House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
- english, french
About Muffy Srinivasan
Francophiles living in US!
Muffy Srinivasan purchased this House in 2005
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
best suited for school age children
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
I went with a small group - only 4 of us, which meant we could really sprawl out in this glorious old home. Though is has been refurbished, it still has the old charm - with the stone fireplace, old wooden floors and beamed ceilings. The kitchen, while modern, still has an old look to it. What I love is that it is in the country, BUT, right on a road that takes you to many wonderful locations. We were within an hour drive either direction of MANY fabulous castles, villages, and roadside restaurants. The town of Castilonnes is only a few minutes by car, or about 20 minutes on foot.
If your travel decision depends on a great internet connection, or television, this is not the place for you (there is internet, but it's spotty). But if you really want an enjoyable adventure, you couldnt do better.
Would I go there again? In a heartbeat. Might try to take my husband next time.
We found the best method of travel to get us there was to fly into Paris, and then transfer to a local flight to Bordeaux. There, we rented a car and drove the rest of the distance. Our rental car had GPS which was helpful and it took under 2 hours from Bordeaux. Many English speaking people in the area, at least enough English to help. They were ALL very kind and friendly to us. The woman who cares for the property, Hilary and her husband Mike, made our stay very enjoyable. Mike is American - from the south - and Hilary is British, so at least her English was far better, and more authentic than ours. (Sorry Mike, but we truly enjoyed your southern accent!)
Great time, even better adventure. Thanks for making this home available for rent.
This was a great place to relax and a great base to explore the area. So many things to see in all directions.
Delightful French country retreat
We had a wonderful stay at Le Grindoux in June! Hillary is a kind and considerate host -- she met us on arrival, showed us around the house, and was available by phone or text to answer any questions. The house has been beautifully restored and updated -- the new (fresh interior walls, new windows, contemporary soaking tub) complementing the old (limestone exterior, wooden roof beams, stone fireplace). We found it very attractive and comfortable. The upstairs bedrooms are especially inviting, with skylights to let in the morning light.
The house is located a little way outside Castillonès, surrounded by wheat fields and pastures. During our week there, we shopped the local villages (each has its market day) and made fabulous dinners in the country-style kitchen, eating al fresco at the big table on the patio with sweeping views of rolling hills and farms. There are hammocks to relax in. We rented bikes and cycled the small roads that connect the villages. At the end of our stay, no one wanted to leave.
Le Grindoux offers all comforts and conveniences, in a gorgeous setting, for a delightful stay in the French countryside. The house has plenty of books with information about the area. One week was not enough, so we will have to go back!
Great Countryside Retreat
Four retired senior citizens thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Le Grindoux at the end of April 2013.
The description of the property was accurate and was as comfortable as it appears in the photos. The owners' local representative, Hilary Lloyd, was most helpful and provided food and wine for our late afternoon arrival.
The house and bedrooms were very comfortable and the outdoor area was great for sitting and enjoying a glass of local wine and reflecting on our adventures after a day's explorations.
It was a very relaxing location and perfect as a "home base" for exploring the countryside and nearby attractions: local wineries, market days in nearby Bastide towns, visiting Bergerac, Sarlat, and Lascaux II with its prehistoric cave paintings. Even drove as far as the amazing caverns of the Gouffre de Padriac and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Roc Amador.
The nearby grocery stores and bakeries provided all the necessities; we also ate a delicious meal at La Marechalerie, a restaurant in town and at the Monte Cristo, on the road to Villeral.
Would highly recommend a stay here.
le Grindoux must mean awesome!
Our stay at le Grindoux was just totally awesome. The house is great, just like the pictures. There was six of us and we were all quite comfortable. Our bed was super comfortable, the house was very clean and the showers were really nice . We loved eating at the outside table everyday. The views are beautiful! As soon as you arrive you start to relax. Castillones is lovely and sweet. The owners left great suggestions for activities, attractions and restaurants. We did so many things because le Grindoux is so conveniently located. We even went to Spain for the running of the bulls in Pamplona. We hit the beach in Hendaye, went stand up paddling on the Dordogne and kayaking in Villeneuve Sur Lot. We rented a boat and all got to captain on the canal. We went to a different market everyday, several castles and caves, celebrated Bastille Day in Castillones with the locals, and on and on so much awesome fun. We were also very happy just chilling at le Grindoux. We made amazing dinners with the fresh produce, cheese and bread from the town markets and drank delicious local wines. Everything was perfect and amazing. Loved it!! Can't wait to return.
Our family of 10, 6 adults and 4 children, stayed at Le Grindoux in June, 2011. We couldn't recommend it more. Ideally located in the heart of the Dordogne, there is a range of nearby sites and activities for all ages: chateaux, farms, lakes, wineries and wonderful village markets where one can find an array of gourmet foods to take home for the evening meal. You can rely on the accurate description of the property; it is as ever pleasant and comfortible as it appears in the pictures, and the owners and the their local representative couldn't be more helpful in providing suggestions, information, and even a stocked kitchen upon request.