What makes Clos de Chinon a great holiday rental
Lovers of French food, wine, countryside & culture - that's you! Clos de Chinon works equally well for family holidays and groups of friends wanting a short break.
Toddlers - infant equipment available; kids' teas can be arranged (extra cost)
Teenagers - wi-fi and swimming pool. There are activities to try but it's a peaceful retreat
Reduced mobility - ground floor bedroom & bathroom
Anything to watch out for?
The owners live in the grounds (it's part of the property's attraction not least for the catering available) in a separate cottage.
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. Barbara and Jonathan are your 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. Now, however, the house is devoted to holiday rentals be they catered or self-catered.
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 and restauranteurs, Barbara and Jonathan are available to add memorable meals to your holiday experience. Expect a dining experience equivalent to 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 guidance, a 4-course gourmet dinner including wine is 80 euro/per adult and 35 euro per child (min. 6 people).
Meals can be taken alfresco in the garden during the long summer evenings or in our lounging area during the cooler seasons.
Breakfast is an interesting platter of local and home-made jams, compotes, honeys, breads, fresh fruits and cereals - all accompanied by fresh coffee or tea.
B&B Off-Season Breaks
Only two of you looking for accommodation? You want to stay for a few days and explore the regions' vineyards? You want to celebrate a special occasion with meals and pampering provided?
At Clos de Chinon it is possible to stay as a couple (or more people) on a short-break basis with meals provided.
Contact us for more details.
11 x 5m, alarm & fence with security gate
Superb catering service available. 3x cots, 2x high chairs plus fold-away beds available.
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 excelelnt restaurants, shopping, museums and stunning architecture. The city has been transformed 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.
There are countless smaller towns and villages worth visiting too - Issegac, 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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