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What makes Cottage des Vignes a great holiday rental
The cottage is one of three holiday properties (they do not overlook one another) set in beautiful, gently undulating countryside, allowing plenty of opportunities for exploring on foot or by bike. The decor and furnishings are of a good, modern standard throughout. Tiled floors, exposed stone walls, exposed beams upstairs and bright blue shutters outside all give the cottage charm and character.
New for 2019 - pool to be heated!
Families looking for a blend of relaxation and activity, particularly anyone with an interest in wine and its production.
Why the Bordeaux region?
Wine, naturally! Plenty of opportunity for dégustation (tasting) and finding out all about wine, both on the estate and at any number of the chateaux and vineyards of the region.
There is also a wide choice of activities available nearby including golf, water sports, horse riding, cycling and walking.
The region is also steeped in history and culture, we recommend strolling around one of the many historic villages, or a visit to the fascinating city of Bordeaux itself.
Small sitting area with seating for 4 and TV at one end, open-plan kitchen with dining table for 4 at the other.
Bedroom 1, with double, four-poster style bed, lamps, bed-side tables, colourful bedding; ensuite walk-in shower room with basin
Bedroom 2, with twin beds; ensuite shower with basin
The properties are separated from the road by a gate; there is parking for 1 car outside the cottage.
At the rear of the cottage is a terrace with table and chairs for 4, pergola and barbecue, and a small private, lawned garden, open at the far end and looking out to the vines and forest at the rear of the estate. Hedges and shrubs on either side mean the garden is not overlooked by the neighbouring properties.
Guests at Cottage des Vignes also have use of the estate's large grounds, heated swimming pool, bikes and games (volley-ball, table-tennis, badminton, swing-ball). The swimming pool measures 12m x 6m with a maximum depth of 2.5m. It is surrounded by a fence with a security gate. The pool is open from 1st April to 30th October and is shared with the other guests.
1 double bedroom (140 x 190 cm), 1 twin bedroom (100 x 200 cm each, can be joined to make double)
2 shower rooms
12m x 6m, up to 2.5m deep, heated and with fenced surround and security gate. Shared with the other guests. Open April 1st-October 30th.
You are asked please to observe the owner's own occupancy rules:
1. Cleaning service is not included in our prices and you are expected to leave your cottage clean and neat. If you don’t want to clean, a charge of 120 Euros for the “Maison & Grange des Vignes” , and of 70 Euros for Cottage des Vignes will be deduced from your bond.
2. Prices quoted include the following : Electricity, water, (except for the heating see mention* above), cot (available on request), cleaning products, bed linen, and use of the swimming pool
3. Prices quoted exclude the following : use of telephone, fax .
4. Accommodation is available on a weekly basis only; from Saturday to Saturday.
5. Guests are asked to arrive after 5.30 P.M. on the Saturday and leave before 10.00 A.M. on the departing Saturday (to allow time for preparing for the next guests).
6. No extra guest are allowed to sleep over night or to use the facilities on the premises.
7. Smoking in the gites is not permitted.
8. You use the private pool at your own risk. Children should be supervised at all times.
No smoking inside the cottage. Pets are not allowed
The cottage is located in the grounds of the wine-maker's small estate, just off a country road and 1km from the centre of the small town of St Caprais (with tabac, boulangerie, mini-market and a couple of bars).
Nearest village / town: Bordeaux (17 kms)
Nearest beach: le Grand Crohot (Cap Ferret) approx. 70 kms
Boulangerie: St Caprais 800m
Restaurant: St Caprais 800m
Market: Créon (10 kms) Wednesdays
Wine-making on the estate
Amazingly this modest 16 hectare estate, in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux appelation, produces four Grands Vins de Bordeaux: a deep merlot-based red, a rosé-style 'clairet', dry-ish white and, best of all, a stunning semillon-based sweet white wine. With the vines growing around you, and Jean-Louis at work in the winery, it feels a rare privilege to have an opportunity to see wine-making at such close quarters, in the world's home of wine. Even if you're only a moderate wine-fan when you arrive, it's certain you'll leave again enthused with Jean-Louis' passion, and a boot-load of your favourites of his range.
Also, several footpaths run from close to the estate around the local countryside and vineyards, for walks of between 2 and 4 hours.
In and around St Caprais
St Caprais is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers countryside, one of the loveliest parts of the Gironde - soft, undulating hills, ancient villages (St Macaire, La Sauve-Majeure and Cadillac should be high on anyone's list for a visit), baroque châteaux and some excellent wines.
St Caprais is a pleasant town with basic amenities and a beautiful ancient church, de rigueur in these parts. There are several activities nearby, including a tree-top adventure park in St Caprais itself (TEPACAP), tennis courts in Latresne, horse-riding at Sadirac (10 kms), water-sports at Baurech (3 kms away), cycling on the nearby Sauveterre-de-Guyenne to Bordeaux cycle trail, a disused railway track which runs through lovely countryside, joining sleepy villages on the way, plus over a dozen golf courses within a 15-60 minute drive.
Entre-Deux-Mers and further afield
Markets – markets are a must-do of any trip to this region, for the quality and colour of the produce, and the lively atmosphere. Near St Caprais there’s Cadillac, Créon, La Réole, and Langon. Jean-Louis (the estate owner) knows the days!
Châteaux & vineyard visits – where to start?! Jean-Louis, the château owner, of course, with a tasting and tour of his vines and cellars. He's very passionate about his wine, and a fanastic communicator - the wine tastes so much better after learning about it from him. For more tasting & learning Jean-Louis can recommend fellow local wine-makers or, if you wish to make you own plans, over 650 wine-making properties are members of the ‘Vignobles & Chais in Bordeaux’, a scheme under which producers offer guided tours and assisted tastings.
Many of the major châteaux only offer tours and tastings by appointment, simply because they are very popular! (Follow the links above for contact details.) However there are a few local ones which are open to casual visitors, for example: Château de Rouillac (Pessac-Léognan); Château de Malle (Sauternes, highly recommended - afternoons only without appointment); Château Le Luc Regula (Entre-Deux-Mers); Château de Roques (St Emilion).
Historic villages and towns – in the Pays des Vins you are spoilt for choice. St Emilion is the one most people head for, but go early in the day, or out of season, to avoid the crowds. Equally historic, but smaller, are Sauve-Majeure and La Réole, definitely worth a visit. Many other of the region’s towns boast character and history – Libourne, Créon, Duras, Sainte Foy-la-Grande are all very enjoyable places to lunch and then stroll afterwards.
Literary-minded visitors might enjoy visiting writers’ châteaux, including those of Montaigne (Chateau de la Brede, approx. 20 kms south of Bordeaux) and Francois Mauriac's country house at Saint Maixant (another 20 kms south-west from La Brede)
City culture in Bordeaux – these days Bordeaux is a transformed city: smartened-up buildings, extensively pedestrianised and a 21st century tram system, the combination of historic and new makes Bordeaux the epitome of a modern European city. The city centre around the Grand Théatre and Cours de l’Intendance is a marvel – it’s not difficult to appreciate the wealth and vision of the city’s planners of its hey-days, over two centuries ago. Extensive shopping on the Rue Ste Catherine, a vast choice of cafés and restaurants, the stunning Cathédrale St-André, make Bordeaux an excellent day or two out. The Bordeaux tourist office by the Grand Théatre offers walking guides. The first Sunday of each month the city centre is closed to cars and free bicycles are supplied by the Mairie to visit the city safely.
We can also recommend the following trips slightly further afield:
Days by the lake. There are inland lakes at Hostens (southern Gironde) and at Baurech (Entre-Deux-Mers) Both have sandy beaches, and bathing is usually supervised in July & August. With a picnic it’s a very pleasant and relaxing day.
Days at the seaside. The endless expanses of golden sand and rolling waves characteristic of the Atlantic coast's beaches - Le Grand Crohot, about 10 km due west of Lège-Cap Ferret is particularly recommended, you can always find a quiet spot to yourself. Alternatively, there's the very family-friendly resorts of Lacanau-Océan and Arcachon. Or try the oyster-farming villages and pine-and-sand-dune landscape of La Presqu'Ile de Cap Ferret, a very different world from the Pays des Vins.
Explore the Dordogne – to the north and east is the rich gastronomic and cultural heritage of the Dordogne - its truffles, many caves (eg at Sarlat, Lascaux, Font-de-Gaume) and fortified towns are within an hour and a half's drive.
This is just a taster. The owners of Grange des Vignes know the region intimately and will provide suggestions for all ages and interests when you meet them.View More Bordeaux Rentals
Service: The cottage was entirely as advertised. We understand from Jean - Louis, the owner, that Alternative Aquitaine visit the property to ascertain that all is in order and we couldn't have wished for a better experience. The cottage was comfortable, spotlessly clean and all in all the best accommodation that we've ever had in our frequent visits to France. Jean-Louis could not have been more helpful; the wine tasting that he organised was a highly enjoyable experience and he went to great lengths to inform us of the best places to visit in the area.
Product: Superb accommodation, the best we've ever had in our frequent visits to France: comfortable, spotlessly clean and extremely well-appointed. Added to this, Jean -Louis was an exemplary host, organising a fascinating wine -tasting for us and the other guests, and going to great lengths to inform us of the best places to visit - really good advice and greatly appreciated.
Product Comment: Brilliant. Jean Louis is a wonderful host and makes the holiday experience extra special.
Service: Alternative Aquitaine were brilliant - we had to change people in the gites and they facilitated it, got back to us immediately, sorted out how to pay deposit - excellent service
Product: Fantastic property - even nicer then the photos on website.Very well stocked gites, super helpful congenial landlord who lived next door.
Product Comment: Wonderful to hear, we're so glad you enjoyed it!
Service: Very nice place and good attention from the owner, we have really enjoy our holidays
Service Comment: Thank you very much for replying to the Feefo questionnaire. Delighted to read you enjoyed your stay near Bordeaux. Justin
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