About the property
- Farmhouse3500 sqft
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
Isolated farmhouse with 4 Bedrooms, 1 Loft, 3 Baths, Private pool, (Sleeps 11)
La Grivette is a stunning 300-year-old stone house, situated just outside the tiny village of Sainte Colombe, yet a few kilometres from the ancient fortress towns of Duras and Monségur. The property is fully restored, secluded and private, with lovely views over plum orchards, vineyards, and farms.
It's the perfect base to enjoy the best of the French Aquitaine. Tour the world famous wines and chateaux of St. Emilion, Sauternes and Monbazillac. Plan day trips to the Atlantic coast beaches, the Dordogne, or Pyrenees. Nearby villages have daily open-air markets. International airports of Bordeaux and Bergerac are less than an hour's drive.
The property's meticulous restoration was completed in 2004. The home features 400 square meters of living space with 9 meter high beamed ceilings and breathtaking stone work.
- Gourmet kitchen with granite and stainless steel
- Large dining room with solid oak farmhouse table
- Salon with 2 stone fireplaces and chandelier
- Great room with office space, private loft and wine cellar
- 3 spacious bedrooms and 2 private loft bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms with solid brass fittings, large showers and a bath
- New 8 meter in-ground pool with salt filtration system and security fencing
- 2 pergolas with outdoor seating and lovely views
- Old fashioned front porch overlooking courtyard
- Outdoor, vine-covered shower
- Plum orchards and other fruit trees
Additional Guest Services:
Rentals include weekly housekeeping. We can also provide daily housekeeping and maid services. Our caretaker - who lives away from the property - can arrange private wine tours, private catered meals, cooking classes, and other services.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, French, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About Kathleen Janick
I'm an American who studied abroad in France 25 years ago, commencing a lifelong love affair with the French countryside. I travel for business and pleasure, and spend most of my time between the US and Europe.
Kathleen Janick purchased this Farmhouse in 1997
Why Kathleen Janick chose Sainte-Colombe-de-Duras
I fell in love with La Grivette - at the time only an abandoned farm house - during a long weekend visiting friends who lived in the area. It was a real 'coup de coeur' from the minute I saw the front courtyard, overgrown with abandoned roses, until we opened the back window that perfectly frames the Roman church off in the village. That was it - I had to own it. Little did I imagine the 8 years it would take to renovate... but that makes for interesting stories and we had great vacations with family, friends and anyone else I could convince to come camp and work on the property.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
La Grivette is unique because of its charm and its isolated location. So many of the old farms were built right along the road, or have neighboring houses right next to them. If you are looking for tranquility, beautiful views, gorgeous sunsets over a Roman church, lovely walks, and the best night sleep you've ever had, then La Grivette is ideal place for you.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
An extraordinary week in Bordeaux
Our family gathering at La Grivette was probably the highlight of my year. The chateau gave every reason not to venture out, from the beautiful restoration of this old farmhouse, to the modern kitchen, huge fireplaced dining rooms and living areas and specious bedrooms in every nook and cranny, to the lovely exterior patio and gardens surrounded by verdant meadows - a feast to the senses. Coffee and a croissant at first light were very much looked forward to. And yet we did manage to venture out, to explore nearby villages and peruse their farmers' markets, trucking home our goodies for great dinners by the fire. I have to say that it was a divine week and I would love to do it all over again.
La Grivette is such a special place - we are so happy that you and your family loved it so much and had a wonderful family reunion there. Thank you for your kind words and we so look forward to having you back again!
The property is well maintained with excellent views across to the church where you can hear the bells ringing every hour. We were a family of 11 and the farm house was perfect for all the ages from 2 to 60. The added table tennis and pool table kept the children and adults entertained.
The owners could not have been more helpful from the initial booking to arrival. The owner Omar informed us of attractions including the local vineyard and its charismatic owner, Titous. He was more than happy to show us round his factory. A special thanks to the gardener, Chris who met us when we arrived early and directed us to the local shops.
The Duras night market was excellent as was the local tree top adventure park which is very close by.
A relaxing holiday and I would recommend the farm house to others.
Stunning House in Romantic Country Setting with Modern Amenities
I first stayed at La Grivette a few years ago, with my then boyfriend. We just wanted to get away somewhere and didn't know what to expect. We pulled in the driveway, found the key and opened the door and all I could say was "wow". I cannot describe to you what a stunning house this is. We went into every single room and tried to decide which room we wanted to stay in. Each had a unique style and each was romantic in its own way. I wanted to sleep in a different room every night and only decided not to for the sake of the housekeeper.
The house is open with very high ceilings and some really large rooms. You can tell it's an old house with original stone work. But it has been meticulously restored and modernized without sacrificing its rustic charm. I especially love the barn door which allows natural light to flood into the office/entertainment area.
We drove around a lot the first time we went there. There are charming villages within an hour's drive. The closest one is just a short distance away. There aren't too many more romantic things than driving around in the wine country where life seems to have stood still for centuries. Some towns look like they have stayed exactly the same for hundreds of years.
It was one of the best experiences of my life. The best part was my now-husband proposed right there in the house!
We have been back a few times since then. We always choose to go during off-peak season for the peace and quiet. But maybe next time we will gather some friends and go there during the summer. The pool area looks very relaxing and great for entertainment.
Thank you for your lovely review! And how wonderful that La Grivette holds such romantic memories for you and your husband. Thank you for staying - we look forward to having you again!
The perfect spot to relax or as a hub for exploration
This beautifully restored old stone farm house was exactly the romantic image I had in mind for our Bordeaux adventure. Regal and comfortable all in one. After a day of exploring the surrounding towns, markets, and castles, it was fantastic to head back to our own little chateaux. Evenings on the patio with a glass of red, were the perfect place to unwind and watch the sunset. Dinners in front on an old world roaring fireplace felt almost surreal. Lovely!
Our favourite place in France
We have returned to La Grivette several times over the few years and can't recommend it highly enough. The building itself is beautifully renovated and the tranquility of the location is second to none. A truly wonderful place to stay.
La Grivette, was a fantastic French experience and an ideal place for a family holiday. The owners couldn't have done more to make our stay comfortable and accommodated our every need. We travelled as an extended family - grandparents through infant children, and the host family even supplied books and toys for the little ones!
The property is a beautifully restored farm house, with lots of space - there were 7 of us. There was no shortage of fresh linen or towels, the kitchen was well stocked and all the beds were comfortable! La Grivette is surrounded by fruit orchards and sits in a very tranquil location minutes from three small villages. The stone terraces that surround the house are filled with lavender and provide a perfect place for al fresco dining. The farm proved to be an ideal resting place between excursions to St. Emilion, Bordeaux, and many other French attractions.
Daily markets were within an easy drive or bike ride, and the night markets provided a fun (economical!) and interesting way to dine in the evening and explore a number of smaller villages within 10 - 20 minutes of La Grivette. There are a number of lovely restaurants in the area as well. We love to play tennis and took advantage of the local club almost every day. The towns people were friendly and helpful and the lattes, cheese, chocolates, baguettes and of course the wine from the local shops provided daily taste sensations.
La Grivette will make you fall in love with rural France and if we could, we go back in a heartbeat! It was an ideal spot to truly experience the "French way"!
Private Wine Tours, Festivals, Open-air Markets, Historic sights, Helicopter Rides