|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Chateau La Grande Etouble is a lovingly restored, traditional stone Girondian Farm house with exclusive use of owners secluded pool and vineyard. It can accommodate between 6 - 8 guests, depending on your group's dynamics.
Property Ground Floor Entrance hall, shower room and toilet, Small utility area + washing machine + tall fridge Farmhouse kitchen - well equipped with fridge, freezer, dish washer, microwave, toaster, kettle etc plus plenty of cooking equipment and usual mod cons Roomy sitting room with Satellite TV, DVD player, DVDs, Wi-Fi, books and games
First Floor ( All bedding is top quality and every bed has with soft fluffy pillows and crispy, thick white egyptian cotton bedding + mattress toppers help you very pampered and special.) Family Suite - Double bedroom with lounge area + DVD player (sofa converting into another double bed if required) Ensuite Bathroom, with bath, shower and toilet Golden bedroom with Louis Style bed Ivory bedroom with Louis style bed Shower Room + toilet with double sinks, mirrors, shaving socket
Facilities available to all guests:
* Pool - sun beds, pool equipment and shaded decking area etc
* Free off road parking for all guests
* B B Q and outdoor eating areas * Wi-Fi internet available in most areas
* Satellite TV and DVD player + DVD's (often remain unused)
* A good supply of thick fluffy towels and optional pack of toiletries and hairdryer (speed through security check)
* Comfortable beds - all with mattress toppers and crispy white bedding (because you're worth it)
* Washing machine in each property ( travel light)
* Most things you use at home (please ask if you have any questions)
* Starter pack of basic essentials on arrival (wine, bread, cheese, milk etc)
Here at French Vineyard Vacations we really appreciate all the careful planning that goes into the research and booking of a holiday and we hope this shows throughout your holiday experience with us. We aim to match your expectations and hopefully often exceed them to ensure your holiday includes lots of your favourite things to do ( even if that's simply relaxing by the pool enjoying the peace and quiet). In brief, we offer a unique blend of tempting and desirable holiday ingredients which can be individually adapted to suit all tastes.
As yet, you won't find us with loads of reviews on trip advisor because this is our very first holiday season. Last year we followed our dream of owning a French vineyard and making our own wine (we'd already achieved this in the UK). After touring around France we believe we've found an idyllic location, just right for the perfect holiday. Not only is it situated within one of the world's finest wine regions, it's also surrounded with a really good balance of things to see and do.
Wine Tours and Tastings (Degustations)
Here at FVV we are very excited to announce we are very soon to become “Chateau Grande Etouble” because as from this year our vineyard will be re-producing it’s very own wine again. Ben is very happy to wander around our vineyard with you and chat about wine and its production. Please feel free to request a visit to a vineyard – local or further afield. We can either arrange a degustation for you or point you in the right direction for you to do this for yourself, whichever you prefer.
All in all we're very excited and looking forward to hearing from you - everything is freshly decorated and equipped and waiting for you.
Gill purchased this farmhouse in 2013
We specialise in a more bespoke holiday experience, with luxury accommodation, located on our own vineyard with a cool, relaxing pool. Our guests can expect exclusive use of this pool throughout their stay.
We love our typically French farmhouse because it is so special, on the inside as well as the outside. We've taken lots of care in all the rooms, in particular the large kitchen - to ensure it's fully equipped, comfortably and homely. Other rooms like the bathrooms and bedrooms have also been given a lot of thought and attention. Towels and bedding are of top quality - because you are worth it. Our aim is you find our holiday retreat is well worth leaving the comforts of your own home for. Even more appealing is the fact this holiday rental is conveniently located on the world famous wine trails of the majestic Bordeaux wine region and can include optional wine tasting, wine tours, good food and lots of other tempting, interesting things to do. Another thing we love about our place is it's location - there's lots of amenities on our doorstep and even more only a short drive away.
The holiday accommodation is located within the small village of St Ciers de Canesse, however our closest amenities can be found in the nearby village of Berson (2 kms). Here you’ll find the artisan Boulangerie (Bakery) which is filled with the fresh aroma of warm, fresh baguettes and croissants for a typical French breakfast treat. There is also a boulangerie in the village of St Ciers de Canesse . The village of Berson also has a small supermarket, a butchers, a Tabac (which doubles up as a bar) and a doctors, dentist and pharmacy. Our holiday rental also enjoys the benefit of being close to some great local, artisan Markets and plenty of food supermarkets.
We aim to create a finely blended and well balanced holiday experience that’s just right for you. Nestling within the peaceful and gently undulating hillsides of the Gironde Estuary, Aquitaine, South West of France, you'll discover a treasure of a holiday retreat which comfortably accommodates between 6 and 8 guests, depending on your groups dynamics. The perfect choice if you fancy getting away from your everyday life and restoring your get-up-and-go in a way that works for you. Whether you choose to relax by the pool and surround yourself with “soul food” or seize the moment and take part in one of the many activities in the surrounding area; we'd like to think our holiday accommodation includes all the right things to ensure your stay with us is really special and includes lots of enjoyment and good times. This area of France enjoys 2700 hours of sunshine per year, second only to the Cote d'Azur !
From the moment we arrived Gill and Ben could not have been warmer or provided a better service. They live in the property next door and while they're keen to respect your privacy, we loved it when they occasionally popped round with a couple of cakes from the local baker, figs from their neighbour's fig tree, a bottle of their own vineyard wine (great with cheese!). They made our holiday really special.
The house itself is spacious and very well furnished. The photos don't show it but there's a choice of outdoor eating areas - in the sun or in the shade - although the huge kitchen is also a great place to entertain too if it gets cool in the evening. There's also a well stocked wine rack in the kitchen with an honesty box - nice to know you'll never run out of wine! The pool area is a great place to spend a few hours swimming or sitting in the sun overlooking Gill and Ben's vineyard. They've also built a shaded area by the pool with seats, a hammock and huge banana plant - a very relaxing spot.
This property is perfect for those looking for a relaxing break away from it all in a beautiful house with an exceptionally high level of service from its owners from the time of booking right through to the day you leave. Absolutely fantastic - thank you Gill and Ben, we'll remember our stay for years to come.
Nous (2 adultes et 2 adolescents) avons passé une semaine superbe! L'accueil de Gill et Ben a été à la fois chaleureux et attentionné. La maison entourée de vignes est extrêmement agréable à vivre et décorée avec gout. Nous ne pouvons que la recommander! Mon seul regret est de ne pas être resté assez longtemps pour voir les vignes évoluer au fil des saisons et en discuter avec Ben.
Suggestions for Days (Half days) Out
Bourg-sur-Gironde, Blaye and Citadel, St Christoly-de-Blaye
Please visit the relevant tourist Office on line further entertainment during your holiday week . The horse and carriage rides which include wine tours and wine tasting is a great way to get a real taste of this area..http://www.tourisme.bourg-en-gironde.fr/
or there’s a wonderful river cruise of the "Les deux rives" (2 rivers) from Bourg which is a lovely way to see the estuary. Visit http://www.bourg-en-gironde.fr/DetailElement.aspx?numStructure=79655&numElement=149044
At the port of Bourg there is an opportunity to book up and go jet skiing.
Blaye Citadel is other one of this areas UNESCO world heritage sites. Within the Citadel there are a large numbers of artisans shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. The view from the square which overlooks the Gironde Estuary is well worth a visit.
Please visit the Blaye tourist Office either on line or in the Blaye Citadel for further entertainment during your holiday week. http://www.tourisme-blaye.com/
Please find below the link to the timetable and details of the Blaye
Ferry which takes about 15 minutes to arrive at the Medoc port. From here in about 40 minutes you can be at some of the some glorious beaches which offer all kinds of water sports and fun. http://www.tourisme-blaye.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=87&tmpl=en
Plassac village is home to an amazing Gallo- Roman Museum and the well preserved ruins of an old villa. It’s well worth a visit if you’re interested in history etc.
The local village of Berson offers horse riding and we recommend you telephone for further details and reservations. There’s also a small sport activity lake where you can book wind surfing lessons and play or practise your canoeing skills etc.
Le Lac Moulin Blanc near St Christoly –de-Blaye
The two large lakes offer supervised swimming and holiday children’s sporting activities as well as fishing (permit required from tabac). There’s a café/restaurant nearby for snacks, drinks, ice creams and meals.
On the outskirts of Blaye there is a paint ball park.
Within less than an hour’s drive.........
Bordeaux (40 mins traffic permitting)
It's probably worth mentioning as well, Bordeaux is a world heritage site and full of beautiful buildings, monuments and statues – a world renown UNESCO site. It also has one of the longest shopping streets in France, with all kinds of shops and antique "flea markets" to browse around. Not to mention the fabulous French cafes scattered throughout the area offering refreshments and a time out to simply soak in the French atmosphere.
Dune du Pilat ( drive or car ferry + drive 60 mins approx.) Europe's largest sand dune – is definitely on our list of breath taking sights to see and experience, well worth a visit.
St Emilion (40 mins traffic permitting)
A great place to visit is the famous wine village of St Emilion, with its cobbled stone passage ways (walking shoes recommended) and stunning scenery, it’s a very enjoyable day out. Everything about this village is so pleasing – the food, the wine tasting, the artisan shops and the Maison de Vin is well worth a visit too. There’s also several excursions and wine tasting tours available to neighbouring chateaux.
The Medoc & Atlantic Beaches (15 mins car ferry ride - 40 mins traffic permitting)
The beautiful, golden sandy beaches of the Atlantic ocean are easily reached via the Blaye Ferry - it's only a 30 minute crossing and short drive to some beautiful sandy beaches. Lac Arcachon and other nearby lakes offer safe bathing and are a great place for learning and practising any water sport activities. This area is flat and great for cycling and walking - there's lots of cycle paths and routes to explore. Activities here include kite surfing, wind surfing, surfing, water skiing, sailing and cycling as well as many others.
Haute Charante & Charante Maritime
Heading north you will discover the glorious beaches and small fishing ports of the Charente-Maritime such as the Meschers-sur-Gironde, Talmont-sur-gironde, Royan, La Rochelle and of course the jewel of the Atlantic coastline - the Ile de Ré. There is a zoo, aquarium, Cognac and visit to distillery
Ile de Re (UNESCO site) http://www.iledere.com/
The Ile de Re is a great place to visit as it has many different aspects to it – all on the same Island. There’s several beautiful old harbours with wonderful restaurants and shops. It’s also a UNESCO site....and this is just a small sample of things to do in this area.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|