Katherine A (Toronto, Canada) – September 2017
The drive from Bayonne to our accommodations at the Maison de la Fontaine was lovely thanks to the directions we received to plan our fabulous vacation in the south of France. The home, located in the quaint historical village of Nérac was located within easy walking distance to the restaurants and shops in the area and we felt we could experience being part of the local culture. The central location was perfect for day adventures to wineries, foie gras and armagnac tasting tours, lunches at Michelin star restaurants, exploring both historic and modern architecture, and pre-historic caves and taking in the beautiful landscape. The well-equipped modern kitchen and comfortable living space allowed us to enjoy breakfasts and dinners at home. The attention to the detail in the home, lists of recommended restaurants and sites, the availability of local books and maps and wi-fi made this a fabulous vacation to the not-to-miss Saint Emilion, the Cite du Vin museum in Bordeaux, Condom and Toulouse.
Karen and Peter G (Toronto, Canada) – September 2017
We knew nothing about this often-overlooked corner of France and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the region by car, visiting wineries, bastide towns and some top-notch regional restaurants. Maison de la Fontaine was a perfect base for our discovery of Le Gascogne. It is lovingly restored, with a great kitchen, a cozy sitting room, cable TV, WIFI and a comfortable bedroom that gets restoratively dark at night. The town of Nerac is charming and the house is within walking distance to all the shops, restaurants and cafes. The shopkeepers in Nerac were charming and welcoming and we even met some expat English speakers at the Taverne d’Henri on a beautiful sunny afternoon. A highly recommended experience.
Katherine W and family (Australia) – May 2017
Beautiful location, very central to all Nerac and the local area has to offer. A nice quiet tranquil place to come home to after a day of sightseeing.
Alison and Paul F (Toronto, Canada) – May 2016
maison de la fontaine is perfectly situated to explore all the region has to offer. We even did a day trip to the Pyrenees. If you feel inspired to cook your own meals the fabulously well-appointed kitchen is at the ready. We sat on the patio sipping rosé, eating local cheese and charcuterie with the wafting scent of the climbing roses under a blue, blue sky; it really doesn’t get any better.
We were totally relaxed within hours of arriving. Clean, spacious, with modern bathrooms, reliable internet, tv and such comfortable beds we unintentionally slept in every day! Also an added bonus to have a modern washer and dryer. In addition, we used the very helpful suggestion kits put together by Neil and Mardi, for touring the area, whether vineyards, historic towns, farmers’ markets. We spent hours at the Nérac farmers’ market on Saturday morning.
We would go back in a heartbeat to explore all the things we couldn’t get to the first time mainly because life slowed down and we felt so at home. One suggestion, if you’re there when Fêtes de Nérac are on in early May we highly recommend going to the Course Landaise, an ancient form of bullfighting which involves no bloodshed and is unique to SW France.
All in all our whole stay was memorable.
Barbara and Frank S (Tuscon, Arizona) – April 2016
A Gascogne Dream ! Maison de la Fontaine is a lovingly restored home on a quiet street in the enchanting town of Nerac. The owners, who use it as their vacation home, spared no expense in making it a delightful place to stay. Tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean, the home has modern bathrooms, comfortable beds, fluffy towels, fast reliable internet, plenty of hot water and a washer and separate tumble dryer. The fully equipped kitchen is a cook’s dream. This is not your typical vacation rental with scratchy sheets, dull knives and four jelly glasses. You feel as if you are a guest in someone’s home. We spent five days at Maison de la Fontaine in mid-April and we wished that we had booked it for a longer time. Although it was too cool to sit on the pretty front patio, it was easy to imagine how relaxing it would be in warmer weather. It was a perfect vacation stay. We will be back.
Eve C (Toronto, Canada), April 2016
We visited the Nerac house in mid April 2016. What a precious spot we had come to! The town was fascinating and we highly recommend the walking tour. The house is a five minute walk to a wonderful bakery where we got our daily ‘pain au chocolat’ and shops for groceries etc. The countryside was lovely and we enjoyed exploring the towns and vineyards. We appreciated the binder in the house which was full of great recommendations. The house itself is very comfortable with a great kitchen. We felt right at home. We only wish the weather had cooperated a bit more so we could have sat outside more often. Mardi was wonderful to work with. She was both kind and patient with our many excited questions. All in all we had a wonderful trip and recommend both the house and the area.