- Local Area
- Private 10m x 5m Pool
- Table tennis
- Washing machine
- Satellite TV and radio
- DVD Player
- Wood burner
- Rural views
- Country walks
- Private off road parking
- Cot available
- Golf courses nearby
- Cycle hire available
- Shops 5km
- Bars restaurants 5km
Gemard, a cosy 1 bedroom holiday cottage for two with a private swimming pool near Bordeaux, Bergerac and Saint Emilion in south west France.
Gemard is a charming 1 bedroom holiday cottage with its own entrance and private pool set in the grounds of the owners’ property; who whilst can be on hand for help or advice afford privacy to guests during their stay. Nestled amongst the rolling countryside of this beautiful region it is rare to find accommodation like this suitable for 2 people with a good-sized private pool.
All of the accommodation is on the ground floor with just one step into the bedroom.
Just a 2.5km walk to rural cafe / bar and daily bread, the walk or cycle is along quiet country lanes.
Open plan living space with kitchenette which includes:
Oven with hob
Kettle and toaster
The living area has a sofa and coffee table set in front of the feature fireplace which houses a wood-burning stove for the cooler times of the year. There is a small TV with English Freesat UK channels. The main door leads onto the pool terrace and there is also another door that leads onto the 2nd private courtyard and BBQ area.
A laundry room with a washing machine is located in the main house, guests have use of this and can access it from the outside.
The spacious bedroom is simply and tastefully furnished with a full-size wardrobe and a chest of drawers. The large bed measures 185cm wide x 200cm long. There are dual aspect views over the pool at the front and orchards at the rear.
The bed can be split into 2 single beds if required.
Located between the bedroom and living area. Shower cubicle, washbasin, WC and towel rail.
The private 10m x 5m pool (depth ranges from 1m -2m) and terrace offer seclusion with seating and sun loungers placed in various spots to ensure you get the most of the sun throughout the day. There is a covered pergola with comfy sofa’s where you can relax in the shade; and a table and chairs for alfresco eating.
Outside space and garden
A gateway leads through to a picturesque courtyard which has an additional table and chairs and an original bread oven that is now used as a BBQ. From this courtyard, you can access the rear garden space which has an exterior grade ping pong table that overlooks the surrounding plum orchard. You are welcome to walk the orchards and on the opposite side of the road from Gemard, there are vineyards and far-reaching valley views.
Supermarkets and nearby towns
Monsegur, Duras and most of the surrounding towns have traditional weekly markets. Both have a selection of shops, bars and restaurants as well as Banks/ATM’s, boulangeries and a pharmacie.
Monsegur 5km (Friday morning market and Wednesday night market in peak summer months)
Duras 9km (Monday morning market and Thursday night market in peak summer months)
Large hypermarkets in Marmande 28km or Pineuilh (near Sainte-Foy la Grande) 25km.
Private catering, Gastronomic experiences and Wine tours
Taylor made experiences at the house or maybe a picnic in the vineyard? English and French spoken.
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, restaurants, cycle hire, local adventure park – more information on what’s on locally is in the Local Area tab above.
Located in the heart of the Bordeaux famous wine region where there are plenty of vineyards for tastings and tours. The picturesque towns of Duras and Monsegur are a short drive to excellent dining and shopping and the local farmhouses and countryside perfect for exploring.
Coast / Beach
A freshwater lake with a sandy beach at Blasimon is just 24km 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 43km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.
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.
- Bergerac 48km
- Bordeaux 81km
- Toulouse 208km
- Bordeaux (TGV) train station 67km
- Ste Foy La Grande (Bordeaux Bergerac line) train station 25km
- La Reole (Bordeaux line) train station 19km
- Calais 560 miles
- Caen 430 miles
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The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France
Gemard is situated near the towns of Monsegur (5km) and Duras (9km) 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 and Bergerac is 47km to the east, Saint Émilion 40km 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.
This region is famous for its wines 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 near this holiday home that offer very good quality products at a very reasonable price.
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 Cinema Eden in Monsegur, which does show international films in their original language version (VO), a selection of English speaking films with French subtitles.
The market squares are also host to many festivals and events throughout the year.
Wine and Gastronomy
So many Vineyards and wine tastings in the area, the nearest are:
1.7km, 3 Faurie, 33580 Dieulivol. Tasting available, the sparkling is a good option.
2.3km. 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.
The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Caves and Chateau that offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.
Not to be missed is the world-famous St Emilion 50km. 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 Stein’s 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 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 to exploring ancient villages.
Tree adventure and climbing park
Just 2.5km, climbing through the trees and zip wire, fun for all the family, ideal for all ages. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure
A freshwater lake with a 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.
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.
Aqua Park is 43km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.
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.
Maybe cycle to a cafe bar or the chocolate shop!
The Gironde and Lot et Garonne (Monsegur and Duras areas), guide and information.
Cycle hire can be delivered to your door, view prices and book – click here for details (we recommend booking in advance)
Electric bicycles can be hired at Allemans du Dropt and Eymet cycle hire
Carbon road bike hire in Bordeaux, they will deliver to Bordeaux train station for free, they do not deliver to your door but if you are a serious cyclists just ride the bike back to your holiday villa. Carbon road bike hire Bordeaux.
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 this.
Maison Guinguet gourmet chocolate, they have a very nice shop to visit next to their artisan factory. 2km from Duras.
Public tennis courts
Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, 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.
The Dordogne river at Sainte Foy has a faster pace but has plenty of canoe hire opportunities and literally just go with the flow and be picked up further downstream. Of course, the easiest way is a boat trip and let someone else do the work.
Dordogne river boat trips on the are available in Bergerac.
There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club 27km. 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) – Ph +33 5 53 61 50 00 – 18 holes superb golf.
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.
Wildlife park, animals
Ferme Exotique 84km.
Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 87km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com
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.
Duras: Every Monday from 8.30 to 14:00 (closes at 12:00 from September to June). Nice market, excellent Organic vegs & fruit producer. Excellent organic goat cheese producers too… Foie gras, Magrets and many other stands of food/non-food.
Allemans du Dropt (20km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (26km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Quite a big market with excellent producers.
Monségur: Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with a good fish stall and butcher.
Issigeac (50km): Every Sunday morning.
Eymet (29km): Every Thursday morning.
From 1st of July till End of August, very successful, where you can eat and dance, with many craft and food stalls. Go early if you want to park close to the village.
Duras (9km) Night market: Every Thursday evening till the end of August.
Lévignac de Guyenne (13km) Night market: Every Friday evening till the end of August.
Monsegur (5km) Night market. Every Wednesday evening till mid of September.
Carrefour Contact supermarket – just out of Duras on the direction of Sainte Foy La Grande. Small but very well stocked (includes English part). Open from 8 am to 8 pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm.
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.
Baker – Boulangerie, Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Excellent croissants, fantastic cornflour and rustic bread. 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.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 27km.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 29km.