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ALL ABOUT MAISON ROUX

Maison Roux is our fabulous home in the bucolic southwestern French countryside. There is a long and very good story associated with our love affair with this region of France, but we will save that for another time and place. What we do want you to know is that some of our more persistent clients have finally twisted our arms to make Maison Roux available for year-round rental by the week.

In brief, Maison Roux is a 13th C limestone house located in the ramparts of one of the most charming fortified hilltop villages in France. With killer views of the Boudyssou Valley, it is approximately 2500 SF on three full floors and features 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths (sleeps 10 in beds). With 11' ceilings on the first 2 floors, huge windows with amazing light, and soothing neutral colors to complement the ancient limestone walls, Maison Roux has been sumptuously redone inside and out. We have furnished it with an elegant mixture of antiques, vintage and contemporary pieces, kitted out with all the wonderful "necessities" of life...fabulous beds, luxurious linens, large fluffy towels, good wine glasses...you get the picture. In other words, we have done it up for ourselves, but you, too, can share the experience.


You literally will gasp aloud when you first glimpse the medieval limestone ramparts of the 13th century Royale Bastide that is home to Maison Roux. Spiraling up from the lush countryside, the road twists and turns its way to the lovely central square anchored by 2 restaurants. Literally around the corner from the square, the ancient stone facade of Maison Roux welcomes you to medieval times. With its freshly-painted blue shutters, flowering window boxes and olive trees flanking the front door, it will make you think you have traveled back in time and in a very real sense, you have!


Open the door to the breathtaking effect of 800 year old limestone walls, 11'
hi beamed ceilings and contemporary design. Here, multi-textural surfaces combine with striking antiques to present a luxurious and quietly-elegant refuge. Stride across the terracotta-tiled floors and open the 6' hi windows to discover the incredible view to the valley below. Sink deeply into the butter-soft handmade leather sofa. Open the bottle of wine that awaits you and celebrate your arrival. For this is only the beginning.

Experience the vacation of a lifetime in the "Quercy Blanc," the undiscovered part of Southwest France. Two short hours east of Bordeaux and 90 minutes NW of Toulouse, Maison Roux provides a sumptuous base of operations from which to explore and savor the many pleasures that comprise "la vie campagne" (the country life). Designed and decorated to the highest of standards, Maison Roux will delight your every sense.

6 hours south of Paris, Maison Roux sits at the crossroads of the most gorgeous river valleys in France. This is, in our humble opinion, France's most beautiful corner and one that remains undiscovered by Americans. Rolling green hills, steep white cliffs, cream-colored limestone farmhouses, medieval hilltop villages, bustling open air markets, lush vineyards, sunflowers as far as the eye can see, and generally impeccable weather make this area a treat in all seasons. It's a place where you can do, do, do or do nothing at all. Superb food and wine, including black truffles, foie gras, duck and the ancient black wine of Cahors make this a destination for discerning country gourmets. At 3 hours from the Atlantic, 3 hours from the Mediterranean, and 3 hours from the Pyrenees, you are never far from your heart's desire.

But perhaps the best part of all is that you don't need to be competent in French to have a rollicking good time at Maison Roux. People in the SW are the gentle French...kind, considerate, welcoming of Americans, and always ready with a smile and a helping hand. Those of you who have experienced only arrogant Parisians have much to look forward to. And because we know that many Americans are a tiny bit timid to venture so far afield into the French countryside, we have taken all of the guesswork out of it.

Working with friends and colleagues in and around our area, we have developed a fabulous cadre of custom side trips and immersion experiences that we have dubbed "Elemental France"©. Available exclusively to our guests and led by our trusted multilingual friends and local residents, Elemental France© outings provide you with a personal and unique insight into French countryside life, the likes of which you would never be able to experience on your own. We've taken years of seeking out the best of local life, condensed it down, and refined it so that you can experience in one or two weeks what it has taken us years of work to discover.


For more details on staying at Maison Roux, including information on our 2013 Elemental France© offerings, please call or email us at 203-263-6500 or tracey@theelementalgarden.com. Here's a sample just to whet your appetite.


Beautiful Bastides...take a private tour of two of the most sensational fortified 13th C hilltop towns in the area, personally chosen for their storybook houses, ancient churches, dramatic views, charming shops and fabulous photo ops. Steep in the historical and architectural marvels that make these the most special bastides in the area.

The Artisanal Quercy
...wander the fields of a private lavender farm, discover the centuries' old magic of this special herb, pick the fragrant blooms, and transform dried lavender into fragrant sachets to bring home for gifts. Then, meet the girls...200 snowy white goats at Bérnard's local chevre farm as you learn the secrets of artisanal cheese-making. Top off the day with a personal petting session at the very special donkey rescue haven, supported in part by Brigitte Bardot.

The Secret Vineyards of Cahors
...experience an insider's view of winemaking in the ancient Cahors' vineyards as you visit and taste your way around some very special and private Chateaux of "Black Wine" country. Lunch among the vines with a sumptuous gourmet Quercynoise picnic and dream of owning your own vineyard some day.

Medieval Castles and Ruins
...marvel at the work of medieval stone masons as you wander some of the most beautiful chateaux in the world. Learn the history, view the grandeur, and experience the amazing towns that lie at the feet of these great castles. Or pair one chateau with a fabulous listed garden.

The Ancient City of Cahors...embark on an action-packed visit to the Capital City of the Lot, home to the most visited venue in France outside of Paris. Begin your day shopping for take-home treasures at the large and diverse market. Sip a café creme at the Place Gambetta while watching rainbows dance in the fountains. Marvel at the ancient cathedral and cloisters, view the Roman Bath ruins, get lost in the narrow back alleyways of the ancient quarter. Savor foie gras overlooking the magnificent Pont Valentré, discover the secret city gardens, experience a special wine-tasting venue, and learn from a master sommelier about the ancient black wine of Cahors.


Here's what some of our guests have said about Maison Roux and the 5 Star personal concierge service we always provide...

"My husband and I stayed here last Fall and thought it was so special that I came back this Spring with a small group. Both visits were fabulous. I love this unspoiled part of France: great food, great wine, great scenery, warm and welcoming people. The home is a perfect base of operations to see a special part of France filled with Castles and markets and caves. I would recommend this home to anyone without reservation. Everything about it is so intentionally designed for comfort. The beds, the bathrooms, the kitchen, the social spaces have all been carefully and thoughtfully furnished with great attention to detail, not to mention exquisite taste. This place gets an 11 on a 10 point scale. The location is so peaceful and beautiful. If you are looking for an experience in the France of your dreams, you will find it here. My stress fell away, and I found myself immersed in all the best of French life. Maison Roux is simply marvelous. I will be back again." ~Ann, Seattle, WA.

"From the moment we arrived in the lovely town of Tournon, we knew this was going to be a special vacation. But when we opened the door to this extraordinary home, we faced a dilemma - not wanting to leave! The views are breathtaking and the decor, tres chic. The owners have taken great care to create a space that is modern in comfort while maintaining the pure magic of the ancient dwelling. The view from the breakfast table says it all (and it's still my screensaver.) I can't wait to return!" ~ Peter, New York City

"I've been remiss in writing our review of this fabulous vacation home in Tournon d'Agenais. I can only beg the excuse that once we returned to the US, the magical powers that relaxed us while vacationing in this medieval town were sapped away by the constant constraints of work life.
The town is perfectly located on the eastern side of the Lot et Garonne. As a vacationer new to this area we were able to explore three different geographical regions with widely varied sites and experiences. We took boat rides along the Lot River, descended deep into the prehistoric caves of Peche Merle and of course we experienced the wines of the region! My children (11 and 9) enjoyed the varied experiences and took to castle exploring with a vengeance. To keep them excited we also went swimming in the local swimming holes, zip lined across the ropes courses at the rope experience park and provided them an endless supply of French pastries and/or gelato.
The home is situated in the old fortified walls and sports all the accoutrements an experienced American travelers hopes for but rarely sees. Working hair dryers! Dishwasher that actually cleans dishes! Clean sheets with massive thread count! Soft down pillows and most importantly a view from the windows that was to die for. The town is quaint and situated up on a hill. The people people are very nice and we ate at the local restaurants and spent time with some of the locals. I would highly recommend the home to anyone wanting to experience the relaxation of a wonderful region. The stress of work life washes away with long lunches, visits to castles and most importantly time with ones family. The owner has created a magical experience that one has to experience. best wishes and happy vacationing." Martin, Colorado Springs, CO.





Le Grand Séjour at Maison Roux

50 Mile View from Maison Roux

Sensational Ancient Bastides

Sunflower Fields of the Quercy

Medieval Castles and Ruins

The Vineyards of Cahors

Country Antique Markets

The Ancient City of Cahors

Bérnard`s Beautiful Bébés

Medieval Riverside Villages
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