'Our Home' in St Sernin de Duras is a lovely peaceful place in which to unwind and re charge the batteries. It is surrounded by rolling vine covered countryside with some beautiful roads and tracks in which to run or cycle. The friendly French village boasts a 'tabac', tennis courts and an excellent restaurant with live entertainment. The Dordogne at Port St Foye (15 mins) has a beach with swimming and play area, which is excellent for both children and adults alike. The nearby hilltop town of Duras, typically French and unspoilt, has a weekly street market with stalls selling colourful local produce. There are shops, pavement bars in the square and an ancient chateau with a fascinating museum of past French life. Throughout the summer there are many events eg The Duras wine festival, antiques fairs and spectacular firework extavaganza set to music with the Chateau as its backdrop. All around are family run vineyards, where you can visit to taste and buy their wines.
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Holiday Home in St Sernin, Nr Duras, Lot et Garonne, France - Peaceful Location, Set In A Beautiful French Village Surrounded By Vineyards
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- 9 Aug 2018
About Angie Bryan
We are Colin & Angie live near Manchester and this is our holiday home. We have four children and work full time. We would love to retire to France and have bought this house as our retirement home. We have carefully restored the property to a high living standard, retaining much character, whilst having all the luxuries of home. We love to sit on the veranda and sip wine in one of the most beautiful regions of France. We hope you enjoy our home as much as we do.
Angie Bryan purchased this Bungalow in 2011
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This was our third stay at this property. We find it provides everything you could possibly need including a very well equipped kitchen, wi-fi, sky tv and a private patio for eating and relaxing in the sun. The welcome pack includes a bottle of the local 'Berticot' wine. The house lies elevated at the head of a small cul de sac with friendly English neighbours. The village is perfectly located for easy access to many lovely villages and markets. It provides an ideal base for exploring this area of France. The visitors book is endorsed by lots of other satisfied visitors and the owners who we have had occasion to contact often via e-mail are very helpful.
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Visitors clearly benefit that the owners have fitted out the house as their home. The comfort and quality of the furnishings and equipment are above the norm. The house and immediate surroundings are pleasant, the one slightly minus factor is the part developed holiday site leading up to the house.
For those who like a stroll there are many options from a short walk around the village to all day walks in the countryside, guidance maps were to hand.
St Sernin is well placed between Duras & St Foy la Grande for all your essentials.
We had a very pleasant stay and would return.
15 mins away is a lovely sandy man made beach at Port St Foye on the banks of the Dordogne, with a safe swimming area and childrens entertainment.
90 mins away is the 150 mile long sandy beach at Arcachon and Biscarosse (great surfing). 30 mins away at Blasimon is a fresh water lake with nice sandy beach. The property is an ideal central location to explore the area. Set in the Bordeaux wine region, Bordeaux city is 50 mins away, Bergerac is 25 mins, Dordogne is 15 mins.
Airports: Bordeaux - 1 hours drive. Bergerac - 30 mins drive. Toulouse - 2 hours. There are many routes from the UK being serviced by a handful of carriers. TGV train stops at either Libourne (45 mins drive) or Bordeaux station (1 hour drive). All the main car hire companies are available from these destinations. To drive from the northern French ferry ports, approximately 550 miles from Calais, Caen 430 miles.
Local tabac with basic amenities 5 mins walk and will order croissants and bread in daily. Nearest supermarkets are located in Duras 5 minutes drive or Monsegur 15 mins. Open all day Mon-Sat 9am to 8pm and Sundays 9am-1pm (times may differ on French holidays). Large hypermarkets all within 20 mins drive at La Reole, Marmande or St Foye le Grande. Weekly market in Duras (5 mins) every Monday, St Foye le Grande (15 mins) every Sat (the best), Montsegur (10 mins) every Wednesday.
The house is situated in a perfect location for exploring the Dordogne valley and beyond. Just 20 miles away are the famous wine regions of Monbazillac, Bergerac and Pecharmant; St Emilion and Bordeaux are 50 minutes and 80 minutes drive respectively. The Dordogne is an excellent area for getting away from the tourist crowds with the best of French scenery and superb food and drink. It is a wine-lovers paradise, 13 AOC wines including Bergerac, Pecharmant and Monbazillac which are a short journey away from the house and St Emilion and the other classic Bordeaux regions just a little further afield. Follow one of the many Routes des Vins and sample the wines with the friendly winemakers. Explore the prehistoric sites of Les Eyzies and Rocamadour. See the caves these early inhabitants lived in. Explore the beautiful towns & villages of Sarlat, Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme and Castlenaud all of which overlook the Dordogne. Experience the Dordogne by canoe and pas through these picturesque villages. The area is steeped in history. Watch the final battle of the 100 Years War reanacted at Castillion la Bataille. Within 20 mins drive you can do the following: fishing, wine tour, outlet shopping, tennis, golf, hiking,mountain biking, horse riding, walking, cycling, canoeing, swimming.
We have two bikes here for your use. ( please note there are no helmets provided)
Further details of local activites are available in the house.
Booking Notes: A non refundable 20% deposit paid to confirm booking. Full payment for the booking is no later than 8 weeks prior to the start date of the booking. Details of payment will be provided at the time of booking. A security/breakages deposit of £300 will be required on arrival and will be returned at the end of your stay. Changeover Day: Flexible dependent on bookings. Arrival and departure times are again flexible, however if there is another booking arriving the day of a departure then - departure by 10.30am and arrival at 3pm. Notes on prices: Pricing is per week. Discount for 3 weeks or more. Long weekends available on request. Extra days charged at the daily rate.