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Nathalie’s place surpassed our expectations, as did her lovely hospitality. She has thought of every detail: basketball, tennis rackets and bicycles. She provided books and maps and gifts from the region including a lovely bottle of wine. I cannot say enough good things about our weeklong stay. Merci, Nathalie!
Our house in Castillon-la Bataille was exactly what I wanted. This house was the perfect size for our two month stay. Since we are from the US it had the totally French farmhouse feel I was looking for but was updated and had a kitchen with every convenience needed. I most enjoyed the outdoor area with the front porch looking out on a spacious yard with 15 trees and the backyard was large and had a view if the vineyard behind it. It was equipped with a large table and chair set and umbrella. During our visit we had friends and family visit and felt it was the perfect place to sit with a glass of wine or sharing a meal or bar-b-que.
The town of Castillon was a bit of a disappointment as it wasn't very conducive for sitting for a café and croissant or walking around. I would recommend Le Mounan, La Fontaine de Manon and a small place just on the other side of the river by the bridge called La Plage for dining,
Fortunately, the train station is a 5 minute walk and is your magic carpet ride to things in the area. We availed ourselves of it numerous times for both Bordeaux and Sarlat-au- Canada. adventures. Also highly rated sights to visit St Emilion, Arcachon for the beach, Beynac canoe trip is also marvelous and the monthly bio festival at Chateau des Rochers on the hill above the house.
The house was perfect for our needs and the walks we took in the area were very beautiful. We took advantage and wandered above the hill for the gorgeous views, along the river and through the outlying neighborhoods.