(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
- UK Freesat TV
- DVD Player
- Denon Bluetooth speakers
- Laundry area
- Large gardens
- Private off road parking
- Covered veranda
- 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 which 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 amused. Near Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion and the Dordogne in south west France.
La Maison Montignac has a “home from home” feel because the owners spend several months of the year there themselves and 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 which has a selection of shops, bars, restaurants and a weekly market every Friday. There are also vibrant weekly night markets every Wednesday in the peak summer months. Choco Latine boulangerie which produces artisan bread, fine French patisserie and chocolates on-site is a favourite of the owners and 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) and TV with UK Freesat channels.
Dual aspect windows over looking 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.
En-suite shower room with shower, wash basin and 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.
Next to a shared bathroom with half bath and shower over, wash basin 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.
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”.
Shared Bathroom and wc.
Garden room suite
Benefitting from its own entrance from the courtyard. A delightful, spacious and airy room with king size bed (150cm x 200cm). Seating area with sofa. Window with insect screen and patio doors that let in lots of light.
En-suite shower room with large shower, wash basin and wc.
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, finishes off this romantic room. There is a stable door which opens onto a small garden area at the side of the house and an inter-connecting door with the Mimosa room.
Shared shower room with shower, wash basin and wc with the Mimosa room.
Small pretty room with twin beds (90cm x 190cm) with inter-connecting 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, wash basin and wc which is shared with the Medieval room.
Children’s and Baby facilities
2 travel cots suitable for babies, 2 high chairs, stair gates, buggy, potty 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 fitted kitchen with double sink, dishwasher, double electric oven with grill, gas hob with 4 burners, microwave, 2 fridges, freezer, kettle, toaster and coffee maker; and ample storage for supplies in a large pantry style cupboard.
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. Washing line outside on the courtyard.
Comfortable large sofas occupy the lounge of the 40ft x 20ft open plan living area.
Large panoramic doors offer stunning views out across the grounds and ever changing landscape of the valley below.
Features include a 22ft oak beamed ceiling and large stone fireplace housing a wood burning stove.
Heating in the low season is by wood burning stove and electric heaters. (Logs can be provided and are charged as an extra).
UK Freesat TV/radio, widescreen 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 dart board. A selection of children’s toys and games and an additional fridge for drinks. 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 BBQ and courtyard.
The mature landscaped garden is set on an acre of land and attracts wildlife such as birds, butterflies, red squirrels, pheasants, barn owls and 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 and other factors).
Private tennis court
The house was bought by the owners from 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.
Racquets and balls are 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 +
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.
Gastronomic experiences and wine tours
Cycle hire can be 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 whats 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 south west France.
Coast / Beach
A fresh water lake with 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.
The famous sandy bay at Arcachon (144km) 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.
- 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
The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France
La Maison Montignac is situated near the towns of Monsegur (only a flat 2km walk) and Duras (7km) 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 44km 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 produce 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 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 St Emilion, 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.
Tree adventure and climbing park
Just 9km, climbing through the trees and zip wire, fun for all the family from years of age. Playground and snack bar. Accrobranche
A fresh water lake with 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 safe, fun environment for splashing around and cooling off in the heat of the summer sun. Blasimon lake.
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 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 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.
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.
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) – 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.
Wild life park, animals
Ferme Exotique 70km.
Zoo & Water park
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. Excellent organic goat cheese producers too… Foie gras, Magrets and many stands of food/non food.
Allemans du Dropt (17km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (26km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Quite big market with excellent producers.
Monségur: Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with good fish stall and butcher.
Issigeac (48km): Every Sunday morning.
Eymet (27km): 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 (7km) Night market: Every Thursday evening till end of August.
Lévignac de Guyenne (11km) Night market: Every Friday evening till end of August.
Monsegur (2km) 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 8am to 8pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9am to 1pm.
Walking distance just 1.6km or 1 mile, an easy 20 minutes walk, 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.
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. And Sunday afternoon.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 21km.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 28km.