Clos De Chinon

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Quirky Ideal for Kids Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Romantic

Early Bird 2021

Book your 2021 villa holiday by the 28th February and receive:
•    Welcome Hamper on Arrival
•    Up to £100 Private Chef Voucher
•    Free change on dates if restrictions mean you can't travel
•    Ts&Cs apply

Experience a wonderful holiday at Clos de Chinon, a boutique château close to the Dordogne river, nestled between Saint-Émilion and Bergerac.

This elegant house in beautiful grounds has been renovated to the highest standard and features a large swimming pool with wooden deck as well as outdoor barbecue and pizza oven. Relax on a shady hammock and explore the fruit trees and bushes, including cherries, plum, apples and pears.

This country house mixes contemporary and traditional furnishings in spacious rooms with hardwood floors. You’ll love the wooden staircase, welcoming kitchen and Wi-Fi. Each comfortable bedroom (all doubles) has a well-appointed en-suite bathroom with heated towel rails.

When you’re ready to visit the all-important boulangeries or find a restaurant, the owners can recommend their favourites in the local village, a short walk away. Just a brief drive away, you can be by the banks of the Dordogne in minutes. 

A visit to Saint-Émilion, a charming medieval village half an hour away, is a must, and wine lovers will also appreciate the proximity to the vineyards in Bergerac (35 minutes) and Bordeaux (1 hour).

With bustling local markets, delightful villages and antique fairs nearby, you’ll get an authentic glimpse of the real France in this charming part of the Gironde.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The owners live in a separate apartment next door with its own private garden, not visible to guests.
  • Please note that a maximum of 4 children only are permitted per booking.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Clos Interiors

-    Lounge-dining area with sofas and dining table for up to 8 guests
-    Kitchen, well-equipped
-    Master bedroom with four-poster double bed and en suite bathroom
-    3 x double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (11x4m, depth 1-3m) with safety alarm and fence. Open approximately end-May to end-September
-    Barbecue and pizza oven
-    Al-fresco dining areas
-    Garden
-    Fruit trees

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Heated towel rails
-    Children’s toys
-    Board games
-    Pool toys

Location

About the surrounding area of Clos De Chinon
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location 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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The house lies an hour from Bordeaux, around 40km from Bergerac and about half an hour by car from Saint-Émilion.

The lovely local village is around 1km away and is home to a boulangerie, grocery store and other useful shops as well as a handful of places to eat. 

Pessac-sur-Dordogne is a short drive away where there are opportunities to kayak along the Dordogne river. A little further, stop at St Foy La Grande (16km) to enjoy a coffee in the square, take a walk along the river or if you are around on Saturday morning you will find shopping a real delight.

The most highly recommended restaurant is just a few kilometres away and it is essential to be hungry when you arrive. The vineyard workers of the area leave for their day with sustenance at this family orientated place. The bean and vegetable soup with duck stock is fantastic.

Leaving the house to get to Saint-Émilion, you should drive through Pujols, as just outside is a great little restaurant with a very pleasant atmosphere and fantastic food.

Saint-Émilion (26km) itself is an incredible place to visit - the village and its vineyards have UNESCO World Heritage status and it offers the perfect mix of history and world-famous wine.

Sunday is a good day for venturing to Issigeac (52km) for the wonderful market. The town itself is quaint and riddled with tiny rivers, loved by tourists and locals alike. The dessert wines of the region are fantastic and the Monbazilliac wine, a musty fragrant delight from this spot, is very good value.

The city of Bordeaux is an hour away and you can visit the bustling restaurants, theatres and incredible architecture. Bergerac, much smaller than Bordeaux, has a very enchanting old town that has great individual shops, fountains, cobble stone streets, an atmospheric brocante every first Sunday of the month as well as a traditional market every Wednesday.

If you yearn for sea air and seafood, make an early start to set off for Arcachon Bay, as it will take two hours to get there. The shops are smart and the ambience is that of a well visited resort where sophisticated the Bordelaise promenade. Spain is approximately 4 hours away and en route are Bidart, St Jean De Luz & Biarritz.

The region is an area rich with vineyards and châteaux of every shape and type, with grapes and vines as far as the eye can see.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac

(42km)

Nearest Airport 2 Bordeaux

(75km)

Nearest Village

(1km)

Nearest Restaurant Local village

(1km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Local village

(1km)

Nearest Supermarket Grocery store in village

(1km)

Nearest Tennis In the village

(1km)

Nearest Town Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

(16km)

Nearest City Bergerac/Bordeaux

(40km/70km)

Nearest Golf Golf Vigiers

(25km)

Nearest Beach Arcachon

(130km)

Region

The pace of life in the Dordogne is languid, laid back and positively infectious. Relax in bucolic beauty as you drift along the Dordogne River, or wander among the forests and hillside of the Périgord Natural Park.

The foodie scene too, is a relaxed affair. Take your time over your lazy lunches of local duck, black truffles and goats cheese. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even hunt for them yourself. The wine here is second to none, with infamous grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chenin Blanc all having a huge presence here.

The Dordogne is also brimming with history. Castles and chateaux are scattered throughout the region, among the enchanting medieval villages. History of an altogether more ancient sort can also be explored in the incredible prehistoric cave drawings of Lascaux and Grotte de Rouffignac.

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Kids

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

A maximum of 4 children can stay at one time.

In the Gironde department, close to the Dordogne and within driving distance to Saint-Émilion, Bergerac and Bordeaux, this is a superb area for families of all ages.
Just a five-minute drive away is the Dordogne river where you can hire kayaks and canoes in Pessac-sur-Dordogne for wonderful trips out in such beautiful surroundings.

Bergerac also offers a wealth of activities such as water parks, go-karting, bowling as well as a little lake with miniature boats (Port Miniature) and a lake just north of the town which has a sandy beach, supervised swimming in the summer as well as walking and cycling trails.

There are so many magnificent châteaux to visit, including the particularly family-friendly Château de Bridoire, around a 40-minute drive away, with plenty of activities such as medieval games and a popular maze.

When visiting Saint-Émilion, look out for tours by the little road train which take you out to the vineyards as well as around the exquisite hilltop town. Bordeaux also has many wide open spaces, incredible buildings and museums that will appeal to youngsters.

Finally, drive as far as the wonderful Atlantic coast where you can discover the bays of Arcachon or climb up the huge dunes at Le Dune du Pilat.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Onsite Facilities

  • Pool inflatables
  • Board games
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Toys

Extras

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

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 €1000 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.30 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Extra cost, payable locally.
Linen & towels included? Yes (please bring own cot linen).
Pool towels included? Yes.
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.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately end-May to end-September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that a maximum of 4 children only are permitted per booking.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Not allowed.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Changeover day Saturday.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs The owner requires the clients to sign a rental agreement upon booking confirmation.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 24th 2021 - Jun 5th 2021 £4,032
Jun 5th 2021 - Jul 3rd 2021 £3,360
Jul 3rd 2021 - Aug 7th 2021 £4,300
Aug 7th 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 £4,569
Sep 4th 2021 - May 28th 2022 £3,360
May 28th 2022 - Jun 4th 2022 £4,032
Jun 4th 2022 - Jul 2nd 2022 £3,360
Jul 2nd 2022 - Aug 6th 2022 £4,300
Aug 6th 2022 - Aug 28th 2022 £4,569

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 24th 2021 - Jun 5th 2021 €4,401
Jun 5th 2021 - Jul 3rd 2021 €3,668
Jul 3rd 2021 - Aug 7th 2021 €4,694
Aug 7th 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 €4,988
Sep 4th 2021 - May 28th 2022 €3,668
May 28th 2022 - Jun 4th 2022 €4,401
Jun 4th 2022 - Jul 2nd 2022 €3,668
Jul 2nd 2022 - Aug 6th 2022 €4,694
Aug 6th 2022 - Aug 28th 2022 €4,988

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 24th 2021 - Jun 5th 2021 $5,349
Jun 5th 2021 - Jul 3rd 2021 $4,458
Jul 3rd 2021 - Aug 7th 2021 $5,706
Aug 7th 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 $6,062
Sep 4th 2021 - May 28th 2022 $4,458
May 28th 2022 - Jun 4th 2022 $5,349
Jun 4th 2022 - Jul 2nd 2022 $4,458
Jul 2nd 2022 - Aug 6th 2022 $5,706
Aug 6th 2022 - Aug 28th 2022 $6,062

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

Property Owner – Jonathan & Barbara
I originate from London and Jonathon from Ireland and we both have a deep love for music…they are varied tastes. As with our styles of cooking...but that is a complimentary asset.
 
How long have you owned the property?
11 years ago, we decided to run to the country and create Clos de Chinon, a place where people can stay, rest and enjoy some great food and wine. Nothing is more fun than sharing our knowledge of secret chateaux...for wine tastings, pop up restaurants and picnics.
 
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
It is an area which is growing...gently and elegantly with small enterprises popping up like the Easter crocus. It is a lovely place to enjoy being together...a bunch of friends or are united family. Cook together...eat together share wine, words and walks.
 
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?

We have fed the rich and famous from David Bowie to the Freud family. We have worked alongside very famous chefs and have employed some in the past.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...Really do?
We have always loved France and spent spare moments visiting almost all of the regions before we sold our restaurant and came to glorious S. W France near St Emilion.

Really eat?
Our restaurant had 3 AA rosettes in the AA guide...and no not alcoholics AA, but one of the food bibles.
 
Really see?
Our area just here is stunningly beautiful...it rolls, it is vibrantly green and river and lakes make wonderful punctuations. Every time we go out for a drive or just to shop we discover something new.
 
Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
We are so easy to get to...that was another reason for coming here to live...not much more than half an hour from an airport which links to London...and other places...of course. So as chefs what do we eat...you will have to book in and I promise...you will not be disappointed. I am contented...winters day and writing this by the log fire.

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Reviews

  • Just what we Needed

    Posted by Matthew on 13/09/2017

    The Owners are very good hosts and its really lovely house.

  • Could have stayed longer

    Posted by Asmita V on 04/08/2017

    What an absolutely delightful place to stay and spend a week of summer here at Clos De Chinon. We were 6 adults and 2 kids (both under 18 months) and this place was home for us for a week. Jonathan and Barbara are such fantastic hosts (and chefs!!) and no request is too big for them. They looked after us with great care and ensured the property was perfectly kid friendly (cots in rooms, pool safety, play area in the garden, tubs of toys around the house). Both bubs had a blast which made it a seriously relaxing and delightful holiday for all of us. We are all massive food and wine enthusiasts and so are Jonathan and Barbara so we had plenty to bond over. Their recommendations are on point (dinner in the vineyards, wine tasting, other restaurants ... all top notch recommendations). Oh and make sure you request them to cater one of your dinners for you one evening. You wont be disappointed. Thank you for having us and we look forward to more future holidays your way.

  • Peter S

    Posted by Sylvie S on 15/07/2017

    Our family, consisting of six adults and three small boys, stayed on a self-catering basis at Clos de Chinon during the last week of June. The property is delightful, very stylish and accommodating, from the extremely well-equipped kitchen to the very popular children's toys found both in the pool area and the house, and the delightful garden and the outside amenities were so appreciated by us all. Gensac, as well as the surrounding area, is charming and situated in the most idyllic and tranquil area. A visit to St Emilion is an absolute must. Best of all though was the welcome we received from John and Barbara who made sure we all had a lovely holiday. They live nearby and during our stay unobstrusively looked after the pool and large garden area whilst we weren't around, but are always on hand if needed to deal with any queries. Clos de Chinon is highly recommended!

  • The whole experience was wonderful

    Posted by Lisa S. on 12/08/2016

    Hi Ravi / Oliver's Travels! Thank you! The whole experience was wonderful from booking with your team, right the way through to the end of our stay. Clos De Chinon was fabulous, Barbara and Jonathan were very accommodating and created a beautiful wedding. We will always have very fond memories of our trip, and hope to book another one of your properties in the future. Thanks again

  • Pearsons

    Posted by Stephen P on 10/08/2016

    Clos de Chinon is a stunning house surrounded by vineyards yet only 10 minutes walk from the quaint village of Gensac. The owners, Barbara and Jonathan, gave us a very warm welcome on arrival and a helpful tour of the property explaining how everything works. It is spacious and very well furnished and equipped and the gardens and pool areas are beautiful. Gensac is a great base for touring this part of France and the travel connections via Bergerac all worked very well. We would definitely recommend this property for families of a group of friends.

  • Our French Wedding

    Posted by Lisa S. on 06/07/2016

    We have just returned from the most amazing stay at Clos de Chinon, and whilst we were there we had our wedding ceremony. The owners Barbara and Jonathan were wonderful, nothing was to much trouble. They helped me to organise the wedding before we even arrived. And when we did arrive our special day was everything we hoped for and more. The venue and setting is stunning, and we felt right at home. The food cooked by Jonathan and Barbara was absolutely delicious and we couldn't fault any of it. The decor whilst quirky is very in keeping with the property and stylish. The pool is a great bonus as well, especially if you holiday there with children. We all had a fantastic time and would recommend it to everyone. I loved it so much that when the time came to leave I cried!! Thanks again for everything Barbara and Jonathan you are a lovely couple and a great team xxx

  • Wonderful

    Posted by Sam E on 20/06/2016

    John and Barbara were wonderful hosts, providing not only a beautiful, peaceful and well appointed house, but fantastic restaurant and day trip suggestions. Barbara worked tirelessly prior to our arrival to book restaurants, make arrangements for the children and find 2 brilliant babysitters for all 6 of them. John's cooking on the Sunday night was one of the best meals we had in France. We would all highly recommend a stay at Clos de Chinon.

  • Beautiful Trip

    Posted by Ashraf H on 25/01/2016

    I would like to recommend a stay in Clos de Chinon , the house is very beautiful and comfortable , We enjoyed in the garden and the pool area. We hope to come back. We stayed 4 nights , Barbara and Jonathon looked after us and cooked for us very tasty food.

  • Overall and excellent experience in an amazing property hosted by great people !

    Posted by Paul S. on 29/08/2015

    I would like to recommend a stay with Jonathan and Barbara at their wonderful property in Gensac – Clos de Chinon.
    I stayed there in August 2015 with my family and friends and cannot speak highly enough of our experience. Jonathan and Barbara are wonderful hosts in their amazing property.
    The house is spacious, beautifully furnished, with comfortable living areas and great wifi so you can stay connected. The gardens and pool area are superb but the highlight for me was the fantastic kitchen and al fresco dining areas.
    Nothing is too much trouble for Jonathan and Barbara and they were wonderfully accommodating with great knowledge of the local areas especially recommendations to high quality local restaurants, markets, villages, wine tours and even an amazing patissiere course you just have to do !

  • Fantastic family holiday property & destination

    Posted by Gail S on 30/07/2015

    Clos de Chinon was the perfect destination for us to take our 3 sons and their partners! It is an extremely high calibre, roomy, eclectic yet classy house, with 4 huge, beautiful bedrooms, all with gorgeous en-suite bathrooms.
    The kitchen is very well equipped, with 2 range cookers for easy cooking for 8 people.
    The pool area is lovely and exceptionally well maintained by Jonathan, although you never see him doing it!
    Barbara and Jonathan were on site, very friendly but discreet also.
    We visited many chateau's as this was mainly a wine tasting/learning experience for the family, and it is ideally located for this. We also booked kayaks locally and paddled down the Dordogne for a couple of hours in the sunshine!
    The gorgeous village is 10 minutes walk down the lane, with a boulangerie and epicerie available, and a wine bar and restaurant.
    We would definitely recommend Clos de Chinon and would love to return one day.

  • The perfect week at a glorious country house

    Posted by Adele Knox on 13/07/2015

    My husband and I, together with our two grown up children stayed at this glorious country house in Gensac which is not far from Bordeaux. The house sits in beautiful grounds and has all the creature comforts to ensure a perfect holiday. Despite the fact that there was a heat wave during our stay, the house always remained pleasantly cool. There is a fabulous terrace with swimming pool, barbecue and even a pizza oven.
    The owners, Barbara and Jonathon, were absolutely wonderful to us during our stay. On arrival on the Saturday late afternoon we were given a warm welcome and Barbara had gone to the trouble to make sure the fridge was stocked so that we could have breakfast the following morning. On our last evening Barbara and Jonathon cooked us the most amazing dinner. They are both highly trained chefs and although we ate in some very good local restaurants our last supper was a gastronomic feast.
    We all agreed that it was a perfect week away. There were pretty villages to visit but in all honesty we were happiest to be at the house enjoying all the comforts it offered. I cannot recommend this holiday more highly.

  • An exceptional stay with great memories

    Posted by Stuart on 15/12/2014

    As we head toward Christmas I find myself reflecting on the year, one of my fondest memories was the time I spent with my family at Clos de Chinon. Janet, myself, our three children and their families were made incredibly welcome by Jonathan and Barbara. You really felt that you were welcome guests in their home without being invasive. They were well informed and offered advice on the local amenities and restaurants.
    Last week my youngest son Ryan out of the blue said Dad I cannot remember a better meal than the one that was cooked by Jonathan and Barbara. We have all dined in the finest of restaurants and I have to say he is right. We shared a memorable evening which was complimented by Jonathan playing his classical guitar after a request from us.

  • Thanks a million for the perfect honeymoon!

    Posted by Conor on 21/10/2014

    We booked our honeymoon for 2 weeks in Bordeaux at Clos De Chinon through Oliver Travels. I found the help from Oliver Travels staff excellent, they were very thorough in their detail and extremely prompt in getting back to me on any points of clarification or questions. In terms of the location in really is fantastic, we wanted a quiet and relaxing location and we got more than we expected. The house itself truly is exceptional, Barbara and Jonathan have spared nothing in the interior design of the house and it really does live up to the pictures on the website. The kitchen is amazing as are the huge bedrooms and we really felt at home. The pool area is so relaxing and the views and drive way up to the house, well I could go on and on but overall the place is a real gem and we were delighted with our choice.
    What made our honeymoon really special though was our hosts, Barbara and Jonathan have a great attitude towards making the experience a relaxing one, they are there if you need anything but give you plenty of space just to enjoy the local area and the house itself, we still talk about the breakfast they made us on our first morning. Our 1 year old daughter was with us on our honeymoon and they made such a big effort to ensure she had plenty of toys and sand to play with it was so generous and appreciated.
    Overall we had a great time, the location was fabulous but our hosts really made the difference, thanks a million and we would definitely recommend this to everyone.

  • Peaceful and restful and a gorgeous escape from the outside world.

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Hello Barbara and John,

    Thank you ever so much for the recipe. We will certainly be using this one. We did a bit of travelling after leaving you, including a lovely stop in Paris but this week our feet have properly touched down and it is back to normal life. Edward is back to school today and Isabel will be off to York University shortly to start her first year reading History. We have done a fair bit of cooking since we got home and there is no sign of it stopping. Edward's skills seem to have really taken off. This weekend we entertained my parents to a special meal to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary, and it was Edward who unaided cooked the rack of lamb for seven people to absolute perfection. My husband however has been the real surprise - Max was so inspired by your introduction to the secrets of pastry-making that he has already produced a perfectly turned out apple tart, lemon meringue pie and jam tarts! They were all excellent and he loved doing it. As for Isabel and me, our latest pleasure was to make a tower of iced, lemon cupcakes decorated with yellow roses for my parents' anniversary party.

    We would like to tell you that we had a really lovely holiday at Clos des Chinon. It was peaceful and restful and a gorgeous escape from the outside world. The cooking with you was outstanding, as was the resulting meal, and we will remember it for a long time. We also really loved St Emilion and as I think we told you, the winery experience at Chateau Bienfaissance was excellent. I already knew the Bordeaux region so I am thrilled that the rest of the family have now fallen in love with it too and we all look forward to visiting again.

  • The location was beautiful and peaceful

    Posted by The Aitches on 11/02/2011

    We wanted to experience the countryside near St. Emilion and found this wonderful B&B by chance .... I read the reviews and took a chance and we were both delighted. We had first class service in a cozy home in the country, only about a half-hour from St. Emilion, where hotels can be pricey and touristy. This place is neither. The owners are fantastic chefs and we were served a delicious 4-course dinner, well worth the extra euros. The breakfast was fresh and plentiful! The location was beautiful and peaceful. The only thing missing was a stand-up shower stall, which we Americans are so used to. Other than that, the ambiance and decor were very tasteful.

  • Clos De Chinon

    Posted by Family from Italy on 04/02/2011

    i travelled the world for business, and have found 2 year ago the hospitality of the johnthan and barbara something rare in the hospitality business. i have been back this year, and once again the two have surprised me with the warmest, attention to detail as well as relaxed attitude in providing 5 star service in all aspects of our stay, while at the same time make you feel at home. i hope to make my visits there a costant feature of my future years, not only to be back as guest, but having feeling to be back as a friend.

  • Ideal for getting away from the hustle of everyday life

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 03/02/2011

    My family and I stayed here during a recent half term break and this charming, forgive me - I don't normally do cliches, hotel proved a lovely base to explore the Dordogne and surrounding area. It has recently been converted by a couple who ran a restaurant and delicatessen in west London that we often frequented and the attention to detail that they had on those premises they have transferred to France. When I say a small hotel, I mean small in the amount of rooms, not the size of them. The space, both in the rooms, communal areas and grounds, is very conducive for a relaxing break and this is complimented by its location on the edge of small village about 30 minutes from Bergerac airport (I would recommend hiring a car). The region is very historical, Sir John Talbot met his demise nearby, and ideal for walking and generally getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

  • We'll be back

    Posted by Penny D on 01/02/2011

    We stayed for 3 nights and found the stay delightful. The rooms are a tasteful mix of traditional french and modern chic. Everything is spotless and our en-suite was nearly the size of our large bedroom. It was great to lounge around the pool during the day and discuss the menu for dinner, over drinks with our hosts. Jonathan and Barbara are exceptional chefs who go to great lenghts to give you food that you will love. We recommend stuffed squid, prawns with chorizo or rack of lamb. We were well looked after and we'll be back.

  • Long weekend in August

    Posted by Pam W on 14/01/2011

    We stayed for a long weekend in August as this was one of the nearest places to a wedding we were attending. I think we got lucky. Thanks to Jonathon and Barbara we had a fantastic holiday rather than a rushed visit for our friends big day. Situated in a rural setting surrounded by vineyards you need a car. If you have transport then you are no more than 30 minutes from a number of great places to visit. Even Bordeaux isn't too far. We found it very relaxing - I wish we could have stayed longer and enjoyed relaxing with the cats by the pool. Jonathon and Barbara are fantastic hosts, and my goodness you won't starve! Breakfast was fit for the Gods never mind royalty. Eating in the tranquility of the garden taking our time talking it felt more like staying with friends. The rooms are very stylish and quirky antiques are so interesting. We ate (in the evening) once during our stay - a fantastic event. The food made no compromises - even though the electricity was out for a bit of the day due to storms which must have made cooking difficult. I will always remember my first oysters by candlelight :). We made 1 mistake - only eating here once. Next time we will eat in house far more if these 2 great chefs don't mind. Thank you both for a great holiday.

  • We stayed for 2 nights of complete indulgence

    Posted by Mark A on 07/01/2011

    We stayed for 2 nights of complete indulgence. Barbara and Jonathon looked after us and there wasn't anything which was too much trouble. They cooked for us and both breakfast and the evening meal were lovingly prepared - the food as we remember from Chinon was heavenly! We left with some very special memories and felt very much at home in the house and loved the beautiful suites. We even got to use the pool at the house! Would definitely recommend a trip to Clos de Chinon (and a return trip for sure!).

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