An Elegantly Restored 300-Year-Old Stone Farmhouse

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Front view of La Grivette


Last updated: 07/11/2016

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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 town of Duras. The property is 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.
Rooms include:
- 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

The gardens:
- 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.

Keywords: Farmhouse

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    We have high chairs, changing pads, bed rails to fit 2 beds, crib, pack and play, stroller, safety gates on all stairs, and gate and fence around the swimming pool. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved pets are considered outside of high season. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • All-cotton linens and towels, Bicycles, Badmitton, Board Games, Film and Music Library, Books, Kid-friendly with high chair, stroller, safety gates, cribs, playpen, and toys. Property manager can provide additional services - private wine tours, catering, daily housekeeping, and pet care....moreless


  • Books:

    Library shelves filled with books of different languages...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Library full of board games...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Large, cinema flat screen TV...moreless

  • Toys:

    Toy chest for kids...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    There are 200+ English language and international films....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    View of the historic Roman church in the village of Sainte Colombe....moreless

  • Rural:

    Overlooks the rolling hills of the Sainte Colombe valley with its vineyards, orchards and farm fields....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Free phone use within France....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    In the house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove


  • Catering Available:

    Property manager is a trained French chef and former wine producer who makes amazing 3 and 4 course meals. ...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full set up pots & pans, knives, cutting boards, utensils, spices, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    With appliances: microwave, toasters, coffee makers, blender...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Professional 5-burner gas range...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Adult bikes in excellent condition with a few smaller bikes for kids...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    2 pergolas, 1 front porch, all provisioned for outdoor seating and dining....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    In-ground, 8.5 meter pool with salt-filtration system....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

Early July
Jul 1 - Jul 14, 2017
7 night min stay

Late July
Jul 15 - Jul 31, 2017
7 night min stay

Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $435.45


A 25% deposit is required for reservation. The balance is due 8 week prior to arrival. Payment can be made in Euros or USD (with agreed exchange rates) via either bank wire or check.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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70 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
La Reole
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
80 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Private Wine Tours, Festivals, Open-air Markets, Historic sights, Helicopter Rides


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1997

About the owner: 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 spend most of my time between the US and Europe.

Why the Owner Chose Sainte-Colombe-de-Duras, France:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
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, lovely walks, and the best night's sleep you've ever had, then this is ideal place.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish

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  • Front view of La Grivette

    Front view of La Grivette

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Former wine press room converted to bedroom

    Former wine press room converted to bedroom

  • Office area with ceiling to floor former barn door

    Office area with ceiling to floor former barn door

  • Sunrise over the plum orchards

    Sunrise over the plum orchards

  • Sainte Colombe Roman Church

    Sainte Colombe Roman Church

  • Chateau de Duras - 5 km from the property

    Chateau de Duras - 5 km from the property

  • Salon


  • Salon


  • Private pool and pergola overlooking the valley and orchards

    Private pool and pergola overlooking the valley and orchards

  • Beams in the great room

    Beams in the great room

  • Downstairs powder room

    Downstairs powder room

  • Frescos on the Sainte Colombe de Duras historic church

    Frescos on the Sainte Colombe de Duras historic church

  • Saint Emilion

    Saint Emilion

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This listing was first published here in 2004.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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