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Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

BIENVENUE À TOUS! Apartment in Saint-Martin-de-Gurson ,nr Bergerac/ St Emilion, Dordogne .Jolie village, tranquil but not isolated ,close to many tourist sites,lakes,activities,daily markets, gastronomie

Our 60m² gite is situated on the ground floor of our home,a pretty Maison de Maitre dated 1901. We named it The Housemartin in honour of the birds that nest throughout the summer months under the roof of our barn. The private entrance opens into a bright and spacious kitchen/living area which is fully equipped and stylishly furnished. There is a 10m² fully fitted bathroom with bath and overhead shower. The 24m² bedroom offers space,luxury and the promise of a good nights sleep in the super comfy king size bed.There is a cosy, fairy-lit corner with a double bed for children, partitioned by curtains thus giving you the feel of a separate room. Having previously dealt in the Antiques and Interiors business we have aimed for a typically French feel and the gite reflects this perfectly. Just outside your door we have created a decked, shady area which is perfect for alfresco dining or for simply lazing under the trees with a good book and bottle of local wine. We welcome families and have all sorts of toys and games for children . The 11x5m private and securely fenced pool has a 50m² deck with sun loungers,parasol and of course plenty of pool toys,inflatable crocodiles etc! there's even a surf board! As we have just the one gite there's nobody else sharing the pool with you, just us sometimes. Although we are in the centre of the village the grounds are totally private , the garden is enclosed by trees and hedging and the pool is secluded,so you never need to feel overlooked.If you have children you can totally relax knowing that the furthest they can be is playing hide& seek in one of our barns.

Miss Antonia Talbot
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2018

About Miss Antonia Talbot

My name is Antonia Talbot. I'm originally from Brighton and was previously in the Antiques business. I moved out to France 10 years go with my French partner and 2 young sons. We wanted a better, closer to nature life for ourselves and our kids. We went on to have 2 more daughters so there's quite a lot of us! It made sense to start the gite, a project for me whilst being an "at home" mum. I've tried to keep a French feel to it and I've incorporated my love of interior decoration and Antiques to give it that certain "Je ne sais quoi"! It's been very successful in the 10 years it's been running with several guest returning year after year( 7years for one family) We are very welcoming and relaxed and I'd say we were more of a French family now (until you hear me speak French!!! ) We absolutely love having guests, we don't intrude but we are always available to help or socialize as you need.

Miss Antonia Talbot purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Miss Antonia Talbot chose Saint-Martin-de-Gurson

The house previously belonged to some French Antique dealer friends of ours. We just fell in love with it, it's so pretty and typically French. We’ve been told it is a listed building and was originally the main house of the village. There is an old wine press in the barn so it was presumably part of a vineyard. The village is beautiful, we're not isolated but it's calm and you have the tranquility of the countryside without feeling miles away from anywhere . I prefer it's situation to further inland Dordogne, which I feel is , although very beautiful, far from anything other than countryside and caves etc Here we are right on the border of 3 departments- Gironde ,Dordogne and Charente,so you can easily visit Bordeaux or the coast etc in a day trip.

What makes this apartment unique

As I've said we are in a small hamlet so it is quiet but we're not totally isolated .In the village we have a newly opened bar/restaurant a stones throw from us, a fantastic ( award winning ) baker ,a shop /tabac selling all sorts of things from knitting needles to chewing gum and a hairdresser! There’s also a tennis court and a playground for kids.One of the best things about our situation is the Lac de Gurson which is about 3 km away ( some of our sporty guests go running there) We didn't know about this lake when we bought the house so we were really happy to find it on our doorstep. It's been redeveloped in recent years ,there are 2 new play areas, 2 restaurants and the beach has been landscaped and enlarged with new sand .There's fishing and I'm pretty sure they have horse riding and free canoeing in the high season too.So if you don't feel like going far you can easily nip there for a happy day at the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner





Left on Jan 2, 2012 for a stay in Jul 2011

This was our second visit to The Housemartin but certainly won't be our last. The Gite is spacious, typically French [that's a good thing!!] and cosy. Antonia and Pierre are a delight and their children are just wonderful. Lovely pool to sun bathe beside and the surrounding area is so peaceful and pretty. The towns of St Emilion & Bordeaux are a must to see. The Lac du Gurson is great for food and walking.

Left on Jan 2, 2012 for a stay in Jul 2011
Apr 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the Saint-Martin-de-Gurson around the Périgord

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom: bath and overhead shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Double bed 1 double Sofa bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The Swimming pool is private although we do occasionally use it too! Outside: Private outdoor pool (unheated), terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen provided, Towels provided. Optional end of stay cleaning-€ 60, baby sitting €10 per hour. Other: Wi-Fi available, Internet access, Hair dryer


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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Superb gite, comfortable and very well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. Fabulous gite, great pool and fantastic hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wished we could have stayed longer!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely delightful. Antonia was totally kind and helpful. Lovely charming family. Beautiful property. Loved the pool. Lots of birdsong. Beautiful swallows swooping through the air at evening. Peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Restful holiday

  • 5 of 5

Great property in peaceful location with excellent swimming pool. Antonia and her family were very friendly and were always available for any queries. Would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing week spent in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Housemartins for a week in August, and what a fabulous week it was!

The house was as described, in a quiet village setting with a lovely bakery and little store for essentials. Bigger supermarkets where about a 10-15 minute drive away.

It was lovely to have the use of the gorgeous clean pool and the beautiful gardens. We spent many hours lazing on the decking by the pool soaking up the August sunshine, while the boys spent their time swimming, diving, racing on the inflatables and playing swing ball. Followed by al fresco BBQ's at dusk surrounded by fragrant lavender plants and flickering candles.

We travelled by hire car from Bergerac Airport and the journey was easy and stress free.

Brilliant communication from the day we booked, and whilst on holiday - nothing was too much trouble.

We would 100% visit again and would highly recommend this property - a real home from home.

Thank you Antonia and Pierre

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Séjour inoubliable

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons réservé du 28 au 31 août et avons adoré notre séjour. L'accueil chaleureux du couple et de ses 4 enfants, la beauté du site et du logement, l'accès à une piscine et au jardin fermé ont favorisé un moment de détente en parfaite harmonie avec la nature.

Nous recommandons fortement cette réservation qui garantie bien-être et détente absolue.

Bravo Antonia 😀

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Erholung- pur!

  • 5 of 5

Dank Antonia und ihrer Familie haben wir 11wunderbare Tage in dem herrlichen Anwesen verbracht.

Sie ist sehr gastfreundlich und hat uns bei unserer Ankunft mit Eiern, Milch, Wasser und einer Flasche Wein überrascht.

Nach vielen Jahren konnte ich endlich mal wieder Wimbledon verfolgen, Dank des englischen Empfängers.Toll!!!!

Der Swimmingpool ist gross und sauber und liegt schön ruhig und uneinsehbar.

Wir wären gerne länger geblieben und können diese Wohnung uneingeschränkt empfehlen.

Dear Antonia ,

many thanks for a wonderful vacation !

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Petra and Duco, We hope you are well and happy 😊? Thankyou for your lovely review and note in the comments book.We so enjoyed your company and our conversations too and We’re really glad you found the relaxation that you needed ( and Wimbledon!!!) We Think of you often and really hope to see you again . Much love, from all of us at les Hirondelles xxx
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Villefranche de Lonchat
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
St Foy le grande
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Montpon Menesterol
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Bordeaux A89
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Villefranche de Lonchat (2) & lac de gurson
Nearest Ski
300 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
120 Kilometres
Atlantic coast -Arcachon/Lacanau
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Aquitaine is a really fabulous and diverse region of France.Bordered by the Atlantic coast with miles and miles of sandy dunes and surf, inland to breathtaking countryside abundant with forests and rivers, vineyards and Chateaux.There are beautiful towns and spectacular cities,full of culture and steeped with history - right back to prehistoric times.

St Martin de Gurson is on the border of Gironde and the Dordogne ,1.5hrs from the coast,we're 40 minutes from Bordeaux and 40 mins from Perigueux.The climate is superb, the food fabulous and the sights plentiful.The Romans chose this area for wine making- there must be at least 100 dry,hot days throughout the Summer months for good wine and you can't beat the local Petrus!!


Just 3km from our house there is the Lac de Gurson, a beautiful lake for swimming.There is a sandy beach, 2snack bars (serving good meals, snacks,wine etc), picnic tables, 2 play areas,fishing and horse riding(subject to season) It's a wonderfully relaxing place to spend the day or evening.

We have the bonus of being on the border of Gironde with spectacular Bordeaux 45mins away, the Atlantic Coast, Dune de Pyla, surfers town Lacanau and the resort town of Arcachon all just 1.5hrs drive away.


Airport: Bergerac 30 km,Bordeaux 70ks

Ferry: Caen 700 km

Train station: Montpon 10 km


Heading north from us around 35mins away there is the pretty village of Aubeterre,it makes me think of the book/film "CHOCOLAT"it's well worth a visit just to sit in the square with a coffee or explore the monolithic Church of St Jean, built into the cliff face -it's very spooky ! Take your swimming things too as the river here is wonderful for swimming

Further Details:

We are located in the heart of St Martin de Gurson, one of a number of picturesque villages in the Bergerac/Bordeaux wine region.Set amidst forests and vineyards there is plenty to do either by car or on foot.

In the village there is a grocer/bakers,a general store selling almost everything, a hairdressers and a tennis court

It's 10 minutes drive to the nearest town of Montpon where you can find supermarkets, several boutiques,hairdresser, pharmacies etc

If you're into markets there's one everyday in the immediate area.Saturday morning at St Foy (15mins by car)is a must being one of the top 100 in France, you can find all sorts of goodies and the atmostphere is fantastic- truly French.

Throughout July and August there are also local night markets .A relatively small one, but still lots of fun, every Friday evening at Villefranche de Lonchat (5minutes drive) and a much bigger one every Tuesday evening at Le Pizou which is a 10 min drive from us.This is a great evening, there are tables set out in the village square,music and lots of stalls selling local cuisines from Confit de Canard to Oysters and Moules and of course plenty of wine!

St Emilion with it's ancient cobbled streets and world famous wines is just a 25 minutes drive west through stunning vineyards ,dotted with spectacular Chateaux..Everyone loves this town,it's full of history and beautifully kept, with wonderful buildings and Churches,fabulous restaurants, art galleries and smart boutiques.

In the opposite direction you will find numerous historic towns such as Bergerac famous for it's wine and that old philanderer Cyrano!

Medieval Sarlat and Perigueux are unmissable with the surrounding countryside full of prehistoric caves(Lascaux), ancient dwellings and impressive castles.There's also heaps of activities from canoeing on the Dordogne river to zip sliding through treetops at Bergerac's " Accrobranche" (huge fun if you're not afraid of heights!)


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm a booking with the full balance to be paid on arrival. A security deposit of €150 is payable on arrival. Strictly no smoking inside the gite The gite must be left as clean as found on arrival. Optional cleaning is available for € 65 Check in after 4pm Departure by 11am.

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Notes on prices:
These prices exclude fees and can vary depending on when you stay and how long for. Prices are also subject to change at the advertiser’s discretion.

BABY SITTING €10 per hr

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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