Per weekfrom 1495.00 to 2495.00 GBP
La Maison Maitre is a very special find indeed - a glamorous blend of French country chic interiors with the best elements of self catering i.e. spacious, private accommodation and freedom to cook for yourselves, and the style, luxury and optional additional services of a boutique hotel such as bathrobes, slippers, champagne, flowers etc.
Lovingly restored by its owners, designers Juliet and Deane, and their team of local artisans, this grand 18th century former barn is now home to three luxury self catering suites with one, two and three bedrooms, fully equipped modern kitchens and their own private outdoor terraces. Each suite is stylishly decorated with an eclectic mix of modern, antique and traditional style furniture, attractive soft furnishings, antique mirrors and crystal chandeliers, and painted in cool restful colours. A fourth suite in the luxuriously converted former pigeonnier tower offers couples with a baby or small child a little extra romance as well as all the same standards and facilities of the barn suites.
Deane, and their team of local artisans, this grand 18th century former barn is now home to three luxury self catering suites with one or two bedrooms a piece, fully equipped modern kitchens and their own private outdoor terraces. Each suite is stylishly decorated with an eclectic mix of modern, antique and traditional style furniture, attractive soft furnishings, antique mirrors and crystal chandeliers, and painted in cool restful colours.
Despite their 18th century character, each has plentiful supplies of contemporary fixtures and fittings too. Their fully equipped kitchens come with free standing cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle, toaster and coffee machine, plus a full complement of crockery, cutlery, and glassware, cooking utensils, iron and ironing board; whilst their living areas boast UK satellite TV and Video or DVD player, selection of films and a CD player. There's even a hairdryer supplied for each suite, completing the boutique hotel suite feel. Younger guests are well looked after too with a comprehensive list of nursery gear from sippy cups and sterilisers to cots and baby baths (see full list in grey box below), plus baskets of toys, books and colouring materials.
The icing on the cake is the wonderful setting on an 8-acre country house estate complete with parkland, fields and orchards, plus a glistening 12 × 6 m pool (heated) with truly fabulous views over the surrounding countryside and villages. Here guests relax easily and time goes slowly. Days start taking in the views over al fresco breakfasts on the suite terraces or cooked for you and served on the lovely communal terrace. Later on it’s a tough choice between lounging by the pool soaking in the views or packing a picnic (self-made or ordered from the owners) and pottering around the grounds, perhaps a stroll into the pretty village for supplies or lunch? Or a daytrip to one of the pretty nearby towns or a St Emillion Vineyard? Evenings are generally spent sitting on the terrace enjoying the lavender scented breeze whilst enjoying a cool glass of local wine or a delicious 3-course meal cooked for you. Such an idyllic setting is sure to refresh even the most frazzled of parents!
The Lartigue Suite - This lovely suite sleeps 6+infants in three elegant bedrooms, comprising two doubles and a twin. There are two luxurious bathrooms, one with bath and the other with a shower. The spacious open-plan living area is flooded with light from the vast, now glazed, barn doors, and feels exceptionally airy thanks to the 6m high ceilings and beautiful limestone floors. The huge slate-topped dining table can seat 10-12 and enjoys lovely views over gardens and a cosy lounge area next to the Toulouse-stone feature fireplace which is lovely for reading or watching movies or UK TV. French doors open onto an extensive, communal, covered veranda, with full complement of teak garden dining furniture, where guests can enjoy ‘al fresco' dining in the shade. There's also a private sunny seating area with barbecue.
The 13th century bastide town of Sainte Livrade-sur-Lot is less than 5 minutes drive away and offers excellent bakeries, two supermarkets, newsagent, pharmacy, estate agents, hairdressers, doctor, banks, post office, tourist office, coffee shops and restaurants, including a particularly fine one overlooking the river. On Friday mornings the open-air market provides a colourful experience of French life, with local regional produce and delicious treats.
The nearby historic town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot is a short 15 minute drive away, and boasts the most restaurants and pavement cafes in the whole region. There are also fashion boutiques, jewellers, antique shops, estate agents, some larger supermarkets and main post office. Market days are Tuesday and Saturday mornings, held in the open air at the main central square, spilling out into the neighbouring streets, and inside at the old covered market hall. Well worth a visit.
Agen is the capital of the region and can be found 30 minutes away by car nestled on the banks of the river Garonne. From here you can catch flights to Paris and rail links to Paris, Toulouse and Bordeaux, or spend time sightseeing and shopping in the bustling high street with its varied selection of cafes, restaurants and boutiques, which even includes one small department store.
Nearest Medical Services: Doctors surgery 3 minute drive into the village with English speaking doctors, 15 minute drive to nearest hospital.
Getting There: Nearest airports are Bergerac(approx. 45 mins), Bordeaux and Toulouse (both approx 1hr 45mins) . The closest ferry ports are Bilbao (4.5 hrs), St Malo (6hrs) & Calais(10hrs). Try www.skyscanner.net as a useful resource for finding flights, www.ferrysavers.co.uk for ferries and www.auto-europe.co.uk for car rental. Alternatively, the owners can provide a chauffeur.
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 30%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 30%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
Arrival: , Departure:
Sleeps 6+cots in 3 bedrooms ( 2 double and 1 twin)
Nearest airports are Bergerac(approx. 45 mins), Bordeaux and Toulouse (both approx 1hr 45mins) .
The local 13th century bastide town of Sainte Livrade-sur-Lot is less than 5 minutes drive away, with bakeries, supermarkets, a pharmacy, doctor, banks, post office, tourist office, coffee shops and restaurants.
Little ones are welcome to use the lovely 12m by 6m heated, pool which has electric powered secure cover for maximum security and is closed when leaving the pool area unattended.
Bed and breakfast available for 10 Euros pp. Gourmet 3 course meals are available with 24 hours notice as well as a private chef available for dinner parties or romantic celebration meals (needs min. 48hrs notice).
Babysitting is available if pre-booked in advance (min 24hrs)
This child friendly suite has useful baby gear provided including: cots (wooden x 3), highchairs (3), hand blender, sippy cups, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery, baby bath, steriliser, changing mat, cupboard locks, child toilet seats & potty
This child friendly suite has useful toys provided including: toddler books, bath toys, DVDs, soft toys, general toys, sandpit & drawing materials. The suite each have dvd players and there is a library of dvd's and satelite uk tv.
There's a games room with table football and table tennis
In addition to delicious 3-course evening meals and breakfasts, wich can be delivered to suites if pre-booked min 24hrs in advance (10-28pp), a pre arrival shopping service is offered and can include baby essentials as well as groceries, plus a generous welcome hamper comes with all bookings.
There's a shared play park with swings, slide and sandpit. There are also ride ons, hoola hoops, balls, boules, pool toys and floatation aids for outdoor play
In-room/cottage treatments: relaxation massage
French doors open onto an extensive covered veranda, which keeps lovely and cool in the mid-day heat, with full complement of garden dining furniture, where the whole family can enjoy al fresco dining while chilling in the shade. To one side there is a sunny seating area with day beds and bbq while the front lawn provides a great place for little ones to play.
The apartment has WiFi.
Up to three cots and highchairs can be provided
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This property provided all the baby-equipment we could possibly ask for, and lots of toys too. Our 10 month old baby had slides, baby-walkers, pool toys and lots to keep her amused. The owners are friendly and helpful and the home-cooked food delicious. The appartment was presented in immaculate condition. Highly recommended. Overall experience: Outstanding
Beautiful "suite" with everything we felt we needed for a week with a lively toddler and baby in tow. We were unfortunate with the weather and the comfort of the suite made a big difference when we did not go out. Juliet (the owner) was discreet and thoughtful. She threw a beautiful tea party for all the guests (including little ones) in the main house one afternoon. Overall Rating: Excellent!
This property provided all the baby-equipment we could possibly ask for, and lots of toys too. Our 10 month old baby had slides, baby-walkers, pool toys and lots to keep her amused. The owners are friendly and helpful and the home-cooked food delicious. The appartment was presented in immaculate condition. Highly recommended.
Beautiful "suite" with everything we felt we needed for a week with a lively toddler and baby in tow. We were unfortunate with the weather and the comfort of the suite made a big difference when we did not go out. Juliet (the owner) was discreet and thoughtful. She threw a beautiful tea party for all the guests (including little ones) in the main house one afternoon.
We had the most amazing time even though the weather wasn't great during our 2nd week. We loved the pool, our suite, the view and Juliet and Dean's hospitality was impeccable. We will definitely be visiting again!
Our holiday with 2 toddlers was just incredible, Juliet and Dean were wonderful hosts and we had everything we needed for the Children. We also enjoyed a few evenings sampling Juliet's cooking which we can highly recommend. The accommodation interior was just stunning, the pool and grounds just beautiful. Highly recommended!
Staying here almost felt like staying at a boutique luxury hotel. The pool is large, the playroom well-equipped with plenty of toys for toddlers, and the grounds are beautiful. Attention to detail is excellent.
If you are looking for some much needed rest and relaxation, idyllic scenery, beautiful, first class, self-catering accommodation, plentiful toys for your little ones and some wonderful luxurious touches to make you feel special, then look no further than Maison de Maitre. This gem of a bolt hole, really does offer all this and a whole lot more, thanks to the wonderful design and hosting abilities of owners, Juliet and Dean who literally leave no stone unturned when it comes to looking after their guests.
When you turn into the drive at Maison de Maitre, you really can't fail to smile, it is simply stunning, and that was our reaction before we even got the guided tour! The accomodation is beautifully designed, ultra clean, and provides ALL the facilities you need for a stress free stay with little ones. What?s more, it boasts gorgeous soft furnishings (seriously worthy of inclusion in top interior design magazines), soft fluffy towel ...
La Maison de Maitre is a beautiful baby friendly bolthole in the rolling hills of the French countryside. Couldn't fault it - from the most amazing pool I have ever seen, to the fantastic views, beautiful accommodation, every bit of baby kit you could want (including very good blackout curtains), delicious home cooked meals, comfortable beds, thoughtfully put together folder of information on local activities.... I could go on and on. Thank you Juliet and Dean - I hope we will be back soon.
Perfect holiday for three generations
You wouldn't want anything more from this holiday, absolutely perfect
Highly recommend this get away for all families
Fabulous holiday!! La Maison is in an amazing setting and has the most fantastic views. The suites are absolute luxury and immaculate. Deane and Juliet provide everything you need for the perfect holiday, I didn't know holidays could be this relaxed with children! The covered seating area was great for our son to play under if it was too hot. This will be the only place we stay in when we go to France in the future!
We had a fantastic week staying in L'Artigue Suite with a 1 and 4 year old. The property, grounds and pool were beautifully presented. We enjoyed Juliet's delicious food a couple of times too. Holidays with small children can be hard work but every detail has been thought of to make this a fantastic holiday for children and as relaxing (and luxurious) as possible for the parents.
The grounds were immaculate, accommodation spotless / tasteful, the hosts were real pros. Loads of things for the little ones to do! Would definitely recommend eating at the villa a few times! In addition to being excellent host the food was sublime! Have been to a number of BFB's and enjoyed them all. This is arguably the best one yet.
La Maison de Maitre is the only place we've ever been to twice. The location & views are unbeatable, Juliette & Deane are so welcoming & helpful, & the facilities are immaculate. A slice of heaven