Le Buzard

La Prade, Tourtoirac, France

At the heart of the delightful, rural Lot-et-Garonne region of South West France, Le Buzard is framed by its pointed, tiled towers in the style of a charming small chateau. The House is elegantly furnished throughout, very comfortable and includes a massive, well-equipped Pool House which provides a wonderfully convivial setting for families and friends by day and for evening barbecues.

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Overview

Sleeps: 12

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

1 double with en suite bathroom and adjoining children’s bunk room (2 single beds)

1 double with additional single bed with ensuite bathroom

1 double with shared bathroom 

1 twin room with shared bathroom

1 twin room with ensuite bathroom

1 single room – with WC and wash basin

More information on the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Rent per week

3900 to €6,500 per week depending on the season. Saturday to Saturday.

Detailed break down of  price per week

Key features

  • Chateau style
  • 11 x 5.5 m pool
  • Fabulous pool house
  • Beautiful views
  • Nearby vineyards

Testimonials

"We had a delightful week at Le Buzard, a very welcoming, spacious, and relaxing home in a beautiful part of the country. The pool area in particular was fantastic, as was the terrace where we enjoyed many al fresco lunches and dinners, as well as sunset drinks looking over the fields. The local villages, markets and restaurants were lovely, with plenty to do and see. Would highly recommend having the fabulous Edith come and do some cooking for you. What a treat. Everything was extremely well organised for us, making sometimes stressful holiday planning easy"

Jessica Lennard, London 2022

"'We have very fond memories of our weeks stay at Le Buzard in the summer. We went there to celebrate my father's 70th birthday with seven adults and four young children. Le Buzard is a charming Chateau with a great deal of character and it had plenty of space for us all. We had a very comfortable stay, enjoying the beautiful grounds whether relaxing around the fabulous pool and pool house or playing boules in the large garden. On a couple of cloudy days we visited some amazing local markets and vineyards. We also very much enjoyed meeting the housekeeper's herd of goats down the road, while collecting some milk for our breakfast! The stay was made even more relaxing by having Edith cook for us on several evenings. We all throroughly enjoyed her food, including the children. It was a great treat. All in all, we had a wonderful holiday and would love to return, but perhaps for two weeks next time!'"

Sarah Viney, Salisbury, UK

"We really enjoyed Le Buzard, the House itself and the quiet of its surroundings. Its owner has created a very relaxing home." Nicolas Marcoux, Dublin, Republic of Ireland "We have been recommending you to a number of our friends as we were so impressed with the quality of your service, not least the clarity and honesty of your description of wonderful Le Buzard. We hope to be booking with you next year."

Mark & Catherine, Bayswater, London W2, England

"We've just returned home, having had a wonderful fortnight at "Le Buzard". The house worked perfectly, and we thought that the layout of the pool and its pool house was absolutely marvellous. It was all so attractive, with stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Martine (the caretaker and cleaner) was a gem - and so helpful. As you know, she owns a herd of alpine goats fairly near Le Buzard - the most beautiful and well-behaved I've ever known! She took the children to watch them being milked, and also brought us vast quantities of milk. So kind!"

Jane McCrum, Dulwich, London, England

"We had such a wonderful time. The house is utterly gorgeous, we became experts at petanqe (boules), and Martine and Edith looked after us brilliantly! Le Buzard is a true gem and we were utterly delighted by it in every way."

Brigitte Randolph, Hong Kong

The House and Accommodation

The Kitchen

Large farmhouse-style room with beamed ceiling, tiled floor, an exposed stone wall and breakfast table seating 8. Equipped with a gas cooker and 4 hobs, an oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, blender, toaster, electric kettle etc.

The Sitting Room

Bright and comfortable with soft sofas and armchairs, windows on 2 sides and a high beamed ceiling.

TV Room – with windows on 2 sides, a sofa and armchairs, TV, DVD player, CD/tape player/radio and  iPod dock.

Dining Room – elegant, with windows on 2 sides, a fireplace and a table seating 10

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Bedroom 1 – with a double bed and windows on 2 sides. It uses the downstairs bathroom which has a shower and a WC.

Bedroom 2

Tower bedroom, with a contemporary four poster double bed and an windows on two sides. 

Bedroom 3

Another tower bedroom, with a contemporary four poster double bed and an windows on two sides.

Bedroom 4

The large Master bedroom with an antique bed and windows on 2 sides. 

Bedroom 5

with twin beds and a window on two sides as well as a cot. 

Bedroom 6 – with twin beds and a window on one side. 

Bathrooms – Bedrooms 2 – 6 share two bathrooms. The first of which is very large, with smooth wood floor and a beamed ceiling, a deep bath, built in washbasin, bidet and WC. The second of which is a shower room with a shower and WC.

NB: all bedrooms have electric fans, hairdryers, heated towel rails, generous fitted cupboard and hanging space.

Garden and Grounds

Le Buzard is set in a large, well-tended garden with mature trees and shrubs and fabulous views over rolling fields of sunflowers and other crops.

Additional buildings, terraces and eating areas

Alongside the swimming pool, a fabulous Pool House provides a huge, well-equipped space for relaxation and recreation. It has a sitting room/dining Area – open plan, with high raftered ceilings, wicker sofas and armchairs, a dining table, a substantial fireplace and CD/tape player/radio. There is also a kitchenette, with a gas cooker, oven and two fridge freezers. A shower room with shower and WC as well as an additional seating area on a mezzanin. Stairs ascend from the other side of the main Sitting/Dining Area to a further Sitting Area overlooking the Pool with wicker sofas and chairs, and a table tennis table. Next door is a portable barbecue.
At the rear of the House and facing east, a paved terrace near the kitchen provides a perfect setting for eating outdoors, shaded by trees and with far-reaching views.

Swimming Pool

A few steps lead from the main garden, through a gate, into the paved pool area with a good range of pool furniture and an outdoors, solar-heated shower. The filtered swimming pool measures 11 x 5.5 metres, with a depth of 1 metre at one end, shelving to 2.25 metres at the other, and with a diving board. It is sheltered by low walls, fragrant lavender bushes and the Pool House itself, which also provides shade along one side. The pool can be floodlit and has an electrically operated cover which should be closed at night for safety’s sake and to retain the water temperature.

Location

Le Buzard is situated in the stunning region of South West France between the Dordogne, the Garonne and the Lot rivers, at the very heart of an unspoilt landscape of rolling fields and wooded hills. This is superb soft fruit and nut country, with plums and walnuts featuring in its many local gastronomic specialities and liqueurs.

Although not at the centre of a wine-making region, Le Buzard is surrounded by the vineyards of Bergerac, Monbazillac, Cahors, Duras and Marmande. The hills and valleys are also studded with 12th to 14th century ‘bastides’ (fortified towns and villages), medieval churches and picturesque châteaux.

Le Buzard is near the village of Ségalas and about 7 kms from Monbahus which has useful shopping facilities. The house is a similar distance from Lauzun which has a ‘traiteur’ (delicatessen/caterer) with an excellent range of cold ‘starters’ and ready-to-heat main courses. It is 14 kms south west of the small ‘bastide’ town of Castillonnès which also has a ‘traiteur’ plus a good market, whilst Villeréal (20 kms) has a ‘traiteur’ which may be prepared to deliver pre-ordered meals. The property is 30 kms north west of Villeneuve-sur-Lot and 40 kms south of Bergerac. The nearest large supermarket is at Eymet (15 kms).

How to get there

Airports

It is 40 kms south of Bergerac airport

Train

TGV stops at Agen (40 kms) and a car train service also runs from Bordeaux.

Things to see and do nearby

Local villages and towns

have excellent markets, and a different one could be visited on virtually every day for a fortnight. Details are provided in the house information folder.

Walking

From Le Buzard there are wonderful walks in all directions.

Cycle hire

Bicycles can be hired at Castillonnès to explore the local countryside.

Horse Riding

There are nearby riding stables

Water Based activities

swimming, trout fishing and sailing on several local lakes.

Chateau

25 kms to the north is the spectacular Chateau de Monbazillac, built in 1550, and which apart from its well-known eponymous wine, offers guided tours. Nearby are 2 excellent restaurants – “La Grappe d’Or” and “La Tour des Vents”.

Restaurants

There are a number of other good restaurants in the area in various price ranges. Specially recommended are “Chez Alain” in Issigeac, “Auberge Lou Calel” in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, “Le Moulin de Malfourat” in Monbazillac, and “Le Villa Laetitia” in the historic old town of Bergerac. Details are in the information folder.

Go cart

There is a Go-Cart circuit near Bergerac airport.

Tennis courts

There are tennis courts at Lauzun (7 kms), as well as at Castillonnès (14 kms). Arrangements to play on these courts can be made through the Syndicat d’Initiative’s offices in either Lauzun or Castillonnès. Telephone numbers are in the information folder.

Golf

There are several 9 and 18-hole golf courses in the vicinity, including one near Cancon (Golf de Castelnaud) and another near Tombeboeuf (both 20 minutes), as well as courses near Agen, Marmande and Casteljaloux, plus a challenging 18-hole course near Villeneuve-sur-Lot. In addition, there’s an 18-hole course at Château des Vigiers (12 kms north east of Duras), together with its 4-star hotel, restaurants, swimming pool, tennis courts and lake fishing.

Canoeing

There is excellent canoeing for all ages on the Dordogne river between Cénac and Limeuil. There are several stages, each taking a few hours, and the canoe-hire company (there is one, for instance, at Siorac-en-Périgord) will pick you up at the end of your chosen stage/s and return you to your car.

Garden center

There is an excellent garden center just outside Marmande.

Additional Information

Arrival welcome and departure: Le Buzard’s caretaker, Martine d’Halluin, lives within 300 metres of the House, and can be relied upon to give whatever assistance or advice is required (although her English is not very good!). She will meet tenants on arrival at the House and lock up at the end of their stay.

Wifi and Broadband: There is Broadband/WiFi internet access.

Housebook: There is a housebook kept at the property gives further information as appropriate on all aspects relating to the property and surrounding areas.

Additional entertainment: The House has a reasonable selection of board games.

Services included: The cleaning lady (who is likely to be Martine or one of her daughters) will work at Le Buzard for two hours per day on two days per week, all of which are included in the rent.

Optional / additional services available: Any agreed additional hours of work by Martine or her daughters should be paid direct by tenants to the cleaner/s at €14 per hour. If required, and given sufficient notice, a cook can probably be found for one or more dinners and/or lunches. His/her wage would be the tenants’ responsibility and could be established prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
In addition, there are ‘traiteurs’ (delicatessens/caterers) in Lauzun, Castillonnès and Villeréal. All will prepare dishes to order (ready-to-heat or to be eaten cold) and some may also deliver to Le Buzard.

Utilities: There is a washing machine.

Air conditioning and heating: There is a fan in each Bedroom.

Children: There is one baby’s cot and two high chairs, one with its own tray and one without.

Car Parking: There is plenty of parking outside the front of the house.

Rents
2024
Period Weekly rate
June & September €3,900
July & August €5,850
Terms and Conditions

The Booking Process – A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.

Security Deposit – A Booking and Security Deposit of £600 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) the cost of 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. It will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy. 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 housekeeper will also check and advise of any damage/loss.

Minimum stay: Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.

Arrival Time & Departure times: Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 4pm on the commencement day. They will be welcomed on arrival, given a tour of the property and shown how everything works. Tenants should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure.

Number of People: Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 12 people (including children adn babies) staying in the property at any one time.

Security: The owners’ insurance policy requires that all doors are locked, and that all windows and shutters are closed when tenants are away from the property.

Energy costs are included: The energy costs are included in the rental price.

Heating costs are included: The heating costs are included in the rental price. 

Linen and towels: Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided and will be changed on a weekly basis.

Pets:

Smoking allowed: No smoking allowed inside the property. Caution should be taken when smoking outside during the summer months as the risk of fire can be extremely high.

Internet access: yes, included in the rental price. 

Optional / additional services available: any additional services, if available, (eg extra cleaning or cooking) will be agreed in advance at a pre-agreed rate per hour. These costs will be the sole responsibility of the tenant. 

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