(FLMLM) Le Mas Mazet. Hilltop views, Secure salt pool. The Dordogne near Bergerac SW France
- Local Area
- Private heated 10m x 5m pool
- Electric security cover
- Summer kitchen
- Table tennis
- Petanque court
- Outdoor games
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Large Weber Gas BBQ
- Stunning views
- TV with UK and French channels
- Netflix/DVD player
- Bluetooth speaker
- Travel cots (2), highchair (2)
- Shops/restaurants 10 mins
- Cycle hire available
- Private off-road parking
- Wheelchair friendly
- Private chef available
- Concierge service
- Bergerac Airport 35 mins
Le Mas Mazet is a gorgeous farmhouse and a separate self contained stone barn as the accommodation with a heated saltwater pool with an electric security cover, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, stone fireplaces, thick stone walls, exposed beams and superb far-reaching hilltop views of the glorious Dordogne countryside.
Situated in the south of the Dordogne, a region famous for its history, cuisine and incredible landscapes. The area offers so much to explore: châteaux, bastide (medieval fortified) towns, markets, brocantes, wine tours, prehistoric caves and much more besides.
A long private driveway leads you through a wood and fields to the 16th-century stone property. Roses, jasmine, wisteria and lavender scent the air.
Lovingly transformed by the attentive owners into an award-winning “luxurious rural retreat” (The Telegraph), the houses have bags of character and history. Completely renovated whilst respecting the historical character of the building, Le Mas has been brought into the 21st century offering stylish understatement and discreet luxury. Well-equipped and well-maintained, it’s a place to fall in love with. Bask by the pool, have a siesta in a shady spot, enjoy the tranquillity to relax and recharge. We have a feeling you won’t want to leave this rural idyll.
Le Mas Mazet is a great location to explore the best of the Dordogne: castles, vineyards, markets, prehistoric caves, truffles and stunning scenery. The bastide towns of Monpazier and Beaumont with their cafés and markets are 10 minutes away.
Le Mas Mazet comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests over 6 bedrooms with 6 bathrooms. This includes Mazet, a separate 1 bedroom self contained property for up to 2 guests. An extra bed can be added at an extra cost accommodating 13 guests. It’s a great house for families and groups of friends.
A few steps away from Le Mas Mazet is the covered summer kitchen. Gather at the long dining table and fire up the large barbecue. A jasmine-scented terrace overlooks the private, heated, saltwater swimming pool and the stunning Dordogne countryside.
A house for all seasons, there’s a spacious family kitchen and comfortable sitting room, both with large fireplaces with wood burners (firewood included). 6 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, are spread over the ground and upper floors.
Le Mas Mazet has been awarded 5 stars by the Ministry of Tourism and described by The Telegraph as a “luxurious rural retreat…superb”. To ensure a great experience the owners offer a concierge service including, a private chef, wine tasting, deliveries from the boulangerie and more.
Four double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms. 6 bathrooms.
All bedrooms are equipped with a fan in the summer months and have their own en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and WC, bedrooms 1 and 2 in addition also have a bath.
Three double bedrooms (upper floor):
The three double bedrooms are all on the upper floor, accessed via two staircases. The main staircase leads up from the kitchen to the two large master bedrooms, Bedroom 1 (33m²) and Bedroom 2 (23m²). Their en suite bathrooms have freestanding baths and walk-in showers. The second staircase leads from the kitchen to a dual-aspect double Bedroom 3 and en suite bathroom with shower.
These three bedrooms are all light and bright and have wooden floors, exposed beams and stone walls. They have views over the fields and woods on one side and the summer kitchen and the pool on the other. The hotel-quality beds are all 180cm x 200cm and have Egyptian cotton sheets.
Two twin bedrooms (ground floor):
At opposite ends of the ground floor are the two twin bedrooms. They both have two single beds and en suite bathrooms with showers. Bedroom 4 (near the kitchen) is wheelchair accessible, as is the majority of the rest of the ground floor and outside area.
Bedroom 5 can have a single bed added at an extra cost, accommodating a total of 13 guests over the property.
The hotel-quality single beds are 90cm x 200cm and have Egyptian cotton sheets.
All six bathrooms have complimentary toiletries from The White Company and a hairdryer.
A separate self contained property with 1 bedroom, sitting room and kitchen.
From the sitting room take the stairs down to the lower ground floor, where the bedroom and an en suite bathroom are found. There is a kingsize bed, dressing table and chair, open wardrobe and shelves in the bedroom, which remains wonderfully cool in the summer.
The spacious bathroom has a walk-in shower, sink, toilet, washing machine and hair dryer.
Cleaning, towels and linen
End-of-stay clean: When you leave, all we ask is that you tidy up, The team will clean to ensure it’s as perfect as it was when you arrived, but we would appreciate all the games, toys, books etc. being put back.
Toiletries: Complimentary, The White Company’s Noir range in the bathrooms (hand soaps, hand and body lotion, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner) and in the kitchens (cleansing hand soap and hand lotion).
Linen and towels: There are goose-down duvets on the beds in the double bedrooms, but there are also anti-allergy duvets available.
All the bed linen is 100% Egyptian cotton, and the towels are also pure cotton. Pool towels are also provided. For longer stays the bed linen and towels are changed weekly.
Baby and toddler facilities
Two travel cots with mattresses, two high chairs in both the kitchen and summer kitchen, children’s cutlery, plates and bowls, anti-slip mats for the baths, and some books, indoor and outdoor games.
There are two travel cots available for infants under 2 years old.
In the main house, Le Mas, the terracotta tiles in the kitchen continue into the sitting room (44m²), which has its own fireplace with a wood burner (firewood provided), exposed beams and doors leading outside to the pool and summer kitchen.
The huge comfy sofas make it the perfect place to relax, and the entertainment cupboard has hundreds of books, and lots of games and DVDs. The flat-screen TV has UK and French channels, Netflix app and a DVD player.
Heating: Central heating throughout. There is also a wood burner in Le Mazet and two in Le Mas, which are effective and cosy. Firewood is provided in the cooler months, sourced locally from the neighbour’s woods!
Mazet: The sitting room is on the upper ground floor (36m²) which is reached from stone steps in the garden. It’s a sunny room, with windows on all four sides, stone walls, a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. There is a large fireplace with wood burner (firewood provided) as well as radiators in all the rooms.
A comfortable sofa and flat screen TV with English and French channels, Netflix app, DVD player and WiFi. There are also books and games.
The hub of the farmhouse is the large kitchen (55m²), which leads to the other rooms and two staircases. There is a long kitchen table and transparent Pedrali chairs in front of the wood burner, and the kitchen area has a big concrete worktop.
Chefs will love the well-equipped kitchen which includes a Smeg range cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, Aeroccino milk frother, Siemens Porsche Design filter coffee maker, toaster, blender and kettle. The kitchen retains history and character in the large stone fireplace with a wood burner, terracotta tiled floor and the old larder and évier (sink) set into the one-metre thick stone walls.
Mazet: The kitchen is open plan with the sitting room area with a dining table and chairs. The kitchen is well-equipped and has a dishwasher, you’ll also find an oven, hob, fridge, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and Aeroccino milk frother, toaster and kettle.
Cleaning products: Dishwasher tablets, washing-up liquid, detergents, bin bags, loo paper and other cleaning products are all provided for your use.
The summer kitchen
Opposite the kitchen is the covered summer kitchen (65m²). It was originally a barn for housing animals and drying tobacco. It’s now partly open on three sides, offering a breeze, shade and fantastic views over the pool and rolling hills. As well as a dining area, there is also a kitchen area with a large Weber gas barbecue (gas provided).
The summer kitchen is where you’ll gather for meals, games, or to admire the view and relish the peace and quiet. Atmospheric lighting makes the summer kitchen and gardens magical at night.
Private heated saltwater swimming pool
Le Mas’ private heated pool is open from April to October. It measures 10×5 metres and has a maximum depth of 1.7 metres, with a large terrace with sun loungers, deck chairs and parasols. The pool has an electric security cover, which keeps the pool both secure and warm. Saltwater pools have about 10% of the salinity of the ocean.
The pool is positioned to be close to the house and the summer kitchen and to take in the stunning hilltop views over the valley below.
The garden and games
The garden is well-maintained and references Le Mas’ past as a farm. There are nut trees (which the deer love!) and fruit trees, including medlar, quince and sorb from which jellies are traditionally made. The air is scented with lavender, rosemary, jasmine, wisteria and roses.
There is a mulberry tree in the middle of the meadow with a bench around it, it’s gently lit by bulbs when the sun has gone down. There are other benches dotted about the garden, several of which are made from a fallen walnut tree. They are the perfect spots from which you can enjoy the far-reaching views.
Mazet: has its own private garden with sun loungers, table and chairs for alfresco dining and a Weber charcoal barbecue. The garden has the benefit of sun from morning until evening due to its south-facing position, but the massive oak tree offers shade. The sunset bench is the perfect place to watch the sun go down, with a glass of wine. The views are spectacular.
Garden produce: Please help yourselves to the walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, apples, pears, plums and mirabelles, cherries, peaches, medlars, quince, sorb, blackberries and sloes. There are also herbs – rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano and mint planted for you.
The neighbours below Le Mas have an organic permaculture farm, from whom you can buy season vegetables or order a veg box.
Two outbuildings have been converted into a covered pétanque court and a covered table tennis area. There are games to play outside such as table tennis, football, rugby, archery, darts, badminton, children’s croquet and more.
Your stay at Le Mas Mazet
The extremely welcoming and attentive owners, Rupert and Franck live on-site in a converted tobacco barn. They are respectful of guests’ privacy but are on hand to help you with advice on where to go and what to do during your holiday and are always happy to advise.
A fantastic French private chef who had his own Michelin-star can cook for you at Le Mas, bringing the restaurant to you. As a group, choose one from his selection of menus and he’ll arrange the date with you. He’ll arrive early to prepare and to lay the table. He’ll serve you and clear everything away, leaving you to enjoy the delicious food and great company!
Food on arrival
You can order a dinner package from a local traiteur for you to warm up. The duck lasagna and homemade quiches are delicious! This can be arranged for your arrival day so that you don’t have to worry about shopping and cooking. You might like to go to the Sunday morning market at Issigeac (25 km) to stock up – and supermarkets are open until lunchtime on Sunday mornings.
If you want to taste and learn about Bergerac and French wines without getting in the car, it can be arranged for a wine expert to give you a fantastic wine-tasting session in the comfort of Le Mas.
A local artisan baker delivers straight to the door 3 mornings a week. Just text your order the day before to enjoy fresh bread, croissants and chocolatines in the morning.
Massages, pilates and yoga
If you are not relaxed enough (difficult to imagine), a holistic massage under the trees or in your room, or a tailor-made yoga or pilates session can be arranged.
What to do in the area and beyond
There are many towns, villages and castles to explore on your doorstep. Local towns and villages host weekly markets as well as summer night markets and various festivals throughout the year. More information on what’s on locally can be viewed in the “Local Area” tab above.
- Bergerac 35km
- Brive–Souillac 88km
- Bordeaux 170km
- Toulouse 161km
- Bergerac 37km
- Lalinde (Bergerac line) 22km
- Bordeaux station (TGV) 150km
- Calais 900km
- Le Havre 700km
|Dates||Price for 7 nights from|
|12 persons||Shortbreaks from|
|10 Oct 2023 - 27 Oct 2023||€4,305.00||€4,305.00|
|28 Oct 2023 - 04 Nov 2023||€4,270.00||€4,270.00|
|25 Nov 2023 - 14 Dec 2023||€4,270.00||€4,270.00|
|15 Dec 2023 - 07 Jan 2024||€5,250.00||€3,750.00|
|27 Mar 2024 - 05 Apr 2024||€4,550.00||€4,550.00|
|06 Apr 2024 - 19 Apr 2024||€4,550.00|
|20 Apr 2024 - 24 May 2024||€5,005.00|
|25 May 2024 - 21 Jun 2024||€5,810.00|
|22 Jun 2024 - 30 Aug 2024||€7,100.00|
|31 Aug 2024 - 27 Sep 2024||€5,635.00|
|28 Sep 2024 - 01 Nov 2024||€4,515.00|
|02 Nov 2024 - 13 Dec 2024||€4,515.00||€4,515.00|
|14 Dec 2024 - 06 Jan 2025||€5,565.00||€3,975.00|
While at Le Mas Mazet, what to do locally and places to visit.
There are four beautiful bastide villages within a 12-minute drive of Le Mas & Le Mazet which are well worth a visit, especially when the markets are on. Monpazier is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, founded by Edward I of England, as was Beaumont du Périgord which has an amazing quincaillerie or hardware shop that sells anything and everything! Saint-Avit-Sénieur and the remains of its abbey are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.
For 800 years pilgrims came to Cadouin to see the Shroud which Jesus was reportedly wrapped in after his crucifixion. That is, until 1932 when a Jewish scholar realised that the shroud was an Islamic fabric from the 11th century. Cadouin’s cloisters are stunning and the restaurant opposite serves delicious pizza.
There are reported to be 1001 châteaux in the Dordogne, so you’ll see them dotted all over the countryside. Château de Biron changed allegiance countless times during the Hundred Years’ War and is worth visiting just for the views. Towering above the Dordogne River are the two medieval castles of Beynac and Castelnaud. Milandes was once the home of Josephine Baker which now hosts falconry in its gardens.
You can’t go to France without going to a market! The best one is on Sunday morning in Issigeac. There are local markets in Beaumont on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and in Monpazier on Thursdays. In the winter there are truffle markets, and evening markets in the summer where you can buy food from stalls and sit at trestle tables in the town squares. Villeréal has a monthly antiques market and Beaumont has a large brocante several times a year.
The Dordogne is perhaps best known for black truffles which can be found in winter and summer. The owners can arrange for you to go truffle hunting with Mokka the dog to find and taste some truffles. The region is also known for duck and walnuts and hazelnuts grow in abundance here, and in the summer the markets are full of strawberries (considered some of the best in France) and in the autumn cep mushrooms.
The Romans planted vineyards around Bergerac, which now boasts some award-winning vineyards. A tour of different vineyards can be arranged on request. If you don’t want to drive, then a wine-tasting at Le Mas can be arranged, learning about the best of the local wines. If you’re going to Bordeaux, stop off at Saint-Émilion whose vineyards surrounding the town are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy walks right on your doorstep, either through woodland and across fields to the pretty medieval village of Montferrand or to the 12th Century church at Sainte Croix. There are nearby trails to suit everyone, from the Grand Randonnées such as GR36 and GR6, to circular walks (5km to 40km) around Monpazier.
Le Mas is just off cycle route 26, a 70km loop to Monpazier, Cadouin and back. There are many other cycle routes nearby bringing you to the hidden gems of the Dordogne, away from the tourists. If you’re not bringing your own bike, they can be hired from AquitaineBike.com who deliver the bikes, helmets and locks here and also collect them.
The Dordogne river
There are two majestic rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère, which meet up in Limeuil (one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France), and is a great place for swimming. You can also swim at Le Buisson.
You can rent canoes in different locations, in the Dordogne or Vézère valleys. The rental company will meet take you to a point in the river and then you canoe back to where you parked. We recommend Vitrac to Beynac, where you pass some amazing riverscapes, chateaux and villages.
Sarlat and neighbouring villages
Often described as the pearl of the Dordogne, Sarlat is a town of exceptional beauty with its narrow winding streets, stone roofs & open squares. It is one of the most important undamaged medieval city centres of the world. Thousands of tourists visit this small town yearly, so plan your trip well!
On your way there, stop off at the villages of La Roque-Gageac and Domme (one of the most popular villages in France) where you will get spectacular views across the Dordogne countryside.
There are three magical gardens worth visiting. The classical Jardins du Manoir d’Eyrignac near Sarlat with an alley of hornbeam and flower meadows is stunning. The hanging gardens of Marqueyssac were planted on a rocky spur south of La Roque-Gageac in the 19th century. Some 150,000 vintage boxwoods, trimmed twice a year by hand, blaze a symmetrical riot of swirls, whirls and curvaceous patterns. Latour Marliac is a water garden with waterlilies and lotuses founded in 1875 when M. Latour Marliac created fantastic hybrid-coloured waterlilies never seen before in Europe. They were so modern that he exhibited them at the Paris Exhibition in 1889 alongside the new Eiffel Tower. Monet was so amazed that he ordered all his waterlilies from Latour Marliac, which he famously went on to paint.
The Dordogne is famous for the caves and rock shelters, settlements and burial sites which have been discovered. Lascaux IV is the Sistine Chapel of prehistory, a cave discovered by 4 boys in 1940 while out walking their dog. The cave paintings date from around 18,000 BC. In order to preserve the paintings, an exact copy of the cave has been made which you can visit. There is a museum at Les Eyzies and troglodyte (cave) dwellings underneath Belvès main square.