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

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



Le Mascaret Cottage

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.

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About the property

Le Mascaret

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.

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Available Rentals

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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.


Accommodation and facilities for Le Mascaret Cottagein Saint-Romain-la-Virvée in Gironde

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • 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
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 5 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 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


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Le Mascaret Cottage
average rating of 4.571429 based on 16 reviews

Our 3rd year in a row at this lovely property!

  • 5 of 5

We have just finished our 3rd visit in a row to the cottage in this wonderful property.

As always there was nothing to fault. Joelle and Michel were their usual helpful selves.

Nothing more to say other than we already feel the pull for a 4th visit.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful quiet country house

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was beautifully restored and nicely located on the Right bank. Not far from Libourne.

Louis the owner gave us great guidance for good markets, restaurants and places to shop. The pool came in handy during the very hot couple of days we had and the cottage stayed cool due to it's 2ft thick stone walls.

We would absolutely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good property for summer, helpful owner

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is as described, well-equipped and came with several electric heaters as we went off-season and these really warmed the place up. If you stroll to the river you can get a nice view of the sunset. This place would be really lovely in summer, when you can use the pool and BBQ and kids can play in the grounds. You need a car to get anywhere; we did bring bikes but bear in mind you're on the river so at the lowest point and we didn't do enough research into nice cycle routes once at the main road! The owner sent us a helpful google map with some places marked and we had great days out in Bordeaux and St Emilion. We also found a great restaurant (Restaurant L'escapade) for lunch and the local shop was great for breakfast.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 28-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 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: 21-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
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L Falcon
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2018

About L Falcon

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.

L Falcon purchased this cottage in 2003

Why L Falcon chose Saint-Romain-la-Virvée

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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