A place to unwind
This beautiful property is conveniently situated halfway between the Dordogne and Gironde rivers; because of their influence on the local weather and the local topography around Duras and Baleyssagues, we benefit from a micro climate which enables us to enjoy much better weather than areas 10 or 20 kilometers away.
We are under three kilometers from Duras and its Chateau, one kilometer from Baleyssagues, and as for the vineyards – just walk to the edge of our lawn and you are in them!
If you play golf then a visit to Chateau des Vigiers www.vigiers.com which is only 15 minutes from Labarthe is a must – they have recently been voted as the best golf course in France.
We’re also just a short trip from the famous Plum Village, a monastery and Buddhist practice centre founded in 1982 by Vietnamese Zen-master Thich Nhat Hanh.
For wine lovers, Labarthe B&B and Gite is ideal for visiting the Bordeaux, St.Emilion, Bergerac, Pomeral, Buze and of course Duras wine producing areas (go on then, just a quick taste!). A full list of the area’s vineyards can be found on the Lot-et-Garonne tourism site and guided tours are also available.
Hiking & Cycling
If you just like getting out and about, exploring the local area and enjoying fresh air, the Lot-et-Garonne tourism site features a wide range of walks/hiking and cycle routes waiting for you to discover.
The closest walk is right on our doorstep, and is a very easy, pretty and quiet 40 minute walk through the vineyards, plum orchards and fields of sunflowers. It follows a circular route around the country lanes, over to Baleyssagues and back to Labarthe.
Although the majority of holiday entertainment has stopped outside of the traditional holiday period, there are still some lovely villages and towns with café, bars and restaurants just waiting to be discovered. Lunch with four courses and wine for around EUR13 per head is a pretty good reason to track them down!
From the end of July to early September the villages have night markets, running between 7pm and midnight – they are all within a short drive, and there’s at least one a night.
As well as the usual crafts and trinkets you’d expect from a market, the fresh street food, live music and the cafes and restaurants make them more of a party.
Château de Duras
Originally built during the 12th Century, the Castle was turned into an impregnable fortress in the early 14th Century by Bertrand de Got the then owner. He was the nephew and namesake of Pope Clement V who gave his support to the work.
The Durfort family acquired the Castle before the start of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) during which time it was under the control of first, the Duke of Aquitaine, King Henry II of England, and then the French King, Louis VII the younger. Envied by many noble families, Duras (the Durfort family), was granted the status of a Duchy at the end of the 17th Century. The Castle slowly became a superb country mansion, rather than a fortress, with stables, formal gardens, and a huge reception area, the Hall of the “Three Marshals”, and enjoyed all the pomp and circumstance of the Age of Enlightenment. It was partially destroyed and plundered during the French Revolution (1798) and fell into disrepair. The village people eventually bought the ruins at a public auction in the 1960’s. (Auction by Candle!)
It is now a jewel in the cultural heritage crown of Aquitaine and a very popular tourist attraction which awaits your personal “conquest”! Don't miss the superb 360° panoramic view from the top of the tower!
The chateau is illuminated every evening with a range of coloured floodlights. YOU can change the colour of the illuminations (from anywhere on the World although it is more fun if you can see it happening!) , just visit www.chateau.duras.mobi for the colour changing touch pad!