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Chateau La Grave Bechade Beautiful holiday accomodation in south west France, the ideal location for events and weddings
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(FCLGB) Chateau La Grave Bechade, Near Bordeaux, Bergerac & St Emilion, SW France

Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Bathrooms
5
Pets
No
Property ID
FCLGB
Changeover Day
Flexible
€700 to €4250
A charming, traditional 6 bedroom French chateau with private heated pool, sauna and tennis court just 5 mins from Duras. Built in 1860 and set on a wine estate of 120 hectares which includes a 30 hectare vineyard. An ideal location to explore everything that the Bordeaux and Bergerac areas have to offer. Short drive to Duras and Monsegur with restaurants, weekly markets and many more historical towns and villages.
€700 to €4250
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  • Local Area
  • Private 12m x 8m heated pool
  • Fenced & gated pool
  • Air conditioning
  • Private tennis court
  • Table tennis
  • Sauna
  • Billiards
  • Boules
  • Children’s swings/ slide
  • BBQ (charcoal)
  • Spacious grounds
  • Wonderful views
  • Private off road parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • French TV
  • Cot (1) and highchair (1)
  • Golf courses nearby
  • Weekly markets nearby
  • Close to historical towns
  • Cycle hire available
  • Private catering available
  • Wine tour/tasting available
  • Available for weddings

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Charming 6 bedroom chateau located in the famous Bordeaux wine region between Bordeaux, Bergerac and Saint Emilion. An ideal location to experience all that this beautiful region of France has to offer.

Set in the tranquility of rolling countryside yet just 3km from the ancient bastide town of Duras (Lot et Garonne) and 8km from Monsegur (Gironde). Both towns have café bars, restaurants, banks, shops and supermarkets as well as weekly farmers markets and night market in the peak summer months.

This majestic Chateaux is full of charm and has been maintained with it’s original features and carefully collected antique furniture. The walls of each sumptuously decorated room are adorned with original silk fabric creating a warm atmosphere.

(Note: whilst this is a working vineyard guests have private use of the Chateaux and immediate grounds and employees are very respectful of guests privacy).

Entrance hall

The grand entrance hall with original Parquet floor welcomes you to the Chateau and has a wonderful antique billiards table.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

All bedrooms are in the upper floor and are equipped with air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Bedroom 1: King size bed (160cm x 200cm). Dual aspect windows with views over grounds. TV with French channels.
En-suite bathroom: bath with hand-held shower, twin wash basins and WC.

Bedroom 2: Sumptuous super-king size bed (180cm x 200cm). French windows opening onto a wonderful stone balcony with views over the grounds and pool. TV with French channels.
En-suite bathroom: bath with hand-held shower, twin wash basins and WC.

Bedroom 3: Super-king size bed (180cm x 200cm). Window with view over grounds. TV with French channels.
Small en-suite with a deep half bath (60cm x 90cm and 60cm deep) with seat, hand held shower and wash basin. There is a separate WC next door.

Bedroom 4: Twin room with two large single beds (100cm x 200cm each). Window with views over grounds towards tennis court. TV with French channels.
En-suite bathroom: bath with hand-held shower, twin wash basins and WC.

Bedroom 5: Twin room with two large single beds (100cm x 200cm each). Window with views over grounds towards tennis court.
Opposite a WC and along the corridor from a shower room with twin sinks, WC and sauna.

Bedroom 6: Small room with small single bed (80cm x 200cm suitable for a child) and Moroccan style seating.
Next to WC and along the corridor from a shower room with twin sinks, WC and sauna.

On the ground floor there are 2 further WC’s, one next to the kitchen and the other next to the utility room.

Kitchen

Large kitchen with fireplace, table and chairs.

Dishwasher
Double sink
2 single oven’s
2 hobs each with 2 gas and 2 electric rings
De Longhi coffee machine
2 large fridges
Large freezer
Microwave
Kettle
Toaster

Utility room

Laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board.

Sitting room

The south facing sitting room is set around an extravagant marble fireplace with plenty of seating and a TV with French channels. Dual aspect windows offer views over the landscaped grounds.

Dining room

The impressive formal dining room is set around another marble fireplace with a stunning chandelier overhanging the large dining table (seats 12). Dual aspect windows offer views over the landscaped grounds.

Study

If you need a place to work during your stay the impressive study has an antique desk and chair and the room is decorated with interesting artifacts.
Wi-Fi is fast enough for general internet browsing and e-mails and there is a good 4G mobile signal.

Cleaning, towels & linen

Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided and included in the price.
A complimentary extra supply of bed linen and bath towels will be provided every 7 days for bookings of 2 weeks or more.

Outside, garden and orchards

There is a large, south facing terrace that spans the whole width of the Chateau with dining table seating 10 people and a seating area with rattan style sofa and chairs and 3 parasols.

Private swimming pool

The large, heated chlorine 12m x 8m pool ranges from 1.3m to 2.3m deep with semi circle steps at one end. A sun terrace with 12 loungers surround the pool and a covered terrace provides plenty of shade. There is also a summer kitchen, WC, wash basin and shower.
The pool fenced and gated. The gate has a combination lock which must be kept locked and secured when the pool is not in use to ensure the safety of non-swimmers and children.

Tennis court

Full size, hard surface tennis court. Racquets and balls are provided.

Activities and what to do in the area

Weekly farmers markets, summer night markets, restaurants, cycle hire, local adventure park and many more activities and places to visit – more information on what to do locally can be viewed in the Local Area tab above.

Private catering, Gastronomic experiences and Wine tours

Private cook and a picnic in a local vineyard can be booked independently. English and French spoken.
www.lovingaquitaine.com

A tour and tasting of the Chateau’s own wine and chocolate can also be arranged directly on-site.

Cycle hire

Cycle hire delivered to the door with all safety equipment supplied, electric cycles also available in the area.

Travel

Airports

  • Bergerac 42km
  • Bordeaux 100km
  • Toulouse 200km

Train

  • Bordeaux station (TGV) 73km
  • Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 24km
  • Bergerac 42km

Car

  • Calais 953km
  • Le Havre 677km

Use of car essential. Car hire quote with the best price guarantee from our recommended provider click here.

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Flexible change over and length of stay

Reservation Information

No booking fee.
25% deposit secures a reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks before rental commencement.
A security bond of 2,000€ is payable by credit card on arrival.

Please view information about credit card and debit card charges.

Arrival from: 3pm
Departure by: 11am

Included in the price

Central heating.
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided.
A complimentary extra supply of bed linen and bath towels will be provided every 7 days for bookings of 2 weeks or more.

Swimming pool

The pool is open from May – October, pool heating is included in the price.
Pool temperature is subject to environmental factors and cannot be guaranteed.

Additional charges

Taxe de Sejour (tourism tax) payable on arrival 0.40€ per person per night, adults aged 18 and over.

Weddings and celebrations

Weddings and celebrations can be arranged at Chateau La Grave Bechade, there is an additional large function room which can be rented with the chateau. Please contact us for details.

The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France

Chateau La Grave Bechade is situated near the towns of Monsegur (8km) and Duras (3km) in the region of Aquitaine within the Bordeaux wine region and on the borders of the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne, France.

Bordeaux city centre is a 72km drive to the west and Bergerac is 40km to the east, Saint Émilion 44km north.

This is the ideal base from which to explore South West France. Located in the region of Aquitaine on the 3 borders of Gironde / Dordogne / Lot et Garonne and is considered to be one of the most picturesque areas of France.

This region is famous for its wines and wonderful gastronomy. Whether you are in St. Emilion, Pomerol, Blaye, The Médoc, Entre Deux Mers, Bourg, Graves or Sauterne the wines of the region are without doubt some of the very best in the world.

The gently rolling countryside is a pleasure to explore, with excellent roads winding their way through fields and vineyards. Perfect cycling country!

Monsegur and Duras are ancient Bastide towns set around a market square which are host to weekly markets and also a weekly night market during the peak summer season. There is a good selection of shops including cafés with refreshments and a pizzeria which host’s weekly live music.
There is also Cinema Eden in Monsegur, which does show international films in their original language version (VO), a selection of English speaking films with French subtitles.

The market squares are also hosts the many festivals and events throughout the year.

Wine and Gastronomy

So many Vineyards and wine tastings in the area, not forgetting you are actually staying on a wine estate.

The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Caves and Chateau who offer free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.

Not to be missed is the world famous St Emilion 50km. A designated world heritage site and is truly stunning. Explore characteristic narrow lanes lined with wine merchants, cafes, restaurants and interesting independent shops. A guided tour of the monolithic church is highly recommended.

Bordeaux

This designated world heritage site is a must for all visitors. This cosmopolitan city offers a diverse range of attractions. The golden triangle has a fabulous range of shops for those shopaholics.
A rich variety of architecture forms the backdrop for the street cafe’s, restaurants, bars and not forgetting the superb Grand Theatre.

Dordogne

The Dordogne is just one of the many places to visit for day trips. Anything from Canoeing or boat trips on the Dordogne river at Bergerac to exploring ancient villages.

Activities

Tree adventure and climbing park

Just 7km. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure

Coast, beach and lake

A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 26km away and is a popular attraction to take children for a day out. The gently shelving sand provides a fun environment for splashing around and cooling off in the heat of the summer sun. Blasimon lake.

Visit Europe’s largest sand dune 139km, the Dune du Pilat where both the climb and the views will take your breath away! Reward yourself by feasting on fresh seafood around the Bay of Arcachon or take the ferry to Cap Ferret and feel the sand between your toes whilst you enjoy oysters and chilled white wine.

Cycling, Bike hire

The French countryside around this property is perfect for cycling, whether it’s just a gentle ride around to explore, or if you are a keen cyclist, a long training ride on fantastic stretches of road to get the blood pumping whilst taking in the fantastic views.
Maybe cycle to a cafe bar for a cold glass of something local!

Bring your own bike or bike hire is available, we recommend booking in advance.

The Gironde and Lot et Garonne (Monsegur and Duras areas), guide and information Gironde bike information or Dordogne bike information
Bike hire can be delivered to your door, view prices and book – click here for details.

Electric bicycle hire is also available at Allemans du Dropt (12km) and Eymet (28km) cycle hire

Carbon road bike hire is possible from Bordeaux train station, they do not deliver to your door but if you are a serious cyclist you can ride the bike back to your accommodation. Carbon road bike hire Bordeaux.

Chocolate

Yes we believe chocolate is also an activity… we often have to visit and make sure the quality is up to standard so we can continue to recommend this! Theo owners of Chateau La Grave Bechade also produce their very own high quality chocolate which can be purchased directly on-site by guests.
Maison Guinguet also produce gourmet chocolate, they have a very nice gift shop to visit next to their artisan factory 3km away on the outskirts of Duras.

Canoeing and kayaking

Canoe hire is available on the rivers. The river Dropt winds through the valley with a slow flow on it.
The Dordogne river at Sainte Foy has a faster pace but has plenty of canoe hire opportunities and literally just go with the flow and be picked up further down stream. Of course the easiest way is a boat trip and let some one else do the work.

Canoe Kayak hire:
Allemans-du-Dropt 13km: Dropt river, information
Sainte-Foy-la-Grande 26km: On the Dordogne river, information

Duras Castle

The famous Duras chateau 2.6km away.
www.chateau-de-duras.com

Tea room with gardens

Jardin de Boissona has six little gardens, each with their own character. Outside and inside seating. Various drinks but especially known for their teas and delicious cakes. Less than 1km away, Baleyssagues near Duras. Jardin de Boissonna

Boat trips

Dordogne river boat trips on the are available in Bergerac 42km.

Crazy Golf

Crazy golf and animals. Drinks and snacks – 18km.
www.paysdeduras.com/activites-culturelles/melly-golf

Golf

There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club 22km. The chateau dates back to 1597 and is set in 450 acres of stunning countryside. Facilities also include a fine restaurant and relaxing beauty spa. Golf Les Vigiers – Le Vigier – 24240 Monestier ( 25 ‘ drive) – Ph +33 5 53 61 50 00 – 18 holes superb golf.

Horse riding

Centre Equestre des Millespieds – 47120 Savignac de Duras – Ph +33 6 12 72 30 83- Nice, family oriented horse riding club. Ponies available. English spoken.

Wild life park, animals

Parc du Griffon, animals, play areas and restaurant – 18km.
www.parcdugriffon.fr/en.html

Ferme Exotique is a full family day out and offers lots of activities for children. 72km.

Zoo

Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 102km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com

Water park

Aqua Park is 36km located near Bergerac www.aquapark-dordogne.fr/

Aqua fun Park Near Casteljaloux fresh water lake, 51km. Park with a huge lake, picnic benches, walks, facilities, sandy beach, water sports, kids play area….. its great for adults and the kids. Aqua fun park Clarens web site. AquaFun’ Park Clarens Tripadvisor.

Local markets and supermarkets

Markets

Most villages and towns hold weekly markets full of fresh and interesting local produce. An ideal place to pick up your holiday mementoes and gifts.
Both Monsegur and Duras also have night markets during the summer where you can eat and have a drink as well as browse the many stalls.

Duras: (3km) Every Monday from 8.30 to 14:00 (closes at 12:00 from September to June). Nice market, excellent Organic veg’s & fruit producer. Excellent organic goat cheese producers too… Foie gras, Magrets and many stands of food/non food.
Allemans du Dropt (13km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (25km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Quite big market with excellent producers.
Monségur: (8km) Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with good fish stall and a good butcher.
Issigeac (44km): Every Sunday morning.
Eymet (22km): Every Thursday morning.

Night markets

From 1st of July till End of August, very successful, where you can eat and dance, with many craft and food stands. Go early if you want to park close to the village.
Duras (3km) Night market: Every Thursday evening till end of August.
Lévignac de Guyenne (8km) Night market: Every Friday evening till end of August.
Monsegur (8km) Night market. Every Wednesday evening till mid of September.

Supermarkets

(Opening times correct at time of publication)

Carrefour Contact supermarket – just out of Duras on the direction of Sainte Foy La Grande. Small but very well stocked (includes English part). Open from 8am to 8pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm.

Carrefour Contact supermarket in Monségur has got an excellent butcher section!!! Open from 8 am to 8 pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9am to 1pm.

Baker – Boulangerie, Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Excellent croissants, fantastic corn flour and rustic breads.

Butchers – Boucherie Evrard – Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Good butcher, next to the place du Marché.

Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 25km.

Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 22km.

Tourist Information centres

Monségur (Gironde department) Ph +33 5 56 61 82 73 – web www.entredeuxmers.com
Duras (Lot-et-Garonne department) Ph +33 5 53 93 71 18 – web www.paysdeduras.com

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