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Property Name

Las Cabanes Holiday Home, Le Temple-sur-Lot, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, South West France (click here for map)

Holiday Home Accommodation Summary (FR301)

Relax and play in this 3 -7 bedroomed rustic barn conversion with private pool in rural south west france.
This sunny Barn is a little piece of rural heaven in a fabulous setting with views over rolling hills, vineyards and woodland, offering the perfect retreat from busy lives. Peace, tranquillity space and views combine with all mod cons and extensive baby and child friendly facilities to make this a special place for everyone to unwind from the moment they arrive. A pre arrival grocery and baby items shopping service means everything can be ordered in advance so that relaxation really can begin the moment the car pulls up on the drive.
Once settled into the comfortable spacious renovated barn, the only dilemma is what to do next: Whether to chill by the pool with a glass of wine watching the little ones play in the warm shallows or wander the grounds to discover the outdoor play area with swings, slide, ride ons, tepee and play house, the animals to feed or the games equipment and bicycles, there is plenty on site inside and out to entertain all ages for at least two weeks!
And once the sun goes down, there are long balmy candle lit evenings, barbeques and local food and wine to be enjoyed, whilst the children are safely tucked up in bed. Sheer bliss!
The range of facilities and equipment provided is impressive even if this were a cluster of properties with shared resources but here at sunny barn they are exclusively for you!
Julie and Steve, the on-site English speaking owners offer a warm welcome and help and advice when you need it, but otherwise are discreet and largely invisible. They are on hand to offer tips and advice on local places to eat, drink, horse ride, kayak, or anything in between to make the most of precious holiday time. 
"It's like an unspoilt Tuscany or Provence, and I'd better shut up now or I'll be responsible for spoiling it." Sam Taylor. The Observer.

Lot Valley Holiday Home Accommodation Overview:

This spacious barn conversion in the lot-et-garonne region is situated on a 3 acre former farm set 50 metres from a quiet no through road country lane with virtually no traffic. A 10 minute cycle ride finds the pretty village of Le Temple-sur-Lot with restaurant, boulangerie, grocery shop, organic supermarket and access to the River Lot for paddling, picnics or pedalos .
There are 6 bedrooms to choose from in the barn so families can pick the number of bedrooms and layout  that suits them, whether doubles, singles, bunk bedded rooms or cots are preferred, beds are made for you prior to arrival.  If extra accommodation is needed, perhaps for grandparents or a couple there is an adjacent cosy studio cottage for 2 offering extra privacy. This is never rented out separately so families always have the place exclusively to themselves.
The accommodation is adjacent to the pool terrace with access to the large private alarmed solar heated pool, sun terrace and children's play area. There is plenty of outdoor space including a play lawn for ball games, sunny and shaded seating areas and mature grounds to explore or build dens in. And all of this is for your exclusive use. Behind the owners accommodation there is a chicken coop and animal petting area where guests are welcome to come and feed the chickens or collect their eggs.
The property is entered via a vine covered terrace into the rustic country kitchen with exposed beams and terracotta floors and plenty of storage space for essential supplies. The Kitchen is well equipped with stainless steel 5 ring gas cooking range, dish washer, washing machine, large fridge freezer, microwave, nespresso machine, cook books and dining table and chairs.
There's a large comfortable lounge and entertainment area to the first floor with leather sofa seating TV, DVD, Freeview, IPod dock and a range of books, games and toys for all ages as well as additional dining facilities and full size pool table.
The property has been tastefully restored and comfortably furnished to retain all its rustic charm with exposed beams, terracotta or wooden floors and exposed stonework.
All bedrooms are situated on the ground floor with either direct access through French doors to terraces or pretty views or both. 3 large double bedrooms have king size beds and room for cots or fold out beds. 1 bedroom has twin single beds, which can be made into a large kingsize if required. 1 single bedroom and 1 bunk bedded room. 2 bathrooms and 2 shower rooms complete the ensemble.
The separate cute cottage has its own large kitchen and lounge area, shower room and double bed. It has a private terrace and garden and its own 200 year old cedar tree which is home to red squirrels, and woodpeckers.
Outside, there are terraces to three sides of the property, with areas of sun and shade, plus dining furniture, large gas and traditional charcoal barbecues (bottled gas supplied), refrigerator for chilled drinks and outdoor food preparation and a secure under 5's play area on one of the terraces.
Children of all ages are well catered for here with secure under fives' indoor and outdoor play areas, swings, slide, tepee and den, playhouse, table tennis, bicycles, football and basketball nets, ball games, toys, books and games as well as U rated DVD's, Ipod dock, friendly on site animals, pool table, table football, paddling pool and of course the large heated swimming pool and inflatable toys. There is also plenty of space for ball games, letting off steam, building dens, exploring and being free or relaxing quietly under a shady tree with a good book. A haven for wildlife, families can reconnect with nature here from deer to nightingales, newts to hoopoes. With so much to do 2 weeks really isn't long enough!

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Holiday Reviews from the Owners’ site

On waking on the first morning to the sound of a nightingale singing I knew we would like this place and was not disappointed.The house and our pied a terre ware well equipped for our three generations .Our hosts were invisible except on the rare occasion we wanted their recommendations as to where to visit /eat out. The whole region was wonderful despite having been to France maybe for a dozen holidays this was our first to the Lot and Garonne and will return.
This excellent roomy and spacious accommodation was well sheltered and was the home of 3 generations for 2 weeks in a hot August. The buildings are well shaded, and the patios and dining areas, of which there are 3, are well protected from direct sunlight. Everything is provided on the domestic front. There are plenty of extras provided to keep the children happy. The property is about 2 miles from the nearest small town, easily bikeable with the bikes provided, so it is peaceful yet close to normal facilities. The on site swimming pool was well used as was the english TV (it was Olympic time). Normal facilities, such as supermarkets, shops, and activities for children are within easy reach.
We stayed in July 2012 in the typical french farmhouse with all the luxery, sport equipment, toys for the children inclusive the football table and snooker table. Very nice swimmingpool with full day sunshine. Ideal location for exploring the region with very nice nightmarkets were you can enjoy the local food. Nearby big supermarket. The house was very clean and the area around the house was also very well kepped. We missed nothing in the place, we were more surprised about everything there was. The house is located at the end of a dead ending small way, so quit and with an astonishing view. We would like to thank the owners for their hospitality.

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