|Grand Mauroux||Self Catering||Saturday||7||16||7||4 of the bedrooms have both single & double beds|
Grand Mauroux is a lovely Manor House only 2kms from Castillonnes, a thriving bastide town with all amenities. The house which is set in 8 acres with views of the surrounding countryside makes a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday. Grand Mauroux has been tastefully renovated to provide you with large light airy rooms, peaceful grounds to enjoy the sun with a drink and a pool to cool off in after sampling the local attractions. It is only 25 minutes from the riverside town of Bergerac, with an airport and railway station, all commerce and a wealth of ancient architecture.
The house affords generous accommodation for a large number of people in a peaceful but convenient location, with plenty of space for family activities or to give privacy and tranquility.
The kitchen has a large gas cooker, an electric oven/grill, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster and mixer and blender. A good range of pots and pans, cooking utensils and knives etc. The dining room has a large table that seats 14 and has crockery, glassware and cutlery for 16. This is a large light double aspect room with kitchen at one end and is a wonderful room for entertaining and family gatherings.
There are 2 sitting rooms both have Freeview tv and dvd players, one has a leather 3 piece suite the other 2 settees, both have occasional chairs, coffee-tables and side lamps. There is wi-fi throughout the house.
All the rooms are large with en suite shower rooms and are well equipped and furnished. Bedrooms 1, 2, 4 and 5 have a double and a single bed, bedroom 3 has a pair of single beds , bedroom 6 has a double bed.and bedroom 7 has a single bed and a childs bed and has a bath with shower over in the bathroom. Bedrooms 1-5 have insect screens on the windows so you can sleep with the windows open and 6 & 7 have ceiling fans .
Bedrooms 1 - 6 have an en suite shower room with a vanity basin with a large mirror and a light over, a massage shower and a toilet. Each has a hairdryer, stool and towel rails,bedroom 7 has a bath with shower over ,a basin with a large mirror and toilet .There is also a convenient cloakroom downstairs with a basin and toilet.
There is oil fired central heating throughout the house.
There are colourful vibrant markets available in a different town every day, including Castillonnes (2kms on a Tuesday) and throughout the summer season there are also night markets in some of the local towns where everyone meets and eat outside in the square with music and dancing.
There is kayaking on the rivers which is great fun for all ages. Also horse riding, cycling, tennis,swimming in the pool or the lake, cinema, bars and restaurants, grottos and of course lots of Chateaux to see and wines to taste.
Outside are 2 large patio areas to sit 12+ under generous parasols and further seating by the pool (33'x18'x4' deep) and chairs and loungers to place where you like in the grounds. You can play table tennis, boules, swingball or croquet or take a bike ride or of course just relax with a book and a drink in the sun if you prefer. There is a large gas barbecue and also a charcoal/wood one for al fresco cooking.
There is parking for numerous cars.
The house has 6 steps up to the front door so is not really suitable for the disabled, although once inside there is a double en suite bedroom on the main floor together with all the living rooms.
An extensive castle with origins in the X11th century in an imposing position overlooking the river Dordogne, abovethe village of Beynac.
Duras, Biron, Montbazillac and many others
Ancient cave dwellings and murals. At Montignac. There are also cave dwellings in the cliffs on the way, which are open to the public. Some of the oldest habitations on earth.
Wonderful caves which were only discovered in 2000.Shop, Bar and play area. Free parking. Open from April to November. At Le Buisson-de-Cadouin.
Approx7km to the south. A lake with a sandy swimming beach. Pedaloes, drinks and ices etc, tennis courts and extensive picnic grounds and parking. A popular spot with the youngsters. They also have BBQ's at intervals throughout the season. A good family venue on a sunny day.
In the Grand Rue, Castillonnès. A family run restaurant seving lunch and diner. Good food at a reasonable price.
The main day markets are Miramont (Mon) Castillonnès (Tues) Eymet (Thurs) Villeréal (Sat) and Isseagac (Sun) with night markets in Villeréal on a Mon and Eymet on a Tues during the summer months.Great fun with local foood, music and dancing.
Various wine producers including the Chateaux Monbazillac and the Bordeaux wines including St Emillion. The locally produced wine, Bergerac, can be tasted at various places nearby
There were two families staying here with older children (9 in all). The house was much more than it showed on the website. A beautiful house/chateau , very traditional ,plenty of space and in a fantastic setting. It was very peaceful which was exactly what we were looking for. The recent upgrades to the pool with the decking and the pergoda made it a perfect place to relax. The local towns/bastides were absolutely beautiful , almost like being transported back in time ! The hosts couldn't have been more welcoming and were very kind in telling us all the little secrets of where to go and visit , eat , vineyards etc. We would thoroughly recommend staying here in terms of relaxing and also taking in the local French traditions. Some of main towns are not far away like Bergerac ,plus there is a little airport at Bergerac which could be useful for the next time ! Our nephew flew in to spend a few days with us and couldn't have been easier to drive to the airport (20 minutes) pick him up after a 1 hour 15 minute flight.
It was a lovely holiday , perfect setting , a gem of a chateau and perfect hosts.