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Character beamed barn with garden set amongst vineyards near Duras



Updated: 11-May-2016
Comfortable, two bedroomed converted barn with terrace and garden

Surrounded by vineyards and in the tiny hilltop hamlet of Castelgaillard, just outside the village of St Sernin-de-Duras, this is a perfect holiday base. For the active there are walking and cycling trails galore, tennis in the village, bastide towns to be explored, family owned vineyards and foodie markets to be visited. Or if strolling to the village through the vineyards to buy bread in the morning is as active as you want to be, then you can just chill out in the garden or enjoy meals around the table in the shaded courtyard area.

We have a couple of bicycles for guest's use, outdoor table tennis and a barbecue. There is a lawn with sun beds and the whole property is set in lovely gardens with mature trees, through which the lake of Castelgaillard can be seen.

Inside there is free wi-fi, British television - as well as a well-equipped kitchen, attactive airy living areas, a shower room with toilet and upstairs are two comfortable bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with a double and a single bed) and throughout there are lots of beams! There are child gates on the stairs.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Guestbook comments from the manager

An enormous thank you for one of the most wonderful holidays. Your gite surpassed all expectations-we were really comfortable. Grant and Rozanne, Tanzania.

What a wonderful time we had and our only regret is that we have to leave. Castelgaillard has become like a second home and the gite had absolutely everything we needed. Ann, Victoria British Columbia.
Aug 2012
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A LOT of gite for the money!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this superb cottage despite uncharacteristically poor weather. We were warmly welcomed and given a useful little tour. The house proved to be superbly equipped and really did have everything we needed – and then some! It’s adjacent to the owners’ property, and while this means any questions/ problems you may have can be speedily resolved, you retain a high degree of privacy in the beautiful and secluded garden that was absolutely full of flowers. Castelgaillard is, as advertised, a tiny and very peaceful hilltop hamlet, and the only sounds you hear most of the time are birdsong and the hum of the bees.

Inside, the gite appears to be a stylish conversion of an outbuilding and yet has maintained many period features especially the beautiful old roof timbers. British Sky television and Wi-Fi mean that you don’t need to be completely cut off, but if you do want to get back to the style of autrefois there are always the 'off' switches!

Two well-used but completely safe and serviceable bikes are on offer, and we found these ideal for touring the gently rolling, vine covered countryside that surrounds the property. Further afield there are some great tourist sites within easy driving range, but the chateau at nearby Duras is really worth a visit.

There’s also an excellent little supermarket as well as a range of useful shops in Duras, a former bastide town which still retains some of its history. Bigger shops and supermarkets are also available inside 30 minutes’ drive.

We’d heartily recommend this gite and intend to go back ourselves at the earliest opportunity.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 35 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Duras at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 450 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Chateau de Vigiers at 12 Kilometres Nearest Train : St Foy La Grande at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Duras at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Arcachon at 65 Kilometres Car: necessary


Bergerac airport is 35 minutes away [Ryanair and Flybe]. Bordeaux airport is 70 minutes drive. Car hire is recommended but not essential. Eurostar/TGV from London [St.Pancras Intl] to Bordeaux. We will collect guests from any of the local airports or train stations for a nominal charge.


St. Sernin de Duras=1 kilometre, Duras=6 kilometres, Eymet=20 kilometres, Ste Foy la Grande=17 kilometres, Bergerac=35 kilometres, St Emilion=35 kilometres and Bordeaux=75 kilometres.

The Atlantic Coast and beach resorts are about a 2 hour drive.

Further Details:

This is wine country, with numerous excellent vineyards in the area. From the smallest to the grandest, all are marked on wine route maps and can be visited. St. Emilion, half an hour away by car, is a beautifully preserved UNESCO medieval city, with a large variety of wine-related activities. The wine is not bad either! The dessert wines of Monbazilliac are also world renowned.. Duras, a short drive from here, is a small fortified town above the river Dropt. The Chateau de Duras, and open to visitors, offers panoramic views of the countryside below. There is a weekly market on Mondays, and the town has banks, a post office, restaurants, cafes, a butcher, supermarket, pharmacy etc. There are excellent markets nearby and on different days of the week, in Monsegur, Eymet, Issigeac and Ste Foy la Grande, our favourite. During the summer months, many of the local towns and villages have evening markets, where prepared food is eaten communally. For history lovers there are a great many Bastides to visit, dating from the 100 years War. The prehistoric cave paintings at Les Eyzies are magnificent.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late autumn
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Changeover Day:
Generally we prefer Saturday for changeover, but we are flexible. On a changeover day, arrival is 4.00pm and departure is 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
We are happy to offer discounts to longer stay guests.

20% non refundable deposit on booking. Balance 8 weeks prior to arrival.

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From the Owner

From our gite, you're ideally based to explore not only the wine country of Duras, Bergerac and Monbazillac and the medieval UNESCO wine town of St Emilion, but also the bastide towns of Duras (just 10 minutes away), Eymet and Monsegur. The Route du Chateaux et Bastides en Guyenne passes the bottom of our lane and the pilgrims route to Santiago de Compostela crosses the hillsides nearby. The magnificent Dordogne valley is just to the north and foodie specialities abound in the area. In the summer there are numerous night markets, music festivals and vineyards locally all offer tastings and the chance to buy. Our gite provides an excellent level of accommodation, is comfortable and well equipped and we look forward to welcoming you.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural


  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • WC with shower and basin. Constant hot water. Tiled floor and walls.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 -1 double, 1 triple + sofa bed if needed Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: double bed. Bedroom 2 : double and single bed. Cot complete with linen and blankets. Sitting room: large convertible double sofa bed. Good quality bed linen, English duck-down pillows and duvets.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Private walled courtyard area with table and chairs, just outside kitchen. Barbecue, lawn with outdoor chairs, umbrella and loungers. Access to other garden areas. Outdoor table tennis with paddles and balls and rear terrace. Utility Room: Tennis rackets, hoover, high-chair, cleaning materials. There is also access to our barn / workshop, where we keep the bicycles. There is also a baby bath. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens are provided which are changed once a week. Other: The dining area has a good size dining table and a sideboard. There is a child gate at the top and bottom of the stairs.

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