La Levaille

Dordogne & Gironde

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Sitting room (satellite TV, DVD) with French doors to garden. Kitchen/dining room (range oven, dishwasher, microwave) with French doors to side terrace. Double bedroom with French doors to garden. Cloakroom (WC). Shower room (no WC) leading through to utility room (washing machine). Central heating (payable locally). WiFi.  
  • First floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom.   
  • Outside: Enclosed mature grounds of garden, variety of trees, covered and open terraces. Barbecue. Table tennis. Private parking.  
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m)

Orderly rows of vines cover the gentle undulating landscape on the approach to La Levaille, a beautiful stone farmhouse nestled amongst the vineyards between Duras and Ste Foy-la-Grande, an area justifiably renowned for its wines. This lovely backdrop is only enhanced by La Levaille’s established mature garden, filled with a magnificent array of trees and plants, creating a quintessential French retreat which will appeal to all, oenophile or not!

Relaxed, elegant living is the hallmark of French country style and can be found in abundance at La Levaille, imbued with a shot of glamour.  High ceilings and dark wood floors are a classic backdrop to the ornate, baroque style bed furniture in the roomy bedrooms.  The generous living room is furnished with elegant sofas and contemporary lighting, with exposed stone walls adding character.  And finally, the kitchen/dining room has beautiful wood cabinets, an impressive range oven and French doors that lead out to the dining terrace.  

Another terrace, which runs along one side of the house, is framed with a wonderful mix of plants and partially covered for respite from the summer sun.   From here, the pool can be glimpsed set in its elevated position in the garden whilst close by one of the stone barns in the garden provides a shady spot for table tennis.    

Naturally the nearest wine domaine is only a short drive away in Landerrouat (2km) where you can taste the local wines including Côte de Duras.  Duras itself is 11km and has an impressive Château worth exploring, as well as a ‘Maison des Vins’. For amenities, head to Ste-Foy-la-Grande (12km), a medieval bastide town with half-timbered buildings, on the banks of the Dordogne.  Canoeing on the river is also possible nearby.  Golfers will enjoy a game at the Chateau des Vigiers (27 hole golf course, 19km) whilst those seeking some city life, Bordeaux is within easy reach for a day out.

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Great Things to Do Near La Levaille

Golf and spa

The famous golf course of Château des Vigiers is about 20km away, now with 27 holes, offering three different configurations of 18-holes, each with different challenges and gradients. There are also spa facilities on site for those who prefer some pampering!

Cruise on the Dordogne

Take a cruise along the Dordogne on a ‘gabarre’, a traditional flat-bottomed boat, to see Bergerac from a different perspective.

Canoeing and kayaking

This can be done nearby at Ste Foy la Grande, or further east around the very well-known and incredibly scenic section of the Dordogne around La Roque Gageac, Beynac and Domne. Paddle downstream and get brought back to your starting point by minibus.

Wine tasting

There is a multitude of wine ‘domaines’ to visit in this region, close by in Margueron and Duras, all around Bergerac to the east and of course in Saint-Emilion and the Bordeaux vineyards to the west.

Make a splash!

Take the children to the water park on the edge of Bergerac to cool off and work off some energy.

Activities for teens

Bergerac can offer go-karting, ten-pin bowling and mini-golf to keep older children and young adults entertained.

Summer lake swimming

The Lac de la Cadie (22km) near Castillon-la-Bataille is a 40 hectare lake, which is open for swimming in July and August. You can walk all the way around the lake, along the 3km path, and there is a snack bar or you can take a picnic to enjoy. There is carp in the lake, and fishing is permitted year round as long as you have a valid permit – ask at the tourist office how to obtain one.

Medieval bastide towns

Nearby Pellegrue is a bastide, and others in striking distance of the property and well worth a visit are Monségur, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, Blasimon, Sauveterre-de-Guyenne and Libourne. Typical features are a grid pattern of streets circling a central square, arched arcades and a covered marketplace, and encircling walls with gateways.

Château de Montaigne

This château-mansion, in the small village of Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne in the Dordogne département, was the home of the famous Renaissance philosopher and thinker Michel de Montaigne.

Duras

This small town has interesting little streets, good shops and sunny café terraces plus an impressive château. Built in the 14th century as a fortress originally, it was later transformed into a stately home at the end of the 16th century. The view from the tower over the Dropt valley is splendid and they have special evening events in high summer with music, food and night walks.

The coast

It is about a two hour drive to the 19th century seaside resorts of Arcachon or Lacanau, where you will have the choice of the ocean beaches, where the Atlantic rollers are great for surf sports, or the more sheltered beaches of the lakes and lagoons set just inland, or thirdly the tidal beaches of the Bay of Arcachon.

Activities in the Arcachon Bay

The Arcachon Bay is a superb place for enjoying the great outdoors with 220km of cycle paths to follow, trips out into the bay on traditional boats, and various sports on offer such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle. The Le Teich bird sanctuary is a bird watchers’ paradise.

Bordeaux

This bustling metropolitan city has plenty to see and do, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site with some wonderful architecture and impressive squares, several excellent museums, great shopping and gastronomy - and wine of course! Visit ‘La Cité du Vin’ for detailed information about wine routes in the area and to book tastings.

Battle re-enactment at Castillon-la-Bataille

Every evening for about two weeks from late July to early August, the town of Castillon-la-Bataille hosts a historical re-enactment of the Battle of Castillon, which took place on 17th July 1453 and ended the Hundred Years War. Hundreds of volunteers in costume present a comprehensive retelling of the dramatic battle, and there is a medieval village with demonstrations, games for children, crafts, and food and local wines.

A trip to Bergerac is a must

the old centre is a beautiful jumble of cobbled streets, timbered houses, little shops and cafes overlooking the squares. Sit on the riverbank and watch the boats go by.

Do not miss the famous wine town of Saint-Emilion

It is the first wine growing area listed by UNESCO so it is definitely worth a visit. There is also a huge monolithic church carved out of limestone rock, as well as miles of underground tunnels and caves.

Nearby

Towns

Pellegrue 10 mins
Duras 12 mins
Ste Foy-la-Grande 16 mins
Eymet 30 mins
Bergerac 40 mins
St Émilion 45 mins
Bordeaux 85 mins

Beaches

Arcachon (Dune du Pilat) 110 mins
Lacanau-Plage 120 mins

Airports

Bergerac 40 mins
Bordeaux 80 mins
Toulouse 130 mins
Times are approximate

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