About this listing
SUPER SPECIAL EXTENDED PRINTEMPS 2015!!
For bookings of 2 days SPA special..
Relax in a luxurious jacuzzi in an incredible location, at the top of a 16th century pigeon house, with views over garden and bottle of champagne provided! See details.
Fully equiped kitchen, oven/microwave, 4 ring gas stove, coffee machine, toaster, cooking equipment etc.....
For 2 adults plus a couple of small children for no extra cost - One main double bed upstairs, plus a fold out sofa bed downstairs, where children can sleep. I have also had extra adults sleeping on the sofa bed downstairs for a small extra surcharge for the linen etc, consult me.
Beautifully restored historical 17th century orginally wine estate with 1.5 hectares of land. Completely private and self contained loft stype appartment with bedroom upstairs plus a small sofa bed downstairs (120cm x 195cm). Original exposed beams and sandstone walls. This is the 2nd of 3 self contained appartments on the property, completely private from each other. Minutes from Unesco classed village St. Emilion 13 kms away, plus 40 minutes from the beautiful city of Bordeaux. Completely surrounded by the Entre-Deux-Mer vineyards, red and white, and a multitute of vineyards to visit, or go winetasting. All modern comforts, plus bicycle path at 500 metres leading to you 100 kms of paths admist the villages and countryside of the Gironde.There is even a vineyard that you can access easily via the bicycle path at Espiet, just don't drink too much for the bike ride back! Swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Breakfast included when renting at the nightly rate, otherwise with the weekly rate a welcome basket is provided with wine and local produce. Kitchen fully equipped.
*** FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014 SPECIAL ****
For all booking of 2 nights, the jacuzzi (spa bath) is at your disposition at no extra charge, located at the top of a magnificent 16th century pigeon house. Note that the access is restricted for the adventurous and lithe adults only, as the staircase to access this area is very narrow and steep, but once you get there you won't be disappointed! The jacuzzi is a 3 person model, so plenty of space for 2, with massage jets, water fountains and LED lights and heated at 38°C. There are 3 windows with lovely views, (see the main photo with the swimming pool and the house in the background, and this area is in the top of the building with the pointed roof and 2 rounded windows at the top).
On your arrival you will also find a bottle of chilled champagne for your first usage of the jacuzzi. All other offers still apply, such as the morning breakfast delivery and all charges including heating. Note that the jacuzzi does not run on permanance, please advise if you would like to use it for it to be set up.
° Washing Machine
° Coffee Machine (pressure style with fresh ground coffee)
° Coffee Machine (italian style in aluminum)
° Coffee Machine (plunger style, for tea leaves too)
° Small ironing board
° American style shower with large shower head for a good shower!)
° Also european style shower upstairs with a hand held shower head
° TV with built in DVD player
° Stereo system that has an IPHONE port and can also read cards
° WIFI access in the appartment (free)
Breakfast details for stays less than a week.
In the appartment I leave you fresh milk, tea and coffee for your arrival. There are 3 coffee machines, (see above). In this way you can prepare your coffee and tea yourselves when you're ready, and I bring you each morning a croissant and a chocolatine freshly cooked (yumm) plus bread for each person, the standard french breakfast, plus orange juice, butter and jams. If you would prefer 2 croissants, or 2 chocolatines, or pain au raisin, instead of one of each for example please let me know in advance. I usually bring the tray and leave it outside your front door around 8h00 or 8h30, let me know if you need it earlier than that.
** I can come and pick you up from the airport or train station for a small fee, only half of that of a taxi, and even less if I'm already in the area for any reason, you can just contribute to petrol.
** Likewise, if you are coming without a car (possible as there is a small shop walking distance away and we have bikes for outings) I am happy to drive you to the local supermarket when I'm going for no charge.
** For larger groups I have a 7 seater car that you can hire on a daily or half daily basis.
** Ask me about the caves, underneath our village, I can take you on a tour if you like....
** Meal of the Day can be arranged, either served in your appartment or at the family table, roast 2kg grain fed chicken with fresh vegetables and the best home made french fries in the area, cheese platter, coffee and freshly baked biscuits, plus all the wine you can drink... - all produce from within a 5 km radius and fresh on the day. Just one example daily meal. We need to know 24 hours in advance. Price from 15 to 20 euros per person, including all the wine you can drink!
** For the history and archeaology lovers, a very old region, the local church is 10th century but much older than that, roman gold coins have been found on our grounds, and just metres away in Romagne, a farmer ploughing his land for planting vineyards came across the roof of an old building, when the archeological society came to investigate (a legal obligatgion) they excavated a roman ruin. When they were finished the farmer filled it back up again to plant his vines - wine is sacred....! Our neiqhbour has a well that half way down has a tunnel that leads somewhere - yet to be investigated... Previous guests are certain of having found markings of the cathar knights on a rocky road up to the main village from us.
PETS!!! Note that we have a dog and 2 cats. The dog, Doggy is in our part of the garden and can't leave, very strict regulations about dogs being enclosed here, so for those of you scared of dogs he can't get out (but actually loves being with people unfortunately for him!) We have 2 cats, one that lives with Doggy and is very old, and another one that is our cat called Katleen and is very sweet. If you read in some of the comments, we have some negative feedback - this spring (2012) 2 wild mother cats had their babies here and due to the large number of families visiting with children, the children adopted the kittens for the length of their stay resulting in the most friendly and human loving kittens you had ever seen! We had so many crying children at the end of their trips when they couldn't take the kittens home I can't even tell you! Unfortunately (or fortunately for those of you that don't like cats) there are no kittens left, placed or killed on the road due to the fact that they were so so tame they would sleep on the road :-( and the mother cat has since been caught and desexed.... So the comments about unruly kittens invading your appartment no longer applies!
Guests have access to the 1.5 hectares of our property, with the exception of an area that Doggy, our dog lives in. (He can't get out by the way, only when I take him on walks). Afterwards, there's also the pool, available to all guests, wading and swimming pool, hammocks in the garden, bicycles in the bicycle shed (please check with me first as sometimes people book them), the sauna (again on demand to be prepared, and I need to show you how to light the fire ), the jacuzzi, (on demand for the same reasons as well). There is WIFI access in the appartments, I will give you the code when you arrive.
Interaction with Guests
I am present on the property, available when you need me, but as discreet as possible! I love to interact with my guests when that is what they are looking for, but if they prefer more privacy that is fine for me, I would never intrude.
The place was great and really clean. Simone was really welcoming. We could make a barbecue and the swimming pool was great.
This was possibly the best AirBnB experience I've had, in hands-down the best apartment I've found on here. Simone has an absolutely beautiful property, which she's laid out with care and obvious love, leading to a really special guest experience.
From the breakfast basket each morning, to the home-cooked dinner, to the helpful tips and recommendations for the local area, Simone was a great host - one who really understands what guests do and don't want from an AirBnB booking. There was no long list of house rules, and the whole atmosphere of the place was friendly and relaxed throughout...helped perhaps by all the kittens tearing around the garden and demanding cuddles!
The gite itself is as described in the listing. It's fully equipped for both short and longer stays, with a cosy den downstairs, lots of kitchen equipment, two showers, and a lovely loft bedroom. Given the rural setting, it was no surprise to find a few interesting-looking bugs at various points, but absolutely nothing that bit of spray couldn't take care of. The terrace has table and chairs, and is perfect for both morning and evening lazing around...if you can resist migrating over to the pool or heading out to explore the local vineyards.
I could go on... Basically, for the price this listing represents exceptional value, and five minutes after checking out I was already scanning availability for later in the year - it's the sort of place you don't just visit once.
Thanx Simone for a fantastic stay at your beautiful loft! It sure is beautiful and I liked the interior design a lot! It is rather small and the applied solutions are outstanding I have to say.
We loved the terrasse which has got view over the pool and the garden with our favourite being opening Simone´s basket in the morning with orange juice and brand new Pain au chocolat & Croissants...what a perfect way to start the day!
The pool was good, surroundings beautiful and last not but least Simone offered us some bikes so we had the chance to enjoy the countryside on her bikes which was great!
Thanx again for everything.
All the best Rut & co.
Le lieu est vraiment magnifique et nous avons été très bien reçu malgré un planning difficile de notre côté. Mon seul regret aura été de ne pas avoir pu profiter plus de notre hôte, en espérant que ce ne soit que partie remise ! Un immense merci Simone !
Simone est attentionnée, charmante et discrète. Elle a effectivement rendu notre séjour très agréable et paisible. Elle a été aux petits soins. Je la remercie encore pour toutes ses attentions. Je recommande chaleureusement l adresse.
This is probably the most stylish place we have stayed in, and that, in a rural setting, is a really magical combination. The loft is not too spacious but you are going to spend most of the time outside so that should not matter.
The location provides easy access to many gorgeous towns and villages, just rent a car.
Simone was a great host, graceful, knowledgeable, with great English, she also suggested a great up and coming fancy restaurant in Saint Emillion, a culinary highlight of our trip.
There are certain things that may require a little adjustment there so if they bother you, be warned. The toilet, right next to the kitchen, is not entirely enclosed. The air refreshener takes care of it completely. The bedroom is directly under the roof so it can be a little warm, and there is no AC. Again, the fan was sufficient.
Children were absolutely thrilled with resident kittens, climable trees, and treats from local markets. Overall, a great experience.
We had a great stay with Simone. She was very generous with her time and the space is beautiful. Simone helped us find great experiences related to good food and wine. I would highly recommend this spot for relaxing or for really good wine tourism. Simone embodies all that is good about the airbnb community, kind, generous, easy going and a host who works hard to provide a nice space and and a good experience. The property itself is really nice in a great location. Make sure you plan a longer stay as the charm of that area will work it's magic.
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About the Host, Simone
Hello and welcome! I will make sure that you feel comfortable and do all I can to make sure you have a wonderful stay. Please do not hesitate to ask for anything to turn your visit into great memories!