A glorious 17th century house
In an oasis of tranquility
Maison Cayrol - a glorious 17th century house with a private walled sanctuary garden in the centre of a beautiful hill town village, overlooking the Dordogne.
For many years the retreat of the famous French writer Jean Cayrol, it has been lovingly restored and is an oasis of tranquility.
The main house was once the seminary to the 11th century church in Pujols and is typically Girondine, constructed in the local honeystone with an old stone staircase leading from the entrance hall with its' antique paved floor.
The main house has two bedrooms, one on the first floor with an ensuite bathroom and one which opens onto the garden which has a large ensuite shower room. There is a huge, fully equipped kitchen/breakfast room, an elegant drawing room opening into the garden and a dining room which seats 16, all with open fires.
In addition,there is a contempary studio style annexe, overlooking the pool. This has two large double bedrooms, with ensuite cloakrooms and a shared shower room.
The Independent Gite has two double bedrooms with a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room, overlooking the magnolia courtyard. There is a separate entrance to the gite from the road.
The gardens include a swimming pool, covered dining area with a salle d'ete, with its' own kitchen, and intimate courtyards.
There is a pool table in the salle d'ete and two bicycles in the garage.
100m above the Dordogne and 7 kms from the small town of Castillon de Bataille, famous for being the site of the last battle in the 100 years war between France and England. Pujols is an enchantingly unspoilt village. Surrounded by vines, it has a 14th Century church, built on the remains of an earlier 11th Century chapel and a chateau, (now the Mairie and Post Office) which once belonged to King Henry III.
It boasts a boulangerie, epicerie renowned in the area for its delicious products, a charming restaurant in the square with an outside terrace, all within less than a minute of Maison Cayrol. In the valley below is an excellent restaurant for "fine dining" which is well known in this area for its' delicious food.
The village has its' own tennis courts and is 35 minutes away from the renowned Chateau Vigiers golf course and ten minutes from the kayakking at Pessac sur Dordogne. There are wonderful walks through the vines and local riding schools.
20 minutes away are the famous vineyards and wines of historical St.Emilion and just under two hours from the Atlantic Coast with its water activites, surfing, exquisite seafood. It is only two and half hours from the Pyrenees.
Wine tasting is a must and easy to arrange locally, either at smaller properties in the area, or at the grander chateaux in St. Emilion. In Creon, which is only 45 minutes away there is a British run vineyard famous for producing wines for Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein and definitely worth a visit (www.bauduc.com).
Delicious local produce abounds, including foie gras, truffles, local cheeses (Roquefort and Brebis from the Pyrenees to name but two) and in season, wonderful tomatoes from nearby Marmande, and, in the autumn, ceps from the local forests as well as every vegetable and fruit imaginable.
On Monday, there is a totally unspoilt market in nearby Castillon. Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, there is a bigger market in Libourne and another on Saturday in St. Foy la Grande.
Rental is from E4,000 a week. Please contact us for availability.
Maison Cayrol is delighted to host wedding guests of Chateau Rigaud and is available to rent for a pre-wedding reception.
Come and stay with us and relax before the big day. There will be cold rosé and white wine, along with soft drinks at your disposal by the pool, red wine in the cellar and this haven is a perfect place to wile away the time before the festivities or indeed a magical venue to hold your own!
There is the possibility to rent the whole of Maison Cayrol, including a daily cleaner and chef.
Prices on application.