We moved from Southampton to our beautiful farmhouse here in the Lot-et-Garonne permanently in April 2013, and what an amazing time we have had.
This former farmhouse hadn’t been lived in for many years and thus required a lot of work and updating and has been a complete labour of love. We have enjoyed every moment here and have no regrets with our change of lifestyle.
Our house boasts extraordinarily stunning panoramic views and has an aura of peace and tranquillity, whilst not far away there is so much to do and see. We have the best of both worlds.
We are situated on the borders of the Lot et Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde departments all of which offer an abundance of things to do and boast the beautiful and lively Bastide towns in the area.
There is the opportunity to meander down the river by canoe in Allemans du Dropt or on the River Dordogne a little further away. Colourful and vibrant markets in the local towns are on most days of the week and in July and August night food markets, where you can sit and dine al fresco are a fun and sociable experience.
If you are wine lovers there are numerous chateaux spread across the area and many vineyards to visit. What could be more perfect?.
“We were looking forward to our holiday at Grand Pailley Bas and after a couple of days of travel, fell in love with the place as soon as we drove up the road. Fen and Ian were waiting to greet us and proved to be wonderful hosts. Most of the time you didn’t know they were there, unless it was to clean the pool or check that we were OK, or to offer suggestions of where to go.
The house was perfect for the six of us, Mum and Dad, two boys (3 and 5) and Nan and Grandad. Nice big bedrooms with French doors opening onto the decking which surrounds the front and side of the house. A big well equipped kitchen, complimented by an equally big BBQ outside. There is a lounge, but the weather was so nice we spent most of the time outside. And then there is the pool. We really could have done with another two weeks, by which time both of the boys would have been swimming without their armbands.
Around the property there were fields of sunflowers, corn and plums. The views were superb, Marian and Joanne saw a wild boar crossing the cornfield one morning, we saw deer in the distance a few times and for a few days we watch the farmer harvesting his plums. In the first week the moon was quite bright in the early night, but by week 2 it didn’t rise until after midnight, which meant I spend several evenings looking at the stars. With very little light in the area there were a lot of stars.”
“As a family of 5, covering 3 generations, the superbly appointed accommodation was everything we hoped for and more.
With 3 spacious double / twin rooms on the ground floor with french windows opening onto a glorious rural outlook., there was no arguing over bedrooms! Two of the rooms shared a nearby large bathroom with over bath shower. Whilst the third enjoyed acces to an en-suite shower room.
The kitchen was large and equipped with all you would need for holiday catering and the lounge / dining room was comfortable with UK satellite TV allowing us to watch the Olympics.
Outside the covered seating area offers a choice of two dining tables, allowing best use in all weather conditions, while a third table is located in the large and securely fenced flat garden, ideal for young children.
The pool is over looked from the veranda but securely fenced and lit after dark, allowing the children to be safely supervised at all times. Access to the chest deep pool is via a short ladder and Fen and Ian equip guests with poolside loungers, sun parasol and inflatables for the pool.
Grand Pailley Bas is an isolated, rural property with good access to nearby towns and supermarkets (15min drive away). As keen cyclists, we enjoyed access to well surfaced, quiet French roads and a variety of way marked routes which helped to make the most of rides with and without the children.
“A wonderful home with a great warm welcome from the hosts Fen and Ian. The house is cool even in very hot weather and well decorated. The beds were huge and very comfortable. There is UK Freesat and a DVD player. There are plenty of books, games and DVDS, plus internet access to keep in touch. The kitchen is equipped with everything you might need (from cold boxes, cool blocks, dishwasher tablets for the week to coffee pods for the Senseo coffee machine and all possible needed kitchen utensils). We appreciated the welcome pack including bread, butter, local jam, milk, 3 bottles of wine (red, white and sparkling!) and 2 boxes of biscuits! The owners are incredibly helpful!
The pool was cleaned daily. The view from the pool is a breath taking panorama of sunflowers and prune trees. We had the pleasure of watching the nesting swallows until the fledglings made their final flight from under the canopy.
We loved the region and probably only scratched the surface of things to do, mainly because we lazily spent a lot of time barbequing and sitting by the pool. However, there are plenty of vineyards for tasting, try canoeing along the Dordogne (best way to view the medieval fortified castles clinging to the banks). Definitely, spare an evening or two for the food night markets for relaxed outside dining and music. Our favourite was the Friday evening marked in Issigeac set in a medieval village square surrounded by narrow alleys formed by 14th and 15th century stone and wooden framed houses.
We would highly recommend Grand Pailley Bas. Thanks to Fen and Ian for a lovely, lazy relaxing holiday..”
"This gite has fabulous views from the terrace and pool, and is the ideal base to explore this beautiful part of France. Our stay was made all the better by the friendliness of our gracious hosts, Fenn and Ian, who enhanced our stay. We have been to many gites, and this one is hard to beat."
“Just back from 2 weeks at this awesome gite! It had everything we needed for our stay. As a family with 2 teenage boys the pool and large garden were great for keeping them occupied!
The view from the veranda is just perfection. This is a fantastic base for touring the Dordogne area of France.
Fen and Ian were so welcoming, warm and friendly!
We've already booked to go back in 2017!”