(FGRC) La Grande Ramiere Chai
- Local Area
- Private 10m x 5m pool
- Heated salt water pool
- Table Tennis
- Satellite TV and radio
- Free WiFi
- 2 ground floor bedrooms
- Ground floor shower & wc
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Country views
- Wood burner
- Cot and highchair
- Private off road parking
- Golf courses nearby
- Cycle hire
- Private catering available
- Supermarket & shops nearby
- Bars restaurants nearby
La Grande Ramiere Chai, part of an ancient historical house, offers beautiful holiday accommodation with a private heated salt water swimming pool, near Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion and the Dordogne in south west France.
The Gite and all described facilities are for your exclusive use during your stay.
La Grande Ramière is a significant historic country house, parts of which are more than 700 years old. Formerly an important Knights Templar fortified stronghold, (local legend claims that part of the lost Templar treasure of Jacques de Molay is still buried under the property!) the estate was also the first vineyard to be registered under the Cotes de Duras appellation.
This holiday gite was originally an outbuilding used by the Knights Templars as kitchens and servants’ quarters, then in later years as a wine-making chai.
The house stands in an elevated position, with outstanding panoramic views of the historic town and Chateau of Duras just 2km away, and the picturesque surrounding countryside, with vineyards, sunflowers and prune orchards.
Duras is only 2km, a lively and popular town with weekly market, restaurants, shops & other amenities, is 3 minutes away by car or a gentle 25 minutes walk. In July and August there is a lively night market every Thursday with music, food and other attractions.
This holiday gite is attached to the owners accommodation however every effort has been made to afford privacy to both the owners and guests, neither of which are overlooked by the other, with the gite having it’s own private entrance.
Double bedroom – upper floor
Spacious, pretty room located away from the 2 ground floor rooms. King size bed (150cm x 200cm), en-suite bathroom.
Twin room – ground floor
2 single beds (90cm x 195cm each), views over the pool and countryside beyond, located next to shared shower room with hand basin and wc.
Double bedroom – ground floor
Tastefully furnished with king size bed (150cm x 200cm), located next to shared shower room with hand basin and wc.
Each bedroom has a room fan and hairdryer.
Modern fitted kitchen with all of the modern day conveniences including electric oven, gas hob, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, iron and ironing board.
Centred around the original large stone feature fireplace which houses a wood burning stove with views over the pool and beautiful countryside beyond through double opening French doors. TV with Freesat English channels and DVD player.
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are included in the price.
Outside & the private pool
The stunning salt water pool measures 10m x 5m and has walk-in Roman steps and a slide. The depth graduates between approximately 3ft at the shallow end and 6ft at the deep end and is protected by an alarm when not in use. Pool heating is included in the price during certain dates only, please see the ‘Price’ tab above for more information.
A shaded seating area next to the pool provides a tranquil spot to relax and there is also additional outside table and chairs for alfresco dining. An all-weather Table Tennis table is also provided.
For guests that have disabilities, the very young or for the slightly older, the property is on the ground floor, there aren’t many steps around the property. Please contact us for more detailed information.
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.
What to do 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.
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 and shopping and the local farmhouses and countryside perfect for exploring.
Coast / Beach
A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 22km 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.
- Bergerac 42km
- Bordeaux 100km
- Toulouse 200km
- Bordeaux station (TGV) 73km
- Sainte-Foy-La-Grande (Bordeaux / Bergerac line) 23km
- Bergerac 43km
- Calais 570 miles
- Le Havre 430 miles
Changeover day: Saturday
We are happy to consider alternative days outside of peak season.
Short breaks and longer stays available September through to June – please contact us for prices.
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: 4pm
Departure by: 10am
Included in the price:
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided. A complimentary change of bed linen and bath towels will be provided for stays of 2 weeks or more.
Pool heating is included in the price for the following dates, other dates are charged as an extra as detailed under “Additional charges”.
23 June to 14 September 2018
23 June to 13 September 2019
Pool heating available for the following dates and is charged at £100 per week (Pool heating is included in the price as per the above).
5 May to 22 June & 15 September to 2 November 2018
4 May to 22 June & 14 September to 1 November 2019
House heating is charged as an extra based on consumption. Indicative average charge £50 per week dependant on usage.
Additional cleaning available on request, payable directly to the house keeper.
The local area and what to do, Monsegur / Duras, Bordeaux and the Dordogne, France
La Grande Ramiere Chai is situated near the towns of Monsegur (10km) and Duras (2km) 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 76km drive to the west and Bergerac is 42km to the east, Saint Émilion 40km 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!
There are local producers near this holiday home that offer very good quality produce at a very reasonable price.
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 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 St Emilion (40km), 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.
Tree adventure and climbing park
Just 6km, 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
A fresh water lake with sandy beach at Blasimon is just 28km 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.
Visit Europe’s largest sand dune 152km, 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
Bike Hire Direct, cycle hire
Electric bicycles can be hired at Allemans du Dropt and Eymet 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.
Public tennis courts
Good quality courts are located in Monsegur, Duras & 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.
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 140km 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. Excellent organic goat cheese producers too… Foie gras, many stands of food/non food.
Allemans du Dropt (13km): Every Sunday morning.
Sainte Foy La Grande (21km): 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 (44km): Every Sunday morning.
Eymet (23km): 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 (2km) Night market: Every Thursday evening till end of August.
Lévignac de Guyenne (7km) Night market: Every Friday evening till end of August.
Monsegur (10km) Night market. Every Wednesday evening till mid of September.
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 9am to 1pm.
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… 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. And Sunday afternoon.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market plus other supermarkets and retail shops in Marmande 23km.
Large E.Leclerc Hyper market in Pineuilh near Sainte Foy la Grande 23km.