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Magnificent Maison de Maître & Cottage Sleeping 14 with Pool & Games Room



Updated: 12-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 14
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Set on the edge of an Historic village on the Route des Vins

A stone built character house with adjacent cottage set around a courtyard within 5 acres of secluded grounds.

The property is 500m to the east of Montcaret village centre, a picturesque village with an 11th Century Romanesque church set amongst the remains of a Gallo- Roman villa. The village is served with a first class boulangerie/patisserie and a tabac, which are within walking distance of the house. There is a new Carrefour supermarket at 1.9 miles distance and a convenience store in the neighbouring village at 2.5 miles distance.

The House and the Cottage are set around a gravel courtyard and adjacent to each other, but not interconnecting.

The House sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms and 'The Cottage' sleeps 4 in two bedrooms.

The House has a large kitchen with all appliances including a large double oven range cooker and an American fridge freezer. There is a separate dining room, and a large sitting room with a working stone fireplace and grand piano for the musically inclined. There are separate washing /laundry facilities in a utility room.

The Cottage has its own large kitchen/dining area, and a sitting room at first floor level with a Juliet balcony overlooking the courtyard.

Both houses have the use of the former Chai (wine making room ) as a games room, for ping pong, table football and snooker/pool. Within the house there is a further games room with a Wii with various games, attached to a large flat screen TV.

Both the House and Cottage have their own flat screen TVs in the living rooms with both UK and French satellite channels.

Both houses are served with free WiFi.

Outside there is seating for dining and relaxing in the courtyard, and to the rear of the house a large terrace for eating out.

To the rear of the house is the pool area which comprises a Roman ended pool (10m by 5m) with an extensive paved seating area and an abri (shaded area). There is a generous provision of sunbeds around the pool.

This area is adjacent to the property's own field from which one can access footpaths up the hillside and amongst the vines.

There is shaded parking for cars under the huge walnut tree next to the house.

This area of the Dordogne is steeped in history and provides a huge variety of cultural, sporting and recreational activities. This can range from visiting the world renowned Unesco Heritage Village of St Emilion close by, or seeing the Son et Lumiere of the Bataille de Castillon in near by Castillon, to, for the more active, canoeing down the Dordogne, horse riding, cycling, trekking etc.

This is serious wine country and of course there are endless opportunities to visit local chateaux for tastings and to sample the delights of the regional cuisine in the many local restaurants. For those who prefer to cook, there are fine local food markets to visit, that at Ste Foy La Grande being particularly popular (Saturday morning) and voted one of the best in France.

For those that want a beach, this can be found just 12km to the north at Lac de Gurson, a large lake with restaurant facilities, pedalos and a long water slide.

Further afield is the beautiful city of Bordeaux, and the picturesque towns of Bergerac, Perigueux, and Sarlat. The Atlantic Coast with well known resorts such as Arcachon and Lacanau are beyond Bordeaux but accessible.

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About the Owner

Gill Bird
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
12 January, 2017

About Gill Bird

We have lovingly restored this property over the past 14 years. For a number of years we lived in it with our children who went to the local schools but we have now returned to England and so use it for our holidays.

Gill Bird purchased this house in 1999

14 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)


Jill and Richard

  • 5 of 5

All of our party enjoyed this superb property. We were 9 adults and 5 children. There was something for everyone. A well equipped games room was a welcome respite from the extreme heat of the day outside. Both the house and cottage were equipped to a high standard. Of course with a few pianists in our family the piano and our granddaughter's guitar gave us many a musical moment.

The pool has a good shaded area with lots of pool toys to amuse the little ones.

We found some very pretty villages and particularly enjoyed the town and market in Eymet. Some of our party enjoyed fly fishing in the river nearby.

In fact we liked our holiday so much that we have booked again for next August, which speaks for itself.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The place to make family memories

  • 5 of 5

An extended family holiday. We arrived from far and wide (5 flights to get there was the record) and how the journey was worth it!

Whether you are 1 or 63 or somewhere in between you are catered for superbly.

From the cots, high chairs and toys to the pool, games room and field. From the superbly equipped kitchen to the individually pleasing bedrooms and welcomingly cool sitting room. Nothing has been overlooked.

And all around the property inside and out are little nooks and crannies with a cast iron bucket here and a sculpture there.

This is a place to enjoy with all the senses.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful property for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 8 adults and 7 children aged between 5 and 13 years. The large bedrooms enabled us to sleep very comfortably in this spacious property.

The house is furnished exactly to our taste and it felt like home, except the cookers are far superior to mine! With two pianists in the party, imagine our delight to discover a grand piano in the lounge.

The children never wanted to leave the house as it is so well equipped, inside and outside. They played in the games room, the pool and the grounds where we held our own Olympics, one day.

The owners were the most efficient I have ever dealt with, with prompt answers to questions and a very quick return of the deposit.

The weather was amazing but even in less benign weather this property has so much to keep even the most demanding guest entertained.

We would recommend it, without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An Oasis of pure delight

  • 5 of 5

The House is wonderful and provides the quintessential atmosphere that Francophiles are seeking. Four adult couples and five children easily accommodated in a lovingly restored property with enough room for all to enjoy without invading the space of each other. Facilities second to none and it now boasts a 'new' number on the outside which is 41,so easy to find!! A truly Five Star experience. We all want to return but that will need careful planning as half of the party live in Sydney!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb family accommodation in the Dordogne

  • 4 of 5

This large well appointed property gave our family group of 14 the space to be together in comfort. The accommodation delivered what it said on the tin. It was well equipped and flexible and full of character and charm with lots of space outside for a wide range of activities. It is well placed to explore and enjoy what the area has to offer yet it is privately positioned on the edge of a small community. The booking arrangements were straightforward and the owner and his agent were attentive, helpful and prompt in dealing with matters arising.

We holiday together as an extended family most years and have stayed in some very attractive properties but this is the first occasion when the family has spontaneously said that it would be pleased to return to a property. We are happy to recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place to celebrate a 70 th Birthday

  • 5 of 5

The holiday exceeded all expectations as Les OIseaux is the most amazing place to holiday with families. Everything is provided to an exceptional standard , we were not lacking for anything. The house and cottage are most comfortable, antiques abound but the accomodation is light and airy.

There are places for each family to do their own thing and the choice of places to eat outside was varied and comfortable with views on all sides. Some days the weather was a bit grey but even so we didn't have time to use all the games on offer. The children loved the big games room and the electronic games room was a big hit .The field was ideal for letting off steam and collecting grasshoppers and other " bugs " , such freedom ! The pool was in constant use and much bigger than appears in the photos. On the hot days the house was delightfully cool inside. At home we have told everyone about this amazing place and highly recommend it .One of our party flew to Bergerac from New York/Stanstead, and hiring a car from Bergerac was no problem.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 39 Kilometres Nearest Train : Velines at 3.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lac de Gurson at 12 Kilometres Car: recommended

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
15 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

5% discount on second and third weeks.
Security deposit of £1,000 payable before arrival.
25% deposit payable to secure booking and balance payable 6 weeks before arrival.
For two week lettings there will be an intermediate clean included in the cost.
Babysitting can be arranged at additional cost.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 12-Jan-2017


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Ensuite to Bedroom 2
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 (Cottage) - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Ensuite to Bedroom 7
  • Bathroom 5 (Cottage) - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Ensuite to Bedroom 8


  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Four Poster room - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Beds zip together to form double. Ensuite bathroom.
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 7 (Cottage) - 1 Double Bed, Ensuite Bathroom
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Child Bed
  • Bedroom 8 (Cottage) - 2 Single Bed, Ensuite Bathroom
  • Cots can be provided.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...

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