Three beautiful cottages, lovingly restored, in the heart of rural South West France
Sunsets, the night sky, Bastide towns, Local Villages. A small selection of some of our favourite pics from the gardens and our local area.
Six acres of gardens and woodland in the heart of rural France. A stunning 12m x 6m swimming pool, immersed in nature with peace and tranquillity in your home from home.
Why do so many people return?
Labarde has been a Labour of love since arriving in 2005. Never ones to turn down a challenge we left our jobs in Manchester and set about renovating the main dairy barn at Labarde into three holiday cottages. After a little bit of work the ruin that was once where the calves were nursed became our permanent home.
Since then we have spent our time building a Lego empire, eating lots of chocolate, sipping a little wine on our terrace and immersing ourselves in the local way of life. (We do try and squeeze in a bit of work between all of that).
A short walk from our village, Bourlens. Past the plum orchards and the fields of sunflowers leads you to Labarde. We are in the beautiful, untouched, Lot et Garonne department of South West France between the towns of Villeneuve sur Lot and Agen.
Lot et Garonne
Where are we?
Set in over 6 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, with far reaching views across the pool of vine covered hills, ancient woodland and prune orchards that make you want to just stand and stare.
Birds of prey rising on the thermals overhead, early morning deer grazing on the lawns and a whole host of wildlife waiting to be discovered.
We are ideally located between the towns of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Agen and Cahors, to explore one of the most unspoilt regions of France.
Our local village, Bourlens, with its 11th century church and traditional narrow streets, is just a short walk away and the beautiful Bastide town of Tournon d’Agenais is just a little further. Here you will find a lovely restaurant, a number of bars and some essential shops. The nearest supermarkets are in Fumel, a short 10 minute drive away.
Relatively untouched the Lot et Garonne is perfect for exploring the real France, rich in culture and history, close to the Dordogne and Lot departments. Famous for its warm climate, sunflower fields, prune orchards and lush green countryside., where most days revolve around sitting at a table and enjoying great company, delicious food and lots of wine.
How to get here
Driving is a popular way to get here, particularly in the Summer months. Some of the summer holiday weekends can be busy but generally the motorways are well maintained and quiet. The drive can be done in 8 hours from Calais but a more leisurely pace will take you around 10 hours. Some choose to have an over night stop. Orléans is a popular place to find a bed for the night, just South of Paris.
There are many regular flights from most of the low cost airlines into our local airports from all areas of the UK.
Bergerac 1 hour drive
Toulouse 1.5 hour drive
Bordeaux 2 hour drive
Car hire is available at all locations