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(FMD) Maison Duras with a private pool, walk to restaurants. France near Bordeaux, St Emilion & Bergerac

Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
4
Pets
Yes
Property ID
FMD
Changeover Day
Saturday
£875 to £2595
Beautiful detached house just a 5 minutes walk to shops, restaurants, cafe bar and weekly farmers market of the 13th century bastide town of Duras. Private alarmed swimming pool, air conditioned, fenced garden. Short drive to other historical towns and villages. Bordeaux wine region near St Emilion, Bergerac, the Dordogne, South West France. An ideal location to explore this beautiful region of France. Air conditioned, Dog friendly.
£875 to £2595
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  • 6.5m x 4m pool
  • Satellite TV
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioned bedrooms
  • BBQ
  • Modern fitted kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • Laundry room
  • Cot and high chair
  • Private garden
  • Cycle hire
  • Pet friendly
  • Golf courses nearby
  • Tennis nearby
  • Private catering available
  • Cafe Bars 5 min walk
  • Shops 5 min walk
  • Restaurant 5 min walk
  • Supermarket 5 min walk

Maison Duras is a detached French holiday home with air conditioned bedrooms, private swimming pool, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, lovingly restored and is an ideal small town location to explore the wine regions of Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion and the Dordogne.

This French holiday home is just a 2 minute walk to the local boulangerie which is perfect for fresh croissants for breakfast or French patisserie for elevenses and 5 minutes level walk to the ancient centre of Duras with restaurants and café bar.

10 km (6 miles) from the ancient Bastide town of Monsegur (Gironde), both town’s offer picturesque settings which are host to all the amenities you could wish for including restaurants, cafés, bars, boulangerie, pharmacie, banks/ATM’s and every week there is a traditional French market at both towns and atmospheric night markets during the summer months. There are many festivals and events going on through out the region all year round, including a popular wine festival at the Chateau de Duras and the 24 heures du Swing music festival in Monsegur.

There is lots of beautiful countryside on the doorstep for walks and cycling around the area.

A comprehensive Carrefour supermarket and petrol station are located at Duras (1 mile) or Monsegur (6 miles).

Living areas

The modern open plan fitted kitchen provides all of the home from home appliances that you would expect in such a beautiful house and has an American style fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, double oven and ceramic hob all set around the dining area with table and chairs.

The comfortable lounge has a wood burning stove as a lovely focal point and overlooks the garden and pool, double French doors open onto the alfresco dining terrace with large circular rattan dining table and chairs seating 8 people.

Air conditioning

Each bedroom is air conditioned.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Each bedroom is equipped with a hairdryer and room fan.

Bedroom 1 (Ground floor)
Twin beds (90cm x 200cm each), walk-in wardrobe and en-suite with bath with shower over, wash basin and wc.

Bedroom 2 (Ground floor)
Small room with a double bed (140cm x 200cm), next to it’s own shower room with wash basin and wc.

Bedroom 3 (Upper floor)
Double bed (140cm x 200cm), en-suite shower room with wash basin and wc.

Bedroom 4 (Upper floor)
Twin beds (90cm x 190cm each), en-suite shower room with wash basin and wc.

For the little ones

2 cots and 1 high chair can be provided on request.

Garden and Exterior

The kitchen/living room doors open onto the sunny patio over looking the tranquil, good sized garden and private pool. A further lawned area beyond the pool provides space for sitting or play games with dappled shade under the mature trees. The whole garden is fenced and gated.

Private swimming pool

The private 6.5 x 4m kidney shaped swimming pool has an alarm for security. From the house the pool is fenced and has a “gate” to help make it a more secure area for younger children, this is not a security gate or security fencing.
The pool depth is all one level of 1.25m and has walk in steps (step 1 – 16cm, step 2 – 41cm, step 3 – 67cm).
Surrounded by paving with room for the sun loungers, shade with the large umbrella by the pool or there are mature trees in the garden to lounge under.

Private catering, Gastronomic experiences and Wine tours

Private catering at the house or maybe a picnic in the vineyard can be arrange. English and French spoken.
www.lovingaquitaine.com

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

Activities and what to do in the area

There are an abundance of towns, villages and castles to explore on your doorstep. There is always a market, fete or festival going on somewhere, celebrating anything from music to food and wine.

Located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux  wine region where there are plenty of vineyards for tastings and tours.

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, a few places of interest just to give you an idea below.

Coast, Beach and Water park

A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is 30km 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 34km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.

Aqua Fun Park near Casteljaloux is 47km. 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 133km, 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.

Duras Castle

The famous Chateau de Duras, only 500 metres away, is well worth a visit and if you can muster the energy to climb to the top the stunning 360 degree vista is well worth it.

Chocolate

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 it.
Maison Guinguet gourmet chocolate, 2km away just outside Duras, there is a lovely shop which also sells gifts and offers guided visits to their artisan factory in July and August.

Tea room with gardens

Jardin de Boissona has six little gardens, each with their own character. Outside and inside seating. Especially known for their teas and delicious cakes. 4km Baleyssagues near Duras.

Public tennis courts

Located in Duras, Monsegur and St Sernin de Duras and are usually booked via the local tourist information office.

Travel

Airports

  • Bergerac 40km
  • Bordeaux 96km
  • Toulouse 196km

Train

  • Bordeaux station (TGV) 73km
  • Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 41km
  • Bergerac 48km

Car

  • Calais 578 miles
  • Le Havre 430 miles

Use of car essential. Car hire quote with the best price guarantee, click here.

Dates Price for 7 nights from
8 personsShortbreaks from
26 Sep 2020 - 30 Oct 2020£875.00£875.00
27 Mar 2021 - 30 Apr 2021£875.00
01 May 2021 - 21 May 2021£995.00
22 May 2021 - 18 Jun 2021£1,295.00
19 Jun 2021 - 02 Jul 2021£1,695.00
03 Jul 2021 - 16 Jul 2021£1,795.00
17 Jul 2021 - 27 Aug 2021£2,595.00
28 Aug 2021 - 03 Sep 2021£1,495.00
04 Sep 2021 - 10 Sep 2021£1,295.00
11 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021£1,095.00
25 Sep 2021 - 31 Oct 2021£875.00

Changeover day: Saturday during peak season

All other dates flexible changeover and length of stay, extra days charged on a pro rata basis.
Short – long term winter let available, please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Reservation Information:

No booking fee.

A 25% deposit secures a reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks before rental commencement.

A refundable security deposit of £500 is payable with the balance, if dogs are booked in there is an additional £250 security deposit.
The security deposit is returned within 7 days of departure subject to a satisfactory inspection.

Please view information about credit card and debit card charges.

Arrival from: 4pm
Departure by: 10am

Included in the price:

Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided and included in the price.
A complimentary extra supply of bed linen and bath towels will be provided for bookings of 2 weeks or more.
Air conditioning is also included.
Tourist Tax 0.40€ per person per night (applies to adults aged 18 and over).

Additional charges:

Heating is charged at an additional cost based on usage.

Dog friendly:

A maximum of 2 dogs are considered on request at a charge of £50 each per booking, plus an additional security bond of £250.

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

Maison Duras is situated on the outskirts of Duras, a small historical town with bars and restaurants. Weekly farmers markets and weekly summer night markets.

Near the historical bastide town of Monsegur (6km) 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 75km drive to the west and Bergerac is 40km to the east, St Emilion 43km north.

Duras 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.

An 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 region is famous for wine 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 nearby that offer excellent quality wines at a very reasonable prices through to the higher end of the market.

The gently rolling countryside is a pleasure to explore, with excellent roads winding their way through fields and vineyards. Perfect walking and cycling country!

Both 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, cafés, bars, restaurants and excellent boulangeries in both towns, our favourite being La Choco-Latine in Monsegur who were runners up in the French TV show “La Meilleure Boulangerie de France” in 2019.

We also love the volunteer run Cinema Eden in Monsegur which shows some international films in their original language version (VOSTF) with French subtitles.

The market squares host a variety of festivals and events throughout the year including Monsegur’s famous 24 Heures de Swing at the beginning of July every year.

Wine and Gastronomy

There are an abundance of vineyards in the area.
The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Chateau who offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.

Not to be missed is the world famous Saint Emilion 43km. 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.

Wine tours, a picnic in a vineyard and cheese and wine pairing evenings are available through local couple Sylvie and Pascal who run Loving Aquitaine.

Wine tours in an air-conditioned vehicle for up to 7 people to hidden chateaux in the world famous St Emilion region.
Off Piste Wine Tours

Bordeaux

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.

Dordogne

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.

Activities

Duras Castle

The famous Chateau de Duras, only 500 metres away, is well worth a visit and if you can muster the energy to climb to the top the stunning 360 degree vista is well worth it.

Chocolate

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 it.
Maison Guinguet gourmet chocolate, 2km away just outside Duras, there is a lovely shop which also sells gifts and offers guided visits to their artisan factory in July and August.

Tea room with gardens

Jardin de Boissona has six little gardens, each with their own character. Outside and inside seating. Especially known for their teas and delicious cakes. 4km Baleyssagues near Duras.

Zip wire adventure and climbing park

Just 8km. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure

Coast, Beach and Water park

A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is 30km 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 34km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.

Aqua Fun Park near Casteljaloux is 47km. 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 133km, 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.

Cycling and bike hire

The French countryside around this property 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 for a cold glass of something local or the chocolate shop!

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 (11km) and Eymet (20km) cycle hire

Carbon road bike hire is available, collected from Bordeaux train station and you can ride back to your holiday villa using part of the old railway line (Roger Lapebie) which is now dedicated to cycling and walking.

Public tennis courts

Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, Saint-Vivien-de-Monségur, Duras and 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,
whilst the Dordogne river at Sainte Foy La Grande has a faster pace and has plenty of canoe hire opportunities.

Canoe Kayak hire:
Allemans-du-Dropt 12km: Dropt river, information
Sainte-Foy-la-Grande 22km: On the Dordogne river, information

Boat trips

Dordogne river trips are available on traditional boats in Bergerac with Les Gabarres de Bergerac. 40km.

Golf

There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club 19km. 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) – Tel +33 5 53 61 50 00 – 18 holes superb golf.

Crazy Golf

Crazy golf and animals! Drinks and snacks – 16km.
www.paysdeduras.com/activites-culturelles/melly-golf

Wild life park, animals

Parc du Griffon, animals, play areas and snack bar – 10 minutes drive, 11km away.
www.parcdugriffon.fr/en.html

Ferme Exotique is a fun day out with lots of activities for children. 86km.

Zoo

Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 94km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com

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.

Local markets and supermarkets

Markets

Most villages and towns hold weekly markets full of fresh and interesting local produce. An ideal place to pick up your holiday mementos and gifts too.

Duras: Every Monday from 8.30 to 14:00 (closes at 12:00 from September to June). Nice market with excellent organic fruit and veg, organic goats cheese, foie gras and a selection of other stalls.

Allemans du Dropt (11km): Every Sunday morning.

Sainte Foy La Grande (22km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Big market with excellent producers and winner of “Favourite French Market” in 2014 .

Monségur (10km): Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with particularly good fish stall.

Issigeac (42km): Every Sunday morning. Extremely popular. Top tip – arrive early!

Eymet (20km): Every Thursday morning. Medieval town.

Night markets

Both Monsegur and Duras also have vibrant night markets during the peak summer months grab a bite to eat from one of the stalls and enjoy your food with a drink at one of the bars. There’s usually musical entertainment which creates a lively atmosphere.

Duras: Thursday evening
Lévignac de Guyenne (5km): Friday evening
Monsegur (10km): Wednesday evening

Supermarkets

(Opening times may vary, especially on public holidays)

Carrefour Contact supermarket – just out of Duras on the direction of Sainte Foy La Grande. Small but very well stocked (includes English section). Open from 8am to 8pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. Just 0.5km. GPS: 44.678160, 0.189631

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. 9km. GPS: 44.650047, 0.087358

Butchers – Boucherie Evrard – Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Good butcher, next to the Place du Marché.

Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 22km. GPS: 44.512165, 0.135597

Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 20km. GPS: 44.826719, 0.219504

Tourist Information centres

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

We had a wonderful stay in Duras
The house was very nice, the kitchen was generously equipped. Also we liked the large beautiful garden with many seating possibilities and the beach chairs by the pool.
Unfortunately, the weather was not so sunny, so we could use the pool only once. Me and my friends liked everything very well and we felt comfortable.

Greetings from Regensburg, Germany.  Richard O and friends. April 2017

Perfect 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Was blown away by Maison Duras – the property looks even better than in the pictures – and the pictures look great! Welcome pack on arrival was a nice touch – and the wine went down very nicely after a long days drive.
Duras is a great town and a great base to explore the surrounding area and towns.

Andy W, September 2016

Home from home in Beautiful Duras
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The thing about this villa is that it really felt as though the owners had lent us their home for our holiday. Somehow it felt lived in: It was equipped with everything you could possibly need and there were so many examples of the sorts of things that often the cleaners take home as one of their ‘perks’:
There were condiments in the kitchen, soap in the bathrooms and even a bottle of local wine in the fridge ! It all served to make us feel immediately at ease and this is the first holiday I can remember where I genuinely did not want to leave.

The bed linen was very new and of good quality and in general it was obvious that a lot of effort (and money) had gone in to making the house as comfortable as possible. Broadband was speedy too if you just can’t sleep away from social media (or Skype!).

The pool area was well equipped with sun loungers and cushions and we manage to beat the Germans to the loungers every day ! The pool itself is not huge; I mean you’re not going to train for the olympics but for that refreshing dip when the hot sun gets a bit too much, it’s ideal. The pool maintenance man did curse the trees at the side of the pool though and as soon as the welcome breeze got up a little, the pool was the only place the leaves were going to go.

The house is situated close to a Patisserie (and a bank!) with a couple of excellent restaurants in the quaint little village. If you’re looking for nightlife, then this is not for you but if you’re looking for charm, tradition and warm friendly locals (and a fair few brits !), then look no further. We found the local restaurants to be of excellent quality. In general eating out isn’t particularly cheap (what is?), but that is soon forgotten looking out over the countryside from the Terrasse restaurant opposite the charming chateau.

Loved it!

Vicky H, July 2016

Lovely house in a great location
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The house has everything for a lovely holiday. The location is just right to enjoy all that is going on in the town but is still quiet. We were spoilt with gorgeous sunshine and enjoyed having a pool to keep us cool.
Anonymous, August 2015

We have had a lovely stay in a beautiful house and great location.
Thankyou
Lee, Vic. Flo and Fred, August 2015

We have spent a very enjoyable week in the house. Blessed with hot sunshine, it was lovely to have the pool to cool off. A great location with lots going on in the town to keep us entertained.
Tracey, Nick and family, August 2015

Great 2 weeks, weather either very hot or rainy, Lots of time spent in the pool. Markets and wine tasting very good.
Adrian, Jo and family, August 2015

We all thoroughly enjoyed our week and your lovely house. Great position and Duras is a delightful little town.
The Hooks party, July 2015

We all had a great weeks stay and thoroughly enjoyed the house, especially the kitchen and garden area, had many enjoyable trips and experiences.
Party of six from Scotland, July 2015

Convenient and well equipped
★ ★ ★ ★
Duras is a mostly quiet town with a few bars and restaurants. People are very friendly and helpful and we joined in with the fete de St Jean and the first night market of the season. Both to be recommended. The house is comfortable and well equipped. We appreciated very much the iced water dispenser in the fridge…”
Paula M, June 2015

Great week
★ ★ ★ ★
Had a lovely stay at Maison Duras – restful, with interest provided by visits to local markets. Enjoyed the pool and local wine. Found the house convenient for eating – and drinking – out in Duras and well equipped for eating in. The house was clean and comfortable, wi-fi really useful and worked well…”
Liz D, June 2015

My family have just returned from 2 wonderful weeks staying at Maison Duras. The house is spacious, clean and extremely well equipped. The garden and BBQ area are great for sitting out during the day and evening and our little boy loved the pool. The pool was cleaned around 5 times during our stay.  Only 45 minutes from Bergerac Airport, it made the perfect base for us to explore the local area. We would highly recommend the beach and lake at Lanquais about 50 mins drive away along with some of the beautiful places along the Dordogne such as Beynac. Thank you so much, we cannot recommend this house and organisation highly enough.
Rob, Joanne and Family, August 2014

We had a wonderful holiday and really enjoyed the house and the situation was fantastic. I have recommended you to some friends.
MacPhersons, August 2013

We had a lovely time with the family, and everyone thought the house was super. It was the first time that my grandsons had been abroad and they thought the pool was great – at 4 and 2 their mum and dad thought the alarm was too and made them feel secure! Thanks for everything!
The Merrick family, June 2013

Our stay here was very pleasant.  The facilities are great.  The kids enjoyed the pool and the house is in a great location.  Would definitely stay here again!
Holmes family, June 2012

Great house with all the required gadgets.  The teenagers loved the internet access!  Fantastic weather, wine, cheese, croissants etc…
Padfield family, July 2012

A very hot week with temperatures up to 42 degrees! Good facilities, relaxing house, children loved the pool and Freesat!  Well thought out space close to the village!
Preston family, August 2012

We had an excellent time at Maison Duras, thank you.  It’s location is ideally suited to tour round and there are plenty of vineyards to choose from!  The house itself has been renovated to a high standard and we loved all the furnishings and mod cons – felt like home, albeit with sunshine!
August 2012

Spot on house & location.  Well organised and equipped.  Just the right distance out of Duras.  We have had a splendid holiday, weather has been splendid for September so it was great to cool off in the super pool. We hope to return!
Williams family, Sept 2012

Great house, well equipped, furnished and lovely to be on the edge of town yet peaceful!  Beautiful part of France and we even used the pool on sunny days.  Ate & drank far too much probably!
Moore family, Sept 2012

My daughters wedding at the Chateau in Duras.  Amazing house – the bride and bridesmaids left from here!  Perfect venue!
Hobson family, Oct 2012

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