Poulidore was originally built as a large stone barn with living accommodation attached. It has been converted into a spacious farmhouse, full of character with old exposed oak beams throughout.
Six guests can sleep in three bedrooms, and there are two beds on the gallery, suitable for children .
Inside the house is a very spacious main living area, with a large stone fireplace, and a comfortable seating area with long dining table. Huge French windows look out onto a paved area with sunbeds, which surrounds the big swimming pool.
Meals are perfect outdoors on the patio, which has a barbecue and its own stone fireplace, matching the one inside. The kitchen is well equipped with all modern facilities. In the utility room there is a washing machine and another fridge freezer.
There is one double bedroom with French windows to the garden and one twin bedded room, a bathroom with a shower, a bath, basin and toilet, as well as a separate toilet next door. Upstairs is a double bedroom and ensuite bathroom, with two more beds (suitable for children) on the substantial gallery/landing.
The large fenced garden has a lawn with mature shrubs, and an orchard full of pear, fig, apple, peach, cherry, greengage, plum and mirabelle trees all of which produce fruit at different times of the year. The property is surrounded on three sides by a plum orchard and on the fourth by the lane and the local vineyards.
There are several excellent walks from the house, mainly through woods and vineyards. There is a TV and CD player, a ping pong table, croquet and other garden games at the house, as well as indoor games for the occasional rainy day!
The local town is Monségur, about 6kms away. It is an attractive little market town, with a boulangerie selling great croissants and baguettes, a market (on Fridays) selling groceries, meats and fish, and an excellent supermarket, as well as shops, bars, six tennis courts, kayaking on the River Dropt, cycling, a boule area, one excellent restaurant and two good restaurants.
The first weekend in July there is a famous Jazz festival in Monségur. There is also a wonderful night market on Wednesdays during the summer.
About 12 kilometres away is Duras, a beautiful bastide town famous for its château, once home to the notorious Duc de Duras, a ruthless 12th century nobleman. La Réole has a charming Saturday market which takes place along the banks of the River Garonne.
Château Malrome where Toulouse Lautrec spent his summers with his mother is nearby. There are large supermarkets here and in Marmande, 15 kilometres away. Marmande is also a good place to shop for clothes, gifts, kitchenware and cosmetics.
This region is not only famous for its wine, but also its gastronomic delights such as foie gras, confits, shellfish and duck. Everywhere there are vineyards, and little caves for tasting the wines. The most celebrated of the vine-growing areas is St. Émilion, only about 45 minutes away and well worth a visit, not only for its wine but also for the town's restaurants and beautiful little streets.
There are many local golf courses. At Château Vigier, there is both a 9 and an 18 hole course, and 2 excellent restaurants and there are also good golf courses at Casteljaloux and Langon.
Issegeiac is a medieval village with a great Sunday market, and a good restaurant for lunch. The Dordogne region is nearby, with many châteaux, gardens and market towns to visit.
Bordeaux is only an hour's drive away and is known locally as a mini-Paris. It is well worth a visit for its museums, art galleries, shops and superb restaurants. To avoid parking problems there is a frequent train service from La Réole through the beautiful countryside.