Domaine des Vignes

four cottages + lovely heated pool on a working Bordeaux vineyard
Ref: 166 Bordeaux (15 kms)
  • 11 bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • 11 Bath/Shower Rooms
  • private pool
  • Comfort Rating Good quality
  • Character vineyard cottages

We Say

Four character cottages sharing a heated pool on a lovely Grand Vin vineyard - lots of space & perfect for big family groups while preserving some independence

Pricing & availability

Domaine des Vignes
11 bedrooms, sleeps 20

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Offers

Fortnight Deals
  • 15% off the second week of bookings of 2 weeks or more - offer available all year round!

Notes on prices

  • Price includes: Bed linen & bathroom towels; tourist tax.
  • Compulsory extras: Add 20% to low season prices for heating.
  • Optional extras:
  • Security deposit: 500 EUR per cottage
  • Changeover day: Saturday
  • Arrival and departure: Arrival is around 5 pm, departure by 10 am please
  • Fortnight booking restriction: No

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.

Best for:

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.

Suitability for:

  • Children - lots of space to explore and things to play with on-site
  • Babies - cot and high chair available
  • Reduced mobility - the Grange has downstairs bedroom & shower

Anything to watch out for?
No.

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.

Accommodation

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

Bedrooms

6 double bedrooms, 3 twin bedrooms, 2 single bedrooms

Bathrooms

10 shower rooms, 1 bathroom

Pool

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.

Equipment

Kitchen

  • dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • oven & hob
  • microwave
  • fridge freezer
  • kettle
  • coffee maker
  • toaster

Entertainment

  • dvd player
  • tv with French channels
  • wi-fi

Outside

  • table tennis
  • bikes
  • bbq or plancha

General

  • cot
  • high chair

Location

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).

Local Amenities

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

Distance to nearest major transport connections

  • 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

Things to do and see

Our Highlights

  • A tour of Jean-Louis' own "caves" and wine-tasting on-site - inspiring.
  • Hire bikes and cycle some of the Sauveterre de Guyenne to Bordeaux cycle trail, stopping for the occasional "demi"
  • Discovering Bordeaux's many pedestrianised squares and stopping for a coffee
  • Surfing or body-boarding on the Atlantic coast - a true Aquitaine experience
  • On the way there or back drive around the famous chateaux of the Médoc - Margaux, Lafite-Rosthchild, etc

Nearby Activities

  • Sailing
  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Horse-riding
  • Fishing
  • Spa & thalassotherapy
  • Wine-tasting
  • Degustation
  • Adrenaline park

Day Trip Ideas

  • Park & ride a tram into central Bordeaux, and soak up the history, or just shop!
  • Spend a day at the vast le Grand Crohot beach at the tip of Cap Ferret peninsula
  • Explore beautiful St Emilion, a UNESCO world heritage site and true gem
  • Explore prehistoric caves in the Dordogne, within an hour's drive
  • Take a picnic and relax at an inland lake, Baurech and Hostens are easily reached

The Local Area

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:

  • 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.

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