Sip your first coffee of the day while pottering around the beautiful courtyard garden and let the early morning scent of dew on roses and lavender envelop you.
Cycle, jog or drive to the village store in nearby Saint-Sernin De Duras for some fresh baguettes, delivered most days. Or head out early to one of the many local markets and return with a basket brimming with fresh local produce for lunch or dinner.
Uncork a chilled bottle of the delicious local rose and enjoy an al fresco lunch under the huge covered terrace which offers welcome shade from the midday sun.
Sit and read a book under the two beautiful Indian bean trees that form the centrepiece of the garden.
Spend afternoons at the pool for splashy fun and games with the kids, swimming some lengths or just lazily relaxing on a comfy floating lounger - at 12 metres by 6 metres the pool is big enough for all those things at once, with high quality sun loungers at the pool's edge.
For dinner, fire up the chimney style charcoal barbecue, pile the two huge outdoor dining tables high with bowls of salad, pasta, bread and uncork another bottle. Or wander down to nearby Saint Sernin to eat at the hugely popular outdoor restaurant and pizzeria. Or go slightly further afield to the small but thriving town of Duras where there are a handful of excellent restaurants and bars, always buzzing in the summer months, especially at the weekly night markets where everyone congregates to shop, eat, socialise, and dance to a live band - locals and tourists alike.
Or perhaps you'd prefer to just stay home and relax under that terrace again (it's tough to leave it - you will understand when you get here) and take advantage of one of several local catering services where they bring dinner to you and do the washing up, for a very reasonable cost per head.
Then it's just a choice between a game of darts, pool or table tennis in the games room, a kick about with the kids on the lawn at the side of the house, or a game of cards or scrabble around the table, or an evening stroll to see the sun go down.
The quiet location surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards ensures peaceful times by the pool. Try a nighttime swim (the pool is lit) and gaze up at the amazing star lit sky!
Petit Pourquet is peacefully situated in the gently rolling vine covered countryside of the Cotes de Duras, in the department of the Lot et Garonne, South West France.
Close to the hilltop town of Duras is St. Sernin and the farmstead of Petit Pouquet, an ancient group of farm buildings in a most wonderful setting, with splendid views across meadows and woods to the distant hills beyond.
Although Petit Pourquet is in quiet countryside amongst fields of bright yellow sunflowers, it is ideally situated for a variety of holiday activities and there are lots of things to see and do.
very large above ground poolThe nearby town of Duras, typically French and unspoilt, has a weekly street market with stalls selling colourful local produce. There are shops for everything, with pavement bars in the square and an ancient chateau with a fascinating museum of French life in the past.Throughout the summer season there are many events that take place such as the Duras Wine Festival, an antiques fair and a spectacular firework extravaganza set to music with the chateau as its backdrop.
All around are family run vineyards, where you can visit to taste and buy their wines, also a number of local restaurants very reasonably priced. There are many interesting historic towns and villages, all within about half an hours drive. Further afield, you can visit the medieval town of St. Emilion, famous for its wines. While at Bergerac you can take a boat trip along the River Dordogne in a traditional "Gabarre", once used for transporting barrels of wine and visit the old town, to find the statue of Cyrano de Bergerac.
At Petit Pourquet you can relax in peace and tranquility, with complete freedom to walk and explore its interesting old buildings, meadows and woods. For those who like fishing there is a large pond at the bottom of the drive. On the farm there are sheep, geese, ducks, chickens and a sheepdog called 'Lulu' - she`ll be happy to take you to see the sheep in the field next to your farmhouse. Both the farmhouse and cottage have been carefully and sympathetically renovated into holiday accommodation. Set apart from the other stone buildings and each with complete privacy, both have been brought up to date with modern equipment and fittings, whilst still retaining their original character, allowing visitors to conjure up pictures of bygone days.
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