Holiday gite with pool in rural Dordogne - AD006247

Montcaret (17km from Saint-Emilion), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD006247 Advertiser since: 9 January 2013
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Maison Arc-en-ciel - La Vigne Self Catering Flexible 4 8 2 Babies cot available or small put up bed

About this property

Peaceful Character Property, Flexible Accommodation. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

We are situated in a small quiet hamlet of just 7 houses. We are at the end of a small road (chemin) so there is no passing traffic. We have fabulous views across the valley between Castillon la Bataille and Villefranche de Longchapt the site of the last battle of the Hundred Years War. The view from the pool is across this valley and the vineyards!

The property mostly mentioned here is our cottage (gite) La Vigne which has 4 bedrooms, we do have another 3 bedrooms in our bed and breakfast next door which can be rented separately. The gite can be rented by 2, 4 ,6 or 8 people. Please contact us for full pricing details. There is a downstairs accessible bedroom with en-suite which is suitable for wheelchairs. This can be rented with the gite or the be and breakfast.

We have large grounds and gardens suitable for children and dogs with no nearby roads.



Kitchen and dining

Open plan American style with all of the facilities you might need. Large fridge freezer, microwave, full size gas cooker, dishwasher, kettle, coffee maker etc etc. If we've forgotten something tell us...
Large dining table and chairs. Stable type front door opens south facing aspect of house.

Living rooms

Open plan living area with 2 sofas and chair. Tv, dvd, music centre with USB. Patio doors lead out onto garden and a large covered terraced area, where you will find the bbq and large table and chairs. There is also an exterior salon area with sofa and two armchairs for enjoying the warmth in the shade with a glass of wine!


Two bedrooms are ground floor, one with en suite shower wet room and a separate shower room and wc. Two bedrooms upstairs are double and twin room (this room is really just for children as the beds are not suitable for adults) these are off a mezzanine with a tv & PS2 and sofa to give children extra space....


Both shower rooms are ground floor. One which is en suite is adapted for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility. There is a wheel in shower chair available for use too.


Heating is by gas and electric. It is included in the price during high season. Other months it is charged as used.


Outside: Swimming pool, table tennis table, football net, badminton, rounders. Large chess set.
Inside: Board games available, tv, dvds available, PS2 and games.

Garden and outside

Very large safe garden and grounds suitable for all ages. Great field area for dog walking. Woods nearby. We have lots of fruit trees which guests are welcome to make use of when here; apricots, cherries, nectarine, apples, pears and figs. 4 lines of grapes too. Walnuts and hazelnuts.
We place hammocks amongst the trees for relaxing in.

Parking and garages

Car parking area is private and off road enough space for 4 cars.

Visitor suitability

This location is suitable for any age group as there is something to keep just about everyone happy.

July and August are the main months for children on site so this can get noisy with the pool in full use :-)

June and September can be beautifully warm, hot even on occasions.

March, April, May, and October are ideal months to travel here with your dogs.

Information about any additional facilities

We can offer table d'hôte (evening meals) by request. These can be delivered to your gite, restaurant style, with all the washing up taken away. 4 course meals are 25 euros per person including local organic wine, or soft drinks.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Docteur Marin La Cigogne Velines 24230 Tel: 0033553733001


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Blue Maison
Distance: 5 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, Black bass,
Name of nearest fishing location: Lac Gurson
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Chateaux Vigier
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Saint Antoine
Distance: 8 km

Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route de Vins Bordeaux Bergerac Castillon & St Emilion


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Montcaret Gallo-Roman from doorstep

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau Tour Montbrun
Distance: 1 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Susan Etherton

This is a terrible photo! I have lived here for 16 years and run the property with my business partner Catherine O'Brien. We know the area very well and speak French. We had both previously worked in the public sector in the UK before arriving here. So we understand stress! AND how to de-stress! We hope to offer lovely relaxing place to stay.

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? Easy access to transportation. Bergerac airport 33km, Bordeaux airport 55kms and TGV station 33kms. As well as being beautiful and an excellent climate.
Unique benefits of property The blissfully peaceful environment. No road noise only birdsong. Great place for bird spotting, if you've never seen a hoopee or nightingale this is your place.
Then of course there is the wine! This is the largest and most famous wine region in France and it's on our doorstep! We can organise wine tastings at a small local organic vineyard, always a fun evening. No short measures here and it's free. Saint Emilion is just a short drive away too for the higher end wines.
We love to have dogs stay, it is a very safe environment. If you do have escape artists we do have a portable fence we can put up........only suitable for small or lighter dogs.
We have the largest domestic pool in the area! 16x14m. It has a safe shallow end for small children and non-swimmers and is alarmed for children safety. Open mid-May until mid Sept (weather allowing).
Jacuzzi for the adults available April to Oct.

The Owner Recommends


Pretty much one every day of the week within driving distance. Biggest at Libourne Sundays and St Foy la Grande on Saturdays.

Saint Emilion

The UNESCO World heritage site of Saint Emilion is just a short distance from us 16 kms. This is a great day out for all ages, as it is not just about wine tasting. There is a small road train that takes you out and around the vineyards, great for small and big people alike! You can go under the city to the catacombs and explore the history of it's beginnings or climb the towers and overlook the valleys and countryside. AND then you can go wine tasting!


Bordeaux is an amazing city and packed full of things to do for all age groups. Just one hours drive you can Park & Ride for just 4.50 for the day and this includes your tram tickets in and out of Bordeaux for up to 5 people. Bargain!
Or you can take the train from nearby which takes 40 minutes.

Dune du Pilat

The largest sand dune in Europe............unbelievable views. It is an experience to climb this. Just 1.5hrs drive.

Bastide Towns

We are located in the countryside where the last battle of the Hundred Years War took place. There are numerous Bastide Towns within short distances of us. One of the best preserved is Issigeac, a smaller scale Sarlat. It also has a great Sunday morning market.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.3 / 10 Hannah N 22 August, 2018

Arc en Ciel is a lovely rustic gite set in idyllic countryside surrounded by vines and fields. The garden is full of flowering shrubs and fruit trees and best of all has a large pool. We all loved cooling off in the pool every day. The owners, who live in the B&B next to the gite, were so friendly and helpful. They arranged a lovely day out canoeing on the Dordogne and a wine tasting with a local vineyard owner. The gite itself is comfortable and had plenty of space for 4 adults and 3 kids. It had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. I thoroughly recommend this property,

Owner response

Thank you for taking the time to write a review we appreciate it. We are always pleased to hear that people have had a lovely holiday. Please come and see us again another time.