Beautiful & comfortable stone house on a Bordeaux winery with a shared pool
- english, french
About Rives Andréa
Jean-Louis has travelled for 4 years around the world and met his wife Nola (from Australia) when traveling in Melbourne. In 1975 they decided to come back to Bordeaux to help Jean-Louis’s family with the farm at the time. Then in 1984, Jean-Louis decided to create the winery where you can now find 6 different wines (red, dry white, clairet, rosé, sweet white and sparkling wine). It’s in 1998 that they both decided to start the adventure of receiving guests. First starting with le Magnolia, then renovating 2 houses in 2000 and le Relais in 2010. The main building which is about 400-year-old used to be a coach house where horses were changed over just before going or coming out of Bordeaux. Le Relais used to be the stables. That’s why you will find a metal horse head on the top of its façade and on the wine label. Their daughter Andrea (the eldest of their 3 children) who lived in Australia for 6 years came back to work with them since 2008. It is in this family surrounding that you will be welcomed for your Bordeaux holidays.
Rives Andréa purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1962
Why Rives Andréa chose Saint-Caprais-de-Bordeaux
Chateau la Gontrie is an ideal base to discover all of the beauties of Bordeaux and its surrounding area in a calm and relaxed country side. Only 20 minutes from Bordeaux, makes it ideal to visit the centre and all of the main wine areas: Saint Emilion (40 minutes drive), Sauternes (30 minutes) or Pessac Léognan (30 minutes)…etc Being on a family winery you will benefit from the free visit of the vines, winery and of their 5 different Bordeaux wines (Côtes de Bordeaux red, Bordeaux dry white, Bordeaux rosé, Bordeaux clairet, 1ère Côtes de Bordeaux moelleux : sweet white) and their 6th wine which is a sparkling wine. This visit takes around 1hour and half and is in English of course. Passionate about their region, Jean-Louis, Nola and Andrea will be happy to share with you their local knowledge and their favourite visits. Living on the property, Jean-Louis and Nola will always be happy to help you out during your holidays if ever you need assistance, or with any questions you would have during your stay. Andrea will also be happy to assist you with setting up your activities: like booking a French patisserie lesson, a surfing lesson in Cap Ferret, a restaurant…etc. It is an ideal destination to resource yourself surrounded by your family or friends in a spacious sunny holiday house. Finally, we do believe that having a good bed is 50% of a good holiday that’s why we take a special care on the quality of our mattresses and that our holiday house meets all the needs of modern life such as Wi-Fi, TV, well equipped kitchen etc.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
- free wine tasting with the owner Jean-Louis who is bi-lingual in english and passionate about wines - delightful swimming pool only for the use of the guest of the holiday houses on the property - we spend half an hour with each family to tell them all about what there is to do and see around the area and in Bordeaux depending on their age, if they have children (and age of their children) or their needs. - free bycicles on the property for adults and children - scénique look outs around the property on the vines and forest - safe environment for children
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A bright, spacious, and welcoming property.
As a family of four we stayed two weeks at Le Relais. It is a lovely bright and clean space, well equipped and comfortable. Our hosts Nola and Jean-Louise couldn’t have been more helpful and generous with information on local things to do. The wine tasting we had with Jean-Louise was very intesting and we enjoyed drinking his wine during our stay! The pool was a great way to cool down and with 3 other families staying in other accommodation at the Château there was the opportunity to socialise as well. Saint Caprais de Bordeaux is a lovely little village and the area quite rural and yet close to Bordeaux. We would certainly return!
We stayed at Relais for one brilliant week.
The property is extremely spacious, very clean, comfortable and well equipped, comprising on the ground floor a kitchen, large utility room with washing machine and a large dining room / sitting room.
The two equally large first floor bedrooms have spacious ensuite shower rooms each with hand wash basin, wc and large walk-in showers.
Outside there is an adjacent secluded area with a sun canopy, table, chairs and sun loungers. The grounds of la Gontrie comprising vines, gardens and grassed areas are at guests disposal as is the shared swimming pool.Sitting outside & enjoying the Chateau's wines is a most pleasurable experience.
The owners Jean Louis & Nola and their daughter Andrea are most welcoming , friendly & very helpful with information about local facilities , restaurants and places to visit.
We highly recommend Chateau la Gontrie and hope that we shall be able to visit again one day.
My husband and I spent a week here with his brother and sister-in-law. We were all so very impressed with the gite. It is very spacious and has everything you need.
The bedrooms are upstairs and each bedroom has its own ensuite. Our room had twin beds but they had been put together so we really had a king size bed and it was very comfortable. The bathrooms are bright and modern.
The main floor, with a large kitchen, laundry room, toilet, dining room and living room was excellent. The guys would go to the local bolangere each morning and get our baguette and croissants and we had lovely breakfasts every day.
The owners were so welcoming! We felt like good friends by the time we left. Nola took us on a tour of the grounds when we first arrived and told us we could help ourselves to her wonderful herb garden. There is a nice swimming pool but the weather wasn't quite warm enough for us to use it. We were able to sit outside though and had a few happy hours on our sunny patio. We also had a couple of barbequed dinners out there.
Jean-Louis came over the first evening and gave us excellent information on what we could see in the area, and drew us a map, marking everyone on it. We were able to visit most of his suggestions and they were all good. He also gave us a wine tour, He makes amazing wine!
Each day he would drop over for a little visit to see what we had done and our plans for the next day. Not at all obtrusive, just so very friendly and helpful.
His suggestion for dinner at La Table, in a nearby village less than a 10 minute drive away, was excellent. It had a lovely courtyard at the back where we were able to sit out and have our meal. It was a very nice ending to a wonderful week.
We were all sad to go and would definitely stay here again if we are back in France.
Thank you very much for your lovely review. We enjoyed having you stay in our cottage Le Relais and look forward to seeing you for your next trip to Europe.
Andrea, Nola and Jean-Louis
Belle semaine de vacances au château La Gontrie
Nous avons passé une excellente semaine, dans un environnement préservé, et avons particulièrement apprécié votre accueil, votre disponibilité et la passion que vous mettez dans ce que vous faites.
A ce titre, la dégustation de vos crus a été un vrai moment de plaisir.
Le gîte est très spacieux, doté de tout le nécessaire permettant de se sentir chez soi, dans le calme d’une très belle propriété. Expérience à renouveler pour poursuivre la découverte de cette belle région
Merci pour votre chaleureux message. Nous serons ravis de vous accueillir de nouveau lors d'un futur séjour sur Bordeaux.
Perfect holiday in Bordeaux
We spend a very nice week in this spacious and well equipped house. We had everything we needed indside and outside, including baby gear (high chair, bed, bath) and very friendly hosts.
The area is very nice with lots of things to explore - easy to go to Bordeaux (we recommend eg Mirror d’eau, Cite du Vin and the museum CAPC), St-Emilion, Cadillac (lunch or dinner at L’Entree Jardin), Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, and definitely Dune du Pilat.
- climbing tree park at 7 km : Arbor et sens : http://www.arbor-et-sens.fr/index.php?lang=en
- wake board park at 6km in Baurech : http://www.exoloisirs.com/fr/content/exo-33-baurech
- Horse riding in Saint Caprais de Bordeaux , 2km : https://ecuries-cavalers.ffe.com/
- 4 golfs at half and hour to 1 hour from Chateau la Gontrie with possibility of a golf pass during 3 days : http://golf-bordeaux-gironde.fr/fr/nos-golfs-pass/
closest golf 3à minutes : http://www.golfdebordeauxcameyrac.fr/
- cycling track 54 km long who passes at 3 km from Chateau la Gontrie : http://www.af3v.org/-Fiche-VVV-.html?voie=16#
in Bordeaux :
- wave surf cafe in Bordeaux 30 minutes : http://www.wave-surf-cafe.fr/activites.html
- skate park at 20 minutes : http://www.hangardarwin.org/and in Bordeaux : http://www.jackspots.fr/2012/08/bordeaux-33.html