- Local Area
- Private heated 10m x 5m pool
- Satellite TV and radio
- French speaking TV
- English speaking TV
- Free Wi-Fi
- Table tennis
- Wheelchair friendly
- Modern fitted kitchen
- Laundry room
- Outside dining
- Large gardens
- Charcoal BBQ
- 1 Cot and highchair
- Children’s swing
- Room fans
- Private off-road parking
- Golf courses nearby
- Cycle hire
- Restaurant 3km
- Bars and shops 7km
- Supermarkets 7km
- Bars restaurants nearby
- Private catering available
Columbine, originally a prune oven barn has been renovated into a wheelchair-friendly holiday villa, all set on the ground floor and complete with a garden and a private swimming pool, near Bordeaux, Bergerac and Saint Emilion in southwest France.
Set in a tranquil country location near the border of the Dordogne in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region of southwest France.
We’re not sure exactly how old the building is, but it features in the Plan Napoleon which makes it at least 160 years old.
Colombine is well equipped and furnished and sleeps up to six people over three bedrooms – one double room and two twin rooms, although please note that one of the twin rooms can also be converted to make a large king-size bed. A baby cot, bed rails and a highchair can also be provided.
There is a bathroom with bath, wet room shower, washbasin and a WC, and a second shower room with washbasin and shower. Also a separate WC with a hand washbasin. All of the accommodation is on one level, there are no stairs to negotiate and it is wheelchair accessible.
It’s a peaceful retreat from the rigours of everyday life.
The nearest restaurant bar is at Auriac sur Dropt 2.8km (1.2 miles), 30 minutes walk along a country road.
Where possible the owners have retained the old stone walls and character of the original building, which was open on two sides, except for one room which is now the sitting room. The dining room retains the openness of the original by having two large sliding windows all along one side, giving the room a light airy feel. The horseshoe-shaped kitchen fits snugly into the old prune drying area.
For those seeking winter accommodation or a long let, the cottage is double-glazed and well-insulated with electric radiators and a wood-burning stove.
Double room with double aspect windows looking out over the garden and surrounding fields.
Built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and a room fan.
King-size bed, 160cm x 200cm. Door width 79cm.
Twin room with double aspect windows looking out over the garden and the fields.
Wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and a room fan.
Two single beds, 90cm x 180cm. Door width 89cm.
Twin room with windows looking out over the garden.
Wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and a room fan.
Two single beds, 90cm x 180cm but can easily be made into a king-size bed if you wish. Door width 79cm.
Two bathrooms and two WC, these are located next to or opposite the bedrooms:
1. Large bathroom with a full bath, basin, wet room walk-in shower area and a wc.
2. Shower room with a wet room walk-in shower and a washbasin.
There is also an additional separate wc with a hand washbasin.
A travel cot and a highchair can be provided on request. Please provide your own bed linen for the cot.
Kitchen / Dining area
Open plan kitchen area and dining table with opening doors and views over the garden and the pool, there is a lovely covered outside dining table and chairs just outside the kitchen. The kitchen facilities include a Fridge freezer, oven, grill, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and filter coffee machine.
There is also a separate laundry room with a washing machine.
Cosy lounge with sofas in front of the old feature fireplace, DVD player, and TV with both English and French-speaking channels. Free Wi-Fi.
From the kitchen dining area, there is a covered terrace with a table and chairs looking out over the garden and pool. A sloping path takes you from the house to the pool terrace. The garden surrounds the property on three sides, the fourth is farmland. At the far end of the garden is a children’s swing. There is also an additional covered area with a table tennis table.
This is a quiet rural position, the owners neighbouring property is used occasionally but does not impact the privacy or facilities afforded by guests of Columbine, the other buildings are the old farm barns that are not used. This property and buildings are set at the end of their own road high on a hill, the nearest neighbour is quite a way across farmland.
Private heated pool
The saltwater pool measures 5m x 10m (4.9m x 9.8m) plus walk-in steps with a handrail and is protected by an alarm. Surrounded by a terrace with sun loungers and parasols.
The step depths into the water measure: 1st step is above or on the waterline, 2nd step is 20cm deep, 3rd step is 45cm deep, 4th step is 65cm deep. The shallow end is 90cm deep and the deepest part is 1.8m.
For pool opening times and when the pool is heated please refer to the ‘Price’ tab above.
Information for wheelchair users and guests who are not so mobile
Colombine is all on one level, it is a very old property, and whilst it has not specifically been designed for wheelchair access there are 3 bedrooms on the ground floor without any steps and minimal door treads. There is a level concrete path and terrace all around the villa and a sloping path from the terrace down to the pool area.
1. Large spacious bathroom with a full bath, large wet room style shower area, washbasin and WC all with wall-mounted grab rails. A shower chair with armrests (not on wheels) is provided for guests’ use. The wash-basin height from the floor to the underneath is 71cm.
2. Shower room. The shower room door is 79cm wide, the wet room shower is 90cm wide.
Bedroom door widths are provided above along with the bedroom descriptions.
There is a gravel driveway with a concrete pathway outside the front of the house. The front door has a gentle slope up to it, the door width is 84.5cm, small door tread sill is 2cm high. It’s also possible to enter Colombine via the large sliding doors in the dining area or the double doors in the lounge.
The double door width in the lounge is 110cm, door tread sill is 3cm high.
Large sliding doors in the dining area, door tread sill 3cm high.
Note: none of the beds are electric or adjustable.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
Though the availability is blocked during the winter we are taking monthly winter lets, please enquire about your dates.
Gastronomic experiences and wine tours 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.
- Bergerac 39km
- Bordeaux 100km
- Toulouse 200km
- Bordeaux station (TGV) 82km
- Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 23km
- Bergerac 40km
- Calais 544 miles
- Le Havre 435 miles
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The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France
Duras centre is 8km away and the nearest supermarket at Duras is 7km away through country roads. The ancient town of Duras where there are bars, restaurants, banks and shops as well as a traditional weekly market every Monday morning and a bustling night market every Thursday in the height of the summer months. Allemans du Dropt (6km) has a restaurant, bar, bakers and butcher.
Many more towns and villages to explore locally.
The nearest restaurant is at Auriac sur Dropt 2.7km away or a 30-minute walk down a country lane Le Camelia Restaurant.
Bordeaux city is 83km drive to the west and Bergerac is 38km to the northeast, Saint Emilion 52km northwest.
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 52km. 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.
Coast, Beach and Water park
A freshwater lake with a sandy beach at Blasimon is just 37km 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 33km located near Bergerac. Beach, canoeing and a water park.
Aqua Fun Park near Casteljaloux is 56km. Park with a huge freshwater lake, picnic benches, walks, facilities, a manmade sandy beach, water sports, kid’s play area…. great for adults and kids of all ages.
Visit Europe’s largest sand dune 155km, 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.
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, 9km, just outside Duras, there is a lovely shop which also sells gifts and offers guided visits to their artisan factory in July and August.
The famous Chateau de Duras, 9km 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.
Tea room with gardens
Jardin de Boissona has six little gardens, each with its own character. Outside and inside seating. Especially known for their teas and delicious cakes. 11km Baleyssagues near Duras.
Zip wire adventure and climbing park
16km. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure
Dordogne river trips are available on traditional boats in Bergerac with Les Gabarres de Bergerac. 36km.
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 Eymet (14km) 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.
Public tennis courts
Tennis 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 plenty of canoe hire opportunities.
There are many pay and play golf courses within the area, the best being the beautiful Chateau Des Vigiers Golf and Country Club 21km. 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.
Crazy golf and animals! Drinks and snacks. 20km. Facebook page link.
Wild life park, animals
Parc du Griffon, animals, play areas and snack bar. 18 minutes drive 15km away.
Ferme Exotique is a fun day out with lots of activities for children. 93km.
Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 107km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com
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.
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 (8km): 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 (7km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (26km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Big market with excellent producers and winner of “Favourite French Market” in 2014.
Monségur (17km): Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice a small market with a particularly good fish stall.
Issigeac (36km): Every Sunday morning. Extremely popular. Top tip – arrive early!
Eymet (14km): Every Thursday morning. Medieval town.
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 (8km): Thursday evening
Lévignac de Guyenne (12km) : Friday evening
Monsegur (17km): 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 8am to 8pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. 8km. GPS: 44.678160, 0.189631
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. 17km. GPS: 44.650047, 0.087358
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 30km. GPS: 44.512165, 0.135597
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 22km. GPS: 44.826719, 0.219504