Petit Chateau Medoc

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Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village

Overlooking Grand Cru vineyards from the most prestigious wine appellation in Bordeaux, and possibly the world, Petit Château Médoc is an elegantly restored manoir in the famous wine village of Pauillac.

Formerly a wine château, this 150-year-old manoir has a fascinating history yet has recently been brought back to life by its current owners who have lovingly restored it with sensitivity and style. The manoir features stables which used to house the horses that worked on the vineyard, vaulted wings which were chais and a tower which previously had a windmill to make flour to feed the workers. To date, it’s just the main house which has been renovated into an elegant five-bedroom home set in landscaped gardens with a glorious private swimming pool.

Each of the rooms are beautifully presented whether it’s the open-plan kitchen-diner with its range cooker and stylish dining table or the inviting living room with its TV and DVD player. Upstairs the master bedroom benefits from a marble-clad ensuite bathroom, whilst the family bathroom features Louis XV sinks. Four further bedrooms, including one downstairs, are gracefully furnished making this a fine home for family or friends.

Wander into the heart of Pauillac and discover some of the fine cuisine of Médoc region; dine in one of the excellent restaurants or buy oysters from the Saturday morning market, perfect with a glass of crisp white local wine on your al-fresco terrace. This is the home of one of the world’s finest wine appellations with over a hundred châteaux including the likes of Château Latour and Château Mouton-Rothschild. Wine-tastings can be arranged whether you wish to sample a world-famous Premier Cru or a lesser-known red from one of the smaller vineyards.

Hire bikes to explore the châteaux, sail on the Gironde estuary, ride horses across the wonderful landscapes or take a hot-air balloon ride over the surrounding countryside. This region is also a golf lover’s paradise with some of the country’s best courses nearby including the remarkable Golf du Médoc only forty minutes away.

Further afield, the wild beaches of the Atlantic coast await you with their vast sand dunes and perfect surfing spots or head south to sophisticated Cap Ferret where you can sample the region’s freshest seafood and best wine on the Bay of Arcachon. For gentler swimming, head to one of the delightful lakes near the coast, only half an hour away, where you can bathe in the calm waters.

Not forgetting the vibrant city of Bordeaux, under an hour away by car, where you can explore the fascinating 18th-century architecture or simply experience the fantastic restaurant and wine scene across the city.

Petit Château Médoc is a charming and elegant home from which to explore this enchanting region so rich in wine, gastronomy, history and stunning natural landscapes.

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What you should know…

  • As well as the main house, the manoir also has two wings, a stable and a tower, all of which are due to be renovated shortly so watch this space for further bedrooms and bathrooms in this elegant home
  • Please bear in mind Wi-Fi access is limited as it’s via a Mi-Fi device with a low data allowance. The owners are hoping to improve this soon

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Table Tennis DVD Heating

Château Interior

Ground Floor

-    Kitchen-diner, well equipped including range cooker, breakfast bar and dining table
-    Living room with TV and DVD player
-    Utility room with WC and laundry facilities
-    Double bedroom/study

First Floor

-    Master double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with bath and separate shower
-    Two double bedrooms
-    One twin bedroom
-    Family bathroom with bath and large walk-in shower

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (11mx5m, depth up to 1.8m). Open approx. May to end of October. Surrounded by safety fencing
-    Al-fresco dining area
-    BBQ
-    Gardens

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi (via a Mi-Fi device)
-    TV (with English channels)
-    DVD player
-    DVDs
-    Table tennis
-    Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Petit Chateau Medoc
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Sailing Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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With views towards the Gironde estuary, Petit Château Médoc overlooks the Grand Cru vineyards of the Médoc in the heart of Bordeaux’s most prestigious wine region.

You can walk into the local village of Pauillac which is one of the most prestigious wine appellations in Bordeaux. In and around Pauillac you will find 115 châteaux with vineyards producing wine from three Premier Cru châteaux to more affordable small wineries; famous names include Château Latour, Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Mouton-Rothschild. Over two million visitors come to the famous wine châteaux of Pauillac yet you will be able to arrange personal tours in the peaceful vines where you can learn what goes into producing such great wines. The nearest wine châteaux available to visit for tours and tastings are within walking distance starting at around 750m away.

The Médoc region is also famous for its gastronomy which you can experience in Pauillac and the surrounding area. Within ten minutes you can wander into the heart of Pauillac where you’ll find boulangeries, delis, fromageries, cafes and bars. There is also a good choice of restaurants by the quay as well as a Michelin starred restaurant in the town. Within a fifteen-minute walk you can reach the butchers, an excellent restaurant owned by Chateau Lynch-Bage as well as the weekly food market on a Saturday morning where you can pick up fresh oysters caught nearby along the coast.  

The nearby village of Saint-Julien, also featuring wonderful wine châteaux, has a couple of great restaurants to try whether you’re wanting a relaxed lunch or a special meal out.

Within walking distance guests will also be able to hire bikes, play tennis, swim in an indoor pool in cooler months or sail on the Gironde. Hiring a bike (manual or electric) is a wonderful way to explore the local castles and guided tours are also available. There are also some great cycling trails along the Atlantic coast and through local forests whilst horse-lovers can find riding stables nearby. For an ultra-special occasion, why not take a hot air balloon ride over the glorious countryside.

Keen runners may already be aware of the longest marathon in the world, Marathon du Médoc, which takes place in September and starts and ends in Pauillac. It’s especially unique as it features wine-stops and fine cuisine en route!

Golf-lovers are also in paradise across this region. The most famous course is Golf du Médoc, around 40 minutes away plus Golf de Lacanau a little further as well as other golf courses by the ocean with pine trees and sand dunes. Closer to home is Relais de Margaux Golf & Spa, around 20 minutes away, which also offers wonderful spa facilities.

Within forty-five minutes you can be at the Atlantic coast with its magnificent sand dunes leading to vast beaches that are perfect for watersports including some great surfing spots. For calmer beaches, head a little north to the likes of Soulac-sur-Mer (52km) or enjoy the charm and sophistication of Cap Ferret (85km) to the south. One experience not to be missed is trying oysters and chilled Médoc white wine in and around Arcachon Bay.

Another great option, especially for families, is some of the lake beaches just over half an hour away, towards the coast, such as around Hourtin (30km) and Lacanau (40km) lakes where you can bathe in warm water without the waves. You’ll also find kite surfing on Lac d'Hourtin.

Not forgetting the fantastic city of Bordeaux, only 52km away or possible by train from Gare de Pauillac. With its magnificent 18th century architecture (the old centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site) contrasting the uber modern Cité du Vin, it’s a fantastic place to visit not just for its beauty but also its vibrant restaurant scene, not to mention the fine wines!

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bordeaux Airport

(52km)

Nearest Train Station Pauillac

(2.5km)

Nearest Village Pauillac

(500m)

Nearest Restaurant Pauillac

(750m)

Nearest Bar/Pub Pauillac

(750m)

Nearest Supermarket Pauillac

(750m)

Nearest Tennis Pauillac

(750m)

Nearest Town/City Bordeaux

(52km)

Nearest Golf Relais de Margaux Golf & Spa/Golf du Médoc

(20km/35km)

Nearest Beach Hourtin Plage

(40km)

Region

Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine. 

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Head to the tourist office in Pauillac, just a 5-minute walk away, and pick up a map to follow the treasure hunt ‘Sur les pistes de Robin’ with fun puzzles along the way.

Hire bikes and explore the local castles or head out to explore the natural diversity of the Médoc region.

The wild and stunning Atlantic coast is only 45 minutes away with wide, sandy beaches and crashing waves perfect for surf lovers or just running along the sand dunes. For calmer beaches, head a little north to the likes of Soulac-sur-Mer (52km) or enjoy the charm and sophistication of Cap Ferret (85km) to the south.

Another great option is some of the lake beaches just over half an hour away, towards the coast, such as around Hourtin (30km) and Lacanau (40km) where you can bathe in warm water without the waves. Kite-surfing is also available at Lac d'Hourtin.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Sailing
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Babysitting
- Transfers
- Catering (breakfast/dinner/charcuterie/cheese board/tasting workshop)

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.


 

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 paid to the owner by bank transfer one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 3.00 p.m.
Departure time 11.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted a higher security deposit will apply.
Changeover day Saturday (more flexible in 2019 subject to availability).
Minimum stay 7 nights from mid-June to mid-September. 3 nights during all other periods (more flexible in 2019 subject to availability).
Other Ts and Cs The pool is open from approximately May to the end of October (cooler months may not be suitable for swimming)
Other Ts and Cs Weddings and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Stag/hen parties are not permitted.
Internet access? Wi-Fi is included however please note it is limited as it is via a Mi-Fi device with limited data allowance.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 17th 2019 - Oct 1st 2019 £1,264 £1,464 £1,664 £2,106
Oct 1st 2019 - Dec 1st 2019 £1,200 £1,390 £1,580 £2,000
Dec 1st 2019 - Mar 1st 2020 £1,106 £1,281 £1,456 £1,843
Mar 1st 2020 - Jun 1st 2020 £1,200 £1,390 £1,580 £2,000
Jun 1st 2020 - Jun 15th 2020 £1,264 £1,464 £1,664 £2,106
Jun 15th 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 - - - £2,106
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - £2,632
Sep 1st 2020 - Sep 15th 2020 - - - £2,106
Sep 15th 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 £1,264 £1,464 £1,664 £2,106
Oct 1st 2020 - Dec 1st 2020 £1,200 £1,390 £1,580 £2,000
Dec 1st 2020 - Mar 1st 2021 £1,106 £1,281 £1,456 £1,843
Mar 1st 2021 - Mar 20th 2021 £1,200 £1,390 £1,580 £2,000

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 17th 2019 - Oct 1st 2019 €1,364 €1,564 €1,764 €2,273
Oct 1st 2019 - Dec 1st 2019 €1,296 €1,486 €1,676 €2,160
Dec 1st 2019 - Mar 1st 2020 €1,194 €1,369 €1,544 €1,989
Mar 1st 2020 - Jun 1st 2020 €1,296 €1,486 €1,676 €2,160
Jun 1st 2020 - Jun 15th 2020 €1,364 €1,564 €1,764 €2,273
Jun 15th 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 - - - €2,273
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - €2,841
Sep 1st 2020 - Sep 15th 2020 - - - €2,273
Sep 15th 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 €1,364 €1,564 €1,764 €2,273
Oct 1st 2020 - Dec 1st 2020 €1,296 €1,486 €1,676 €2,160
Dec 1st 2020 - Mar 1st 2021 €1,194 €1,369 €1,544 €1,989
Mar 1st 2021 - Mar 20th 2021 €1,296 €1,486 €1,676 €2,160

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 17th 2019 - Oct 1st 2019 $1,502 $1,702 $1,902 $2,503
Oct 1st 2019 - Dec 1st 2019 $1,427 $1,617 $1,807 $2,377
Dec 1st 2019 - Mar 1st 2020 $1,314 $1,489 $1,664 $2,190
Mar 1st 2020 - Jun 1st 2020 $1,427 $1,617 $1,807 $2,377
Jun 1st 2020 - Jun 15th 2020 $1,502 $1,702 $1,902 $2,503
Jun 15th 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 - - - $2,503
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - $3,128
Sep 1st 2020 - Sep 15th 2020 - - - $2,503
Sep 15th 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 $1,502 $1,702 $1,902 $2,503
Oct 1st 2020 - Dec 1st 2020 $1,427 $1,617 $1,807 $2,377
Dec 1st 2020 - Mar 1st 2021 $1,314 $1,489 $1,664 $2,190
Mar 1st 2021 - Mar 20th 2021 $1,427 $1,617 $1,807 $2,377

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
Suzie and I have owned Petit Chateau Medoc since Spring 2016. When we bought it, it had been empty for over a decade. It was derelict and deteriorating and we desperately wanted to restore this stately property back to its rightful grandeur. 

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We first fell in love with the area. This part of the Medoc has everything - easy international access, a lovely climate, world-class wine and golf, stunning beaches, beautiful châteaux, a vibrant and cultured city, incredible food and much much more. After falling in love with the region, we set about finding a grand property. There were a few things about Petit Chateau Medoc that first appealed to us:
· Its location - it has fantastic views over classified vineyards, the Gironde estuary, and stunning châteaux, as well as being a short walk from restaurants, bars, cafes and shops
· Its proportions - despite the decay, the petit chateau’s high ceilings, tall windows and grand wings were instantly appealing;
· Its potential - the opportunity to bring an historic petit château back to its former glory was too tempting to resist! 

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Plenty! It was constricted in the mid-19th Century as a wine château. In that era, it’s stables held the horses that worked the vineyards, wine was fermented, barrelled and bottled in the chais, and the flour ground in its windmill was used to make bread for its workers. However, over successive generations the vineyards were sold off, and the property eventually became a hospital. We have found keepsakes from this era buried in our perimeter walls. 

During the Second World War, it was requisitioned by the Nazis for officer accommodation. The Germans installed the pole that now proudly flies our flag to display their Nazi insignia. Since then, the property became a UCPA holiday centre, until Suzie and I bought it in 2016. The family that most recently managed the holiday centre came to visit us in 2017, as they were keen to see how their former home was being restored. 

Have you ever had any famous guests staying? 
Not yet! However, this is only our first year of renting and we have already been approached by the Mairie of Pauillac regarding renting out the property to their guests (including directors, actors and journalists) for the Pauillac international film festival in July (Vendanges du 7eme Art) - so watch this space! 

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should... 
Really do? 
Wine tours and tastings at the châteaux of Pauillac (or the next-door appellations of Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe) are an absolute must! Virtually all of the producers will open their doors for tourists. Personal favourites include Château Mouton Rothschild, and our neighbours Château Pichon Baron and Château Pichon Comtesse. 

For golfers, you must play Des Châteaux course at Golf du Médoc (the best course in France), and Golf de la Méjanne at Lacanau (formerly the best 9-hole course in France). 

Really eat? 
This region has a host of speciality dishes to complement the wines. For starters, perhaps try oysters from Cap Ferret on the Arcachon Bay. For main course, the iconic entrecôte à la bordelaise is a must, and Pauillac lamb is another tasty option. And for dessert, why not try canelés, a sweet treat made using the egg yolks that were traditionally left over from the wine-making process?

Really see?
There are almost too many choices! A personal favourite is the view of the Grand Dune du Pilat (the tallest sand dune in Europe) from the tip of the chic Cap Ferret at sunset. Try also the mighty Atlantic Ocean at Carcans, Lacanau, Hourtin or the historic Soulac-sur-Mer, or the lakeside beaches at Lacanau or Hourtin. Or, for city lovers, you could lose yourself for a week amongst the stunning architecture of the vibrant Bordeaux, but don’t miss the view of the Place de la Bourse from across the Miroir d’Eau. 

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area? 
Wine tours and tastings are best booked in advance, if possible (although it is possible to get into many châteaux on the day). Entrance fees can be redeemed against any bottles bought direct from the château! Be sure to turn up early on Sunday mornings for the Marche Des Quais food market on the Chartrons quay in Bordeaux.

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