Per weekfrom 4300.00 to 6800.00 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 four 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 (heated) pool 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. Such an idyllic setting is sure to refresh even the most frazzled of parents!
Whole rental of Mansion House offers guests exclusive use of the four chic apartments, Coco, Patou, Vionnet and Lartigue which in total sleep up to 15 guests + infants in five double bedrooms, a triple and a twin. Please find details of each apartment set up below;
The Coco Suite is a romantic suite ideal for a couple and a baby with its spacious double bedroom, white wrought iron bed, and gorgeous bathroom complete with indulgent roll-top bath and L'Occitane toiletries. The open-plan living space is light and airy thanks to the large French doors, natural limestone flooring, exposed vanilla stone walls, white-washed beams and subtle lighting. Guests can enjoy views across the gardens and onwards to the enchanting ‘pigeonnier' from the comfy three seater sofa, set beside a traditional ‘Toulouse stone' feature fireplace. To one side sits the fully equipped traditional galley kitchen and dining area, with French antique table and chairs. The French doors open onto an extensive covered veranda (shared with Lartigue suite), with teak garden dining furniture, perfect for enjoying outdoor dining or leisurely hours in the shade. In addition, there's a dedicated sunny seating area perfect for sitting with an evening aperitif and watching a spectacular sunset.
The Patou Suite is a very luxurious little bolthole set slightly apart from the other suites in its own converted Pigeonnier (Dovecote) tower. It is a wonderfully romantic suite ideal for a couple and a baby or young child. The ground floor space is 5x5metres with limestone tiled floor. To one side there is a traditional french galley style kitchen with limestone work surface, linen curtains and a retro style Smeg cooker, kettle, toaster, washing machine, dishwasher and under counter fridge. There is a cosy lounge area with retro style high back 2-seater sofa which looks out over the gardens and onwards across the valley, a re-claimed stone feature fireplace and antique mirror. The UK satellite TV, DVD player and toy box will aid lazy mornings with little ones! There is a central dining area with table and chairs set below a beautiful antique crystal chandelier. The pale grey colour washed staircase with wrought iron railings has built in stair gates top and bottom, and rises up to the mezzanine bedroom level. The bedroom area is 5.5 x 3 metres and is decorated with luxurious solid oak flooring, elegant bird wallpaper and of course another crystal chandelier! The sumptuous king sized bed sleeps two with space to spread out, and to one side, the single bed/cot sleeps one child/infant. There is a luxurious shower room on this level, fully tiled with limestone tiles, a double sized shower with glass screen, charming converted antique wash stand with bowl sink and WC. Outside, mature shrubs naturally screen Patou's own garden dining area from the barn on the other side of the garden. It is furnished with table, chairs, parasol and BBQ.
Vionnet is a lovely suite which sleeps 5+infants in two elegant bedrooms, comprising a king-sized double and a double with additional single bed. There are two luxurious bathrooms, one with bath and the other with a shower. The spacious open-plan living area has windows on two sides including a set of French doors that offer lovely views over the gardens. It feels exceptionally airy thanks to the high ceilings, light stone walls and beautiful limestone floors. There's a fully equipped galley kitchen with good-sized dining table and a lounge with sofa and two armchairs next to the Toulouse-stone feature fireplace - the perfect spot for reading, watching movies or UK TV. French doors open onto a private sunny seating area with barbecue.
Lartigue is the largest suite and 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.
Please note: There is a pond on the estate but it is approx. 50 metres from the accommodation and should not therefore pose a danger.
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
Sleeps 14-15+ infants in 4 units ( 2 x 1 bed apartment, a 2 bed apartment & a 3 bed apartment)
Nearest airports are Bergerac(approx. 45 mins), Bordeaux and Toulouse (both approx 1hr 45mins) .
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 10pp per day and private chef available for dinner parties or romantic celebration meals (needs min. 48hrs notice).
Babysitting is available if pre-booked in advance (min 24hrs)
Useful baby gear provide includes: 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
Useful toys provided includes: toddler books, bath toys, DVDs, soft toys, general toys, sandpit & drawing materials.
There is a games room with table tennis and table football.
pre arrival shopping service is offered and can include baby essentials as well as groceries. A generous welcome hamper comes with all bookings.
There is a play park with swings, slide and sand pit. There are also hoola hoops, boules, ride ons, balls , pool toys and floatation aids for outdoor play.
In-room/cottage treatments: relaxation massage
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La Maison de Maitre was great. I am recommending your website far and wide!"
We rented the whole property for two weeks and had four small children aged from 4 months to 3 years old with us. Everything we needed was there and the play equipment was excellent. The pool was great and warm enough for the little ones. They all had a wonderful holidays and so did the parents and grandparents. Our hosts were delightful and most helpful throughout.