A newly refurbished gite with boutique accommodation, set among rolling hills
John & Emma Gilchrist
About John & Emma Gilchrist
John & Emma Gilchrist France We have been living here, at Les Caulins, in the beautiful South of France since March 2016. Our home is a separate small house so if needed we can be available to give local information or help in any way we can to make your holiday enjoyable and memorable. We have been in the catering and hospitality industry for 30 years. Emma since the age of 9 wanted to be a chef and John is nuts about wine. Emma began her cooking career at Midsummer House in Cambridge then honed her skills with spells in Italy, Switzerland, Barbados and London restaurants: Blanford Street, Sally Clarke, l'Oranger & Nicole Farhi. Emma is passionate about seasonal, fresh food with her gutsy approach to enhancing simple flavours. John a former UK Sommelier of the year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world met Emma at Midsummer House before working at some of the Worlds best restaurants and hotels. Sandy Lane Barbados, In London: The Berkley, Browns Hotel, Nico's, The Savoy, Scotts of Mayfair, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hambourg and Raffles Singapore. John is bonkers about wine with some 30 years experience in the industry. An enthusiast for the little wine producers and seeker of unknown gems. Prior to aquiring Les Caulins in 2016 Emma and John ran their own succesful restaurant in Buckinghamshire. Winning many awards including the 50 best destination restaurants in the UK, Wine pub of the year, British Cheeseboard of the year and Buckinghams best restaurant for 8 years to name a few.
John & Emma Gilchrist purchased this House in 2016
Why John & Emma Gilchrist chose Saint-Sernin
The idea of spending a morning at a local market or sampling some wine at a nearby vineyard. followed by a afternoon by the pool and supper watching the sunset was a dream we could not resist. The area is one of the best in France for our passions, food and wine. The quality of the produce: truffles, strawberries, plums prunes, melons, figs, pork, beef, duck, foie gras, the list goes on......... This combined with some of Frances best markets and the abundance and diversity of some of the best known and least known wine regions in France. Places to explore, new sights to see, a simpler life and the glorious weather were too much for us to ignore.
What makes this House unique
Total relaxation, peaceful, with far reaching views and, if we want, plenty around us to do and the opportunity to share our passions is our perfect way of life. We have gathered and combined our vast experience in the hospitality industry and created a holiday gite that we would enjoy for our own holiday, charmingly French, totally relaxing, informative, a little rustic, very comfortable and affordable with surprises of luxury. Good food, some wine and great company.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - Not permitted on the furniture, beds and upstairsNot permitted on the furniture, beds and upstairs
Parties/events allowed - Parties/events by previous consentParties/events by previous consent
Smoking allowed - No smoking in the house.No smoking in the house.
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
- Events and parties by request
Falling in love with France
Lovely location , property was as perfect as we all hoped it would be. Clean comfortable bedrooms , showers were ideal and beds couldn’t have been any softer. Slept like a log.
Great House, Great Bedrooms, Great Bathrooms, Great Pool. Emma's Food and Johns wine knowledge Amazing.
Fantastic, Tranquil and Amazing Hosts
Have just had the most wonderful week. Welcoming and so Comfortable the Gite had everything in it we could possibly want, our hosts John and Emma were amazing. Could not recommend more highly.
Great having the wonderful Parman family stay at our Gite. They were perfect guests and could not have left the property in a better condition. Would love to have them stay again.
Great place to eat, drink and relax.
We had a wonderful stay at les Caulins. Emma & John are fantastic hosts an have a special piece of heaven that they are only too happy share with their guests.
We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we got out of the car& the little extras in the fridge were a real special touch. Our long, lazy Sunday lunch will beforever remembered. Truly the stuff of legend!
We have no hesitation in recommending les Caulins to anyone lucky enough to get the chance to go there.
Wonderful week in super house with great hosts
This holiday home was probably the best equipped we have experienced. There was everything we could possibly need - especially in the kitchen where it was obvious that people who love to cook had equipped the house. On arrival we found lots of treats such as wine, chocolate, bread, a brilliant fridge stocked with milk, home-made jams, figs and other items and even a fat, yellow courgette from the garden which we cooked and enjoyed. The bedrooms were gorgeous, all with fabulous ensuite bathrooms and amazing, walk-in showers. Emma and John were brilliant hosts. So friendly and full of advice. Emma cooked us a wonderful meal on our last night which was absolutely delicious. The pool is gorgeous and the views around, when sitting by the pool, are lovely. You can walk up the hill by the property, past the field with horses and another with cows and skirt a lovely fir woodland before arriving at the edge of a vineyard - all of this visible from the poolside. We had a lovely, relaxing week and would definitely come back. Thanks Emma and John.