A beautifully restored ancient, charentaise farmhouse, with modern amenities, wi-fi and private parking, this award winning B&B is a delightful place to stay. Offering the warmest of welcomes, in a tranquil, rural setting, yet just a few minutes drive from Pons (a medieval city) and J36 A10 autoroute. Four charming, individually decorated bedrooms, all with private facilities, exceptionally comfortable beds and quality bed linens. Guests have their own entrance and a separate dining/ sitting room. A one night stop or perhaps a more leisurely break - your hosts are generous with their time and their hospitality to make your stay as enjoyable as possible - please read their reviews! You could take a stroll from the front door past vines and sunflowers or rest and relax in a choice of areas - the wild garden, lawn, terrace or tranquil area. The price includes a delicious breakfast, with home made jams and pastries and in warmer weather can be served outside. Home cooked evening meals available on some nights - book in advance - 26 euro including wine and aperitif. Maison Maurice awaits your enquiry and hopes to welcome you soon. Awarded Bedandbreakfast BEST OF FRANCE 2010 and Top Ten International B&B 2012! Distance from Pons Medieval City - 5 kilometres Royan (Atlantic Coast) 34 kilometres Saintes - 24 kilometres Bordeaux - 98 kilometres (or Park and Ride to city centre) Cognac - 20 kilometres La Rochelle - 90 kilometres Rochefort - 65 kilometres
5 on June 17, 2014
The food (breakfast and dinner) is outstanding and would not look out of place in a top London restaurant or Hotel. The hosts truly make the Chambre d'hote what it is, always there to help you have a memorable stay. My wife and I have been several times and each experience has been unique and got better and better each time. I love the fact I can relax when I stay and enjoy great company, food, wine and champagne. If you haven't been you must go to this beautiful little paradise in rural France.
5 on September 30, 2013
There should be an ‘Extra Special’ Category, because this is just that. Penny and Adrian provide exceptional accommodation and food, but they then enhance that with themselves, as they provide an exceptional level of hospitality and warmth. Vey highly recommended, if you want a high standard of accommodation, food and hospitality.
5 on August 25, 2013
We were flying into to Jonzac to meet friends. No accommodation available there and Penny's and Adrian's B&B was the result, found by chance. What a find. Absolutely outstanding quality in their home but very relaxed.Hardly fair to refer to this as a "B&B". So much more than that. Food was prepared specifically and to a quality using local produce. We joined a happy gathering in the garden .Nothing was too much trouble. All so much of what makes a good short break. Pons Airfield nearby so no excuse not to be back
5 on July 22, 2013
Maison Maurice was the second leg of our holiday in the South West of France. Penny and Adrian made us most welcome from the minute we arrived. The location is perfect whether one wants to spend a day at the beach or a quiet walk in the vineyards or indeed a “degustation” at the nearby Cognac Distillery. Penny and Adrian were the perfect hosts, pampered us and armed us with lots of information for things to do in the region. The house was delightful, the food exquisite and the company most charming. When we next visit the region Maison Maurice will be on top of our list, we only hope that they will put up with our demanding ways.
5 on July 22, 2013
This is my first review on bedandbreakfast.com - I felt compelled to write after having had such a good stay with Penny and Adrian. The rooms were immaculate, the food excellent and, despite the great reviews, our expectations were still exceeded. Our visit was extremely relaxing and nothing was too much trouble for Penny and Adrian. They told us that their aim was to create a house/dinner party kind of atmosphere where guests felt more like friends than paying visitors and I certainly think they have achieved that. From the welcome with a cold drink in the garden to pre dinner drinks, a delicious four course meal and coffee, lots of help with how to best spend our one day in the region, a lift back from the local cognac distillery, hand written directions for the best route for the next leg of our journey south and refreshed water bottles for the drive, they were great hosts and deserve every success.
4.8 on June 27, 2013
A sign inside the door welcoming us by Cristian name was the first indication that we had arrived at somewhere special and so our stay proved. Maison Maurice is the definitive luxury B & B in France. Penny and Adrian are superb hosts with extremely high standards. We arrive as welcome guests and leave as committed friends
5 on May 27, 2013
Excellent place to stay when travelling from ferries to Southern France or Spain. Just a short distance from the motorway from St Malo to Bordeaux, with easy to follow instructions from the motorway. Adrian and Penny are warm and welcoming hosts. The food we sampled was excellent, both tea, supper and breakfast were superb with local and home-made produce. The accommodation is warm and comfortable with 'special welcoming touches'. The decor is stylish, very well thought out and decorated to a very high standard. We felt as though we were treated as old friends who had dropped by to stay for a few days and despite the single night booking were given greatly appreciated advice on routes and things to do and see in the surrounding area. This high quality B&B is an excellent choice whether for a single night stopover or a longer stay while exploring this most interesting area of France. Thoroughly recommended
5 on May 19, 2013
Even a brief stay at Maison Maurice will reveal why it has been rated as one of the top ten B&Bs in the international category. The attention to detail in every aspect of the accommodation reflects the high standard that Penny and Adrian set themselves whilst still providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Just the garden itself is worth a visit and the dinners equally delightful! If you are anywhere in the area seek out this hidden gem - you will not be disappointed.
5 on November 12, 2012
Amateur travellers in France myself and my partner pre-booked 3 B&B's to break up the journey down to Languedoc. We had no recommendation to go on bar what we read in various internet sites. Maison Maurice was the second of those selected B&B's and it turned out to be a total winner. The house is a peaceful haven with superbly renovated bedrooms - each of which has a different theme. The rooms are of a good size with individual modern en suite bathrooms. They share some features like beautiful oak beams and are peaceful, cool places for resting up after a long day. The house is set in its own gardens which during sunny periods offer the guest the chance to sit out and have breakfast or take some sun whilst reading a book. The best part of Maison Maurice however is not the building or its interior (excellent and all as those are) - it is the hosts Penny and Adrian who make the thing complete. They are a bubbly energetic couple with many years experience in stressful careers left behind to take on this challenge of running a B&B in France. And boy do they do it well. Prepare to be spoilt - the food - breakfast and dinner - were superb and presented with excellent wines - Rose, white and red. We recommend you try the local Pineau - a pre dinner drink which Adrian introduced us to and we took away 6 bottles back to Ireland!! The walks around the house - through the vines and the fields of sunflowers are beautiful. Our initial visit was so pleasant I called into Penny/Adrian on my way back from Languedoc and enjoyed that stay as much as the first trip. We are already planning our return in 2013. If you are anywhere near Biron then do yourself a favour - divert to Maison Mauirce - you will not be disappointed.
5 on October 05, 2012
We really enjoyed our few days stay with Penny and Adrian from the warm welcome, lovely room and excellent breakfasts and dinners, they made us feel at ease in their beautiful home. Nothing was too much trouble and their knowledgeable advice of areas to visit made for an excellent stay. Thoroughly recommended and having left as friends hope to return in the future.
Countryside, Wine country
Bordeaux, France (BOD-Merignac) 50 miles
Follow signs for Paris (A10) and come off at Junction 36 (PONS). Follow signs as detailed above. (You can also fly to La Rochelle and Angouleme.)
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Romanesque churches, Pony Club/ Equestrian centre, Cognac and Pineau tastings, Thermes and spa/ swimming park, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo
Bed and Breakfast
Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Telephone , Tea and coffee making facilities in guests salon., FREE WI FI
Alarm clock, CD player, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi
Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports
Penny and Adrian Girardot
1 Cat , 1 Dog
Adrian is a fly fisherman but loves kite flying and wine tasting too. Penny's passion is her garden (roses, homegrown fruits and herbs) and loves to cook and pamper her friends and guests.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
Pavlova Maison Maurice
A light, crisp home baked meringue,served with whipped coffee cream and dark coffee syrup with toasted nuts. Utter bliss!