What makes Relais des Vignes a great holiday rental
Relais des Vignes is one of four cottages in the grounds of a working vineyard, run by a very hospitable Franco-Oz couple. It offers smart, spacious accommodation. In the grounds are plenty of games, some bikes, plus good-sized shared pool. Beautiful gently undulating countryside allows plenty of opportunities for exploring on foot or by bike. The owners are especially welcoming & knowledgeable - whether your passion is wine, history or things to see or do they'll point you in the right direction.
Families looking for a blend of relaxation and activity, particularly anyone with an interest in wine and its production.
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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.
The house is part of the main building. A private garden with terrace, barbecue and garden chairs. Le Relais shares a pool with three other cottages; 12m x 6m pool up to 2.5m deep with a fenced surround and security gate.
The ground floor has a well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, an electric stove with induction heating, freezer, microwave & electric kettle. A cellar with washing machine & separate toilet. Large living dining room with sofa & flat screen TV & DVD.
On the first floor there is a double bedroom (1.6m x 2m) with ensuite (Italian shower system). A twin bedroom (2mx1m beds) with ensuite (Italian shower system). The twin beds can be joined to make a double bed if needed (2mx2m). The Relais has a natural cooling system, called either Canadian Well or Puits Provençal which ensures a cool temperature through the summer and extra heating in the winter.
1 double bedroom (160cm x 200cm), 1 twin bedroom (two 100cm x 200cm beds, can be joined to make a double)
2 ensuite walk-in shower rooms
12m x 6m, up to 2.5m deep, 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 “Relais, Maison and 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.
Only the tribunal of Bordeaux will be competent in the case of litigation.
Please see below.
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: St Caprais (nr Bordeaux)
Nearest beach: le Grand Crohot (Cap Ferret) approx. 70 kms
Boulangerie: St Caprais 800m
Restaurant: St Caprais 800m
Market: Créon (10 kms) Wednesdays
Bordeaux airport: 30 kms Bergerac airport: 90 kms Bordeaux railway station: 20 kms St Malo ferry port: 600 kms Calais ferry port/tunnel: 950 kms
Wine-making on the estate
Amazingly this modest 15 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
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Service Comment: Thank you for your kind feedback, though we're sorry if the insurance cost was higher than expected - we provide information about this on our booking form, but understand it's one of those things people often only think about just before they go away. We would like to offer it ourselves (and think we could do it cheaper!) but unfortunately FCA rules don't allow us to. Alex
Product: Great hosts with lots of helpful advice. Fabulous house, clean and very well equipped . Super pool and facilities. Great wine tour and delicious wine. Having to clean before we left or we would have to pay 80 euros slightly took the shine off......never hired a cottage before and had to do so.
Service Comment: Sounds like you enjoyed the vineyard and the cottage! It is a lovely spot. Regarding the cleaning, this is not uncommon with French cottage owners. Justin
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