|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The apartment is on the first floor of a beautiful limestone building, typical of the local classical architectural style, with its large windows opening onto a long balcony which directly overlooks the “Jardin Public”. The apartment enjoys a privileged location within the UNESCO classified sector and because it faces in a Southwardly direction, it is extremely light.
The apartment was renovated in 2011, to introduce a touch of modernity and color while respecting all the traditional fixtures and mouldings. Particular care was given to the quality of its furnishings and of its equipment, while maintaining the classical refinement of its style. We believe it offers a sophisticated, comfortable and cozy atmosphere. A quiet area, equipped with WiFi, a printer and a scanner, provides all the necessary amenities for work or study (should you need to) during your stay. The apartment provides a comfortable living space to two people.
------- WHAT TO DO IN BORDEAUX:
New York Times has just ranked Bordeaux as second 2016 top touristic destination in the world !
Besides the architectural beauties of its Unesco-listed largest urban World Heritage site, and the quality of its restaurants, it particularly highlights the Cité du Vin, which will offer the visitor, from next June, a voyage around the world, through the ages, across the countless cultures and civilizations of wine and a unique experience within a fantastic piece of architecture. A must for wine lovers!
There are also many cultural things to do and see in Bordeaux: Concerts, operas, ballets, theatre. There are several well-stocked museums for lovers of history and the plastic and decorative arts.
Those who are interested in more sensual pleasures can take courses in cooking or wine tasting; or they can simply go and appreciate the local gastronomic specialties in one of the many wine-bars and restaurants of the city. Bordeaux’s oenological tourism is well renowned.
Lastly, Bordeaux is a first choice destination for shopping: you will find here all the most famous fashion brands.
You will find lots of information about places to visit and things do in Bordeaux in the apartment. We will also be happy to help you to gather further information and to prepare in advance the programme of your activities.
------- PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Within two hundred metres from the apartment, you will find all the shops and services necessary to meet your basic needs, along with several restaurants. A bit further away but still within walking distance, you will reach the Chartrons area, with its wide choice of first choice foods shops, antique shops, bars and restaurants.
A bus station stands some twenty metres from the apartment building. The tramway station can be found on the other side of the “Jardin Public”. For 10 € you can purchase a travelcard which will give you a week’s use of all the public transport of the town.
You will also find a public bike rental facility (with on-line booking, and credit card payment) some 50 metres from the apartment. Do not hesitate also to use the services of the “Taxi-bikes”, which will take you for a touristic trip within the city or to the destination of your choice.
You will find all the information you need about these in the apartment.
------- OUR 'PLUS': We will do our very best to make your stay the easiest and most pleasant as possible.
- If you need a TAXI to fetch you from the airport, we can book one for you. He will wait for you at the airport and you can pay him when you arrive at your apartment.
- When you arrive, you will find that we have stocked the apartment with SOME BASIC FOODS.
We spent a week in Bordeaux in November 2016. The apartment is beautifully furnished, well fitted and very homely. It is also very spacious. Entering the apartment, you are welcomed by a wonderful study with an antique study table. The bedroom is very comfortable and cosy. Wonderful sitting area overlooking the Jardin Public with ample dining space. Double full length glass doors open out to a balcony which will be perfect for sitting out in during long summer evenings with a glass of fine Bordeaux claret. The bathroom is modern, clean and well maintained with a proper 'power shower'. There are plenty of information leaflets and tourist brochures available in the apartment. An unexpected pleasant surprise was the dog play area in the Jardin Public across from the apartment buildings. The location was fantastic with easy access to the tram line (5 minute walk) and bus routes. Line C takes you directly to the Place de la Bourse, the city centre and the Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean. Alternatively a leisurely 20 minute walk takes you to the city centre. Cycling is an alternative way to get around. A walk through the Jardin Public is a must for everyone. The Chartrons area is within easy walking distance and with plenty of restaurants and antique shops and a visit is recommended.
Madame and Monsieur Raynaut were most welcoming and helpful. On our arrival, Madame Raynaut and her daughter took it upon themselves to make us feel very at home. There was a bottle of Chateau Peyrabon, milk, bread and other essentials for our convenienece whilst we got settled in. There were also some very good recommendations for restaurants (Cafe Du Port) in Bordeaux and places to visit. Madame and Monsieur Raynaut had thought of everything possible to make our stay in Bordeaux most comfortable. We would definately stay in the apartment again and would most definitely recommend it.
This is a rare review from someone who didn't even stay at the property; my young daughter who is taking a semester abroad, did.
Beyond the sweet location and comfort of the apartment I was most impressed with the kindness and care that both Claude and Bernadette extended to my daughter. When she arrived Claude greeted her with a welcome baguette, pound cake and drinks. As a parent on another continent I was reassured immediately that she was in very good hands.
My daughter's comment was that "they were the sweetest," to me. There's no greater comfort than knowing one of your children is being treated with love and respect.
So although I never set foot on the property what more do you need to know about the character of the people who rent here? My daughter did find the apartment quite charming in an ideal location and she will write more specifically about her accommodations but to both Claude and Bernadette my humble thanks!
My husband and I stayed at this apartment for 15 nights and we could not have asked for a better base for our wonderful stay in Bordeaux. The apartment is ideally located, within walking distance of the town centre, if you like to walk, and with a bus stop across the road if you prefer to save your legs for sightseeing. It is also close to trams, all manner of local food outlets (including a wonderful boulangerie, with delicious cakes), and restaurants.
The owner, Claude, could not have been a better host. Thank you for everything Claude - your quick responses to emails and helpful suggestions before we arrived; willingness to meet us at the apartment late in the evening on our day of arrival; stocking the fridge with breakfast provisions for our first morning; driving us to the tram when we were leaving; providing information on the best buses and trams etc to get to various places; and making restaurant bookings for us. It all made our stay wonderful and you are a truly amazing host.
The apartment listing is accurate and the property is very well maintained. We highly recommend the apartment for couples staying in Bordeaux.
Jenny and Francis
The apartment was beautiful and centrally located. The owners were very gracious and accommodating.
La Cascade is a first floor apartment with a full-width balcony that overlooks the Jardin Public. It also overlooks the bus stop where frequent buses take you, in minutes, to the Centre (at Quinconces) or to the tram stop at Paul Doumer (600m away) and thence to anywhere in the area ... or you can just stroll across the Jardin to the Centre. The apartment itself is high-ceilinged and elegantly furnished. The main room has seating, dining and cooking areas. To get to the shower room, you walk through a small well-equipped utility room. On the other side of a floor-to-ceiling wood and glass partition are the bedroom and entrance/office. The apartment is a very practical living space that has been lovingly thought through. Claude and Bernadette are great hosts with helpful suggestions, several of which we were able to follow up. A joy.
The apartment is in the Longchamps quarter of Bordeaux, which, despite being within easy walking distance to the town’s busiest and most lively shopping district, is an oasis of peace. Close by you will find the green and peaceful “Jardin Public” (or Public Park). Several nearby streets, which have retained their old cobblestones, contain residential townhouses. Can be also met some typical mansions of late 18th century architecture (such as the “Petit Hôtel Labottière”). A few hundred metres further along, you will find the last remaining vestiges of the roman Burdigala - the majestic ruins of the old local coliseum – the so-called “Palais Gallien”.
------- THE 'JARDIN PUBLIC' (formerly known as the Royal Gardens), originally laid out during the 18th Century but totally redesigned in the middle of the 19th Century to resemble an English Garden, begins just in front of the apartment and extends for eight hectares right into the centre of Bordeaux. Rare trees thoughtfully planted to evoke peace and harmony, luscious flower beds, swans swimming along the canal, a waterfall (just under the windows of the apartment), an old fashioned botanic garden, all these elements, mix together with classic-styled edifices remaining from the ancient Royal Gardens, make the park an ideal place to go for a walk, to run or to simply to sit on a bench to read or to dream.
------- THE GARONNE EMBANKMENT: A walk of a quarter of an hour will lead you to the Garonne River. On your way, you will cross the Jardin Public and pass along streets bordered with some of the most beautiful classic-styled buildings of the town: for example, the famous “Pavé des Chartrons”, an avenue where English and German wine merchants used to live during the 18th Century; and at the end of which you will find the beautiful “Hôtel Fenwick” where, in 1795, the first US consulate in the world was housed. The walk along the embankment of the Garonne will take you all through the city for 4 kilometres. On the side the river flows, you can sometimes admire majestic cruising ships on their arrival into the very heart of the city. On the other side, stand magnificent 17th and 18th century mansions, built in front of the harbour during the town’s Golden Age .
------ TOURISTIC DESTINATIONS: With its preserved historical sector of 1800 hectares – the largest inhabited urban area on the UNESCO World Heritage list – Bordeaux offers inexhaustible possibilities for discoveries and visits. And, in addition to the town itself, the environs of Bordeaux also offer many opportunities for enjoyable visits. Within a 50 kilometres radius, you will find the medieval city of Saint-Emilion, the wild Atlantic Ocean beaches, the elegant seaside resort of Arcachon, the Blaye fortress and many other castles and historical sites. You can reach them all by train or by bus and return within a one day.
------- THE ESTUARY: A river cruise on the Garonne or the Gironde estuary (in some places more than 10 kilometers wide) represents a unique experience due to the beauty of the landscapes and the quality of the light. You can also visit the lighthouse of Cordouan, an extraordinary baroque construction built in the river mouth in the 17th Century,
----- THE VINEYARDS: Of course, the name of Bordeaux is closely associated with the worldwide reputation of its wine. Oenological tourism is highly developed in the city and the region. The Tourism Office of the City of Bordeaux offers a large range of programmes to visit the most famous wine chateaux of the area. If you feel interested in more detailed touristic information, have a look to the websites of the Tourism office of Gironde (www.tourisme-gironde.fr) and of the City of Bordeaux (www.bordeaux-tourisme.com).
---- If you want to make your stay become an even more special experience, may we suggest you to call on “Bordeaux Walking Tours” which organizes private and small-group tours of the city with English-speaking guides? You will be able to choose among different themes, according to your personal interests. “Landmarks of Bordeaux Tour” will take you to the main historical spots of the city, from the Roman Empire right up to the modern times. With “Farmer’s Market Tour” you’ll discover the city’s best farmer’s market – Les Capucins -, while the “Gourmet Tour” will take you to three of the most treasured gourmet locations in Bordeaux (cheeses, desserts, wines). If you are wine lovers, “Wine in the City Tour” will give you to learn more about Bordeaux wine and its history and, last but not the least, to taste a selection of delicious Bordeaux wines.
To know more about “Bordeaux Walking Tours”, have look to their webside: http://www.bordeauxwalkingtours.com/
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Price includes every cost: cleaning, linen, taxes. No additional payment will be requested.
ACCORDING TO GUEST’S OPTION, THE PAYMENT OF THE BOOKING DEPOSIT CAN BE OPERATED DIRECTLY TO THE OWNER BY WAY OF A BANK TRANSFER. A RECEIPT WILL BE SENT TO THE GUEST AND A RENTAL CONTRACT WILL GIVE BOTH PARTIES GUARANTIES ABOUT THE CONDITIONS OF THE TRANSACTION.
Booking deposit: 25%.
Preceding 45 days before arrival: reservation deposit paid back (minus bank transfer costs and according to change rate fluctuations).
Between 45 and 21 days before arrival: 50% of deposit paid back (minus bank transfer costs and according to change rate fluctuations).
After 21 days before arrival: no repayment.
Balance payment in case of direct payment to the owner will be operated in cash at arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.