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Sainte Eulalie: Mansion on the outskirts of Bordeaux

Bedrooms 11
Separate WCs1
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

10 bedrooms + a dormitory (8) ideal for families holidays and visit of Bordeaux

In the heart of Bordeaux vineyards and Chateaux, this ancient Cistercian abbey was originally built in the 12th century; restored into a large family home in 19th century, tastefully decorated, it combines charm and character with all modern comfort; 8 double bedrooms each with bathroom; children's dormitory (8); 2 single bedrooms; 3 vast living rooms, a billard room. Swimming pool with pool house with fully equipped kitchen, petanque range and a tennis court in a 10 ha park with 4 ha of vineyard producing 'Premières Côtes de Bordeaux'.

Claude Portmann
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 July, 2018

About Claude Portmann

Recently retired from international business, living in Paris, and with 3 children and 6 grand children, we spend unforgettable family holydays in our Bordeaux estate

Claude Portmann purchased this house in 1846


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sainte-Eulalie in Gironde

Property Type:
  • house
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 5 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    - Shower Enclosure
    - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    - Shower Enclosure
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • Bedroom 10 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 9 - 1 Single Bed
    - 8 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Courtyard
  • Terrace
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Parasol
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

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Sainte Eulalie: Mansion on the outskirts of Bordeaux
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

A house with great charm and ideal villa for a large family group or gathering.

  • 4 of 5

This was a rare opportunity to gather all of my children and grandchildren together under one roof. Abbaye de Bonlieu had a lovely, well loved, family atmosphere. I had been a little worried that with 7 children under six, such an old house might have been unsuitable, but despite its elegance it was very sensibly and comfortably furnished and perfectly child friendly as well.

To be able to exchange the formality of the house for the informality of the pool area was good. There is fully set up kitchen and outside eating area and we always had lunch and occasionally supper as well out there. The pool was chilly but not so cold you could not swim! The provision of a toilet would make a big difference.

The extensive grounds with every kind of sporting amenity made it ideal for young and old alike..

Part of the charm was the way that, unlike many rented properties where every cupboard is swept bare and any sign of the owners swept away, at the Abbaye de Bonlieu you were moving into a family house, filled with books and photographs and where there was coffee in the jar and such things as pool toys and sporting equipment all left out for our own use. Something that was very much appreciated.

Josiane (wife of caretaker) cooked us some delicious dishes and managed to keep smiling although, with us needing to feed such a varied age group, the rather small kitchen did become a little chaotic at times.The size of the kitchen is challenging but it is well equipped and there are two big fridge freezers and modern coffee machines.

The location has the great advantage of being close to Bordeaux airport as well as being only a short drive from many of Bordeaux's premier wine growing areas and the coast. The disadvantage, for some, would be the fact that you are not really out in the countryside but once in the grounds of the property you would not know, other than the noise from the main road which is a pity but ceases to be noticeable once you are down by the pool.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy with such an appreciation ! Especially when pointing out the family atmosphere, which is what we want very much to propose to our guests. Most of our guests have been large families with 3 to 4 generations representatives !...
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A beautiful, historic chateau!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of friends stayed here during the week of the Medoc Marathon and had a truly wonderful experience. Claude was communicative both during booking and throughout our stay. There is a caretaker onsite to help with any questions or issues (the oven was rather delicate). Overall, the property is incredibly beautiful with a huge property, clean pool (too chilly for us to use unfortunately). The rooms were tidy, well-decorated, and spacious. We absolutely loved our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very friendly group of runners. We liked to have them staying in Abbaye de Bonlieu.
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A wonderful french experience

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to visit the Bordeaux area for a large family holiday - there were 20 of us from age 3 months to 83 years! We had a really lovely time at this wonderful old family mansion. Everywhere was beautifully decorated and both kitchens (one in the house, one by the pool) were extremely well equipped. There were lots of fridges and freezers and a well equipped laundry room. The gardens were very pretty and there were some lovely walks in and around the property. We enjoyed playing tennis, table tennis, badminton and boule and there were lots of pool toys and floats to play with, for kids of all ages. The medieval chapel attached to the house was a lovely unexpected addition. The local shops were a 5 minute walk away, including a supermarket. The local restaurants were good - we enjoyed a lovely meal at les Oliviers in St Eulalie - a 10 minute walk away. The local train station brought us into Bordeaux in 15 minutes for a few euros. It was a lovely base for exploring the vineyards and further afield. There was room for about 30 people altogether with the large dormitory at the top of the house able to sleep about 10 more people. Per head, this is very good value for a unique and special experience. We hope to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Un endroit exceptionnel à 15 min de Bordeaux !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un super séjour !

La "maison" (c'est trop immense pour être une maison !) est non seulement bien aménagée avec goût mais en plus le parc, la piscine et le tennis apporte un vrai plus. Le cadre est incroyable. Nous étions nombreux et très à l'aise grâce à l'espace. Tout près de Bordeaux, on en a bien profité ! Merci à Claude pour son accueil chaleureux et à bientôt je l'espère pour de futures vacances !

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Une maison de famille authentique!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Des semaines de rêve dans une maison pleine de charme et de confort. Tellement d'espace qu'à aucun moment, on ne se gêne...

Des salons à n'en plus finir, comme dans les films....

Idéal à partager entre plusieurs familles. Et le bonheur assuré pour les enfants avec un dortoir comme on n'en avait jamais vu.

Tennis, piscine, ping-pong, pétanque, barbecue....tout est là pour que chacun puisse trouver chaussure à son pied.

Et une région magnifique pleine de ressources...

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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"The holiday we spent at ...

  • 5 of 5

"The holiday we spent at the Abbaye de Bonlieu was simply unforgettable.  16 adults and 10 children in a vast and elegant private propriety. 

Numerous activities for all tastes - swimming pool (pool house with a fully equipped kitchen), tennis court, a game of billiards, relaxing in the library, a stroll in the park or ... just a few minutes away a game of golf, a visit to the city of Bordeaux or the renowned vineyards and chateaux (we booked ahead of time).

We took the option of having a cook prepare our evening meal - sheer luxury !!!   And for once, bedtime was no problem - the children were only too happy all together in the dormitory above the chapel.  

The proximity to the ring road around Bordeaux presents no problem whatsoever - absolutely no noise can be heard inside the house.

We thoroughly recommend this venue."

  • Review Submitted: 13-Dec-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2011
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Very easy access from the Paris-Bordeaux A10 freeway, 20 minutes from Bordeaux-Mérignac airport, and Bordeaux Saint-Jean railway station (TGV train from Paris). Access to Bordeaux city center by tramway.

30 minutes from Saint-Emilion, as well as from Medoc vineyards; Arcachon and the Atlantic beaches less than 60 minutes drive with famous Pyla dune; 15 minutes from the magnificent city of Bordeaux (the most important example of 18th century architecture in Europe and a Unesco world heritage site) famous for its gastronomy and wines; 3 golf courses at less than 20 minutes drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Sainte-Eulalie, Gironde

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Eté 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

MENAGE £264.95

tarif dégressif en fonction de la durée, caution demandée, acompte à la réservation, propriétaire non présent sur place.
Une caution de 2000 euros sera demandée à l´arrivée.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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