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ALL ABOUT MAISON ROUX

Maison Roux is our fabulous home in the bucolic southwestern French countryside, mid-way between Bordeaux and Toulouse. 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, Tournon d'Agenais. With 50 mile views of the Boudouyssou Valley, it is approximately 2500 SF on three full floors, features 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, and sleeps 10 in superb comfort. 

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. 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. Seven hours south of Paris, 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. Here you will find your Joie de Vivre!

Maison Roux sits at the crossroads of the Lot River Valley, one of the most gorgeous in France. Known as the "Tuscany of France," this is  France's most beautiful corner and 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 great 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 terse Parisians have much to look forward to. There are many ex-pats living in the area...Dutch, Australians, English, and Belgians, so English is spoken a great deal. 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.

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. Check out our website at MaisonRoux.com for all the wonderful activities and adventures that await!

For more details on Maison Roux or to book your holiday, please call us at 203-263-6500 or 203-217-2464, or email tracey@theelementalgarden.com. 


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.

"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 .

"We just spent a wonderful week in this beautiful, historic, Bastide designer home and enjoyed ourselves immensely. With stunning views and beautifully-furnished, we felt at home right away. The house has all the amenities you would ever need with a very modern and updated kitchen. The beds were the most comfortable I have ever slept in and the feel of the houses just grand. Best of all, this has to be one of the prettiest Bastide towns in the region with a charming central square. You feel like you are living in a storybook place! The owners of Le Beffroi, just around the corner, serve wonderful food and were most helpful with any needs we had. I would be delighted to return to this amazing house again and recommend this most charming and beautiful home to all my friends!" ~ Charles, Chicago

"It is impossible for me to imagine that it is possible to have a better experience than we did at Maison Roux in Tournon d'Agenais, France. Experience a beautiful home (not a hotel room or apartment), experience the beauty of the French countryside prime time, and experience the best in dining experiences. And here is the best part. You don't have to "wander around" for weeks to discover the the best that the area has to offer. Maison Roux will "serve all of it up on a gold platter" with detailed write-ups of places to visit and the best restaurants to frequent. This part of France is pristine! Absolutely beautiful topography, farming is the industry with picture perfect farms and historic villages placed perfectly so as not to clutter the countryside. We have minimal command of the French language, but language was never a barrier. In summation - if you want to experience France in the absolute best possible way, I would totally recommend Maison Roux. With Maison Roux, you get a family's years of experience in the area." ~ Dean, Virginia





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