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Luxury Retreat, with pool & vineyard, located within Bordeaux wine trails

Bedrooms 3
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Vineyard Chateau retreat, with exclusive use of pool, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Chateau La Grande Etouble is a small, lovingly restored, traditional stone Girondian Farm house with exclusive use of owners secluded pool and vineyard. It can accommodate between 6, possibly 8 guests, depending on your group's dynamics.

Property Ground Floor Entrance hall, shower room and toilet, Small utility area + washing machine + tall fridge Farmhouse kitchen - well equipped with fridge, freezer, dish washer, microwave, toaster, kettle etc plus plenty of cooking equipment and usual mod cons Roomy sitting room with Satellite TV, DVD player, DVDs, Wi-Fi, books and games

First Floor ( All bedding is top quality and every bed has with soft fluffy pillows and crispy, thick white egyptian cotton bedding + mattress toppers help you very pampered and special.) Family Suite - Double bedroom with lounge area + DVD player (sofa converting into another double bed if required) Ensuite Bathroom, with bath, shower and toilet Golden bedroom with Louis Style bed Ivory bedroom with Louis style bed Shower Room + toilet with double sinks, mirrors, shaving socket

Facilities available to all guests:

* Pool - sun beds, pool equipment and shaded decking area etc

* Free off road parking for all guests

* B B Q and outdoor eating areas * Wi-Fi internet available in most areas

* Satellite TV and DVD player + DVD's (often remain unused)

* A good supply of thick fluffy towels and optional pack of toiletries and hairdryer (speed through security check)

* Comfortable beds - all with mattress toppers and crispy white bedding (because you're worth it)

* Washing machine in each property ( travel light)

* Most things you use at home (please ask if you have any questions)

* Starter pack of basic essentials on arrival (wine, bread, cheese, milk etc)

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2018

About Gill

Here at French Vineyard Vacations we really appreciate all the careful planning that goes into the research and booking of a holiday and we hope this shows throughout your holiday experience with us. We aim to match your expectations and hopefully often exceed them to ensure your holiday includes lots of your favourite things to do ( even if that's simply relaxing by the pool enjoying the peace and quiet). In brief, we offer a unique blend of tempting and desirable holiday ingredients which can be individually adapted to suit all tastes.

As yet, you won't find us with loads of reviews on trip advisor because this is our very first holiday season. Last year we followed our dream of owning a French vineyard and making our own wine (we'd already achieved this in the UK). After touring around France we believe we've found an idyllic location, just right for the perfect holiday. Not only is it situated within one of the world's finest wine regions, it's also surrounded with a really good balance of things to see and do.

Wine Tours and Tastings (Degustations)

Here at FVV we are very excited to announce we are very soon to become “Chateau Grande Etouble” because as from this year our vineyard will be re-producing it’s very own wine again. Ben is very happy to wander around our vineyard with you and chat about wine and its production. Please feel free to request a visit to a vineyard – local or further afield. We can either arrange a degustation for you or point you in the right direction for you to do this for yourself, whichever you prefer.

All in all we're very excited and looking forward to hearing from you - everything is freshly decorated and equipped and waiting for you.

Gill purchased this chateau / country house in 2013

Why Gill chose Saint-Ciers-de-Canesse

We specialise in a more bespoke holiday experience, with luxury accommodation, located on our own vineyard with a cool, relaxing pool. Our guests can expect exclusive use of this pool throughout their stay.

We love our typically French farmhouse because it is so special, on the inside as well as the outside. We've taken lots of care in all the rooms, in particular the large kitchen - to ensure it's fully equipped, comfortably and homely. Other rooms like the bathrooms and bedrooms have also been given a lot of thought and attention. Towels and bedding are of top quality - because you are worth it. Our aim is you find our holiday retreat is well worth leaving the comforts of your own home for. Even more appealing is the fact this holiday rental is conveniently located on the world famous wine trails of the majestic Bordeaux wine region and can include optional wine tasting, wine tours, good food and lots of other tempting, interesting things to do. Another thing we love about our place is it's location - there's lots of amenities on our doorstep and even more only a short drive away.

Local Facilities

The holiday accommodation is located within the small village of St Ciers de Canesse, however our closest amenities can be found in the nearby village of Berson (2 kms). Here you’ll find the artisan Boulangerie (Bakery) which is filled with the fresh aroma of warm, fresh baguettes and croissants for a typical French breakfast treat. There is also a boulangerie in the village of St Ciers de Canesse . The village of Berson also has a small supermarket, a butchers, a Tabac (which doubles up as a bar) and a doctors, dentist and pharmacy. Our holiday rental also enjoys the benefit of being close to some great local, artisan Markets and plenty of food supermarkets.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

We aim to create a finely blended and well balanced holiday experience that’s just right for you. Nestling within the peaceful and gently undulating hillsides of the Gironde Estuary, Aquitaine, South West of France, you'll discover a treasure of a holiday retreat which comfortably accommodates between 6 and 8 guests, depending on your groups dynamics. The perfect choice if you fancy getting away from your everyday life and restoring your get-up-and-go in a way that works for you. Whether you choose to relax by the pool and surround yourself with “soul food” or seize the moment and take part in one of the many activities in the surrounding area; we'd like to think our holiday accommodation includes all the right things to ensure your stay with us is really special and includes lots of enjoyment and good times. This area of France enjoys 2700 hours of sunshine per year, second only to the Cote d'Azur !


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Ciers-de-Canesse in Gironde

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Please note this bathroom has a bath plus a separate shower
    elegant family sized shower room - Shower Enclosure , Thick fluffy white 'house' towels + optional toiletries pack
    Downstairs shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Thick fluffy white 'house' towels + optional toiletries pack
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Chambre D'Or - 1 Double Bed , Thick white cotton bedding, mattress topper & Louis XVI bed
    Chambre D'Ivoire - 1 Double Bed , Louis XV1 bed, white freshly ironed bedding, matress topper
    Family suite - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , This room also has a lounge area with TV + DVD player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Luxury Retreat, with pool & vineyard, located within Bordeaux wine trails
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Lovely home in a vineyard with warm and charming owners

  • 5 of 5

Our experience in France was pleasantly enhanced by Gill and Ben, the owners of this property. In fact, they were the highlight of our vacation. They personally greeted us when we arrived and gave us great ideas and help during our stay. They live on the property caring for their vineyard and winery as well as their guests. We had them over for dinner and learned about their lives and how they came to owning this property and winery, a very fascinating and warm couple. They reciprocated by giving us a tour and winetasting with great appetizers. We ended our stay by going with them on a boat cruise, with more wine, food and music. What a great time!

The house was fully furnished with everything we needed to enjoy our stay and cook some meals. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and quiet. The location was easy to find if you followed Gill's direction, and not GPS. The pool area was a bonus and we spent most evenings enjoying wine and appetizers by the pool.

The location was great for the Bordeaux area, Bordeaux was less than 30 minutes away. We toured from Cape Ferret thru Saint Emilion. But we were in the beautiful vineyard countryside and not in a city.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello to our wonderfully special US guests - first of our 2018 holiday season. Thank you so much for your kind and detailed review. It's so helpful for potential guests to know this type of info and that they can ask for our input on places to visit. Thanks once again as well for the delicious birthday meal - it was a very kind thought and much appreciated after a long days work in the vineyard. We have some lovely photographs and memories of your stay with us. We truly hope our paths will cross again in the future. You will always be very welcome here.
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Fabulous from start to finish

  • 5 of 5

This property has been lovingly restored to a really high standard by the very friendly owners Gill and Ben. The welcome breads, cheese and wines were greatly appreciated and quickly consumed! Everything you could possibly want is available, bikes, ping pong, petanque, badminton, lots of outside seating and loungers, as well as the lovely private pool. We have never stayed in such a well equipped property. The added bonus of the beautiful setting within the vineyard make this a fabulous place to escape and spend a wonderful holiday. We enjoyed touring the area and seeing different vineyards, but particularly enjoyed being shown round the vineyard we were actually staying in - We would love to visit again. Thank you for all your hard work in making our holiday so memorable.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review. We really appreciate your very kind comments, it was a real pleasure to read how much you enjoyed your holiday here and the surrounding areas. We'd love to welcome you back here a some time in the future and we wish you a wonderful summer for the rest of 2017. Kindest regards Gill and Ben
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  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived Gill and Ben could not have been warmer or provided a better service. They live in the property next door and while they're keen to respect your privacy, we loved it when they occasionally popped round with a couple of cakes from the local baker, figs from their neighbour's fig tree, a bottle of their own vineyard wine (great with cheese!). They made our holiday really special.

The house itself is spacious and very well furnished. The photos don't show it but there's a choice of outdoor eating areas - in the sun or in the shade - although the huge kitchen is also a great place to entertain too if it gets cool in the evening. There's also a well stocked wine rack in the kitchen with an honesty box - nice to know you'll never run out of wine! The pool area is a great place to spend a few hours swimming or sitting in the sun overlooking Gill and Ben's vineyard. They've also built a shaded area by the pool with seats, a hammock and huge banana plant - a very relaxing spot.

This property is perfect for those looking for a relaxing break away from it all in a beautiful house with an exceptionally high level of service from its owners from the time of booking right through to the day you leave. Absolutely fantastic - thank you Gill and Ben, we'll remember our stay for years to come.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jeremy and Marion, Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of your holiday. We really appreciate your kind words and comments. Feedback is very important to us, we've noted all your comments and we'll be updating the website to show the outside eating spaces this year so thank you for feeding back. We really enjoyed meeting you and your Mother and our chats over a glass of wine. We have closed the gite now put on our "vigneron hats" to get ready to harvest this year's grapes and bottle and label up last year's wine. Thank you once again for your review and we wish you both a mild winter. Kindest regards Gill and Ben
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Fantastic holiday @ the most beautiful place with the best owners you could wish!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Gill & Ben,

we can't stop telling to everyone what a great time we had at your so well equiped gite. Everything you need to feel @ home is there. Perfect hosts, perfect location, perfect house, we love it!

Belgium hughs, Yvan, Ann, Barbara, Laurence, Delphine, Robin, Willem, xxx

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Nous (2 adultes et 2 adolescents) avons passé une semaine superbe! L'accueil de Gill et Ben a été à la fois chaleureux et attentionné. La maison entourée de vignes est extrêmement agréable à vivre et décorée avec gout. Nous ne pouvons que la recommander! Mon seul regret est de ne pas être resté assez longtemps pour voir les vignes évoluer au fil des saisons et en discuter avec Ben.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chère Marie et Laurent Merci d'avoir pris le temps de revoir vos vacances, nous avons vraiment apprécié vos commentaires aimables. Nous avons apprécié vous et votre famille charmante réunion et espérons que vous pouvez revenir et nous rendre visite dans le furture. Nous sommes apprêtions à récolter les raisins la semaine prochaine et puis après à la bouteille et de l'étiquette 2015 vin. Meilleures salutations Gill and Ben
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Nearest Airport
54 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
St Andre de Cubzac
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A10 or N10 both about the same distance
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Carcans plage
Car: necessary

Suggestions for Days (Half days) Out

Bourg-sur-Gironde, Blaye and Citadel, St Christoly-de-Blaye

Please visit the relevant tourist Office on line further entertainment during your holiday week . The horse and carriage rides which include wine tours and wine tasting is a great way to get a real taste of this area..

or there’s a wonderful river cruise of the "Les deux rives" (2 rivers) from Bourg which is a lovely way to see the estuary. Visit

At the port of Bourg there is an opportunity to book up and go jet skiing.


Blaye Citadel is other one of this areas UNESCO world heritage sites. Within the Citadel there are a large numbers of artisans shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. The view from the square which overlooks the Gironde Estuary is well worth a visit.

Please visit the Blaye tourist Office either on line or in the Blaye Citadel for further entertainment during your holiday week.

Please find below the link to the timetable and details of the Blaye

Ferry which takes about 15 minutes to arrive at the Medoc port. From here in about 40 minutes you can be at some of the some glorious beaches which offer all kinds of water sports and fun.

Plassac village is home to an amazing Gallo- Roman Museum and the well preserved ruins of an old villa. It’s well worth a visit if you’re interested in history etc.


The local village of Berson offers horse riding and we recommend you telephone for further details and reservations. There’s also a small sport activity lake where you can book wind surfing lessons and play or practise your canoeing skills etc.

Le Lac Moulin Blanc near St Christoly –de-Blaye

The two large lakes offer supervised swimming and holiday children’s sporting activities as well as fishing (permit required from tabac). There’s a café/restaurant nearby for snacks, drinks, ice creams and meals.

On the outskirts of Blaye there is a paint ball park.

Within less than an hour’s drive.........

Bordeaux (40 mins traffic permitting)

It's probably worth mentioning as well, Bordeaux is a world heritage site and full of beautiful buildings, monuments and statues – a world renown UNESCO site. It also has one of the longest shopping streets in France, with all kinds of shops and antique "flea markets" to browse around. Not to mention the fabulous French cafes scattered throughout the area offering refreshments and a time out to simply soak in the French atmosphere.

Dune du Pilat ( drive or car ferry + drive 60 mins approx.) Europe's largest sand dune – is definitely on our list of breath taking sights to see and experience, well worth a visit.

St Emilion (40 mins traffic permitting)

A great place to visit is the famous wine village of St Emilion, with its cobbled stone passage ways (walking shoes recommended) and stunning scenery, it’s a very enjoyable day out. Everything about this village is so pleasing – the food, the wine tasting, the artisan shops and the Maison de Vin is well worth a visit too. There’s also several excursions and wine tasting tours available to neighbouring chateaux.

The Medoc & Atlantic Beaches (15 mins car ferry ride - 40 mins traffic permitting)

The beautiful, golden sandy beaches of the Atlantic ocean are easily reached via the Blaye Ferry - it's only a 30 minute crossing and short drive to some beautiful sandy beaches. Lac Arcachon and other nearby lakes offer safe bathing and are a great place for learning and practising any water sport activities. This area is flat and great for cycling and walking - there's lots of cycle paths and routes to explore. Activities here include kite surfing, wind surfing, surfing, water skiing, sailing and cycling as well as many others.

Haute Charante & Charante Maritime

Heading north you will discover the glorious beaches and small fishing ports of the Charente-Maritime such as the Meschers-sur-Gironde, Talmont-sur-gironde, Royan, La Rochelle and of course the jewel of the Atlantic coastline - the Ile de Ré. There is a zoo, aquarium, Cognac and visit to distillery



Ile de Re (UNESCO site)

The Ile de Re is a great place to visit as it has many different aspects to it – all on the same Island. There’s several beautiful old harbours with wonderful restaurants and shops. It’s also a UNESCO site....and this is just a small sample of things to do in this area.


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.