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(FCOLO) Colombine

Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Pets
Yes
Property ID
FCOLO
Changeover Day
Saturday
£495 to £2195
Characterful converted prune oven barn holiday let, the gite is set on the ground floor with wheel chair access, private heated pool & gardens. Set in a tranquil location on a hill surrounded by countryside. Short drive to historical towns with weekly farmers markets. Bordeaux wine region near Saint Emilion, Bergerac & the Dordogne, South West France. Making this an ideal location to explore this beautiful unspoilt area.
£495 to £2195
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  • Private heated 10m x 5m pool
  • Satellite TV and radio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Table tennis
  • Wheel chair friendly
  • Modern fitted kitchen
  • Laundry room
  • Dishwasher
  • Outside dining
  • Large gardens
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • 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 villa, 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 building is, but it features on 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 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.

Bedrooms

Bedroom 1
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.

Bedroom 2
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.

Bedroom 3
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. A shower stool is provided for guests use.

Shower room with a wet room walk in shower and a wash basin. (A shower stool can be provided on request)

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.

Lounge area

Cosy lounge with sofas in front of the old feature fireplace, TV with English channels and a DVD player. Free Wi-Fi.

Outside

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 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 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 pool is usually operated as a salt water pool, if you have any specific requirements please contact us before making a booking.

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.

Services:

Gastronomic experiences and wine tours
www.lovingaquitaine.com

Private catering
www.lovingaquitaine.com
www.aftereight.jigsy.com

Private pastry classes and catering
www.sooosweet.org

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

Travel

Airports

  • Bergerac 39km
  • Bordeaux 100km
  • Toulouse 200km

Train

  • Bordeaux station (TGV) 82km
  • Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 23km
  • Bergerac 40km

Car

  • Calais 544 miles
  • Le Havre 435 miles

Use of car essential. Car hire quote with the best price guarantee, click here.

Changeover day: Saturday.

We are happy to consider alternative days outside of peak season.


Reservation Information:

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.
An extra security deposit of £250 for pets is taken in addition to the standard security deposit.

Please view information about credit card and debit card charges.

Arrival from: 5pm
Departure by: 11am

Winter lets:

£625 per month plus all utilities, minimum 2 months.

Included in the price:

Taxe de Sejour (Tourism Tax) 0.40€ per adult aged 18 & over per night.
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided and are included in the price.
*Pool heating see below.

Additional charges:

*Pool heating see below.

Pool:

The pool is open from 4 April – 31 October 2020.
Pool heating is included from 23 May – 26 September 2020. *pool heating outside of these dates is charged at £100 per week.
Pool temperature is subject to environmental factors and cannot be guaranteed.

Dog friendly:

A maximum of 2 dogs are considered on request at a charge of £50 each per booking, plus an additional security bond of £250.

Availability is live and always up to date


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.

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 to exploring ancient villages.

Local activities

Beach

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.

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.
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

Ferme Exotique 93km away.
Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac is 95km www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com

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.

Canoe Kayak hire:
Allemans-du-Dropt 7km: Dropt river, information
Sainte-Foy-la-Grande 24km: On the Dordogne river, information

Boat trips

Dordogne river boat trips on the are available in Bergerac.

Golf

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.

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.

Water park

Aqualand water park is 137km located at Bassin D’Arcachon www.aqualand.fr/les-parcs,bassin_d_arcachon.html

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: 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.

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 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

Supermarkets

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.

We’ve had a lovely, peaceful time here, swimming, playing cards, sampling some local wine, having a really nice meal at le Camelia (guinea fowl with armagnac and prunes was the highlight for me!)

Many thanks to Dave for making us so welcome.
I’m sure we will return at some point.

Au revoir Colombine.

Joel, Sally and the family. August 2018

We have all enjoyed a fabulous holiday at Colombine. A well equipped and beautiful cottage in the most picturesque of locations. It was lovely to arrive to find two bottles of wine and a box of chocolates awaiting us – a very welcome touch!!
Chris and Dave have been very kind and helpful with plenty of good advice on recommendations. The weather has been fantastic and we have thoroughly enjoyed the local night markets.
We would certainly recommend this gite to friends and we hope to visit again soon.
Many thanks

Rachel, Mike and the family. July 2018

Great week!
Recommendations:
-Tree climbing (Accrobranche) were there for 4 hours! kids loved it.
-Lac de Clarens – Aquapark Casteljaloux, Inflatables on the lake. Boulangeries in Casteljaloux on the way as not much food options at the lake.
-Lovely lunch at Cafe Lou Dropt at Allemans sur Dropt.
-Really enjoyed evening market in Duras, very busy!
-Griffin park was better than expected.
-Pizzeria in Duras was lovely – Don Camillo.

Many thanks

Rona, Craig, Rachel (12) & Fraser (10). July 2018

Lovely quiet break just what we all needed to de stress.
Thank you very much.

Michelle, Nigel, Mathew, Jake and Grandma. July 2018

My what fun they must have had building this fabulous home in the country.
The house is absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed the quiet and solitude, swimming in the pool and walking the dog along the edges of the field. The dog thought that chasing the occasional squirrel was part of the holiday package and the restaurants welcomed him in the evenings where we enjoyed some tasty local food, including wine.
We ourselves enjoyed several of our old favourite clarets plus a few very special new wines and the car is stacked to the gunnels with boxes. The first thing we will do on our return home will be to make a reservation for next year.
Many thanks to everyone involved in organising such a wonderful holiday, a superb break.

Mike and Mary. June 2018

All that we had hoped for and more!
Luxury in peaceful surroundings so much so that we only ventured a couple of miles to visit markets and restaurant Camelia which we highly recommend Sunday lunch at.

June 2018

What a wonderful week we’ve had at Colombine!
We’ve had mixed weather but the kids have loved the heated pool regardless. As we explored this area many times we felt little need to leave the house. We did have to visit Issigeac and Monpazier. If you have children with you ask in the tourist office at Issigeac for the treasure hunt. It guides you around the town explaining the old buildings and our boys loved it (aged 10 and 6). If you take the results back you even get a prize!
Although Eymet and Duras night markets were good they had a very tourist feel with lots of none food stalls. It’s definitely worth the ride to less touristy villages to experience the local night markets. Meilhan sur garonne is our favourite.
As far as the house and grounds its a big thanks to Shelley and her family for sharing their beautiful home. Also to Chris and Dave for making it spotlessly clean and caring for us.
After spending the last five summers in France and touring for 4-5 weeks each year this is truly one of the best properties we’ve stayed in.
Many thanks again and we hope one day to return.

Dominic, Carolyn and family. August 2017

This is our second visit this year to Colombine after attending a wedding earlier this year. We love the peace and tranquility and ‘home from home’ experience. Its like an escape ‘bolt hole’ from the business of life.
Chris and Dave were on hand to ensure everything was ‘just so’
We can see ourselves being regular visitors and will be back i’m sure.

Tim and Sarah. September 2016

Best Gite in last 10 years
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
Excellent property with great grounds and pool situated close to Duras. Ideal for our group of four adults and two teenagers. All the bedrooms are a good size with plenty of storage space. The main living areas are light and airy with comfortable seating. The Wifi was a must for two teenage girls who NEEDED to keep in touch with England. The accommodation is incredibly well maintained (by Dave and Chris who were really helpful and friendly). The local area has multiple opportunities for visiting restaurants, chateaus and night markets. We loved every minute and will hopefully return next year.

Smith family. July 2016

Fantastic Gite
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
My wife and I spent 6 wonderful weeks at the fire. I have limited mobility and the gite was perfect. All on one level with ramps where needed. 3 big bedrooms. We had our children and 2 grand children for a week and there was plenty of room. Also the pool is lovely and good hand rail to help get in and out. Finally the location was perfect for the peace and quiet we were looking for. I highly recommend this gite.

Scott B. May 2016

great place to stay
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
Our third time we have stay at the cottage with are dogs a large 3 bed cottage with 2 bathrooms large lounge with english tv great kitchen and dinning room a nice mowed walk around the garden where you can see so much wild life dear birds of pray 5 mins to duras and 30 mins to bergerac airport Plus a good pool.

Tetley. May 2016

Probably the best Gite that we have ever stayed in!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
We stayed at Colombine for the month of April 2016. Our first impression of the Gite on arrival was of a very well cared for house. The attention to detail was very impressive and the quality of furnishings of a high standard indeed. Our stay was very peaceful, with great views over the garden and the valley below. The main purpose of our stay was to explore the area in some detail as we may move south at some point in the future. Colombine provided a perfect base for this exercise. WE would thoroughly recommend Colombine to one and all.

Jeff Lea. April 2016

Quiet location, vineyards and sunflower fields, modern comforts.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
Three of us spent a week at Columbine. The cottage was faultless with every comfort including a swimming pool. Wine Cave, Artisan bread maker within a short distance. We had a very relaxing time in an area of outstanding beauty. Would definitely like to visit again.

Richard. September 2015

nice place to stay with a dog
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
stay here in may liked it so much returned in september walked in the front door and it was like being at home dogs ran in like they had not been away chris and dave were very helpful as usual thanks again Shelley for the use of your lovely cottage

Tetley. September 2015

A quiet, private and peaceful setting with a beautifully equipped house.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
We are a family of 6 plus a small dog and stayed at Colombine this August. It is part of a larger estate, well set back from the road, and the owners were staying in the main house but they very much kept out of our way and vice versa and we had a really wonderful time. The house is converted from an old fruit barn and is well planned with 3 double bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms, and a partially open plan living space divided into kitchen,dining and sitting areas. There is a lovely terrace outside where we ate most days. The kitchen is superbly equipped and there were a lot of good details like lots of plug sockets so no arguing over who is charging their mobile (!) plus good TV and DVD player and blue tooth speaker. The pool is great and there are plenty of loungers around it. All in all it was a wonderful base from where to explore the surrounding area. We would thoroughly recommend it.

Kit A. August 2015

Great holiday – Great value.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
We thoroughly enjoyed three weeks at Colombine. Having our 16 month old grand-daughter with us, we knew we would be spending much of our time at the accommodation so chose our place to stay with care. We were not disappointed. We have stayed in a number of lovely gites in the area over the past 20 years but cannot recall a place so well equipped and user friendly. The photographs, inviting though they are, hardly do it justice. It is spacious, clean and well designed. All the bedrooms are a good size with comfortable beds, good storage with plenty of hangers and each is equipped with a large electric fan. The generous bathroom is supplemented by a good shower room. Oodles of hot water meant no problems operating both showers at the same time. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with a new Smeg cooker, large fridge with freezer over and all the appliances one could reasonably expect. We were, perhaps, a little surprised not to be offered any change of bedding or towels during our 3 week stay but an efficient washing machine is on hand and the hot weather meant almost instant drying.The lounge is comfortable and benefits from Sky TV. The pool is not particularly large but perfectly adequate and a natural focus during our stay with temperatures often in the mid 30’s C. Upon arrival we found that the barbecue was unstable and unusable but a quick mention to Dave and it was replaced immediately with a much better Weber barbecue which we proceeded to made good use of. Having Dave on hand was a bonus. I can only think of one thing that would improve the experience and that is the provision of a parasol or two (owner has already responded positively to the suggestion) that could be positioned at the edge of the pool, as there is no shade immediately adjacent to the pool in the afternoons (a lovely vanilla tree provides ample shade in the mornings). In really hot afternoon sun one is forced to retreat to the dense shade of the terrace. Otherwise…..perfection! The local small supermarket just outside Duras is good so there is really no need to go any further. We enjoyed the privacy that the accommodation provided and the good weather meant we could make the best possible use the place and grounds. Apart from that, we had a really good steak at La Terrace opposite the chateau at Duras and the pizzas at the pizzeria in Eymet take some beating. The “Cave” next door to the pizzeria, run by an Irish lady, provides an excellent choice of recommendable wines at all prices. Tip – Tuesday evening, get to Eymet for 6.30pm grab a table under the cloisters at the pizzeria before it gets too busy and “people watch” from there as the night market gets underway. At the end of the holiday – go home and start the diet!

A party from Congleton. July 2015

Highly recommended
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
Had a most memorable holiday at Colombine celebrating my 50th birthday. The weather was changeable but when the sun came out it was beautiful. We particularly enjoyed Chateau de Duras and a visit to Monpazier. Our son is wheelchair dependent and we found this Gite to be most suitable…even having the bed raised for our son – very helpful. We hope to return next year.

Christine G. June 2015

Total bliss
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
We have rented a fair few gites in France but this one gets my vote. Quiet, peaceful, private and beautiful. We had family with us, including our baby grandson and friends from Canada joined us for the second week. We all adored the place. Our dog went missing on our second day. We were beside ourselves. Chris, who looks after the place, was brilliant…advising on useful web sites and alerting to neigbours in the local area. Thankfully Welly, the dog, eventually Found his way back. Back to the gite…. My husband and I are looking for a place to buy in France and had earmarked a proprty but, having stayed at this gite we have decided to begin our search again using Columbine as a benchmark. Pure perfection!

A party from Glastonbury. June 2015

a good place to stay with a dog
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Tripadvisor)
when you read the reviews you think that this cottage is good but when you get there its even better lovely and clean it felt comfortable as soon as we went through the door nice grounds to walk round when the grass has been cut an a trail left around the vines and fruit trees birds of pray flying over the fields bedrooms are all large with large bathroom and shower room and two toilets great kitchen with new cooker dishwasher ,coffee machine fridgefreezer and eletric kettle large lounge with english channels and then theres the swiming pool lots of towns and villages near by to visit

Tetley. May 2015
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