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Impressively spacious villa, perfect for families and large groups. - unit_1088350



Updated: 21-Oct-2016
8 bedrooms, + 1 bed apartment, sleeps up to 27 plus cots , private pool.

A large luxury villa 'Grands Champs' offers over 380 sq m of spacious living accommodation and is fitted throughout with a range of modern conveniences. The entire villa and apartment can sleep unto 27 people and offers flexible accommodation and pricing for smaller groups.

The oldest part of the villa dates back over 400 years; with exposed beams and stone walls, it has been sympathetically renovated to keep much of its original charm. The spacious fully fitted kitchen has a dining area for 6, plus further seating at the breakfast bar. Appliances include microwave, American fridge freezer, range oven (5 gas rings) dishwasher, coffee machine and plenty of electrical kitchen ware.

The main salon (80m sq) has plasma TV, French Cable, Sky TV free view channels (HD available, bring your own box), /DVD Player/Ipod docking & music station/ pool table and dining area with seating for up to 20 people.

Salon 2 is fitted with HD home cinema with 120” pull down screen, Blue ray DVD player, separate TV with WII and Play station 3, and log burning stove. The villa has Wifi Broadband and a separate laundry room.

The accommodation comprises of: Ground floor, Large master bedroom with ensuite, double bedroom, double bedroom with veranda, twin bedroom, childrens ensuite dormitory (sleeps 8), shower room and separate wc. First floor, family room with king + day bed + cot, twin room, double bedroom, large family bathroom. Further accommodation is also available in an attached one bedroomed apartment.

Beauty/massage treatments are available year round: Outside you can relax on the vine covered veranda which has a bar, plenty of seating, and darts area. The Mediterranean court yard provides a large dining area with 3m table. There is a large gas barbecue and fire pit. The fully alarmed pool is enclosed in its own tropical garden with a vine-covered dining area, plenty of sun beds, and shaded sandpit. The villa is fully equipped for children of all ages with toys, books, games and full ‘dressing up’ wardrobe. Outside is a play area with swings, slides, 5-aside football pitch and go-karts, trampoline, darts, table tennis and foot ball table. Cots, high chairs, walkers, playpen are all available. English/French speaking baby sitting/child minding and house keeping/cook can be arranged on request. Short breaks are available outside of peak periods. Bike hire is also available.

We can meet all your catering needs from breakfast only and packed lunches to formal dinner parties with in-house chef and waitress service. If you are celebrating a special occasion please contact us to discuss your requirements.

We offer a variety of beauty treatments and massages (relaxation, sports, physiotherapy and Indian head massages) provided by our own in- house therapist and exclusive to guests.

The villa is situated in a semi rural area just outside the pretty village of Menesterol and only 1k from the market town of Montpon-Menesterol and is ideally placed for easy access to Bordeaux, St Emillion, Arcachon beach resort, Bergerac and Perigueux.

Local activities:

The Chandois leisure park is a few minutes walk from the villa and has a swimming lake and beach, snack bar, skating park, fishing lake, canoing (river L’Isle) and motor boat hire, crazy golf, family sized go-karts, bike hire and a fantastic fireworks display in August.

There is also a large outdoor public swimming pool just outside the town center. The large lake resorts of Lac Jemaye & Lac du Gurcon are both within a 15min drive. Montpon-Menesterol is only 5k from the A89 motorway. The nearest airports are Bergerac (40mins) Bordeaux International (50mins).

The Dordogne valley

With its prehistoric caves, fortified castles and picturesque villages the Dordogne valley has a lot to offer any visitor. Steeped in history going back thousands of years when Cro-Magnon man lived in the caves of the Périgord and left cave paintings in sites such as Lascaux and Les Eyzies, the region now boasts over 3 million visitors every year.

The diverse landscape of Atlantic coastline beaches boasts some of the best surfing in Europe, and Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe's largest sand dune, the Dune de Pyla (or du Pilat), nearly 3 kilometers long, 500 meters wide, reaching 107 meters in height.

The city of Bordeaux is amongst the world's major wine industry centers. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the eighth century. Saint-Émilion is one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux along with the Médoc, Graves and Pomerol. Saint-Émilion's history goes back to prehistoric times and is a World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque Churches,catacombs and the fantastic A monolithic church made from a single block of stone.

For avid golfers experience Chateaus de Vigiers 18 hole, par 72 championship course designed by Donald Steel.

More Details
  • Sleeps 23
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Tracey

I wanted to say a very big thank you to you and your family for making our family holiday one of the best I have ever had. My whole family had the time of their lives and all helped by staying in your beautiful home. We had such a fantastic holiday and laughed and had fun everyday. I certainly did not want to leave, I felt so chilled and actually felt like I had a relaxing holiday when I returned back home.

I have not stopped talking about it since I have come home and I have had interest from a couple of people at work, so I will send them your way if they plan on going ahead.

I wish you all the best of luck in the future and maybe in a year or two, you may see us mad lot again!!!!

Once again, thank you for our great holiday and all your help and handy tips and also a thank you to Teresa for a great massage.

Jul 2013
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13 Reviews

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Exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week at this beautiful villa. Eighteen of us, from 9 years old to 71 years old and not one person had a complaint. In fact quite the opposite!

The villa exceeded our expectations! Beautifully furnished and decorated, well maintained, absolutely immaculate and incredibly homely... With lots to entertain everyone!

The design of the garden and outside areas, with the pool, fire pit area, shaded seating areas and games area meant we could be in the sun or shade, swimming, playing badminton or reading peacefully.... Something for everyone.

Tracey and Alex gave us all the privacy we needed, but were very helpful when we had a query about the local area, its restaurants and night markets.

Thank you for a lovely place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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In a word FABULOUS

  • 5 of 5

The fact that the villa catered in some style for our extended family with an age range of just three to seventy years speaks volumes.The property furnishings are pure quality with large bedrooms and huge family areas both within and outside the property. Everything in and outside the villa functioned and was obviously well maintained.We basically" lived" by the spacious fenced off Pool and BBQued again using a top class BBQ every night.During the day the grandchildren had a ball on the various amenities ie trampoline,football,etc coming inside at the heat of the day to watch a film on the large cinema type screen within the villa.Tracie,Alex and there son David greeted us on our arrival and made it clear that it was there business to look after our every needs day and night. The reality was that there were no problems or issues for them to attend to save for twice weekly pool maintenance,linen changing and grass cutting.The quiet location was perfect for us but the nearby towns of Montpon-Menestrol within 20 minutes walk afforded all of the usual bars,banks,chemists and two supermarkets

A memorable and fantastic holiday for which the owners should feel justly proud

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

The property has been let down by the very poor maintenance. There are some lovely aspects to this villa , however it is in great need of some TLC. Some of the pictures are inaccurate especially some of the outside areas. The worse part is the total lack of responsibility to complaints. I could go on but it would take forever, I would just say it's a shame as I believe this once was a lovely villa. We will not return or recommend this property. A lot of money spent on 2 weeks away - poor value.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Week in Grand Champs

  • 4 of 5

Grand Champs was perfectly suited to the needs of our large family group. There were 8 adults and 9 children in our party, but the house and all its grounds were so spacious, we were never on top of each other. The house was very well equipped especially in the kitchen, that we lacked for nothing. St.Emillion, Bergerac and Brantome were typical towns of the Dordogne region, which were all within easy driving distance and well worth visiting.

Tracy and Alex were very welcoming and always on hand, if we had any queries.

John & Marian - East Lothian, Scotland

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Family Holiday to Remember

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Alex and Tracy’s Villa in August 2013, as a family group of 4 families comprising three generations. The Villa was amazing, accommodating us easily

.On one of the days, friends of one part of the family, staying in the same area, came for the day making us 22 in total, but the numbers were lost in the space of the villa and garden. The adults being able to sit in pleasant surroundings enjoying the local wine, while the young made use of the many facilities.

The Villa was superbly well equipped with enough inside and outside activities to keep everyone happy, as was the kitchen for whomever’s turn it was to cook!! The joy of being able to eat outside everyday was a real pleasure.

The town of Montpon-Menestrol has a variety of shops including a large supermarket, and several ‘all important’ boulangeries.

Three members of the group made use of the nearby aquatic centre and took a canoeing trip down the river, with the excitement of small rapids, easily negotiated by one member, who was a relatively inexperienced young canoeist.

Tracy and her family could not have been more helpful before and during our stay


Thank you, we would love to come and stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We booked Grand Champs for 4 families and could not believe the size and facilities available when we arrived. The photos on the website do not do the villa justice, it was amazing. I think my favourite place was the outside seating area, the gardens are wonderful and it was a joy to sit and relax.

Tracy and Alex have catered for every possible need, from kitchen equipment to dressing up clothes for the kids. Our Kids especially enjoyed feeding time with the goats and Casper the pony.

The town was in easy walking distance and had a variety of shops and supermarkets, we spent an amazing day in Bordeaux, getting the train from Montpon-Menesterol, Bordeaux was extremely beautiful and well worth a visit. We also enjoyed the park and man made lake about 10 mins walk from villa.

Tracy helped us organise a meal at a local restaurant which was fantastic and we would highly recommend.

Every room in the villa has been decorated and furnished to a very high standard, and Tracy and Alex were always on hand should you need anything. We would definitely recommend Grand Champs for a family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac or Bordeaux at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Montpon at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 450 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Chateau de Vigiers at 40 Kilometres Nearest Train : Montpon at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Montpon at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Menesterol at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lac Jemaye at 7 Kilometres Car: recommended

Montpon-Menesterol is situated on the banks of the River l’Isle which has a good range of traditional French shops including bakery, butchers, bars, banks, post office, Tourist office, clothes shops, some excellent restaurants, 2 large supermarkets and a bustling weekly market every Wednesday morning.

Golf: For keen golfers experience the spectacular Chateau de Vigiers 27 hole championship golf course designed by Donald Steel. In addition, they also have a 6 hole academy course, ideal for beginners, a covered driving range, practice greens and bunkers as well as a resident Pro. Only 40 mins drive from the villa.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Full Villa- Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Full Villa Summer 2016
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Different accomodation configurations exist for the villa and its two wings. The above pricing is based on renting the full villa - upto 22
people + cot. There is a option for 2 supplementary beds if required. The middle barn forms the central part of the villa and can be separated to accommodate smaller groups at a reduced price. This option is only available outside of July and August.
The middle barn is available for smaller groups up to 10 + cot. Please contact me for further information on accommodation options and prices.
A 30% non-refundable deposit required to secure your booking.
The apartment is only available to guests booking the villa during July and August. To book the apartment outside of high season please select the apartment property option at the top of the page.
Linen and house and pool towels provided.
Free welcome pack
One off cleaning charge of 175€ payable on arrival for end of stay clean for Villa, 50€ for the apartment .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 350 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, New for 2011
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Apartment


  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, Plus single bed if required
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Can be extra large double
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Cot, Plus single bed if required + cot
  • Bedroom 6 - 4 Single Bed, Full size bunk beds plus cot
  • Bedroom 7 - 4 Single Bed, Full size bunk beds
  • Bedroom 8, Apartment - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Full size bunk beds
  • The master bedrooms are large enough to comfortably fit an extra single bed in each, if required. An extra cot is also available. Please see pricing for cost of additional guests. Available by request to larger groups is a separate air conditioned one bedroomed apartment with king size bed, en suite, open plan lounge/kitchen/diner available at an extra cost. The apartment is only let in conjunction with the villa.


  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • Terrace
  • veranda


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available


  • Available on request are: massage therapy and beauty treatments from our in-house therapist, baby sitting, house keeping, in house chef, fully catered parties with waitress service.

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