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La Garnison. Fabulous farmhouse, heated pool, built on 14th century castle walls

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,594 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 9, heated pool, tennis court, walled garden, open views, pretty village

La Garnison sits at the edge of a picture perfect village surrounded by walled gardens. It is right next to the impressive village chateau. A tranquil haven with a pretty garden and swimming pool and lovely open views to the countryside beyond. A traditional farmhouse and barn have been combined to create a spacious interior. We have spent the last year on a full time restoration project on this property.

You enter the front courtyard where stone steps lead you up to a terrace ideal for family breakfasts. You enter into a large open plan sitting room, dining area and a modern fitted kitchen. The kitchen includes a range cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and a kettle. There are two sets of french doors with Juliette balconies which offer stunning views over the medieval village of Thedirac.

A corridor leads you down into the main lounge with large beamed ceiling and a wood burning stove. A lovely cool room to escape the heat and relax watching English TV if you feel the need. A few steps take you down into a wine cellar where we have a selection of the local wines from local vineyards around Cahors and the Lot valley. There is a wine book so if you sample any bottles we like to hear your opinion. We charge the wines at the rate you buy from the vineyard.

Back up to the lounge, French doors open out fr on to a balcony, shaded by an enormous Arcacia tree, perfect for sitting a while in the shade. A walkway then takes you on up to the pool terrace and on into the garden and swimming pool.

There is a double bedroom on the ground floor and a separate cloakroom with toilet. Up the original staircase you arrive on a large landing area leading to two spacious bedrooms. One is a double and the larger one sleeps three. A large family bathroom is in the middle and includes a bath and a walk in shower.

A second staircase leading up from the ground floor opens up into the master bedroom which includes a superking double bed. There is an open beamed ceiling reaching up to the rafters and an en-suite bathroom with large walk in shower. This bedroom has French doors leading out to a decked south facing terrace with outside seating and stairs that decend to the pool terrace and swimming pool. Ideal for an early morning or late night dip.

The heated pool is surrounded by a large terraced area which south-facing looking over the garden filled with roses and lavender. There is another stone barn that leads you back into the front courtyard. A cave beneath the house is equipped with a washing machine and laundry area. Plus a large fridge freezer.

The property is on the edge of the village and just over the lane we have free use of a tennis court. Tennis rackets and balls are provided. There is also a children's playground and a boules court a short walking distance away hidden behind the village walls.

We provide a mid-week clean at no extra charge and a fresh set of bed linen if your stay is longer than 1 week. Wine tasting evenings can be organised at the house by prior booking. We can also organise a chef for the night so you don't need to do anything but relax with apero's by the pool and have your dinner served on the terrace. If you want to go out for dinner we also provide a babysitting service and a ride to the restaurant and back. Please enquire when you make a reservation and we can provide more details.

You will find an excellent boulangerie and small shop in Thedirac only three minutes walk from the house. You can buy fresh goats cheese and honey from farms in the village.

A great location to base your holiday as all the major tourist attractions of the Lot and the Dordogne are on your doorstep. Castles, caves, medieval towns and villages, canoeing, tree-climbing not forgetting sampling the local food and of course, winetasting. In the summer there are night markets, farmers food markets, outdoor theatre and film festivals, firework displays and much much more.

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Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
24 July, 2018

About Rachel

We have been in this wonderful part of France for 12 years. We have renovated several houses and decided to move to France for a quieter life but to continue on renovation projects. Our children have grown up here and are a true Franglais mix! We love this area for its stunning beauty and wealth of history. I grew up in North Yorkshire and the rural landscape and farming communities remind me of growing up there.

Rachel purchased this farmhouse in 2011

Why Rachel chose Thédirac

We chose this house because even though it is in a village it is set apart from the rest. So we have the best of both worlds. It hides a surprise as it is built on the ancient walls of the garrison joined originally to the chateau next door and we overlook the rest of the village below. The chateau still has a secret passage leading to the medieval fortified church. The escape route when there were troubles back during the 100 years war! Thedirac is chocolate box pretty but it is also lived in by families young and old. We have been welcomed as part of this community and feel at home here. So much so, we have bought another project in the village that we are now working on....our retirement cottage!

What makes this farmhouse unique

La Garnison is a truly tranquil spot even though it is part of the village. The ancient walls sit above the village below. There are wonderful views and the south facing garden with the heated swimming pool that looks out over the local countryside is a French dream. You can watch the sun come up, the cows and the goats going out to graze and later the sun going down while the nearby church bells chime the end of the day. Eat outside and watch the first stars come out while the scent of lavender and roses drifts over the garden. A peaceful haven.

A great base for sightseeing as we are between the Lot and Dordogne rivers so you don't need to spend hours in the car discovering all the famous local towns, villages, castles and caves.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Thédirac in Lot

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2594 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , small hand basin and toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , includes en-suite and access to large outdoor terrace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , located on the ground floor with access to toilet next door
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , large room for a cot or extra children's bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , large room with space for cot or extra child bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house is sat next to the village chateau and has lovely views of the village. But it is also quiet as it located right at the edge overlooking the countryside. Only a 2 minute walk to the boulangerie and local farm for goats cheese. We can organise a chef for the night, wine tasting evenings, taxi to local restaurants and babysitting.


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La Garnison. Fabulous farmhouse, heated pool, built on 14th century castle walls
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Stunning property. The pictures do not do it justice.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully renovated with everything you could want in the house, lovely gardens, great pool and good facilities nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you as our guests and are pleased you loved our property. You are welcome back any time.
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A superb stay

  • 5 of 5

We would absolutely recommend staying here - the house is fabulous, a real home from home with everything you could need. The pool and gardens are wonderful, and Rachel and Fred very welcoming hosts. Thédirac is a pretty little village and the Boulangerie is a stroll away. Our granddaughters learnt their first French words there! There is a lot to see and do, if you can tear yourself away from the pool! We booked wine tasting with Luci and that was great fun and informative.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely relaxing home from home

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at La Garnison with family in tow. From our initial meet and greet with Rachel and Fred to the end we felt very welcomed and made to feel "At Home" which was great considering we had my elderly mother and young teenage daughter and her friend to contend with. The house and grounds were in fantastic shape and had a great layout and the facilities, i.e bathrooms, kitchen, pool area etc were great for using and relaxing. Situated in a quiet area which is good but a lot to go out and see and not far away. Rachel and Fred were really helpful and friendly and we really enjoyed our stay here and if we have the chance would stay here again!

Many thanks to them and their fantastic property we had a great experience.

David and Hazel

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Heel prachtig verblijf in een rustige omgeving

  • 5 of 5

Ideaal om met gezin eens wat “Quality time” te beleven in een gezellig kader.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The Lot river and varied water activities including rowing ,canoing, fishing and swimming. Vineyards, wine tasting, castles, caves, prehistoric sites and caves, medieval villages and towns, zoos, gardens and markets galore.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £178.57

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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