(FCLGB) Chateau La Grave Bechade. Pool, Sauna, AC. Near Bordeaux, Bergerac in SW France
- Local Area
- Private 12m x 8m heated pool
- Fenced & gated pool
- Air conditioning
- Private tennis court
- Table tennis
- Children’s swings/ slide
- BBQ (charcoal)
- Spacious grounds
- Wonderful views
- Private off road parking
- 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
Charming 6 bedroom chateau located in the famous Bordeaux wine region between Bordeaux, Bergerac and Saint Emilion. An beautiful location to experience this beautiful region of France.
Set in the tranquillity 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 markets in the peak summer months.
This majestic Chateaux is full of charm and has been maintained with its original features and carefully collected antique furniture. The walls of each sumptuously decorated room are adorned with original silk fabric creating a warm atmosphere.
Whilst this is working vineyard guests have private use of the Chateau and immediate grounds, the employees are very respectful of guests’ privacy.
The grand entrance hall with the original Parquet floor welcomes you to the Chateau and has a wonderful antique billiards table.
Bedrooms and bathrooms
All bedrooms are on the upper floor and are equipped with air conditioning and a hairdryer.
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 washbasins 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 washbasins and WC.
Bedroom 3: Super-king size bed (180cm x 200cm). Window with view over grounds. TV with French channels.
En-suite walk-in shower and washbasin. The room also has a separate WC.
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 washbasins 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 shared shower room with twin sinks and WC.
Bedroom 6: Small room with small single bed (80cm x 200cm suitable for a child) and Moroccan style seating.
a WC and along the corridor from a shared shower room with twin sinks and WC.
On the ground floor, there are 2 further WC’s, one next to the kitchen and the other next to the utility room.
The sauna is on the upper floor next to the bedrooms.
Large kitchen with fireplace, table and chairs.
2 single oven’s
2 hobs each with 2 gas and 2 electric rings
De Longhi coffee machine
2 large fridges
Laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board.
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.
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.
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 artefacts.
Wi-Fi is fast enough for general internet browsing and e-mails and there is a good 4G mobile signal.
Cleaning, towels and 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 a dining table seating 10 people and a seating area with a 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, washbasin and shower.
The pool fenced and gated. The gate has a combination lock that must be kept locked and secured when the pool is not in use to ensure the safety of non-swimmers and children.
Full size, hard surface tennis court. Racquets and balls are provided.
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
Cycle hire and electric cycles are available to hire in the area. Cycle hire information page.
What to do in the area and beyond
There are many towns, villages and castles to explore on your doorstep. The local towns and villages host weekly markets as well as summer night markets and various festivals throughout the year. More information on what’s on locally is in the “Local Area” tab above.
A tour and tasting of the Chateau’s own wine and chocolate can also be arranged directly on-
- Bergerac 42km
- Bordeaux 100km
- Toulouse 200km
- Bordeaux station (TGV) 73km
- Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 24km
- Bergerac 42km
- Calais 953km
- Le Havre 677km
Use of car essential. Car hire quote with the best price guarantee from our recommended provider click here.
Short breaks are available from 1400€ for 2 nights with any changeover day, please select your dates on the Availability tab to view prices.
Peak season is also fully flexible with a minimum cost of 5040€ for anything up to 7 nights.
|Dates||Price for 7 nights from|
|12 persons||Shortbreaks from|
|03 Jun 2023 - 29 Sep 2023||€5,040.00||€5,040.00|
|30 Sep 2023 - 21 Dec 2023||€4,200.00||€1,400.00|
|22 Dec 2023 - 01 Jan 2024||€5,000.00||€3,000.00|
Peak season June, July and August are also fully flexible with a minimum cost of 5040€ for anything up to 7 nights.
Our tips on what to do in the area, Monsegur, Duras, Bordeaux, Bergerac and the Dordogne.
Chateau La Grave Bechade is situated near the towns of Duras 3km (Lot et Garonne), Monsegur 8km (Gironde), Saint Émilion 44km, Sainte-Foy-La-Grande 24km, Bergerac (Dordogne) is 40km, in the region of Aquitaine within the Bordeaux wine region and on the borders of the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne, in south west France.
Bordeaux city centre is a 72km drive to the west. Bergerac is 40km to the east and Saint Émilion 44km north-west.
An ideal base from which to explore southwest 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.
The region is famous for wine 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! There are local producers nearby that offer excellent quality wines at very reasonable prices through to the higher end of the market.
The gently rolling countryside is a pleasure to explore, with excellent roads winding their way through fields and vineyards. Perfect walking and 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, cafés, bars, restaurants and excellent boulangeries in both towns, our favourite being La Choco-Latine in Monsegur who were runners up in the French TV show “La Meilleure Boulangerie de France” in 2019.
We also love the volunteer run Cinema Eden in Monsegur which shows some international films in their original language version (VOSTF) with French subtitles.
The market squares host a variety of festivals and events throughout the year including in Monsegur the famous 24 Heures de Swing at the beginning of July every year.
Wine and Gastronomy
Vineyards are abundant in the area.
The Bordeaux wine region has 21 appellations. Visit some of the many local Chateau that offers free tastings and tours while you choose a bottle or two.
Not to be missed is the world-famous Saint Emilion 44km. 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.
Wine tours, a picnic in a vineyard and cheese and wine pairing evenings are available through local couple Sylvie and Pascal who run Loving Aquitaine.
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 cafes, restaurants, bars and not forgetting the superb Grand Theatre.
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 the wonderful and pretty ancient villages.
Zip wire adventure and climbing park
Just 7km. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure
Coast, Beach and Water park
A freshwater lake with a 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.
Aqua Park is 37km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.
Aqua Fun Park near Casteljaloux is 51km. Park with a huge freshwater lake, picnic benches, walks, facilities, man-made sandy beach, water sports, kids play area…. great for adults and kids.
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 and 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 or the chocolate shop!
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.
Bike Hire Direct, cycle hire
Electric bicycle hire at Allemans du Dropt (12km) and Eymet (28km) cycle hire
Carbon road bike hire is available, collected from Bordeaux train station and you can ride back to your holiday villa using part of the old railway line (Roger Lapebie) which is now dedicated to cycling and walking.
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 it.
Maison Guinguet gourmet chocolate, 3km away, a lovely shop which also sells gifts and offers guided visits to their artisan factory in July and August.
Public tennis courts
Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, Saint-Vivien-de-Monségur, Duras and St Sernin de Duras and are usually booked via the local tourist information office.
Canoeing and kayaking
Canoe hire is available on the rivers. The river Dropt winds through the valley with a slow flow on it,
whilst the Dordogne river at Sainte Foy La Grande has a faster pace and has plenty of canoe hire opportunities.
The famous Chateau de Duras, 2.5km away, is well worth a visit and if you can muster the energy to climb to the top the stunning 360-degree vista is well worth it. You will have a view of the chateau from the tennis court, the chateau at Duras is quite a spectacle lit up every night.
Tea room with gardens
Jardin de Boissona has six little gardens, each with their own character. Outside and inside seating. Especially known for their teas and delicious cakes. Less than 1km away, near Duras.
Dordogne river trips are available on traditional boats in Bergerac with Les Gabarres de Bergerac. 42km.
Crazy golf and animals! Drinks and snacks – 18km.
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 a relaxing beauty spa. Golf Les Vigiers – Le Vigier – 24240 Monestier ( 25 ‘ drive) – Tel +33 5 53 61 50 00 – 18 holes superb golf.
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 snack bar – 20 minutes drive, 18km away.
Ferme Exotique is a fun day out with lots of activities for children. 72km.
Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 102km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com
Local markets and supermarkets
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 too.
Duras (3km): Every Monday from 8.30 to 14:00 (closes at 12:00 from September to June). Nice market with excellent organic fruit and veg, organic goats cheese, foie gras and a selection of other stalls.
Allemans du Dropt (13km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (25km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Big market with excellent producers and winner of “Favourite French Market” in 2014 .
Monségur (8km): Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. A nice small market with a particularly good fish stall.
Issigeac (44km): Every Sunday morning. Extremely popular. Top tip – arrive early!
Eymet (22km): Every Thursday morning. A medieval town and is very popular with the English.
Both Monsegur and Duras also have vibrant night markets during the peak summer months grab a bite to eat from one of the stalls and enjoy your food with a drink at one of the bars. There’s usually musical entertainment which creates a lively atmosphere.
Duras (3km) : Thursday evening
Lévignac de Guyenne (8km) : Friday evening
Monsegur (8km) : Wednesday evening
(Opening times may vary, especially on public holidays)
Carrefour Contact supermarket – just out of Duras on the direction of Sainte Foy La Grande. Small but very well stocked (includes English section). Open from 8 am to 8 pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. (Opening times may vary, especially on public holidays)
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.
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.