(FLMM) La Maison Montignac
- Local Area
- Private heated 11m x 5m pool
- Secure fenced & gated pool
- Pool alarm
- Private clay tennis court
- Children’s swings
- Pool table
- Table football
- Table tennis
- Air hockey
- French TV/ UK Freesat TV
- DVD Player
- Denon Bluetooth speakers
- Laundry area
- Large gardens
- Private off road parking
- Covered veranda
- Charcoal BBQ
- 2 Cots and highchairs
- Baby package
- Toys, books and games
- Golf courses nearby
- Cycle hire available
- Private catering available
- Walk to village
La Maison Montignac is a tastefully converted large stone barn complete with a private heated swimming pool that is fenced, gated and alarmed to provide extra security for young children. A well-equipped games room and private clay tennis court offer plenty to keep guests of all ages entertained. Near Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion and the Dordogne in south west France.
La Maison Montignac has a “home from home” feel because the owners have lovingly restored and improved this fabulous building. Offering spacious accommodation with all of the facilities you could wish for, set amongst large landscaped gardens of approximately 1 acre with stunning views over the valley and an easy 20-minute walk (2km) to the historical bastide town of Monsegur.
Monsegur has a selection of shops, bars, restaurants and a traditional weekly market every Friday morning. There are also vibrant weekly night markets every Wednesday in the peak summer months. La Choco-Latine boulangerie run by Stephanie and Mickael produces artisan bread, fine French patisserie and chocolates on-site is a favourite of the owners and came 2nd in the 2019 national “La Meilleure Boulangerie de France” competition.
There is a well-stocked Carrefour supermarket 1.6km (1 mile) from the house just before you enter Monsegur.
The entire house and all facilities are for your exclusive use during your stay.
All bedrooms have room fans and there are several hairdryers.
Beautiful, spacious upper floor master suite with a king-size bed (150cm x 200cm).
Dual aspect windows overlooking the grounds both to the rear and front with spectacular views over the valley.
Insect screen on one window and vented roller shutter on the other.
TV with UK Freesat channels.
En-suite shower room with shower, washbasin and large electric towel radiator. Separate wc.
Spacious ground floor room with a boutique feel. Super king-size bed (180cm wide x 190cm) which can be converted to twin beds if required.
Dual aspect windows with insect screens.
Wall-mounted heated towel radiator.
Next to a shared bathroom with half bath and shower over, washbasin and separate wc.
Little Bears room
Upper floor. Small, cosy room with twin beds (90cm x 190cm), dual aspect windows. Exposed oak beams and stone walls.
Wall-mounted heated towel radiator.
Shared bathroom and wc.
Big bears room
Upper floor. Characterful pretty room with double bed (140cm x 195cm), washbasin and 2 windows. Exposed oak beams. Situated next to the “Little Bears room”.
Wall-mounted heated towel radiator.
Shared Bathroom and wc.
Garden room suite
Benefitting from its own entrance from the courtyard. A delightful, spacious and airy room with travertine flooring throughout. King size bed (150cm x 200cm). Window with insect screen and patio doors that lets in lots of light.
En-suite shower room with travertine tiles. Large shower, modern washbasin on a traditional French washstand, wall mounted heated towel radiator and wc. Insect screens on windows.
This very special room boasts original features including a 16th century stone fireplace, original tiled floor and stone sink (not in use). The medieval-style king-size bed (150cm x 200cm) and furniture; dressed with Toile de Jouy drapes finish off this romantic room. A stable door opens onto a small garden area at the side of the house and there is an interconnecting door with the Mimosa room.
Shared shower room with shower, washbasin, wall mounted heated towel radiator and wc.
Small pretty room with twin beds (90cm x 190cm) with interconnecting door into the Medieval room. This room can also be accessed by another door from the hallway.
Situated next to a shower room with shower, washbasin, wall mounted heated towel radiator and wc which is shared with the Medieval room.
Children’s facilities and Baby Package
The baby package includes 2 travel cots, 2 high chairs, stair gates, a buggy, a potty, a baby bath with support and a baby changing mat.
Children’s swings and large grassed areas with plenty of room for running about in the 1-acre garden. A selection of toys and games.
Modern kitchen with double sink, dishwasher, dual fuel range oven with electric grill, 2 ovens and gas hob with 5 burners, microwave, 2 fridges, freezer, kettle, toaster and 2 coffee makers (filter coffee machine and Senseo coffee machine). Ample storage for supplies in a large pantry style cupboard. There are 2 further fridges in the games room.
A large table comfortably seats 10 people, additional outside tables and chairs can be used to extend if required.
Laundry area with washing machine, iron, ironing board and clothes airer. There is also a washing line in the courtyard.
A comfortable, large corner style sofa occupies the lounge of the 40ft x 20ft open plan living area.
Large panoramic doors offer stunning views across the grounds and the ever-changing landscape of the valley below.
Features include a 22ft oak-beamed ceiling and large stone fireplace housing a wood-burning stove.
Logs can be provided and are charged as an extra.
UK Freesat TV/radio or French TV, Denon Bluetooth speakers, DVD/CD player and a selection of films, books and board games.
Great fun for all ages and the focus of many “holiday tournaments”. Table tennis, pool table, table football, air hockey and dartboard. A selection of children’s toys and games and 2 fridges. The high, oak-beamed ceiling keeps this room nice and cool in summer.
All equipment is provided for guests.
Enjoy breakfast on the patio to the front of the house overlooking the stunning views of the valley, or take a lazy lunch under the shady covered oak veranda where there is a large charcoal BBQ and courtyard which has pretty lights in the evenings.
The mature landscaped garden is set on an acre of land and attracts wildlife such as birds, butterflies, red squirrels, pheasants, barn owls and you can sometimes be treated to a glimpse of deer in the vineyards below.
There is a private gated driveway with parking for several cars.
11m x 5m heated pool with a solar cover to retain the heat overnight. The whole pool is 1.4m deep with 4 shallow walk-in steps which span the whole width of the pool at one end. Surrounding terrace with solar shower, sun loungers and parasols all securely fenced and gated in addition to a pool alarm.
(Please note: specific pool temperatures cannot be guaranteed as heating is influenced by weather conditions).
Private tennis court
The house was bought from the former French tennis star, Patrice Dominguez, who represented France in the Davis cup between 1971 – 1979 and went on to train several players including Henri Leconte. He then furthered his career by becoming National Technical Director of the French Tennis Federation and also worked as an analyst for the French media. The full-size clay court, which has uninterrupted views of the valley, was built for Patrice and many of his racquets, books and tournament documentation were left at the house by him, some of which are on display at the house today.
The tennis court is not maintained to a professional standard but is great for holiday fun.
All equipment is provided for guests
Quality bed linen, towels and pool towels are included in the price. A change of linen and bath towels is provided each week for stays of 2 weeks or more.
Additional cleaning can be arranged directly with the house manager who is also on hand to assist with any queries during your stay. The house manager is fluent in French and English.
Private catering, Gastronomic experiences and Wine tours
Enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the house, a wine tasting evening or even a picnic in a local vineyard. English and French spoken. www.lovingaquitaine.com
Cycle hire delivered to the door with all safety equipment supplied, electric cycles also available in the area.
What to do in the area
Weekly farmers markets, restaurants, quiet roads which are great for cycling, zip wire park, canoeing – 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 local picturesque towns of Duras and Monsegur, plus many more in the area provide an insight into the wonderful and relaxed way of life in southwest France.
Coast / Beach
A freshwater lake with a sandy beach at Blasimon is just 24 km 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 (144 km) 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 47km
- Bordeaux 96km
- Toulouse 200km
- Bordeaux station (TGV) 68km
- Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 29km
- La Reole (Bordeaux line) 17km
- Bergerac 49km
- Calais 575 miles
- Le Havre 495 miles
|Dates||Price for 7 nights from|
|27 May 2023 - 02 Jun 2023||£3,195.00|
|03 Jun 2023 - 23 Jun 2023||£3,095.00|
|24 Jun 2023 - 07 Jul 2023||£3,495.00|
|08 Jul 2023 - 28 Jul 2023||£5,150.00|
|29 Jul 2023 - 04 Aug 2023||£5,295.00|
|05 Aug 2023 - 11 Aug 2023||£5,895.00|
|12 Aug 2023 - 18 Aug 2023||£5,895.00|
|19 Aug 2023 - 25 Aug 2023||£5,150.00|
|26 Aug 2023 - 01 Sep 2023||£3,795.00|
|02 Sep 2023 - 15 Sep 2023||£3,095.00|
Our tips on what to do in Monsegur, Duras, Bordeaux, Bergerac and the Dordogne.
La Maison Montignac is situated near the towns of Monsegur (only a flat 2km walk) and Duras 7km (Lot et Garonne), Sainte-Foy-La-Grande 29km, 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 44km northwest.
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 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
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.
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.
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 28km 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 41km located near Bergerac.
Aqua Fun Park near Casteljaloux is 50km. Park with a huge freshwater lake, picnic benches, walks, facilities, man-made sandy beach, water sports, kid’s play area…. great for adults and kids.
Visit Europe’s largest sand dune 137km, 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 6km, near Duras. A nice shop to visit, selling chocolate, gifts and offers guided visits to their artisan factory in July and August.
The famous Chateau de Duras, 7km 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. Known for their teas and delicious cakes. 7km.
Zip wire adventure and climbing park
Playground and snack bar, 9km. Des chênes toi Aventure
Dordogne river trips are available on traditional boats in Bergerac with Les Gabarres de Bergerac. 47km.
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 Eymet (27km) 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 they are usually booked via the 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 26km. 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. 16km. www.paysdeduras.com/activites-culturelles/melly-golf
Wildlife park, animals
Parc du Griffon, animals, play areas and snack bar. 12 minutes drive 12km away. www.parcdugriffon.fr/en.html
Ferme Exotique is a fun day out with lots of activities for children. 70km.
Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 95km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com
Centre Equestre des Millespieds – 47120 Savignac de Duras – Ph +33 6 12 72 30 83- Nice, family oriented horse riding club. 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 (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 (16km): 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 (2km): Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice a small market with a particularly good fish stall.
Issigeac (50km): Every Sunday morning. Extremely popular. Top tip – arrive early!
Eymet (27km): 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 (7km): Thursday evening
Lévignac de Guyenne (11km) : Friday evening
Monsegur (2km): 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. 8km. 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. 1.6km. 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 23km. GPS: 44.512165, 0.135597
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 27km. GPS: 44.826719, 0.219504