|Bordeaux Terrace||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
My apartment is at the top of an 18th century building in the center of World Heritage listed Bordeaux. There is a spectacular view from the terrace, overlooking the ancient city gate, the Porte de Bourgogne.
Beyond is the Garonne river and the Pont de Pierre - the bridge over which Napoleon took his troops to Spain. You can sit on the terrace with a drink or your meal, feeling like you are in the front row of a theatre.
The apartment has a mix of modern and antique furnishings and is colourful, warm and inviting.
Accommodation is for up to 4 people, with 2 bedrooms (each with 2 single beds that can be made into a double). There is a fully equipped kitchen, with an induction stove top and an oven, and a contemporary shower room and separate toilet. The shower room looks out onto a small garden.
Wi-fi, Cable TV and free international phone calls are provided. There is also a Bluetooth speaker which can be used with your digital device, and a Dyson fan/air-purifier.
As well as the heritage listed spiral staircase, there is also an elevator. Taxis can stop outside the door and the tram stop is 200 metres away. There is also a supervised parking station two minutes walk away at €18 per day or €40 from 3 - 7 days, for a pass with unlimited entries and exits.
Around the corner is historic St Michel basilica, which hosts a daily clothing and second hand market. Every Saturday they have a large food market and on Sundays is the largest brocante and antiques market in the region.
Ten minutes' walk away is Capucins market, where you can buy fresh food, including oysters and fish from the region.
The kitchen is compact, with an induction stove top, oven, refrigerator and washing machine.
I am a keen cook, so have made sure that the kitchen is equipped with more than just the essentials - as well as lots of pots and pans, two sorts of frying pans and a slow cooker, there is also a blender, wine decanter, two sorts of coffee makers, table cloth and serviettes.
There are also essentials such as olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, tea, coffee, and various other useful items.
You can either dine at the dining table, which comfortably seats six, or al fresco on the terrace, which seats four.
There is a combined living/dining room, with a comfortable couch fitted in red velvet, and two other chairs. There is free, unlimited high speed wi-fi, a telephone where you can make free phone calls to more than 80 countries, and free cell phone calls to France and the UK. A wide screen tv which receives cable tv, books and board games. A Harman and Kardon speaker connects with your digital device.
Being a converted attic space, the bedrooms aren't large. There is a King size bed in the main bedroom that can convert to singles, and two single beds in the second bedroom that can be made up as a King size bed. There are good quality bed linens and two towels per person.
There is a shower room with a handbasin, which looks out onto a tiny garden, and a seperate toilet.
There are electric heaters in each room.
Cable tv, books and a variety of board games.
The terrace is 12 square metres and overlooks the River Garonne and the Pont de Pierre - the bridge over which Napoleon took his troops to Spain. There is a table and four chairs, and it's an ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine or a meal and watch the activities on the river.
Park Salinieres is a two minute walk from the apartment. A parking spot can be pre-booked online for a discount rate for unlimited entries and exits. A link to the website is sent with the arrival information.
The apartment is on the fourth floor with a small elevator. It is suitable for all reasonably mobile visitors. There are six stairs from the lobby to the elevator.
Small children are welcome, and there is a baby cot, high chair and small step so toddlers can reach the bathroom handbasin.
I am a writer, renovator and frequent traveller, and have a particular love for French food, wine, architecture and culture. Originally from New Zealand and Australia, I have worked as a photographer and journalist. <br/>My family and I now live between France and Morocco, and it is a joy to spend part of each year in Bordeaux. The city and region has a huge amount to offer, and it is a pleasure to be able to share this experience and help them make the most of their holiday.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||The first time we walked out onto the terrace of this apartment and saw the amazing view, all we could say was 'Wow'! We immediately decided to buy it, before we had even seen the entire place. It's the only apartment with a terrace like this that we've seen in this area. We love the fact it is in the heart of the historic centre of Bordeaux, yet has a sense of being peaceful and away from everything.|
|Unique benefits of property||You can take your drink or meal onto the terrace and watch the world below. We've seen gigantic aircraft wings floating down the river, rowdy demonstrations, beautiful firework displays and delicate falling snow from here. Within five minutes we can be in Rue St Catherine, the longest shopping street in Europe, or at Capucins market, where they sell the best oysters, foie gras and cheeses. There is an artisan baker just around the corner, and on Saturdays a fantastic fruit and vegetable market. On Sundays, only metres from the apartment building, you can hunt for treasures among the bric-a-brac and antiques of the St Michel market. I've found some great and inexpensive collectables here, ranging from early editions of classic books, to old photos, to vintage clothing, to kitchenware, to pieces of embroidery and garden sculptures.
There is a wide selection of restaurants and bars very nearby, and the tram stop to go further afield is less than 50 meters away.
On Saturday mornings from about 7.30 am there is a regional food market around the base of the St Michel Basilica, about 200 metres from the apartment. Every Sunday this becomes an antiques and flea market.