Since my partner and I both work pretty stressful jobs, we were looking for a break that would offer total relaxation.
We flew into Bordeaux and hired a car (with some trepidation!). The drive over to Blue Sturgeon was charming; windy country lanes with fields of sunflowers on either side, and we found our home for the next seven nights with ease. OK, we took one wrong turn, but it was easily recitified and only took us ten minutes off course.
We had agreed with Robert and Eileen that we would have dinner on the first night, and were insanely excited given the amazing reviews. We weren't disappointed. Caviar with blinis, a huge bowl full of juicy garlic prawns, mussels and langoustines with chilli and tomato sauce followed by cheese and an amazing apple tart with freshly made vanilla ice-cream. Washed down with a glass or three of local red wine. Divine.
The following week was bliss - we ventured out to places Robert kindly recommended - wine tasting at a beautiful chateau followed by dinner inside the citadel in Blaye, but mainly we just appreciated Blue Sturgeon for what it is - a truly relaxing, romantic place.
Breakfasts are definitely worth a mention - fresh fruit, local honey and yoghurt, freshly baked bread and croissants - just perfect really, and eaten lazily whilst pouring over fashion and design magazines (and the odd copy of Hello!).
Just two minutes down the road there's a man with a van who sells moules et frites for seven Euro - massive bargain and super tasty!
The times we didn't eat in were not an issue - more of an adventure! There's a creperie and other restaurants a short drive away - drinking wasn't a problem either as we just opened a bottle when we got back and relaxed on the big squishy sofa!
Robert cooked for us on our final night - a creamy pesto tart on roasted vegetables followed by grilled local fish and parmetiere potatoes, cheese and a wonderfully creamy dessert.
Having been blown away by the warmth and hospitality shown to us by our hosts (plus Eileen is a style queen, wearing a crisp, white Jean-Paul Gaultier shirt to do the rooms!) we were really sad to leave, so much so that we're planning a return visit in January - I can't wait to curl up next to the log fire with the latest issue of Vogue and a huge glass of vin rouge. And some cheese. Yum.
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