We made a decision to spend some time in the Bordeaux region, but wanted to stay out of and away from the city. St. Emilion sounded great, so we looked for a place in the area. We happened to luck into La Petite Madeleine.
I called to see if they might have a room left (the online booking via booking sites showed they were full), and to our delight, there was one room left. Veronique answered the phone, and she just happens to speak perfect English. SCORE! She was darling on the phone, and we immediately decided to head toward Bordeaux.
Thank goodness Veronique had given us directions. Without them, we'd never have found the place! La Petite Madeleine is out in the middle of the vineyard country...truly in the middle of a vineyard. The setting is just gorgeous!
We arrived, took our luggage to our room, and went to do some recon. St. Emilion is just over the hill, and we were stunned at the beauty of this village! JUST GORGEOUS!!
Before we left to explore the immediate area, Thoringe (he's Norwegian....I have zero idea how to spell his name) asked if we would be back for dinner. Dinner? Thor, who is Veronique's husband, turns out to be a chef, and we said, "Absolutely!" What a great evening. Over a big dining room table, we met other couples that were staying there, and had a really terrific evening. The food was very nice, the wine was awesome, and the company was magnifique! We feel like we made some new friends. What a great group of people!!
The room was adequate....nothing fancy, but plenty of room and a nice bathroom. The bed was very comfortable. And SO quiet! When Veronique and Thor bought and redid the place, the one thing they insisted on was soundproofing the rooms. They are so quiet that we didn't even hear people going up and down the wooden staircase...even though it was right across from our bedroom door!
We did a day trip up to the La Gironde and visited the great Bordeaux wineries. Definitely worth the trip! But one thing we quickly agreed on was that the area was not nearly as beautiful as the area around St. Emilion.
We will definitely be back. We adored our stay here. What a fabulous place!
Thank you, Veronique and Thor! You made our stay so very special!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Petite Madeleine is an old wine farm which we have renovated.It is located in the heart of the Saint Emilion vineyards, 3.5km from the village of Saint Emilion.We have 5 comfortable bedrooms (good beds) with ensuite bathrooms (shower + sink + WC).We also propose the Table d'hote which is a home made cooked dinner on the spot. Good opportunity to taste good food and to share with other guests and the hosts. ... more less
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