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Detached House in Ancient Hillside Town with Open Views

Guîtres, France
  • House
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

House in Guitres, near Libourne / St Emilion, Gironde - Walking Distance of Shops and Restaurants, Superb for Exploring the Bordeaux Wine Area

A modern village house in a typical French square, located opposite the ancient west door of the abbey church, though don't be concerned, the bells will not disturb you. It is situated within walking distance of 3 restaurants and village shops. There are lovely views of the river Isle from the first floor balcony which opens onto both the living room and the kitchen. There are two first floor bedrooms. The outside terrace area is secluded but sunny, ideal for those leisurely outdoor meals. It is the perfect place for exploring the many Bordeaux wine regions, enjoying good food and for visiting historic places. There are miles of unspoilt lanes, cycle routes, walks and bridleways to discover with fun days out to St Emilion, Blaye, Bordeaux and Royan. It is an easy drive from the ferry ports and inexpensive flights go into local airports. Please do not hesitate to contact us for enquires or anything that we can help you with.


Ian Chapman

Member Since 2007
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Feb 20, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed. Bedroom 2 has twin beds. Both rooms have wardrobes, chests of drawers and parquet flooring.


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower
        • Large bathroom with Shower (high power with good quality rail and curtains) over the bath, basin and heated towel rails. Separate WC.

        Location Type

          • Rural
          • Village
          • Waterfront


              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Free-standing aircon unit available to guests.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Wall mounted convector heaters.
                      • Internet
                        Orange broadband WIFI - fast and reliable.
                      • Fireplace
                        Open fire with logs available.
                      • Linens Provided
                        All linen and towels provided.
                      • Living Room
                        Open plan living/dining room with French doors out onto the balcony and windows overlooking the square. Open fire, TV, DVD player, Wifi and Bluetooth enabled docking station.
                      • Parking
                        Parking on driveway or in the adjacent church square.
                      • Towels Provided
                        All towels provided.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Modern Bosch washing machine available in utility room downstairs.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Stainless steel insulated cafetière (plunger -type)
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Plenty of crockery, cutlery and utensils.
                          • Dishwasher
                            Modern, good quality Bosch dishwasher.
                          • Freezer
                            Medium size freezer section
                          • Kitchen
                            Fully equipped kitchen with electric hob and double oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. Double doors out onto the balcony.
                          • Microwave
                            Modern and powerful microwave.
                          • Oven
                            Modern, good quality Bosch multi - function oven.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Lots of cooking equipment - bowls, whisks, saucepans etc.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Modern fridge - freezer.
                          • Stove
                            Modern halogen ceramic hob.


                              • Dining
                                Good size dining table with 6 chairs.
                              • Dining Area


                                  • Books
                                    A number of paperbacks on the shelves - thrillers and chick - lit.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Modern DVD player.
                                  • Games
                                    A selection of board games.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Satellite (Sky box) with free to air channels.
                                  • Stereo
                                    Bluetooth enabled speaker dock (also has Lightning connector)
                                  • Television
                                    Modern Sony flatscreen TV with free to air satellite channels.


                                      • Balcony
                                        Long balcony outside kitchen/dining rooms - wide enough for a coffee table and 2 chairs.
                                      • Boat
                                        Ideal village to launch a small rowing boat or motor boat onto the river Isle - which merges with the Dordogne a few miles away.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Large patio area with table and plenty of chairs.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Ideal village to launch canoes from onto the river Isle, which merges with the Dordogne a few miles away.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Reasonabl size plot with patio, drive, several seating areas (some shaded & others in the sun) trees, shrubs and a washing line area.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • caves
                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • forests
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cycling
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis


                                                              • Notes on accommodation: The house has electric convector heaters in every room. There is a portable airconditioning unit in the hallway. Please be aware that the property is not suitable for small children due to the external stone staircase to the first floor accommodation. We politely request guests not to smoke inside the house. Outside: Small, private yet sunny garden with floodlit patio area. There is plenty of garden furniture for guests to spend warm, long relaxing evenings together. Lovely views over the garden walls. Utility Room: On the ground floor with washing machine, ironing board and iron. Inside and outside clothes airers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided and property is thoroughly cleaned at each changeover.

                                                                6 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                A lovely stay in Guitres

                                                                Barbara T.

                                                                There is so much to praise about this lovely house and the town of Guitres. It was so comfortable and homely and in a wonderful location on the square across from the ancient abbey of Guitres (illuminated at night) and with great views. It was beautifully clean and orderly and very well prepared for us and was very well equipped with everything of such very good quality including excellent Wifi and all the TV Freeview channels - enabling us to follow Wimbledon whilst watching life in the square.

                                                                Guitres is a traditional ancient town/village set on the river Isle and in lovely countryside and it was a real delight watching local life from the house and balcony and being part of it for a couple of weeks. The locals were very nice and welcoming and seemed to enjoy our attempts to talk with them in French. Because of the intense heatwave when we were there, we just had to relax and not do much – which means that we still have a lot to experience in the area when we return. Shutters and the air con unit all helped us to keep cool and the garden and balcony were great too, offering both sunny and shady spots to suit all needs.

                                                                The traditional local shops in town are minutes away on foot for essentials and a chance to speak with the locals and there was a choice of excellent supermarkets a short drive away in nearby Coutras. Although in a non-touristy area, Guitres is a great base to visit places like St Emilion and Bordeaux etc and other local vineyards and there were plenty of walks around the village itself.

                                                                All communication with the owners Ian and Carolyn was excellent from start to finish and they were unfailingly helpful and accommodating - a pleasure to deal with!

                                                                We loved our stay here and certainly hope to return and would not hesitate to recommend to friends.

                                                                Very comfortable property

                                                                Dave and KathColchester

                                                                Lovely comfortable property. Great views over the river. Good central location for visiting this beautiful wine region. Lovely walks from the house. Very restful holiday! Thank you


                                                                roger s.

                                                                we had a relaxing holiday in a fantastic area of France. the local facilities met our needs and the supermarket was only a short drive away. visits to places such as Bordeaux and St Emilion were much enjoyed.

                                                                The house was clean and comfortable. In all I would recommend this holiday house to anyone who wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle and have a relaxing time.

                                                                Great location, great house

                                                                J & M MacNWolverhampton

                                                                We enjoyed our holiday in Guitres. This house is a home not a holiday house. It is very well equipped to a high standard. There is a generous supply too of good garden furniture. The situation is lovely and there are beautiful views from the public room, kitchen and garden. Everything is very clean and ready for your arrival. The local shops for daily essentials are only a short walk away with very friendly staff. Relax and chill. Do as much or as little as you want to and like us benefit from a stay in this lovely area. The owners go the extra mile to ensure your holiday is just great and indeed they are very helpful.

                                                                Couldn't be better!

                                                                Mark & RosEdinburgh

                                                                We stayed in Guitres for 4 weeks so we wanted to make sure the cottage we rented had everything we needed. When we arrived at Ian & Carolyn's house we found they had under sold it on the website. It's better than they say.

                                                                The cottage is absolutely wonderful and the balcony is blissful. Breakfast in the morning sun was a true joy.

                                                                The standard of equipment in the cottage was first class, providing everything we needed and more - and it wasn't just cheap stuff as so many are.

                                                                The cottage was truly comfortable and the local area was magnificent. If ever you need to relax and unwind, but with plenty to do when you want to, this is the place to go.

                                                                Excellent value for money.

                                                                Fabulous retreat and base for exploring!

                                                                Andrea & Nick WRugby

                                                                We stayed here for a week mid-August 2013 and are extremely impressed with every part of our stay, the location is ideal for exploring this amazing wine-region and also has great commuting links to other places (we took the TGV back up to Paris for a day out!).

                                                                The owners are extremely helpful and their communication and details were superb! The property itself is more than spacious, has great views and all possible amenities. It is easy to locate in a rural village which really does give you a true perspective on (non-touristy) French life. A car is definitely needed (which we had), given its rural location, however. It's a great base for exploring the local and renowned wine-growing regions of Pomerol, St Emillion and other Bordeaux vineries. We went to Sauternes, also, as my partner really likes dessert wines, en-route back from the beach and the immense sand dunes on the adjacent coastline. The countryside is magnificent and the locals - it helps when you speak their language - are very friendly and accommodating. There are many roman and 11th-14th century churches and monuments dotted around the area and also the Dordogne river gives opportunities for water activities (we went canoeing for a few hours just outside Coutras). All in all, a very relaxing, yet fun-filled week in a beautiful house. We couldn't recommend this place - or the owners - higher. Thank you I + C for letting us stay at your place in Guitres. It was a pleasure and we will gladly recommend your property to others looking for a similar holiday / getaway to our's.


                                                                Guîtres, France

                                                                Coast/Beach: The Atlantic Coast can either be accessed at Royan in the north which is 65 miles away or further south at the spectacular Arcachon basin. Travel: Bordeaux and Bergerac airports are each an hour's drive away. TGV from Paris arrives in Libourne, which is 15 mins drive away. Car hire facilities are available at each of these and are essential. Distances: Guitres a few paces away with restaurants, village shops, boat trips and steam train. Coutras: 5 miles has restaurants/ bars, supermarkets, swimming pool (high season only) and sports facilities. Libourne: (13 miles) is a historic bastide town with cosmopolitan shops, pedestrianised centre, fantastic open air and covered markets. St Emilion: (16 miles) has vineyards, ancient monuments, steep winding cobbled streets and restaurants. Bordeaux: (26 miles) is a major international city of culture. Further Details: Within walking distance there are excellent restaurants, artisan bakers, superb butchers/delicatessen, several mini-markets, post office and banks with cash point machines. Guitres boasts three main attractions: The impressive 11th century abbey church, the River Isle and a steam railway. There is an indoor swimming pool at Saint Seurin Sur l'Isle as well as an outdoor pool at Coutras (high season only). Fishing is available on the Isle River which the house overlooks (permits available locally).

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Booking Notes: We ask for a £100 deposit on booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before travel. Changeover Day: Saturday to Saturday (usually). Arrival after 4pm. Departure before 10am.

                                                                6 Reviews
                                                                Exceptional 5/5
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