(FMF) Maison Fontaine, Luxury holiday villa with pool near Bordeaux, Bergerac & Dordogne France
Luxury French villa in a beautifully converted medieval priory set in an ideal location to relax unwind re-charge, rural views & stunning sunsets. Ground floor bedrooms & bathrooms. Private fenced, gated & alarmed heated pool. Private catering. Suitable for up to 6 adults & 4 children. Short drive to historical towns, weekly farmers markets. Bordeaux wine region near Saint Emilion, Bergerac & the Dordogne, South West France. Wheelchair friendly.
- Local Area
- Private 12m x 4m pool
- Pool is heated
- Fenced / gated pool
- Secured pool alarm
- Baby and Child friendly
- 5 acres of private garden
- Rural views
- Free WiFi & printer
- Private drive/parking
- Children’s swing set
- Table tennis
- Dart board and Croquet set
- Boules court
- Golf courses nearby
- Cot and high chair x 2
- Cycle hire
- Central heating
- Room fans x 4
- Washing machine
- Satellite TV, DVD
- Wheelchair access
- Bluetooth speakers
- Private Catering offered
- Supermarkets shops
- Bars restaurants nearby
Maison Fontaine is a luxury French holiday home with a private fenced and gated heated swimming pool. Ground floor bedrooms and is wheelchair friendly, set between Bordeaux and Bergerac near the Dordogne and close to Saint Emilion in south west France. La Champetre, Baleyssagues, Duras.
Featured with an 8 page spread of the house decoration magazine a L’essentiel de la Deco.
The magazine elected Maison Fontaine as “The best French interiors”.
Offering French sophistication, effortless natural elegance & genuine laid-back charm the tranquillity of Maison Fontaine.
Originally part of a medieval priory, is set against a glorious back drop of rolling hills, plum orchards and vineyards, where children can climb trees and run through meadows whilst you chill out with a cool glass of sauvignon blanc by the beautiful private swimming pool. La Champetre Duras
This beautiful luxury holiday home is ideal for a group of friends and all of the family.
The building dates back to the 12th century and is wrapped around a beautiful cobbled courtyard, lending a serene calm to this medieval property. La Champetre Duras
Suitable for up to 6 adults and 4 children, set over 180m2.
Maison Fontaine is positively organic in its make-up – the stone walls are thick, providing a unique insulation from the summer heat; huge glass windows allow natural light all day. A private shady terrace overlooks the pool, orchards and fields, it is a naturally tranquil haven.
The beautiful house is situated near the border of the Dordogne in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region, just 2 miles from the ancient town of Duras (Lot et Garonne, France) and 4 miles from Monsegur (Gironde, France). Bordeaux is 70km to the west and Bergerac is 40km to the east, St Emilion 40km north.
These picturesque bastide towns are host to weekly traditional French markets where the villagers shop for local produce and meet friends, enjoy a coffee and croissant and watch the world go by. A popular night market is also held each week during the summer months where street food and entertainment are the backdrop for the evening. Each town offers a good selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, pharmacie, winebar, banks with ATM’s as well as the all important boulangerie for fresh croissants and crusty bread and beautiful chocolaterie selling hand made delicious chocolates and gifts.
There are many festivals & events that take place throughout the region, the popular annual Jazz festival held in Monsegur at the beginning of July.
A comprehensive Carrefour supermarket & petrol station can be found at Duras or Monsegur. Larger hypermarkets are available in La Reole (20 minutes drive) and Marmande (30 minutes drive).
Catering is available at the house, the chef is very popular and you will need to reserve this at the time of booking.
An ideal central location to explore Bordeaux, Bergerac and the Dordogne region.
3 double bedrooms, beds are 160cm wide, 200cm long.
Bedrooms 1 and 2 have their own open plan luxury bath, walk-in shower and wc. Bedroom 3 has a bath with a shower, the wc is situated next to this room and is shared with bedroom 4.
With four fabulous luxury bedrooms (one of which is wheelchair accessible) sleeping up to 10 in comfort. Three bedrooms all have generous kingsize beds which are height adjustable at each end for added comfort, open-plan en-suite bathrooms.
All three bedrooms are easily large enough to place a cot.
The fourth bedroom is a children’s paradise – a dormitory den with 4 beds where a secure glass window overlooks the main sitting room, allowing a sneaky peep of the babes at bedtime. Beds measure 80cm wide, 190cm long.
The kitchen is very well stocked with everything even the most discerning holiday chefs could require including fridge freezer, gas hobs, dishwasher, food processor/blender, juicer etc. Dishwasher tablets and cleaning products are supplied.
Overlooking the courtyard to one side and the pool on the other, the main living room of the property is a fabulous open plan space which encompasses kitchen, dining area and sitting room.
A second sitting room doubles as the TV room with a large flat screen TV, DVD player and stack of DVDs, books and board games.
There is complimentary Wi-Fi and a printer to enable guests to scan or print documents.
Heating is available at an additional cost in winter months.
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are all provided and are included in the price. Bookings of 2 weeks or more receive a complimentary supply of linen every week and a 4 hour clean. There is also a hairdryer for your use.
Garden and meadow
A large barbecue is on hand – ask owners Fabienne and Frederic for some of their vines (Fabienne’s family have a superb Cotes de Duras vineyard).
The enormous garden spreading across 5 acres is large enough for football matches (goal posts available), cricket / rounder’s or simply to send the kids off on a treasure hunt, although the house and garden are well stocked with toys, a sand pit, swing, seesaw, CDs, books etc…
Far reaching views and perfect to see those stunning sunsets.
The private secure heated swimming pool
The beautiful 12m x 4m swimming pool, overlooking fields and orchards, is both alarmed and fenced and gated with generous steps which stretch the entire width of the pool leading you into the shallow end of 1.10m in depth, the deeper end is 1.40m deep. Please see Prices page for more information about pool heating.
A cot and high chair can be provided upon request. Lots of games and toys etc.
Activities and what to do in the area
Weekly farmers markets, restaurants, cycle hire, local adventure park – 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 picturesque towns of Duras and Monsegur are a short drive to excellent dining and shopping and the local farmhouses and countryside perfect for exploring.
Coast / Beach
A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 22km 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.
Useful information for wheelchair users or guests that are not so mobile
Bedroom 2, set on the ground floor, is wheelchair friendly with a wet room and has flat tiled floors throughout. The bed is height adjustable at each end for added comfort.
None of the wide interior doorways on the ground floor have sills or door treads.
A purpose made ramp allows access into the property from the garden and covered deck area by the pool, the door however if locked the chair user may find it difficult to unlock the door whilst on the ramp. The 2 steps are 18cm and 16 cm high.
The ramp measurements:
77cm wide, 182.9 cm long, maximum weight it will hold 272 kg, 20% gradient.
Door widths and other measurements:
Door from the pool area into the house, 86cm.
Bedroom 2: Door 79.5cm, Shower room with sliding door 68cm, this can be adjusted to 74cm, the door can be taken off giving 77cm.
Bed height inc. mattress is 40cm and either end of the bed can be raised to elevate the feet or upper body.
Arch doorway 104cm, tv room doorway 86cm.
All measurements are approximate.
Outside and swimming Pool:
Mainly gravel and lawn. The decked area has a negligible height difference and wouldn’t cause a problem. The pool can be accessed via the lawn through a gate which is 1 metre wide. There is a paved edge around the pool which is approx 5cm high plus the margelles. The rest of the surrounding area around the pool is lawned and is on the same level as the rest of the garden. Pool
The owner is very keen to assist in any way possible.
- Bergerac 45 minutes
- Bordeaux 1 hour 10 minutes
- Toulouse 2 hours 10 minutes
- TGV to Bordeaux. Bordeaux station 1 hour 10 minutes
- La Reole (Bordeaux line) train station 30 minutes
- Calais 560 miles
- Caen 430 miles
Changeover day: Saturday
We are happy to consider alternative days outside of peak season.
No booking fee.
A 25% deposit secures a reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks before rental commencement.
A refundable security bond of €500 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 17:00. Departure by 10:00
Included in the price:
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels
Bookings of 2 weeks or more receive a complimentary supply of linen every week and a 4 hour clean
Pool opening times and heating information/charges:
2018 pool opening times: April 29th – November 3rd.
Pool heating is included in the rental price from 26th May – 29th September. (Out of season Pool Heating cost € 150/week).
Please note: specific temperatures can not be guaranteed as pool heating is influenced by weather conditions and other factors.
The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France
Maison Fontaine is situated near the towns of Monsegur (8km) and Duras (3.5km) 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 72km drive to the west and Bergerac is 43km to the east, Saint Émilion 41km 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.
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
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 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 (40km), 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
Tree adventure and climbing park
Just 5km, 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 26km 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 (approximately 160km), 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.
The countryside around our properties 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 or the chocolate shop!
The Gironde and Lot et Garonne (Monsegur and Duras areas), guide and information.
Cycle hire can be delivered to your door, view prices and book – click here for details (we recommend booking in advance)
- Bike Hire Direct, cycle hire
- The Mountain Bike Hire Company, 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 Maison Fontaine. Carbon road bike hire Bordeaux.
We recommend booking in advance.
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.
Public tennis courts
Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, Duras & St Sernin de Duras and are usually booked via the local 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.
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 22km. 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 6km – 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 de Bordeaux Pessac is 90km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com
Aqualand water park is 130km 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 by Mr & Mrs Ros…excellent! …. and many stands of food/non food.
Allemans du Dropt (14km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (21km): 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 stand next to the restaurant Le Grand Cep and fantastic pork butcher under the covered market.
Issigeac (45km): Every Sunday morning.
Eymet (24km): 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 (3km) Night market: Every Thursday evening till end of August.
Lévignac de Guyenne (9km) Night market: Every Friday evening till end of August.
Monsegur (8km) 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.
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 and Sunday afternoon.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 26km.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 23km.