|Maison De La Fontaine||Self Catering||Saturday||3||5||2||Single sofabed|
maison de la fontaine is a fully-furnished, newly-renovated, self-catering vacation rental home featuring all modern conveniences, sleeping up to 7 people.
Located in the historic town of Nérac, in Gascony, South West France, the house is easily reached from Bordeaux or Toulouse via train and is just a short drive to San Sebastian in Spain. It’s the perfect home base from which to explore the surrounding region.
The house features a gorgeous, newly renovated kitchen with stove, hotplates, microwave, kettle, coffee maker, tea pot, toaster, fridge and dishwasher. It's fully equipped with everything you could possibly need to take advantage of the gorgeous Saturday morning markets (the owner's a food writer and cookbook author!) - you'll be cooking up a storm!
The dining area has a large dining table seating 6-8 and also features a small sofa and reading lamps. The outdoor patio has a teak patio table and chairs with a large umbrella.
As well as the small sofa in the large dining/ kitchen room, the house features a sitting room with a large couch, an armchair and a comfortable beanbag chair. Coffee tables and booskhelves with reading material (fiction and travel guides) as well as a flat screen tv complete the room.
There are two bedrooms with double beds. The bedroom on the main floor also features a tallboy chest of drawers and a closet along with side-tables and reading lamps.
The second bedroom in the second floor loft under the eaves has space to hang clothes and a large chest of drawers as well as side-tables and reading lamps.
There is also a small "sleeping nook" with a full-sized single bed under the eaves on the second floor just at the top of the stairs and a small sofa-bed in the main living area on the ground floor.
All bedrooms are heated with electric heaters and there are two large fans which do a good job of circulating air in the warmer months.
The house is equipped with two full-sized bathrooms, each with large walk-in shower, toilet and sink. Both bathrooms have heated towel rails.
The house is heated with electric radiator-type heaters which maintain a constant temperature through the house.
The house offers a flat-screen tv (150+ channels, including English-language) as well as a radio unit and speakers to plug into your iDevices :)
The house features a cozy patio with a small garden where you can enjoy an apéritif or a meal!
Free street parking is located 1/2 a block from the house. You are able to drive up to the house to unload and load your car then park at the end of the street.
Suitable for most people - please enquire as to suitability for (older) children. For those with limited mobility, there is a bedroom and a bathroom on the main floor (just a couple of steps up into the house to navigate) but the house is not accessible for wheelchairs.
Mardi Michels teaches French and cooking to elementary school boys and authors eat. live. travel. write - a blog about culinary adventures near and far. Her work has appeared on JamieOliver.Com, Food Network Canada, Recipe Geek and The French Barn. Mardi hosts cooking and baking classes in Toronto. Her first cookbook, In the French Kitchen with Kids, was by Appetite by Random House in July 2018.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with this "other South of France". The food, the wines, the Armagnac and the friendly people were a huge draw.|
|Unique benefits of property||Well-situated to enjoy all the charms of Nérac within walking distance!|
The weekly market in Nérac is on a Saturday morning until around 1pm, from the place du Général de Gaulle right up the Cours Romas. A foodie's paradise!
The store that inspired Joanne Harris’ book “Chocolat”.
Probably the “finest” dining in the actual town. Offering a seasonal menu with beautifully presented and offer good value at lunch (3 courses for 14€) and dinner (25€ for 3 set courses or 32€ for 3 courses you can choose from the menu). Open from Wednesday midday to Sunday night (inclusive) this is a “must” when visiting or staying in Nérac.
Guided tours on the Baïse, boat rental (no permit required), lunch cruises.
Classified as an historical site in 1909, the park is opposite the gardens and the Bains du Roy. It was created in the sixteenth century by Joan of Albret and Antoine de Bourbon, expanded by Queen Margot, first wife of Henri IV. A favorite place for the Néracais’ weekend stroll. There’s also a small café-restaurant.
Boasting one Michelin star, they offer a “Menu du Marché” at lunch for 27€ – some might think that is a bit of a splurge for lunch but the food and experience are well worth it (and, plus – Michelin star!!!). Sit outside under the shady trees in the courtyard – so peaceful (surrounded by the quaint Medieval buildings) and enjoy a leisurely-paced lunch. For an extra few euros you can get a glass of wine with your meal and a coffee afterwards. All the food is beautifully prepared – they use what’s seasonal and really make the ingredients shine.
The main dining room is in a 13th century chapel and it is absolutely stunning but the Côté Bistrot – a smaller room (and definitely not as pretty but still very charming and cozy) with a different type of menu – is a little more accessible in price. Their 22€ lunch is an absolute bargain – three wonderful courses at either lunch or dinner. Fantastic value and gorgeous setting (the Côté Bistrot seats you outside in the summer months on a lovely terrace). A must visit in the region.