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Babeau holiday villa to rent in south west france, self catering holiday accommodation near bordeaux, aquitaine close to bergerac and the dordogne

(FB) Babeau, private pool, great views, AC. Near Bordeaux, Bergerac & St Emilion, SW France

12 (+2)
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Changeover Day
Saturday during the peak season
£795 to £3495
Beautiful, detached, 250 year old farm house, breathtaking valley views to the historic bastide town of Duras. Walk to vineyards, daily bread and a café with refreshments. Set on a hill top at the end of a country lane. Private pool, orchard, garden. Short drive to historical towns, restaurants, weekly markets. Central location to explore Bordeaux, St Emilion, Bergerac and the Dordogne. Air conditioned. Dog and wheelchair friendly.
£795 to £3495
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  • Private swimming Pool
  • Alarmed swimming Pool
  • Air conditioned bedrooms
  • Laundry room
  • Disabled facilities
  • Dog friendly
  • Spacious gardens
  • Stunning views
  • Private off road parking
  • 2/3 living rooms
  • Children’s swings/ slide
  • Covered veranda
  • Meadow walks
  • Free WiFi
  • Satellite TV and DVD player
  • Table tennis
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • Wood burner
  • Cot (1) and highchair (1)
  • Golf courses nearby
  • Weekly markets nearby
  • Close to historical towns
  • Cycle hire available
  • Private catering available
  • Cafe bar 0.4 mile
  • Daily bread 0.6 mile

6 bedroom holiday home in France with air conditioning in all bedrooms, private swimming pool with stunning panoramic valley views and bike storage. Located between Bordeaux, Bergerac and Saint Emilion near the border of the Dordogne in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region of France. Near Monsegur and Duras.

Beautiful, detached 250-year old farm house with breathtaking views of the historic bastide town of Duras, vineyards and surrounding area.  Set on a hill top at the end of a country lane, Babeau with six bedrooms, three bathrooms and a private swimming pool, fenced-in gardens and an orchard. Short walk (0.4 mile) to a café with refreshments, daily bread from the village. Wonderful location to explore the Bordeaux wine region, and visit weekly farmer markets, St. Emilion, Bergerac and the Dordogne. Dog and wheelchair friendly.

Located in the hamlet of Dieulivol, by special request the cafe bar can create a BBQ meal for you. You can also buy ice creams and bottles of wine to go. Walk to a vineyard for wine tasting. Daily bread from the post office or from the café on Sundays.

Visit the ancient church at Dieulivol with stunning views over the valley and discover the cave.

For children of all ages an adventure park is just 3km away.

An ideal location to experience this beautiful region of France

This holiday villa is within a short drive of the ancient Bastide town centres of Monsegur 5.5km (Gironde) and Duras 7km (Lot et Garonne), both towns have café bars, restaurants, banks, shops and supermarkets as well as weekly farmers markets and night market in the peak summer months.

Babeau has been restored and furnished to a good standard whilst retaining most of the house’s original features including exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and a fireplace, the property is set over 320 square metres.

6 bedrooms, twin and double rooms for 12 guests. 2 additional single beds can be added to bedroom 4 an extra charge of £100 per bed is applied, sleeping 14 in total.
3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are on the ground floor with one bedroom and bathroom being wheelchair friendly, please see the Wheelchair users information below.

Furnished throughout with beautiful handmade teak furniture. Air conditioned in all bedrooms, all facilities are for your exclusive use during your stay.


All bedrooms are air conditioned, portable electric fans are available.

Ground floor:
Bedroom 2: Beautiful double room, air conditioned. French doors opening out looking over the grounds to the front, views over the valley below. The most suitable room at Babeau for a wheelchair user.
Next to a bathroom with an adjoining door, this bathroom is shared with bedroom 3. Facilities include a bath, separate walk in shower wet room, twin sinks and WC, suitable for a wheelchair.

Bedroom 3: Ground floor twin room, air conditioned. Looks directly out onto the neighbouring vineyard.
Next to a bathroom with an adjoining door, this bathroom is shared with bedroom 2 (above). Facilities include a bath, separate walk in shower wet room, twin sinks and WC, suitable for a wheelchair.

Bedroom 4: Ground floor double, large room, , air conditioned, double aspect views, large French doors opening out to the rear terrace.
If required 2 single beds can also be put in here, giving a double bed and 2 single beds sleeping up to 4, ideal for children or a family room.
Next to a separate WC. Near to the second ground floor shower room with twin sinks and WC.

Upper Floor:
Master bedroom: Beautiful double room, air conditioned. Balcony with loungers looking over the grounds on three aspects, views over the valley.
En-suite shower room, twin sinks and WC.

Bedrooms 5 and 6: A further 2 twin rooms both air conditioned.
All bedrooms have a wardrobe, bedside table(s) and lamp.

Air conditioning

The property has built in air conditioning in all bedrooms, this is included within the price.

There are a further 2 portable air conditioning units for hire to be used in the lounge or tv lounge if you wish, if required payable on-site, 70€ each per week.

Baby and toddler facilities

A travel cot (including linen) and high chair can be provided on request. There are not any stair gates at Babeau.


Modern fitted kitchen with dishwasher, electric oven with grill, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, coffee maker etc.

Utility room

Laundry room with washing machine, iron and ironing board, there is a washing line in the garden.

Living rooms

There are 3 living areas:
The spacious TV lounge with international satellite TV/radio, widescreen TV and DVD player. Plenty of films to watch and books to read.  Dual aspect views through 2 sets of French doors to the pool area to the front and the driveway and orchard to the back of the house. Table and chairs provide an additional dining space or for playing board games. Separate WC.

The sitting room and dining table looks over the front terrace though French doors, views over the garden, original large stone fireplace with wood burner.

Mezzanine area above the sitting room is a great chill out area which has some seating, bookcase and a desk with chair.

Desk / Office space

A desk with a chair is situated in the Mezzanine area.

Cleaning, towels and linen

Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided and included in the price.
A complimentary extra supply of bed linen and bath towels will be provided for bookings of 2 weeks or more.

Outside, garden and orchards

Enjoy breakfast on the patio at the front of the house overlooking the fields and views of the Dropt valley below, or take lunch under the shady, covered veranda. Charcoal BBQ, outside table and chair sets, children’s swings/slide/climbing frame and table tennis. The large gardens surround the property on three sides, set on an over acre of gardens with fruit orchards. A meadow surrounds the property grounds which is also owned by Babeau, there are walks into the meadow and superb views stretching out across the valley below and far into the distance.

The entire grounds are fenced, and the gates can be locked.

Private swimming pool

9m x 4m pool, 1m deep with a pool ladder, sun terrace and loungers. The pool is protected by an alarm.
The gardens surround the property on three sides, there are vines on the fourth side where a particularly nice red is grown (Bordeaux appellation) which can be bought direct from the vineyard. Stunning far reaching views over the meadow and the valley below.

Dog friendly

A maximum of 2 dogs are considered on request at a charge of £50 each per booking, plus an additional security bond of £250.

Cycling – secure storage for bikes

The area is really good for cycling, i am a keen road cyclist (David) and i spend many miles in the local lanes, if you wish to know more about cycling in the area please call me. There is plenty of room in the laundry area to put your bikes, there is a door that opens out to the driveway. Of course as with anything valuable you leave it at the property at your own risk.
Cycle hire delivered to the door with all safety equipment supplied, electric cycles also available in the area.

Activities and what to do in the area

Weekly farmers markets, summer night markets, restaurants, cycle hire, local adventure park and many more activities and places to visit – more information on what’s on locally is in the Local Area tab above, a small selection of activities is listed below.
Located in the heart of the Bordeaux famous wine region where there are plenty of vineyards for tastings and tours. There are many picturesque towns in the region, nearest are Saint Foy La Grande, Saint Emilion, Duras and Monsegur with restaurants, café bars, shops and the beautiful historical countryside for you to explore.

Coast, Beach and Water park

A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 22km 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. Blasimon lake.

Aqua Park is 42km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.

Aqua fun Park Near Casteljaloux freshwater lake, 56km. Park with a huge lake, picnic benches, walks, facilities, sandy beach, water sports, kids play area….. it’s great for adults and the kids. Aqua fun park Clarens web site. AquaFun’ Park Clarens Tripadvisor.

The famous sandy bay at Arcachon (146km) with Europe’s tallest sand dune, Dune du Pilat. This is the start of a 150 mile long sandy beach south past Biscarosse, or while the day away meander your way around Arcachon and enjoy a relaxing lunch in one of the many French restaurants.

Zip wire adventure and climbing park

Just 3.3km. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure

Private catering, Gastronomic experiences and Wine tours

Taylor made experiences at the house or maybe a picnic in the vineyard? English and French spoken.

Wine tours in an air-conditioned vehicle for up to 7 people to hidden chateaux in the world famous St Emilion region.
Off Piste Wine Tours

Wheelchair users and guests that are not so mobile useful information

Babeau is a very old farm house and whilst it has not specifically been adapted for wheelchair access, there are 3 bedrooms on the ground floor, along with 2 shower rooms and a total of 3 WC’s. The main shower room has been renovated with wheelchair access in mind.
There are not many steps around the property but there is a large step going down to the TV lounge and bedroom 4, it is possible to navigate around this from the sitting room through double opening French doors onto the front terrace, the terrace can be used to navigate to the TV room, which also has double opening French doors, via a small ramp/gradient.
The double opening French doors around the property, though being more than wide enough, each threshold has an approximate height of 3cm to 4cm.

Bedroom 2 is the ideal room for a wheelchair user. The shower room, shared with bedroom 3, has a spacious wet room shower (also a bath with shower attachment) and a WC with plenty of space to one side for a wheelchair, with a folding wall handrail if required.
We can offer a complimentary shower chair.

As with the rest of the house the doorways are quite ancient, the door widths are:
Bedroom 2 door 77cm, Bedroom 2 bathroom door 75cm
Bedroom 3 door 79cm, Bedroom 3 bathroom door 55cm
Kitchen / main entrance doorway 74cm, Step height 14cm, easiest access into the property would be through the TV lounge.
Kitchen archway to the sitting room and dining table 83cm

You enter the property via the gravelled drive to the rear of the property and through the kitchen door. There is a concrete path that runs along the back of the house from the kitchen to the TV lounge with a step of 8cm (there is no need for a wheelchair to go via this step), a wheelchair could access the TV lounge from the driveway and then through the double opening French doors.
The front of the house is paved and has a terrace surrounding the pool, in both cases there are little slopes and small uneven surfaces/ change of surfaces but largely does not have steps.

Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Cycle hire

Cycle hire delivered to the door with all safety equipment supplied, electric cycles also available in the area.



  • Bergerac 47km
  • Bordeaux 98km
  • Toulouse 200km


  • Bordeaux station (TGV) 68km
  • Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 28km
  • Bergerac 48km


  • Calais 574 miles
  • Le Havre 494 miles

Use of car essential. Car hire quote with the best price guarantee, click here.

Babeau interior

Babeau exterior

Dates Price for 7 nights from
4 persons12 persons13 persons14 personsShortbreaks from
10 Apr 2021 - 21 May 2021£895.00£995.00£1,095.00£1,195.00£1,095.00
22 May 2021 - 25 Jun 2021£1,395.00£1,495.00£1,595.00£1,695.00£1,395.00
26 Jun 2021 - 09 Jul 2021£2,095.00£2,195.00£2,295.00£2,395.00
10 Jul 2021 - 16 Jul 2021£2,195.00£2,295.00£2,395.00£2,495.00
17 Jul 2021 - 23 Jul 2021£3,195.00£3,395.00£3,495.00£3,595.00
24 Jul 2021 - 27 Aug 2021£3,395.00£3,495.00£3,595.00
28 Aug 2021 - 03 Sep 2021£1,395.00£1,495.00£1,595.00£1,695.00
04 Sep 2021 - 10 Sep 2021£1,250.00£1,350.00£1,450.00£1,550.00
11 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021£995.00£1,095.00£1,195.00£1,295.00
18 Sep 2021 - 01 Oct 2021£895.00£995.00£1,095.00£1,195.00£1,095.00
25 Jun 2022 - 15 Jul 2022£2,195.00£2,295.00£2,395.00£2,495.00
16 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022£3,495.00£3,595.00£3,695.00

Changeover day: Saturday

We are happy to consider alternative days outside of peak season and short breaks with prices from £895.

Reservation Information

No booking fee.
25% deposit secures a reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks before rental commencement.
The refundable security bond of £500 is payable with the balance which is returned within 7 days of departure subject to a satisfactory inspection.
An extra security deposit of £250 for pets is taken in addition to the standard security deposit.

Please view information about credit card and debit card charges.
Arrival from: 4pm
Departure by: 10am

Private swimming pool

The pool is open from the beginning of April – end of October.

Included in the price

Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided.
A complimentary extra supply of bed linen and bath towels will be provided for bookings of 2 weeks or more.
**The built in air conditioning in all bedrooms is included in the price.

Additional charges

** Portable air conditioning units (2 available) can be hired.

Oil fired central heating is charged as an extra based on consumption. Indicative average charge £80 per week dependant on usage.

Additional cleaning available, payable directly to the housekeeper.

*Dogs are considered on request​.

Dog friendly

*A maximum of 2 dogs are considered on request at a charge of £50 each per booking, plus an additional security bond of £250.

Air conditioning

**The built in air conditioning in all bedrooms is included in the price.

**Portable air conditioning unit (2 available) can be hired if required at a charge of 70€ each per week payable on-site direct to the housekeeper in advance.
Minimum charge of 40€ per unit plus 10€ per day up to a maximum charge of 70€ per week.


Christmas has a flexible change over, all heating included.

Correct number of guests?

Some dates have special prices for up to 4 guests and up to 12 guests.
When choosing your dates on the calendar please make sure you select your correct number of guests, the prices differ to how many guests are staying.

The standard number of guests is 12 over 6 bedrooms, an extra 2 single beds can be supplied if required in bedroom 4 only (1 double bed and 2 single beds), maximum of 12 adults only.

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Our tips on what to do in Monsegur, Duras, Bordeaux, Bergerac and the Dordogne region.

Babeau is situated near the towns of Duras 7km (Lot et Garonne), Monsegur 6km (Gironde), Sainte-Foy-La-Grande 25km, Bergerac (Dordogne) is 47km, in the region of Aquitaine within the Bordeaux wine region and on the borders of the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne, France.

Bordeaux city centre is a 70km drive to the west. Bergerac is 47km to the east and Saint Émilion 40km north west.

An 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 region is famous for wine and wonderful gastronomy. Whether you are in St. Emilion, Pomerol, Blaye, The Médoc, Entre Deux Mers, Bourg, Graves or Sauterne the wines of the region are without doubt some of the very best in the world! There are local producers nearby that offer excellent quality wines at a very reasonable prices through to the higher end of the market.

The gently rolling countryside is a pleasure to explore, with excellent roads winding their way through fields and vineyards. Perfect walking and 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, cafés, bars, restaurants and excellent boulangeries in both towns, our favourite being La Choco-Latine in Monsegur who were runners up in the French TV show “La Meilleure Boulangerie de France” in 2019.

We also love the volunteer run Cinema Eden in Monsegur which shows some international films in their original language version (VOSTF) with French subtitles.

The market squares host a variety of festivals and events throughout the year including in Monsegur the famous 24 Heures de Swing at the beginning of July every year.

Wine and Gastronomy

There are an abundance of vineyards in the area.
The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Chateau who offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.

Not to be missed is the world famous Saint Emilion 40km. 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.

Wine tours, a picnic in a vineyard and cheese and wine pairing evenings are available through local couple Sylvie and Pascal who run Loving Aquitaine.

Wine tours in an air-conditioned vehicle for up to 7 people to hidden chateaux in the world famous St Emilion region.
Off Piste Wine Tours


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 cafes, 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 at Bergerac to exploring the wonderful and pretty ancient villages.


Coast, Beach and Water park

A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 23km away and is a popular attraction to take children for a day out. The gently shelving sand provides a fun environment for splashing around and cooling off in the heat of the summer sun. Blasimon lake.

Aqua Park is 42km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.

Aqua Fun Park near Casteljaloux is 56km. Park with a huge freshwater lake, picnic benches, walks, facilities, man made sandy beach, water sports, kids play area…. great for adults and kids.

Visit Europe’s largest sand dune 135km, the Dune du Pilat where both the climb and the views will take your breath away! Reward yourself by feasting on fresh seafood around the Bay of Arcachon or take the ferry to Cap Ferret and feel the sand between your toes whilst you enjoy oysters and chilled white wine.


Yes we believe chocolate is also an activity… we often have to visit and make sure the quality is up to standard so we can continue to recommend it.
Maison Guinguet gourmet chocolate, 8km, just outside Duras, there is a lovely shop which also sells gifts and offers guided visits to their artisan factory in July and August.

Duras Castle

The famous Chateau de Duras, 7km away, is well worth a visit and if you can muster the energy to climb to the top the stunning 360 degree vista is well worth it.

Tea room with gardens

Jardin de Boissona has six little gardens, each with their own character. Outside and inside seating. Especially known for their teas and delicious cakes. 4km Baleyssagues near Duras.

Zip wire adventure and climbing park

Just 3.3km. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure

Boat trips

Dordogne river trips are available on traditional boats in Bergerac with Les Gabarres de Bergerac. 45km.

Cycling and bike hire

The French countryside around this property 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.
Maybe cycle to a cafe bar for a cold glass of something local or the chocolate shop!

The Gironde and Lot et Garonne (Monsegur and Duras areas), guide and information Gironde bike information or Dordogne bike information
Bike hire can be delivered to your door, view prices and book – click here for details.

Bike Hire Direct, cycle hire

Electric bicycle hire at Allemans du Dropt (12km) and Eymet (28km) cycle hire

Carbon road bike hire is available, collected from Bordeaux train station and you can ride back to your holiday villa using part of the old railway line (Roger Lapebie) which is now dedicated to cycling and walking.

Public tennis courts

Tennis courts are located in Monsegur, Saint-Vivien-de-Monségur, Duras and 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 Dordogne river at Sainte Foy La Grande has a faster pace and has plenty of canoe hire opportunities.

Canoe Kayak hire:
Allemans-du-Dropt 18km: Dropt river, information
Sainte-Foy-la-Grande 25km: On the Dordogne river, information


There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club 26km. 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) – Tel +33 5 53 61 50 00 – 18 holes superb golf.

Crazy Golf

Crazy golf and animals! Drinks and snacks. 20km. Facebook page link.

Wildlife park, animals

Parc du Griffon, animals, play areas and snack bar. 20 minutes drive 18km away.

Ferme Exotique is a fun day out with lots of activities for children. 84km.


Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 87km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com

Horse riding

Centre Equestre des Millespieds – 47120 Savignac de Duras – Ph +33 6 12 72 30 83- Nice, family oriented horse riding club. Ponies available. English spoken.

Local markets and supermarkets


Most villages and towns hold weekly markets full of fresh and interesting local produce. An ideal place to pick up your holiday mementos and gifts too.

Duras (7km): Every Monday from 8.30 to 14:00 (closes at 12:00 from September to June). Nice market with excellent organic fruit and veg, organic goats cheese, foie gras and a selection of other stalls.

Allemans du Dropt (18km): Every Sunday morning.

Sainte Foy La Grande (25km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Big market with excellent producers and winner of “Favourite French Market” in 2014 .

Monségur (6km): Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with particularly good fish stall.

Issigeac (49km): Every Sunday morning. Extremely popular. Top tip – arrive early!

Eymet (28km): Every Thursday morning. Medieval town.

Night markets

Both Monsegur and Duras also have vibrant night markets during the peak summer months grab a bite to eat from one of the stalls and enjoy your food with a drink at one of the bars. There’s usually musical entertainment which creates a lively atmosphere.

Duras (7km) : Thursday evening
Lévignac de Guyenne (12km) : Friday evening
Monsegur (5km) : Wednesday evening


(Opening times may vary, especially on public holidays)

Carrefour Contact supermarket – just out of Duras on the direction of Sainte Foy La Grande. Small but very well stocked (includes English section). Open from 8am to 8pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. 9km. GPS: 44.678160, 0.189631

Carrefour Contact supermarket in Monségur has got an excellent butcher section!!! Open from 8 am to 8 pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9am to 1pm. 15km. GPS: 44.650047, 0.087358

Butchers – Boucherie Evrard – Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Good butcher, next to the Place du Marché.

Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 28km. GPS: 44.512165, 0.135597

Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 28km. GPS: 44.826719, 0.219504

Tourist Information centres

Monségur (Gironde department) Tel: +33 5 56 61 82 73 – web www.entredeuxmers.com
Duras (Lot-et-Garonne department) Tel: +33 5 53 93 71 18 – web www.paysdeduras.com

Bergerac marché

Bergerac festivals

Traditional weekly farmers markets in many local towns

Lovely villa, better than expected!! Very clean, loads of amenities and enough sunbeds! In the middle of nowhere so you can’t walk into town but the views are amazing. We all decided we’d love to stay here again! Thankyou for a lovely stay x

Rachel. June 2019

Excellent family holiday home, I would recommend having cars to be able to travel to and from the house at ease but close to local supermarket and little towns. Beautiful outside space, very safe for children with great toys and facilities for them to use as well. Couldn’t recommend enough for a lovely family break!

Sarah. April 2019

Hidden Retreat
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Had a fantastic stay, the house has everything you need and the views are amazing. There was a group of 9 adults and 3 children staying for a week. Plenty of space for everyone inside and outside the house. There is a small bar a few minutes walk from the house which can provide bread and other pastries if pre ordered which made a delicious breakfast. The town of Duras and Monsegur are a short drive away and make a nice day out. I would recommend this house to other friends and family.

Sarah L. September 2017

Beautiful Babeau
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was the first time the whole family had holidayed together. The party included Grandmother, Grandfather, the 3 children and their respective partners and most importantly the 4 grandchildren, two aged 4 and the other two 6 and 7 respectively.
One of our daughters , Nia, researched the property and didn’t she do well !! The position of Babeau was magnificent perched on a hilltop overlooking vineyards and beautiful surrounding countryside. There was ample room for the 12 of us and the most popular area was, of course, the swimming pool. The week flew by and we enjoyed the best family holiday ever.
Thank you Babeau for such a wonderful time.

Malcolm E. July 2017

An relaxing retreat with spectacular views
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is the perfect getaway to enjoy the French countryside and spend time as a family.

Pete W. July 2017

Absolutely magical week. Thank you so much
Stunning location, with spectacular views across wine country! Just a short walk from a little shop where you can buy pastries. 10 min drive to beautiful town (Monseigneur) where there was a market some days and a bakery to buy lovely pastries. We really enjoyed visiting a local winery, just 3 min drive away. Tito, the man who owned the vineyard, was so welcoming and generous, a hilarious few hours sampling some delicious wines. We played many table tennis competitions, even did a treasure hunt and lots of fun in the pool. Generous sized bedrooms, clean and nicely decorated. Lovely big kitchen and dining room. Cannot recommend highly enough, would return again!

Zoe W. June 2017

A Place to Relax
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a wonderful family holiday at Babeau. Easily found yet remote enough not to be bothered by anyone. The view of vineyards and plum orchards from the swimming area is wonderful. Duras and Monsegur are close enough and there is lots to do in the area however we just relaxed and did very little. The house is well equipped and the dishwasher a godsend. All in all a brilliant family holiday.

Graham K. May 2017

Fabulous gite- pictures don’t do it justice! 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The pictures of this place really don’t do it justice! It is a beautifully maintained home that is spacious, clean and well equipped. Beds were extremely comfortable and the bedrooms are all large and spacious. There are plenty of bathrooms and ample hot water with good water pressure. Living space is vast and well equipped with comfortable seating and loads of dining space. Not that we used it much spending most of our time outside by the pool and eating at the large table on the shaded terrace.
The pool is great and the garden complete with plum orchard and kids climbing frame and swings kept the kids happy with loads of room to run around and explore. We were 2 families of 4 (with 4 kids between us aged 3 to 7) plus another couple and we easily had enough of our own space not to feel like we were living on top of each other.
The area is beautiful and the local town, Duras, has a chateau that both kids and adults enjoyed exploring, and there’s plenty going on in the summer (markets, night markets, festivals) if you can tear yourself away from the peace and quiet of the pool and garden. Canoeing on the Dordogne was fun and just a short drive away.
Great service from the owners including prompt return of the security deposit.
Rebecca F. August 2016

Restful, clean and inviting
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We were there with our 5 grown up children. The house was spacious and meticulously clean when we arrived. there is plenty of ground within the gardens for everyone to lose themselves if they so wish, but we tended to gravitate around the pool. You need a car to get there and to get around.
Peter M, August 2016

In the sun
★ ★ ★ ★ 
Great house with all the space and toys you need to keep children happy, adults can enjoy the shade and wine while overlooking the children in the pool. location excellent for exploring the region and local amenities good. highly recommended 6 adults 3 children 1 baby wonderful stay”
Byron R, May 2015

“Babeau is a stunning villa in beautiful surroundings. We found everything that we needed in the villa for three generations (58 years to 5 months old!) After a fun filled day exploring, we would return to Babeau for an evening barbeque washed down with plenty of local wine. Despite having two babies with us, the villa had a plethora of evening activities to offer and we would stay up into the small hours enjoying a game of cards / ping pong / darts.

On the evening that we arrived at Babeau, we were greeted by a phenomenal buffet created by the wonderful Sylvie. An array of beautiful homemade dishes were laid out before us and were quickly devoured! Having said this, there was such an incredible amount of food that we were able to continue enjoying it for the next four days! Particular favourites included the quiche, chocolate pots and extensive cheese board.
We were then once again met by Sylvie on our fourth day at the villa as she had agreed to take us on a tour of a local vineyard, acting as our translator. Sylvie was informative (she had done extensive research of her own before taking us) and exceptionally friendly.
It was an absolute pleasure meeting Sylvie and we would strongly recommend having her cater for you!

It was refreshing to find a small business where we could deal with the same person every time that we had an enquiry. Tracy and David were incredibly accommodating and helped to make our stay truly memorable. From arranging celebratory birthday banners on arrival to organising a bespoke wine tour around a local villa, nothing was too much to ask for. Furthermore, their expert knowledge of the local area meant that all of their recommendations exceeded expectations.
We look forward to booking our next holiday with Holiday Cottages and Villas.
Many thanks,”
Anne, Steve, Ben, Steve, Faye, Thomas, Christine and Lauren
April 2015

“So good we are back for more
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The initial rustic appearance of the property belies the attention to detail inside the house and quality of the fixtures and fittings to provide a most comfortable place to stay. The listing description was spot on and the house itself was spotless – large rooms throughout; well appointed bathrooms; and well equipped kitchen – the only thing we missed was a cafetiere which, I understand, has been addressed for next year when we are back for three weeks. There is more than enough outdoor space around the pool or garden with views across the valley to Monsegur and Duras either in full sun or on patios under cover for those of us who enjoy the warmth and open air without being baked. Bedrooms remained pleasantly cool to allow for a good night’s sleep. The village and local area are very quiet which allows you to go for strolls without problems but Monsegur and Duras seem only a stone throw away for markets, shops, cafes and restaurants and you are on the edge of some of the best wine growing regions in the world – Bordeax, Bergerac, Pecharmont and Duras. What’s not to like.”
Ian, September 2014

“We had a wonderful couple of weeks at Babeau – the house was fantastic, although the only downstairs room we really used was the kitchen!  We ate every meal outside – even during rain and thunderstorms!  The views were wonderful and the children really loved the pool.  There was also so much garden space for them to play in.  The plums were great too.
Many thanks for your help in organising this lovely holiday.”
The Matthews party, August 2014

“We have just returned from a wonderful relaxing week at Babeau. The property is lovely, well equipped and in a fantastic location, with vineyards as far as the eye can see. This would be an ideal place to just come and relax, and not do anything. The kids were hardly out of the pool, and there’s a sunny terrace around the pool with stunning views over the countryside. If you are into wildlife it’s a fantastic place too, with gardens full of birds (we had a huge flock of birds of prey rising on thermals), lots of lizards and we even had an early morning badger on the lane.

The surrounding area is a haven for wine lovers. An hour’s drive to St Emilion was the highlight of our trip, but there are lots of nice vineyards all around. Make sure you go to the evening markets in the villages nearby. Fresh Oysters, escargots and loads of other local delicacies, served up with local wines in the square is something not to be missed.

I hope we will be back again soon. Thanks for a fantastic holiday.”
The Firth party, July 2014

Thank you very much,we had a fabulous holiday with good weather, such a beautiful place and so relaxing. Only complaint, it wasn’t long enough. Thank you again for your help!
The Light family, June 2013

“We leave wet England and arrive in the sunlight at Calais and drive through the Loire valley picking up the odd bottle of wine on the way.  We arrive at Babeau once again (visited June 2011).  We enjoyed everything about Babeau and the surrounding countryside.  Our 6 year old grand daughter, with a sad voice, told her 4 year old sister “We are going home tomorrow!”.  Her reply was “Why?” – we had no answer!  Hope everyone enjoys their visit as we have.”
The Nichols party, June 2012

“The photos on the website do not do this place justice!…Excellent facilities, very well thought out and the house managers – Maureen and Andy – lovely, lovely people… Babeau will be very highly spoken of to our friends and family.  We will be back!”

“Loved that yours is the last property on the lane and there is a huge garden with swings etc. – meant the kids could go out at any time and we knew they were safe.”
The O’Sullivan party

“We have had a fab week. All the kids enjoyed the pool, gardens and fruit trees. House fantastic – works well with two families.”

“Yes it really is a lovely house! We really enjoyed our two weeks at Babeau. It was clean, tidy and in a wonderful location-just the place to chill out, read and drink wine! and the pool to keep cool. We even thought of booking for next June…”
The Harrington party

“This is a lovely peaceful place which has made us feel rejuvenated.  Spacious house with room for all the activities for all ages. Enjoyed it all!”
The Hallows party.

“Thanks for a wonderful holiday experience here in Babeau, thoroughly enjoyable!.  All eleven of us had a blast – scenery beautiful, villages and vineyards lovely, so this gang from Dublin will be back!”
The Shannon party.

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