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.
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre séjour dans cette chambre d'hôte. La région est très belle, l'accueil très agréable et le lieu conforme aux photos et à la description.
L'extérieur est calme et joli, et le studio est bien aménagé. Les sanitaires ne sont pas d'un confort extraordinaire (petit lavabo d'un coté, douche de l'autre) sans vraie salle de bain, mais cela ne nous a pas gêné. Le coin cuisine est très bien équipé, nous avons pu y cuisiner notre repas facilement, et nous avons apprécié d'avoir notre petite terrasse privative devant le studio (avec barbecue!). Quant au petit coin salon, un peu en retrait, il y a tout juste la place d'y mettre un lit parapluie, et comme il est séparé par un rideau, notre fille y a passé la nuit et la sieste.
Le petit déjeuner est plutôt léger (mais suffisant) et bon et déposé dans un panier à l'entrée du studio, ce qui permet de le savourer en pyjama à l'heure souhaitée !
Seul petit bémol, la propreté du frigo laisse à désirer et il y a quelques odeurs d'humidité dans la douche et les wc.
Mais c'est largement compensé par l'accueil charmant et la disponibilité de Simone qui nous a conseillé sur les caves et restaurants de la région, et a fait le bonheur de notre fille en lui montrant leur chaton de quelques jours.
Je recommande donc.
Simone was lovely and extremely helpful when planning what to do with our days, even calling to make bookings on our behalf. The gite was comfortable and quite french with its shabby chic feel -not everything worked and it was a little worn around the edges but nothing major. We found that the hot tub was not working while we were there which was a little disappointing as it played a part in our decision to book in the first place but the pool was very refreshing on a hot day. Overall a lovely place to stay with easy access (30 min drive) to St Emillion.
Thanks for having us and for your hospitality, Alex and Alex
What a unique and amazing place - it's a modern loft nestled into a remodeled old building amongst vineyards. Simone has done a great job building this place and she is also a wonderful and delightful host. She advised us on restaurants, wineries and markets close by - and even left us breakfast every morning. We had such a relaxing stay and it was the perfect location for exploring St. Emilion and all the nearby wineries.
Our stay with Simone was magical and a lot of the magic was created by Simone through her care, kindness and attention to our needs. We loved the apartment and the beautiful bed in the loft with window in the roof - like being in a glamorous tree house. Each morning we woke to a basket of breakfast goodies discretely left at the door - very special. The area has a brilliant bike path for rides and Simone provided the bikes and directions. She also cooked us a 3 course meal one night which matched all the best dining we'd experienced in Paris but for a very generous portion of the cost. She did drop-off and pick ups for our day in St Emilion (close by) for a minimal fee. And train station pick-up and drop off also as we didn't hire a car. The Jacuzzi was a treat too. My partner and I are very private people but Simone was very discreet and respectful and we fully embraced her involvement in our time there. Thanks Simone for sharing the dream you've worked so hard to create for the pleasure of others.
Thank you Simone for making our mini holiday such a relaxing, comfortable and interesting break! Simone's charming and friendly manner, as well as her care and attention to making sure that we had everything we needed were outstanding. She made sure that the activities she suggested for us were tailored to suit us, and her home cooked food was delicious! The apartment was exactly as described and as shown in the photos, and the bed is very comfortable!
The area surrounding the property is beautiful, quiet, and very close to the cycle path which is easy and pretty to ride along for days out on the bikes. We would definitely recommend Simone and her home to others!
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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!