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.
Carol is an absolutely wonderful person whose home is infused with warmth and charm. She is an extremely thoughtful host who shared great tips for visiting the region. We wish we had stayed longer! If you are interested in discovering the wine region of Bordeaux, you could not be better situated. We were traveling with our two boys, 12 and 8 and they both took to Carol immediately. They loved the morning pancakes and fruits plucked right of the trees and we grown-ups loved the wide ranging chats. Thank you Carol!
Carol and Bruno's place was beautiful, just as depicted in their photos. The decor was tasteful and authentic and just what we were hoping for in our restful three days at their home. Set in a gorgeous garden with fruit trees and it's own rabbit, our room was comfortable, clean and bursting with interesting collectables and rural French authenticity.
Carol was warm and welcoming and incredibly generous with her time and conversation. Her breakfast, down to the homemade jams and fresh juices, was delicious. She recommended good restaurants in the local area and other places to visit. Her delightful personality made our visit even more special. We had difficulty locating the place from the Airbnb coordinates, so make sure you have the actual address before setting off. We would recommend La Forge to anyone wanting a quintessential French experience.
We had the most amazing time ever in Carol and Bruno's house. The setting is absolutely exquisite and Carol, is quite simply, a gorgeous host. Carol went out of her way to help us plan our days, recommended and then even booked restaurants for us. She is warm, welcoming and engaging and prepared a lovely breakfast every morning, using the best of everything. The attention to lovely details in this gorgeous home really adds to the experience. Carol's knowledge is tremendous and she is genuinely interested in engaging with her guests and helping them have a great stay. Highly recommend this wonderful house and Carol, a truly lovely person.
For months I had been working on a tour of southern France for my wife and I along with two other couples. From the moment I first contacted Carol concerning details about our upcoming stay I found her to be extremely helpful and delightful to talk with. Our expectations were exceeded from the moment we arrived at La Forge. Carol's home is charming, picturesque and cozy. She gave us access to not only her home but her lovely garden as well. Each breakfast was prepared with care and detail to esthetic beauty. Each morning Carol helped us figure out our days activities, provided much appreciated guidance as to wineries, tastings, restaurants and local points of interest. A few times we prepared our own meals and enjoyed eating out in the garden in the beautiful setting of her spacious yard. In the evening we sat out in the garden looking out at the stars at night as the weather also cooperated with us. We totally enjoyed our stay at La Forge and highly recommend it to everyone!
We would definitely recommend staying at la forge! We had a lovely stay. Carol and Bruno are such lovely people and very welcoming. We would recommend doing a French cooking class. The food was delicious and so much fun. This bnb is very well located with only a short drive to visit St Emilion.
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About the Host, Carol & Bruno
I'm a french american who has been living in France most of my life. I've run a B&B for many years and I organise personalised specialty tours (cooking, wine, gardens, brocant and contempory art)... as well as being an agent for european performing artists who perform for children and family audiences in North America and Asia. My husband, Bruno, is a psychatrist in Bordeaux and a passionat cook and gardener. We both love working on our 14th and 18th century houses, we have a very messy wood shop where we seem to have never ending projects and every year we have new hopes for our gardens that keep us busy. However, we like to take time to enjoy my four children (who are spread out between several countrys) and our grandchildren... as well as our guests who often become good friends !