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Close to St. Emilion, Pomerol, & Bordeaux areas-Pool, WiFi, garden, & relaxation - Le Mascaret Cottage



Updated: 06-Sep-2016
4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 WC's, sleeps up to 8, Farmhouse and Cottage

Le Mascaret is a renovated 400 year old Farmhouse and Cottage that sit on 3 acres of land surrounded by vineyards on the bank of the Dordogne River. The properties are private from each other and can be rented together or separately.

There is a large garden and a wooded area next to the river. There are many fruit trees including fig, plum, apple, and pear. Our pool is 52 square meters and has a shallow area for children. Internet access via WiFi is available free of charge. The property is perfect for a relaxing quiet holiday and for touring the great wineries of Bordeaux.

Changeover day is Saturdays from mid-July to end of August--outside of that period it can be any day of the week.

Activities: Fishing, golf, horse riding, tennis, and excellent restaurants are all nearby.

There are wonderful weekly markets in the nearby towns where you can purchase locally grown and produced vegetables, cheeses, meats, and seafood. The best markets are: Libourne (15-20 minutes drive), has a market on Tuesday, Fridays, and Sundays with the Sunday one being the largest and best. Bourg (20 minutes drive) on Sundays. Blaye (45 minutes drive) on Wednesdays (After the market, you can take the ferry across the river to the Medoc region and visit some top wineries in the Medoc). St. Andre de Cubzac (8-10 minutes drive) on Thursdays (smaller but lots of seafood) and Saturdays (larger market).

Things to do: Our location offers holiday activities for everyone.

The charming town of St. Emilion and its great wineries are just 25 minutes away. But you must also consider the wines of Fronsac—an up and coming wine appellation and just under 10 minutes away.

Visit Bordeaux—just 20-25 minutes away and offers all the amenities of a major city that resembles a smaller version of Paris with many interesting sights, shopping, and some great restaurants.

You can visit some of the nearby Chateau. The Chateau de Vayres near Libourne is very nice and so is the Chateau Malrome in Saint Andre du Bois (Entre Deux Mers). The Chateau de La Riviere and its wonderful wine caves is about 10 minutes away.

If you are interested in religious history, visit the Abbaye de la Sauve Majeure in Entre Deux Mers.

The Pair-non-Pair grotto, a prehistoric cave with some spectacular drawings is about 15 minutes away.

For more active vacationing there are plenty of biking and hiking trails in the area.

Day Trips: Some of our previous guest’s favorite trips include visiting the Dune du Pyla in Arcachon—about 45 minutes away—and then visiting the coastal area for a seafood meal.

A visit to the Zoo de la Palmyre just north of Royan (about 1:45 hours from Le Mascaret) the best zoo in France, if not Europe, has been a hit with families with children.

Blaye and Bourg, both fortified cities, are within 25 minutes and offer a lot of history, wonderful views, and some great wines.

A visit to Cognac and its world famous Cognac distilleries is a must and it is less than 70 kilometers away.

Les Eyzies (about 2 hours east) with its caves and its prehistoric sites makes for a very interesting day trip.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage Le Mascaret Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC

This stone cottage is comfortable for up to 5 persons. On the ground floor there is a living/dining area with sofa and two chairs plus a TV and coffee table. There is a dining table which can sit up to 5. The kitchen area is enclosed by a counter and has a microwave, electric oven, refrigerator, gas stove, and dishwasher. Near the kitchen area there is a room with a WC and the clothes washing machine. The cottage opens to a large outdoor covered eating area with a table and chairs and view to the garden and the swimming pool.

Stairs lead to the first floor where there are 3 bedrooms—2 bedrooms with 1 double bed each and 1 bedroom with 2 single beds—and a bathroom with shower and WC. There is garden furniture under the covered veranda and a barbecue.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The owners of Le Mascaret are two families, longtime friends, with a great appreciation for the beauty and culture of Europe in general and France in particular and who fell in love with the house and its environs at first sight. We first visited Le Mascaret in the summer of 2003 and became its owners in October 2003. We live in the Boston Massachusetts area and have extensive ties to Europe and travel there frequently. At some point in the future we hope to spend a great deal of time at Le Mascaret, but now because of job (higher education, nutrition research, software support, and environmental protection) and family commitments we are unable to do so. We have chosen to share it with others who will love it as well.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Le Mascaret has been a real haven of peace for us during the busy time of our son’s wedding. Julian and Maria were married on 14th July in Bordeaux and the South African contingent needed a home form home from which to operate. It surpassed our greatest expectations having elastic walls and crockery and cutlery for the 58 who came back here to celebrate (unexpectedly) after the Mairie’s ceremony! The pool was wonderful, the garden tranquil, and so pretty with lovely walks to the river or in the vineyards. We loved hearing the birds. The South African and French families had time to meet and get to know each other. We loved exploring the area and tasting the French wines, cheeses, patisseries, glaces and chocolate! Thank you for everything!
Jul 2007
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Amazing part of rural France with lots to do nearby. Very relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

The property was a fantastic French gite renovated in a rustic style with everything you need for your stay.

The beautiful pool area is shared with one other property and is very close to the gite but also screened from it for privacy. The pool also has a child alarm fitted in case a small child falls in when unattended which is a great idea.

The Bordeaux area is amazing and there is plenty to do as long as you have a car.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed a very relaxing stay and will definitely consider staying again in the future as it really was that good!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pretty cottage surrounded by vineyards

  • 5 of 5

The property has a house and a cottage with a shared swimming pool in a quiet rural setting. We stayed in the cottage which is very pretty and surrounded by vineyards. The cottage was spotlessly clean, very well equipped and has a lovely outdoor area for eating and relaxing. It is close to the wine areas of Saint Emillion and Pomerol and an easy drive to Bordeaux and the Margaux and Medoc wine areas. The owner was very obliging and extremely helpful as were the local mangers who helped us get settled. There is a wonderful market at nearly by Libourne and plenty to see and do in the surrounds. We had a lovely time at the cottage and would recommend it as a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pretty, functional and very endearing

  • 4 of 5

We booked this cottage just 3 days before we arrived and the efficiency and personal support from the owner and HomeAway was exemplary.

This is a little gem and we were blessed with a week of 30C sunshine so the pool was fantastic. It really is as good as it looks in the pictures.

We wanted a complete rest and the peace and quiet was a delight. we had neighbours in the farm house but they were far away enough to be no trouble but close enough for us to feel we were not isolated.

We had a fantastic evening in St Emilion, eating inexpensively in the square to live music and went to Libourne market twice. Great fish and vegetables.

We are currently looking right now to book another week next year. Can't wait.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, a truly relaxing place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

Le Mascaret cottage is a small but perfectly formed holiday cottage. We made extremely good use of the pool and BBQ. It is perfectly placed for visits to Arcachon (the amazing sand dune du Pyla!), Blaye, Bordeaux and surrounding vineyards. The evening marche gourmand in Blasimon is worth the trip. Even the storms were brilliant! I would have no hesitation recommending Le Mascaret to anyone wanting a tranquil, rural holiday in France. The only thing lacking were bicycles but next time we'll just bring our own!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, bucolic getaway

  • 5 of 5

Mascaret is a lovely restored stone cottage & farmhouse built in 17c. The cottage is completely furnished with kitchen, laundry, 2 bathrooms, wifi. The property is in a rural setting with vineyards on all sides, and very quiet. It is a perfect country getaway but is close to the vineyards of Saint Emilion, Fronsac and 1 hour from Médoc and Bordeaux, and close to good pâtisseries and marchés. The pool was too cold in April but we did eat outside for breakfast and one night for dinner. The owners and the caretakers were welcoming, helpful and pleasant. We would come back again!

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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a nice place to spend time with family and friends

  • 5 of 5

We've been here two weeks in August 2013.

The cottage is very cosy and very clean. The garden with the pool are perfect for children to play. Le Mascaret is located very weel, near all the famous winery, next to Bordeaux and not so far from the ocean like Lacanau.

The place is quiet.

We would like to adress a special thanks to Michel and Joëlle for their kindness and availability.

Lenik Family

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Clementine, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit at Le Mascaret. It is a very peaceful and relaxing place. We were worried that adding Wifi this year was going to affect the tranquility of the experience but guests tell me they appreciate the quiet but also remaining accessible to others and being able to plan their day trips better. We also appreciate your comments on our caretakers--Michel and Joelle. They love the place, take wonderful care of the house and garden, and make sure everything is perfect for the guests. We thank you for the kind words and we look forward to your next visit. Regards. Luis
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From the Owner

The property is very private and quiet. There are vineyards all around and a beautiful garden for relaxation. Both properties have been renovated and all the appliances have been recently updated. The swimming pool is 6 years old and has a beautiful terrace and lavender garden all around. The property is 3 acres and includes apple, plum, pear, walnut, and fig trees.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux Merignac at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St. Romain la Virve at 2.2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Saint Malo at 500 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Bordeaux Le Lac at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : St. Andre de Cubzac at 9 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 and D670 at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Cadillac en Fronsadais at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Le Porge Ocean at 80 Kilometres Car: necessary

We are at the end of a quiet lane that leads to the Dordogne river with only the river, vineyards and one neighbor around us. There are small villages and larger towns nearby plus the entrance to the A10 is just 10 minutes away which provides quick access for day trips. Le Mascaret is 25 km from Saint Emilion, 30 km to Blaye, 50 km from Sauternes, and about 75 km from the Medoc. It is just 25 minutes from Bordeaux, under 45 minutes to the Bordeaux Merignac airport, and 60 minutes from the Atlantic ocean beaches. There are bakeries and small shops within 3-5 minutes and large supermarkets within 10-15 minutes.

Other Activities: Winery touring


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
11 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Spring
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £22

Linen, towels, gas, and electricity included are included in rental price. 1 Week minimum rental in July and August. Outside of this period, the rental rate is prorated to a nightly rate with a minimum of five nights. A security/damage deposit of 200 euros is required on arrival. All things acceptable it will be returned on departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Our location offers many options. From total relaxation in the garden or pool to active sightseeing in the Gironde. Le Mascaret is perfect for visting Bordeaux, Pomerol, and Saint Emilion--all within 20-25 minutes. The Medoc is about 30 minutes away. The Dune du Pyla and Cognac are close enough for day trips.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities


  • Basic Soaps
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • waterfront


  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

Floor Area

  • 70 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed


  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 5 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

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