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- Traditional French pigeonnier
- Cosy and romantic
- Extensive grounds and views
- Countryside location
Pigeonniers (‘dovecotes’ in English) are a distinctive feature of rural architecture throughout the Aquitaine region, and while most have fallen into disrepair, a few have found new life as holiday homes like this one in the quiet countryside of the Lot valley.
The Pigeonnier de Tivoli dates back to the 19th-century, modernised some years ago by its English owner to provide a snug retreat for a couple, complete with its own swimming pool and extensive private grounds. It’s hard to imagine from the outside, but the refurbishment has managed to accommodate a double bedroom, a shower room, a balcony and a spiral staircase within the solid stone walls, and there’s a simple kitchen for brewing your morning café or pulling together a feast of local market goodies. The interiors are quirky and a little creaky, as befits a hundred-and-something-year-old building, but if you’re looking for privacy, pretty views and genuine character you’ll be very happy here.
Of course, most of us like to spend more time outside than in on holiday, so there are loungers by the swimming pool and a dining terrace built beneath a couple of grand old trees, whose stature suggests they are almost as old as the house. The surrounding countryside is rural France at its most magical, an almost-forgotten world of medieval towns, imposing chateaux and deep gorges cut by the languorous river Lot.
The local area
The nearest town is riverside Castelmoron sur Lot, (4km), which has shops, several restaurants and a small port area from where you can take a leisurely cruise along the Lot. For an active break (or to work off the excesses of the rich dishes that characterize the cooking of the south west) you’ll find walking paths, cycle routes, horse riding, canoeing and fishing. Highlights include bustling Villeneuve sur Lot (27km), and Pujols (25km), a charming fortified town classified as one of France’s “most beautiful villages”. For a longer day out, Bergerac and Bordeaux are 60 and 90 minutes away by car respectively, and for top quality wine tastings, the celebrated Bordeaux, Duras and Cahors regions are all within easy reach.
- 1 bedroom pigeonnier (sleeps 2)
- Spiral staircase accesses all floors which is unsuitable for people with mobility issues and also unsafe for infants
- Changeover day – Sunday
- Small living/dining/kitchen area with TV
- Fully equipped kitchen includes gas hob, oven, microwave, table-top fridge, dishwasher
Lower ground floor
- Direct access to garden and pool area
- Laundry area with washing machine
- Double bedroom with balcony
- Shower room with WC
- No WiFi
- Iron, ironing board and hairdryer provided
- Heated swimming pool 12m x 6m (depth 1m – 1.8m), electric cover
- Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
- Weekly linen change and clean for stays of two weeks or more
Villa access times
- Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm (arrival 7.00pm-9.00pm at a supplement)
- Check-out time – 10.00am
- Shops/restaurants (Castelmoron sur lot) 10min drive
- Villeneuve sur Lot 25min drive
- Monflanquin 40min drive
- Agen 40min drive
- Bergerac airport 1hr 10min drive
- Bordeaux airport 1hr 30min drive
Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.
Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.
Bergerac 60km/1hr 10min drive
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London City||British Airways||Sunday||All season|
|London Stansted||Ryanair||Sat/Sun||All season|
|East Midlands||Ryanair||Sunday||25 Mar – 21 Oct|
|Liverpool||Ryanair||Saturday||31 Mar – 27 Oct|
|Leeds Bradford||Jet2||Saturday||26 May – 29 Sep|
|Southampton||Flybe||Sunday||1 Apr – 9 Sep|
|Birmingham||Flybe||Sat/Sun||1 Apr – 9 Sep|
Bordeaux 130km/1hr 30min drive
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London Gatwick||British Airways||Sat/Sun||All season|
|London Gatwick||easyJet||Sat/Sun||All season|
|London Luton||easyJet||Sat/Sun||All season|
|Liverpool||easyJet||Sat/Sun||12 May – 1 Sep (Sat)
1 Jul – 2 Sep (Sun)
|Belfast||easyJet||Saturday||12 May – 1 Sep|
|Edinburgh||Ryanair||Saturday||31 Mar – 27 Oct|
|Southampton||Flybe||Saturday||26 May – 25 Aug|
|Birmingham||Flybe||Sat/Sun||31 Mar – 2 Sep|
Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.
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From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.
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