(FGS) Gite Soumaille
- Local Area
- Shared 10m x 5m pool
- Chlorine pool
- Pool alarm
- Private walled garden
- UK Freesat TV
- Wi-Fi internet
- Blueray player
- Cambridge Audio Hi-Fi
- Extensive grounds
- Private off road parking
- Golf courses nearby
- Canoeing nearby
- Cycle hire
- Weekly farmers markets
- Close to historical towns
- Restaurant 3km
- Duras 9km
- Eymet 14km
- Private catering available
Gite Soumaille is a cosy and contemporary holiday gite with shared use of the pool (used occasionally by the owners and family). Nearest restaurant just 3km. Near Eymet and Duras, situated between Bordeaux, Bergerac and Saint Emilion near the border of the Dordogne in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region of south west France.
This charming accommodation is ideal for a couple looking for a get away from it all holiday in this unspoilt region of SW France. Set amongst 10 acres of land in a tranquil location; the gite is attached to the welcoming and discreet owners house, a mature couple. There is a seating area at the front of the gite and a pretty, walled garden with planting including wonderfully scented Jasmine in addition to use of the large grounds.
There are pets on site which include 2 donkeys, 2 cats, a friendly elderly dog and some chickens.
Accommodation and facilities
Open plan accommodation comprising of a bedroom area, well equipped kitchenette, dining space and a lounge area which has a double sofa bed suitable for a small child. There is a separate modern shower room with wash basin and wc. There is hanging space in a cupboard and a chest of drawers for clothes. A cot can be provided on request.
The facilities include:
4 ring gas hob
Kettle & toaster
UK Freesat English TV
Cambridge Audio Hi-Fi system with CD Player
Piano / electric keyboard, musical instruments which guests are welcome to use
The property is fitted with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
Whilst there is no washing machine in the gite, from 2020 the owner will be happy to provide a washing service for a nominal charge of 5€ per load.
The pool measures 10m x 5m, is 1.5m deep and has an alarm. A large sun terrace with 4 sun loungers and 2 parasols provide a lovely space to relax pool side.
The pool is shared with the owners and family who use it on an occasional basis.
Outside space and gardens
There are 10 acres of land in total which you are free to explore through the woodland walks from the house with wonderful valley views.
There is a lovely private walled garden which provides space to relax with a drink and a good book.
There is lots to do and discover in the local area including weekly farmers markets, restaurants, wine tasting and historic towns – more information on whats on locally can be viewed on the ‘Local Area’ tab above.
9km away is the ancient town of Duras (Lot et Garonne) which has a selection of bars, restaurants, banks and shops as well as a traditional weekly market every Monday morning and a bustling night market every Thursday in the height of the summer months. There are an abundance of towns and villages to explore locally.
Nearest restaurant: Auriac sur Dropt 3km. Le Camelia Restaurant.
Bar and a restaurant: Allemans sur Dropt 7km.
Canoeing in the summer along the river Dropt: Allemans sur Dropt 7km.
Public tennis courts: Duras 9km
Nearest supermarket: Duras 9km
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 (17km) are a short drive to excellent dining, shopping and the countryside is perfect for exploring by road, bike or foot.
Coast / Beach
A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 37km 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.
The famous sandy bay at Arcachon (146km) with Europes 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.
Cycle hire delivered to the door with all safety equipment supplied, electric cycles also available in the area.
- Bergerac 36km
- Bordeaux 111km
- Toulouse 200km
- Bordeaux station (TGV) 82km
- Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 23km
- Bergerac 38km
- Calais 544 miles
- Le Havre 435 miles
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The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France
Duras centre is 9km away, the nearest supermarket at Duras is 8km away through country roads. The ancient town of Duras where there are bars, restaurants, banks and shops as well as a traditional weekly market every Monday morning and a bustling night market every Thursday in the height of the summer months. Allemans du Dropt (7km) has a restaurant, bar, bakers and butcher.
Many more towns and villages to explore locally.
The nearest restaurant is at Auriac sur Dropt 3km away or a 30 minutes walk down a country lane Le Camelia Restaurant.
Bordeaux city centre is 84km drive to the west and Bergerac is 37km to the north east, Saint Emilion 52km north west.
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!
Duras (9km), Monsegur (18km), Eymet (14km) and Sainte Foy la Grande (25km), the 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 are many more similar towns and villages to explore, most with their own weekly markets and events.
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 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 Saint Emilion (52km), 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.
Sandy beach at Casteljaloux fresh water lake, 54km. Aqua fun Park with a huge lake, picnic benches, walks, facilities, sandy beach, water sports, kids play area….. its great for adults and the kids.
Aqua fun park Clarens web site. AquaFun’ Park Clarens Tripadvisor.
Castel adventure leisure centre, paint ball canoe, paddle board and pedalo, Castel adventure.
A fresh water lake with sandy beach just 38km away at Blasimon.
Visit Europe’s largest sand dune (159km), 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.
Cycle hire, Bike hire
The countryside around our properties is popular 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!
Bring your own bike or bike hire is available, we recommend booking in advance.
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 bicycles can be hired at Eymet (14km) or Allemans du Dropt (7km) 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. 9km.
Tree adventure and climbing park
Just 17km, climbing through the trees and zip wire, fun for all the family, ideal for all ages. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure
Wild life park, animals, zoo
Parc du Griffon, animals, play areas and refreshments just a 9 minute drive, 18km away. Parc du Griffon
The famous Duras chateau 9km away. Chateau de Duras.
Tea room with gardens
There are six little gardens, each with their own character. Outside seating and inside seating. Various drinks but especially known for their teas and delicious cakes. 12km away, Baleyssagues near Duras. Jardin de Boissonna
Public tennis courts
Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, Duras & St Sernin de Duras and are usually booked via the local Tourist information centres.
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 down stream. Of course the easiest way is a boat trip and let some one else do the work.
Dordogne river boat trips on the are available in Bergerac, 38km.
There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club 21km. 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 – 47120 Savignac de Duras – Ph +33 6 12 72 30 83- Nice, family oriented horse riding club. Ponies available. English spoken.
Aqualand water park is 137km located at Bassin D’Arcachon www.aqualand.fr/les-parcs,bassin_d_arcachon.html
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 veg’s & fruit producer, Nicolas. Excellent organic goat cheese producers too… Foie gras, Magrets and so on, many stands of food/non food.
Allemans du Dropt (7km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (24km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Quite big market with excellent producers.
Monségur 17km: Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with good fish stall and a good butcher.
Issigeac (40km): Every Sunday morning.
Eymet (14km): 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.
Lévignac de Guyenne (13km) 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
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 9am to 1pm.
Carrefour Contact supermarket in Monségur has got an excellent butcher section!!! Open from 8am to 8pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9am to 1pm.
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 a Sunday afternoon.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 28km.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 22km.