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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Saint-Emilion, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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wilsond29
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Beautiful setting, friendly relaxing stay”
Reviewed September 4, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

On arrival we were met by Sarah who is extremely friendly and welcoming. We stayed in the chai apartment which is spacious, modern, comfortable and clean. Every part of our stay was fantastic. The pool area is lovely and well equpit and although we weren't travelling with children, it's clear there is plenty for them to do.

Sarah and Patrick gave information about the surrounding area and we're happy to help and provide recommendations for travel, restaurants and things to do.

Our only regret is not staying for longer!

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Sep 9, 2016
Hi - thanks for the great review - sadly you did not stay with us! Regards - Andy
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David M
2 reviews
“Great cottage, fantastic hosts and good location.”
Reviewed August 29, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We stayed for 2 weeks in August with our 6 and 4 year old. The cottage is really well equipped with everything we needed to make the stay comfortable. The simple things like a washing machine, dishwasher, iron and Cbeebies on the TV made it great for us with the kids.

The location is really pretty, 15 mins out side of Saint emillion which is a lovely old town with restaurants and wine a plenty. There are plenty of tours as well which are good to keep the kids interested. We also went canoeing, to a local lake (lac de Gurson) which had a beach etc, bordeaux, aqua land and the actual beach (the last 2 were a bit of a drive 90min which was a pain but worth it). The pool was great for us and we spent a couple of days just relaxing around it.

We also had a meal on arrival prepared for us which was great, hit the spot and made day 1 nice and easy.

Overall great place, really generous hosts and a lovely part of the world.

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naitre47
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
1 review
“Absolutely fabulous!!”
Reviewed June 21, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Myself and my wife and another couple who are friends of ours stayed in Lavender Cottage for a week. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Andy was very informative and gave us all the information we needed for our stay including where the best places are to eat, swim and visit.
It took us about 2.5 hours to drive their from Limoges Airport and I would say you need a car otherwise it would be difficult to get out and see anything and there's not a lot close by....just field after field of vines (which was lovely!).
Andy dropped round some food twice during the week, cooked by his partner, which was delicious and much appreciated.
Andy had bikes that we could have borrowed but did not have the time to take this up.
Lavender Cottage was very well equipped including cleaning equipment as you have to give the cottage a quick clean before you leave.
Overall, the cottage and the whole experience surpassed my expectations. Hopefully will go back for another week in the future.

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Benvheir
Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
1 review
“Relaxing stay in charming gite with welcoming owners”
Reviewed April 3, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We stayed for one week over Easter and were welcomed by a tasty meal waiting for us when we arrived. We found the gite well-positioned and close to the beautiful village of St Emilion. We liked the large sitting room and kitchen area which is ideal for a family and there are all the amenities to make it a home from home. There is also plenty of secluded space right outside for eating and relaxing in the sun, including a good-sized pool.

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Anna P
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“Well Located and Brilliant Quality Accommodation”
Reviewed November 6, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

We had a fantastic stay here. The place is brilliantly located to explore the Dordogne and Gironde areas by car. Our host was wonderful and we found some lovely food ready on our arrival which is exactly what you need after a long drive south from the UK.

The cottage was also very thoughtfully furnished and absolutely perfect for us and our two young boys.

We had a great time here and would highly recommend.

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251annie
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Great Location, Great Hosts”
Reviewed October 2, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We spent one week with Andy and Richard and there was nothing that Andy would not do for us. It started with a greeting and transfer from Bordeaux airport then a smooth run through of the beautiful Lavender Cottage and a huge folder containing everything you need to know about the area. Thanks for a wonderful stay and the early morning drop off to Libourne. The afternoon cakes and welcome pack were fully enjoyed.

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Luke and Annmarie

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79sgrif
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“A great holiday in a lovely location”
Reviewed September 14, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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We had a weeks stay in Vines Cottage in May.

It is a really nice cottage. It is more modern than your average French gite. It is clean and comes with all mod cons - washing machine, dishwasher, iron & board, airer, microwave, good wifi, English freeview tv channels, DVD player, English 3 pin socket extension leads with a French plug on the end, all linen included, hairdryer, travel cot, high chair... The list goes on.

You are provided with a welcome pack of essentials like bread, butter, milk, juice, beer which is fab to start you off. You are also given washing up liquid, hand soap, dishwasher tabs, laundry tabs, kitchen roll, cling film etc. Fabulous!! All the things you need when self catering but don't want to cart on a plane or have to buy masses off when you are only staying for a week.

The beds are comfy and the shutters keep out the morning sun for a lie in. The bathroom is huge. The bathroom has been designed as a wet room, which is not my personal preference, and it becomes extremely slippery after a shower.

It has a lovely private garden, a great space for little ones to run around in. There is a gate on the garden which you can bolt so you know little ones cannot access the pool. The pool is nice, useable in May but the water was a little chilly.

You are only about 10 mins from St Emillion, 20 mins from Libourne and an hour from Bordeaux or Bergerac. We also made the trip to Arcachon, it's 1.5 hours but worth it. The man made lake at Villefrance de Lonchat is only about 20mins and an ideal spot for little ones. There is a Boulangerie for your morning bread and pastries about a 5 min drive away.

The owners meet you there on arrival (they live in the Chateau next door) and are friendly. It is a bit strange as there is a locked internal door in the cottage which I guess goes through to the Chateau. We heard some chatting from there on occasions but didn't see anyone. Again this is probably personal preference but we would have preferred to have been a bit more separate. There is also a locked internal door to the next cottage, ideal if you are a larger family or group and wanted to rent both. There is also Sydney the cat, a bit elderly but very friendly and pleased to meet the visitors!

You are expected to do a basic clean when you check out, but this is only to be expected. You are provided with everything you need for this in the cottage. You can pay €30 to forego this but it doesn't take long and in my opinion the least you should do as it is clean and tidy when you arrive. It was a little bit annoying that we were checked up on about 45mins before check out on the pretence of seeing if we needed a wake up call but then I guess there are some guests who take liberties.

We would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a quiet get away near Bordeaux. The pricing off peak season is excellent. If we were to go back we would look into flights to and from Bergerac instead of Bordeaux next time as the Billi Terminal at Bordeaux (where all the low cost airlines operate from) is awful. More of a cattle market in a big metal shed than an airport terminal!!

We received our deposit back within 4 days of checking out - very quick.

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