; Bonaguil; Rocamador; Moissac and Cahors, to name just few and coupled with the rolling Tuscan countryside, orchards and sunflowers of the Lot; it is a truly spectacular area steeped in both history and beauty. If you have a cosy autumn or winter break in mind, the house is fully centrally heated and has a beautiful open fire.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Clairac,

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Summer
8 Sep 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
Autumn
27 Oct 2018 - 8 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Festive Season
15 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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