Duras, , South West France

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At a glance

  1. Sleeps 8
  2. 2 Double Bedrooms
  3. 2 Twin Bedrooms
  4. 3 Bathrooms
  5. WiFi
  6. Table Tennis
  7. Restaurants & Shops 1km
  8. *Heated Pool
  9. Small Party Rate (up to 6 people) in 2022
  • Main House: Open plan area comprising - kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher), dining and living area (Smart TV, DVD, WiFi) with patio doors to garden and covered terrace. Double bedroom with patio doors to garden. Twin bedroom with patio doors to garden. Twin bedroom with en suite shower room (no WC) and patio doors to garden. Bathroom (separate shower, no WC). Cloakroom (WC).
  • Lower Level: Garage with washing machine, sink, table tennis.
  • Studio: Open plan area comprising: kitchenette (hob, fridge), dining/seating area and double bed, en suite shower room, patio doors to terrace.
  • Outside: Open grounds with garden, lawn, covered terrace, pool terraces, barbecue.
  • Private *heated swimming pool (10m x 5m)

Villas within walking distance of restaurants and shops are rare in this corner of South West France so it is with delight that we present Meynot, a modern style villa with private pool on the edge of the pretty town of Duras, famous for both its impressive ‘Château’, which dominates the square, and for the wines from the surrounding vineyards. From Meynot, follow the lane uphill for just under 1km and you arrive in Duras, where you will find a selection of shops, restaurants and an evening market on Thursdays, with food, wine and music.

Meynot itself is set in spacious grounds with a couple of similar properties as neighbours. The pool, which can be heated, is ideally placed to enjoy the views over the surrounding countryside and vineyards, whilst be conveniently close to the main house.  These far reaching views can also be enjoyed from the covered terrace, the ideal place for al fresco dining and evening aperitifs.  Inside, the interior is smart, well equipped and comfortable, with sunshine yellow walls in the open living area and light bedrooms, all of which have patio doors to the garden.  In addition, there is a separate, self contained studio for two, which will appeal to anyone within the group seeking some privacy or independence.    

Just below Meynot, on the road that leads into Duras, is the well regarded ‘Maison des Vins’, where you can sample (and buy!) the local wines and visit the museum.  After exploring Duras and the wine domaines, discover picturesque villages, châteaux and gardens, boat trips on the Garonne and Lot, to discover, hidden gardens to visit, boat trips on the Garonne and Lot, ziplining and treetop walks… there is plenty to see and do or you can simply while away the days by the pool.  


  • As the covered terrace is elevated and open to the pool area younger children must be supervised at all times.
  • *Pool heating is available for an additional charge of €70 per week, payable locally. Please request in advance.
  • 2022: Groups paying the Small Party Rate have use of the Main House only. 
  • Please note that in addition to the property rental there is a local tourist tax to pay. We collect this tax prior to your departure and remit it on your behalf. €3.00 (£2.80) per night for adults only aged 18 or over.

Pricing & Availability

All Prices are per property, not per person.

Please note that in addition to the property rental there is a local tourist tax to pay. We collect this tax prior to your departure and remit it on your behalf. €3.00 (£2.80) per night for adults only aged 18 or over. 2022: Groups paying the Small Party Rate have use of the Main House only. 

Location of Meynot


Great Things to Do Near Meynot


Take a wander into Duras. This small town has interesting little streets, good shops and sunny café terraces plus an impressive château. Built in the 14th century as a fortress originally, it was later transformed into a stately home at the end of the 16th century. The view from the tower over the Dropt valley is splendid and they have special evening events in high summer with music, food and night walks.

Do not miss the famous wine town of Saint-Emilion

It is the first wine growing area listed by UNESCO so it is definitely worth a visit. There is also a huge monolithic church carved out of limestone rock, as well as miles of underground tunnels and caves.

Golf and spa

The famous golf course of Château des Vigiers is about 20km away, now with 27 holes, offering three different configurations of 18-holes, each with different challenges and gradients. There are also spa facilities on site for those who prefer some pampering!

Wine tasting

There is a multitude of wine ‘domaines’ to visit in this region, close by in Margueron and Duras, all around Bergerac to the east and of course in Saint-Emilion and the Bordeaux vineyards to the west.

Château de Montaigne

This château-mansion, in the small village of Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne in the Dordogne département, was the home of the famous Renaissance philosopher and thinker Michel de Montaigne.

Canoeing and kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are available on the River Dropt at nearby Allemans-du-Dropt (10km). If you want to paddle on the Dordogne, this can be done at Ste Foy la Grande, or further east around the very well-known and incredibly scenic section around La Roque Gageac, Beynac and Domne. Paddle downstream and get brought back to your starting point by minibus.

Medieval bastide towns

Nearby Pellegrue is a bastide, and others in striking distance of the property and well worth a visit are Monségur, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, Blasimon, Sauveterre-de-Guyenne and Libourne. Typical features are a grid pattern of streets circling a central square, arched arcades and a covered marketplace, and encircling walls with gateways.

Battle re-enactment at Castillon-la-Bataille

Every evening for about two weeks from late July to early August, the town of Castillon-la-Bataille hosts a historical re-enactment of the Battle of Castillon, which took place on 17th July 1453 and ended the Hundred Years War. Hundreds of volunteers in costume present a comprehensive retelling of the dramatic battle, and there is a medieval village with demonstrations, games for children, crafts, and food and local wines.

A trip to Bergerac is a must

the old centre is a beautiful jumble of cobbled streets, timbered houses, little shops and cafes overlooking the squares. Sit on the riverbank and watch the boats go by.

Summer lake swimming

The Lac de la Cadie (26km) near Castillon-la-Bataille is a 40 hectare lake, which is open for swimming in July and August. You can walk all the way around the lake, along the 3km path, and there is a snack bar or you can take a picnic to enjoy. There is carp in the lake, and fishing is permitted year round as long as you have a valid permit – ask at the tourist office how to obtain one.


This bustling metropolitan city has plenty to see and do, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site with some wonderful architecture and impressive squares, several excellent museums, great shopping and gastronomy - and wine of course! Visit ‘La Cité du Vin’ for detailed information about wine routes in the area and to book tastings.

The coast

It is about a two hour drive to the 19th century seaside resorts of Arcachon or Lacanau, where you will have the choice of the ocean beaches, where the Atlantic rollers are great for surf sports, or the more sheltered beaches of the lakes and lagoons set just inland, or thirdly the tidal beaches of the Bay of Arcachon.

Cruise on the Dordogne

Take a cruise along the Dordogne on a ‘gabarre’, a traditional flat-bottomed boat, to see Bergerac from a different perspective.

Activities in the Arcachon Bay

The Arcachon Bay is a superb place for enjoying the great outdoors with 220km of cycle paths to follow, trips out into the bay on traditional boats, and various sports on offer such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle. The Le Teich bird sanctuary is a bird watchers’ paradise.

Make a splash!

Take the children to the water park on the edge of Bergerac to cool off and work off some energy.

Activities for teens

Bergerac can offer go-karting, ten-pin bowling and mini-golf to keep older children and young adults entertained.



Allemans-du-Dropt 10 mins 
Duras 15 mins 
Pellegrue 15 mins 
Ste Foy-la-Grande 25 mins 
Bergerac 45 mins 
Bordeaux 1 Hr 20 mins 


Arcachon (Dune du Pilat) 1 Hr 45 mins 
Lacanau-Plage 2 Hrs 10 mins 


St Malo 6 Hrs  
Caen 7 Hrs  
Le Havre 7 Hrs 30 mins 
Roscoff 7 Hrs 30 mins 
Cherbourg 8 Hrs  
Calais 9 Hrs 30 mins 


Bergerac 40 mins 
Bordeaux 1 Hr 15 mins 
Toulouse 2 Hrs  

Train Stations

Bordeaux St Jean (TGV) 1 Hr 10 mins 
Times are approximate

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