For an authentic, unassuming, slice of rural bliss in South West France, Grand Jean Farm Stay, near Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine, is as good as it gets. You can take horse riding lessons at Grand Jean, go for long country walks or just laze around the two outdoor swimming pools. You’ll find the place thoroughly charming, the hosts friendly and the location serene, and all the while being just a few miles from the famously lovely town of Bergerac. THE Read more [...]
This newly, and beautifully, renovated vineyard villa is on one of St. Emilion’s and the Bordeaux Right Bank’s most famous wine estates. The place feels more like a luxury home rental than a hotel, with lots of common space to socialize with other guests, plus outside you can relax around the lovely gardens where you’ll find a swimming pool and a hot tub.
Beyond there are vineyards as far as the eye can see and, with one of the region’s most famous wineries on the property, you’ll have some of France‘s, and the world’s, best wines to enjoy right from the source.
The villa has a good selection of B&B rooms, doubles and triples, all of which are modern, clean, comfortable and suitably plush. The bathrooms are particularly nice and some of the rooms come with a balcony or terrace which have lovely views over the vineyards.
The is a lot of common space in the villa and it makes it easy to socialize with other guests. There is a lounge area with TV, a large dining room, and an equally large common kitchen where you are welcome to cook for yourself. The room rate includes breakfast and it won’t disappoint, being invariably delicious, wholesome and fresh.
The outside space is a particular highlight with a terrace, nice neat gardens, a swimming pool and a hot tub. Beyond the gardens are the vineyards which you can wander around yourself or you can also arrange guided tours which also include a tour of the winery and of course tasting sessions.
THE VINEYARDS & THE WINE:
Valandraud is a productive and very highly respected estate these days, but with relatively recent, and humble origins. When starting out in 1989, on a small patch of land, their debut vintage produced just 100 cases. They didn’t even have a wine cellar of their own back in those days, with the wine being made in a friends garage.
Things are different now though and they have a 10 hectare estate, 8 of which are given to reds, planted to 70 % Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The remaining two hectares are white Bordeaux grapes; 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Gris.
Their red wines are; Valandraud, 3 de Valandraud and Virginie de Valandraud, and their whites are, the very particularly highly rated, Blanc de Valandraud N° 1 and N° 2.
Near to Bordeaux and only around 5 minutes from the gorgeous town of St. Emilion, the location is pretty special. This is the heart of Bordeaux’s Right Bank wine region, and the area is a real pleasure to discover, with a full range of wine tourism at every turn. The Dordogne Valley just to the east is a lovely place for a leisurely drive around too, with lots of rolling green hills and quaint little villages.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Lovely accommodation, superb location, totally surrounded by rolling hills covered in vineyards as far as the eye can see. Valerie (our host) was very friendly and attended to all of our needs. As a touring centre (6 km from St. Emillion) this accommodation is all that we could have wished for…”
“The right place to be while in Bordeaux region. Beautiful chateau in the middle of the wine yards, very friendly staff, wonderful breakfast. We loved everything about this place…”
Address: Bel Air Ouïy
- Laundry Facilities
- Swimming Pool
- Hot Tub