Clos De Chinon
Villa with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and swimming pool in Gensac, France
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From £2,547 per week
Villa to rent in Gensac, France
Villa overview - owner's description
Experience a luxurious holiday at Clos de Chinon, a boutique chateau in the Aquitaine, nestled between Saint-Emilion and Bergerac.
Experience a luxurious holiday at Clos de Chinon, a boutique chateau in the Aquitaine, nestled between Saint-Emilion and Bergerac. This elegant house in beautiful grounds has been renovated to the highest standard and features a large swimming pool with wooden deck as well as outdoor barbecue and pizza oven. Relax on a shady hammock and explore the fruit trees and bushes, including cherries, plum, apples and pears.
This country house mixes contemporary and traditional furnishings in spacious rooms with hardwood floors. You'll love the wooden staircase, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Each comfortable bedroom (all doubles) has a well-appointed en-suite bathroom with heated towel rails.
Enjoy your meals in the dining area or alfresco. Alternatively treat yourself to the private chef experience - the owners are professional chefs and can cater on request!
When you're ready to visit the all-important boulangeries or find a restaurant, the owners can recommend their favorites in Gensac, a short walk away. A visit to St. Emilion, a charming medieval village 20 km away, is a must, and wine lovers will appreciate the proximity to the vineyards in Bergerac (35 minutes) and Bordeaux (1 hr). With bustling local markets and antique fairs nearby, you'll get a glimpse of the real France. Clos de Chinon is 35 km west of the Bergerac airport.
Please note that a maximum of 4 children only are permitted per booking.
In 2018 the current kitchen will replaced by a new, modern and well-equipped kitchen at the rear of the lounge area - photos will be updated when completed. The indoor lounge/dining area will have three setees and dining facilities for eight gustes.
The house has been completely redecorated to a high standard by a local architect and his artisans. Everything is here to provide and help create an unforgettable dining experience. The kitchen dining area is a great place to have informal lunches, The living room has two comfortable sofas and a more formal dining area for 8 people.
There are 4 double bedrooms (one on the ground floor), all with en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom has a four-poster bed. The house also benefits from internet connection and the bathrooms have heated towel rails.
Outdoors there is an abundance of fruit trees and bushes: cherry, plum, apple, pear, and figs. There is also a private swimming pool, outdoor pizza oven and barbecue. There are several areas in the garden with different types of seating and plenty of
shade from a sizzling summer's day in the form of pagodas and mature trees.
Of course the pool is entirely for guests' enjoyment and the owners will maintain it for guests discreetly.
The house lies an hour from Bordeaux, 35 mins from Bergerac and 20km from St Emilion. The local village of Gensac is just 1km away.
The City of Bordeaux is less than an hour away and you can visit the buzzing restaurants, theatres and incredible architecture. Bergerac, much smaller than Bordeaux, has a very enchanting old town that has great individual shops, fountains, cobble stone streets, a market Brocante every 1st Sunday of the month and a traditional market every Wednesday.
Stop at St Foy La Grande to enjoy a coffee in the square, take a walk along the river or if you are around on Saturday morning you will find shopping a real delight.
Leaving the house to get to St Emilion (everyone must visit this pretty village!), you should drive through Pujols, as just outside is a great little restaurant with a very pleasant atmosphere and fantastic food. Sunday is a good day for venturing to Issigeac Market. The town itself is quaint and riddled with tiny rivers, loved by tourists and locals alike. The dessert wines of the region are fantastic and the Monbazilliac wine, a musty fragrant delight from this spot, is very good value.
The most highly recommended restaurant is just a few kilometres away and it is essential to be hungry when you arrive. The vineyard workers of the area leave for their day with sustenance at this family orientated place. The bean and vegetable soup with duck stock is fantastic.
If you yearn for sea air and seafood, make an early start to set off for Arcachon Bay, as it will take two hours to get there. The shops are smart and the ambiance is that of a well visited resort where sophisticated the Bordelaise promenade. Spain is approximately 4 hours away and en route are Bidart, St Jean De Luz & Biarritz.
The region is an area rich with vineyards and Chateaux of every shape and type, with grapes and vines as far as the eye can see.
Your stay at Clos de Chinon can be complemented by attending music festivals (seasonal) or Fetes and Medieval Festivals (the History of the Hundred Years' War surrounds the area). Or you can just rest in the garden with an interesting book, enjoy the pool or have an Indian head massage.
The owners Jonathan and Barbara are professional chefs, with their restaurant career in London spanning three decades. They have had recognition by major restaurant guides such as the 'Michelin' and 'The Good Food Guide'. Through the years, there were many challenges but they were forever moving with the times and were always on the lookout for fresh ideas; just about every London food critic took note and wrote favourably about their cuisine, particularly praising the unique style of cooking, presentation and freshness of their ingredients.
They are also happy to assist guests with wine tours, special eating out activities and extra maid service.
Private catering (dinner only) and extra services available on request (guide prices only, advance bookings only - please enquire)
- Picnic baskets can be made up for you containing a great variety of cold cuts of meat, terrines, pates, little savory pastries, fruits, cold beverages and bubbly from Bordeaux. Prices start from €40 per person.
- Tea for 2 or more! in the garden, share a delightful selection of cakes, biscuits and traditional French and English sarmies and tisanes, tea or coffee from €18 per person.
- Pizza making session using the in house pizza oven. Served with a salad, dessert and wine from €35 per person.
- If your look for a touch of luxury try the fine dining experience from €75 per person.
Sample fine dining menu:
Breast of lacquered French duck with pak choy, creamy potato mash, French beans and crispy purse of boudin noir
Vegetarian options are also available, please request at time of booking.
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Outside this villa in Gensac, FranceThis villa has a pool and a children pool.
Prices and availability
Updated 22 August 2017
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Changeover days and minimum stays
- 1 August - 31 August 2017: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
- 1 September 2017 - 6 April 2018: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
- 28 April - 15 June 2018: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
- 16 June 2018 - 26 April 2019: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
- 27 April - 14 June 2019: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
- 15 June - 30 August 2019: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
Refundable Breakage Deposit
£1,000.00 per booking, paid locally
4 bedrooms, Sleeps 8
4 bathrooms including 4 en suites
DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, TV, Satellite / cable
Car hire optional