4/5 Bedroom Farmhouse near Duras, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine / Dordogone, France - Peaceful Countryside Location, 3 Miles To Duras (47) & Monsegur (33) Both X111 Century Bastide Town
Situated in the small hamlet of Sainte-Colombe-de-Duras (around 108 inhabitants) in the Lot-et-Garonne, a short drive to the historic bastide towns of Duras, Monségur & Eymet, La Grivet has wonderful views over the surrounding valley & countryside towards the local Roman church.
For a great day out visit Bordeaux, Bergerac and St. Emilion and of course the numerous vineyards that feature in this part of France.
La Grivet is an ideal venue for a relaxing holiday for friends and families and the area has something for all ages to enjoy. The area is steeped in history and located in a particularly beautiful part of SW France.
Once an abandoned farm, La Grivet is now a lovely 300-year old stone house that took 8 years to restore by a team of international architects, designers & local artisans. The result is a beautiful home which has preserved the original stonework & beam construction and it has lots of lovely architectural features.
La Grivet is located in a sleepy hamlet, nestled in gorgeous countryside, but only a few minutes drive from the historic market town of Duras. The property very comfortably provides adaptable accommodation for 8 guests, plus 2 babies in cots, in 5 bedrooms.
The Moroccan style mezzanine Reading Room over the salon has twin beds and these can be used as a fifth bedroom if required. It has privacy curtains.
On the first floor there is a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and shower over the bath and a twin room with an en-suite shower room and walk-in shower. These rooms are accessed from either the Moroccan style mezzanine Reading Room over the salon or from the second staircase in the Great Hall Games Room.
On the ground floor there is a lovely large double bedroom located next to the salon and down a couple of steps. This room has double French windows overlooking the garden and French doors leading onto a private terrace with outside cold shower and beautiful views over the grounds and countryside. There is a separate ground floor shower room for this bedroom.
The Barn Loft bedroom with privacy curtains, was originally a hay loft, and is accessed via its own private antique wrought iron and wooden staircase in the Great Hall.
The house has all the modern comforts you would expect, including under floor heating, original fireplaces & wood burning stove, modern bathrooms & a large well-equipped kitchen/breakfast room. There is free WiFi, a 42” Flatscreen Satellite TV with English & French channels, DVD/CD Player, selection of international films & music, Playstation & a pool/billiards table.
The local Roman church with its murals is an easy stroll.
Vineyards are within easy reach.
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About the Owner
Deborah & John at Living French Holidays have been involved in self-catering holiday accommodation in Aquitaine, South West France since 1990 and act as agent to the owner of this property. The property has been personally appraised by us and this is carried out on a continuing basis.
Deborah has a keen eye for detail and prefers to deal with all clients herself to ensure their particular holiday needs are understood and addressed. John speaks Spanish and is always delighted to help our Spanish-speaking clients.
Our philosophy is to ensure that our clients are impartially advised on the most suitable property for their needs. Our aim is to provide good quality, value for money holiday rental accommodation.
We only operate in the Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne of South West of France because they are areas we know and love so well.
We hope we can help you arrange your holiday accommodation in South West France and, if we can't help, then we probably know someone who can! Please call or email us.
We look forward to speaking to you,
Deborah & John.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Grivette is so unique and so stunning that it is hard to know where to start in reviewing it. From the moment you drive through the wrought-iron gates into the property, you are surrounded by views that are bite-the-back-of-the-hand beautiful - especially the vista of the ancient church glimpsed through the plum orchards. The charming grounds of the house been designed to create a number of different spaces: a dappled verandah with table and chairs for morning coffee, a sun-drenched terrace laced with terracotta urns, vines and lavender; rolling lawns with fig and plum trees, wishing wells and ancient carts. And that's not even counting the swimming pool or the barbecue area.
Once inside, you can see that the owners have spared nothing in creating a truly memorable holiday home. The living areas in the spacious interior are double height and adorned with ancient French art and artefacts, but furnished luxuriously and generously with artistic flair. There are endless games, books and videos to watch on the large flat screen TV in case you need to stay inside, or if you feel more energetic the games room is fabulous, replete with table tennis and pool tables. The kitchen is a decent size and well-furnished with a range cooker, although we preferred to barbecue most of our dinners! The sleeping facilities are unusual, with three normal bedrooms, two of which have lovely bathrooms, and two bedrooms which are on minstrel galleries, but which can be made completely private by drawing heavy curtains across. There is also another ground-floor shower-room with a gloriously-drenching shower.
Grivette is the perfect escape: you feel delightfully hidden from the hustle and bustle of everyday life - you are, after all, here some miles away from even the nearest shop. Its remoteness makes for perfect star-gazing, as we found one night, with glasses of local wine to sip and beautiful music drifting from the terrace speakers. Grivette is truly a magical backdrop for a memorable holiday.
1 holidaymaker review
We have just returned from a week stay at La Grivete and what a wonderfull week it was! The pictures do not do this beautiful house justice. You couldn't help but say "wow" as you walked into every room. The owners have taken great care in making sure that the decor is in keepin with the character of the house. The outside pool area is fantastic. With a table and BBQ, you can spend all day/evening by the pool as it catches the sun until it sets. The kitchen is very well equiped and you will have absolutely everything you need to self cater - there is a local shop only a 10 minute drive away which catered for our every need. The pool table, dvd's, books and CD's were a lovely touch and made us feel at home. We spent a few days walking around the markets in the local town Duras (10 minute drive) which has a local castle and wineary. The cherry on top of the holiday was the beautiful cat who lives outside the property. She is very friendly and we looked forward to cuddles every morning, it was sad to leave her behind! I would not hesitate to come back here again. Omar, Kathleen and Deborah have been fantastic and answered all of our questions. We will see you next year!
Activity and Interests
With 270km of Atlantic coastline, the region's western edge is one long expanse of sandy beach. Known as the Cote d'Argent (silver coast) it is a source of joy to swimmers, surfers & body boarders. Its high, rolling breakers make it one of the best surfing spots in Europe. Dune de Pyla, 3km long & 100m high, is the largest natural dune in Europe attracting thousands of hang gliders & sand boarders. The beaches are 1.5 to 2 hours drive.
Not far are fresh water lakes with beaches & facilities.
Use of a car is essential for shopping, restaurants, exploring the area and for getting to and from the farmhouse.
Bordeaux Airport about 1 hour 20 minutes; Bergerac Airport around 45 minutes; Toulouse Airport about 2 hours drive.
Nearest train stations are Marmande and La Reole (15 mins). There are other train stations at Bordeaux & Bergerac.
Nearest channel ports are Caen, Dieppe, Le Havre, Calais & St. Malo.
Distance to Spain: About 3 hours driving.
About 15 minute walk to St. Ferme which has a baker, a hairdresser & Benedictine Abbey. Monsegur is 5.1 kms (24-hr Jazz Swing weekend beg. July), Duras 20 mins & Eymet about 35 mins drive. City of Bordeaux about 1 hour (93 kms.), Bergerac 40 mins. St. Emilion with the largest underground monolithic church in Europe built between the 8th & 12th centuries, 1 hour drive. Day trip to excavation sites & prehistoric caves.
Lots of historic villages/bastide towns/canals nearby and further afield.
Most towns have tourist offices, weekly markets, night markets in July/August, fetes, banks, post office, pharmacies, selection of shops, supermarkets bars/cafes/restaurants.
Monsegur: A historic bastide town. Cinema with English films. Les Colonnes Restaurant hosts live jazz sessions every other Tuesday evening. Duras: Maison du Vin, wine shop, superb chocolate & prune factory/shop; paper museum & occasional antique fairs. Concerts, wine fairs & firework displays are sometimes held at Chateau de Duras.
Near to Duras is Monteton, the village church holds English services - see http://www.churchinaquitaine.org/index.php/monteton
Horse riding, fishing, hot air balloon rides over the Duras countryside, clay pigeon shooting, tennis & canoing are all within easy reach. Bikes can be hired locally with delivery direct to the house. Tourist Offices have lots of brochures including suggestions for walks & bike rides. We offer a local area info. guide when you book.
The Atlantic coastline offers facilities for surfing & windsurfing. The city of Bordeaux is a magnificent example of 18th century grandeur with ancient quarters, wide avenues & numerous historical monuments, including the elegant Grand Theater (Opera House). It has a vibrant nightlife, a botanical garden, well known churches, museums & art galleries, good shopping & antique shops.
The region is blessed with three UNESCO World Heritage sites, within 20 minutes of Bordeaux - Port de la Lune in Bordeaux, St. Emilion & Blaye Citadel.
Bergerac Airport has a parachute club; Eymet an English Cricket Club which welcomes visitors.
Normally a temperate climate, with warm weather normally beginning as early as April/May & lasting well into September & October for the grape harvest. During the hot summer days there is usually a refreshing breeze.
The region is famous for wines (Bordeaux, Duras, Entre-deux-Mer), Agen prunes, Marmande tomatoes, 'foie gras', 'confit de canard' & 'magret de canard'.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
29 Oct 2016 - 26 May 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Aug 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£400|
25% deposit due when a booking is confirmed. Balance payment to be paid 8 weeks prior to holiday. £400 refundable security deposit bond is due with the balance & returned within 14 days of departure subject to a satisfactory inspection.
House heating is charged at an additional cost based on usage during the cooler months.
Mischou a very sweet elderly cat lives outside & is not allowed in the house. You do not have to feed her. Please call to discuss if you do not want her there.
Saturday changeover day with guests staying for a minimum of 1 week. Outside of the summer season we may be able to offer a different changeover day & stays other than whole week(s), say 10 days. Please enquire.
Check-in time is 4 pm. Check-out 10 am.
Notes on prices:
We offer a fixed rental price in either Pound Sterling or Euros.
£ Sterling payments can be made by bank transfer, cheque, debit or credit card without any fee.
€ Euro payments can be made to a French bank account by bank transfer.
Clients living in America can pay by USD bank transfer.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Game Room ...
- Music Library
- Pool Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Games ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Private Chef
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- autumn foliage
- winery tours
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Ground Floor Shower Room with shower, basin & w.c. Bedroom 1 also has a wash basin & outside there is a cold shower on this bedroom's private terrace. En-suite to Bedroom 2 - large shower, basin & w.c. En-suite to Bedroom 3 - bath/shower over, basin & w.c.
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, Antique traditional wooden crib for small baby up to 1 year
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, Grd.Floor bedroom, 2 steps down. Cot is a travel cot/playpen
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, The Barn Loft Bedroom is a mezzanine room, private staircase
- Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, Reading Room/Bed. 5 is a mezzanine room with privacy curtain
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4/5 poBedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, large double bed 220cm x 195cm Bedroom 2, twin room with two 90cm x 190cm beds Bedroom 3, double bed 160cm x 200cm Bedroom 4, double bed 140cm x 190cm and a single bed 90cm x 190cm. This is a mezzanine bedroom in the games wing of the house. It has its own private staircase and heavy privacy curtains. Bedroom 5, Mezzanine Reading Room with two 95cm x 185cm single beds and heavy privacy curtains. This room looks down on to the sitting room.
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: This is a strictly no-smoking house, please respect this. Stairgates are available. There are 2 high chairs. 2 bed rails are available. Bedroom 2, the twin room, has a room fan and mosquito nets for both beds. Bedroom 3 has a room fan. The Mezzanine Barn Loft, Bedroom 4, has a ceiling fan and the beds have mosquito nets. The owner has provided bicycles at the house. However, we cannot guarantee the maintenance or safety of them, therefore we do not recommend their use. Any use is entirely at your own risk. Cycle hire with helmets & baby seats is available, delivered to the door via www.themountainbikehirecompany.co.uk Outside: La Grivet is surrounded by gardens and fields with stunning views over rolling countryside towards the Roman church. There is an orchard with seasonal fig, pear & plum trees for guests to enjoy. Lawns are on 3-sides of the house. Washing line provided. Enjoy stunning views lazing on the cushioned sun loungers & patio furniture. Washing line. Tall wrought iron gates at the front of the drive. Parking for 4 cars at the front of the property. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron & ironing board. Cleaning / Maid service: The property is cleaned for you on arrival & departure. The Housekeeper can arrange private cleaning & catering & will stock up with food on your arrival, all paid for locally.