Maison Merisier

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In a small hamlet just outside the market town of Montpon-Ménestérol, experience the charm of this 19th-century traditional Girondine Maison Bourgeoise, which has been beautifully restored using quality materials, to create a fine home full of antiques, artwork and beautiful soft furnishings. Close to the banks of the River Isle, spend time walking, cycling and pottering around local villages, visit the vineyards of Saint-Émilion and Bergerac or head to the grand city of Bordeaux.

In this Maison De Maitre you'll appreciate the original tiled flooring and the cherrywood staircase as you step into the home’s inviting hallway. Find a spot to relax in the south-facing living room with its Smart TV and fireplace or socialise in the spacious and brilliantly equipped kitchen, next to the elegant dining room. From the balcony upstairs you can gaze out to the hamlet’s church and the River Isle beyond before retiring to one of the three en suite bedrooms whilst the children’s room will delight younger guests with its bunk-beds, games and books.

A wonderfully converted double height barn with mezzanine levels offers yet more space with two further bedrooms and a lounge with a Smart TV. From here there’s easy access to the home’s bikes and scooters as well as a pretty fishpond, the hamlet’s well and an outdoor oven – a lovely spot for a glass of local wine and home-cooked pizzas.

You may prefer to gather to barbecue al-fresco in the summer kitchen by the heated swimming pool before a game of football on the field. Then there’s the trampoline and table tennis for more family fun. You can even wander through the grounds towards a nature reserve, a lovely place for walking peacefully amongst the streams and bridges or seek out fishing and cycling opportunities by the River Isle. In such an attractive setting with the background sounds of church bells and cockerels, this is authentic French country living at its best.

Pick up all sorts of fresh produce from the weekly market in Montpon-Ménestérol, just a 10-minute drive away and on the banks of the River Isle. Across this area look out for canoeing opportunities, summer swimming in nearby lakes as well as an open-air cinema and night markets in local villages in August.

The banks of the Dordogne river are easily reached with the beautiful town of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande just half an hour by car, home to one of the region’s best markets on a Saturday morning, then drive to Bergerac for its historic charm, wineries and boat trips.

The vineyards of Saint-Émilion and Bordeaux are also not to be missed, nor are the enticing markets and historic sights of Périgueux. For a truly stunning day out, head to the coast and climb Dune Du Pilat, surf the Atlantic waves or swim in the calm waters of Étang de Lacanau before returning to your characterful and welcoming French maison so ideally placed for exploring the glorious regions of Dordogne and Gironde.

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What you should know…

  • There are six bedrooms in total – four in the main house (including a children’s bedroom with two sets of bunk-beds) and two in the converted barn annexe.
  • The lovely grounds feature a fish pond and a well.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Hairdryer Smart TV TV Bicycles Provided Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Maison Interiors (540m2)

Ground Floor

-    Entrance hall
-    Living room with fireplace and Smart TV
-    Dining room with stone fireplace
-    Kitchen, fully-equipped including dishwasher, three ovens, gas hob (x6), microwave, fridge, freezer, blender and Nespresso coffee maker. Also features kitchen tables, TV and sound system. Door leads to rear lane

First Floor

-    Hallway/library with balcony and village/valley views
-    3 x bedrooms with double bed, bathroom and WC
-    Children’s bedroom with two sets of bunk-beds

Converted Barn Annexe (accessed from the kitchen)

-    Lounge area with Smart TV
-    Bedroom with double bed
-    Bedroom with twin beds
-    Shower room with WC
-    Separate WC
-    Laundry room
-    Mezzanine floors for office/children’s play area

Outside Grounds

-    Heated swimming pool (10x5m, depth: 1.2-1.5m) with safety alarm and fencing. Open approximately May to end-September
-    Barn with summer kitchen with barbecue, sink and al-fresco dining area
-    Pizza oven
-    Barn with bikes and scooters
-    Garden
-    Goldfish pond
-    Village well
-    Large field (which leads to nature reserve with streams/bridges)
-    Football area
-    On-site parking


-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Fireplace
-    British cable Smart TV (main lounge and barn annexe)
-    TV (kitchen)
-    Sound system
-    Children’s books and games  
-    Hairdryer
-    Washing machine and dryer


About the surrounding area of Maison Merisier
<1hr to Airport Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Maison Merisier is in the Dordogne department, close to the Gironde border and well-placed to visit some of this region’s greatest towns and cities - Saint-Émilion, Bergerac, Périgueux and even Bordeaux.

The house is set in a small hamlet and is only a short drive to restaurants, a range of good supermarkets and the bustling town of Montpon-Ménestérol. The local train station, 5km away, has departures to Libourne, Bordeaux Saint-Jean and Périgueux (with TGV connections from both Libourne and Bordeaux).

Montpon-Ménestérol (5km) is located on the River Isle and hosts a bustling market on a Wednesday morning. You will also find a number of useful amenities and shops set amongst the flower-filled streets whilst just north of the river is Base Nautique de Chandos, a picturesque park with picnic tables, play areas, walks and other summer activities including supervised swimming. There are also canoeing opportunities along the river.

There are plenty of walks in the area – indeed, the house’s large field leads to a nature reserve with some wonderful trails where you will come across pretty streams and bridges. The River Isle can also be reached on foot from the house, ideal for fishing and cycling. Within a short drive, other activities in the height of the summer include an open-air cinema and night markets in surrounding villages. There are also two more lakes with sandy beaches, summer swimming and more nature trails.

Nearby, Mussidan (16km) features a great market on a Saturday morning or you may prefer to drive half an hour south to the attractive town of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, set on the banks of the Dordogne and home to one of the region’s largest and most beautiful weekly markets.

Issigeac (58km) is also famous for its bustling market, this time on a Sunday morning, and it is a delightful place to visit any day of the week. Meanwhile, the wine-town of Bergerac (40km) is much-loved for its historic charm, riverside setting, boat trips and of course its surrounding vineyards.

If staying in July and August, look out for historic re-enactments on Friday and Saturday evenings in Castillon-la-Bataille (32km), the site of the last battle in the 15th century 100 Years’ War.

The idyllic hilltop town of Saint-Émilion (38km) is another must see with its exquisite architecture and UNESCO World Heritage vineyards. Wine-lovers may also wish to spend time in and around the grand city of Bordeaux, just over an hour away by car or train.  

Continue towards Arcachon Bay for delicious oysters, discover the wine-châteaux, forests, lakes and surfing beaches of the Médoc peninsula or head north-west to the glorious beaches of much-loved Royan for a superb day out by the Atlantic Ocean.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac Airport


Nearest Airport 2 Bordeaux Airport


Nearest Train Station Gare De Montpon-Ménésterol


Nearest Village Small hamlet


Nearest Town Montpon-Ménésterol,


Nearest Restaurant Local area

(5-10 minute drive )

Nearest Supermarket Supermarché Casino


Nearest Beach Royan


Nearest Golf Golf Club de Saint Méard de Gurçon



The pace of life in the Dordogne is languid, laid back and positively infectious. Relax in bucolic beauty as you drift along the Dordogne River, or wander among the forests and hillside of the Périgord Natural Park.

The foodie scene too, is a relaxed affair. Take your time over your lazy lunches of local duck, black truffles and goats cheese. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even hunt for them yourself. The wine here is second to none, with infamous grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chenin Blanc all having a huge presence here.

The Dordogne is also brimming with history. Castles and chateaux are scattered throughout the region, among the enchanting medieval villages. History of an altogether more ancient sort can also be explored in the incredible prehistoric cave drawings of Lascaux and Grotte de Rouffignac.

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Set in a hamlet of houses, there are some lovely walks straight from your house to a nature reserve and the River Isle. Furthermore, just north of Montpon-Ménestérol is a pretty park with play areas, picnic tables and summer activities including supervised swimming on some afternoons. As well as cycling and fishing, look out for canoeing opportunities along the River Isle.

The region is home to a couple of other lakes with sandy beaches, walking and cycling paths as well as summer swimming opportunities.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, the village of Castillon-la-Bataille, around half an hour away by car, hosts amazing 2 hr events showing a re-enactment of the last battle of the 100 Years’ War – a very popular activity for families in this area.

For a change of scene, you can reach the Atlantic coast in just over ninety minutes – climb the tallest sand dune in Europe at Dune du Pilat or spend time exploring the forests, lakes and surfing beaches of the wonderful Médoc peninsula.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Football net
  • Xbox/Playstation/Wii
  • Trampoline
  • Board games
  • Bikes
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Toys

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra cleaning and linen changes
- Fridge stocking
- Catering via a local chef

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1500 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to end-September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Pool heating charge? Included. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request. Flexible changeover days permitted exceptionally in mid-August 2023.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request. Short breaks permitted exceptionally in mid-August 2023.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 6th 2023 - May 25th 2024 £3,924
May 25th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 £3,924
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 £4,708
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 £5,493
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 £4,708
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 £3,924
Sep 28th 2024 - May 24th 2025 £3,139
May 24th 2025 - Jun 8th 2025 £3,924

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 6th 2023 - May 25th 2024 €4,300
May 25th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 €4,300
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 €5,160
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 €6,020
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 €5,160
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 €4,300
Sep 28th 2024 - May 24th 2025 €3,440
May 24th 2025 - Jun 8th 2025 €4,300

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 6th 2023 - May 25th 2024 $4,642
May 25th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 $4,642
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 $5,571
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 $6,499
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 $5,571
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 $4,642
Sep 28th 2024 - May 24th 2025 $3,714
May 24th 2025 - Jun 8th 2025 $4,642

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Brilliant

    on 21/08/2023

    Nice welcome and the house is as nice as the photos.

  • Like a lottery ticket!

    on 12/08/2020

    If you ever want to feel (as a Dutch expression says) “like a God in France”: look no further. We spend a week with our family at Maison Merisier, where we all had our own stunning rooms with en-suite bathrooms, 2 living rooms, a huge kitchen, a stunning pool area, and last but certainly not least, an amazing pizza oven! It’s around a 30 minute drive from St Emillion and Pomerol (famous wines), 45 minutes from Bergerac, and 60 minutes to Bordeaux. All very much worth a visit. This house is your winning lottery ticket for a perfect stay in the Dordogne/Bordeaux!

  • Maison Merisier is a gem

    on 14/07/2020

    This beautiful house in a quiet setting is a gem offering all the space you need for 14 guests, including kids. Very well equipped, with finely furbished and decorated bedrooms/bathrooms. Spacious kitchen with all the appliances and utensils you could think of. Plenty of things to do outdoors as well with the good-sized swimming pool, trampoline, bikes, ping-pong table, etc. Emma is also a charming host which promptly answers messages. Lovely!

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