My husband and I recently spent 2 nights at Beau Sejour and had a truly incredible experience. This bed and breakfast is located about 30 minutes by car from the Bordeaux city center, and about 20 minutes from the town of Saint Emilion. Even before arriving at the B&B we experienced Maureen and Jon's hospitality by them accepting our reservation on short notice, responding both via email and phone very quickly.
The B&B itself is in a very large home of stone construction (walls about 2-3 feet thick). We stayed in the Chambre Rouge which is one of their largest rooms. The room is on the second floor and has a step down into a fully updated bathroom with excellent shower (high water pressure) and sink. One note is that like much of Europe, this home does not have air conditioning. In an older stone home this is mostly not an issue since the inside stays very cool during the day and night, but just something to be aware of. Soft bath robes were also provided at no charge.
Each morning Maureen and Jon prepare a plentiful breakfast buffet. The buffet includes yogurt, smoked salmon, cheeses, bread and coffee. In addition, Maureen and Jon host an afternoon tea. It was at this first tea that we met many of the other people staying in the bed and breakfast. These included Americans, Canadians and Swiss. I think this is the very first time I have been to a bed and breakfast and really enjoyed the company of the others staying there. Maureen and Jon facilitate a very warm and convivial environment that meant we looked forward to seeing the other residents each day and even participating in some activities in the region together. At the afternoon tea, there was always a freshly baked cake and cookies that were delicious. In addition, Jon would bring bottles of local wine out from his wine collection - usually a white or rose and these were fun to try.
I wanted to surprise my husband with a wine tasting and lunch, and Maureen helped to arrange a wine tasting in Saint Emilion and lunch at a local restaurant that was one of the best meals we have had in our lives. We bought a bottle of sparkling wine (at the Cloisters, which was also a recommendation of Maureen's), and when we came back to Beau Sejour Jon happily chilled the bottle for us and Maureen even brought us some cookies to have with it.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the dinners that Maureen and Jon cook at the bed and breakfast. On my visit every person staying there participated and it was very enjoyable. When you book your reservation be sure to schedule for dinner. Our particular dinner was 3 ample courses, and multiple wines from Jon's cellar.
We go to France every year or two and very much look forward to staying at Beau Sejour again. The Bordeaux and Gironde region are very beautiful with ample activities (even if you dislike wine). Beau Sejour serves as a great jumping off point to many different small towns in the area or to Bordeaux itself. What I didn't anticipate was that besides serving as a jumping off point, Beau Sejour was so pleasant to stay at and enjoy the grounds, the meals and the company along with the expertise of Jon and Maureen who are very well versed on the region (and English speaking!). We can't thank them enough for making our stay so incredibly memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beau Séjour is a beautiful early 18c large stone house built in the classic style of the region. We are situated in a small village in the heart of the Bordeaux wine making region and the house has a large peaceful garden, secure car parking. We are passionate about our home and we strive to provide for our guests the best possible introduction to our beautiful region of adoption. You can be assured that we will do all we can to make your visit to Beau Séjour as happy and enjoyable as possible. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chambres D'hotes Saint Emilion Bordeaux: Beau Sejour France/Naujan-Et-Postiac, Gironde