(FMF) Maison Fontaine, Luxury situated between Bordeaux and Bergerac
- Local Area
- Private 12x4m pool
- Pool is heated
- Fenced / gated pool
- Secured pool alarm
- Baby and Child friendly
- 5 acres of private garden
- Free WiFi & printer
- Private drive/parking
- Children’s swing set
- Table tennis
- Dart board and Croquet set
- Boules court
- Golf courses nearby
- Cot and high chair x 2
- Cycle hire
- Central heating
- Room fans x 4
- Washing machine
- Satellite TV, DVD
- Wheelchair access
- Blue tooth speakers
- Private Catering offered
- Supermarkets shops
- Bars restaurants nearby
Featured with an 8 page spread of the house decoration magazine a L’essentiel de la Deco.
The magazine elected Maison Fontaine as “The best French interiors”.
Offering French sophistication, effortless natural elegance & genuine laid-back charm the tranquillity of Maison Fontaine, originally a medieval priory, is set against a glorious back drop of rolling hills, plum orchards and vineyards, where children can climb trees and run through meadows whilst you chill out with a cool glass of sauvignon blanc by the slate-grey coloured pool.
The building dates back to the 12th century and is wrapped around a beautiful cobbled courtyard, lending a serene calm to this medieval property.
Suitable for up to 6 adults and 4 children.
Maison Fontaine is positively organic in its make-up – the stone walls are thick, providing a unique insulation from the summer heat; huge glass windows allow natural light all day. A private shady terrace overlooks the pool, orchards and fields, it is a naturally tranquil haven.
The house is situated near the border of the Dordogne in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region, just 2 miles from the ancient town of Duras (Lot et Garonne, France) and 4 miles from Monsegur (Gironde, France).
These picturesque bastide towns are host to weekly traditional French markets where the villagers shop for local produce and meet friends, enjoy a coffee and croissant and watch the world go by. A popular night market is also held each week during the summer months where street food and entertainment are the backdrop for the evening. Each town offers a good selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, pharmacie, winebar, banks with ATM’s as well as the all important boulangerie for fresh croissants and crusty bread and beautiful chocolaterie selling hand made delicious chocolates and gifts.
There are many festivals & events that take place throughout the region, the popular annual Jazz festival held in Monsegur at the beginning of July.
A comprehensive Carrefour supermarket & petrol station can be found at Duras or Monsegur. Larger hypermarkets are available in La Reole (20 minutes drive) and Marmande (30 minutes drive).
An ideal central location to explore Bordeaux, Bergerac & the Dordogne.
Catering is available at the house, the chef is very popular and you will need to reserve this at the time of booking.
3 double bedrooms, beds are 160cm wide, 200cm long.
Bedrooms 1 and 2 have their own open plan luxury bath, walk-in shower and wc. Bedroom 3 has a bath with a shower, the wc is situated next to this room and is shared with bedroom 4.
With four fabulous bedrooms (one of which is wheelchair accessible) sleeping up to 10 in comfort. Three bedrooms all have generous kingsize beds which are height adjustable at each end for added comfort, open-plan en-suite bathrooms.
All three bedrooms are easily large enough to place a cot.
The fourth bedroom is a children’s paradise – a dormitory den with 4 beds where a secure glass window overlooks the main sitting room, allowing a sneaky peep of the babes at bedtime. Beds measure 80cm wide, 190cm long.
The kitchen is very well stocked with everything even the most discerning holiday chefs could require including fridge freezer, gas hobs, dishwasher, food processor/blender, juicer etc. Dishwasher tablets and cleaning products are supplied.
Overlooking the courtyard to one side and the pool on the other, the main living room of the property is a fabulous open plan space which encompasses kitchen, dining area and sitting room.
A second sitting room doubles as the TV room with a large flat screen TV, DVD player and stack of DVDs, books and board games.
There is complimentary Wi-Fi and a printer to enable guests to scan or print documents.
Heating is available at an additional cost in winter months.
Bedroom 2, set on the ground floor, is wheelchair friendly with a wet room and has flat tiled floors throughout. The bed is height adjustable at each end for added comfort.
None of the wide interior doorways on the ground floor have sills or door treads.
A purpose made ramp allows access into the property from the garden and covered deck area, the door however if locked the chair user may find it difficult to unlock the door whilst on the ramp.
The gardens and grounds have not been landscaped for wheelchairs but is generally flat.
Door from the pool area up to the kitchen 86cm.
Bedroom 2: Door 78cm, Shower room with sliding door 78cm (door can be taken off giving 80cm).
Arch doorway 104cm, tv room doorway 86cm.
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are all provided and are included in the price. There is also a hairdryer for your use.
A large barbecue is on hand – ask owners Fabienne and Frederic for some of their vines (Fabienne’s family have a superb Cotes de Duras vineyard).
The stunning 12m x 4m slate grey pool, overlooking fields and orchards, is both alarmed and fenced/gated and has generous steps which stretch the entire width of the pool leading you into the shallow end of 1.10m in depth, the deeper end is 1.40m deep.
Beyond the pool, the enormous garden spreading across 5 acres is large enough for football matches (goal posts available), cricket / rounder’s or simply to send the kids off on a treasure hunt, although the house and garden are well stocked with toys, a sand pit, swing, seesaw, CDs, books etc…
A cot & high chair can be provided upon request.
Coast / Beach
A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 30 minutes away and is a popular attraction to take children for a day out. The gently shelving sand provides a safe, fun environment for splashing around and cooling off in the heat of the summer sun.
Further a field, approximately 90 mins drive away, is the 150 mile long sandy beach at Arcachon and Biscarosse. If you have the energy climb the highest sand dune in Europe at Biscarosse, or while the day away meandering around the streets of cosmopolitan Arcachon and enjoy a relaxing lunch in one of the many French restaurants.
Bergerac 45 minutes
Bordeaux 1 hour 10 minutes
Toulouse 2 hours 10 minutes
TGV to Bordeaux. Bordeaux station 1 hr 10 minutes drive away.
Approximate driving distances from north French ferry ports:
Calais 560 miles
Caen 430 miles
Changeover day: Saturday.
We are happy to consider alternative days outside of peak season.
No booking fee.
A 25% deposit secures a reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks before rental commencement.
A refundable security bond of €500 is payable with the balance which is returned within 7 days of departure subject to a satisfactory inspection.
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Arrival from 17:00. Departure by 10:00.
Included in the price:
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels
Bookings of 2 weeks or more receive a complimentary change of linen every week and a 4 hour clean
Pool opening times and heating information/charges:
2017 pool opening times: April 29th – October 28th.
2018 pool opening times: April 29th – October 27th.
Pool heating is included in the rental price from 26th May – 29th September. (Out of season Pool Heating cost € 150/week).
Please note: specific temperatures can not be guaranteed as pool heating is influenced by weather conditions and other factors.
Situated near the towns of Monsegur and Duras in the region of Aquitaine within the Bordeaux wine region and on the border of the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne, France.
Carrefour supermarket – just out of Duras on the direction of Sainte Foy La Grande. Small but very well stocked (includes English part). From 8 am to 8 pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. Also another Just outside Monsegur on the Duras road.
Baker – Boulangerie, Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Excellent croissants, fantastic corn flour and rustic breads… Closed on Tuesday and Sunday afternoon..
Butchers – Boucherie Evrard – Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Good butcher, next to the place du Marché . Closed on Tuesday. And Sunday afternoon.Carrefour Contact, in Monségur has got an excellent butcher section!!! Same opening time Carrefour Contact in Duras.
Bordeaux is approximately just over an hour drive to the west and Bergerac is 45 minutes to the east, St Emilion 30 minutes north.
This is the ideal base from which to explore South West France. Located in the region of Aquitaine on the 3 borders of Gironde / Dordogne / Lot et Garonne and is considered to be one of the most picturesque areas of France.
The gently rolling countryside is a pleasure to explore, with excellent roads winding their way through fields and vineyards. Perfect cycling country!
Monsegur and Duras are ancient Bastide towns set around a market square which are host to weekly markets and also a weekly night market during the peak summer season. There is a good selection of shops including cafes, bars and a pizzeria which host’s weekly live music.
There is also a cinema in Monsegur, which does show international films in their original language version (VO).
The market squares are also hosts the many festivals and events throughout the year.
Wine and Gastronomy
The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Caves and Chateau who offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.
Not to be missed is the world famous St Emilion, just a short drive away. A designated world heritage site and is truly stunning. Explore characteristic narrow lanes lined with wine merchants, cafes, restaurants and interesting independent shops. A guided tour of the monolithic church is highly recommended.
Follow Rick Steins French Odyssey (Bordeaux to Bazas) trail across this region and encounter some of the best culinary experiences France has to offer.
This designated world heritage site is a must for all visitors. This cosmopolitan city offers a diverse range of attractions. The golden triangle has a fabulous range of shops for those shopaholics.
A rich variety of architecture forms the backdrop for the street cafe’s, restaurants, bars and not forgetting the superb Grand Theatre.
The Dordogne is just one of the many places to visit for day trips. Anything from Canoeing or boat trips on the Dordogne river to exploring ancient villages.
Most villages and towns hold weekly markets full of fresh and interesting local produce. An ideal place to pick up your holiday mementoes and gifts.
Both Monsegur and Duras also have night markets during the summer where you can eat and have a drink as well as browse the many stalls.
The countryside around our properties is perfect for cycling, whether it’s just a gentle ride around to explore or, if you are a keen cyclist, a long training ride on fantastic stretches of road to get the blood pumping whilst taking in the fantastic views.
Cycle hire is available to your door – visit www.themountainbikehirecompany.co.uk for details.
Public tennis courts
Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, Duras & St Sernin de Duras and are usually booked via the local tourist information office.
Canoeing and kayaking
Canoe hire is available on the rivers. The river Dropt winds through the valley with a slow flow on it, whilst the large river Garonne (20 minutes away) has a faster pace.
The Dordogne river is an hour away which has a faster pace but has plenty of canoe hire opportunities and literally just go with the flow and be picked up further down stream. Of course the easiest way is a boat trip and let some one else do the work.
The Atlantic coast, with over 150 miles of golden sandy beaches is one and a half hours drive away. Great fun for all the family, simply relax and soak up the sun or try your hand at surfing. Alternatively there are also fresh water lakes with a beach and facilities. The nearest is at Blasimon (about 30 minutes drive) and is very popular with families.
There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club. The chateau dates back to 1597 and is set in 450 acres of stunning countryside. Facilities also include a fine restaurant and relaxing beauty spa. Golf Les Vigiers – Le Vigier – 24240 Monestier ( 25 ‘ drive) – Ph +33 5 53 61 50 00 – 18 holes superb golf.
Centre Equestre des Millespieds, Millepieds ( 10’ drive)- 47120 Savignac de Duras– Ph +33 6 12 72 30 83- Nice, family oriented horse riding club. Ponies available. English spoken.
Duras, every Monday from 8.30 to 14:00 (closes at 12:00 from September to June).Nice market, excellent Organic veg’s & fruit producer, Nicolas.Excellent organic goat cheese producers too… Foie gras, Magrets and so on by Mr & Mrs Ros…excellent! …. And many stands of food/non food
Allemans, every Sunday morning
Sainte Foy La Grande, every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00.Quite big market with excellent producers.
Monségur, every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with good fish stand next to the restaurant Le Grand Cep and fantastic pork butcher under the covered market.
Issigeac, every Sunday morning
Eymet, every Thursday morning
From 1st of July till End of August, very successful, where you can eat and dance, with many craft and food stands. Go early if you want to park close to the village.
Duras Night market, every Thursday evening till end of August
Levignac Night market, every Friday evening till end of August
Monsegur Night market, every Wednesday evening till mid of September
Tourist Information centres
4 rue des Issartiers, 33580 Monségur (Gironde department) Ph +33 5 56 61 82 73 – web www.entredeuxmers.com
16 Boulevard Jean Brisseau, in Duras (Lot-et-Garonne department)Ph +33 5 53 93 71 18 – web www.paysdeduras.com