|Property Name:||Chateau Lavanau|
|Location:||Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine, France|
|Prices:||from €45 to €65 per night|
Chateau Lavanau produces some of the finest award winning wines in the appellation Cotes de Duras. It also grows the Prune d'Ente plums which are dried on site & transformed into the world famous Pruneaux d'Agen. The property covers 27 hectares of orchards & vines & includes a lake & a pond which attracts herons, ducks, frogs, dragonflies & other wild life. It has a large salt water swimming pool with loungers & sun terrace for perfect relaxation, with direct access from the main house via a decked terrace. After extensive refurbishment Chateau Lavanau offers 5 chambres d'hotes each with its own private bathroom & toilet. Rooms are equipped with satellite TV & phone plugs, so guests have the option of modern technology or the simple rural life. Particular attention has been paid to the quality & comfort of bedding, sheets & bathroom fittings. Waffle cotton peignoirs are provided in each room (perfect for wearing to the pool). Windows open out to magnificent views of the Lot et Garonnais countryside & the historic & notoriously bloody Chateau de Theobon. The house built on a slight rise basks in sunshine all day. Breakfast is available on a sunny terrace or in the old winery, where traces of wine are still visible on the walls. A fully equipped kitchenette allows guests to make snacks, picnics or drinks., including the free tea & coffee which is provided. The Boutique de Vin sells the Chateaux's own produce. An art studio is on site for anyone wishing to use it, or to participate in courses offered by Juliana Uhart. Wine tasting evenings for a fee, can be arranged with local expert oenologues who will reveal how best to enjoy the wines of Chateau Lavanau & those of other regions.
The village of Loubes Bernac is 1km away & has a shop, post office and bar/restaurant. The country side with its gently rolling hills is ideal for hiking or cycling. There are riding stables in the village for those wanting to explore on horseback. An impresive golf course is a short drive away. Numerous restaurants offering delicious menus at very reasonable prices are to be found locally. Wonderful street markets, usually twice weekly, or at night, are a feature of every town, many of which are delightful old bastides with fascinating architecture. The frescoes in the nearby village of Allemans du Dropt are a virtually undiscovered gem.