The Old School House in Pujols, Near Saint Emilion, Dordogne, Gironde, France - Enjoy A Gite With A Real Past And Bundles Of Character. New Pool. Between Bordeaux & Bergerac.
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About Laurence Young
We live on the West Coast of Scotland among the mountains and beside the loch. It's a sensational location - but sometimes we find it a little wet and cold. The climate, culture and style of the south of France is compelling! As a family of 7 (youngest is 14 and oldest is 28), our French home needed to fulfill a wide range of criteria, and The Old School House hit the spot. - it's large and spacious, and seems to always expand to take more family and friends. - there is lots to explore, to do and to see right on the doorstep. jogging and cycling is fantastic - there is night life in towns, not too far away - the property has two old classrooms, yet to be refurbished (another project in the wings)!
Laurence Young purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Laurence Young chose Pujols
Having spent some time holidaying in different locations around the South of France, we decided we would like a base of our own. The Gironde was our instinctive target: we love the rolling countryside and the beauty of the vineyards and the villages. It has a remote, unspoilt charm and is "real" - the whole area is deeply agricultural and the land is worked. The wide range of majestic wines are an attraction (there are remarkable bargains to be had), plus the fabulous local ingredients and good food all around. Importantly, it's also so easy to get to. A quick drive from Bordeaux airport with so many low-cost flights, and the option of Bergerac, too. Plus, public transport to the door if we want it. Simply a wonderful location!
What makes this Villa unique
This is a very special location, and the pictures show how we are endlessly mesmerised by the views, the panoramas from the windows and the wonders created by this elevated position. It's also a great pleasure being in a home with age and character; there are many features of the Ancienne Ecole that remain and this building clearly played an important part in the village during the 1900's. Whilst the sensation is that the house sits amongst the vineyards, the village is just on the doorstep and being able to walk to the bakery is a fundamental part of each day. Then there is something magical about having the old Abbey next door, and waking to the gentle chimes of ancient bells . . . .
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We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Pujols and our stay at the Old Schoolhouse. The westward evening views over the bucolic countryside to the sunsets were truly divine. On those few evenings when the weather did not allow us to enjoy the garden, we found cozy solace from the wood burning stove in the living room, accompanied by a glass (or two) of the local wine. Laurence and his onsite team were great! Highly recommend.
Perfect, charming setting for family reunion!
Our family lives all over the world so each year we meet up for our annual get together... this year in the beautiful surroundings of The Old School House. A quaint, idyllic setting like something out of a provincial movie, we had a truly fantastic time in this unique property (with views of surrounding vineyards and sunflower fields)!! Bike rides, wine tasting, canoeing, peaceful walks and lots of food were among the activities we enjoyed. Would recommend!
An amazing place to stay! Beautiful views, fantastic pool, great village
True French character, great for larger groups and families, excellent pool
We've just returned from a stay here in Pujols, and really enjoyed this property. It has plenty of space for up to 10 people - would be ideal for a couple of families holidaying together. There were 6 of us and we wanted 4 bedrooms and there was ample space here. Parking was very easy outside the property (car absolutely essential), and easy to access with very good communication from the owner. It had everything we needed for our stay, beds were clean and comfortable, good sized kitchen. Yes, it is next to the Abbey, which means that you have stunning views but also that you are woken at 7am with the ringing of the bells (didn't bother us, but you do need to be aware that they ring every hour up to about 10pm). The pool was excellent, a good size - a bit cold for me, but the kids were hardy and used it every day, even though the May weather was very changeable and we had some impressive thunderstorms. The village is very, very quiet- has a good shop and local restaurant but only open during the day mon-fri. Pujols is a good base for exploring the region, but you do need to get out and about if the weather is dodgy. We explored St Emilion, Bordeaux, Bergerac, Eymet and visited a couple of Chateau's (Chateau de Bridoire was a favourite of the kids). All we would have liked would have been more sunshine - but hey, you can't guarantee that in May.
Beautiful house in peaceful & stunning location
This is a one of a kind property! A beautiful old schoolhouse full of charm and character with simply stunning views. We actually couldn't believe how spectacular the sunsets were! The house was extremely comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. The two rooms off the pool that were recently refurbished were really lovely with great bathrooms/showers. There was nothing nicer than opening the wooden shutters in the morning and looking down over the vineyards. Followed by a stroll up to the local shop where Didier had taken our order for fresh croissants for our stay. We spent many happy days by the pool and evenings on the terrace. Laurence was extremely helpful providing information in advance and during our stay. We had lunch twice at Chez Sylvie in the village which was delicious (go for the menu du jour) La Mounan in Castillion was a great spot for dinner. We also enjoyed a fabulous long lunch in La Poudette on our last day where the owners couldn't have been more accommodating. We were spoiled for choice in terms of Chateaux nearby and of course St Emillion. Highlights for the kids (aside from the fabulous pool) were kayaking on the Dordogne from Pessac. They also loved doing the tour of the underground monolithic church in St Emillion. And they enjoyed swimming (and trampolining) at Lac de la Cadie for a change of scenery. There is a brilliant supermarket just 15 minutes away in Castillion. And of course fabulous markets. We went to a night market in Blassimon on the recommendation of Jan the caretaker (thank you!) which was amazing fun. I loved that it was so quiet and peaceful (you get used to the bells!) and you could be as active or not as you choose. If you are looking for an authentic, beautiful and relaxing holiday then this is the place for you.
Beautiful House with stunning views
The Old School House is a beautiful house in a charming village (we loved getting Fresh bread daily and eating in Sophie's) the house has a lovely feel with extremely comfortable beds, a beautiful swimming pool and stunning views from its elevated position.
We definitely plan to return!
(Also owner extremely helpful and friendly providing lots of useful information)
The property is 5 minutes drive from a large fresh water lake with a beach, swimming and bar/restaurant. Arcachon (1.5 hours by car) with it's long sweeping beaches and great surfing is located on the Atlantic coast. See "Dune de Pyla" – Europe’s highest sand dune, visit the impressive lighthouse, enjoy Aquadome, take boat & narrow gauge railway trips, visit bird sanctuary. Or just relax in one of the many, fine seafood restaurants.
Strategically located between Bordeaux Airport (55 minutes) and Bergerac Airport (30 minutes), with many low-cost and traditional airlines. TGV to Libourne. Local bus service from Libourne to Pujols. Car hire a good idea (we do) - but not essential.
Pujols is centred in an area rich with historic small towns, picturesque villages and beautiful chateau. Castillon la Bataille is 7 minutes by car (really good E Leclerc and Monday market), with Libourne (20 minutes) having all major retailers. Beautiful Saint Foy Le Grand is also on the Gironde river, 15 minutes in the other direction. It's renowned for the quaint streets, old houses and traditional market every Saturday. Our favourite is the hilltop village of Gensac, just 10 minutes away.
Walks and cycle tracks radiate across vineyards in all directions and you don't need to go far to make some lovely new discovery. Typical relaxing holidays might include: a visit to Chez Sylvie, a wonderful, informal restaurant/cafe on Pujols Square (12E for a 4 course lunch, with wine!).
We're blessed to have La Poudette restaurant just a wee walk away down the hill. Michelin starred, this relaxed & informal rural retreat attracts visitors from miles around (and we are only minutes away!). For the awesome food, it's very well priced.
Favourite of all is La Table Rouge, 4 miles away and beside the lazy Dordogne river: a casual atmosphere the children LOVE, with great food, too (and they actually look after our vegetarian son!). Not cheap, but a must-visit.
12 minute drive to the memorable caves of Rauzan (Callum, 14 "the best place I've ever visited"). Exploration of Saint Emilion with it's narrow winding streets, ancient cathedral and many nooks and crannies. Cycle out to one of the many local chateau, for a wine tasting. Dinner on the banks of the Gironde, at La Table Rouge (a small local restaurant that is the family favourite). Special meal at La Poudette, one of the most respected restaurants in Aquitaine (and just 10 mins walk away). Enjoy an extra-ordinary "spectacle" - the dramatic son et lumiere recreation of the last battle of the Hundred Years War. This stunning outdoor performance takes place on set nights in July and August each year and is unmissable. On a practical front, Pujols has a bank and then Castillon (7 mins by car) has everything else one might need (eg 3 supermarkets, 2 DIY warehouses, many bakers etc).