La Grivette

Feefo Rating 1 character farmhouse in peaceful countryside
Ref: 071 Duras (5 kms)
  • 4 bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms
  • private pool
  • Comfort Rating Good quality
  • Privacy & quality

We Say

Elegant farmhouse renovation in gloriously tranquil countryside - the perfect rural retreat.

Pricing & availability

La Grivette
4 bedrooms, sleeps 8

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Offers

Early Bird
  • 5% off ALL 2018 holidays booked by 31.12.17 and put down low deposit 10%.

Other Deals
  • SHORT BREAK prices available in May & October - contact us.

Notes on prices

  • Price includes: Bed linen & bathroom towels - changed every Saturday.
  • Compulsory extras:
  • Optional extras: The following services can sometimes be arranged in advance with the local housekeeper: maid services; cook; babysitting; vineyard tours.
  • Security deposit: 400 EUR (350 GBP)
  • Changeover day: Saturday. Some flexibility in off-season
  • Arrival and departure: Arrival from 17:00, departure by 10:00 please.
  • Fortnight booking restriction: No

What makes la Grivette a great holiday rental

Nestled among plum orchards, overlooking the hills of the Sainte Colombe Valley, La Grivette offers beauty, privacy and tranquility and a perfect venue to enjoy a stylish and relaxing holiday in the countryside of south west France. This once abandoned 300 year old farmhouse took 8 years to restore by its American owners and a team of artisans - this has been a thoughtful and meticulous renovation. As well as offering luxurious and generous accommodation, the property boasts a private swimming pool and outstanding countryside views. If you like still, starry nights, this is the place to be!

La Grivette guests August 2017: "We had a wonderful time, thank you for allowing us to stay there. The weather was fabulous, the local produce is fantastic, and La Grivette is just perfect. With those amazing sunset views... how could we not have had a wonderful time! It was a real pleasure meeting Omar, we enjoyed his company too. We plundered the plum orchard, taking with us some home made jam and other treats. Hope you don't mind. We'd love to return, perhaps next year."

Best for:
Francophile families and couples who want to unwind in classic French countryside and explore local markets, chateaux and historic villages.

Suitability for:

  • Toddlers - safe grounds away from traffic. Toys and equipment provided
  • Teenagers - very quiet but some activities locally, e.g. canoeing, horse-riding
  • Reduced mobility - ground floor bedroom & bathroom

Anything to watch out for?
A car is essential in this part of France

Why Bordeaux?
The landscape is gently undulating, punctuated by the occasional picturesque 'bastide' and barely changed from centuries ago. And the land is still relatively free of tourists too. This region is what French lovingly refer to as "la France profonde". With its hearty food, tannic red wines, armagnac and rural tranquillity, it's little wonder that Gascons enjoy the highest life expectancy in all of France!

Accommodation

Highly original farmhouse with pool, orchard and wonderful views

The property is incredibly spacious with over 400m2 of living space. Full use has been made of the farmhouse's original features. These have not been compromised by the addition of modern conveniences for comfortable and relaxing holidays.

Inside:

The ground floor comprises salon with a striking double-height ceiling, exposed timber beams and imposing stone fireplaces. The lounge is 60m2 in size and its antiquity is complemented by the Turkish rugs and antique armoire. Facilities include satellite TV, vcr and cd stereo system.

A separate dining room has a magnificent heavy oak table seating up to 8 persons. Once the former barn, the original cow mangers are still present - completely restored, of course!

The kitchen is a playground for cooks - there is ample space and all manner of pots, pans and utensils. The wood-carved units, granite work surfaces and stainless steel appliances add to the feeling of luxury. Appliances include microwave, fridge-freezer, separate drinks fridge, 5-burner gas hob & oven, toaster, coffee maker, dishwasher, and washing machine/dryer.

Also on the ground floor is a shower room, basin and wc. The American/Argentinean owners of la Grivette have a saying: "Love France, not the salle de bains". When it comes to bathrooms, the inspiration has come from outside of France, hence the clean and white suites with solid brass English fittings, huge shower heads and big bathtubs.

There is potential for five bedrooms including the two mezzanines:

  • Bedroom 1: ground floor double bedroom with double-height ceiling. Antique armoires and Turkish kilims (rugs). Stone sink & outdoor shower on its private pergola.
  • Bedroom 2: Queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom (large bathtub with overhead shower plus basin & wc), beamed ceiling and wood floors. Antique armoire and dresser. Rooftop view over the front garden and orchards.
  • Bedroom 3: twin beds, wood floor, beamed ceiling and stone walls. Beds can be attached to make a double. Antique armoire and dresser. Views across fields to the village church. Private shower room (shower, basin & wc).
  • Loft Bedroom: by closing the heavy velvet curtains suspended from the beams, this room, once the hay-loft of the farm, is a bedroom for up to 3 persons. It has a single bed and a double bed. There is also an armoire and there's a ceiling fan for hot summer nights. The room gives views over the front garden.
  • Mezzanine. This is a quaint twin bedded room at the top of the antique staircase and overlooking the salon. Curtains are suspended from the beams to provide privacy for twin beds with a large Turkish kilim (rug) on the wood floors. It is adjacent to the twin bedroom/bathroom suite, so is ideal for parents with small children.

Outside:

The grounds full of plum orchards, overlooking the Sainte Colombe valley. The fine views and peacefulness are a lasting memory of holidays at la Grivette. Guests are welcome to pick figs, pears and plums from the trees. There is a BBQ for outdoor cooking and an outdoor dining table for 10.

The 8 x 4m swimming pool is fenced off and has self-closing gate with padlock. The maximum depth is 1.6m with Roman steps at the shallow end. The pool uses a salt filtration system.

There are bicycles available for guests' use. Local caretakers will occasionally drop by to tend to the lawn and pool, etc.

Underfloor heating makes winter lets possible whilst ensuring the house is cool throughout the summer. In fact, with log fires burning at either end of the salon, this is a perfect Christmas or winter let.

Bedrooms

2x doubles; 1x twin (can be converted to double bed); 2x mezzanines - one with twin beds & one with double & single bed

Bathrooms

Family shower room downstairs plus two en-suites (one with bath tub). 3x WCs in total, two of which are en-suite. There is also an outdoor shower

Pool

8 x 4.5m max depth 1.6m. Surrounded by fence with locking gate. Roman steps access. Saltwater filtration

Equipment

Kitchen

  • dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • oven
  • microwave
  • fridge freezer
  • kettle
  • coffee maker
  • toaster
  • iron & ironing board

Entertainment

  • dvd player
  • ipod dock
  • tv with french channels
  • tv with uk channels
  • wi-fi

Outside

  • bikes
  • bbq or plancha
  • parking space

General

  • cot
  • high chair

Additional House Info

Pool table. Huge DVD library. For infants: cot & high chair, changing mat, bed rail, stairgate, toys.

House Rules

No smoking, pets considered

Location

La Grivette lies in the rural and highly tranquil borders of the Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne départements. This region - known as the Pays de Duras - is pretty much unchanged from a 100 years ago. The property has a rural position, but is only a short walk to the tiny village of Sainte Colombe - little more than a few houses and the old Roman church. Monsegur and Duras are the closest towns, where you will find a selection of shops, restaurants, supermarkets and open air markets. Bergerac is the closest airport whilst Bordeaux and Toulouse are good alternatives.

Local Amenities

Nearest village / town: Duras (5 kms)
Nearest beach: Arcachon or Biscarrosse - 2 hours
Boulangerie: 5 kms (Ste Ferme or Duras or Monsegur). The best bakery around is the Taillecavat baker under the arches at Monsegur
Restaurant: Duras
Market: Duras

Distance to nearest major transport connections

  • Bergerac airport 59 kms
  • Bordeaux airport 157 kms
  • Toulouse airport 136 kms
  • St Malo ferry 683 kms

Things to do and see

Our Highlights

  • Strolling the medieval streets of St. Emilion (arrive early)
  • The Sauternes vineyards near Langon
  • Sight-seeing in the Lot valley
  • Exploring the area's food & antique markets

Nearby Activities

  • Golf
  • Horse-riding
  • Fishing
  • Wine-tasting

Day Trip Ideas

  • St. Emilion is a must
  • Cycle the disused railway between Sauveterre-de-Guyenne to Bordeaux
  • Tour the chateaux and vineyards
  • A day in deep Dordogne for the scenery & caves
  • City culture in Bordeaux
  • A day at the sea-side in Cap Ferret or Arcachon

The Local Area

This area of France is very rural and seems untouched by time. The country life is a simple and healthy one, aided by the fresh produce purchased from the daily markets, and the excellent local reds. This is ideal territory for exploring ancient towns, vineyards and châteaux without the tourists and traffic of the ever-popular Dordogne. 

Nearby villages:
Recommended towns to visit are Bergerac, Ste-Foye-la-Grande, Eymet, Miramont, Duras & Monsegur. Duras is a pretty town perched high on an escarpment above the valley of the River Dropt. Here there are local shops, bars and restaurants plus a lively market every Monday. In the summer, the château holds music concerts. St Ferme (5 kms) has a butcher, baker and renowned abbey. At the same distance, Duras has many shops, restaurants, tea room plus a famous jazz festival every summer. Les 24 heures de Swing is 24 hours of non-stop jazz by perfomers from across the world. It happens in early July and is quite a show!

Markets & shops:
For the best of local produce, shop at traditional open-air markets. These revolve between different villages on different mornings and typically last from 8am to midday.

  • Monday - Duras
  • Wednesday - Pellegrue, Allemans and Bergerac
  • Thursday - Eymet
  • Friday - Monsegur
  • Saturday - Ste. Foy la Grande and La Reole

The nearby towns of Duras and Monsegur (5 min drive) offer a selection of supermarkets, butchers, bakers, pharmacies, cafes, beauty salons and restaurants. Shops are generally open until midday and then again from 2pm to 6.30pm. Most shops and businesses are closed on Sundays although supermarkets are open until midday.

Wine-tasting:
Naturally there are plenty of wine-tasting opportunities and if you are interested in undertaking a private visit to some of Bordeaux’s finest châteaux, this can be arranged for you by a local contact of ours. Whether it’s St. Emilion, Sauternes, Médoc or Margaux, this could be your chance to sample a selection of grand cru wines. Festivals for wine, food and music occur in the region throughout the year.

Activities:
There are golf courses in the area including Chateau des Vigiers, recognised as one of the country’s top courses. For cyclists there are numerous tracks which enable you to safely see the countryside. One of the best is a disused railway line running between Sauveterre-de-Guyenne and Bordeaux. At a distance of 64kms each way, this is not for the beginner although the route is mostly flat. There is a half-way house for a good lunch and a glass of wine to help you along your way.

Other nearby activities include horse-riding, tennis (both Monsegur) and fishing. For the really adventurous, there is an airstrip near Marmande for private flying. To unwind, try the spa treatments and facials at Institut Chris Beaute in Monsegur.

Within a few minutes drive from the house is Lac de St. Sernin which offers safe bathing for children plus boating, wind-surfing, horse-riding, fishing and walks in the wood.

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Customer Reviews By Feefo

Review posted on 19 Aug 2016

Service: Feefo Service Rating Product: Feefo Product Rating

Service: very helpful

Product: wonderful but pool small

On 19-Aug-2016 we responded:

Service Comment: thank you for responding to the questionnaire. This is a lovely area of SW France with it's historic towns and markets - idyllic for Francophiles. It's also a beautiful rental home isn't it. 8x4 M is the standard pool size but yes, bigger would be better! Justin


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