About this listing
Our home and garden is on 2 acres of French countryside between Bordeaux and St Emilion on the edge of a small village overlooking vinyards and fields. Family heirlooms, antique french linens on comfortable bads, good books, a piano, all spiced with a collection of contempory art ...welcome our guests.
A former blacksmith shop, now living room, gave the house its name, La Forge, and much loving resauration work to the 18th Century building gave the results that you can enjoy today...a house that feels like home no matter what your nationality.
The main floor bedroom with an ensuite, skylit bath has a terrasse to the west and a private entrance from the courtyard.
Upstairs there are two suites with a bath and double bed. One is a family suite next to a children's room with 4 built in "lit clos" with adult size (email hidden)e two rooms share a bathroom with a deep antique clawfoot tub.
The other suite has a room with a double bed and a room with a large single bed that share a bathroom with a shower.
La Forge main floor living room, library, entrance hall and dining room all have comfortable places to enjoy music, read and gather to talk. There is always room in the fridge to keep tomorrow's picnic and the wine glasses and dishes may be used for you evening meal if you don't feel like going out for dinner every day.
There are garden tables and lounge chairs for relaxing and watching the birds...
For more exercise our family pool at the farm annex just down the road 1 mile is open to our guests as well as a few bikes that you my borrow. This year we've added access to a private beach less than 2 miles from the house...a beautiful turquoise blue lake with water skiing (one low noise inboard boat!) A nearby 50 mile off the road bike path provides a wonderful way to discover the countryside and villages between Bordeaux and the heart of the Entre Deux Mers wine appelation.
Interaction with Guests
Bruno and I live both at the farm in his 14th Century water mill and at my family's Forge so you'll see us often...or at least me as Bruno is usually off to Bordeaux early most mornings. I enjoy my cup tea with my guests at breakfast while I fill them in on what's going on in the area.
Bruno proposes lunch twice a month on saturdays for our friends and guests with produce from our gardens and local markets...it you're around you might be interested in signing up for the "table d'hôte". We also organise, with prior reservations, hands on cooking classes in the mill's kitchen with local chefs as well as diners in private French homes. The main idea of all of these activities is to help you get to know the French...and for us to enjoy our guests...but we also understand if some days you'd just like to relax in silence in the hamac.