Le Vignoble is set amidst an acre of mature gardens and grounds. The magnificent tall trees at the entrance to the property were recently home to a family of seven owls! Sheltered by the trees, the front garden overlooks the gravel driveway and two stone barns - you'll find that the gravel drive is great for a game of petanque!
At the front of the house, there are two terraced areas for alfresco dining. A third dining terrace is directly accessible from the kitchen and has views of the large rear garden bordered by vines. Next to the front terrace, you will see an original stone trough planted with flowers and an ancient well (fitted with a safety grate), which are lovely reminders of the farm’s rural history.
The private heated swimming pool (12m x 5m) in the grounds is a delight - especially for those who prefer not to swim in cold water! It uses a salt-water system and has a pool fence which conforms to the new French safety regulations. The House Manager maintains the pool regularly but will not disturb you - he can access the pump room without entering the house. We use salt rather than chlorine in the pool for several reasons. The salt is much kinder on your eyes when you are swimming - and less like a visit to a chemical factory! The water doesn’t smell of chlorine and, therefore, neither do you. In fact, you’ll find the whole experience is just like having a dip in the sea, but nice and warm!
Surrounding the pool is a terrace equipped with a table, four chairs, a parasol and nine sunloungers. Take a dip in the warm water or just relax and admire the views of the vines which stretch from the poolside all the way to the horizon.
Adjacent to Le Vignoble is a farm which produces grapes and plums. The grapes are grown for the Côtes de Duras Appellation, which produces excellent white wines and fresh reds (which are just as delicious when chilled). The vines back immediately onto the back garden and stretch away as far as the eye can see. The vines are also a haven for all kinds of wildlife - deer can often be spotted amongst them, with buzzard and kites hovering and circling above. Swallows swoop for water from the pool - and a young hare was once caught looking inquisitively through the French doors into the sitting room!
The farm’s plums are dried to make prunes, which are an important ingredient in the gastronomic delights of this region. Although the English tend to think of the prune as something to be endured, the French adore their "pruneaux", so why not sample them and taste the difference!