We imagine that you're here because you're interested in finding comfortable, convenient self catering accommodation in SW France. We invite you to browse our site - we may not be the right holiday home for you and your friends/family, and that's fine.
In our site you'll find all sorts of information, particularly about things to do .... While comprehensive, it's by no means complete, and it never will be, as we've loads more exploring to do ourselves, and nothing stays the same for long.
Hopefully, what you will discover is that we love our new home - the region has so much to offer people of all ages and interests. Sainte-Foy isn't a big bustling city place, but we're not far from Bordeaux, which is stunningly elegant and refined, but still young, vibrant, and full of culture. The Pays Foyen celebrates a quieter, more relaxed lifestyle, in harmony with the seasons and a long, often colourful, history.
Les Terraces is located in the pretty bastide town of Sainte-Foy-La-Grande, which is half way between the towns of Bergerac & St. Emillion in the Gironde department of Aquitaine in South-West France. The local area is known as "Pays Foyen" and is the meeting point of the Gironde, Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne departments.
Les Terraces was built, we are told, some time in the late 1200s - early 1300s and was probably a warehouse for goods to be shipped via barge down-river to Bordeaux. One thing we know for sure is that it is deemed a building of national historical importance - not in the same manner as the grand chateaux of the "Richard the Lionheart slept here" calibre, but as a humble very old half-timbered (columbage) building that forms part of the original bastide wall.
provides spacious rental accommodation for up to 12 people in two
tastefully furnished flats and an optional master suite.
From the two terraces on the river side of the house you can enjoy wonderful views both up-river towards the little town of Le Fleix and down-river to Port-Sainte-Foy.
Sainte-Foy-La-Grande has a population of around 2750, which makes it big enough to meet most day-to-day requirements but small enough for visitors to feel very much at home. The town's residents are friendly and welcoming and many shopkeepers have some English, which makes life easier for the uncertain French-speaker.
We, Graham and Alex, are an English couple who resided in the British Virgin Islands for most of our lives. Orignally we looked for a property in Europe to use as a "bolt hole" from the Hurricane Season and the hot, humid months of August and September in the Caribbean. But the plan was always to live permanently in France upon retirement (whenever that happened to be). ;
Having travelled widely throughout most of SW France over the course of 2 summers and combed the Internet for even longer in search of our ideal property we almost literally stumbled upon the building we now call home., We like to say that Les Terraces chose us. The tranquil views of the Dordogne river are seductive, and the attractions, let alone the convenience, of being in a small, beautiful and ancient town are indisputable..
At the time that we bought Les Terraces we ran an accounting and business services company in the BVI, which meant that we could only visit France for short periods. It is for this reason that we decided to make the house available for holiday rentals when we were not able to enjoy it ourselves.
We've been the lucky custodians of Les Terraces since early 2009. Making the house a real home (as opposed to a rental property) has been both our pleasure and passion. The more time we spend in Sainte-Foy-La-Grande the more we enjoy it, and the harder it is to leave. In our time in Sainte-Foy we've met wonderful people - locals and visitors alike - and enjoyed the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of rural France.
As you can probably guess from the decor of the house, we love sailing and used to be active sailors. We also have a geat appreciation for good food and wine, particularly French food and wine, so our choice of a home was obvious!
Thank you for visiting and please contact us if you have any questions