10 June 2013 by Chris Jones
Le Bourg, Miramont de Guyenne, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine
Our property of the month for June is called Le Bourg, a beautiful 150 year-old maison ancienne located on the edge of a rural hamlet close to Lot et Garonne in the French region of Aquitaine. With its oak beams and wooden shutters, the property is full of charm, and boasts a private secluded garden and large swimming pool. With 4 bedrooms, it can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests.
Rural delights in Lot et Garonne
Lot et Garonne is idyllic for rural French retreats, with long hot summers and cold, crisp winters. There is truly something for everyone in this corner of France. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break, exploring the many châteaux, vineyards and sunflower-filled fields that Aquitaine has to offer, or a more adventurous holiday, canoeing along the Lot, Garonne and Dordogne rivers, you’ll find it all in Lot et Garonne.
The perfect family retreat
Families with young children are well catered for at Le Bourg, with a wooden children’s playhouse in the property’s private, secluded garden. Also the pool is fully alarmed for safety. As well as this there are several aqua parks and zoos in the local area which make the perfect day out for families.
Le Bourg’s location on the edge of a sleepy French hamlet makes it a good base for a family holiday. With its close proximity to cities such as Bordeauxand Toulouse, guests are able to easily visit more commercialised areas whilst still experiencing traditional French countryside.
Traditional rural character property with all mod cons
The property retains much of its rural character with oak beamed ceilings in the large, airy living and dining area and traditional French windows throughout the property. However it is perfectly equipped for the demands of the modern holidaymaker, with a 50-inch flat screen television with dvd player in the lounge, and wi-fi available throughout.
The little office room offers a rustic, west facing balcony that provides views of the rolling hills and fields of sunflowers, corn and vines that stretch for mile upon mile. Another great feature of Le Bourg is its large, secluded garden that contains a wooden decked terrace and a built-in stone barbecue area where adults can relax, as well as a wooden playhouse and pool for the kids.
The owner, Gordon Richardson, bought the property around ten years ago when his children were small, after visiting the area for many years on cycling holidays whilst he and his wife were students. The climate was what attracted Gordon and his family; the summers in Aquitaine are some of the longest in France. Another factor that attracted Gordon to Le Bourg is its location: tranquil and rural, yet still within reach of large cities such as Bordeaux, just 45 minutes away.
After coming back to this area year after year, Gordon and his family have become experts on what to see and do whilst visiting Lot et Garonne. They have compiled a comprehensive information folder advising guests of what to do and where to eat and drink during their stay in Aquitaine.
A week’s stay at Le Bourg starts from £350, including linen.
Gordon Richardson’s top recommendations when in Lot et Garonne
- The area is very rich in history. Take a visit to the Château de Biron, as well as the town of Castillon-la-Bataille, where the last battle of the Hundred Years’ War took place on 17th July 1453. Each summer the town hosts numerous re-enactments recalling those events.
- Thrill seekers should check out Wallibi Parc. This offers more than 20 spectacular rides and attractions including the the Fandango, the Boomerang and the Zig Zag.