Cottage in Les Croux, Monbazillac, Aquitaine / Dordogne, France - Gite Set In Spacious Grounds Leading To Vineyards. Secluded And Peaceful. Bergerac 10 Mins By Car
- English, French
We moved here permanently in 2005, seeking a calmer lifestyle away from London.
Martin purchased this Cottage in 1991
Why Martin chose Monbazillac
The Dordogne area is already renowned for its gastronomic delights, especially the wine! We chose our house for its unique location - very close to Bergerac and its facilities, but at the same time completely secluded from neighbouring properties and roads.
What makes this Cottage unique
We are perched on the Monbazillac plateau, hidden among our own vines. The most frequent comment we get from guests is the feeling of space all around the property. The pool is hidden from the main house and the gite, with a view over meadows leading to woods and vines.
Please notify us in advance if bringing a pet.
There is a cot, a high chair and toys available
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
4 day girlie break😁
From start to finish everything went to plan , we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday would love to do it all again!
Thanks. Glad you had fun!
From the moment we entered the property up a long gravel driveway, we were hooked. The main house and our attached gite sit on a hilltop on a bright grassy meadow surrounded by miles of vineyards, so there are no noisy neighbors or traffic noise anywhere nearby.
A hiking trail around the area passes by the gite about fifty yards away, and by following the yellow blaizes you can do an hour loop around the village on foot that takes you up to the Chateau de Monbazillac and the wine tasting center on the grounds. Both are worth visiting for history and for delicious wine at not cost (try the 2011 Chateau Montbazillac -- so sweet and delicious it tastes like sherry). You can buy anything you taste there in the shop, of course.
Our host Martin couldn't have been more welcoming and accommodating, and it was fun to hear his descriptions of the area. He provides his guests with a comprehensive guidebook in English and French that contains valuable information about everything from good local restaurants to using the Internet routers on the property.
The week we spent here was the best of our three weeks in France -- relaxing, great weather, and lots of exploring the wine country.
Perfect Gite in a nice location
As many other reviews stated prior to our visit Martin and his family are attentive hosts while giving the privacy required to enjoy your stay.
We arrived late evening and were welcomed by Martin who gave us a introduction to the gite and the area. The gite was lovely and clean with everything you’d need for a stay. The surrounding area is lovely for a walk and a visit to the chateau with the main town of Bergerac a 5 min drive away .
We’d defiantly stay again !
A wonderful stay
This was our first stay in a gite and it surpassed all our expectations. Martin was there to greet us and show us around this delightful property. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bathroom was spacious and efficient, the shower especially so.
This is a quiet idyllic spot yet only 10 mins from the town of Bergerac. We certainly recommend this property and would love to return one day
Enjoyable week beside a vineyard
We enjoyed our time at this gite which is situated beside a vineyard and very close to a beautiful Chateu. The swimming pool is shared with the owner but we had it to ourselves the whole time we were there. We felt that some of the furnishings could do with a freshen up but there was everything there that we needed and the gite was clean when we arrived. The owner Martin was lovely and very friendly. If we needed anything he was very obliging and helpful.
Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. We are planning a "freshen up" of the main room this winter, so if you are tempted to come back; you'll see the difference!
IDYLIC GITE - PERFECT LOCATION
My husband and I have just returned from our first trip to the Dordogne and Bergerac. We stayed at Martin's gite just outside the village of Monbazillac and cannot praise it too highly. Although so close to the airport (7-8 minutes!) and to Bergerac itself we found ourselves in a beautiful location with peace and quiet guaranteed!
The gite itself was perfect for us and the grounds and vinyards surrounding the beautiful Perigordian farmhouse and outbuildings are the perfect place to relax. To have the use of the beautiful pool and garden was a huge bonus.
We can only add to the praise already left by others - Martin is the perfect host. Unobtrusive but friendly and very helpful when needed.
A memorable stay and we have pencilled in next September for a return visit.
The Atlantic beaches of Lacanau and Arcachon are 2 hours drive, and 3 hours will take you to the Basque coast of Biarritz, St Jean de Luz and San Sebastian in Spain.
Bergerac airport is just 10 minutes down the hill, with flights to London Stansted, Bristol, Southampton, East Midlands, Liverpool, Birmingham and Paris. Bordeaux airport is about 90 minutes away Gatwick, Dublin, and many international destinations. The Brittany ferry port of Caen is a motorway drive of 7 hours. There is a train station in Bergerac on the main Bordeaux-Sarlat line with connections to Paris and Eurostar from Bordeaux or Libourne. Calais is 880km or 8h30m.
Bergerac Airport 8km (7 mins). Bergerac centre 10km (12 mins). Issigeac 13km (15 mins). Eymet 20km (20 mins). Saint Emilion 60km (1 hour). Sarlat 80km (1 hour 20 mins). Bordeaux 100km (90 mins) Arcachon/Dune de Pyla 170km (2 hours with no traffic). Calais 880km (8 hours 30 mins). Paris about 5 hours drive. Barcelona about 5 hours drive
Slightly further afield are the towns of Bordeaux, Sarlat and Cahors, and then there is the Walabi theme park for the kids (all about 90 minutes by car). Drive through varied landscapes to discover just how historically rich this area is, from pre-historic caves (Lascaux, Proumeyssac, Padirac and many more), to Roman ruins and medieval towns and villages. For sports people, there is karting (age 7 upwards) 10 minutes away and the Aquaparc (also 10 minutes) has three pools with slides for the children, and bowling, Laser Play, an indoor play area, and mini golf next door. The Dordogne and Vezere rivers offer either tranquil or exciting canoeing as well as fishing. There is a riding stable very close to us, near the Chateau de Bridoire and plenty of country lanes and tracks to walk. For eating out, our personal favourites are the Tour des Vents restaurant (now with a michelin star) with a marvellous view over the Dordogne landscape, and L'Imparfait in Bergerac top the culinary bill. With children it's hard to beat the elegant but informal Pizzeria in Eymet. Many villages now host a 'marche nocturne' during the summer, a night market, where one buys local food cooked in the square. Grab a place at one of the trestle tables and with a few bottles of the local wine (also on sale), before you know it you'll be speaking French! Monbazillac has its own night market every Sunday. Bergerac prides itself as a cultural tourist centre and they lay on free jazz concerts on Wednesdays in the summer, as well as a succession of exhibitions, arts and crafts, informative river boat trips in a "gabarre" (traditional boat) on the Dordogne and not forgetting the spectacular July 14th firework display over the river.