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Le Grand Maine holiday apartment accommodation gite by vineyard, France

(FLGM) Le Grand Maine

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£495 to £1295
3 bedroom holiday gite in rural France with a private swimming pool, vineyard views, walk to the vineyard next door through the vines for wine tasting, walk to the boulangerie in the village. Short drive to historical towns with weekly farmers markets. Located in the Bordeaux wine region near Saint Emilion, Bergerac & the Dordogne South West France. Not suitable for babies or children under 2 years old.
£495 to £1295
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  • Private swimming pool
  • Alarmed pool
  • Dishwasher
  • Satellite TV and radio
  • DVD Player
  • Wi-Fi
  • Large garden
  • Table tennis
  • Private off road parking
  • BBQ
  • Golf courses nearby
  • Cycle hire
  • Weekly farmers markets
  • Close to historical towns
  • Private catering available
  • Restaurants, cafe bar nearby

Le Grand Maine gite is a 3 bedroom holiday home in France with a private swimming pool, the 10m x 4m pool is secured by and alarm. Situated between Bordeaux, Bergerac and Saint Emilion near the border of the Dordogne in south west France.

Le Grand Maine gite is set next to a vineyard with rural views and is a short drive to historical towns and villages; an ideal location to explore this beautiful region of south west France. The accommodation is set on the upper floor of a two story property. The very welcoming and discreet owners live on the ground floor and afford guests privacy whilst being on hand for advice and help if required. Each level has its own entrance and front door.

Please note that Le Grand Maine gite is not suitable for babies or children under 2 years old.

Guests can walk through the neighbouring vineyard to the privately owned wine estate, Domaine Grand Mayne, who offer wine tasting, tours and also host regular events on Friday evenings in the summer including BBQ’s and live music . There is a boulangerie in Villeneuve de Duras just 1km away. An epicerie (small grocery store) can be  found nearby in Margueron (4km) where there is also a good restaurant, La Petite Auberge.

The ancient town of Duras (10km) where there are restaurants, café bar, wine bar, bank ATM 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.

A comprehensive Carrefour supermarket & petrol station can be found at Duras (9km) or a large E l’Eclerc at Pineuilh (13km).

There are many festivals and events that take place throughout the region including a very popular annual Jazz festival held in the ancient town of Monsegur (Gironde) 20km, every July.


Fitted kitchen with dishwasher, hob and eye level oven, toaster, microwave. Kitchen table and chairs, twin aspect windows with rural views.


Sofa and chairs, tv with English speaking channels, rural views.

Bedrooms and shower room

Bedroom 1: Double king size bed (150cm x 200cm), wardrobe and drawers, ceiling fan.
Bedroom 2: Either twin beds (90cm x 190cm) or large king size bed (180cm x 190cm), wardrobe and drawers, ceiling fan.
Bedroom 3: Twin beds (90cm x 190cm), wardrobe and drawers, ceiling fan.

Shared family shower room with a walk in shower, wash basin and a washing machine.
There is a separate WC.

Private swimming pool and gardens

Le Grand Maine offers you your own private garden area and private pool with sun terrace.

The garden to one side of the house is for your private use, the owners use the garden on the other side of the house.
The private 10m x 4m swimming pool has a single large Roman end step and a sun terrace surround with sun loungers and parasols. The depth is from 0.9m to 1.65m deep, the Roman end step is 40cm deep, all dimensions are approximate.
The chlorine pool is protected by an alarm.
The pool can be heated at an extra cost of £100 per week if required and has a solar bubble cover which helps to keep the heat in the pool.

For outside entertainment in the garden there is a table tennis table, dart board and a boules set. Golf clubs are available with a single pitch and putt style hole.


The region is famous for wine, there are many vineyards in the area and the nearest, Domaine Grand Mayne is less than a 5 minute walk through the vines where there are tasting rooms to sample the wine and buy directly from the producer.

Activities and what to do in the area

Weekly farmers markets, summer night markets, restaurants, cycle hire, local adventure park and many more activities and places to visit – more information on whats on locally is in the Local Area tab above.
Located in the famous Bordeaux wine region where there are plenty of vineyards for tastings and tours. There are many picturesque towns in the region, such as Saint Foy La Grande, Saint Emilion, Bergerac, Duras and Monsegur all with restaurants, cafe bars, shops and the beautiful historical countryside for you to explore.

Beach / Coast

A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 33km 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 fun Park near Casteljaloux fresh water lake, 58km. 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.

Visit Europe’s largest sand dune 150km, 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.

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

Cycle hire delivered to the door with all safety equipment supplied, electric cycles also available in the area.



  • Bergerac 32km
  • Bordeaux 104km
  • Toulouse 206km


  • Bordeaux station (TGV) 74km
  • Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 13km
  • La Reole (Bordeaux line) 32km


  • Calais 538 miles
  • Cherbourg 472 miles

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Dates Price for 7 nights from
6 personsShortbreaks from
10 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020£695.00£695.00
18 Apr 2020 - 22 May 2020£495.00£495.00
23 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020£795.00£795.00
27 Jun 2020 - 03 Jul 2020£1,045.00
04 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020£1,095.00
18 Jul 2020 - 21 Aug 2020£1,295.00
22 Aug 2020 - 28 Aug 2020£1,095.00
29 Aug 2020 - 11 Sep 2020£795.00
12 Sep 2020 - 25 Sep 2020£695.00£695.00
26 Sep 2020 - 31 Oct 2020£495.00£495.00

Changeover day: Saturday

We are happy to consider alternative days outside of peak season.

Please note that Le Grand Maine is not suitable for babies or children under 2 years old.

Reservation Information:

No booking fee
A 25% deposit secures a reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks before rental commencement.
A refundable security bond of £300 is payable with the balance which is returned within 7 days of departure subject to a satisfactory inspection.
Please view information about credit card and debit card charges.
Arrival from: 5pm
Departure by: 10am

Included in the price:

Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided and are included in the price.
A complimentary extra supply of bed linen and bath towels will be provided for bookings of 2 weeks or more.

Additional charges:

*Taxe de Sejour, payable locally in Euros on arrival charged at 3% of the rental price. *
Pool heating if required is charged at £100 per week.


Pool is open from Easter until the end of October.
Pool heating if required is charged at £100 per week, the pool does have a solar bubble cover which does a good job to heat the water using the natural sunshine.
When using pool heating the temperature is subject to environmental factors and cannot be guaranteed.

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The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France

Le Grand Maine gite is situated near the towns of Monsegur (19km) and Duras (10km) 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 108km to the west and Bergerac is 31km to the east, Saint Émilion 45km 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.

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 (45km), 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.


Tree adventure and climbing park

Just 13km, 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 20 minute drive, 21km away. Parc du Griffon

Ferme Exotique 87km.
Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 104km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com

Beach, water sports

A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 33km 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 fun Park near Casteljaloux fresh water lake, 58km. 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.

Visit Europe’s largest sand dune 150km, 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.

Aqualand water park is 145km located at Bassin D’Arcachon www.aqualand.fr/les-parcs,bassin_d_arcachon.html

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.

Canoe Kayak hire:
Allemans du Dropt 18km: Dropt river, information
Sainte Foy la Grande 14km: On the Dordogne river, information

Boat trips

Dordogne river boat trips on the are available in Bergerac, 31km.

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 bicycle hire at Allemans du Dropt (18km) and Eymet (21km) 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, 12km.

Public tennis courts

Tennis courts are located in Monsegur (20km), Duras (10km) and St Sernin de Duras (6km) and are usually booked via the local tourist information office.

Crazy Golf

Crazy golf and animals. Drinks and snacks, 26km. Melly golf


There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club 11km. 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.

Duras Castle

The famous Duras chateau 10km 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. 13km away, Baleyssagues near Duras. Jardin de Boissonna

Horse riding

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. 9km.

Local markets and super markets


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, 10km: 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, many stands of food/non food.
Allemans du Dropt, 18km: Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (26km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Quite big market with excellent producers.
Monségur, 20km: Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with good fish stall and a good butcher.
Issigeac (40km): Every Sunday morning.
Eymet (21km): Every Thursday morning.

Night markets

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 (10km) Night market: Every Thursday evening till end of August.
Lévignac de Guyenne (16km) Night market: Every Friday evening till end of August.
Monsegur (20km) Night market. Every Wednesday evening till mid of September.


This house during the peak season is a Sunday changeover, please note the supermarket opening times. A shopping service can be arranged with the house manager as all shops and supermarkets close at 1pm on Sundays.

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, 9km.

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, 19km.

Baker – Boulangerie, Villeneuve de Duras 1km, 12 minutes walk.

Baker – Boulangerie, Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Excellent croissants, fantastic corn flour and rustic breads. Closed on Tuesday and Sunday afternoon.

Epicerie (the essentials) and bread, Casse-Croute, Les Éguilles, at Margueron, 4km.

Butchers – Boucherie Evrard – Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Good butcher, next to the place du Marché. Closed on Tuesday and Sunday afternoon, 10km.

Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 30km.

Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 12km.

Tourist Information centres

Monségur, 20km (Gironde department) Ph +33 5 56 61 82 73 – web www.entredeuxmers.com
Duras, 10km (Lot-et-Garonne department) Ph +33 5 53 93 71 18 – web www.paysdeduras.com

Fabulous accommodation, fabulous location, fabulous holiday!
Thank you Jan & Andy for a wonderful family holiday, it has been fantastic.
We’ll see you next year!

Olive, Clive, Ben & Sarah. September 2018

Peace Serenity and a warm welcome
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
From the booking process to directions before we travelled everything had been thought of. On arrival we were treated to a fabulous welcome and the gite was spotless with some lovely little touches to make the start of our holiday as relaxed as possibly. An amazing location and private well maintained pool area and gardens made for a wonderful stay. We really appreciated the information on what’s going on too really helped with entertaining the children.
Massive thank you to Andy and Jan see you again soon.

Angela H. August 2018

The Perfect Stay
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I can not recommend the Grand Maine highly enough. Any minor concerns about staying above the owners were quickly dispelled, Jan and Andy were the perfect owners, attentive when required, maintained their distance when we wanted peace. The gite is perfectly appointed and attentively maintained. The pool a great place to sunbathe or cool off after a lovely day visiting one of the many local attractions. We arrived as strangers and now feel like we have friends for life. It was truly one of our best ever holidays.

Accommodation was perfect. Jan and Andy were perfect hosts who went way beyond expectations to create the perfect holiday, the location was wonderfully quiet. All in all we had a perfect stay.

Mark H. August 2018

We all had a fantastic time at this peaceful but yet amazing villa. Andy and Jan are perfect hosts,they gave us loads of info about places to go and things to see, we will definitely stay longer net time.
See you soon and thanks again.

Tim, Rosalind, Imogen, Isaac, Cameron. August 2018

had a great time around the pool and really enjoyed all the night markets and the wifi!

I loved the pool and really enjoyed the sun and shade, thanks 4 an amazing stay!

Beautiful location and perfect hosts who are always on hand to share their local knowledge.
We’ve been coming to France for over 10 years and genuinely this has been our best visit yet.
Thanks ever so much.

Leroy, Donna, Oscar, Robyn. August 2018

2nd time here at Grand Maine and wow it gets better and better. So much to see and do.

Duncan and family. August 2018

What a wonderful place to come and stay!
excellent facilities, lovely area and so very peaceful – heavenly!
Andy and Jan have made a very special place here.

Katy & John. June 2018

Reluctant share
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I feel that I cannot leave a review about Le Grande Maine as that would mean everybody would want to go and I don’t want anybody else to discover what we have. I don’t want anybody else to know what a fabulous place this is, in a fabulous location with fabulous hosts. I don’t want anybody else to say how great the pool is, or how comfy the beds are or the fact that you don’t need to take anything with you apart from your clothes. I don’t want anybody else to know that Le Grande Maine backs on to a vineyard and there is a gate from the garden to the vineyard shop! ( the wine is great by the way ). I’m not go to tell you anything, you’re going to have to find out for yourselves, but just be careful who you tell because they’ll all want to go and I’m afraid it’s mine!!!

Tracy C. June 2018

Well what can we say?
The most relaxing holiday ever, great house, great hosts! The pool is fantastic, the birdlife kept Terry very busy as did the kitchen kept Keith!!
Thanks for all your advice with places to eat & visit.
We will be back!!

Terry & Liz, Keith & Tracy. June 2018

wow what a place
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fantastic Gite, lovely hosts great location stunning property, great pool, weather was good and so relaxing. The gite is a great base to explore the vineyards and the wonderful towns nearby all within easy driving range. The gite itself has great facilities and everything you need – any questions and Jan and Andy are on hand to answer. You cannot go wrong with this fab place – we will be back and I am telling friends to book up as well.

Party from Penkridge. May 2018

Fantastic relaxing holiday, le grand Maine is lovely inside and out. The pool and gardens are fantastic. Great hosts and ideal location to visit so many lovely places.

The Horwells. May 2018

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Andy and Jan the hosts made us very welcome, nothing was too much trouble for them. The setting idyllic, peaceful and charming. Short distance from the Airport. The property is in a quiet location surrounded by grapevines and plum tress bordering a vineyard next door to taste the local wines. It is close to the lovely village of Villeneuve de Duras and villages of interest. Le Grad Maine itself was very impressive and exceptionally clean!.

Many thanks we will return !

Lynn L. April 2018

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Just come back from Grand Maine Gite after a wonderful few days away with friends, the Gite was everything we wanted and more with the facilities it offers set in lovely grounds with the addition of a heated swimming pool. Jan & Andy were great hosts who recommended lots of places for us to visit and restaurants to try and nothing disappointed. My friends and I will definitely be returning for another memorable holiday soon.

Party from Penkridge. September 2017

Amazing property in an amazing location
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Just spent a fabulous holiday at Le Grande Maine. The gite is perfect and has everything you could wish for, even down to the heated swimming pool. Owners Jan & Andy made us very welcome and we benefited greatly from their knowledge of the local area. We will defiantly be going back.

Shelly. September 2017

A great location, we’ve enjoyed the peace and tranquility. The kids have enjoyed the wifi & pool! Jan and Andy have gone out of their way to make it all the more enjoyable, it’s the small things that make a bog difference. We will be recommending to family and friends.
Hope to see you again.

Steve, Helen, Lauren, Zara & Libby. August 2017

what an Amazing week! We feel very relaxed (even with a crazy 3 year old in tow!) The kids have loved the pool and fruit picking. We have love the tranquility and wine! Thank you so much Andy and Jan for your warm welcome ideas for trips out and for not moaning about how early our kids get up!
We will definitely be back!

Dave, Anna, Eva & Jack. August 2017

Perfect holiday
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The location and accommodation was excellent for our family. We enjoyed exploring the local area and then relaxing by the pool. Jan and Andy really looked after us and cannot recommend this holiday enough. We are not a family that ever returns to the same area / resort where we have previously holidayed but this will definitely be the exception!

Millward party. July 2017
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