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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!
Francophile families and couples who want to unwind in classic French countryside and explore local markets, chateaux and historic villages.
Anything to watch out for?
A car is essential in this part of France
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!
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.
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:
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.
2x doubles; 1x twin (can be converted to double bed); 2x mezzanines - one with twin beds & one with double & single bed
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
8 x 4.5m max depth 1.6m. Surrounded by fence with locking gate. Roman steps access. Saltwater filtration
Pool table. Huge DVD library. For infants: cot & high chair, changing mat, bed rail, stairgate, toys.
No smoking, pets considered
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.View More Bordeaux Rentals
Service: very helpful
Product: wonderful but pool small
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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