- Local Area
- Private 10m x 5m pool
- Heated salt pool
- Satellite TV and radio
- Free Wi-Fi
- Table tennis
- Wheel chair friendly
- Modern fitted kitchen
- Laundry room
- Outside dining
- Large gardens
- Cot and highchair
- Children’s swing
- Room fans
- Private off road parking
- Golf courses nearby
- Cycle hire
- Restaurant 3km
- Bars and shops nearby
- Supermarkets shops
- Bars restaurants nearby
- Private catering available
Columbine, originally a prune oven barn now renovated into a wheelchair friendly holiday cottage, all set on the ground floor and complete with a garden and a private swimming pool, near Bordeaux, Bergerac and Saint Emilion in south west France.
Set in a tranquil country location near the border of the Dordogne in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region of south west France.
We’re not sure exactly how old the cottage is, but it features on the Plan Napoleon which makes it at least 160 years old.
The cottage is well equipped and furnished and sleeping 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 at no extra cost.
There is a bathroom with bath, wet room shower, washbasin and wc, a second shower room with washbasin and shower. Also a separate wc with hand wash basin.
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 wood-burning stove.
The cottage is all on one level, so no stairs to negotiate and is wheelchair accessible.
Double room with double aspect windows looking out over the garden and surrounding fields.
Built in wardrobe, chest of drawers, bed side cabinets and a room fan.
King size bed, 160cm x 200cm, door width 89cm.
Twin room with double aspect windows looking out over the garden and the fields.
Wardrobe, chest of drawers, bed side cabinets and a room fan.
Two single beds, 90cm x 180cm, door width 79cm.
Twin room with windows looking out over the garden.
Wardrobe, chest of drawers, bed side 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, two wc’s, located next to / opposite the bedrooms:
Large spacious bathroom with a full bath, basin, spacious wet room walk in shower area and a wc with lots of space to one side. Door width 89cm. Suitable for a wheel chair.
Shower room with a wet room walk in shower and a wash basin.
There is also an additional separate wc with hand wash basin.
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: Fridge freezer, oven, grill, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and filter coffee machine.
There is also a separate laundry room room with washing machine.
Cosy lounge with sofas in front of the old feature fireplace, TV with English channels and a DVD player. Free Wi-Fi.
From the kitchen dining area walk out to a covered terrace with a table and chairs, looking out over the garden and the 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 table tennis.
This is a quiet rural position, the owners neighbouring property is used occasionally but does not impact on the privacy or facilities afforded by guests of Columbine, the other buildings are the old farm barns which 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 salt pool
Measures 5m x 10m (4.9m x 9.8m) plus walk in steps with a hand rail and is protected by an alarm. Surrounded by a sun terrace with sun loungers.
The step depths into the water measures: 1st step is above or on the water line, 2nd step 20cm deep, 3rd step 45cm deep, 4th step 65cm deep.
The shallow end is 90cm deep and the deepest part is 1.8m.
Pool opening times and when the pool is heated please refer to the ‘Price’ tab above.
Locally in the area
Weekly farmers markets, restaurants, cycle hire, local adventure park – more information on whats on locally is in the ‘Local Area’ tab above.
8km away is the ancient town of Duras (Lot et Garonne) has 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. There are an abundance of towns and villages to explore locally.
The nearest supermarket at Duras is 7km away through country lanes.
The nearest restaurant bar is at Auriac sur Dropt 2.7km away, Le Camelia Restaurant.
Bar and a restaurant Allemans sur Dropt 7km.
Canoeing in the summer along the river Dropt at Allemans sur Dropt 7km.
Nearby are public tennis courts at Duras.
Located in the heart of the Bordeaux famous wine region where there are plenty of vineyards for tastings and tours. The picturesque towns of Duras and Monsegur are a short drive to excellent dining, shopping and the countryside is perfect for exploring.
Coast / Beach
A fresh water lake with 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 safe, fun environment for splashing around and cooling off in the heat of the summer sun. Blasimon lake.
The famous sandy bay at Arcachon (146km) with Europes tallest sand dune, Dune du Pilat. This is the start of a 150 mile long sandy beach south past Biscarosse, or while the day away meander your way around Arcachon and enjoy a relaxing lunch in one of the many French restaurants.
Gastronomic experiences and wine tours
Private pastry classes and catering
Cycle hire delivered to the door with all safety equipment supplied, electric cycles also available in the area.
- 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
Changeover day: Saturday.
We are happy to consider alternative days outside of peak season.
No booking fee.
A 25% deposit secures a reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks before rental commencement.
A refundable security bond of £500 is payable with the balance which is returned within 7 days of departure subject to a satisfactory inspection.
Please view information about credit card and debit card charges.
Arrival from: 5pm
Departure by: 11am
£625 per month plus all utilities, minimum 2 months.
Included in the price
Taxe de Sejour (Tourism Tax) 0.40€ per adult 18 & over per night.
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided and are included in the price.
*Pool heating see below.
Winter lets are available – please contact us for details.
*Pool heating see below.
The pool is open from 23 March until 02 November 2018.
The pool is open from 19 April until 01 November 2019.
Pool heating is included from 26 May until 28 September 2018, *pool heating outside of these dates is charged at £100 per week.
Pool heating is included from 25 May until 27 September 2019, *pool heating outside of these dates is charged at £100 per week.
Pool temperature is subject to environmental factors and cannot be guaranteed.
Dogs are considered on request only, a maximum of 2 dogs will be considered at a charge of £50 each per booking, plus an additional security bond of £250.
The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France
Duras centre is 8km away, 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 minutes walk down a country lane Le Camelia Restaurant.
Bordeaux city is 83km drive to the west and Bergerac is 38km to the north east, Saint Emilion 52km north west.
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.
The gently rolling countryside is a pleasure to explore, with excellent roads winding their way through fields and vineyards. Perfect cycling country!
Monsegur (17km) and Duras (8km) 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 cafes, bars 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
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 Saint Emilion (52km), just a short drive away. 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.
Follow Rick Steins French Odyssey (Bordeaux to Bazas) trail across this region and encounter some of the best culinary experiences France has to offer.
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.
The Dordogne is just one of the many places to visit for day trips. Anything from Canoeing or boat trips on the Dordogne river to exploring ancient villages.
A fresh water lake with sandy beach just 37km away at Blasimon.
Visit Europe’s largest sand dune (approximately 150km), 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.
Cycle hire, Bike hire
The countryside around our properties is popular 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 or the chocolate shop!
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.
Bike Hire Direct, cycle hire
Electric bicycles can be hired at Allemans du Dropt (6km) cycle hire
Carbon road bike hire in Bordeaux, they will deliver to Bordeaux train station for free, they do not deliver to your door but if you are a serious cyclists just ride the bike back to your holiday villa. Carbon road bike hire Bordeaux.
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.
Maison Guinguet gourmet chocolate, they have a very nice shop to visit next to their artisan factory. 2km from Duras.
Tree adventure and climbing park
Just 16km, climbing through the trees and zip wire, fun for all the family, ideal for all ages. Playground and snack bar. Des chênes toi Aventure
Wild life park, animals, zoo
Public tennis courts
Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, Duras & St Sernin de Duras and are usually booked via the local Tourist information centres.
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.
Dordogne river boat trips on the are available in Bergerac.
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 relaxing beauty spa. Golf Les Vigiers – Le Vigier – 24240 Monestier ( 25 ‘ drive) – Ph +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.
Aqualand water park is 137km located at Bassin D’Arcachon www.aqualand.fr/les-parcs,bassin_d_arcachon.html
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: Every Monday from 8.30 to 14:00 (closes at 12:00 from September to June). Nice market, excellent Organic veg’s & fruit producer, Nicolas. Excellent organic goat cheese producers too… Foie gras, Magrets and so on, many stands of food/non food.
Allemans du Dropt (6km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (24km): Every Saturday from 8.30 to 12:00. Quite big market with excellent producers.
Monségur: Every Friday from 8.30 to 12. Nice small market with good fish stall and a good butcher.
Issigeac (37km): Every Sunday morning.
Eymet (15km): Every Thursday morning.
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 night market: Every Thursday evening till end of August.
Lévignac de Guyenne (11km) Night market: Every Friday evening till end of August.
Monsegur Night market. Every Wednesday evening till mid of September.
Tourist Information centres
4 rue des Issartiers, 33580 Monségur (Gironde department) Ph +33 5 56 61 82 73 – web www.entredeuxmers.com
16 Boulevard Jean Brisseau, in Duras (Lot-et-Garonne department) Ph +33 5 53 93 71 18 – web www.paysdeduras.com
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 8 am to 8 pm nonstop from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays from 9am to 1pm.
Carrefour Contact supermarket in Monségur has got an excellent butcher section!!! Open from 8am to 8pm 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… Closed on Tuesday and Sunday afternoon.
Butchers – Boucherie Evrard – Rue Paul Persil, in Duras. Good butcher, next to the place du Marché. Closed on Tuesday a Sunday afternoon.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 28km.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 24km.