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What makes Domaine des Vignes a great holiday rental
Four attractive cottages 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 beam give the cottages charm and character. In the grounds are plenty of games, some bikes, plus good-sized shared heated pool.
One of the cottages (Maison des Vignes) is well-suited to entertaining and will have a 20-place garden table & chairs set up for you outside.
All stays include a vineyard tour & tasting.
The owners Jean-Louis and Nola are especially welcoming & knowledgeable - whether your passion is wine, history or things to see or do they'll point you in the right direction.
Large family gatherings looking for a large place to stay while preserving some independence. The lovely Bordeaux region is fabulous for walks, cycling, markets, wine-tasting and day-trips to the ocean.
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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.
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.
There is also a wide choice of activities available nearby including golf, water sports, horse riding, cycling and walking. Fantastic ocean beaches are just over an hour away by car.
Attractive, well-equipped cottages in spacious grounds
The four cottages comprise converted outbuildings (Cottage, Grange & Relais) plus renovated farmhouse (Maison) in the grounds of this working vineyard.
Relais & Maison adjoin the owner's property, but are completely separate & private - their entrances are independent and outside spaces are not overlooked.
Grange and Cottage adjoin one another, but again have separate entrances and private outside spaces.
Outside, each cottage has a table and chairs, barbecue and small terrace area, plus access to the estate's large grounds, 12m x 6m heated swimming pool, bikes and games (volley-ball, table-tennis, badminton, swing-ball).
Each cottage's accommodation is sumarised below, along with links to the full description page for each one.
Maison des Vignes (sleeps 6)
Recently renovated farmhouse, 3 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms. Opens on to a lovely open area of garden where a communal dining table is set up for large groups.
Cottage des Vignes (sleeps 4)
Cosy cottage, 2 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, terrace & small garden
Relais des Vignes (sleeps 4)
Spacious contemporary cottage conversion, two bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, terrace
Grange des Vignes (sleeps 6)
Good quality three bedroom cottage, 4 shower rooms, terrace & small garden
6 double bedrooms, 3 twin bedrooms, 2 single bedrooms
10 shower rooms, 1 bathroom
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.
The cottages are located in the grounds of the wine-maker's small estate, just off a country road and 1 km from the centre of the small town of St Caprais (with tabac, boulangerie, mini-market and a couple of bars).
Nearest village / town: Bordeaux (15 kms)
Nearest beach: le Grand Crohot (Cap Ferret) approx. 70 kms
Boulangerie: St Caprais 800m
Restaurant: St Caprais 800m
Market: Créon (10 kms) Wednesdays
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.
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:
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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