What makes Clos de Chinon a great holiday rental
Lovers of French food, wine, countryside & culture - that's you! Make sure you request at least one of Jonathan & Barbara's dinners - you won't be disappointed.
Clos de Chinon works equally well for family holidays and groups of friends.
This is an ideal venue to celebrate a special event or anniverary and weddings have also been hosted at Clos de Chinon.
Anything to watch out for?
The owners - Jonathan & Barbara - live on the grounds in a separate apartment (not visible to guests). It's part of the property's attraction not least for the stunning catering available.
Why the Bordeaux region?
Wine, naturally! Plenty of opportunity for tasting and chateaux visits - St Emilion is close by. 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.
Elegant maison bourgeoise with 4 en-suite bedrooms
Clos de Chinon is a character house and one which has been decorated and furnished to a high standard with the help of local artisans.
The style is 'French country' with an attractive mix of contemporary and traditional styles. Expect a high standard of decor and equipment, hardwood floors, original fireplaces and stunning roll-top baths.
Barbara and Jonathan are your superb hosts (living on the estate) and will ensure your stay is very comfortable and relaxing.
Both professional chefs, they previously offered a boutique B&B service at Clos de Chinon. Now, however, the house is devoted in the summer months to holiday rentals be they catered or self-catered.
NB In 2018 the owners plan to remodel the ground floor accommodation with a brand new kitchen area added to the large living room. New photos will be added when the work is completed.
The cosy and convivial kitchen dining area is the 'hub' of the house. The kitchen, as you would expect, is fantastically equipped and the emphasis is on creating a memorable culinary experience. The dining table seats 8 persons.
The living room has two comfortable sofas.
Four double bedrooms all with very spacious en-suite bathrooms. Each bedroom is a tasteful mix of traditional French and modern chic. Individually designed by an architect, bedroom suites are luxuriously appointed using bright, modern and stylish fittings. Spacious beds complement the characterful, en-suite bathrooms where the deep, spacious baths entice you in.
Clos de Chinon is set in beautiful grounds surrounded by vines and with a number of outbuildings in the plot. Fruit trees and bushes are abundant - figs, raspberries, pear, plum & cherry. Enjoy meals outside at any time of day or relax with a book in the peaceful gardens or by the pool.
Outside features also include:
Catering at Clos de Chinon
Professional chefs Barbara and Jonathan had a long and successful career as restauranteurs in London before moving to south west France to creat Clos de Chinon - a place where people can rest and enjoy great food & wine, and relax to the slow rhythmn of life in the French countryside.
Their talent was recognised in the major restaurant guides and earned them countless awards, the highest praise from leading food critics as well as 3 AA rosettes.
Expect a dining experience at Clos de Chinon equivalent to a one star Michelin standard.
Canapes and 4-course gourmet dinners or picnic lunches - the choice is yours. Meals use the finest ingredients, fresh and local. Treat yourself! For example, enjoy an à la carte meal with prices from 75 EUR pp for a gourmet 4 course dinner, half a bottle of wine pp, coffee & mineral water. Service beginning at 7 and finishing at 11.
As well as traditional regional Gascon cuisine, vegetarian and vegan dishes can be prepared.
Meals can be taken alfresco in the garden during the long summer evenings or in Chinon's lounging area during the cooler seasons.
Breakfast catering is also possible (supplement applies) and is an interesting platter of local and home-made jams, compotes, honeys, breads, fresh fruits and cereals - all accompanied by fresh coffee or tea.
Barbara is a font of local knowledge and will recommend fabulous local restaurants too - the type of prix fixe lunchtime auberges where hordes of local workers will be tucking into duck and bean stews.
B&B Off-Season Breaks, Special Events & Weddings
Clos de Chinon can be hired exclusively for:
Contact us for more details.
11 x 5m, alarm & fence with security gate
For Kids: 3x cots, 2x high chairs plus fold-away beds available.
Equipment: pizza oven
No pets & no smoking
Situated at the edge of a quiet Gironde village (Gensac) between St Emilion and Ste Foy la Grande. This is an area envied for its wine, history, rolling countryside and tranquility. Entre-Deux-Mers is reknown for its bustling markets, antique fairs, bastides, village squares and their petanque courts - and many a fine cafe and auberge. This is an area that offers a glimpse into the real France. Bordeaux is an hour to the west and definitely worth a day out.
Nearest village / town: Gensac (1 km)
Nearest beach: Cap Ferret & Arcachon (2 hours)
Boulangerie: Gensac (1 km)
Restaurant: Gensac (1 km). Catering available at the house
Market: Gensac, Castillon la Bataille, Ste Foy la Grande
Gensac is a pretty village, walkable from Clos de Chinon. It offers a boulangerie for the daily baguette & croissant run, two or three bars-restaurants, general store, tabac, post office and pharmacy. The village hosts a large flea market in August,
Bordeaux is less than 1 hour's drive (although we recommend catching a train from Castillon) and being on France's biggest cities, offers excellent restaurants, shopping, museums and stunning architecture. Thanks to major investment the city has been transformed in the last 5-10 years into an elegant and exciting city.
Closer to home, Bergerac, Ste Foy la Grande and Castillon la Bataille are all very pleasant market towns with all attractions of French life: bustling markets, tree-lined boulevards with tempting cafe terraces and boutiques and wonderful restaurants too. Bergerac hosts a brocante market on the first Sunday of the month whilst its regular weekly market falls on a Wednesday.
There are countless smaller towns and villages worth visiting too - Issigeac, Pujols, Duras...find your favourite!
St Emilion is the real 'gem' of this area, of course. It can gey busy but it's worth the effort to stroll its medieval streets.
The area is famous for its red wines but little known are the stunning dessert wines of Montbazillac - the aperitif of choice in these parts!
Service: Very helpful and polite staff
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