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French Sophistication, Wheelchair friendly. Private heated fenced & gated pool

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Details
Property
house
People
10
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Nicely Decorated, Private heated fenced & gated pool, quiet rural setting, views

Featured with an 8 page spread of the house decoration magazine a L'essentiel de la Deco.

The magazine elected Maison Fontaine as "The best French interiors".

A beautiful holiday home in the Bordeaux region of France set on the borders of Lot et Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne, complete with private swimming pool.

Offering French sophistication, effortless natural elegance & genuine laid-back charm the tranquillity of Maison Fontaine, originally a medieval priory, is set against a glorious back drop of rolling hills, plum orchards & vineyards, where children can climb trees and run through meadows whilst you chill out with a cool glass of sauvignon blanc by the slate-grey coloured pool.

The building dates back to the 12th century and is wrapped around a beautiful cobbled courtyard, lending a serene calm to this medieval property.

Suitable for up to 6 adults and 4 children.

Maison Fontaine is positively organic in its make-up – the stone walls are thick, providing a unique insulation from the summer heat; huge glass windows allow natural light all day. A private shady terrace overlooks the pool, orchards and fields, it is a naturally tranquil haven.

The house is situated near the border of the Dordogne in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region, just 2 miles from the ancient town of Duras (Lot et Garonne, France) & 4 miles from Monsegur (Gironde, France).

These picturesque bastide towns are host to weekly traditional French markets where the villagers shop for local produce and meet friends, enjoy a coffee and croissant and watch the world go by. A popular night market is also held each week during the summer months where street food and entertainment are the backdrop for the evening. Each town offers a good selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, pharmacie & banks with atm's as well as the all important boulangerie for fresh croissants and crusty bread and beautiful chocolaterie selling hand made delicious chocolates and gifts.

There are many festivals & events that take place throughout the region, the popular annual Jazz festival held in Monsegur at the beginning of July.

A comprehensive Carrefour supermarket & petrol station can be found at Duras or Monsegur. Larger hypermarkets are available in La Reole (20 mins drive) and Marmande (30 mins drive).

An ideal central location to explore Bordeaux, Bergerac & the Dordogne.

Catering is available at the house, the chef is very popular and you will need to reserve this at the time of booking. Sample menu

Bedrooms: 3 double bedrooms, beds are 160cm wide, 200cm long.

Bedrooms 1 & 2 have their own open plan luxury bath, walk-in shower and wc. Bedroom 3 has a bath with a shower, the wc is situated next to this room and is shared with bedroom 4.

With four fabulous bedrooms (one of which is wheelchair accessible) sleeping up to 10 in comfort. Three bedrooms all have generous kingsize beds which are height adjustable at each end for added comfort, open-plan en-suite bathrooms. All three bedrooms are easily large enough to place a cot.

The fourth bedroom is a children's paradise – a dormitory den with 4 beds where a secure glass window overlooks the main sitting room, allowing a sneaky peep of the babes at bedtime. Beds measure 80cm wide, 190cm long

Kitchen: The kitchen is very well stocked with everything even the most discerning holiday chefs could require including fridge freezer, gas hobs, dishwasher, food processor/blender, juicer etc. Dishwasher tablets and cleaning products are supplied.

Living space: Overlooking the courtyard to one side and the pool on the other, the main living room of the property is a fabulous open plan space which encompasses kitchen, dining area and sitting room. A second sitting room doubles as the TV room - with a large flat screen TV, DVD player and stack of DVDs, books and board games.

Heating is available at an additional cost in winter months.

Disabled access: Bedroom 2, set on the ground floor, is wheelchair friendly with a wet room and has flat tiled floors throughout. The bed is height adjustable at each end for added comfort. None of the wide interior doorways on the ground floor have sills or door treads.

A ramp allows access into the property from the garden and covered deck area, the door however if locked the chair user may find it difficult to unlock the door whilst on the ramp. The garden has not been landscaped for wheelchairs but is generally flat.

Cleaning/towels/linen: Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are all provided and are included in the price. There is also a hairdryer at the house.

Outside: A large barbeque is on hand – ask owners Fabienne and Frederic for some of their vines (Fabienne’s family have a superb Cotes de Duras vineyard and Frederic is also involved in the international wine business).

The stunning 12mx4m slate grey coloured pool, overlooking fields and orchards, is both alarmed and fenced/gated and has generous steps which stretch the entire width of the pool leading you into the shallow end of 1.10m in depth, the deeper end is 1.40m deep.

Beyond the pool, the enormous garden spreading across 5 acres is large enough for football matches (goal posts available), cricket / rounder's or simply to send the kids off on a treasure hunt, although the house and garden are well stocked with toys, a sand pit, swing, seesaw, cds, books etc...

Child facilities: A cot & high chair can be provided upon request.

Coast / Beach: A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 30 minutes away and is a popular attraction to take children for a day out. The gently shelving sand provides a safe, fun environment for splashing around and cooling off in the summer sun.

Further a field, approximately 90 mins drive away, is the 150 mile long sandy beach at Arcachon and Biscarosse. If you have the energy climb the highest sand dune in Europe at Biscarosse, or while the day away meandering around the streets of cosmopolitan Arcachon and enjoy a relaxing lunch in one of the many French restaurants.

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Property Manager
David & Tracy HolidayCottagesandVillas
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful family week here ( eight adults, two babies and a three years old). What a beautiful house and setting. We really appreciated all the toys and sporting equipment, thank you. A visit to chateau Duras ( without push chairs) and to Monday market are highly recommended.

Thank you for a great holiday
Jun 2015
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Reviews

4.8/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

North Yorkshire, England
5

Relaxing holiday home

  • 5 of 5

The owner has done a superb job of renovating this property, parts of which date back to the 13th century.

The three double bedrooms all have very comfortable beds.

Kitchen is one of the most well equipped I've seen in a holiday home, everything you could possibly need.

TV room has flat screen TV, DVDs player and a satellite box that picks up 4 main UK channels (no C5) plus several others (CBBC, ITV2 etc.).

The pool is wonderful and is very well maintained by the owner, who was always on hand, but never intrusive.

Local town (Duras) has a very good baker, butcher and at least 3 well regarded restaurants.

A wonderful and relaxing holiday home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Steve. Thanks very much for taking the time to review your stay at Maison Fontaine, we are so pleased that you enjoyed this beautiful house and it's facilities. The owner will be very pleased to hear your kind comments as he takes great pride in the presentation of the house and facilities provided for guests. We hope that we can help with your holiday plans again in the future. David & Tracy.
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5

Fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property

3 wonderful double beds

Kids loved their room!

Extremely well equipped, cosy floor heating

Great pool

Toys and films

Can't think of anything that could be improved on

Lovely chateau and pizzeria in Duras

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ruth. Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about your stay at Maison Fontaine. We are delighted that you had such an enjoyable time at the house and exploring the local area and hope that we can help to arrange further holiday accommodation in the future. Best wishes, David & Tracy.
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5

Tranquil Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Arrived to a lovely welcome from Frederic and Fabien. We were given a tour of the accommodation and settled down to our 1st night, with an ample welcome basket. We could not fault the accommodation at all, the house has been beautifully renovated to a very high standard, impeccably clean and very well equipped throughout. The pool was such a blessing every day, and the surrounding garden is lovely, also well equipped with a variety of sport equipment for young and old. Overall we had a fantastic 1 month stay, the setting was incredibly beautiful and tranquil, yet only a 5 minute drive away from the nearest town. We would not hesitate to highly recommend staying at Maison Fontaine and again, Frederic and Fabien were fantastic host, helping with queries and answering many questions regarding the area and local cuisine. A beautiful month spent in a beautiful place.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you wonderful review of your month-long stay, we knew that you would enjoy it as the house and surrounding area are beautiful, but it is always nice to hear our guests thoughts and really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with potential guests. We hope that we will be able to help you again in the future. With our very best wishes, David & Tracy.
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4

Tranquil Holiday Gite

  • 4 of 5

A Fabulous holiday gite set in a very tranquil locality. The accommodation is very comfortable and commodious, with all modern facilities and conveniences. The property is quirky and interesting in its design with interesting features in all rooms. The host Frederic was very welcoming and helpful, his wine tours are excellent. The property and pool are well maintained and cleaned to a high standard. I recommend this property to anyone seeking a holiday location in which to relax and unwind.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Neil. Thanks for taking the time to review your stay. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your holiday . We strive to offer high quality accommodation and service and are delighted with your comments. We hope that we can help with your holiday plans in the future. Regards from David & Tracy.
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1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,367
for 7 nights
£1,367
 
 
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29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
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7 night minimum stay
£1,537
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£1,537
 
 
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27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
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7 night minimum stay
£2,135
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£2,135
 
 
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24 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
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7 night minimum stay
£2,349
for 7 nights
£2,349
 
 
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8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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7 night minimum stay
£4,014
for 7 nights
£4,014
 
 
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2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,135
for 7 nights
£2,135
 
 
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9 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,708
for 7 nights
£1,708
 
 
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7 night minimum stay
£4,014
for 7 nights
£4,014
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £427

Reservation Information:

A 25% deposit secures a reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks before rental commencement.
A refundable security bond of €500 is payable with the balance which is returned within 14 days of departure subject to a satisfactory inspection.

Paying direct through us: UK / European Domestic Mastercard & Visa credit cards are accepted subject to a 1% transaction fee, American Express 2%.
Debit cards and bank transfers are free.
Non-UK / European credit card payments 2.5%. € Euros accepted by bank transfer to a French bank account.

Included in the price: Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels. Bookings of 2 weeks or more receive a complimentary change of linen every week and a 4 hour clean.

Pool opening times and heating information/charges 2017: Pool opening times: April 29th - October 28th.
Pool heating is included in the rental price from 27th May - 30th September. (October 1st - October 28th charged at €150 per week)

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Baleyssagues in Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Separate walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Walk in shower wet room suitable for wheel chairs
    Bathroom 3 - Bath with Shower , Room is next to a wc
    wc only - Toilet , Next to bedroom 3, down stairs from bedroom 4
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed , Upper floor, very low ceiling height, ideal for children
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Ground floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Ground floor, ideal for disabled access
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
This property has 1 bedroom on the ground floor which is ideal for wheel chair access, en-suite wet room shower.

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