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An elegant haven in the vineyards of Bordeaux

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A Five Bedroomed, Four Bathroomed 19thC manor house

Welcome to Tartas, a haven of peace set in the midst of the green vineyards of Bordeaux.

Tartas is an elegant, nineteenth century Maison du Maitre (or manor house), surrounded by 2.5 acres of formal and romantic gardens. A chestnut-lined drive leads to the house, passing by the turreted pigeonnier. The house is furnished with antiques and fine art, yet equipped in 21st century comfort. Tranquil, yet only a short drive from the world famous wine centres of St Emilion and Pomerol, the cosmopolitan art centre of Bordeaux and the historic town of Castillon La Bataille.

With five bedrooms, it is large enough to entertain your family and friends and yet spacious enough to find a quiet place to read and relax.

On the ground floor there is a large salon which combines a traditional sitting room with an open fire and a dining room which is ideal for entertaining up to 14 guests. The central doors open onto to the terrace, overlooking the gardens, which is perfect for drinks in the Summer.

To one side there is a entrance hall/study and to the other there is a snug with television, satellite TV and CD.s. Next door there is a traditional French kitchen (quarry tiles and woodburner) equipped with everything you need to create your own French cuisine. Adjoining the kitchen is a bright and airy laundry room with a large, modern fridge, Butler’s sink and washing machine.

A graceful hallway leads to a traditional, French wooden staircase and the landing on the first floor where there is an extensive collection of books in French and English and games. A comfortable armchair and table are provided whilst you select your reading. There are three large double bedrooms, each en suite. Some prefer the four poster room with ensuite shower room, some the larger middle room with double windows and ensuite bathroom, while others opt for the East side with en suite shower room and endless views over the tiled roof and sunrise.

A steep wooden stairway leads to the second floor where there are two spacious loft rooms; perfect for children, teenagers or creative types. The shared bathroom between them has an arresting view over the gardens and vines; the best in the house.

The house is furnished exactly as it should be – with 18th and 19th century antiques from England and France. There is a collection of paintings and drawings from notable European artists. In the evening the salon glows with light from the chandeliers and antique mirrors. As the sun sets the salon is flooded with natural light.

Tartas is set in more than 2.5 acres of romantic, mature gardens. Immediately outside the house there is a spacious, south facing terrace, partially shaded by an ancient yew tree whilst the sun trap boasts fragrant roses and muscat grapes. Wood is provided for the fire pit for evenings spent star-gazing.

The herbaceous borders were inspired by the English Cottage garden and they are filled with roses, flowering herbs and fruit trees. The lawns slope to a large 12 metre pool with a view of ancient cedars and pine. We have recently installed a heat exchanger to ensure the pool is warm throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn. There is also an electric cover for peace of mind. Deckchairs are provided and there are inflatables, barbecue and fridge in the pigeonnier which serves as a pool house.

There are two petanque courts where you can play and perfect your game of boules. There is also a croquet lawn and badminton.

While Tartas is tranquil, it is a few minutes from the river Dordogne, only a short drive to the World Heritage Site and famous wine region of St Emilion and less than an hour from the shining city of Bordeaux. Nearby there is golf, horse riding, lake swimming and fishing, kayaking and cycling rentals. The area teems with fine restaurants and historic chateaux.

Tartas is equipped with everything you will need. The house itself is 2 km outside the village of Ruch, down a country lane, up a track and a world away from any cares.

Please view our website (search for Le Tartas) for more information and photos.

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 5, 2018


Ruch House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Unsuitable for children under the age of seven
  • Pool to be kept locked when not in use
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite with bedroom 3
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite with bedroom 2
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared on 2nd floor with bedroom 4 and 5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf


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An elegant haven in the vineyards of Bordeaux
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Impressive, beautiful, elegant, romantic manor house surrounded by vineyards.

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We were fortunate to stay at Tartas for our family holiday. It was perfect for us all, 3 generations. The house has been thoughtfully furnished and decorated to be very comfortable but with the grandeur the house deserves. This is a well loved home for the owners and therefore it is like staying as a house guest but without the host being there, although they are only a phone call away if needed. The large kitchen is equipped with everything anyone could ever need, plenty of gadgets and a generous spice cupboard for the cooks, The bedrooms have quality bedding and linens provided, the bathrooms have plenty of hot water and lovely french soaps. The terrace and gardens were a joy. There are games available for guests use, pétanque pitches for family challenges, the large pool to cool off and have fun and the vegetable plot and different fruit trees to make use of. There are lots of interesting places to visit nearby, ideas are left in the hand book, but you do need a car. At the end of the day be sure to go to the gate and watch the sun setting over the vines. Thank you Neil and Carole, we had a fantastic time at your house.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Le Grillade
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Le Grillade
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $1,294.5

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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