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Cottage in south west France, near Duras, Aquitaine, France. lovingly restored, set in private garden overlooking the picturesque Dropt Valley. 4 kilometres from the Dordogne.
Whether you are looking for a romantic setting, a base for sightseeing or a lovely situation where you can relax by the pool, Les Costes fits the bill. Surrounded by beautiful countryside within easy reach of picturesque villages many housing colourful markets and providing a variety of restaurants.
Situated in a small tranquil hamlet of just 6 houses on a no through lane overlooking the picturesque Dropt Valley this lovely stone cottage is ideally located between Eymet, a 13th century bastide town in the Dordogne and Duras with its beautiful chateau in the Lot and Garonne.
The cottage is set in a private garden, with private terrace where you can eat al fresco. There are table, chairs and sun recliners where you can relax amongst the lilac and various fruit trees which not only provide a lovely natural shade but where you are welcome to enjoy the fruits namely, cherries, figs, plums and apples as they ripen.
The pool is occasionally used by us Yvonne and Paul (although we have no need to be in the pool whilst you are using it) and around the pool we provide sunbeds, tables and chairs exclusively for your use. Bicycles are available so that you can enjoy and explore the Dropt valley and the vineyards/area.
If you don't know this area you will be surprised at how many beautiful medieval villages and towns are dotted around many hosting jazz and medieval festivals. Alternatively relax in the peace of the countryside and enjoy a book and /or a glass of wine around the pool, in the garden or wander around our 2 acres of land
By Mel And Deb on 04-Oct-2019
10 / 10 meldeb4 October, 2019
We have just returned from 4 weeks in this superb gite! Everything was faultless, from the arrival drinks and friendly welcome to our departure drinks and fond farewell. Yvonne and Paul were superb hosts offering plenty of advice and kindness throughout. They were always available if needed without being intrusive. The gite was very comfortable and very spacious for 2 people. It had everything you needed for a self catering holiday and was a real home from home. The garden and pool area was fabulous and the pool in particular was very welcome in the hot weather. The fresh garden produce was very welcome and delicious especially the tomatoes and homemade fig jam!! We would not hesitate to recommend Les Costes and very much hope to return in the future. It is ideally located for discovering the many beautiful villlages and vineyards of the Lot et Garronne and the Dordogne Thanks again Yvonne and Paul for all your kindness.
Drew and Wendy
By Drew And Wendy on 27-Jul-2019
We had a wonderful time. Communication beforehand was very good, and Paul and Yvonne are happy to answer any questions.
We received an extremely friendly welcome. Paul and Yvonne are warm and kind, and were excellent but unobtrusive hosts. They suggested local places to visit and were available if we had any queries, but also respected our privacy.
We had a relaxing stay. The gite is well-maintained, spacious and clean. It is also well-equipped. The bed is very comfortable, and the setting is quiet and peaceful.
We loved the beautiful pool, our own garden space, and the bigger garden which was given over for our use. The donkeys, cats and chickens were a bonus, as we are animal lovers, but if you aren't, they won't bother you. We appreciated having use of the bikes too, and used them to have an early morning cycle ride (to avoid the heat) through the lovely countryside to a local village.
There are lots of lovely placed to visit both locally and a bit further afield, if you can drag yourself away from the garden and pool!
We hope to return one day and would definitely recommend this property to family and friends.
By J Hutchison on 23-Jul-2019
We had a wonderful holiday at les Costes, if anything the photos did not do it full justice. The cottage itself was comfortable ,well equipped and the pool, garden, and setting was superb!! The owners were wonderful. They have the perfect balance of hospitality, attention to detail and truly care that their customers have a great holiday. The holiday started wonderfully with wine on arrival, fresh bread, milk and produce from the owners garden to get us started. I would thoroughly recommend Les Costes and the surrounding area. It is utterly charming with lots of beautiful little towns and villages , chateauxs and caves to visit.
Heather and Simon
By Heather And Simon Lake on 11-Jul-2019
Heather and Simon 11 July, 2019
Without doubt one of the best gites we have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. It was fabulous to visit this wonderful property hosted, unobtrusively, by Paul and Yvonne. The gardens and pool were beautiful and the accommodation generous and cool due to the stone walls. Lots to do and see. Duras was a pretty village full of little bars and some very nice restaurants. It was close enough to pop down and get your fresh croissant for breakfast to enjoy on our secluded patio.
We loved the donkeys and the chickens which seemed part of the whole experience and charm.
We will be back, that's for sure.
By Tipper on 01-Jul-2019
Tippers 1 July, 2019
We highly recommend Les Costes for a relaxing , peaceful and yet interesting holiday. The gite is extremely well designed and equipped, the best we have stayed in.We appreciated our welcome drink and produce from the garden especially the white cherries!
Paul and Yvonne are welcoming, friendly and helpful but not intrusive,we really enjoyed their company but also felt quite private.
We had a day trip to Bordeaux by train, did local walks and markets and found good local restaurants.
Our weather in June was mixed, we were glad of the heating some evenings but on our hot sunny days enjoyed the superb pool.
. We hope to return.
Phil and Elaine
By Phil And Elaine on 13-Oct-2018
10 / 10 Phil and Elaine 13 October, 2018
We stayed at the gite for 10 days mid September and had a truely relaxing time in a beautiful part of France. I can only echo the comments below regards the gite and owners, from our arrival with a glass of wine from Paul we knew we would be in for a memorable holiday. Paul and Yvonne were the perfect hosts as they were on site for any questions you may have but were not at all intrusive. We spent a couple of enjoyable evenings with them chatting about their life in France. Their garden and the fruit trees are for the use of guests as well and we had many figs from their fig tree!
The gite is very comfortable and private and the large pool was used most days. We also made use of the bikes and BBQ provided on site as well. Lots to see and do in the area, plenty of typical French villages with places to eat. The local restaurant has great food and is good value, also the local chateau at Duras is well worth a visit as well as the markets in the surrounding area. Thanks Paul and Yvonne, we hope to return some day
Marion and John
By Marion And John on 17-Sep-2018
10 / 10 Marion & John 17 September, 2018
The Gite was extremely comfort, well equipped and had everything that we required to make a very comfortable stay. We received a lovely warm welcome from the owners who were on site. The pool is a good size, had sun loungers, trees for shade and plenty of space around the pool. The owners are on site and enhanced the stay being able to give plenty of information. Several beautiful friendly cats will befriend you. Lovely rural setting and plenty to see locally, great local restaurant, very French and fantastic value. We would certainly recommend this Gite and hope to revisit.
By Wendy Baker on 16-Sep-2018
10 / 10 Wendy Baker 16 September, 2018
From our arrival when Yvonne and Paul greeted us with a glass of wine, to a lovely evening of aperitifs with them, we were looked after by our hosts. The cottage was lovely, clean and everything was catered for. It was a lovely quiet location and not overlooked, but if you needed something Yvonne and Paul were always happy to help out. The area was lovely and there were even chickens, cats and donkeys to entertain you. There was plenty of information provided to ensure you made the most of the area. We can recommend a visit to Duras Castle and Eymet, and there is a lovely chocolate shop nearby ! A Big thanks to Yvonne and Paul for sharing their lovely cottage with us.
Alison and Stephen
By Alison And Stephen on 06-Sep-2018
10 / 10 Alison and Stephen 6 September, 2018
The cottage is a delight and has everything you could possibly need for a comfortable and relaxed holiday. The private terrace is so lovely it was hard to go out on some days
Yvonne and Paul are the perfect hosts : we were so warmly welcomed we immediately felt at home. Their advice on the area was spot on and we loved exploring the property and meeting the animals.
We swam every day in the beautifully maintained pool which sits in the gorgeous garden.
Can't wait to go back!
By Lewis Stitch on 02-Aug-2018
10 / 10 Lewis stitch 2 August, 2018
We found the gite to be everything that we expected and a great deal more. It is without doubt the best gite we have ever stayed in (our fifth gite holiday). Paul and Yvonne were the perfect hosts, friendly, welcoming and very informative; they were not at all intrusive but always available.
I would have no problem recommending it unreservedly to anyone who wanted a lovely gite experience in a rural, tranquil setting. The gite is situated within easy access to many local places of interest.
By Angela Kidd on 16-Jul-2018
10 / 10 The Kidd’s 16 July, 2018
Perfect to totally relax and unwind. Yvonne and Paul made us feel very welcome. We had unlimited use of the pool, lovely and clean and perfect in the 30 degree plus heat!...and spent hours lazing and reading in the shade of the trees next to the pool, with the 3 free range chickens and rooster (quietly) keeping us company! The garden was lovely and we were able to walk to the end of their boundary to look over the countryside (saying hello to their 2 rescue donkeys in their paddock along the way). The cottage has everything needed and was actually a lot bigger than the photos suggested - large bedroom and large bathroom all on ground level. A good size fridge freezer, washing machine, iron/ironing board and we’ll equiped kitchen meant we had everything needed. We made good use of our terrace and (gas) bbq - totally private. Location is the end of a quiet no through lane with small cluster of houses nearby. Very quiet/peaceful. We went to Duras for supermarket, which was about 5 miles away. Duras was lovely and we had a few meals there ....recommend the Terrace, high quality food, perfect to watch the sun setting behind Chateau Duras. Also went to Duras Thursday night time market where you could buy street food - recommend you go to the Chateau Duras Illumination show to end your evening - a bargain @ 3€! (take something to sit on). Our day trips included Bergerac, Bordeaux, Chateau des Milandes and Sarlat - bit of a drive but worth it, plus you see the beautiful countryside!
By Jane And David on 25-Jun-2018
Date of stay: June 2018
We stayed at Les Costes for a week in June and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped. The location is excellent for sightseeing - we enjoyed visiting many beautiful villages and markets. Most afternoons were spent lazing at the beautiful pool on the property - we had wonderful weather! Yvonne and Paul are excellent hosts and lovely people! Highly recommended!
Review by: Jane & David
By Highland Francophile on 26-Mar-2018
10 / 10 Highland Francophile 26 March, 2018
Les Costes is a cosy wee property in a quiet part of the countryside but close enough to local shops etc for the all important supplies. The property is obviously well maintained and well appointed and the service provided by the owners is second to none. Every facility is provided, all you need to bring is yourselves!!
It is an ideal base for viewing the surrounding area with large and small towns,vineyards and of course markets within easy driving distance. I would definitely recommend this property as a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Well worth the "10's" all round.
John and Jean Trewin
By John And Jean Trewin on 21-Sep-2017
John & Jean Trewin 21 September, 2017
The cottage lived up to its description, well-equipped, comfortable and clean. The living area is very attractive and a real home from home. Paul and Yvonne were very welcoming, providing us with wine, bread and cheese on arrival, and were very hospitable and helpful throughout our stay. The private garden and terrace were sheltered and peaceful. The pool is lovely though we hit a chilly period of weather so didn't take advantage of it. There are nice walks straight from the cottage and the area is full of attactive villages and places to visit. Paul and Yvonne recommended some excellent restaurants to us. It was one of the nicest gites we have hired and would certainly recommend it.
By John G on 09-Sep-2017
John G 9 September, 2017
This large one bedroom property is perfect for a holiday mixing poolside relaxation and beautiful countryside. While the owners live in the adjoining main house you never feel less than totally welcome to wander through the grounds or to lounge by the pool. It is as if you are their guests: you are encouraged to help yourself to their tomatoes, chillies or figs. Before we booked the owners were extremely helpful in answering our questions, even sending us a pictures of the panniers on the bikes they make available.
By Pam And Chris on 31-Jul-2017
Date of stay: July 2017
We stayed for 12 days and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Perfect accommodation to relax and unwind with many amenities only a short drive away.
Yvonne and Paul are wonderful hosts where nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely return.
Review by: Pam and Chris
Extremely Relaxing:The Area, the cottage and the Hosts
By Martin And Wendy on 20-Jul-2017
Extremely Relaxing; the Area, the Cottage and the Hosts
Date of stay: July 2017
We arrived late evening to be greeted by Paul and Yvonne, they made us incredibly welcome from the first moment. Showed us round and let us settle in. Over the next few days were on hand to offer advice and help in anything we needed. Les Costes was everything we wanted it to be; seclude, lovely environment.. a few lovely animal friends on site that kept us amused for hours.
A great destination, thoroughly recommended by us both.
Review by: Martin & Wendy
By Graham Simcox on 06-Oct-2016
Graham Simcox 6 October, 2016
Very spacious gite with excellent facilities. It has one large ensuite bedroom, well appointed kitchen, large lounge area with English TV system and DVDs. The patio with barbecue and drying rack is more than adequate. Access is given to the owners' large swimming pool and there are guest sun loungers both on the patio and in the pool area. It has all the comforts of home. The location is good, down a "private" lane less than a mile from a quiet road. Duras and Eymet are only a few miles away and each have well stocked mini supermarkets. Fuel is obtainable at the supermarkets. There are wineries nearby to visit. Visitors are pretty much guaranteed peace, quiet and relaxation. The English owners are charming and extremely helpful. We would recommend it to friends.
Paul and Louise
By Paul And Louise on 09-Sep-2016
10 / 10 Paul & Louise 9 September, 2016
We had a wonderful stay at Les Costes. Paul and Yvonne were amazing hosts who were not at all intrusive, but were there to help, or give advice on things to do in the area if they were needed. The cottage was clean, comfortable and had everything we required. There was a lot of information on things to do in the area. We had some lovely days out visiting local towns and markets, a chateau and a vineyard. There are also a lot of nice walking and cycle routes in the area. After a day out it was always nice to return ‘home’ and have a refreshing dip in the spotlessly clean pool before firing up the BBQ. Although situated in a very rural area, there are a number of good supermarkets and restaurants within easy driving distance and a lovely bakery which is perfect for popping out to get croissants for breakfast. An added bonus was the company of the donkeys, cats and chickens, and feeding carrots and apples to the donkeys became a regular part of our day. I would definitely recommend Les Costes for anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday in a beautiful location.
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