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'.
- House5381 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs1
- Min. Stay7 nights
10 bedrooms + a dormitory (8) ideal for families holidays and visit of Bordeaux
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 9 Sep 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
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
A house with great charm and ideal villa for a large family group or gathering.
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.
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 !...
Amazingly spacious and full of character.
We had a lovey stay in beautiful surroundings. The host was very helpful and friendly and the pool tended to twice a day keeping it immaculate. The house easily accommodated our group of 6 families and no one felt on top of each other. The internal rooms are beautiful and full of character. We loved the kids dorm which is very well equipped much enjoyed by our children. Thank you for a lovely stay.
A beautiful, historic chateau!
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!
Very friendly group of runners. We liked to have them staying in Abbaye de Bonlieu.
A wonderful french experience
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.
Un endroit exceptionnel à 15 min de Bordeaux !
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 !
Une maison de famille authentique!!!!
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...
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.
Additional pricing information
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.