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David & Tracy HolidayCottagesandVillas

Member since: 2005
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Speaks English

Detached house, Private Pool, Garden, Bordeaux Region, Short walk to Shops/Bar

5 Reviews
People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Duras - Maison Duras

Private pool & garden. Off road parking. Free Wi-Fi. Pet Friendly. 5 mins walk to shops & restaurants of 13th century bastide town of Duras.

Maison Duras is a detached property which has been lovingly restored and is an ideal village location to explore the wine regions of Bordeaux, Bergerac and the Dordogne.

Just a 2 minute walk to the local boulangerie which is perfect for fresh croissants for breakfast or French patisserie for elevenses and 5 minutes level walk to the ancient centre of Duras (Lot et Garonne, France).

6 miles from the ancient Bastide town of Monsegur (Gironde), both town's offer picturesque settings which are host to all the amenities you could wish for including restaurants, cafés, bars, boulangerie, pharmacie, banks/ATM's and every week there is a traditional French market at both towns and atmospheric night markets during the summer months. There are many festivals and events going on through out the region all year round, including a popular wine festival at the Chateau de Duras and the 24 Heures du Swing music festival in Monsegur.

A comprehensive Carrefour supermarket and petrol station are located at Duras (1 mile) or Monsegur (6 miles).

Living areas:

The modern open plan fitted kitchen provides all of the home from home appliances that you would expect in such a beautiful house and has an American style fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, double oven and ceramic hob all set around the dining area with table and chairs.

The comfortable lounge has a wood burning stove as a lovely focal point and overlooks the garden and pool, double French doors open onto the alfresco dining terrace with large circular rattan dining table and chairs seating 8 people.

Bedrooms Bathrooms:

Each bedroom is equipped with a hairdryer.

Bedroom 1 (Ground floor)

Twin beds (90cm x 200cm each), walk-in wardrobe and en-suite with bath with shower over, wash basin and wc.

Bedroom 2 (Ground floor)

Small room with a double bed (140cm x 200cm), next to it's own shower room with wash basin and wc.

Bedroom 3 (Upper floor)

Double bed (140cm x 200cm), en-suite shower room with wash basin and wc.

Bedroom 4 (Upper floor)

Twin beds (90cm x 190cm each), en-suite shower room with wash basin and wc.

For the little ones

2 cots and 1 high chair can be provided on request.

Outside:

The kitchen/living room doors open onto the sunny patio over looking the tranquil, good-sized garden and private 6.5 x 4m kidney shaped swimming pool. A further lawned area beyond the pool provides space for children to play games.

The pool has an alarm and is also fenced with a screen type "gate" to help make it a more secure area for younger children. The pool depth is all one level of 1.25m and has walk in steps (step 1 - 16cm, step 2 - 41cm, step 3 - 67cm)

The whole garden is fenced and gated.

A shared driveway alongside the house provides space to park one car with further parking at the front of the house. The road is quiet but is situated on the outskirts of the town so there is passing traffic.

There is lots of beautiful countryside on the doorstep for walks and cycling around the area.

Services available

Catering, Wine / historical tours and fantastic picnics in a local vineyard. French patisserie classes, Cycle hire delivered to the door.

Public tennis courts located in Monsegur, Duras & St Sernin de Duras and are usually booked via the local tourist information office.

There are an abundance of towns, villages and castles to explore on your doorstep. There is always a market, fete or festival going on somewhere, celebrating anything from music, to food and wine.

Coast / Beach:

A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is about 30 minutes away and makes for a very popular family day out "at the beach". Further a field is the 150 mile long sandy beach at Arcachon and Biscarosse which are approximately 95 miles away.

Travel:

Airports

Bergerac 40 minutes

Bordeaux 1 hour 10 minutes

Toulouse 2 hours 10 minutes

Train:

TGV to Bordeaux. Bordeaux station 1 hr 10 minutes drive away.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
David & Tracy HolidayCottagesandVillas (Property Manager)
Call Manager
Speaks English

Why David & Tracy HolidayCottagesandVillas chose Lot-et-Garonne

Ideally situated just a few minutes walk to shops, bars, restaurants and the chateau Duras as well as weekly market on a Monday morning and popular night market in the summer months. Although located on a quiet residential road in the town it offers a tranquil garden to relax in.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a lovely time with the family, and everyone thought the house was super. It was the first time that my grandsons had been abroad and they thought the pool was great – at 4 and 2 their mum and dad thought the alarm was too and made them feel secure! Thanks for everything!" The Merrick family, June 2013



"Our stay here was very pleasant. The facilities are great. The kids enjoyed the pool and the house is in a great location. Would definitely stay here again!" Holmes family, June 2012



"Great house with all the required gadgets. The teenagers loved the internet access! Fantastic weather, wine, cheese, croissants etc..." Padfield family, July 2012



A very hot week with temperatures up to 42 degrees! Good facilities, relaxing house, children loved the pool and freesat! Well thought out space close to the village! Preston family, August 2012
Aug 2011
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Reviews

4.4
based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

Detached house, Private Pool, Garden, Bordeaux Region, Short walk to Shops/Bar
average rating of 4.4 based on 6 reviews
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Was blown away by Maison Duras - the property looks even better than in the pictures - and the pictures look great! Welcome pack on arrival was a nice touch - and the wine went down very nicely after a long days drive.

Duras is a great town and a great base to explore the surrounding area and towns.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Home from home in Beautiful Duras

  • 5 of 5

The thing about this villa is that it really felt as though the owners had lent us their home for our holiday. Somehow it felt lived in: It was equipped with everything you could possibly need and there were so many examples of the sorts of things that often the cleaners take home as one of their 'perks':

There were condiments in the kitchen, soap in the bathrooms and even a bottle of local wine in the fridge ! It all served to make us feel immediately at ease and this is the first holiday I can remember where I genuinely did not want to leave.

The bed linen was very new and of good quality and in general it was obvious that a lot of effort (and money) had gone in to making the house as comfortable as possible. Broadband was speedy too if you just can't sleep away from social media (or Skype!).

The pool area was well equipped with sun loungers and cushions and we manage to beat the Germans to the loungers every day ! The pool itself is not huge; I mean you're not going to train for the olympics but for that refreshing dip when the hot sun gets a bit too much, it's ideal. The pool maintenance man did curse the trees at the side of the pool though and as soon as the welcome breeze got up a little, the pool was the only place the leaves were going to go.

The house is situated close to a Patisserie (and a bank!) with a couple of excellent restaurants in the quaint little village. If you're looking for nightlife, then this is not for you but if you're looking for charm, tradition and warm friendly locals (and a fair few brits !), then look no further. We found the local restaurants to be of excellent quality. In general eating out isn't particularly cheap (what is?), but that is soon forgotten looking out over the countryside from the Terrasse restaurant opposite the charming chateau.

Loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vicky. Thank you for your wonderful review of your stay at Maison Duras, we and the owners are delighted that you enjoyed the house and local area as much as we do, especially little treats from the local boulangerie and dining out at La Terrasse which is also a favourite of ours. We are so pleased that you felt at home and that all the little touches helped to make you feel at ease, the owners have plans to continue to invest in the house in the future and we very much hope that you will have an opportunity to return again. Thank you for booking with us, with our best wishes. David & Tracy.
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Lovely house in a great location

  • 4 of 5

The house has everything for a lovely holiday. The location is just right to enjoy all that is going on in the town but is still quiet. We were spoilt with gorgeous sunshine and enjoyed having a pool to keep us cool.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to tell us about your stay at Maison Duras, we are really pleased that you enjoyed it so much and hope that we can welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes. David & Tracy.
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Convenient and well equipped

  • 4 of 5

The instructions for driving to the house were clear and we found it easily although there was some confusion right at the end as the details showed a red door and it's actually now blue.

The details did mention that the drive is shared but it would have been helpful to mention that the neighbor actually needs access to his garage which wasn't obvious and we were embarrassed to find that we had blocked him in for a whole morning when we visited the chateau and spent sometime exploring Duras on foot.

Duras is a mostly quiet town with a few bars and restaurants. People are very friendly and helpful and we joined in with the fete de St Jean and the first night market of the season. Both to be recommended.

The house is comfortable and well equipped. We appreciated very much the iced water dispenser in the fridge.

The bedrooms and bathrooms were mostly fine however the downstairs double was very cramped and we were unable to shut the door because the bed was too big. We solved this by putting the chest of drawers in the hallway and by moving the bed slightly the door could be closed.

The pool was great for cooling of and cleaned twice a week which was excellent. The outside space was a little disappointing however. We were five adults and there was not enough sun beds for all of us. It was very hot and we struggled to find shade for us all. A parasol or two around the pool would have been good. Generally outside was very scruffy and could do with a bit of a reorganization. The garden is a nice size with flowerbeds and pots but these were not maintained so were full of dead flowers which was a shame. The garden table was obviously newish but it was a struggle to sit five of us around it let alone the eight the house is intended for.

The location of the house was on a road going out of town.It was a easy five mins to an amazing boulangerie and a further five into the centre.The supermarket was also an easy five mins away. I think however the description needs to be a little more honest about the position. Generally the road is quiet however it is on the route to the local authority depot so around 6.30/7.00 every morning there was a procession of trucks and tractors setting off for the work of the day. There is also a workshop next door.

If you want a tranquil holiday spot this is not for you. If you want an authentic French living experience then this could be just the place.

Recommend La Terrace restaurant Duras, the Monday market is brilliant !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paula Thank you so much for taking the time to review Maison Duras and especially for the 4 out of 5 star rating. We are glad that on the whole you enjoyed your stay and would also like to address the less positive elements that you have mentioned. The house changed ownership earlier in the year and as a result upgrades are in the process of taking place to improve the already very good standard, of course these take time and have to be done when the house is not occupied. The front door has indeed been painted and we are sorry if this caused any confusion, we will add a note to the directions to this effect until a new photograph is taken. With regards to the shared driveway, this has never been an issue before with previous guests in the years that the house has been rented out so I think you were perhaps unlucky on this occasion. I have spoken with the owner regarding all your comments as we take all feedback seriously in order to continually improve our guests experience, the downstairs double bedroom door does shut with the chest of drawers in the room however they are looking into replacing this with a smaller piece of furniture to better fit the room. They will also purchase additional sun beds and address the need for more shade as a result of your comments. Having visited the house ourselves not long ago when we found the presentation to be very nice, we are surprised that you found the outside to be scruffy as there is a garden maintenance contractor employed to look after the garden and terrace, this will be investigated further. I would point out however that this part of France has enjoyed incredible temperatures that have regularly exceeded 40 degrees over the last couple of months, which could be a contributing factor to the condition of plants. The owner does intend to replace the garden table but did advise that there is a 2nd outside table that can be utilised. We are sorry that you found the position of the house not as tranquil as a more rural location, generally the road is very quiet but given that it is a town house with the benefit of being just 2 minutes walk to the centre, it is inevitable that there will be some road noise at times. Thank you once again and please be assured that action will be taken to make further improvements where possible.
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4

Great week

  • 4 of 5

Had a lovely stay at Maison Duras - restful, with interest provided by visits to local markets. Enjoyed the pool and local wine. Found the house convenient for eating - and drinking - out in Duras and well equipped for eating in. The house was clean and comfortable, wi-fi really useful and worked well, had some trouble with the TV though!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Liz. Thanks for your kind comments about your stay at Maison Duras, we are really glad that you enjoyed it and the local area which we feel is very special. Sorry to hear that you had problems with the TV, the house manager is on hand to assist with such queries and I will follow up immediately to make sure that this has been resolved.
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Location

Nearest Airport
48 Kilometres
Bergerac (Bordeaux 107 km)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Duras
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Lots of golf courses in the area
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
La Reole
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
La Reole
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Duras
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Arcachon
Car: recommended

We offer wine tours, catering and buffets at the house, picnics in the vineyard. Cycle hire can be arranged delivered to the door with full safety equipment.

Situated near the towns of Monsegur and Duras in the region of Aquitaine within the Bordeaux wine region and on the border of the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne, France.

Bordeaux is approximately just over an hour drive to the west and Bergerac is 45 minutes to the east, St Emilion 30 minutes north.

This is the ideal base from which to explore South West France. Located in the region of Aquitaine on the 3 borders of Gironde / Dordogne / Lot et Garonne and is considered to be one of the most picturesque areas of France.

The gently rolling countryside is a pleasure to explore, with excellent roads winding their way through fields and vineyards. Perfect cycling country!

Monsegur and Duras are ancient Bastide towns set around a market square which are host to weekly markets and also a weekly night market during the peak summer season. There is a good selection of shops including cafes, bars and a pizzeria which host's weekly live music.

There is also a cinema in Monsegur, which does show international films in their original language version (VO).

The market squares are also hosts the many festivals and events throughout the year.

Wine and Gastronomy

The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Caves and Chateau who offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.

Not to be missed is the world famous St Emilion, just a short drive away. A designated world heritage site and is truly stunning. Explore characteristic narrow lanes lined with wine merchants, cafes, restaurants and interesting independent shops. A guided tour of the monolithic church is highly recommended.

Follow Rick Steins French Odyssey (Bordeaux to Bazas) trail across this region and encounter some of the best culinary experiences France has to offer.

Bordeaux

This designated world heritage site is a must for all visitors. This cosmopolitan city offers a diverse range of attractions. The golden triangle has a fabulous range of shops for those shopaholics.

A rich variety of architecture forms the backdrop for the street cafe's, restaurants, bars and not forgetting the superb Grand Theatre.

Dordogne

The Dordogne is just one of the many places to visit for day trips. Anything from Canoeing or boat trips on the Dordogne river to exploring ancient villages.

Markets

Most villages and towns hold weekly markets full of fresh and interesting local produce. An ideal place to pick up your holiday mementoes and gifts.

Both Monsegur and Duras also have night markets during the summer where you can eat and have a drink as well as browse the many stalls.

Activities:

Cycling

The countryside around our properties is perfect for cycling, whether it's just a gentle ride around to explore or, if you are a keen cyclist, a long training ride on fantastic stretches of road to get the blood pumping whilst taking in the fantastic views.

Cycle hire is available to your door.

Public tennis courts

Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, Duras & St Sernin de Duras and are usually booked via the local tourist information office.

Canoeing and kayaking

Canoe hire is available on the rivers. The river Dropt winds through the valley with a slow flow on it, whilst the large river Garonne (20 minutes away) has a faster pace.

The Dordogne river is an hour away which has a faster pace but has plenty of canoe hire opportunities and literally just go with the flow and be picked up further down stream. Of course the easiest way is a boat trip and let some one else do the work.

Beaches

The Atlantic coast, with over 150 miles of golden sandy beaches is less than one and a half hours drive away. Great fun for all the family, simply relax and soak up the sun or try your hand at surfing. Alternatively there are also fresh water lakes with a beach and facilities. The nearest is at Blasimon (about 30 minutes drive) and is very popular with families.

Golf

There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club. The chateau dates back to 1597 and is set in 450 acres of stunning countryside. Facilities also include a fine restaurant and relaxing beauty spa.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Duras, Lot-et-Garonne

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Rate
24 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
£568
for 5 nights
£795
 
 
Rate
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£645
for 7 nights
£645
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,895
for 7 nights
£1,895
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Changeover day: Saturday during peak season
All other dates flexible changeover and length of stay, extra days charged on a pro rata basis.
Short break date changeover days are fully flexible and are only available as per the price table below.
During these dates more than 7 nights are welcome, extra nights based on a nightly pro rata basis.
Short - long term winter let available, please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Included in the price
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided and included in the price.

Additional charges
Heating is charged at an additional cost based on usage.
Pets are considered on an individual basis and charged at £50 each per booking plus an additional £250 security deposit. Terms and conditions apply.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Duras in Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • town
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bedroom 1 En-suite bathroom, bath, shower, sink and wc. Bedroom 2 next to a shower room, shower, sink and wc. Bedroom 3 En-suite shower, sink and wc. Bedroom 4 En-suite shower, sink and wc.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , ground floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , ground floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Upper floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Upper floor
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor. Bedroom 1 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower and wc. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, next to a shower and wc. Upper floor. Bedroom 3 with double bed, en-suite shower room, wc. Bedroom 4 with twin bed, en-suite shower room, wc.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Pets are considered, please contact us with details about your requirements. Services are quite popular and will need to be pre booked. Cycle hire available in the either the town or delivered to the door with full safety equipment. Catering services available. Historical tours available. Wine tours available. Outside: Garden and courtyard with table and chairs. Drive for parking. Private 6.5 x 4m pool with in pool steps. Loungers, seating, table and BBQ etc. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels including pool towels and linen are included in the price. If your dates are booked please visit our website as we have other similar properties, the link to our site just above this section.

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