We stayed for three nights but wish it had been a longer visit. When we arrived, we were knocked out by the wonderful fragrance coming from the big tilleul (linden) trees standing near the house - what a welcome! We'd bypassed the check-in in St Emilion (the town was packed and difficut to get into, as we didn't know the place at all) which didn't seem to cause a problem. The accommodation was splendid - we had room 5 up under the roof which stayed cool despite the heat outside (up in the 30s C). Comfortable big bed and high standard of furnishings, though we could have used a bit more shelf space and more places to hang wet towels after the frequent showers (really good powerful shower, too) that we needed to keep cool. Tall people would need to watch out for the low beams! The extra bed is screened by a partition from the rest of the room, so privacy for the third person. Sadly only a restricted view of the vineyards because the windows are low and small, but that wasn't a problem for us, though we needed to keep the curtains drawn to stop flies coming in. Breakfast was delicious - fresh crusty bread & croissants and butter/jam, cheese/cold meat and fruit/yoghurt, with plentiful coffee and eggs if you wanted them - and the ladies looking after us were all very friendly and helpful, particularly as we had a baby (who loved the hot tub!) in the group. We were able to use the kitchen facilities to prepare food for her and for the night we didn't go out for dinner, but in the area there are plenty of restaurant options for lunch or dinner - also a decent LeClerc supermarket in nearby Castillon with a good range of foods (also an Aldi & local Spar) if you want self-catering. The spacious lounge area was very comfortable and cool during the day, though we didn't spend a lot of time there, we were mostly outside in the sun, enjoying the view over rolling vineyards. To sit on the terrace at sunset and into the late evening was so relaxing, though you might need anti-mozzie cream. We were able to wander round the vineyards and were even given an impromptu tour of the 'caves', where the Valandraud wine is produced, by the very knowledgeable man who looks after the place. The 'Chateau Valandraud' was too expensive for us to buy, sadly, but we had some of the 'Virginie de Valandraud' which was a very acceptable substitute. It wasn't a cheap holiday option, but we wouldn't hesitate to go back - a very special experience that we will always remember.
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