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This old Girondine is an excellent example of a Maison De Maitre with spacious and airy proportions and beautifully furnished. The south facing terrace extends length of house and as at crest of hill gives on to 8 acres of our land extending to lovely views and ideal dining out and leads onto the gated pool. (with tennis and fishing nearby) There is an established garden and a variety of trees,cypresses, maples, poplars,walnuts, cherry trees. The 6 bedrooms all on first floor are fully furnished and a distinguished stone staircase leads to the to the bedrooms and bathrooms - all with loos!. The house is equipped with WiFi, television, dozens of games and puzzles, 100's of books and many family portraits -along with an old upright piano - relatively in tune! The dining room seats 12 as does the kitchen. Gas Cooker, 2 fridges, washing machine and dish washing machine, cupboards. Two historic towns nearby for shopping, markets, culture (an excellent cinema!) very good restaurants and cafes, a bank,newspaper shop, boulangerie, physiotherapist, doctor and dentist.
We are a couple who pend part of the year in London and part here. Our children have grown up loving this house and we have had many years entertaining our friends and family as there are so many attractions: The Romanesque Churches, the nationally acclaimed Jazz Festival and dozens of events. It is so easy to reach. Mrs. Maxwell has written two books on the region - Entre Deux Mers, Paradise Restored and a book on Neuffons. Mr. Maxwell is a consultant having been an NGO in Bosnia, Iraq,Afghanistan and Sudan.
virginia constable maxwell purchased this farmhouse in 2014
We bought this property 16 years ago. We loved this part of the world both culturally and in terms of entertainment. It was so easy to reach and so unspoiled. It is the genuine 'France Profonde'.
We love the space and quiet and privacy and sense of history.We felt that in an increasingly uniform world, Entre Deux Mers is 'authentic' - totally true to its roots of agriculture. Once you become familiar with the region you realize how many of the people have lived here for generations and how strong are the local ties.
'What a pleasure it has been to spend a month in this very special house. Everyone who came here loved it. The perfect setting,' RE
'Two wonderfully peaceful weeks. the garden was perfect for playing pirates..especially liked climbing trees.' AN
'What an enchanting house. We've had an extremely enjoyable week in the garden, lots of delicious suppers outside and expeditions to St Emilion.'CR
I loved my stay here. The house is very elegant with a friendly atmosphere and in a very pretty setting with a large garden with long views over the fields. It is very clean and well maintained but still has a period charm. The owner provided excellent service. There are many interesting things to see in the area and some good restaurants though we enjoyed the house so much we usually dined in. I would certainly recommend it to a friend or relation.
My husband and I have been to this house four times. Once we took the train from London, once we flew to Bordeaux, once we flew to Toulouse, and once we flew to Bergerac.
The area is extremely beautiful, scenic and pastoral. It is very romantic - spectacular views from one side of the house (the actual house and entrance are quite hidden which makes it more private.)
You would need a car for food shopping and to make the most of this area and sightsee. Nearby is a famous spiritual venue called Plum Village we enjoyed for a few hours one time.
You can eat delicious local food outside at the table under the lovely trees. The tradespeople are very helpful and nice. Local French people we met were always most friendly and informative.
The property is very spacious so can accommodate a lot of people. It was a working farm, so has many fruit trees, lavender and other plants.
The house reflects the intellectual, cultured, generous owners, so the home has a mix of elegant and family things creating a relaxing, welcoming environment.
This is a well loved home with character.
There is a fenced swimming pool which for me is a huge plus on holiday. We also enjoyed some nearby walks.
I recommend this property.
Special interest holidays:
There are drawing classes nearby and those interested in music, many musical evenings, in churches and of course in Bordeaux with the world renowned theatre.There are a number of historic chateau near us (Biron for example) and of course our region is arguably the centre and most respected area in the world for wine. For sailing, swimming and riding - all within easy reach and indeed Arcachhon- world renowned as well only an hour away.
The Atlantic coast lies an hour and quarter to the west of our house. Beautiful white sands, dunes and the 'bassin' on one side with oyster beds and mussels and some of the best fish restaurants imaginable. Sailing, swimming or simply sun bathing within easy reach.
We take different routes every year. Budget flights to Bordeaux and Bergerac (1 hour or 45 minutes respectively) Coming from Portsmouth to St. Malo - very civilised - 6 hours from St. Malo, Newhaven Dieppe - a very easy crossing and 8 hours to house.
Bordeaux - 45 miles, Monsegur 6 miles, La Reole 7 miles, St Emilion -30 miles, Arcachon - 65 miles.
In our local town, Monsegur, we have banks, supermarkets, petrol stations, restaurants, cafes, physiotherapists, art instructors, a chocolate shop, a weekly market, 2 bread shops, an excellent cinema (occasionally before reaching London!) a newspaper shop, -all British papers and magazines.
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We would ask for references, deposit within 2 months of arrival arrival, we return deposit after inspection within one month. We would like to be paid into our bank at least 3 weeks before arrival.
We have a certain flexibility but where ever possible Saturday seems to be the best.
Notes on prices:
We ask to have the deposit and indeed the amount in our English bank and will provide information when the agreement is reached.