Family holiday home; perfect for one or two families looking for space and convenience in a beautifully unspoilt part of France. Garden with swimming pool and sun terrace and a shaded veranda for eating and relaxing. Light, bright and airy rooms with high ceilings; plenty of areas to relax or play. The house and village offer all the essential amenities for a restful holiday, without needing to use the car. Families who have rented in the past find it very well equipped and a relaxing and easy house to stay in. There are many activities to suit all the family in the region; tennis, kayak, a water park, a children's farm, cycle hire and boat trips. The area also offers historic chateaux, beautiful medieval towns (Bastides), shopping, traditional markets, night markets, wine tasting. Visits fiurther afield include St Emilion, Bordeaux, Bergerac, Agen and the beaches of Arcachon.
House in Seyches, Nr. Marmande, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, France - Situated On The Outskirts Of The Village Of Seyches, Walking Distance From Local Amenities
- english, french, german, russian
- Calendar last updated:
- 20 Jan 2019
About Melanie Gulliver
We purchased the house in 2000 just before the birth of our son and use it as our own holiday home. We mainly let the house to family and friends. The house is homely (albeit very large) and very well equipped; to quote a previous holidaymaker,'you really have thought of everything'. We love it and guests seem to love it too. We love the pool of course in the very hot whether, but our favourite spot is the veranda where we sit and read or watch the village world go by. We really feel part of the community. My son used to love watching the tractors coming back from the fields every evening and the local villagers call 'bonsoir' as they pass by. The best thing is that the 2 best value restaurants in the area and the bakers are in walking distance. I am multi-lingual inc French and Russian.
Melanie Gulliver purchased this House in 2000
Why Melanie Gulliver chose Seyches
We had holidayed in the area for four years before buying and so we knew the area and had grown to love it. It is very rural, very different to England, with individual shops, a typically French market in the local town, lots of local produce, wonderful weather and interesting places to visit. The locals are very friendly and welcoming to tourists and the restaurants are excellent value (especially our local the Vieux Porche). Having stayed previously in the middle of the country where you had to take the car to get bread in the morning, we deliberately chose the village. There is nothing better than strolling down the road in the early morning sunshine to get the bread or croissants for breakfast. Incidentally, the baker's in the village is also one of the best in the area.
What makes this House unique
We love being able to walk to the bakers and the restaurants. We revel in the difference between life in a really rural village like Seyches and our life in England and the locals are friendly and welcoming. We also love the feeling of airiness and space that the house itself offers. Rooms which are enormous in comparison to our rooms in England, and of course the pool in the garden. We relax as soon as we arrive and I can cook when I feel like it with all the equipment I would have at home, but if I don't feel like cooking the restaurant is such good value, I can suggest we go out without feeling guilty. Our teenagers can go out cycling, play tennis or walk down to the bakers for a cake in the afternoon, without us worrying. The house has a wealth of toys and games for all ages and well stocked bookshelves. Guest comments confirm that the house can be enjoyed by adults and children of all ages.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Lovely old village house
Wonderful house in a wonderful village. Great swimming pool and space inside house for 2 families. The village had a fantastic restaurant, bakery, tabac and general store, it even has a tennis court. The house was close to some other lovely villages too. The owner was fantastic to deal with, helpful and friendly. We had a great holiday.
The perfect destination for a family comprising three generations
The booking process and Mel’s help made everything easy. The large old rustic property was brilliant and the facilities excellent, from the pool to the the level of equipment provided. There were some nice touches, particularly the welcome pack including bread, cheese, and wine and a basket of essential bathroom items. The house was spacious and thankfully comfortable and cool during a heatwave. The location was perfect, with the village catering for daily needs and a wealth of facilities and attractions just a short drive away. Special mention due to James and Gill who provided local support and were brilliant when my 6 month old granddaughter became poorly. Overall a wonderful experience
Perfect for us
Great location and facilities. Good communication and instructions prior to visit. Excellent and informative check-in process and good local support during our stay.
Perfect base for attending wedding and meeting up with family
We rented La Glycine as we were attending a wedding nearby and our sons and partners were also staying locally. Mel, the owner, was lovely to deal with. Very responsive and eager to ensure we had what we needed and our stay went well. It was easy to find and parking was close by literally across the road in a quiet lay-by. We could see the car from the kitchen window. We ate 3 times at the local restaurant, the Vieux Porche about 200 metres away. What fantastic value! 4 simple but good sized courses INCLUDING wine for 12 euros each during the week (16 euros each on Sundays - closed on Saturday evenings). We went to the night market at Eymet (20 mins away) and also visited the Chateau at Duras (also mins mins away). We also regularly used the local boulangerie/patisserie just a short early morning walk away for fresh bread and croissants. Perfect!
James, who looks after the house locally, popped in to check all was OK on the first day.
All in all, a wonderful holiday and would recommend this house and the local area.
We are just glad that your holiday and the wedding went so well. Thank you for your lovely review.
Spacious and charming
A great experience. The house is wonderful, spacious and well equipped. Attention to detail made us feel at home from the day we arrived. The pool is a good size, and the garden area lovely. Seyches is a charming village and very well situated to explore the surrounding area. Lots of sight seeing and hiking available.
A great family holiday location
We had a superb time there. The house was so spacious and very well equipped. There were 3 families staying and there was more than enough room for everyone. Our grand daughter particularly loved the pool.
The west coast around Arcachon is just under two hours' drive away with its white sandy beaches, the famous Dune de Pyla, and surfing. There is a water park around 1 hour's drive away.
By car and ferry or Euro Tunnel
Seyches is 6 hours of driving from St Malo and 9 hours of driving from Calais.
Brittany ferries via Portsmouth – St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre or P&O via Dover – Calais
Bergerac airport: 40 minutes from Seyches, and has flights with many UK airports with Ryanair, Flybe or Jet2.
Bordeaux airport: 1 ¼ hours from Seyches and has flights with Easyjet, BA, Ryanair and Flybe
Car hire available at both airports
Train to Marmande or Bordeaux + car hire
The local town of Miramont is ten minutes drive away, with its market on a Monday and there are several supermarkets in the area. The region is famous for its ‘Bastide’ towns, which are medieval new towns, built by the English during their occupation of the region. The city of Bordeaux is just over an hour's drive away. Bergerac and Montbazillac are 40 minutes drive form Seyches. The river Lot, 25 minutes away offers a range of river trips and activities.
The house is situated on the outskirts of the village of Seyches, walking distance from the bakers, which as well as a wide variety of cakes and bread, offers a range of lunch items such as quiche, pizza and ready-made baguette sandwiches. The Mistral café/restaurant offers a range of lunch menu options and the Vieux Porche restaurant (12 euros for four courses including wine) is one of the most popular restaurants in the area with tourists and locals alike. The village also has a grocer/butcher's, post office, chemist, bank and ‘tabac’. There are several supermarkets within a ten to fifteen minute drive from the house. The local area offers facilities for canoeing, cycling, horse-riding, golf and mini-golf, as well as many tourist attractions for children and adults, such as the Chaudron Magique; a farm where you can feed the animals and give milk to the baby goats, an aquatic centre, and various museums. Of particular note are the Water Lily gardens at le Temple sur Lot, which were the inspiration for Monet’s famous garden at Giverny and the picturesque Bastides of the region, which were built as new towns in medieval times. Slightly further afield, there is a ‘Park in the Sky’ and other locations for canoing and water based activites, as well as medieval castles, prehistoric caves and picturesque villages. There are also several villages which hold night markets and fesitivities during the season, such as 'White Wine and Oyster' nights and antique fairs.
Booking Notes: 40% deposit on booking. Balance payable one month before start date of holiday. We are happy to provide evidence of ownership prior to booking. We also have provided our landline number on the website as additional security for booking. Changeover Day: Negotiable