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 somewhere nice to sit in the sun and in the shade,  a nice comfortable bed, spacious bathrooms, with “posh” hotel showers  & a nice glass of wine with some good food alfresco ……”

 

“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”

Cookery School & Gourmet Weekends

FIVE DAY RESIDENTIAL COOKERY COURSES & GOURMET WEEKENDS

Our residential Cookery School breaks start in late October through until June and are 5 night all inclusive breaks and our Gourmet breaks are days of gourmet food local wine and relaxation. All our courses are Saturday arrivals.

The 5 day courses are relaxed and informative, very hands on and the lessons are conducted around our large kitchen table or, weather permitting, out on the covered terrace. Together we prepare dishes, talk a lot, share experiences and we show you the tips of the trade. We sit down and eat together, enjoy the food, share opinions and sample the local wines and drinks. 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.

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Easy Dinner Parties example itinerary

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For local residents who wish to attend day courses sign up HERE

Saturday Arrival 2020 Courses

No. of nights

Price per Person £

Rooms available

18th July Gourmet Lifestyle Course couples only

5

Sold out

19th Sept Easy Dinner Parties

5

825.00

2

17th Oct Easy Dinner Parties

5

825.00

Sold out

31st Oct Easy Dinner Parties Seafood Course

5

895.00

2

Saturday Arrival 2121 Courses

No. of nights

Price per Person £

Rooms available

27th Feb Gourmet Weekend

3

325.00

3

13th March Weekend Vegetarian Course

3

325.00

3

27th March Easy Dinner Parties Course

5

825.00

3

10th April Gourmet Weekend

3

395.00

3

17th April Gourmet Weekend

3

395.00

3

24th April Easy Dinner Parties Seafood Course

5

895.00

3

8th May Easy Dinner Parties Course

5

825.00

3

22nd May Gourmet Weekend

3

425.00

3

12th June Easy Dinner Parties

5

825.00

Sold out

19th June Gourmet Weekend

3

425.00

3

26th June Gourmet Weekend

3

425.00

3

3rd July Gourmet Lifestyle Course couples only

5

895.00

3

10th July Weekend Lifestyle Course

3

495.00

3

18th Sept Wine Weekend

3

495.00

3

9th Oct Weekend Vegetarian Course

3

395.00

3

16th Oct Gourmet Weekend Scallop Season Starts

3

425.00

3

23rd Oct Easy Dinner Parties Seafood Course

5

895.00

3

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DAY COURSES

For locals living around the Duras area we will be organising half day and full day courses. Please sign up to our local newsletter HERE to receive information about future courses.

Term & Conditions/Rental Agreement

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Availability & Contact

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.

https://www.holidayfrancedirect.co.uk/holiday-rentals/AT005511/index.htm

Please contact us directly or by using the form below UK Mobile 0044 (0)7714467213 French Landline 0033 (0)553208411 Mail info@lescaulins.com Address Les Caulins d’En Haut, 47120, Saint Sernin de Duras, France

Terms & Conditions/ Rental Agreement

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About Us

We have been living here, at Les Caulins, in the beautiful South of France since March 2016. Our home is a separate small house so if needed we can be available to give local information or help in any way we can to make your holiday enjoyable and memorable.

The 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. Here it is relaxing, peaceful, with far reaching views and, if we want, plenty around us to do and the opportunity to share our passions is our perfect way of life.

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We have been in the catering and hospitality industry for 30 years. Emma since the age of 9 wanted to be a chef and John is nuts about wine. Emma began her cooking career at Midsummer House in Cambridge then honed her skills with spells in Italy, Switzerland, Barbados and London restaurants: Blanford Street, Sally Clarke, l’Oranger & Nicole Farhi. Emma is passionate about seasonal, fresh food with her gutsy approach to enhancing simple flavours.
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John a former UK Sommelier of the year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world met Emma at Midsummer House before working at some of the Worlds best restaurants and hotels. Sandy Lane Barbados, In London: The Berkley, Browns Hotel, Nico’s, The Savoy, Scotts of Mayfair, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hambourg and Raffles Singapore. John is bonkers about wine with some 30 years experience in the industry. An enthusiast for the little wine producers and seeker of unknown gems.

Prior to aquiring Les Caulins in 2016 Emma and John ran their own successful restaurant in Buckinghamshire. Winning many awards including the 50 best destination restaurants in the UK, Wine pub of the year, British Cheeseboard of the year and Buckinghams best restaurant for 8 years to name a few.

We love to entertain and cook for our guests. If you would like any prepared for you when you arrive, need a special meal to celebrate a special occasion, want us to cook in our wood fired oven or just a simple lunch then here is what we offer.

Menu & wine list 2020

Good food, some wine and great company.