Per weekfrom 1500.00 to 4900.00 EUR
This former medieval priory, with its lovely enclosed courtyard and acres of grounds, has been treated to a sensitive renovation and now offers a fabulous combination of elegant French sophistication and genuine laid-back charm plus a handy list of baby and child-friendly gear which combine to ensure an idyllic holiday for a large group of family or friends is all but guaranteed.
Its stunning setting, against a glorious backdrop of rolling hills, plum orchards and vineyards, makes Maison Fontaine the the kind of place where guests are torn between free range adventure, running wild through meadows and climbing trees, and relaxing with a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc, by the slate-grey pool or enjoying the views from the shady terrace.
Maison Fontaine is located a few minutes from Duras and 25 minutes from Sainte-Foy-Le-Grande in the vineyard-heavy Dordogne region. A little further afield is the medieval city of Bergerac, which has recently undergone sympathetic restoration and combines a bustling urban environment with old world charm. The cosmopolitan city of Bordeaux with its great shopping, dining and museums is just 90mins drive north-west with the famous wine producing town of St.Emilion en-route.
A Dodogne river beach is around 30 minutes drive away, as is the charming medieval town of St. Emilion with its cobbled streets crammed with boutiques, bistros and gourmet shops. The entire area is filled with charming little market towns, with the picture perfect medival town of Issigeac about 45mins away — don‘t miss Sunday brunch in the garden at Chez Alain (allow a leisurely 2—3 hours!). Horse and pony riding and the neighbouring riding school is easily arranged, as are rounds at the fabulous Chateau Vigiers golf course nearby. Make the most of the babysitting available and head out to one of the many fabulous restaurants nearby or enjoy food French—style with long leisurely lunches en famille.
More family fun and even more watersports can
be found at nearby riverside beach (sandy) which is just a ten minute drive
away and at the ‘magic cauldron’ eco farm, named after the pot in which the
mohair of 250 goats is farm dyed. Little ones will love making friends with the
animals which they can touch and feed including lambs, kids, goats, sheep,
chickens, ducks, turkeys, large angora white rabbits, highland cattle and two
of the largest, grubbiest pigs ever seen. You can also try your hand at cheese
or bread making.
Getting There: The house is approx. 45 minutes from Bergerac airport and 90 minutes from Bordeaux airport, both of which are served by low cost airlines from many of the UK’s regional airports. See www.skyscanner.net to help locate airports/flight options. The nearest train station is Marmande which is 25 minutes drive away and has a direct connection with Bordeaux and Toulouse. The closest ferry ports are Bilbao (4.5hrs), St Malo (6hrs) and Calais (10hrs).
Check-in time: 17:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 25%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 17:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 25%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
Arrival: , Departure:
Sleeps 10+cots in 3 x king-sized double bedrooms & a kids room with 4 single beds.
45 minutes from Bergerac airport and 90 minutes from Bordeaux airport.
The house has its own private fenced, alarmed. The pool is large and has wide shallow steps ideal for little ones to sit and splash. Heating is included for the 2016 season from 21/5 - 30/9. In 2017 heating is included 27/5-30/9. Outside of those dates heating is available at 150 Euros per week.
A private chef is available to guests on request.
English speaking babysitter is available on request.
Baby gear available includes: two travel cots, highchairs, baby bath, baby bouncer, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, stairgates, bed guards, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery & sippy cups.
A selection of indoor toys are provided including: Bath toys, kids books, general toys & U-rated kids DVDs
Outdoor toys provided include: Seesaw, swing, sand pit & paddling pool.
Stairgates are available.
The house has 5-acres of open gardens and two terraces. The central courtyard is safely enclosed for little ones, whilst the covered terrace near the pool is complete with BBQ an sofa.
WIFI is available.
All cleaning products are eco friendly,low energy bulbs are used and recycling is encouraged.
Up to two travel cots and highchairs can be provided.
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We had such a wonderful time at Maison Fontaine. Frederic was a wonderful host and it was wonderful to arrive to some essentials left for us, including wine!! The house was just gorgeous and the land and facilities were wonderful. We would most definitely return again.
Review dated 25/06/2018
We had a wonderful week in this amazingly restored house. Not only is it beautifully designed, there are so many thoughtful features. It was just perfect and it's going to be tough to find such a great house in the future.Review dated 02/06/2015
Maison Fontaine was beautiful and well-equipped, with a fantastic garden and delightful owners.Review dated 19/04/2015
Fantastic property, great setting and lots of toys and space for exploring toddlers!! Would definitely come back.Review dated 12/09/2014
Wonderful property - ideal for groups with families, as all 3 adult rooms are king sized en suites. The place had everything we could ask for and the owners were so helpful. We'd definitely consider a repeat visit!Review dated 04/08/2014
It provided a great place for a family holiday with a fabulous outside covered deck area which was perfect as the weather was very hot.Review dated 16/06/2014
Really enjoyed our 2 week stay in this beautiful gite, so full of character, history and stunningly restored and furnished with every comfort of home. Frédéric and Fabienne could not have been more welcoming and helpful responding promptly to care for our every need in the friendliest of ways.
We had a great time in the pool, playing badminton, table tennis and relishing the space and wildflowers and butterflies in the uncut grassy areas. The delicious ingredients in our « welcome pack » were much appreciated. In the area we loved visiting the night market at Monsegur and various day markets Eymet, Duras ect. It was great to enjoy the beautiful fresh tomatoes and bread we bought at St Foy La Grande in a picnic there on the banks of the Dordogne. we had a wonderful pastry day here with Lidi of « So Sweet » followed by her providing us with a vegetarian 3 courses gastro dinner, here at Maison Fontai ...Review dated 22/09/2016
On our 5th visit to the area and our 1st stay at Maison Fontaine, we are very sad to be leaving. The accommodation is the best we have stayed at so far ! The grounds were amazing for all! Our 3 years old daughter must have run miles chasing the frisbee and ball… We are all well rested having slept so well in the dark, quiet and comfortable rooms. We hope to come back next year. Review dated 23/06/2016
Fabulous week in the best self catering house ever. Frederic was very helpful and we were very fortunate with the weather. Absolutely loved our week at Maison Fontaine, beautiful place, wonderful surroundings and Duras just up the road. Hope to come back soon. Review dated 31/05/2016
What a lovely week! It’s a beautiful and confortable house. The boys loved the garden and made great use of the toys and use of the pool ! Thank you for the kind hospitality, hope to revisit sometime and will certainly recommend to our friends ! Review dated 01/04/2016
What a great house! We really enjoyed our stay here with our 2 kids. Frédéric you are a great host, finding the strawberries and cheese in the fridge, good tips for a day trip! We all want to come back for sure ! Thanks hope to see you again ! Review dated 14/12/2015
We had a wonderful family week here ( seven adults, two babies and a 2 years old). What a beautiful house and setting. We really appreciated all the toys and sporting equipment, thank you. A visit to chateau Duras ( without push chairs) and to Monday market are highly recommended. Thank you for a great holiday. Review dated 14/12/2015
We have enjoyed the outdoor fun, the fields are beautiful with wonderful flowers, the TV room was brilliant I would recommend this as a peaceful holiday in the countryside. (Nina aged 8) Review dated 14/12/2015
I liked the pool the most because I got to practice my swimming.However the big garden was also really fun to go in because there’s a lot of space for football.(Roman aged 7) Review dated 14/12/2015
Awesome week. Perfect for adult and kids. Our 4 children had an amazing holiday. The six adult are leaving-sad that is all over so quickly! great timesReview dated 30/09/2014
Great week spend relaxing in this beautiful house. Our daughter loved the pool and the swings. It had everything we needed for energetic toddler! We highly recommend the private Chef for delicious food. ThanksReview dated 01/08/2014
Great house and fantastic 2 weeks. Frederic’s wine tour to be done at all costs..taking back a few cases of his recommandations. Also night market at Monsegur and day market at Ste Foy La Grande very good. We’ll see you againReview dated 01/07/2014
We’ve had a wonderful 2 weeks. The house was fabulous and really well kitted out. Our 2 boys loved ( 3 & 4) loved the swimming pool in particular. A day trip to Bergerac is recommended. Review dated 30/06/2014
A wonderful week in a beautiful home! highly recommend a visit to the Hauts de Riquets vineyard - within walking distance!Review dated 19/06/2014
Thanks so much for a great week in super house. We loved relaxing by the pool and enjoyed a delicious meal clocked by the private Chef ! recommend visiting the chateau de Duras. Hope to return soonReview dated 04/06/2014
What a beautiful house, we have enjoyed our week here enormously. We took away lots happy memories and look forward to returning! Fab sunny weather tooReview dated 30/05/2014
We’ve spend super holidays and everything was just perfect! Thanks for welcoming us. Our children loved the toys, the garden as well the house. We will recommend your house Review dated 23/01/2014
Maison Fontaine met our expectations completely. The house is elegant in every detail! Comfortable and so evocative of regional style. We will carry on memory of Lot-et-Garonne home with us to share with our family and friends. Thanks for these peaceful nights and stunning mornings! Review dated 23/01/2014
Thanks for everything .The Maison Fontaine is superb, elegant and you’ve thought about everything. We’ve spent a perfect week. Review dated 23/01/2014
Maison Fontaine, most definitely, has the “ WOW” factor! What a beautiful place to stay with our family and friends for two weeks! We had such a lovely stay. You were both so helpful and kind answering our questions. So much stuff for the children! We will definitely recommend Maison Fontaine as a fabulous place to stay especially for families!Review dated 23/01/2014
Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable. You thought of everything to make our holiday very relaxing, comfortable and stress-free. Your house and surroundings are amazing .Would like to visit again and would certainly recommend. Many thanks. Review dated 23/01/2014
We had an absolutely blissful time. The house was fabulous with every comfort you could wish for, with everything provided, and in such a wonderful setting. The village being only a few km away made everything really convenient and being able to watch the sunset each night whilst sitting at the table outside eating dinner was real food for the soul. Frederic couldn't have been more helpful and nothing was too much to ask. We all enjoyed the pool, especially the children and there was so much for them to do with all the toys and games provided. We will definitely be back!Review dated 23/01/2014
"We really enjoyed staying at Maison Fontaine. There were some really nice thoughtful touches... The house has been beautifully furnished with spectacular bathrooms. The kitchen was very well equipped. Our two children loved the pool and also playing with the pile of toys that have been left in the house... we will be back!" Review dated 23/01/2014