(FMF) Maison Fontaine, Luxury holiday villa with pool near Bordeaux, Bergerac & Dordogne France
Luxury French villa in a beautifully converted medieval priory. Relax unwind and re-charge with rural views and stunning sunsets. Ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms. Private fenced, gated and alarmed heated pool. Private catering. Suitable for up to 6 adults & 4 children. Short drive to historical towns, weekly farmers markets. Centrally located between Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Bergerac & the Dordogne. Wheelchair friendly.
- Local Area
- Private 12m x 4m pool
- Heated pool*
- Fenced/gated and alarmed pool
- Baby and child friendly
- 5 acres of private garden
- Rural views
- High speed fibre broadband
- Private drive/parking
- Children’s swing
- Table tennis
- Dartboard and Croquet set
- Boules court
- Golf courses nearby
- Cot and high chair x 2
- Hairdryer (1)
- Cycle hire
- Central heating
- Room fans (4)
- Washing machine
- Charcoal BBQ
- Satellite TV, DVD
- Wheelchair access
- Bluetooth speakers
- Private cook available
- Shops/restaurants nearby
Maison Fontaine is a luxury French holiday home with a private heated swimming pool, and ground-floor bedrooms which are wheelchair friendly. Set near the rural village of Baleyssagues between Bordeaux and Bergerac near the Dordogne, close to Saint Emilion in south west France. La Champetre holiday villa Duras.
Featured in the French house decoration magazine L’essentiel de la Deco.
The magazine selected Maison Fontaine as having “The best French interior”
Offering sophistication, effortless natural elegance & genuine laid-back charm the tranquillity of Maison Fontaine, originally part of a medieval priory, is set against a glorious backdrop of rolling hills, plum orchards and vineyards where children can run freely through meadows whilst you chill out with a cool glass of wine by the beautiful private swimming pool.
This beautiful luxury holiday home is ideal for a group of friends or all of the family.
The building dates back to the 12th century and is wrapped around a cobbled courtyard, lending a serene calm to this medieval property.
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 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.
Location and local amenities
Situated near the towns of Duras (2.1 miles) and Monsegur (5.3 miles) in the region of Aquitaine within the Bordeaux wine region and on the border of the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne. Set in the countryside between Bordeaux and Bergerac. The infamous Saint Emilion is approximately a 45-minute drive away.
The surrounding 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, wine tasting and entertainment are the backdrops for the evening. Each town offers a good selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, pharmacie & banks with ATMs as well as the all-important boulangerie for fresh croissants and crusty bread and a popular chocolate shop selling handmade chocolates and gifts.
A comprehensive Carrefour supermarket and petrol station can be found at Duras or Monsegur. Larger hypermarkets are found in La Reole (30km), Marmande (24km) and Sainte-Foy la Grande 23km.
A private cook is available at the house and should be booked in advance at Loving Aquitaine
Maison Fontaine is an ideal central location to explore Bordeaux, Bergerac and the Dordogne region.
Luxury Bedrooms La Champetre villa Duras
Each bedroom is equipped with a room fan and hairdryer.
There are four fabulous bedrooms (one of which is wheelchair accessible) sleeping up to 10 in comfort.
Three bedrooms all have king-size beds (160cm wide and 200cm long) which are height adjustable at each end for added comfort and open-plan en-suite bathrooms.
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.
All three bedrooms are large enough to place a cot if required.
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. Each bed measures 80cm wide and 190cm long.
The kitchen is very well stocked with everything even the most discerning holiday chefs could require including a fridge freezer, gas hob, dishwasher, food processor/blender, juicer, cafetiere and a Nespresso (Krups) coffee machine. Dishwasher tablets and cleaning products are supplied.
Overlooking the courtyard to one side and the pool on the other, the main living room is a fabulous open-plan space that encompasses the 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.
Heating is available at an additional cost in the cooler months.
Cleaning / towels / linen
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.
Garden and meadow
The all-important BBQ is located on the alfresco dining area outside the kitchen. The dining table can seat up to 10 people and overlooks the garden and pool.
The enormous garden spreading across 5 acres is large enough for football matches (goalposts provided), cricket/rounders or simply to send the kids off on a treasure hunt. The house and garden are well stocked with toys, a sandpit, swing, seesaw, CDs, books etc…
Far-reaching views and a lovely spot to enjoy stunning sunsets.
The private secure heated swimming pool
The beautiful 12m x 4m swimming pool overlooks fields and orchards. It 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 deep end is 1.40m.
Important note: Please see the “Prices” page for full details about pool heating.
2 cots and 2 high chairs can be provided upon request.
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 2 steps up to the living area door are 18cm and 16 cm high.
The ramp measures 77cm wide and 182.9 cm long. The maximum weight it will hold is 272 kg. It has a 20% gradient.
The door into the house is 86cm wide.
Bedroom 2: The bed height inc. the mattress is 40cm and either end of the bed can be raised to elevate the feet or upper body.
Door width 79.5cm. Shower room with sliding door (68cm), this can be adjusted to 74cm, if necessary the door can be taken off giving a maximum width of 77cm.
The entire shower room measures 2.32m x 1.70m. Within the shower room is the wc, the front of the wc measures 77cm to the door.
A wheeled shower chair is available if required.
TV room: The TV room doorway is 86cm wide.
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 that 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.
- Bergerac 42km
- Bordeaux 100km
- Toulouse 200km
- Bordeaux station (TGV) 70km
- Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 24km
- La Reole (Bordeaux line) train station 22km
- Calais 577 miles
- Le Havre 430 miles
|Dates||Price for 7 nights from|
|10 persons||Shortbreaks from|
|02 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||€4,900.00|
|27 Aug 2022 - 02 Sep 2022||€2,200.00|
|03 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022||€1,800.00|
|24 Sep 2022 - 05 Nov 2022||€1,800.00||€1,800.00|
|18 Mar 2023 - 21 Apr 2023||€1,575.00|
|22 Apr 2023 - 19 May 2023||€1,890.00|
|20 May 2023 - 16 Jun 2023||€2,625.00|
|17 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023||€3,095.00|
|01 Jul 2023 - 25 Aug 2023||€4,990.00|
|26 Aug 2023 - 01 Sep 2023||€2,310.00|
|02 Sep 2023 - 27 Oct 2023||€1,890.00|
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 Nouvelle 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 Emilion is 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 hosts 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 host to 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 products at a very reasonable price.
The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Caves and Chateau that offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.
Not to be missed is the world-famous St Emilion (40km), a designated world heritage site that 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.
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 26km 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 42km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.
Aqua Fun Park near Casteljaloux is 56km. Park with a huge freshwater lake, picnic benches, walks, facilities, man-made sandy beach, water sports, kids play area…. great for adults and kids.
Visit Europe’s largest sand dune 160km, 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 4km, 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, 3km 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. 3km.
Zip wire adventure and climbing park
Just 5km. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure
Dordogne river trips are available on traditional boats in Bergerac with Les Gabarres de Bergerac. 45km.
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 Villa Alouette. Carbon road bike hire Bordeaux.
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 downstream. Of course, the easiest way is a boat trip and let someone else do the work.
Canoe Kayak hire:
- Allemans-du-Dropt 15km: Dropt river, information
- Sainte-Foy-la-Grande 21km: On the Dordogne river, information
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 a relaxing beauty spa. Golf Les Vigiers – Le Vigier – 24240 Monestier – Ph +33 5 53 61 50 00 – 18 holes superb golf.
Crazy golf and animals! Drinks and snacks. 20km. Facebook page link.
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.
Wildlife park, animals, zoo
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 veggies and fruit producer, Nicolas. Excellent organic goat cheese producers too… Foie gras, Magrets and so on by Mr & Mrs Ros…excellent! …. and many stalls 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 a big market with excellent producers.
Monségur: Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with a good fish stand next to the restaurant Le Grand Cep and a 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 stalls. Go early if you want to park close to the village.
Duras (3km) Night market: Every Thursday evening till the end of August.
Lévignac de Guyenne (9km) Night market: Every Friday evening till the 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 8 am to 8 pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm.
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 cornflour and rustic bread, 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.