Podien Cottage

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Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2


Pool Ideal for Kids All Bedrooms En-Suite


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Nestled on the working vineyard Côtes de Blaye, lies Podien Cottage. Once the workers' cottage, the cottage has been restored and filled with modern luxuries to make this stay effortless.

An open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area is on the first floor, with wonderful views over the vineyard. The kitchen has all the appliances you need for your stay. A circular dining table sits in the centre of the room surrounded by four wooden chairs. The lounge is on the opposite side of the kitchen and has a large sofa with cushions for you to relax into. Next to the lounge is a tall stone wall with a traditional stove and fireplace to keep you warm on winter nights.

Both bedrooms are located on the ground floor. Both are spacious rooms with homey details such as a patterned headboard, long mirrors and paintings hung on the walls. Each has an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower. One ensuite has a washing machine on hand if needed and a stand-alone bath in the other. The bedrooms both have double beds, however if a family are staying, one of the double beds can be converted into two singles.

The working vineyard Côte de Blaye is in the Bordeaux region and provides the perfect backdrop to your holiday. Outside lies a newly built patio terrace with a long swimming pool to one side against the terrace wall. The wall provides privacy from the vineyard and local village. Sun loungers surround the pool for you to relax under the sun. The terrace also has outdoor seating and a BBQ area, set up for long summer evenings watching the sunset while cooking a delicious meal together. Make sure you bring marshmallows to toast on the outdoor fire pit, ideal for gathering together and keeping warm under the stars.

Podien Cottage is on the village side of the vineyard, with an uninterrupted view of the vines and estuary in the backdrop. The cottage is a short walk from the village tennis courts, which you are invited to use. The local village has all your essentials, including a village boulangerie, a small grocery shop, a butcher and a pharmacy. On a Sunday morning the village hosts oyster stalls on the main street.

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What you should know…

  • Please note that the plunge pool does not have a cover, so younger children should be supervised at all times.
  • The vineyard is a working vineyard and has machinery in use. Parents with small children may want to keep an eye on them as you go out the villa’s garden into the vineyard.
  • The villa’s layout is quite the opposite to a traditional home. The living area is on the first floor and the bedrooms are on the ground floor.
  • The local town Blaye is a 5 minute drive away and a 15 minute bike ride.

Property Features

Private Pool Saltwater Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Smart TV DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Interior grounds
Ground Floor

- One bedroom with double bed
- One bedroom with double bed that can convert into two single beds.

First floor
- Kitchen
-  Dining table
- Family bathroom

Outside grounds
Private plunge pool surrounded by sun loungers and parasols
- Outdoor seating and dining area
- Barbecue
- Private garden

- Wifi
- Air conditioning
- Smart TV
- Sofa bed
- Laundry facilities
- Cot and highchair
- Parking
- Toaster
- Stovetop
- Oven
- Kitchenware
- Electric kettle
- Washing machine
- Dishwasher
- Microwave
- Refrigerator


About the surrounding area of Podien Cottage
Canoeing/Kayaking Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Nestled on a working vineyard in the Bordeaux region, southwest of France lies Podien Cottage; one of three luxury villas nestled between the vines.

The working vineyard is called Côte de Blaye, a Bordeaux vineyard and a unique location for your holiday. The grape vines are in clay-limestone soil, typical of the region and traditionally, the vineyard produces Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. In recent years, the vineyard has diversified and now grows white grapes to produce Roussanne, Semillon and Chardonnay, giving a broader range. Take a wine tour to see the production of the wine, witnessing the process from grape to bottle.

The grounds of the villa are also home to Two Origins Distillery, producing whiskey. The name derives from combining the company's heritage; French and Irish. Two Origins Distillery produces a unique whiskey that combines the French taste with the traditional whiskey techniques of Ireland: the triple-distilled cask-aged Irish whiskey.

From the villa, there are many clear cycle paths for you and your family to enjoy, stretching from Blaye to Estauliers. Blaye is your local town, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Citadelle de Blaye. Located on the waterfront, overlooking the estuary Gironde. Designed by the celebrated French military engineer Vauban, Citadelle de Blaye is a fortress offering panoramas over the Gironde estuary. Built in the 17th century, the citadel of Blaye had 1.5km of ramparts, over 30 hectares of fortifications and 1,500 soldiers occupying the fort.

Spend time strolling through its narrow streets and meet the craftsmen, restaurateurs and shopkeepers who dwell in the once-fortified fortress. Tours are also available for those who want to delve deeper into history and enter the underground passages below the surface. The town of Blaye also offers café, restaurants and shops for you to refresh yourself with, all a bike ride from the villa.

Travelling slightly further away, take a day to visit the picturesque St. Emilion, a medieval village located in the famous Bordeaux wine region. Surrounded by vineyards, St. Emilion has two thousand years of history found in beautiful architecture and monuments. Golden bricks shine in the sunlight as you wind through the village, exploring historic vineyards, cafes and shops.

Spend an afternoon feeling refreshed and head to the coast. The southwest of France is home to the Aquitaine coastline, the longest sandy coastline in Europe, stretching 230 kilometres.

Read more about Aquitaine

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bordeaux


Nearest Village Berson

(Walking distance)

Nearest Town Blaye


Nearest Train Station St. André de Cubzac

(20.5km )

Nearest Restaurant Several restaurants in Blaye and Bourg


Nearest Supermarket Leclerc Blaye



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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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Located on a working vineyard, Podien Cottage may be better suited for an adult holiday as the vineyard is in constant use. However, Podien Cottage is also great for families wanting to tuck themselves away and enjoy the quiet of the countryside. There is plenty of space for everyone to spread out.  The second bedroom can be converted into two single beds, perfect for children sharing the room. Outside, kids love making a splash in the swimming pool and playing in the privacy of your secluded garden.

There are so many activities for the whole family to do together. Bike ride from the villa on clear cycle paths stretching from Blaye to Estauliers. Go further afield and take a dip in the refreshing water along the coastline in the Bay of Biscay. For those wanting more adventure, explore the landscape from the water and rent kayaks, paddling along the estuary or down rivers and lakes. The whole family will love working together to move across the water, discovering local wildlife along the way.

Kids will love learning about the history and heritage of the region in the towns, ruins and monuments. Great days out for history include visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Citadelle in Blaye, St. Emilion village and many more.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD
  • Toys


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services 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

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!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
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

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €200 charged to client’s credit card two weeks before arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4pm.
Departure time 10am.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. 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 garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Heating costs included? Included in rental price.
Energy costs included? Included in rental price.
Internet access? Wifi internet access included in rental price.
Minimum stay 2 nights.
Changeover day Fridays June-end of September, and Christmas. Flexible during other periods.
Smoking Allowed? Not allowed.
Pets welcome? Not permitted.
Pool opening dates? Approximately May to end of September. (Please note that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming)
Pool heating charge? Included in rental price. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €1-€5 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2024 - May 31st 2024 £565 £847 £1,129 £1,411 £1,975
May 31st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - - - - £2,425
Oct 1st 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 £565 £847 £1,129 £1,411 £1,975
Dec 20th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 - - - - £2,425
Dec 31st 2024 - May 30th 2025 £565 £847 £1,129 £1,411 £1,975
May 30th 2025 - Aug 25th 2025 - - - - £2,425

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2024 - May 31st 2024 €613 €920 €1,226 €1,532 €2,145
May 31st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - - - - €2,634
Oct 1st 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 €613 €920 €1,226 €1,532 €2,145
Dec 20th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 - - - - €2,634
Dec 31st 2024 - May 30th 2025 €613 €920 €1,226 €1,532 €2,145
May 30th 2025 - Aug 25th 2025 - - - - €2,634

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2024 - May 31st 2024 $664 $996 $1,328 $1,660 $2,323
May 31st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - - - - $2,853
Oct 1st 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 $664 $996 $1,328 $1,660 $2,323
Dec 20th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 - - - - $2,853
Dec 31st 2024 - May 30th 2025 $664 $996 $1,328 $1,660 $2,323
May 30th 2025 - Aug 25th 2025 - - - - $2,853

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Magnificent cottage

    on 10/09/2022

    A great relaxing stay! A magnificent cottage with very neat decor. Really perfect - I'll be back.

  • Beautiful

    on 20/08/2022

    Wow wow wow. It’s been the most amazing week! The Gite was beautiful, The essential supplies including wine (from the chateau) were a great touch on arrival. We had every need catered for!

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