|Maison Meinguin de Benauge, Bordeaux||Self Catering||Flexible||6||12||8||Two additional single beds are on the mezzanine|
Stunningly renovated vineyard that offers comfortable and stylish accommodation for large family gatherings and groups of friends. With 6 en suite bedrooms, seating and dining areas for 14 people to sit together both inside and out, a private swimming pool and a stunning kitchen. This house offers everything you would need for a fantastic holiday.
The house was originally the Chai of Chateau de Benauge and formed part of the historical estate once owned by King Henry II of England. First built in the 12th Century, it retains some of the original features but has been renovated to today’s highest standards seamlessly blending the old with the new.
Set on the top of a hill, with sweeping views over rolling hills and vineyards, this is the ideal house to get away from it all. But, at the same time, it’s not too far to anywhere. The nearest town – Cadillac - is just 4 miles away. This small walled town has everything you would want – restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets and a Saturday market each week. For wine lovers, it is the ideal location from which to visit the vineyards of Saint-Émilion; Graves; Sauternes and Barsac; and Entre-Deux-Mers – all of which are within a 30 minute drive. There are many hiking and cycling trails around the house, while it takes just 45 minutes to reach the center of Bordeaux by car.
All of our guests are welcomed with a case of wine and for those staying more than 7 days we do carry out a mid-stay clean. However, to make your stay more comfortable, our non-resident housekeeper is able to provide a range of services such as shopping, cooking, additional cleaning and organizing private wine tasting trips all for a reasonable price.
The eat-in kitchen is fully equipped with high-end Miele appliances and provides ample room in which to cook for large groups. There are 2 convection ovens, one microwave, one steam oven, induction hob, dishwasher, (all from Miele). We also provide a fridge and separate freezer, kettle, toaster, coffee-machine. Cookware and dinnerware, glasses and cutlery for 18 people. In the adjoining utility room (accessed through the only original doorway left in the house) there is a washing machine, tumble dryer, large freezer, and a shower room.
There is a small farmhouse table for 8 in the kitchen, a dining room table for 14 in the Grand Salon and an outdoor dining area for 14.
Throughout the house there are large areas where you can meet, eat and share your holiday. Equally, there is enough space, both inside and out where you can find a quiet space to read a book.
The "Grand Salon" is 60 meters square with 5 meter high ceilings with exposed oak beams. This large open space houses both the formal dining area and a seating area around a large open fireplace. In the seating area, there are sofas and easy chairs to sit 14 people comfortably.
The media room is home to a 60 inch television and surround sound system. Connected to a satellite the televisions shows all major channels from across Europe as well as Netflix giving access to literally thousands of tv shows and movies from around the world. There is ample seating for those wishing to watch television. We've also included a small desk with a printer.
The conservatory looks out over the swimming pool and in bathed in light for most of the day.
There are 6 bedrooms in the house - each with an en suite bathroom. The mezzanine level overlooking the Grand Salon can also be used as a bedroom. The beds are Marriott Hotel beds for extra comfort or zip beds to meet the needs of different groups. We have two cots available upon request.
The master bedroom is on the first floor with commanding views of the Chateau and a king-size bed.
Bedroom 2 is also on the first floor and overlooks the rear garden and oak forest. This room has a king size bed and ample storage.
Bedrooms 3 and 4 are both on the ground floor and similar in layout. They have zip beds and can be configured as either 2 singles or one king-size bed.
Bedroom 5 and 6 are very large ground-floor bedrooms with a high ceilings and exposed beams.
The mezzanine level, overlooking the grand salon, can also be used as a bedroom and has 2 single beds.
There is a total of 7.5 bathrooms in the house. Six of these bathrooms are en suite bathrooms or shower rooms. A further shower room is attached too the utility room and there is a powder room next to the media room off the bedroom corridor.
The bathroom attached to the master bedroom, includes a large freestanding bath, separate walk-in shower, double sink unit and large mirror.
Bedrooms 2, 3, 4 and 5 all have en suite shower-rooms which the bathroom attached to Bedroom 6 has both a bath and separate shower. The final shower room is located beneath the mezzanine level making it convenient for those staying on this level.
There is underfloor heating through the house, as well as, 2 large open fires in the Grand Salon and kitchen.
The house is set in three hectares of garden, vineyard and ancient oak forest. Outside the south/south west facing pool area looks out over the valley. The swimming pool is open for use during the summer months and offers a great place to cool-off while sunbathing on the loungers around the pool. There is a large lawn (ideal for playing games), a shaded dining area for 14 people and seating areas from which to enjoy the view and sunset.
There is off-road parking for 10 cars.
This house is suitable for large family gatherings and groups of friends. Due to the age of the property and the fact that it is split over a few different levels connected by small steps the house is not suitable for wheelchairs.
We are Tim and Joanne and we bought this house in France in 2013 when it was a basically derelict. Even then we knew it was a special house and we immediately fell in love with its surroundings, the view and the warm feel of the house. <br/><br/>Since 2013 we have been renovating the house and we've put our heart and soul into this house. As a result we're fairly confident that we haven't overlooked anything - we've even put in international power sockets that accept English, French and US plugs.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||There are many reasons to want to stay in our house. Firstly, it is beautiful. We've kept many of the original stone features, the wine cellar and the large open fireplaces. But we've added all of the modern conveniences and high-tech gadgets anyone would want on holiday. It's also a big house meaning that it can hold a lot of people without feeling like you are falling over each other. We've put an en suite bathroom in every bedroom so that you don't have to stand in a line and everyone has some privacy.
Secondly - its a relaxing place to be. The surrounding countryside is simply stunning and its very peaceful.
Lastly - location. This house is situated in the midst of the main attractions of the Bordeaux area - and there is always something going on in the area.
|Unique benefits of property||The history of this house is quite unique. Originally part of the Chateau de Benauge estate, this house was the Chateau's wine chai and dates back to the 13th century. The Chateau itself was once owned by King Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor and Aquitaine and there are still remnants from the battles for the Chateau in our garden.|
No trip to this region would be complete without visiting Bordeaux. Bordeaux is a beautiful city that is easy to visit in one-day – although you may want to go back for more. The city has stunning architecture, great history, a lovely riverfront and fantastic shopping. The best way to get a sense of the city is to go on a guided bus tour. This can be booked on the day at the Tourist Information Centre, which is in the centre of the city. Most sights can be reached on foot from this location, so it is the best place to start your day.
Cadillac is the nearest town and was originally built in 1280 to act as the port for Chateau de Benauge – which you can see from your bedroom window. Today it is a sleepy walled town with a Chateau that is well worth a visit, a great market on Saturday mornings, a lido and it’s a regular stop for river cruises.
Abbaye de la Sauve-Majeure (15 km)
The Abbaye de la Sauve-Majeure is a UNESCO world heritage site built between the 11th and 13th centuries and featuring outstanding examples of sculpture and architectural remains. Entrance to this monument can be bought as a double ticket which includes entrance to the Chateau in Cadillac.
Saint Emilion is a lovely village – as well as one of the most well-known wine regions in the world. There are guided tours available around the village and the surrounding vineyards. Visit some great restaurants in this picturesque village and take time to find out more about the region’s wine from the Maison des Vins.
The Château de Langoiran overlooks the Garonne Valley and offers great views over the river. On given dates, various medieval groups make the castle their home, and reenact how life was in the times of knights and lords.
If you want to visit the coast it takes just over an hour to get to Arcachon – an old fashioned seaside resort. Or you can go to Dune du Pyla (the largest sand dune in Europe).
There are many great cycle routes around the house and in the surrounding area.
You can now rent bicycles at the new resort located near the Cadillac swimming pool, Rue du Port, for a few hours, a day or several days! Reservations can be made with the tourist office, or at the site.
The house is also not too far from the The Roger Lapébie bike path. This cycle path officially starts in Latresne, south-east of the city centre of Bordeaux on the eastern side of the Garonne River. It runs for 57km from Bordeaux, through Créon and onto Sauveterre-de-Guyenne. The easiest place to access the cycle path – which goes through some beautiful vineyard scenery - is in Sadirac where you can also hire cycles.
GRAND SAINT-EMILIONNAIS GOLF CLUB (42 minutes away by car)
A 5-star golf course designed by American Tom Doak and ranked among the 10 Best Golfs in France in 2016. An exceptional course that takes place in a valley lined by ancient oaks, framed by vines and located 10km from the village of Saint Emilion.
Golf des Graves et du Sauternais (25 minutes by car)
This is a magnificent wooded 18-hole course with many water obstacles. This is a par 72 course that can be booked directly.
Paint Ball (7 minutes by car)
It is possible to participate in Paint Balling at nearby Lac de Laromet. Open throughout the year for children from the age of 9 upwards reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 06-67-44-97-92.
If you are looking for a bigger swimming pool, the Cadillac swimming pool is an outdoor swimming pool, open during the summer season.
Zip-lining and Ropes (7 minutes by car)
Also at nearby Lac de Laromet is an adventure park set in the midst of stunning natural beauty. The park provides the opportunity to climb through the trees and zip-line across lakes. Open during the summer, it’s not necessary to book and is sure to be a favourite of children from the age
The local markets in the neighbouring towns are on the following days:
• Cadillac (6 km) –Saturday morning
• Targon (10 km) – Friday morning
• Langon (17 km) – Friday morning
• Créon (18 km) – Wednesday and Saturday mornings
• La Réole (24 km) – Saturday morning
There are literally hundreds of vineyards to visit in the near vicinity and we are able to arrange private tours.
Additional information on the vineyards can be found at the local Maisons des Vins.
Maison des Vins de Cadillac (6.5 km)
Discover the vineyards of the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux. The Maison des Vins offers:
• Information panels in French, English and Braille
• Free entrance for individuals, Guided tour for groups (from 15 people): € 3.50 per person, on reservations,
• Free tastings included of the wines of the region Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, Cadillac.
Maison des Vins de Barsac et Sauternes (10.4 km)
Here you will find all the wines produced on AOC Barsac and the majority of Sauternes wines. Paul, the passionate manager guarantees prices identical to those of the properties. They also host frequent events.
Maison des Vins de L'ENTRE-DEUX-MERS (15.9 Km)
Taste the wines of the AOC Entre-Deux-Mers in the Abbatial Barn (XIVth century), situated in the courtyard of the Abbey of La Sauve Majeure.
Address: 16, rue de l'Abbaye - 33670 La Sauve
Maison du Vin de Saint-Emilion (32 Km)
The Maison du Vin is the institutional showcase for the wines of the Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion appellations.
The Maison du Vin is also a wine school, created in 1991 and welcoming more than 1,200 students a year, in a room entirely dedicated to the exercise of tasting. We recommend you contact them in advance of your trip if you wish to participate in a tasting session at the wine school.
There are many good restaurants in the local area and you will easily find lovely places to have lunch or dinner. Lunch in this part of the world is strictly between the hours of 12pm and 2pm so we would recommend that you plan to eat between these times.
We do have five favourite restaurants that we highly recommend. If you find another restaurant that you particularly enjoy please let us know – we’re very happy to extend our list of recommendations.
L’Entrée du Jardin (Cadillac)
This restaurant – near the metal bridge in Cadillac – has a great menu particularly at lunch time when the menu du jour offers great value for money. The décor is tasteful and the staff friendly. Bookings are recommended.
Le Voyageur (Cadillac)
Also in Cadillac, this restaurant is on the corner of the street that leads to the metal bridge and the road next to the town walls. A large and bright restaurant that produces great tasting food that is very reasonable. Booking is not necessary as the dining room is large.
Le Petit Naples (Cadillac)
A lovely, no fuss, Italian restaurant in the centre of Cadillac that always fills up at lunch time. The restaurant serves hearty Italian meals with a good lunchtime menu. They also make take-away pizzas.
Restaurant Claude Darroze (Langon)
A Michelin-Starred restaurant in Langon run by one of the famous Darroze Family – Claude. (Helene Darroze is currently at the Connaught in London and considered to be the best chef in the world). This is a real treat restaurant and could be considered to be on the more expensive side – but well worth the extra cost. Fantastic food, service and décor. Booking is essential but you can do it online through their website.