Period Stone-Built End Terraced House in Gironde, nr Bordeaux, SW France

Period Stone-Built End Terraced House in Gironde, nr Bordeaux, SW France

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Set amidst vineyards of the Bordeaux region, the house is the end dwelling of a terrace of three, set back from a country road which leads to the nearby village, 2 km away. Our house is in a hamlet of five other, scattered, properties all of which are French-owned. We are on good terms with our French neighbours, something we value and are keen to maintain. Giving it a link with history, the house has been dated back to before the French Revolution. Sturdily built of local stone, it was partly a barn before restoration. It is our holiday home, probably less sophisticated than a main residence. Nonetheless it has all the amenities one should need. The large, well-equipped dining kitchen has a farmhouse-style dining table and imposing stone fireplace for open fires. Off the kitchen is a 'utility' room with a washing machine, wine store and a separate loo with shower. Beyond it the 'garage' houses a second fridge, dryer, bikes, gardening equipment and a trailer - no room for a car! Parking is 'al fresco', in the shade of the trees. From the airy lounge an open, railed staircase leads up to a mezzanine. This can serve as extra sleeping accommodation (two 'French doubles') and has a small office space. Leading across a landing from the mezzanine are two double en-suite bedrooms. Most walls are of exposed, cleaned, stone. Furnishings throughout are mostly a mixture of French and English antiques. The house has garden to its three sides, beyond which are the vineyards. A feature to the front of the house is a large, open-sided, covered terrace with shade to doze in a hammock in the afternoon, or to sip an aperitif with friends and dine al fresco in the evening...

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  1. Keith is a semi-retired journalist, writing as a free lance for various print publications and websites. His special subjects are motoring and travel. Jacqui is a retired educational psychologist who turned to teaching after having two sons. We have close connections to Manchester, England, where Jacqui was born and Keith had his working career. We enjoy books, theatre, cinema, music from jazz to classical, travel. Keith is into sport, especially football (soccer). One of our sons is a professional musician and has performed in Australia, the other is a journalist living in Sydney with his wife and their young son - our first grandchild! Hence our wish to spend time in Sydney or nearby.

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Where is it?

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Our nearby medieval village overlooking the lower Dordogne valley has most amenities including restaurants, cafes, shops, a pharmacy, doctor and post office. There is a weekly small market in the Town Hall square. We are 14 km from Castillon-la-Bataille or Ste Foy la Grande, (holding every Saturday one of the top 100 markets in France), and approximately 20 minutes' drive from St Emilion. Bordeaux is less than an hour away either by car or train. Public transport in the immediate vicinity is limited and a car is essential for exploration. The Dordogne, Lot, Garonne, Gers and even Spain are accessible. Airports at Bordeaux and Bergerac are closest. Both are served by budget airlines from England and elsewhere in Europe. Both have car hire facilities. (There is no car with the property). Libourne (30 minutes away)links to Paris by TGV high speed train. Local activities include hiking - independently or with our local walking group - through a rolling landscape of vineyards, woods, pasture and crops. Cycling on the quiet roads along the banks of the beautiful Dordogne is a delight. A mountain bike circuit for the more energetic is close by. Chateaux visiting and wine tasting are on hand. Canoeing, swimming and fishing in the Dordogne river are only 4 km away. Lake water skiing and speed boating, horse riding, tennis, golf, museums and summer concerts are close by. Eateries range from simple Relais Routier type to fine dining. Foie gras and confit de canard are regional specialities. Not forgetting those wines, of course!

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