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Maison de Maitre,Private Pool,9 En-Suite Bedrooms,Large Range Of Sports Inc.Golf

Bedrooms 9
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Manor House in Gensac, Nr. St. Emilion, Aquitaine, France - Peaceful Location With Tennis, Croquet, Boules Court, Football Field, own 9 Hole Golf Course

When you arrive at Le Faure you are coming to a truly magical place and embarking on a great experience. Beautiful, large 18th century Maison de Maitre restored in 2000, with 9 en-suite bedrooms inc. one suitable for mobility impaired person. Tranquil setting with views over our 12 acre valley with its private 9-hole golf course. Wide range of sporting facilities on site - tennis court, boules court, croquet lawn, golf, football/cricket field, table tennis. Superbly equipped house - wifi, TV with satellite/DVD, twin dishwashers, twin fridges. Great service options - chef, cleaning, wine tours, wine-tasting on site, classic car and Minibus rental. Owner managed for immediate response. All 5-star reviews in last two years. Ideal for multi-generational family. New for 2016, 9th bedroom with special shower-room on ground floor for mobility impaired.

This is a house of elegance. Large triple aspect salon, dining room, fully equipped kitchen with American fridge, commercial 600l fridge, double oven, twin dish-washers; vaulted underground wine cellar. Surround sound home cinema on 40 inch wide-screen TV, Hi-fi system, wifi. Games, books, CDs, DVDs. Full central heating, washing machine, drier, all linen and towels provided. 9 bedrooms including ground-floor with bathroom for wheel-chair users. Outside: securitised pool, 10 x 5 m, large terrace, boules, table-tennis, parking for 8 cars, sun loungers, parasols, barbecue, tables, beautiful valley with direct pathway. Shared use of tennis court, football field plus croquet lawn and boules court; 9 short hole golf course (holes range from 90-160m, challenging). Credit cards accepted. Full service team of chef, maid service, gardener etc.

More Details

Property Manager
Sharon Christians
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, french
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2018

About Sharon Christians

Sharon and I have built our villa business over the last 20 years. I am an entrepreneur, earlier I ran a large Travel company. Sharon was head of Communications for Bombardier Transportation until August 2014. We own 6 18th century houses near Gensac & Ste. Foy-la-Grande, and I have managed all the restoration projects. We provide experiences, not just holidays, with spacious accommodation, - great kitchens, all bedrooms en-suite, cinemas, wifi, hi-fi, satellite TV, large securitised pools and exceptional sporting facilities. We aim to give you exceptional personal service, us & our permanent support team. We offer a wide range of optional extras, including minibuses, classic car rental, canoes, chef & maid service. Our houses are ideal for 3 or 4 generation family holidays. Exceptional houses, exceptional service.

Sharon Christians purchased this chateau / country house in 1999

Why Sharon Christians chose Gensac

We bought Le Faure because it was crying out to be brought back to life. It has a magnificent setting looking over it's own valley, full of nature with amazing birds, plus deer and the occasional boar. Very, very peaceful. The area, Entre-Deux-Mers, is particularly attractive, lots of vineyards, the River Dordogne nearby, not too touristy. The weather is usually ideal, hot but with occasional rain to keep everything green. And of course the fabulous wines of Bordeaux. Life does not get much better than this! Easily drivable in 1 day from the UK, but now flights from all over to Bordeaux or Bergerac, and of course the green TGV to Libourne. Very well connected!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Peace and tranquillity, nature at close hand. Beautiful environment with historic house and lots of antiques. Brilliant underground cellar. En-suite in all bedrooms for privacy. All modern technology, wifi, satellite, home cinema, iPod connections. Superb kitchen for cooking enthusiasts, American fridge. Table tennis and use of tennis court, croquet lawn and boules court. The valley is a beautiful area for a walking with nature and has a 9-hole golf (Length from 90-250m) course. Also, a completely separate football pitch, which will not be rectangular and will be higher in the middle than at the ends - for fun. So lots of sporting options!

Guestbook comments from the manager

"I want to underline how much we enjoyed our stay at your wonderful place in Gensac." Christine Bosse, 8th August, 2012

'Lovely house and brilliant holiday, the best yet.' 'Fabulous! A.Richardson

'Splendid holiday - elegant surroundings.' D.Bonham

'What a beautiful house! Splendid holiday! Fantastic surroundings! A wonderful place to be on holiday, having rented many houses over the years Le Faure has to be the best yet. Secure pool a big bonus.' K. Cooke
Dec 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Gensac, France

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower enclosure , Suitable for wheel chair
  • En-suite to bed 1 w bath, wc Shower room 2 to bed 2, wc En-suite to bed 3 w bath, wc En-suite to bed 4 w/ bath, wc En-suite shower room to bed 5, wc En-suite shower room for bed 6, wc S/room 7 for bed 7, wc En-suite shower room for bed 8, wc
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 9 - 1 double bed , This bedroom has showeroom opposite suitable for wheelchair
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot , Four poster, sofas, table
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 18 (9 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with four-poster bed, triple aspect. Norrington suite. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with double bed Bedroom 5 with double bed Bedroom 6 with double bed Bedroom 7 with twin beds. Bedroom 8 with twin beds. Bedroom 9 with double bed on ground floor
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: This wonderful house oozes character from the past, but has been sensitively restored for modern living. In the domed cellar, or in the salon and dining room with their beautiful cherrywood 19th century armoires, you will experience gracious living. Most rooms have beautiful views over the valley and overall there is a tranquillity that is rare. Rare in its combination of high tech, exceptional sporting facilities, peace and service levels. Outside: Sheltered sun-trap pool terrace with pool 10 x 5 m. Securitised with railings. Tables with benches for 16, sun loungers for 16, 2 parasols, large barbecue. Beautiful valley. 100m walk to tennis court, boules court and croquet lawn. Valley has our own 9 hole golf course (average hole length 120m). Bird-watchers' paradise and area is ideal for cycling. Utility Room: Washing machine, drier, ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen included. Change of linen and towels at extra charge. Optional maid and chef service. Optional boulangerie delivery 7a.m. Other: Large 18th century underground wine cellar, ideal for wine tastings.


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average rating of 4.714286 based on 15 reviews

Perfect house in a perfect location

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We were a group of 7 couples and L'Orangerie at the au Faure served us perfectly. Each couple had its own privacy- a bedroom with adjunct toilets and bathroom and on the second floor, a big well furnished modern kitchen and a spacious dining room where we could eat comfortably around a lovely oval table , seeing and hearing each other. The adjunct living room with sofas and screening devices provided all the necessary social functions .

The garden is just lovely and on sunny days we sat outside and enjoyed the lovely green colours and the wonderful Lavender smell. There are many sport facilities we did not use- tennis court, golf etc, since we were anxious to tour around. It was too cold to enjoy the pool but in summer, it is more than useful.

Sharon, our lovely landlord, connected us with the local Boulangerie and we got fresh baguettes and croissant each morning. She welcomed us in person with a supply of beers and wine as well as coffee, tea, milk and sugar. Bless you, Sharon.

We could not dream of a better place as far as location is concerned- 35 km from St. Emilion, 60 from Bordeaux, right in the middle of the wine region of Bordeaux.

A perfect location, perfect house, perfect vacation.

Rachel Askenazi

  • Review Submitted: 12/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jacob and Rachel. You and your group were the most perfect of guests. My best wishes, Sharon
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Best birthday ever !

  • 5 of 5

My wife had a dream of drinking red wine in France for her birthday. So why not celebrate with friends ! From the very out set nothing was too much trouble for our hosts, providing mini bus service to and from the airport. trips to the hypermarket and St Emillion. The building was fantastic all you would expect from 16th // 17th century. Large farm house kitchen, Bedrooms of various sizes some with exposed beams, period furniture and features. Large swimming pool and a sun trap veranda with stunning views.Part of the celebration was to have a chef cook a birthday meal (pre arranged ). Also fantastic.The local village has a great resturant and coffee shop and as a group we enjoyed an evening meal there. There was never a shortage of choc au pain , french bread as there was a delivery every morning. I would highly recommend a stay here .

  • Review Submitted: 02/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Week of Happiness in Wine Country

  • 5 of 5

All 17 members of our family, ranging in age from 9 months to 76 years, loved our week at Le Faure. It is an old, solid, traditional building, but everything worked ! The food, wine, facilities, weather and location were all excellent. The pool was perfect for the younger family members.

A highlight of our week was the Wine tasting, given by Ian, the owner. A most interesting range of wines led to a very merry evening.

We enjoyed Ian chefs on several evenings, and tried both the gourmet and basic menus. Both were very enjoyable, and we could not agree on which we preferred. On other evenings we either shared simple dishes around the barbecue area, or visited the local restaurants in Gensac.

The location is very rural, with many vineyards in the surrounding hills, but with lots of places to visit, such as St Emilion, or Bergerac. Local shopping in Gensac, 5 minutes away, is fine for basics, or there is an enormous supermarket 15 minutes away, selling everything from ice cubes to washing machines.

Overall, a wonderful week. Thank you, Ian.

  • Review Submitted: 07/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We spent a beautiful time at le faure.

  • 4 of 5

Tennis, Pool, Petanque, Golf, Winetasting in a very nice environment!

We enjoyed to stay for 2 weeks in this place and recommend it to everybody who loves to live in nature with his friends or/and family. The owner Ian takes care of you and helps whenever requested.

  • Review Submitted: 23/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superbe week end !

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons offert ce week end entre amis à un couple de jeunes mariés. Nous étions 12 adultes. Nous avons passé un excellent séjour. La maison, le cadre, l'histoire et Ian, un propriétaire adorable, ont contribué à faire de ce week end un souvenir mémorable. Partie de golf, farniente au bord de la piscine et grandes tablées au moment des repas, tout y était. Nous le conseillons et y retournerons avec plaisir !!

  • Review Submitted: 11/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Week

  • 5 of 5

Le Faure was the ideal location for our get together with family and friends. A fabulous range of activities on site, easy travelling distance to the Dordogne, St Emilion, Bordeaux and more. The house provided ample accommodation and lovely areas to sit outside. The overall setting made us all smile! We loved the place and would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Cafe de la Paix
Nearest Golf
0.1 Kilometres
On site
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Lac du Cadie
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Cycling, walking, birdwatching and wine are naturals. 10 other fascinating things to do while staying in our houses 1.Visit historic St.Emilion and its châteaux (30 mins away) 2. Visit the Château de Montaigne, home of the great 16th century philosopher, & les Jardins du Sardy (10 mins away) 3.Visit the churches and museums of Bordeaux (60 mins away) 4.Visit the seaside, beautiful bay of Arcachon and the amazing Dune of Pyla (90 mins away) 5.Visit the châteaux of the Dordogne (60 mins away) 6.Visit the Médoc and the great wine châteaux (90 mins away) 7.Visit Chateau Monbazillac & old Bergerac plus a river trip (30 mins away) 8.Explore ancient Aquitaine with Douglas Boyd, author of Eleanor, April Queen of Aquitaine(10 mins away)

9.Go gliding and see the countryside from on high (10 mins away)

10.Take the kids go-carting in Bergerac (40 mins away)


The Lac du Cadie, a large lake with sandy beaches, pedalos and fishing, together with a restaurant, is just 10 minutes away and has had some rave reviews for children. The Bay of Arcachon, and the Dune of Pyla (highest in Europe) is 90 minutes to the south-west. There is a marvellous outdoor restaurant overlooking the bay.


Bordeaux Merignac airport is 60 mins away, Bergerac 40 mins -if you fly we have 2 x 9-seater VW transporters for hire, pick-up/drop off possible, cheaper and quicker than rentals. Airlines cover all UK, BA, Flybe, Easyjet, Ryanair, also direct flights from Dublin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich and Paris. Train TGV arrives from Paris/Lille/London at Libourne, 30 mins away.


Gensac 2km, Ste. Foy-la-Grande and Castillon 14km, St. Emilion 26km. Bordeaux 65km, Bergerac 38km, Atlantic 120km.

Further Details:

Optional extras include chef, our own mini-bus hire (VW Transporter with 9 seats plus delivery/pick-up service at airport/station.) Lots of good local restaurants, Leclerc supermarkets at Castillon and Ste. Foy. St. Emilion is amazing, historic and beautiful. Bergerac is 40 mins to east, gateway to the beautiful Dordogne.

Our accommodation is to a high standard and quite high tech (home cinema, wi-fi). Because we have four other houses in the area ( La Grange, 6 beds/6 baths, FR6047; The Presbytere, La Musique and the Orangerie, all 8 beds/8 baths, FR6052, FR6134, FR6123) we have a permanent support team to ensure your holiday is as trouble-free as possible.


Rates & Availability

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit AU$881.03

Booking Notes:
SECURITY! Always speak to the owner before booking.
Security deposit of €500 required.
Terms and conditions apply.
Payments made be made in sterling or euros

Changeover Day:
Saturday in peak season. Flexible outside peak season.
Arrival: 5pm. Departure 10am. Early arrival/ late departure available upon approval and additional charge.

Notes on prices:
Prices subject to change and negotiation. Payment by bank transfer only.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.