Vacation rental property in South West France

Duras

Duras, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Reference47068

Sleeps10

Bedrooms4

Bathrooms3

Mounicat

Introduction

A superb restoration project, fully completed earlier in 2012 to an exceptionally high standard.

The property forms part of an ancient priory, standing in open countryside and has been renovated in a very contemporary fashion, yet sympathetically with the original building materials of the construction.

The original and stylish interior design offers a very welcoming and spacious interior with high ceilings and beams and exposed stone walls. Accommodation is one main floor with one first-floor bedroom.

The main living area comprises open-plan dining area, kitchen and living space. Doors lead out to a large walled courtyard and on the opposite side, open to the garden, pool area and wonderful exterior 'summer' living room.

Three ensuite bedrooms and large children's room with 4 single beds.

Private grounds of 3.5 hectares and include a very large lawned garden.

Superb 'summer' living room with table and chairs and couches overlooking the private, heated pool 12m x 4m with full-width steps and sun loungers and pool-side shower.

Private, off-road parking.

The charming French owners (fluent English-speaking) works in the wine-trade and can offer excellent, local wine at discounted prices. Full or part catering, and babysitting services available upon request.

All amenities in Duras, 3 km. Further shops, restaurants, café bars, supermarkets in Marmande.

Duras itself is a charming medieval town with an impressive château perched high on the edge of the town from where there are magnificent views across the valleys. There is a good selection of restaurants, bars, cafés and shops in the town including a chemist, several boulangeries, a butchers and a newsagents. Every Monday morning there is an excellent market full of local produce plus an amazing night market once a week during the summer months. There is also a Carrefour supermarket on the outskirts of Duras with a great selection of fresh food and wine and just about anything else you could possibly need.

Further night markets in Levignac (Friday) and Monségur (Wednesday).

Only 35 minutes to the famous wine-producing (and stunningly beautiful) village of Saint-Émilion.
Also, 10 minutes to the wine regions of Entre Deux Mers and Bergerac.

NOTE: Pool is heated from June to September. Outside of these, pool heating is 150 Euros per week.

Details

Entrance via courtyard or garden;

Open-plan living area with high ceiling, couch and chairs, dining table and chairs, iPod dock.
Kitchen with gas range, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge freezer.
Wi-Fi internet.
Door to courtyard and garden.

TV room with flat-screen TV, DVD and UK channels.

Bedroom 1, double with ensuite WC, bath / shower and separate walk-in shower and hand basin.

Bedroom 2, double with ensuite bath / shower and hand basin.
Door to garden and terrace.

Separate WC.

Bedroom 3, double with ensuite WC, bath / shower and separate walk-in shower and hand basin.

Stairs up to;
Bedroom 4, four children's single beds.

EXTERIOR;

3½ hectares of private grounds.

Large private, walled courtyard with table and chairs.

Large lawned garden.

Pool-side living and dining area with dining table and chairs, conservatory-style furniture. Shower.

Heated, private swimming pool 12m x 4m (max depth 1.4m) with loungers.

Private, off-road parking.

Table tennis, 'pétanque' pitch complete with 'boules', croquet, dart board and a foldable golf practice.

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Prices

From To Weekly rental rates Euros Sterling * US Dollars *
03/09/2016 29/10/2016 October € 2,000 £ 1,726 $ 2,244
25/03/2017 29/04/2017 April € 1,600 £ 1,381 $ 1,795
29/04/2017 27/05/2017 May € 1,800 £ 1,554 $ 2,020
27/05/2017 24/06/2017 June € 2,500 £ 2,158 $ 2,805
24/06/2017 08/07/2017 early July € 2,750 £ 2,374 $ 3,085
08/07/2017 02/09/2017 mid-July & August € 4,700 £ 4,057 $ 5,273
02/09/2017 09/09/2017 early September € 2,500 £ 2,158 $ 2,805
09/09/2017 28/10/2017 mid-September to October € 2,000 £ 1,726 $ 2,244
Refundable Security Bond € 800
  • * Sterling & US Dollar rates are provided only as a guide. Rentals are payable in Euros.
  • Prices are for the rental of the entire property above, per week.
  • Bookings run from Saturday 5:00pm to Saturday 10:00am.
  • Neither Pure France nor the property owner are liable for any loss or interruption of internet service.
  • No smoking in the property.
  • Bookings include electricity, water, linen and towels (not beach / pool towels).

Location

The property is located in open countryside 3 km from the lovely village of Duras.

Duras is situated between Bergerac (40 minutes) and Marmande (the A62 motorway 20 minutes) and 70 minutes from Bordeaux.

All amenities in Duras. Further shops, restaurants, café bars, supermarkets in Marmande.

Duras itself is a charming medieval town with an impressive château perched high on the edge of the town from where there are magnificent views across the valleys. There is a good selection of restaurants, bars, cafés and shops in the town including a chemist, several boulangeries, a butchers and a newsagents. Every Monday morning there is an excellent market full of local produce plus an amazing night market once a week during the summer months. There is also a Carrefour supermarket on the outskirts of Duras with a great selection of fresh food and wine and just about anything else you could possibly need.

Only 35 minutes to the famous wine-producing (and stunningly beautiful) village of Saint-Émilion.
Also, 10 minutes to the wine regions of Entre Deux Mers and Bergerac.

Ideal base for visits to the Dordogne valley with its world famous pre-historic cave paintings, caverns and pre-historic cliff dwellings as well as the romantic medieval châteaux of the Dordogne and the 'Bastide' towns (fortified market towns) which remain largely as they were 600 years ago.

The area surrounding Duras has almost 200 small, independent or cooperative vineyards (72 independent vignerons et 118 cooperated vineyards) over 1800 hectares of vines which welcome visitors most days for wine tasting and purchases. These wines form the appellation 'Côtes de Duras'. Red wines form 65% of the locally produced wines, they are made with le Merlot, le Cabernet Sauvignon, le Cabernet Franc et le Malbec grapes. The white wines are grapes; le Sauvignon, le Sémillon, le Muscadelle, l'Odenc, le Chenin, le Mauzac and l'Ugni Blanc. The area is particularly renowned for its organic wine which constitutes over 20% of the total production.

The river Dordogne is 20 minutes to the North where it is possible to hire canoes and kayaks to explore the river by the hour or for the day. The smaller river Dropt is just a few kilometres to the South of Duras where it is also possible to hire canoes and kayaks.

Along the Dropt you can enjoy visits to the medieval bastide towns of Monségur, Eymet, Villereal, Castillonnes, Monpazier, Sauveterre and Miramont.

The Historic towns of Bergerac, Saint-Émilion and Bordeaux, are all less than an hour away and the Atlantic coast with Arcachon and Cap Ferret just an hour and a half.

Endless local activities / events during the summer.

Night markets from July to end of August;
The night markets are becoming more and more popular. You can always buy food but but it's a more nice opportunity to meet people and eat on huge common table.

Reviews

« Thank you so much for this pleasant stay in this beautiful house. The surroundings are great and offer a peaceful stay. We will remember it always and take with us many memories of our holiday (The wine tour specially). Everything was very enjoyable. »  Donna McM (Melbourne, Australia) & Jack H. (Toronto, Canada)

« Thank you for this wonderful 2 weeks of bliss in you beautiful surrounds. We have seen all there was to see…eaten all there was to eat… and drank way too much!!! The best time ever with old friends and new friends! »  Mylene F. (Cape Town, South Africa)

« Fréderic’s Wine Tour of Off Piste chateau was phenomenal. A whole 12 hours talking about Wine! Delightful vineyards visited. A real must! The recommendations of local restaurants were very helpful. The Micheline starred Auberge de St Jean was a highlight, well worth a trip.
The accommodation is fantastic and a real joy to be here. We have all had a super relaxing time here. »  Ben R. (London, UK)

« We have had a fantastic time here. A warm and happy greeting from Frederic and Fabienne.
The welcome basket was very much appreciated. The house is glorious, a 'home from home', we have felt so happy here for our month long stay. Our children and grand-children joined us mid trip and very much enjoyed all the fun by the pool and in the garden. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and we visited many lovely restaurants (too many to mention). However la Cour d’Eymet was outstanding. Duras, Monsegur, Eymet, all lovely and if you fancy Brantome is magical (but 2 hours drive). We have not wanted for anything during our stay. Frederic has been incredibly helpful with local information, restaurants, food. Again, all we can say is that it has been a blissful and relaxing month. Frederic, thank you so much for all your help, you have made our stay a delight. Your house will always be a truly lasting and lovely memory. »  Amanda & Reg C. (Kent, UK)

« We have had a real wonderful stay here in this beautiful house. Frederic and Fabienne have been really helpful and really helping us finding gorgeous restaurants and deciding were we should explore in the local area (we recommend St Emilion) The house is amazing and had everything we could wish for. Our 3 children had a great time in the pool or playing football, tennis table or cricket in the garden.
Thanks again for a brilliant holiday. »  Louise F. (London, UK)

« It was such a pleasant stay in this beautiful and immaculate chateaux. Frederic and his wife were such great host and their hospitality is beyond words. This is such a beautiful area to stay and relax in. We loved the town and castle. Driving to Bordeaux and surrounding areas was worth seeing it. If ever in Atlanta please drop by and visit. »  Larry W. (Atlanta, USA)

« We had a wonderful family week here (8 adults, two babies and a three 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. »  Paul McM. (Reading, UK)

« We had a lovely stay. The house and garden are beautiful. We enjoyed the tranquil setting and the heated pool...that was perfect for the kids. Bordeaux is a very nice city which I recommend for a day trip. The owner was very helpful - giving us information about the right places to eat and to visit. A great place for a real holiday and right outside Bordeaux. Thanks! »  Harvey, Natasha and kids

« We have just left Mounicat today and what an incredible place it was. None of us wanted to leave!
 The attention to detail, comfort and cleanliness is second to none. Frederic is a fantastic host and so friendly and willing to assist and make some suggestions of where to visit and what to see. We will be talking about Mounicat for a long time to come.
 Thank you to you also for being so easy to deal with.
 We will also be recommending your services to family and friends who may be travelling to Europe in the future. »  Sarina, Australia

« What a great house! We really enjoyed our stay here with 3 couples + 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 ! »  Karen M. (Bristol, UK)

« We really enjoyed staying at Mounicat. 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! »  Marianne P, UK

« Great house and fantastic 2 weeks. Frederic’s wine tour to be done at all costs..taking back a few cases of his recommendations. Also night market at Monsegur and day market at Ste Foy La Grande very good. We’ll see you again. »  Eugene O., London

« 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! »  Genna B, UK

« Fabulous time spent in the most beautiful Villa relaxing by the pool. Our visit to the chateau de Duras was a high light for the New Zealand family. Also enjoyed the visits to other villages and markets.  »  Butleigh family (New Zealand)

« 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. »  Sarah R., London

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