|La Maison Montignac||Self Catering||Saturday||7||14||4|
7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, private heated pool (alarmed, fenced and gated), private clay tennis court, games room with table tennis, pool table, table football. Darts boards, boules. Children's swings.
Set amongst large landscaped gardens of approximately 1 acre with stunning views over the valley and just a 20 minute walk to the charming small town of Monsegur which has a selection of shops, bars, restaurants and a weekly farmers market. During the summer months a popular night market has a great atmosphere with street food, wine tasting and entertainment.
Bordeaux, Bergerac and St Emilion are all within easy reach.
Modern well-equipped fitted kitchen with dishwasher, double electric oven with grill, gas hob with 4 burners, microwave, fridges, freezer, kettle, toaster and coffee maker.
Utility area (next to games room)
Laundry area with washing machine, iron and ironing board.
Comfortable large sofas occupy the lounge of the 40ft x 20ft open plan living area.
Large panoramic window looking out across the grounds and valley below.
Features include a 22ft oak beamed ceiling and large stone fireplace housing wood burning stove. Heating in the low season is by wood burning stove and electric heaters. (Logs can be provided and are charged as an extra).
British satellite TV/radio, widescreen TV, DVD player and a selection of films, books and board games.
Master Bedroom: Beautiful spacious 1st floor room with king size bed. En suite shower room. Spectacular views.
Sunflower room: Spacious ground floor room with super king bed (180cm wide) which can be converted to twin beds.
Little Bears room: Upper floor. Small, cosy twin room. Exposed oak beams and stone walls.
Big Bears room: Upper floor. Characterful pretty room with double bed, washbasin and 2 windows. Exposed oak beams.
Garden room: Own entrance from the garden. A delightful airy room with king size bed. Seating area with sofa. En suite shower room.
Medieval room: Own entrance from the garden. This very special room boasts original features including 16th century fireplace, original tiled floor and stone sink. King size bed dressed with tapestry style drapes.
Mimosa room: Small pretty room with twin beds with inter connecting door to Medieval room.
We can provide 2 travel cots suitable for babies, 2 high chairs and stair gates.
All have room fans.
We have 4 bathrooms in total. 2 en-suite shower rooms - Master bedroom and Garden room, a family bathroom next to the Sunflower room with half bath and shower over with wash basin and separate WC which is shared by the Sunflower room, Big Bears room and Little Bears room (the Big Bears room also has it's own wash basin), and a shower room with wash basin and WC which is shared by the Medieval room and Mimosa room.
Log burning stove.
Table tennis, 6ft pool table, table football, dart board and an additional fridge. The high, oak beamed ceiling keeps it nice and cool in summer.
Children's swings and large grassed areas with plenty of room for running about in the 1 acre garden.
Private heated pool (alarmed, fenced and gated):
11m x 5m heated pool with a solar cover to retain the heat overnight. The whole pool is 1.4m deep with 4 shallow walk-in steps which span the whole width of the pool at one end. Outside shower and surrounding terrace with sun loungers and parasols, all securely fenced and gated in addition to a pool alarm.
Enjoy breakfast on the patio to the front of the house overlooking the views of the valley, or take lunch under the shady covered veranda. Facilities include a bbq, 2 areas with outside tables and chairs. The large tranquil and mature landscaped garden is set on an acre of land and attracts wildlife such as birds, butterflies, red squirrels, pheasants, barn owls and deer in the vineyards below.
Private off-road parking on our large gated gravel driveway for several cars.
Private chef, gastronomic experiences, wine and cheese pairing evenings and wine tours can be booked with a fabulous local couple who are fluent in French and English.
Cycle hire can be delivered to the door.
Additional cleaning can be arranged, payable directly to the house keeper.
I am a partner of our family run holiday property agency alongside my husband, David. Established after buying our second home in France, we have a passion for French life. We love interior design; which has helped us develop and improve La Maison Montignac, good food and wine, travel, browsing brocantes, and cycling- which is a great way of discovering all our region has to offer.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||The location of La Maison Montignac is really something special for us, and is what first attracted us to the house. Our home has wonderful views over local vineyards and farm land of the Dropt valley and across to our neighbouring town of Duras, 10kms away, where the Chateau is illuminated at night. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen including deer (we had some on our patio one evening), hares, woodpeckers, owls and red squirrel to name a few. It feels like you are living in rural countryside, with very little light pollution so star gazing is fabulous, and has the added benefit of being just a 20 minute walk to Monsegur; which has all the amenities we need including the most wonderful Boulangerie, small supermarket, restaurants, bars/cafe's, a weekly market where stall holders sell fresh, local produce and even a small cinema which regularly shows some films in English. It's an easy drive to Bordeaux, Bergerac and St Emilion. In our opinion, a perfect retreat!|
|Unique benefits of property||Ou private clay tennis court was built by the former owner, Patrice Dominguez, who was a famous French player in the 1970's and went on to become a director of the Davis Cup and a tv commentator. There are lots of other activities to entertain you including our games room with pool table, table football, table tennis, darts and not forgetting the private heated swimming pool, which is fenced and gated as well as having an alarm to make it safe and secure for our younger guests. The open plan living space of the barn conversion has a high, beamed ceiling supported by thick stone walls, making the house characterful and welcoming.|
A tour of the Chateau is well worth a visit, especially if you can muster the energy to climb the stairs to the top of the tower to take in the stunning vista.
Bordeaux is such a cosmopolitain city and has had millions of Euros invested in renovating many of the stunning architectural buildings over recent years. We love strolling round the quaint streets of the antiques quarter, taking lunch in the pavement cafe's and restaurants, wandering along the river bank, shopping at Galeries Lafeyette and all the other beautiful and interesting boutiques. If wine is your thing, then a visit to Cite du Vin is also recommended. For lovers of the arts, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, is a must do!
World renowned St Emilion dates back to prehistoric times and has many interesting Romanesque churches and ruins amongst the narrow, cobbled streets. Many independent boutiques, artisans, restaurants and wine caves now form the heart of this Unesco World Heritage site and various guided tours can be taken of the town and famous surrounding vineyards.
There is a market on every day of the week in different towns of the area. Local farmers, producers and artisans sell their wares, and market day is always an opportunity for the locals to catch up over coffee and a fresh pastry. Grab your basket and enjoy browsing the stalls to pick up your supplies.
Monday - Duras, short drive away
Thursday - Eymet, short drive away
Friday - Monsegur, 2km away
Saturday - Sainte Foye la Grande
Sunday - Issigeac (about a 45 mins drive but worth it - get there early to get parked!)
Many local towns have popular night markets with entertainment, street food, wine tasting and dancing. An atmospheric and great night out!
Monsegur - Wednesday evening
Duras - Thursday evening
Levignac de Guyenne - Friday evening
From Porte Sainte Foye along the Dordogne river
For keen golfers, and a pampering treat in the spa for the ladies, visit the prestigious Chateau des Vigiers Golf & Country
The wonderful Sylvie & Pascal, native to the region, can organise private wine tours and even a picnic in a local vineyard - a fantastic holiday memory! Contact us for details.
This 50 hectare natural area includes a 7-hectare lake, part of which is reserved for swimming and has a man made beach, the other for fishing and water activities. Very popular with families.