(FF) Favreau, Rural seclusion, private pool. Near Bordeaux, St Emilion & Bergerac SW France
- Local Area
- Private heated 11m x 5m pool
- Fun children’s dormitory
- Table tennis
- BBQ, charcoal
- Satellite TV
- Room fans
- Fitted kitchen
- Laundry room
- Feature fireplace
- Private off road parking
- Cots and highchairs
- Golf courses nearby
- Tennis courts nearby
- Cycle hire available
- Country walks
- walk to vineyard tasting
- Private catering available
- Restaurants/ shops nearby
Set at the end of a tree-lined driveway Favreau is nestled amongst 10 hectares of grounds with views over the surrounding countryside, orchards and vines, offering a very private retreat. A traditional French rustic farmhouse which is full of charm with a large private heated pool in a stunning, secluded setting. Perfect for large groups and families. Please note that due to the style and character of the building and grounds, Favreau is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Situated between Bordeaux, Bergerac and Saint Emilion near the border of the Dordogne in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region of France, making it an ideal location to explore this beautiful unspoilt area.
Within a 5-10 minutes drive of the ancient Bastide towns of Monsegur (Gironde) and Duras (Lot et Garonne), both have bars, restaurants, banks, shops and supermarkets, and weekly farmers markets and night markets in the peak summer months.
3.5km walk via country lanes to the village of Dieulivol where there is a cafe bar which serves drinks and light snacks, by special request they can create a BBQ meal for you, you can also buy ice cream or a bottle of local wine.
Daily fresh bread from the post office or the cafe bar on Sundays by request. There is an ancient church with stunning views over the valley.
1.2km to the nearest vineyard with wine tasting.
2km to a tree adventure and climbing park, great for kids of all ages and all the family.
The entire property and all facilities are for your exclusive use during your stay.
Please note that the mobile phone signal is a little weak inside the property.
Accommodating a maximum of 13 guests including children aged 18 months and over, no more than 10 adults.
Bedrooms and bathrooms
Ground floor (3 spacious bedrooms)
1. Double room (180x190cm bed) with a small en-suite shower room and WC.
2. Double room (160x200cm bed) with en-suite bathroom with a bath and a separate walk-in shower and WC.
3. Double room (150x200cm bed) with a small en-suite shower room and WC.
There is an additional bathroom on the ground floor.
Upper floor (attic conversion with 2 bedrooms)
4. Double room (140x190cm) – please note that there is restricted head height due to beams.
5. Enormous fun, children’s dormitory with 6 single beds (x5 90x190cm, x1 140x190cm), large space for the children to play.
Both rooms share a bathroom on this floor with wood-panelling, a bath, twin sinks and a separate WC.
The large kitchen/diner has been remodelled with high-spec solid wooden units whilst retaining the character of the house with the original floor, beamed ceiling and stunning stone fireplace. A door opens onto the garden. Facilities include Dishwasher Microwave Large fridge freezer Range style oven/hob/grill Kettle, Toaster, Nespresso, and Dualit coffee machines.
There is also a separate utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer.
Comfortable lounge with views over the garden and pool area. English Freesat TV and French channels, DVD Player and fireplace. Wood can be supplied if required.
3 cots (linen provided) and 2 high chairs are available on request.
Private pool and exterior
The 11m x 5m private, heated pool is central to the secluded garden flanked by 2 grand pigeonnier (not in use) whilst impressive iron gates offer a view of the adjoining vines.
The pool has corner steps, the step water depths are; 14cm, 26cm, and 68cm. The pool depth is between 0.9m to 1.75m and the outer edge of the pool all around is at a depth of 0.95m. All measurements are approximate.
The pool is protected by a security alarm.
The pool is heated, at certain times of the year this is charged as an extra if required, please see the Prices tab above.
Part of a barn has been converted to a shady seating space with a games area with table tennis and dartboard. There is also an outside WC and shower room. Charcoal BBQ.
Natural gardens, grass and mature trees surround the property, the neighbouring plum orchard and the vineyard are owned by this property.
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided. A complimentary supply of bed linen and bath towels will be provided for stays of 2 weeks or more.
Private catering, Gastronomic experiences and Vineyard tours
Tailor-made experiences at the house or maybe a picnic in the vineyard? English and French spoken. www.lovingaquitaine.com
Cycle hire can be delivered to the door with all safety equipment supplied, electric cycles are also available in the area.
Activities and what to do in the area
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, the 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.
Weekly farmers markets, summer night markets, restaurants, a local adventure park and many more activities and places to visit – for more information on what’s on locally please click on the “Local Area” tab above.
- Bergerac 47km
- Bordeaux 80km
- Toulouse 200km
- Bordeaux station (TGV) 65km
- Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 23km
- Bergerac 50km
Car, distances from north French ferry ports:
- Calais 572 miles
- Le Havre 460 miles
Our tips on what to do in Monsegur, Duras, Bordeaux, Bergerac and the Dordogne region.
Favreau is situated near the towns of Duras 10km (Lot et Garonne), Monsegur 7km (Gironde), Sainte-Foy-La-Grande 23km, Bergerac (Dordogne) is 46km, in the region of Aquitaine within the Bordeaux wine region and on the borders of the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne, France.
3.5km walk via country lanes to the village of Dieulivol where there is a cafe bar which serves drinks and light snacks, by special request they can create a BBQ meal for you, they also sell ice cream and local wine.
Fresh bread is available daily from the post office or the cafe bar on Sunday’s by request.
Bordeaux city centre is just 65km to the west and Bergerac is 46km to the east, Saint Emilion 38km north.
An ideal base from which to explore southwest 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 very reasonable prices through to the higher end of the market.
The 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 love the volunteer-run Cinema Eden in Monsegur, they show some international films in their original language version (VO) with French subtitles.
The market squares host a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, Monsegur hosts the famous 24 Heures de Swing at the beginning of July.
Vineyards and wine tasting
So many in the area, the nearest are:
1.2km, 3 Faurie, 33580 Dieulivol. Tasting available, the sparkling is a good option.
2km. Good table wine especially the red, this will be the first year for the rose, ideally by the box, buy direct only, part of the Accrobranche park.
Wine and Gastronomy
Vineyards are abundant in the area.
The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Chateau that offers 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.
Vineyard tours, a picnic in a vineyard and cheese and wine pairing evenings are available through Sylvie and Pascal who run Loving Aquitaine.
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 freshwater lake with a sandy beach at Blasimon is just 19km 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 54km. 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 128km, the Dune du Pilat where both the climb and the views will take your breath away! Reward yourself with fresh seafood from 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 to make sure the quality is up to standard… Maison Guinguet gourmet chocolate, 8km, near Duras, a nice shop to visit, also selling gifts and offers guided visits to their artisan factory in July and August.
The famous Chateau de Duras, 10km away. It’s well worth a visit, climb to the top and see the stunning 360-degree vista.
Tea room with gardens
Jardin de Boissona has six little gardens, each with its own character. Outside and inside seating. Especially known for their teas and delicious cakes. 7km Baleyssagues near Duras.
Zip wire adventure and climbing park
Just 2km. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure
Dordogne river trips are available on traditional boats in Bergerac with Les Gabarres de Bergerac. 46km.
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 from Eymet (31km) 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, 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.
There are pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club 28km. The chateau dates back to 1597 and is set in 450 acres of stunning countryside. Facilities also include a fine restaurant and a 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 and animals! Drinks and snacks. 22km. Facebook page link.
Wildlife park, animals
Parc du Griffon, animals, play areas and snack bar. 21 minutes drive 21km away.
Ferme Exotique is a fun day out with lots of activities for children. 75km.
Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 80km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com
Centre Equestre des Millespieds – 47120 Savignac de Duras – Ph +33 6 12 72 30 83- Nice, family oriented horse and pony riding. 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 mementoes and gifts too.
Duras (10km): 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 (21km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (23km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Big market with excellent producers and winner of “Favourite French Market” in 2014.
Monségur (7km): Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Is a nice small market with a particularly good fish stall.
Issigeac (52km): Every Sunday morning. Extremely popular. Top tip – arrive early!
Eymet (31km): Every Thursday morning. Medieval town.
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 (10km): Thursday evening
Lévignac de Guyenne (15km) : Friday evening
Monsegur (7km): 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 8 am to 8 pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. 10km. 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 9 am to 1 pm. 8km. 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 29km. GPS: 44.512165, 0.135597
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 23km. GPS: 44.826719, 0.219504