- Sleeps: 8
- Bedrooms: 2 doubles, 2 twins
- Bath/Shower Rooms: 2 bathrooms, 2 shower-rooms
- Rent per week: £1,900 - £4,020 per week
- Key features: Beautiful views
Self contained studio suite
Peaceful and secluded
10x5m pool with pool house
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Le Caillau is a stunning ‘manoir’, built in 1780, which stands at the summit of a small hill, with magnificent views on all sides of the rolling Lot-et-Garonne countryside. The house, which faces south and west, is immensely secluded and peaceful, surrounded by a colourful garden, lawns, trees and fields beyond. Le Caillau is a most comfortable all-year-round house, being cool in the summer and cosy in the winter months.
''Le Caillau is the most charming and child friendly country house. Obviously a much loved family retreat, it is elegant and expansive inside and out, all open fires, books and welcoming sofas, and pleasingly ornate bedrooms. Outside there is plenty of room to roam barefoot through the trees, with open views of the Garonne countryside and a secluded pool across the grass. Quiet and rural without being totally remote, we were all utterly enchanted with it''
Catherine Ostler , Contributing Editor, London.
Principal Sitting Room – with sofas and armchairs, a wood-burning fireplace, card table and a window facing south.
Dining Room – opening off the principal sitting room and the hall, with a table seating 10 and a window facing north.
Sitting Room 2 – with a sofa and armchairs, a wood-burning fireplace, a wide-screen satellite TV, CD, DVD and video players plus a selection of DVD’s, CD’s and videos. The room has windows facing south and west, and a breakfast table in front of French doors which open to the west facing dining terrace.
Kitchen – with fitted wood units, a double sink, a dishwasher, a built-in electric oven, 3 gas hobs and 1 electric, a microwave, a large fridge/freezer/ice maker, an electric kettle, cafetière, toaster, blender etc. Off the kitchen is a drinks bar with a second fridge and a microwave.
Bedroom 1 – with a 6ft-wide 4-poster bed, an armchair, chaise longue, dressing table and French windows to a Juliet balcony looking south.
Shower Room 1 – opposite Bedroom 1, with a shower and a washbasin. There is also a separate WC at the top of the stairs.
Bedroom 2 – a very light room with a floral decor, a 6ft bed, a sofa and French windows to a Juliet balcony facing south.
Bathroom 1 – a very large, carpeted room, with a floral decor, a roll-top bath, a bidet, antique vanity unit, WC and a window facing west.
Bedroom 3 – with a pair of antique, 3ft single beds, a dressing table and a window facing north. This bedroom also has an Ensuite Bathroom (2) with a bath and handheld shower, washbasin and a window facing north.
Bathroom 2 – up some stairs, a very large, carpeted bathroom with a bath, a separate shower, a chaise longue, a washbasin, a bidet and a WC.
Laundry Room – adjacent to Bathroom 3, with a washing machine, clothes dryer, an iron and an ironing board.
The Studio (Bedroom 4 and Shower Room 2):
On the north side of the house and accessed via its own entrance is a very large and airy studio. This has two 3ft beds, a 2-seater sofa, a small satellite TV, a sink, a 2-hob electric cooker, a small fridge, a coffee maker and windows facing north and east. The studio also has an Ensuite Shower Room with a washbasin and a separate WC.
Garden & Grounds
Le Caillau stands in 5 hectares (12.5 acres) of colourful garden and grounds, including lawns, shrubberies and trees, with fields beyond. A 200-metre, tree-lined drive leads to the house off a very quiet minor road. At the top of the drive, an archway (with the caretakers’ cottage on one side), leads to a large gravelled parking area beside the house, with a pretty dovecote opposite the front door.
Sitting room 2 and the kitchen open onto a west-facing terrace which has an oval dining table with 8 wicker chairs, a round table seating 4, wrought-iron benches and large sun umbrellas. From the terrace and garden are splendid views over the surrounding fields and woods, with benches arranged under shady trees. Tucked amongst a clump of trees and about 50 metres from the house, is a small spring so young children should be supervised when playing anywhere near it.
At the west side of the house is a filtered, alarmed and floodlit swimming pool, measuring 10x5 metres, with wide Roman steps at one end and an overall depth of 1.5 metres. A number of sun beds with mattresses, plus chairs and a table are set out around the pool. The pool house has a small fridge, a sink and a shower. A gas barbecue is also close by.
Le Caillau is 5kms from the small town of Nérac, described on road signs as a ‘Cité Royale’, as it boasts the palace of King Henri IV (1553-1610). It has good shopping, cafés, bars and restaurants, plus 3 supermarkets on its outskirts. Within a short walk from the house is a charming restaurant called Les Contes d’Albret which also sells foie gras. There are several other excellent and well-priced restaurants in the vicinity, in particular, the Auberge de Fourcès in the ‘bastide’ (fortified village) of Fourcès.
The Lot-et-Garonne is the most extensive, organically-farmed region in Europe which means that the fruit and vegetables in the local markets are largely organic. There are orchards everywhere (plums, apples, peaches, etc) plus a number of vineyards making good quality red and white wines. The countryside around Le Caillau is also full of wildflowers, butterflies and birdsong, and teems with wild-life including red squirrels and roe deer.
Le Caillau is 30kms from exit 6 on the A62 Autoroute, and about 90 minutes’ drive from Bordeaux (Mérignac), Toulouse (Blagnac) and Bergerac (Roumanière) airports. The superfast train, the TGV, stops at Agen, (20 minutes’ drive). Agen boasts a wide selection of shops, and important features including a theatre, a museum, a cathedral and an attractive historic quarter.
Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 8 people, including children and babies, staying at Le Caillau at any time.
A baby cot with bedding and a high chair are provided.
Pets are permitted at the owners’ discretion.
Bed Linen, bath and pool towels are provided free of charge and will be changed on a weekly basis.
This is very much an all-year-round house. All the rooms are centrally heated and there are wood-burning fireplaces in both sitting rooms. There are fans in the bedrooms and hairdryers in the bathrooms.
Le Caillau has WiFi broadband internet access, plus telephones in several rooms.
The caretakers are David and Tina. Tina is the cleaner, employed by the owners for 2 hours per day on all 5 weekdays. David looks after the grounds and garden, and the swimming pool.
As long as sufficient notice is given, a babysitter may be arranged.
A part-time cook can be arranged but must be confirmed and agreed in advance.
Maintenance of the garden and swimming pool is the owners’ responsibility.
Things to See & Do near Le Caillau
There are many English language books throughout the house as well as packs of playing cards and several board games.
An information folder at Le Caillau contains helpful information including when and where local markets take place, details of nearby shops, recommended restaurants, picnic spots, local fairs/festivals and many other things to see and do in the surrounding area.
There are several golf courses in the area. The best are the 18-hole Golf d’Albret at Barbaste, 9-hole Golf d’Agen Bon Encontre and 18-hole Golf de Casteljoux. Details are in the information folder.
There are tennis courts nearby and details are in the information folder.
There are marvellous walks in all directions from the house.
Bicycles can be hired by the hour or longer in Buzet.
There is go-karting at Leyrac and Caudecoste.
In Barbaste there is an adventure park for children of all ages called Cap Cauderoue.
There are livery stables nearby, providing horse riding and pony trekking.
Ski-ing in the Pyrenées is a 2-hour’s drive.
There are a number of local vineyards producing very reasonable red and white wines. Details are in the information folder.
There are boat trips on the River Baise at Nérac.
In addition to the palace of King Henri IV (1553-1610) in Nérac, places that are well worth a visit include: Moissac, with its 13th century cloisters; Agen, with its medieval quarter; Bordeaux’s famed vineyards of the Medoc, St Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes and Barsac; and Toulouse, with its Space Museum and fascinating tours of the Airbus factory.
The Office de Tourisme at Agen has masses of useful information about other things to see and do in the area.
Rents & Terms
2019 Rents & Terms
May and October £2,420 per week
June and September £3,240 per week
July and August £4,020 per week
Christmas & New Year 2018/2019 £3,080
All other months £1,900 per week
Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will begin and end on Saturday and will be for a minimum of one week. Tenants should arrive between 4pm and 5pm on the commencement day, and leave no later than 10 am on the agreed day of departure. They will be met on arrival by David and Tina.
A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
A Booking and Security Deposit of £500 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking, and will cover the cost of (a) telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, and (c) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. This Deposit will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the tenancy’s conclusion.
Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd at the end of each rental of any breakages, losses and/or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory.
The owners’ insurance policy requires that all windows and shutters are closed, and that all outside doors are locked whenever tenants are away from the property.
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