2 Bedroom (Sleeps 4) Farmhouse in Marmande

Castanet: a pretty converted barn with private pool set in a tranquil sun-drenched valley

At a glance: Child Friendly, Wifi, Parking, Heated Pool, Private Pool, Garden.
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Owner/Property Manager: Mr John Westbrook
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Property Type: Farmhouse
Location: Marmande
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
Bathrooms: 2
Minimum nights stay: 7
Low season price per week: £610
High season price per week: £1300
Average price per week:£925
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Situated in its own mown 3 acre meadowland and facing sunny south-west, Castanet Farmhouse is an idyllic rural retreat set in a peaceful valley deep in the heart of South-West France. Relax and enjoy a break at Castanet complete with its solar-heated pool exclusively for your use. No neighbours close by and no owners on site. Located in a quiet single-track country lane at the end of its own private drive, the house is tucked away in the Lot-et-Garonne countryside just south of the Dordogne border and surrounded by rolling hills and fields of maize, sunflowers and wheat. You might just spot the occasional car on the winding country lanes....

With lofty ceilings, chunky oak beams, white painted walls and tiled floors throughout, the accommodation has a clean, bright, airy and spacious feel. Access is easy: just two shallow steps from the large parking area to the front terrace and then all on one level throughout the garden and the house making it ideal for those with restricted mobility. There is unlimited private parking.

Castanet is an extremely comfortable and attractive property, well-equipped for a great holiday break for adults and children alike and cared for by a local English management team.

The property is very conveniently situated, being only 8 km (a 10 minute drive) from the market town of Marmande with its quality shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, supermarkets and mainline railway station with links to Bordeaux, Paris, Toulouse and the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. In short, everything you could possibly need.

The wide paved terraces to the front and side of the property decorated with geraniums lead to the shady "abri de jardin" built to match in with the surroundings and housing a comfortable spacious wicker corner sofa and matching coffee table. From there, glazed French doors open into a spacious open-plan barn incorporating the living/dining room and well-equipped kitchen with all up-to-date appliances. The barn has an impressive vaulted ceiling with oak beams and roof windows which flood the room with afternoon and evening sunlight. There is a dining table to seat six, a splendid chunky antique pine pew, a sofa, two comfortable armchairs and a wood-burning stove. Satellite TV, radio/CD player and DVD player are provided for your entertainment, plus plenty of books and a compendium of board games. There is internet access (Broadband WiFi).

Through the hallway from the barn are the two bedrooms and family bathroom all of which overlook the garden. The master en-suite features an original stone sink and has a king-size bed, and the second bedroom has twin beds. Two folding guest beds are available on request. Both bathrooms are equipped with a bath, washbasin and WC, separate shower cubicles and ample storage.

The garden provides plenty of space for ball games and the large area of lawn by the pool is screened by high laurel hedges. Choose from among the many paved sitting/dining areas either in the shade to avoid the midday heat or in full sun. There are a number of mature shrubs and trees, containers of flowers on the terraces and our original restored well. The garden to the rear is another area of lawn from which to enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views over the fields and across the valley.

Garden and dining furniture, pool recliners and parasols are provided. Also for your entertainment we have Kettler 9ft x 5ft outdoor table tennis, badminton, a full-size antique croquet set, boules and various other outdoor and in-pool games.

The 10 x 5 metre solar-heated pool has moulded side entry steps and underwater lighting and is surrounded by a wide paved terrace. A poolside shower is there for your use. The pool has an automatic security/solar cover and is situated in a fenced and gated area – ideal for the supervision of young children. Swimming towels are provided.

The spacious pool house/summer kitchen is equipped with a large fridge/freezer and incorporates a covered dining area with table and chairs making it ideal for eating al fresco.

Visit our website www.castanetfarmhouse.co.uk for more information, visitor reviews, booking form and a virtual tour of the house and grounds.

This unspoiled area of south-west France offers the perfect combination of things to do and see; a wonderful place in which to chill out. It is rich in history and bursting with chateaux, rolling countryside dotted with charming small villages, down-to-earth restaurants serving good food at reasonable prices, local markets, vineyards and historic Bastide towns. The largest concentration of Bastides is in the Lot-et-Garonne along what was once the shifting borderline between the English and the French-held lands.

Many of the local chateaux offer wine-tastings (degustations) and all the Bordeaux famous names are within easy reach.

There are excellent recreational facilities within easy driving distance ranging from various water sports, fishing, horse-riding, tennis and golf to flying/hot-air ballooning/paragliding and quad biking. There are numerous walks/bike and vineyard trails virtually on our doorstep. Why not take it easy by choosing a more relaxed way to enjoy the beautiful countryside either by floating down the river Garonne on a barge or by catching a hot air balloon from just outside Duras. Or maybe just relax in our garden by the pool with a glass or two of the region’s fine wines......

4 Reviews - 4.8/5 Average Rating

Tranquil and beautiful place to stay

By Kirsty Smith on 27-Jul-2023

Having waiting 4 years to visit (due to covid) the Castanet did not disappoint. It was spacious, clean, very comfortable and had everything you needed to make it a home from home experience. It was as it was described/pictures, but in our opinion it went above and beyond what we were expecting. The bedrooms had plenty of storage and were well maintained. Beds were comfortable as well. Bathrooms were fine as well, both bathrooms having baths, which was great. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need as well, inc dishwasher and washing machine. The outside was pretty, well maintained and relaxed. Plenty of sun loungers and seating areas. The pool was fabulous and very welcomed in the heat we had. Vicky (English contact for the property) was fabulous. She greeted us on arrival, and showed us around the property and was on hand if we needed anything. Vicky came to check the pool throughout our stay to ensure it was clean. She also provided fresh towels/bed linen half way through our stay as well as recommending local markets/places to visit. We had a very relaxed holiday, the surroundings were just fabulous and we loved every moment of it. We are a family of 3 and we would highly recommended this place and the owners who have been most helpful throughout.

4th visit and as good as ever!!

By Chris and Christine Czyzyk on 01-Jun-2023

We returned to Castanet for the 4th time in early June and had a wonderfully relaxing couple of weeks. The addition of the abri since our last visit was a welcome retreat in the heat as was the pool … floating around and simply relaxing. We have always enjoyed our stays and have booked a three week holiday for 2025! It’s so very peaceful and not far from many interesting places. This time we visited Bordeaux (took the train from Marmande) and went back to Bergerac as well as venturing further afield with an overnight stay in Oradour sur Glane and visit to Limoges. The other addition was Merlot the cat … friendliest cat I have ever met and we missed him after we had left! Looking forward to seeing him again in 2025.


By Anne Perry on 17-Jul-2022

Dear Christine, I just wanted to say that Stuart and I had a wonderful relaxing week at Castanet. Though the weather was cool and a wet for the first few days it did not detract from our enjoyment………we just relaxed! However the last few days were beautiful – we did a bit of exploring and also managed to fit in a swim on our last day. Lovely! The whole trip was a total surprise to me, and a brilliant one at that. Thank you so much for the bottle of champagne, which we thoroughly enjoyed!! Best wishes, Anne


May 30-June 27, 2024 Mid-Season £810
June 27-July 11, 2024 High-Season £1,095
July 11-August 22, 2024 Peak-Season £1,300
Aug 22-Sept 5, 2024 Mid-Season £810
Sept 5-Sept 19, 2024 Low-Season £610



Children Welcome
Wheelchair Access


Coffee Maker
Dining Seats
Dining Room
Wood stove
Linens Provided
Washing Machine
Living Room
Ironing Board
Heated Pool
Private Pool


Away from it all
Sports activities
Tourist attractions