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Blaye - Chateau Soleil on vineyard, with exclusive pool

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Overview
3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
7 nights minimum 
Farmhouse
Luxury Farmhouse gite with exclusive use of pool – centrally located in the world famous Bordeaux wine region (includes St Emilion, Medoc etc), as well as UNESCO world heritage sites and conveniently close to the Gironde Estuary and to the south of Royan, La Rochelle, Il de Re. A short ferry ride from all the Atlantic beaches of Aquitaine, SW France. French Vineyard Vacations – a well-priced, comfortable and blissfully, relaxing holiday retreat, with use of secluded pool and vineyard. So whether you are relaxing by the pool, surrounding yourself with “soul food”, wandering through the vines or or seizing the moment and taking part in one of the many activities in the surrounding area; we'd like to think...Luxury Farmhouse gite with exclusive use of pool – centrally located in the world famous Bordeaux wine region (includes St Emilion, Medoc etc), as well as UNESCO world heritage sites and conveniently close to the Gironde Estuary and to the south of Royan, La Rochelle, Il de Re. A short ferry ride from all the Atlantic beaches of Aquitaine, SW France. French Vineyard Vacations – a well-priced, comfortable and blissfully, relaxing holiday retreat, with use of secluded pool and vineyard. So whether you are relaxing by the pool, surrounding yourself with “soul food”, wandering through the vines or or seizing the moment and taking part in one of the many activities in the surrounding area; we'd like to think our holiday accommodation includes all the right things to ensure your stay with us is really special and full of things to boost your get up and go. We also specialise in a more bespoke holiday experience by offering additional add on packages such as wine tastings and various wine tours of the world famous Bordeaux wine region. We aim to go that extra “mile” to help provide a more unique experience for each and every one of our guests. This includes other shopping packages like food, toiletries and wine. La Grande Etouble is a lovingly restored, traditional stone Girondian Farm house with pool, accommodating up to eight, depending on your group's dynamics. Property Ground Floor Entrance hall, shower room and toilet, Small utility area + washing machine + tall fridge Farmhouse kitchen - well equipped with fridge, freezer, dish washer, microwave, toaster, kettle etc plus plenty of cooking equipment and usual mod cons Roomy sitting room with Satellite TV, DVD player, DVDs, Wi-Fi, books and games First Floor ( All bedding is top quality and every bed has with soft fluffy pillows and crispy, thick white egyptian cotton bedding + mattress toppers help you very pampered and special.) Family Suite - Double bedroom with lounge area + DVD player (sofa converting into another double bed if required) Ensuite Bathroom, with bath, shower and toilet Golden bedroom with Louis Style bed Ivory bedroom with Louis style bed Shower Room + toilet with double sinks, mirrors, shaving socket Facilities available to all guests: * Pool - sun beds, pool equipment and shaded decking area etc * Free off road parking for all guests * B B Q and outdoor eating areas * Wi-Fi internet available in most areas * Satellite TV and DVD player + DVD's (often remain unused) * A good supply of thick fluffy towels and optional pack of toiletries and hairdryer (speed through security check) * Comfortable beds - all with mattress toppers and crispy white bedding (because you're worth it) * Washing machine in each property ( travel light) * Most things you use at home (please ask if you have any questions) * Starter pack of basic essentials on arrival (wine, bread, cheese, milk etc) Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 14004
House Rules
No smoking
Check with ownerPetsSuitable for children
As a general rule our property may not suit 'toddlers', and due to some of our guests having pet allergies we tend to reluctantly say 'no' to allowing dogs or cats. However, we appreciate arrangements cannot always be 'yes' or 'no' and so request you contact us in order for us consider each of our holiday requests on an individual basis.
Bedrooms
1 Super King1 King1 Double1 Sofa
Bathrooms
1 Full bath1 Attached (ensuite)1 Shower

Meet the host
Gill B
Hosting since November 2014
Languages spoken: English, French
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsAs the owners of our holiday retreat, we are happy to stay in the back ground of your holiday. Simply handing the keys over and handing over our Holiday information pack for you to explore the area on your own. Equally we are happy to make suggestions which might suit your interests and provide the occasional taxi service perhaps to allow all members of your group to enjoy the wine and gourmet food which is abundant in our area.

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Alison C
Alison C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beyond All Expectations
My family and I share every word of praise written by all the other delighted holiday makers who have had the good fortune of staying at Ben and Gill's wonderful Chateaux. We cannot speak highly enough of these two lovely people, for the perfect environment they have created and for their impeccable hospitality. Our holiday was absolutely blissful and we would return in a heartbeat.
Visited August 2016 Travelled with family
Written 7 October 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
gillandben
gillandben
Hi Alison, Many thanks for your very positive review and the time it took to submit it. We hope you and your fantastic family will remember your very special birthday celebrations for years to come. Hopefully you will return and visit us again one day.
Written 19 November 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

AlanOx
AlanOx
Manchester, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
wonderful hosts in an idyllic setting
Peaceful location within a short distance of a small village with wonderful scenery. If you like a self contained style holiday within easy distance of many local attractions then this is the place. You will need a car for your excursions, alternatively you can chill out next to the pool and will not see another person all day. Evening meals taken on the large table in the garden with family and lovely Bordeaux red wine....
Visited July 2016 Travelled with family
Written 3 August 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
gillandben
gillandben
Hi Alan Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of your holiday. It was a real pleasure you meet you, your wife and family. I especially remember your wife's birthday celebrations - a very happy day and evening. Funnily enough, 2016 has been the "birthday celebration" year here, it's great to help people create happy memories. We hope you'll come and stay with us again in the future and look forward to meeting you all again.
Written 15 August 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Margaretha B
Margaretha B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful location and wonderful hosts
We booked the entire house and the adjacent studio with a total of 8 adults, 2 young children and a 7 month old baby. Gill and Ben's wonderful hospitality started way before we arrived - responses to my numerous queries were dealt with promptly and efficiently. Gill also went above and beyond to ensure that our first holiday with the baby would go smoothly. The house was well equipped for the little one with a high chair, travel cot and even a changing mat. For the adults there is a sizeable kitchen and a well curated selection of wines (honesty box). The kitchen has everything you need and we enjoyed eating out on the large table in the courtyard. The house itself was sparkly clean, towels fluffy, and the beds in the main house sizeable and comfortable. The pool is perfect for the whole family and benefits from a lovely shaded space where you can shelter from the sun. The chateau is a few minutes drive away from the market towns Blaye and Bourg, and there is a small village nearby where you can walk or cycle to find a bakery and a butcher. We had a wonderful two weeks here and would love to come back.
Visited July 2016
Written 3 August 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
gillandben
gillandben
Hi Maggie, thank you so much for finding the time to provide a review, especially as I can appreciate how busy a young mother is these days. We do appreciate your very kind comments. It was a real pleasure to meet you and your delightful family, having met your parents the previous year. It would be such a pleasure to welcome you back at any time in the future and see how your gorgeous son grows and develops. We're so very fortunate to have such great guests, who often become good friends. Sending warmest wishes to you all. Gill and Ben
Written 15 August 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jaro B
Jaro B
Hamburg, Germany14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Bordeaux zum verlieben
Wir sind in die Ferienwohnung von Gill und Ben nach unserem leicht anstrengendem Bootsurlaub gekommen und haben wir die wunderschöne Umgebung, Ruhe und hervorragenden Weine sehr genossen. Gill,und Ben sind wunderbare Gastgeber, sehr entgegenkommend, und fürsorglich aber auch zurückhaltend, respektierend die privat Sphäre ihrer Gäste. Das Appartement ist sehr grosszügig und sehr geschmackvoll im Landhausstil eingerichtet. Vom schönem Garten mit einem Früstück , Barbecueplatz ( Gasgrill steht zu Verfügung) und einer " Spiel/Boule- Wiese" kommt man direkt in die große Küche in der auch locker mehrere Personen zusammen kochen können. Die Ausstatung mit Geschirspüller, zwei Kühlschränken, einer davon mit Eiswürfelmaschine, diversen Küchengeräten und ein gut bestücktes Weinregal ist sehr gut. Unten befindet sich auch ein kleines einfaches Duschzimmer mit Toilette ( praktisch bei Garten und Pool Aktivitäten) und ein Wohnzimmer für gemütliches Miteinander mit Sat TV, DVD etc.( wer es braucht!?) Im ersten Stock findet man 3 Doppelbett Schlazimmer und 2 Badezimmer, ein davon " En Suite" also ein Badezimmer muss bei mehr als 4 man Belegung gemeinsam benutzt werden. Die Einrichtung ist geschmackvoll und stilvoll die Betten aber nicht sehr groß. Für uns war es absolut o.k. , wir sind allerdings keine Riesen. So es bleibt noch der Pool. schön, sauber, täglich vom Ben gepflegt mit einer Schattenecke, Polldusche und mehr als ausreichend Liegen , Sessel und Hängematten. Noch ein Paar Worte zu Umgebung. Wir haben kaum Touristen gesehen und unsere Besuche auf den Wochenmärkten in Blaye und Burgh waren absolut genial. Frische Austern, Fois Gras, Baguetts, herrliches Obst und Gemüse aus der Region und Wein waren unvergesslich. Die Besten Croissants gibt es übrigens in der kleinen Boulagerie auf dem Marktplatz in Burgh. Es Löhnen auch die Besuche diversen Chateaus und Weingüter z.B . Chateau de la Grave und ein Ausflug zu Medoc und an die Atlantikküste - mit der Fähre vom Blaye geht es schnell und es macht Spaß , die Straße über Bordeaux ist häufig verstopft. ( die Stadt aber absolut ein Besuch wert. Außerdem sollte man die Zitadelle in Blaye ( UNESCO Weltkulturerbe) mit Restaurants und Events besuchen. Wenn Ihr ein ruhiges Plätzchen mit richtig französischen Lebensgefühl sucht, seid Ihr bei Gill , Ben und ihrem kleinem Jack-Russel " Cheeky-Dog" richtig!
Visited July 2015 Travelled with friends
Written 19 July 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
gillandben
gillandben
Lieber Jarek & Eva , Alice und Michael Danke für die sehr günstige Bewertung , wir schätzen Sie die Zeit genommen , um dies zu tun. Sowohl Ben und ich - und Doccie auch wirklich genossen Ihren Besuch hier . Vor allem die leckeren Essen Sie alle herzlich für uns gekocht . Wir haben sehr schöne Erinnerungen an Ihren Aufenthalt und wünschen Ihnen alles Gute für das. Kindest regards Gill, Ben and Doccie xxx and translated Dear Jarek & Eva, Alice and Michael, thank you for the very favourable review, we appreciate you taking the time out to do this. Both Ben and I - and Doccie too really enjoyed your visit here. Especially the delicious meal you all kindly cooked for us. We have very happy memories of your stay and wish you all the best for impending Grand Parent-hood.
Written 10 August 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

maud h
maud h
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gite de charme au coeur du vignoble de Blaye
Havre de paix au milieu des vignes sur la route des coteaux, idéal pour découvrir les vignobles (Saint Emilion, Blaye, Bourg,..), la citadelle de Blaye, l’estuaire de la Gironde, Bordeaux… Nous avons apprécié le charme et le confort de cette belle maison. Merci à Gill et Ben pour votre accueil chaleureux et vos petites attentions. Nous reviendrons pour profiter cette fois de la grande piscine !
Visited November 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written 19 January 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
gillandben
gillandben
Merci beaucoup pour l'envoi des avis de votre séjour avec nous. Nous sommes très heureux que vous deux avez apprécié votre séjour ici, nous sommes impatients de nous l'espérons vous revoir à la fois dans le futur. Sincères salutations Gill et Ben
Written 20 January 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Property features
  • Staff on property
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Parking
  • Parking available
Indoor amenities
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Cable television

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Map
Getting there
Bordeaux Airport
19.6 mi
Restaurants
Château Marquis de Vauban
4.2 mi

Les 4 Baigneurs Les Collectionneurs
4.7 mi

Le Gavroche
3.7 mi

Cuisine & Dépendance
4.6 mi
Attractions
Château Marquis de Vauban
4.2 miCastles

Citadelle de Blaye
2.9 miHistoric Sites

La Route de le Corniche
3.6 miScenic Drives

Musée de la Voiture a Cheval
4.5 miSpeciality Museums
About the neighbourhood
The local area offers plenty of leisure activities to suit everyone and most of them are with a 5 to 25 minute drive including:Fishing, jet skiing, boat trips, cycling, walking, bird spotting, visits to local historic world UNESCO heritage site. There's always plenty of opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting / tour in many of the local or perhaps further afield. Many of our guests enjoy simply relaxing within our idyllic oasis , followed by a delicious meal at one of the great local restaurant. Or a homemade BBQ evening, sampling the delights of the wine from our vineyard.
Getting around
Ways to explore our area: by car, in less than an hour you can be tasting the mouth watering Grand Cru's of St Emilion, Medoc, Pomerol etc. We include the use of 4 bikes for the duration of your visit - great for getting the morning croissants or going to Blaye or Bourg to the farmers markets. Bikes rentals are also available within Bordeaux. Boat trips are also very popular.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
As and when your holiday is fully booked, we will be ssending you lots more information, maps and directions to help you locate our holiday retreat.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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