Idylic French Living & Boutique Luxury

“Les Caulins” built in the 18th century, is a typical French country house, formerly a vineyard and a farm. Peacefully located among the rolling hills of the Lot-et-Garonne countryside & the perfect place to relax and unwind by the sun soaked pool or under cool shady terraces, with far reaching views, clear blue skies and a long warm Spring, Summer & Autumn. Les Caulins was purchased in December 2015 by Emma and John Gilchrist and after a 15 month restoration opened in June 2017.

“Before we moved to France our hectic work load was often overwhelming and we, as everyone does, craved for the Summer to arrive when we could look forward to a break to re-charge our batteries. All we wished & dreamed of when searching for a holiday was nice food, spacious bathrooms, with “posh” hotel showers & a nice comfortable bed……”

“The idea of spending a morning at a local market or sampling some wine at a nearby vineyard. followed by a afternoon by the pool and supper watching the sunset was a dream we could not resist. We craved a simpler, less materialistic life, decided France was for us, sold our restaurant & house & our search began for a home & a holiday gite”

“We made it our goal to offer our guests a holiday home that is charmingly French, totally relaxing, informative, a little rustic, very comfortable and affordable with surprises of luxury. A typical French house that hadn’t had the life and soul ripped out of it, a little piece of France that you could, upon arrival, feel right at home in. Sooooo…..”

Great food, great showers & great beds……
oh! And a little wine.

This area is one of the best in France for our passions, food and wine. The quality of the produce: truffles, strawberries, plums prunes, melons, figs, pork, beef, duck, foie gras, the list goes on……… This combined with some of Frances best markets and the abundance and diversity of some of the best known and least known wine regions in France. Places to explore, new sights to see, a simpler life and the glorious weather were too much for us to ignore.


The House

3 superior bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, New 10×5 metre pool. Detached, surrounded by gardens and open countryside, historical towns and Chateaux nearby, vineyards and great markets.

The house has been sympathetically restored keeping all the features you would expect from a 300 year old stone house. Stone sinks, oak beams, large fireplaces, hidden terraces and sunny vistas. Continue reading “The House”

Availability & booking

While our site is being developed please go to the Holiday France Direct, who have very low fees, by following the link below. Here you will find information, availability and pricing. You can also contact us directly.


UK Mobile 0044   (0)7714467213

French Landline 0033   (0)553208411


Address  Les Caulins d’En Haut, 47120, Saint Sernin de Duras, France

T’s & C’s/ Rental Agreement

Cookery School


For those living further afield and abroad our residential Cookery School breaks start in late October through until June and are 5 night all inclusive breaks.

Our cookery courses are designed to demonstrate and teach how easy & relaxed entertaining is. In France many an hour is spent around the table enjoying local, fresh food, simple local wine and great company. We are not just teaching cooking; we are showing you our way of life, French life. We visit markets, wineries, chocolate factories, drink coffee in cafes and visit the beautiful Bastide towns and countryside of the Lot-et-Garonne region of South West France. Continue reading “Cookery School”

Contact us/ location /Flights

Please contact us directly or by using the form below

UK Mobile 0044   (0)7714467213

French Landline 0033   (0)553208411


Address  Les Caulins d’En Haut, 47120, Saint Sernin de Duras, France

We live on site in a separate building and are happy to call you as, in France, we do not pay for telephone calls to European land line telephone numbers. Simply send us your landline telephone number and a convenient time and we will call you.

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