|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 16 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 and 7 have a pair of single beds , bedroom 6 has a double bed.and bedroom 7 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 is a large patio area with barbeques to sit 18 under a pagoda and there are portable tables and chairs with generous parasols to put where you choose in the large garden and grounds and loungers by the pool (33'x18'x4' deep). 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
After two wonderful weeks at Grand Mauroux we only have 100% positive comments. As a family party of seventeen (11 adults and 6 children) with ages ranging from 6 months to 70 years we were hoping for something special that would suit us all and we certainly got it.
Grand Mauroux is a spectacular, peaceful property set within acres and acres of hazelnut groves. The area is teeming with wildlife: butterflies, red deer, birds including kingfisher, ragondin. The house itself has seven ensuite bedrooms, two living rooms and a fully equipped kitchen and dining room. We were a large group but there is plenty of space and at no stage did we feel on top of each other. The property is also extremely homely.
Castillonnès is a 30 minute walk, 12 minute cycle, 4 minute car ride away. A pretty bastide town with a variety of shops and bars, Tuesday is market day and well worth a visit. There is plenty to do in the area (other towns, markets, vineyards, Lac de Lougratte is well worth a visit) but we spent a lot of time enjoying the pool, the bbq and the land immediately surrounding Grand Mauroux.
Alison is an excellent host, extremely knowledgeable about the area and massively helpful getting our group out of a few scrapes along the way. Thank you Alison. We all agree that we would have no hesitation in recommending Grand Mauroux to others. An easy 10 out of 10!
Thank you very much for your kind words. We will also give you 10 out of 10!! You left the house beautifully clean and tidy and a pleasure to accommodate.
What a fantastic house in a perfect setting. Owner and her Mum live on site with two dogs but you would never know. Other than an early morning visit to clean the pool each day, no other contact unless assistance sought with restaurant recommendations.
Artists in the party had plenty of material with the house, adjacent barns, out houses and nut orchards.
Would highly recommend a visit to the trotting racetrack within walking distance of the house.
Good English TV helped us enjoy the World Cup.
More books in the house than any other property I’ve visited so no need to bring your own.
Local village short on eating options and even going in June we found many restaurants not open, so make sure you phone and book before setting off.
Excellent BBQ and outside eating area if you choose to stay in.
I would highly recommend the property if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing time
A great family house, well equipped with excellent outdoor seating capacity. the owner lives on site and is unobtrusive but readily available and helpful if needed. there is a good lake nearby and the Bastide tows with their markets are wonderful. We have been back this year for the second time as it fitted our needs perfectly.
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.