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Charming Renovated Farmhouse Near Town

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Le Grindoux is a three hundred-year-old farmhouse that has been completely renovated into a cozy, four-bedroom, two-bath family home. It is ideal for families with school-age children, or couples sharing a vacation.

Sitting on top of a hill on the department road just outside of town, it has expansive views over the surrounding countryside while being quite convenient for your morning croissant and newspaper run.

Have your morning coffee on the patio and watch the sun rise over the fields (which might be filled with sunflowers!)

Pick up lunch at a village farmer’s market: locally-made aperitifs and wines, foie gras, truffles, fraises des bois, tomates de Marmande, or charcuterie from one of the very good butchers in town.

You'll see why the French have a saying about the region: “on mange bien là bas,” ('one eats well there.')

Explore the sights of the Dordogne and the Lot-et-Garonne: chateaux of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Edward the Black Prince, Henry IV of France, and Josephine Baker and the prehistoric caves of Font De Gaume and Lascaux.

Enjoy the beautiful countryside: ride bikes on the country roads (if you’re lucky, the Tour de France will swing nearby), take walks on the randonnées (pilgrim paths) that criss-cross the area, visit family farms and sit down to a meal with the farmer’s family at a ferme auberge, swim at the Castillonnès pool, or play tennis at the town courts. There are also river boat rides, ornamental gardens, horseback riding, golf–lots of outdoor activities to keep you busy.

Return to the patio for your evening meal and watch the sun set over the village while you sip a locally-made Armagnac, or Rose.

You will sleep well at Le Grindoux: all of the bedrooms have American queen-sized beds.

One bedroom is quite large and also contains two twin beds, and downstairs off the salon is the smallest–perfect for one, but possible for a couple. There are skylights in the upstairs bedrooms.

There is a split bath (WC and shower room) on each floor (total of 2). It is ideal for families with school-age children, or couples sharing a vacation.

The pleasures of country life in southwest France await you!

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were lucky enough to stay at Le Grindoux in June of 2008, and had a wonderful time.

My husband and I were travelling with 2 older teenagers, so you never know how your accommodation decisions are going to be received. The house is done with particular style, while allowing for every comfort. The area is beautiful, with caves and a winery nearby.

Needless to say, everyone was very well pleased, and we are anticipating our next stay!

Liz and Matt Howitt

San Francisco, California
Jun 2008
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Castillonnès House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Great place

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to relax and a great base to explore the area. So many things to see in all directions.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing get-away

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maui, HI and NYC

Delightful French country retreat

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Cruz, CA (USA)

Great Countryside Retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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le Grindoux must mean awesome!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mission Viejo, CA

Le Grindoux

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.