About this listing
SUPER SPECIAL FOR NOVEMBER 2015!!
HALF PRICE holidays...
Due to work on 4th appartment regular prices halved on all appartments. Work is indoors only and only between 9am and 5:30pm each day.
NEW FOR 2015 -DAILY COOKING COURSES - See details below.
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. (Jacuzzi and sauna to be booked in advance as not available all year round. 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.
° Washing Machine
° Coffee Machine (NESPRESSO)
° 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)
- For a minimum of 3 people and maximum of 8, DAILY cooking courses with an excellent local professional chef.
Example of a typical day
9h30 (after your breakfast served in your appartment) head out to the local market to pick up supplies for the lunch and dinner meal. Tips on buying local produce. Coffee in the market square.
11h Return to the house to prepare the lunch meal, such as papillotes de veau, piperade basque, lasagne au salmon, followed by Tarte Tatin, Clafoutis etc.
12h30 to 14h - Lunch together at the family table eating your prepared meal.
14h - 16h - Private time, either sieste in your appartment, bike ride on the bicycle path, sauna or jacuzzi.
16h - 18h30 - Cooking course, to prepare the evening meal, such as Blanquette de veau, Magret de Canard - the list is endless, plus a dessert, macarons, cannelles Bordeaux.
19h -> Enjoy your meal either in your appartement or at the family table. Wine included.
COST - 150 euros per person per day which includes 6 HOURS of cooking tuition, LUNCH + Wine, DINNER + Wine. Transport to and from farmers' Market or other place of visit.
Extensive Menus on demand, and the market visit can be changed to a Chateaux visit in the afternoon for a wine appreciation course. If you are interested and less than 3 people in your group let me know as we may have others staying too interested at the same time to make up the minimum capacity requirement.
Breakfast details for stays less than a week.
There is a Nespresso coffee machine in the appartment. I bring you each morning a croissant and a chocolatine freshly cooked and delived by the local baker each morning plus bread for each person, the standard french breakfast, plus orange juice, butter and jams. 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 fee, half of that of a taxi
** 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, the code is indicated on your reservation.
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.