Large, comfortable and spacious holiday house on a Bordeaux family winery
- 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
Pool / Spa
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Amazing house and great hosts.
Fabulous large Farm House surround by vineyards. Our hosts, Jean-Louie and Nola are wonderful and very helpful
about what to see in the Bordeaux region. Our host produce several different wines including red. white and a rose, but also a sparkling wine. Jean-Louie also gave us a wine tasting and some tips about how to enjoy the flavor. Highly recommend this farm house.
Relaxing family friendly holiday
We spent a lovely week in this traditionally furnished farmhouse, set in a large estate and working vineyard. The pictures are a very acurate representation of the house. The house, especially the kitchen was well equipped and had everything you would need for a self catering holiday. The pool was well maintained and child friendly. The availability of cycles for the entire family was very welcome. Our host, John-Louis was extremely helpful in guiding us about what to do in the surrounding area. We enjoyed his wine tour which was followed by a wine tasting of his produce. The location was convenient as a base for day trips to places like St Emilion and Bordeaux. A car is necessary to enjoy the region. The only downside is that there was not much to see or do in the local villages. We would recommend this house to those looking for a quiet base to have a relaxing holiday and for those interested in wine tasting experiences.
Beautiful property, very high standard, really well equipped and great hosts.
My wife and two of our children were lucky enough to pick this property for our week away at the end of August. I honestly can’t think of a thing that was wrong with the entire experience. The welcome was excellent, the information provided by the host both in relation to the region and the property were only outshone by the wonderful, honest and interesting wine tour and tasting experience provided. We would recommend this to any family looking to relax l, have easy access to the enormous amount of activities and beautiful countryside and enjoy getting to understand more about the world of wine. My daughter never wanted to leave and all the family said this was the best holiday ever. A simple recipe of a great and well equipped property and an interested and interesting host. Nothing was too much trouble and we felt welcome the entire time. In honesty we have very little French between us and have always worried about how people react to this but this was never an issue for our host and we thank them the more for it.
Thank you for a great holiday and we hope to return as soon as we can.
Fabulous Family house in Saint Capraix de Bordeaux!!!
We were in Saint Capraix de Bordeaux for one week in July in this fantastic house. The house is wonderful, splendid, comfortable and have all you could need. It is an ancient family house with big windows, a lot of light at home, with so much space to enjoy inside.
Through the windows you can see the vineyards. Is very beatiful!! You can know their vineyards and their vins.
The owners are very, very kind, nice and friendly with us!!
We took bikes to go to the little village and swam in the swimmingpool.
My family and I really enjoyed in this house! May be next summer we will return!!
Merci for this very nice review. We look forward to seeing you next summer.
Jean-Louis, Nola and Andrea
Beautiful stay, would highly recommend!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful property! Jean-Louis and Nola were fantastic hosts, organising us a taxi from Bordeaux airport to the property due to our late night arrival, and ensuring we had everything we needed for a fantastic week.
The property itself is absolutely beautiful! Extremely spacious and cleaned to a very high standard. It is surrounded by amazing vineyards and a large garden area. The swimming pool is also perfect for a relaxing week in the sun!
The setting of the property is completely idyllic, just a short walk / bike ride away from the local supermarket and bakery. We did not have a car for our stay and so used the bus to get into Bordeaux for a couple of day trips. The bus stops just outside the property and really easy to use! We also made great use of the bicycles available at the property to explore the immediate local area.
We would highly recommend this property and look forward to staying again at some point in the future! Massive thank you for Jean-Louis and Nola!!
This property is in a quiet location based on a working vineyard. The property is approx a 30 min easy drive from Bordeaux airport. When we arrived the property did not disappoint. It was as described online. The kitchen is well furnished with all utensils and equipment. The living area is spacious, clean and comfortable. The stairs to the upper floor separates the 2 areas. The bedrooms were clean and comfortable. The bathrooms were clean.
Jean-Louis and Nola were always on hand if required but not intrusive. Jean-Louis has a wide knowledge of the area and helped us plan areas to visit. The property is within easy reach of St Emillion, Sauternes and many other wine producing areas. If you want good wine then try the produce of Jean-Louis. Each Sunday you can purchase fresh oysters in the village,goes down well with Jeans produce.The Village is a 10 min easy walk and there are various bigger shops within 20 mins drive.Loose yourself in the countryside its relaxing.If you enjoy photography like me then you have a choice of quiet villages, chateaus or Bordeaux itself.
There were many elements which made this an enjoyable holiday. If I am in this area again I will stay at this property again.
- 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