A magical family holiday home

House - Entire home/apt · Clairac, Aquitaine, France
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LA BIQUE
Set amongst fruit orchards and sunflowers on the gentle slopes of the Lot Valley in Lot-et-Garonne, Southwest France, this charming, self catering holiday home is close to the historic village of Clairac, with its restaurants, shops and market and within a short drive of some of Lot-et-Garonne's most picturesque bastides.

A farmhouse since records began, La Bique has been carefully renovated and now combines modern comforts with many of the original features. The spacious and tastefully furnished interior easily accommodates up to 14 guests in 7 bedrooms, whilst the beautiful terraces, gardens and pool complete the idyllic French summer experience.

LIVING ROOM
The living room is cool, airy and light. Oak beams prevail throughout, with a degree of exposed stonework and a terracotta tiled floor. Windows and doors are large to allow cooling summer breezes to waft through the house.

DINING ROOM
The large refectory table comfortably seats fourteen for dinner. A separate children's dining table beneath the mezzanine will seat six. The two can be combined to accommodate up to 20.
La Bique is first and foremost our second home so the kitchen is equipped for even the most demanding of cooks. With easy access to both indoor and outdoor dining tables, you'll find everything you need to prepare fantastic dinners, lunches and bbqs.

BEDROOMS
All bedrooms are simply decorated with soft lighting, comfortable beds, crisp white linen and ample storage. There are four double bedrooms, two with a pair of single beds each and the TV room with a double sofa bed. We provide bed linen and bath, hand and pool towels for every guest free of charge.

BATHROOMS
La Bique has one bathroom complete with bath, shower and w.c. and two shower rooms, one on the ground floor and one on the mezzanine floor. There are three toilets in total.

TV ROOM
The TV room is the perfect place for the kids to hang out and watch a movie without disturbing the rest of the house. Alternatively if you need a seventh bedroom, the TV can be moved into the main living room.

POOL
The pool sits in its own large terrace and during long summer days is the perfect place for everyone to hang out, reclining on loungers or splashing about in the cool water.

TERRACES
The house is surrounded by paved terraces and we have plenty of small tables and chairs for relaxed dining, lazy afternoons with a good book, or taking in the setting sun over a cold bottle of rose.

GARDEN
Surrounding the house is a subtly landscaped acre of lawns, cypress, olive, lavender, rosemary, vines, wild flowers and woodland, which from Spring to Autumn is awash with colour and scent.

GAMES ROOM
The games room in the barn is home to table tennis, darts and table football. You'll find plenty of new bats, balls and darts for your use, as we replace them every spring.

PETANQUE
Under the shade of a large willow tree we have the petanque court. The scene of many a long afternoon of intense competition, supping cold drinks and nibbling on Jean Claude's tarte d'oignon. You'll find numerous sets of boule in the barn.

BICYCLES
We have five bicycles for guest use at La Bique. Head down to the river and follow the riverbank all the way into the village for the morning bread run, or be a little more adventurous and take a picnic on a day's exploration of the surrounding countryside.

CATERING
Monique and Jean Claude, our neighbours who farm the land around La Bique, are both fabulous cooks and will be delighted to cater for lunch or dinner, indoors or out; a truly massive benefit when you are a large group on a self-catering holiday. Be sure to ask Jean Claude for some of his fruit preserved in Pruneaux. It makes a superb dessert and digestif rolled into one.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 14
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
  • Staying here was lovely. We were in Whistler for a week long wedding event and had many items to manage. Andrew was easy to communicate with and answered my questions promptly. Was a lovely little townhouse style condo to stay in on our vacation

    July 2014
  • The apartment is clean and well appointed. Beds are comfy and our dog loved it. A quick stroll to the market and the bus makes it ideal. Thank you Andrew.

    March 2014
  • Great choice of accommodation.

    Location
    Close enough to town to walk if you wanted. During Ski time you are a short stroll away from free bus that takes you right to lifts. 5min to Marketplace.

    Facilities
    Awesome house. All needed facilities. Spa has no real view, but honestly isn't needed, and isn't packed all the time, which is nice after a day out. Very clean, and comfortable.

    Chris

    January 2014
  • Great place good location minor ...had a minor plumbing problem which was fixed promptly with minimum of fuss -would recommend.
    thanks Andrew

    January 2014
  • Andrews Accommodation at Symphony apartments was wonderful,
    exactly as described and an amazing location! With a 3 minute walk into the main village. We are sad to be leaving Symphony apartments. The apartment is packed full with everything you need, and has a very homely feel to it.
    Thanks so much for being a great host! and so great with your communication

    November 2013
  • Great place! Quiet, clean, and lovely. We had a fantastic stay. Andrew's instructions were thorough and very helpful.

    September 2013
  • A great location to explore Whistler. Spacious apartment exactly as pictured. Comfortable and quiet and nicely furnished. Check in and check out very easy. The car stayed in the secure parking below for the duration. An easy walk to the beautiful Lost Lake. Would come back again!

    September 2013
  • Andrew is very nice to deal with and we really enjoyed staying at his place. The apartment is very well and comfortably furnished, clean, and very well located (market square/supermarket across the street, few minutes walking to the lift etc.). Definitely recommended, we'll be back.

    July 2013
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I live in Shek O, Hong Kong, with my wife, two sons and four dogs where we sail, windsurf, surf, hike, cycle and generally have a lot of fun. My wife and I fell in love with Sri Lanka many years ago for it's people, climate, colour, vibrancy and charm, and with some friends bought land in a fishing community called Thalaramba in the early 2000's. We finally got around to building Talaramba Reef late in 2011. La Bique is close to where my parents and sister's family live in Bordeaux, and we use it for big family get togethers. And in 1998 Oonagh and I did a ski season in Whistler and were so bowled over by the place that we bought an apartment there. We have been back twice a year ever since, and our sons have grown up skiing there. We rent all three places out when we are not there, and hope that our guests find them as homely and welcoming as we do. Judging by the comments we have received so far, we seem to be doing a good job.
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